Traditionally the iPhone and iPad and in fact most mobile OS’s have taken well to the beat ’em up genre. Infinity Blade, whilst not a traditional side scrolling fighter, was for a long time the spearhead of the App Store, we’ve also had excellent ports of OMG Pirates and a really good original in Maximus. So App developers Nekki definitely have their work cut out in their follow up to the original Shadow Fight; Shadow fight 2. Continue reading
With Ubisoft’s techno open world game Watch Dogs just weeks away from release, the team behind the game have given us some of the crispest in-game screenshots this side of internet. And one thing is for sure; the new screen caps of Chi-Town, the Chicago inspired but very gritty city in which we play out our hackey chicanery, are gorgeous. Continue reading
Okay I’m not going to lie, I was surprised to see a game called ‘100 Balls’ at the top of the Apple App Store. I’m not old fashioned or prone to fainting it just took me aback is all… needless to say sex sells (a free app) and I had downloaded it in seconds. Eager for my fill off balls… wait a minute.
Anyway, once I had gotten over my childish bout I got down to some serious gaming, well as serious as app gaming gets. The premise is simple, you are given a funnel of balls (100, I counted) and you control a flap that let the balls fall through. The aim is to get the balls into cups that follow a track under and over your funnel. Check out a jazzy screenshot below.
The game is stylistically really simple, which is the upward trend on the free app market. The likes of Flappy Bird (and it’s billion spin off’s) like to keep things neat and concepts easy. Of course, as always with these free games, adverts are typically occupying 1/10 of the total screen size and are not optional. The gameplay is intuitive – thankfully – as no tutorial is offered when you fire up the app. But I would go so far as to say that it is mildly more complex than it’s free chart counterparts; as you release balls some of the cups change colour, if you get corresponding balls in the right cups then your score can be multiplied. It is just about interesting enough to keep me mildly occupied and the primary colours changing and moving have certainly kept my chimp ego busy.
Sadly, the apathy soon sets in and after about 15 minutes I’ve moved on to something else; eating a biscuit or staring vacantly at a street light to work out if it was brighter yesterday or not. But I don’t think this game is ashamed of that, it was made to be played on a bus, on the train or whilst your ex walks towards you from down the road. It is short and sweet but hardly ground breaking.
Verdict: A great commuter distraction and worth picking up considering the value for money. A shade up in complexity from Flappy Birds and the like.
Life getting too slow with all these words, but static pictures too limited to get the point across? Fear not pilgrim for slavation lies within the realm of the one gif review. Continue reading
ESPN and Major League Gaming announced today that for the first time in history, MLG pros will compete at ESPN’s X-Games, they’ll even be able to take home a medal! Continue reading
Slightly Mad Studios (Need for Speed: Shift, World of Speed) today released a new trailer for Project Cars, their upcoming racing game that the studio describes as the “most authentic, beautiful, and technically advanced racing game on the planet.” Continue reading
Jesus Christ! Yes the Game Boy, the grey box of awesome is 25 years old and to celebrate I am going to give you a one GIF review of the entire handheld console: Continue reading
Now, I don’t claim to the have the greatest tabletop gaming knowledge but I have played a few card/tabletop crossovers in my time and I am usually too dim-witted or the game lacks positional tactics for them to really catch my attention. But in Gripping Beast/Tomahawk Studio composite Jugula! I think I am onto a winner. Continue reading