So, it's a new week, and we have a fresh Humble Mobile Bundle, this time featuring games from Noodlecake Studios. As someone who is usually a fan of the games they generally publish I was a bit excited about this one. Did that excitement hold up? Is this another home run sure-thing bundle like the last one from Crescent Moon Games?
In this inaugural edition of my new Review Bites feature we'll set the ground rules and get rolling with a load of mini reviews (complete with gameplay videos) to share some love, some hate, and some "Meh!" Well, and likely complaining some about "freemium" games...
Were you on the lookout for a relatively cheap game that delivers twin-stick shooting action, zombies, and multiple weapons of destruction, all wrapped up in a package trimmed with silliness and some attitude? Then have I got a game for you.
Space shooters seem to be a dying (dead?) breed these days. I have fond memories of Tie Fighter, Privateer, Decent, and others. I'm aware of the complaints against them, chief among them is that they're bland and monotonous to look at when the setting is in outer space, which may have lead to the genre's decline. Star Horizon manages to address that, and moreover is simply a fun game to play.
"There has been an awakening. Have you felt it?" these words in the teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens sent shivers down my spine, for the first time since 2005 I was seeing live action Star Wars footage. After a few more viewings of the 88 seconds of bliss, I was reminded that I was planning on reviewing a Star Wars Game for DroidGamers, Star Wars Commander.
The proliferation of endless running games in app stores can at times seem, well, endless. That fact hasn't discouraged Sony from putting out a second entry into the genre (The first being Ratchet and Clank: Before the Nexus), this time featuring the amiable Sackboy from the popular Little Big Planet series of Playstation games. Does this game bring anything new to the table or has it collapsed from exhaustion in the crowded space of mobile runners? Check out my review to find out.
Alien Breed is a simple, top down shooter that was released on a couple of desktop computing platforms in the early 1990s. Its visual style looks like it is cribbed off of the movie franchise of Alien, at least in the appearance of the hostile life forms that players frequently encounter. Alien Breed includes both the original release and subsequent releases in their original graphics, as well as a remake of the same levels with up-scaled graphics.
TellTale Games lives up to its namesake, having become synonymous with high quality storytelling in the video game medium. After gaining industry recognition and commercial success with their breakout hit, The Walking Dead, TellTale was faced with a tough act to follow. With the release of The Wolf Among Us, many gamers have asked whether or not this game lives up to its predecessor. Be curious no longer as I dive into a spoiler-free review the first episode of The Wolf Among Us.
Syberia is a point-and-click adventure game that was originally released for PC back in 2002, and has since been ported over to various mobile platforms. The game is lengthy, and has decent voice work. From here, let's dig in.
Platform exclusives are the love letters written to gamers in an effort to say "please come play with us, but not in that creepy way that those little girls did in the Shining." Instead, the platform owner wishes to convince gamers that their particular platform offers a unique experience. This can be seen with iOS and Android, and even among Android OEMs. Nvidia secured several exclusives for their Tegra chip line, and Amazon acquired an entire game studio to develop content for their branded line of Fire tablets and media players.
While I normally write much longer format reviews Wave Wave is a game that you’ll either throw aside in frustration within the first few minutes (perhaps seconds for some) or you’ll be hopelessly hooked on it with a fierce passion. Much like Super Hexagon, Super Meat Boy, or other titles designed for the masochistic perfectionist gamers (like me) out there, Wave Wave is simple as can be to control and understand.