Recommendation: Flood it! (iPhone/iPod Touch – FREE)

•June 11, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Today I came across this great free game for the iPhone/iPod Touch, ‘Flood-it!’, a simple but very entertaining and addictive puzzle game where you must transform the grid of coloured squares into one uniform colour. 

The gameplay is simple, but may take a few games to get the hang of.  You start by controlling the top left corner square and must change the colour to match on of the surrounding squares to absorb it.  This pattern continues until the whole board is clear, but the challenge comes with doing it within a set number of moves.

It’s a great little game, and for free its great value for money, an important thing in these harsh economic times.

Bargain!: Peggle (iPhone/iPod Touch 59p/$0.99)

•June 11, 2009 • Leave a Comment

It seems for the next week, until 14th June, Popcap are being very generous it would seem and are offering their hit game ‘Peggle’ for the iPhone and iPod touch for the tiny price of 59p ($0.99).  Just check out the app store for more details and get downloading!

I am sure that there can’t be many people out there that don’t own Peggle already, I personally own it on PC and the iPod classic but this didnt stop me buying it again, I am just addicted.

Care in the Community: Week 4

•June 11, 2009 • 5 Comments

Greetings and welcome to another instalment of Care in the Community, my (supposedly) weekly look at a selection of Xbox Live Community Games that I have been playing. Regular readers of this section might notice that it has been 3-4 weeks since the last instalment, this was due to RROD and not laziness on my part. I still haven’t got the thing fixed but I got it going this evening using some towels and blankets in order to get some decent gaming done for the evening.
Right, enough about the mundane ness of my life, the games that I will be looking at this week are: ‘A Fading Melody’, Trino, Puzzwords, Ring of Fire and Revenge of the Evil Aliens.
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Right let’s get going:

A Fading Melody

A Fading Melody is a platformer, with an artistic edge, where you play as a coma patient trying to bring light back to her world whilst finding out how you were put into the coma in the first place.

The game has a very sombre tone and a very interesting art style, not to mention a beautiful soundtrack. The gameplay is very similar to the original Super Mario Bros. game, where you run, jump on platforms and jump on enemies’ heads to kill them. The gameplay works fine, but it just doesn’t sit very well with the tone of the game. The subject matter is presented as quite serious and dark but seeing the silhouette on screen bouncing off the top of monsters breaks the mood ever so slightly.

The game is very entertaining whilst it lasts, and I am sure that people will enjoy it, despite its minor flaws. At 200 points, the game is ideally priced but even if you aren’t interested in buying it please check out the demo.

3/5

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Review: iShift (iPhone/iPod Touch)

•June 10, 2009 • Leave a Comment

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‘iShift’ is an interesting platform game for the iPhone/iPod Touch by Antony Lavelle, and is a port of Flash game previously available for free on the internet. Its a platforming game that has allot in common with N+, another former flash game turned full release.
You have to gather keys to unlock the path to the exit, but the twist is that you can ‘shift’ between the dark and light planes, flipping the level upside down and allowing you to access previously unavailable areas. The mechanic itself its very easy to get the hang of and your skills in using it will be tested to the max when you get to some of the later, more difficult levels.

With regards to the games difficulty, it is actually quite easy. There are 2 or 3 levels that might have you stumped for a few goes, but apart from that I had no problem blasting through the game in one sitting. To put this into perspective, I downloaded the game this morning before heading out on my commute to work and had completed it long before reaching my desk. I also did a second much faster run through on the way home, completing the game in under 900 seconds. Its clear that the game is built around speed runs, and that’s where much of the appeal lies, it is therefore unfortunate that there are no online leader boards which would have been nice to see how well you had done compared to everyone else.

I must just briefly mention that the game has a very Portal-esque narrative, I don’t want to spoil anything but the ending will be familiar to anyone who has played Portal.

Despite its short length and easy difficulty I would still recommend this to everyone because its a bargain at 59p ($0.99) and hopefully we’ll see some improvements in future updates.

E3 2009: Top 5 – Most disappointing no-shows.

•June 7, 2009 • Leave a Comment

1. Pikmin 3
2. New Wii Zelda
3. Anything new from Rare
4. Final Fantasy XIII spin-offs
5. Max Payne 3

Honorable mentions: GTA IV: The Ballad of Gay Tony, South Park XBLA

Whilst this years E3 was a vintage year for the expo, there were a few omissions from the line-up that may have disappointed video game fans who were expecting a little bit more.

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Review: Scramboni (iPhone/iPod touch)

•June 7, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Scramboni is free, scrabble-esque word game for the iPhone/iPod touch where you are given 20 seconds to re-arrange the scrabble tiles to make the word. The game is played entirely online, pitting you seamlessly against other real world opponents as you try to guess the word the quickest to get more points and win the round.

The gameplay itself is very simple, but it’s the competitive nature of the game and the collection of points to unlock more difficult modes of play that will keep you coming back for more again and again.

It’s a short review, but that is all that can really be said about the game. If you are a fan of scrabble or an other word games, then you should definately check this out, and with it being free you have no excuse!

E3 2009: Top 5 games that I am most excited about.

•June 7, 2009 • Leave a Comment

1. Brutal Legend
2. Lost Planet 2
3. Allan Wake
4. Assassins Creed 2
5. Modern Warfare 2

Honorable mentions: Golden Sun DS, Splinter Cell: Conviction

With E3 over, we are left with plenty of games to look forward to in the latter part of this year and early 2010, the five games listed above are the games that I am looking forward to the most from those shown off at the show.

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