Archive for August, 2013

Braid

What if you could reverse time to save yourself from a tragic accident? Okay, that didn’t come off the way I wanted, but reversing time is the heart of Braid’s gameplay. Each level has a select number of puzzles. It’s up to you to solve them and collect all the puzzle pieces which represent a finished level. Braid is a puzzle platformer where you play as a red-headed hobbit named Tim. I say hobbit because I found a few Lord of the Rings references in there. Seriously, there’s a level called More >

Avatar Legends

I only recently came across this game while browsing the Xbox live game store, and I am pleasantly surprised. It is fun and there is a lot for how little it cost. The single-player story is that your avatar was just relaxing on the dashboard when suddenly they got transported and woke up in a strange land. Some evil force has been trapping countless avatars and you are the hero that must save everyone.

Going through the tutorial you find out that you are the only one who can actually open a More >

Ittle Dew

Ittle Dew, a girl with violent tendencies is being washed ashore on a mysterious island along with her flying fox sidekick, Tippsie. Dungeons and treasures await them as well as ferocious Fishbuns, Jennys and Turnips. It is obvious that Ittle Dew approaches the Adventure-RPG genre from its less-than-serious side. Having many references to Zelda and other fantasy clichés it often succeeds in making the player smile. Characters are sketchily introduced, but it doesn’t matter as you will find out More >

Spartacus Legends

Spartacus Legends is a free-to-play fighting game on Xbox Live and PSN. The free-to-play model has the ability to be so invasive, that it can undermine the overall experience. Spartacus Legends is not plagued too much by these tactics, but it suffers from some debilitating gameplay flaws.

Set in Starz’s Spartacus universe, you take control of a whole roster of gladiators. Right from the start, a huge opportunity was missed. You are able to purchase gladiators, but you are given no information More >

Skulls of the Shogun

To be perfectly honest, I had no idea what Skulls of the Shogun was when I first played it. All I knew is that there’s a cartoony art style reminiscent of Castle Crashers and that’s about it. Five minutes in, I found out it’s a turn-based tactical strategy game in which you play as the almost-Shogun Akamoto and his loyal troops.

The game begins with a cutscene in which Akamoto stands victoriously over a field of deceased enemies. Seconds later, he is stabbed in the back by one remaining More >

Doritos Crash Course 2

In theory, free-to-play seems like an excellent model for both the creator and the player. Most of the time, it is. However, when a game becomes pay-to-win, that is when things begin to fail. Doritos Crash Course 2 adopts many of the pay-to-win strategies that come at a detriment to the overall experience, and yet, there are still salvageable moments to be found.

When you play Crash Course 2 for the first time, you are given one map for free. Everything from then on is purchasable content. More >

InFlux

From Impromptu Games, InFlux is a game which requires very little explanation; you control a ball on a strange island with no reason given, other than a 10 second opening cinematic, as to where you are, what you are or how you got there. The objective of InFlux is to roll through a series of stunning environments collecting blue orbs using your power to attract various things in your environment. At the end of each of these environments are white buildings, if you have collected enough of the More >

Kingdom Under Fire: Circle of Doom

The Kingdom Under Fire series began with a pact that was made between the Lord of Light and the Lord of Darkness describing how they would rule the kingdom. As time passed, the Lord of Light was unwilling to pass the power on the Lord of Darkness, angering him. He attacked the world but was eventually defeated by a group of heroes. This chapter of the game series begins with heroes who are trapped in the dark dimension after their victory.

The story is revealed through each character, so to get More >

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