Archive for September, 2012

Pheus and Mor

Posted: September 24, 2012 in 4.5 Hearts
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Ah, the puzzle platformer, a truly wonderful genre. A puzzle platformer is any game where getting to the other side of the level involves more than just jumping on your enemies, usually involving complex puzzles, levers and such. In Pheus and Mor, the player controls a boy named Pheus and his dog, Mor. In each level the player has to get both of them to the door. The controls are simple enough, WASD for one character and the arrows for the other. The puzzles, storyline and graphics are what make this game truly awesome.

The graphics are really clean and crisp, simple and cute. In the first set of levels, everything is really bright and fun, then things started to get dark. I’m only about half way through, but I’m starting to suspect that the main character might be dead. Its a really crazy feeling. I love the difficulty of the levels, but also that I can go slowly and really think about how its all playing out. Every 4 levels or so, you get another panel in the comic that is the story of the game, letting you slowly fill the pieces in.

One of the hardest things about Pheus and Mor is navigating the puzzles while controlling two characters. Each character has their own strengths and weaknesses, for example Pheus is very light and can’t break things and Mor can’t jump. My only complaint so far is that I’ve figured out I need to collect the keys to open the big door in the middle of the room, and I can’t go back to re-try the level where I didn’t get the key but know there is one. Hopefully when I finish the others, I can go back and get it.

Over all, this is a very well made game with an excellent way of slowly revealing the plot and a wonderful mechanic. The art style really adds to the entire experience. I’m absolutely hooked and just want to keep playing. I expect to be sad when its done. I award Pheus and Mor 4.5 out of 5 hearts.

4.5 out of 5 zelda hearts

If you’re interested in playing Pheus and Mor, you can find it here on Kongregate.

Pawn Stars: The Game

Posted: September 21, 2012 in 3.5 Hearts

The phenomenon of video games based on TV shows is an interesting one. There are a lot of them these days, all over the internet, and some times I find myself looking at them and wondering what this has to do with the show. In case you haven’t seen the show Pawn Stars is about a pawn shop in Vegas run by a man and his father and son. The shop frequently has really crazy things come in and be sold and pawned. When I say crazy I mean people have brought in civil war guns and monster trucks. The basic idea of the game is that you’re running the shop and its up to you to haggle for the things being brought in and make sure you make money.

Like a lot of other games these days, Pawn Stars: The Game is based on real life time. Every 5 minutes, a new customer will come into the store. If an offer on an item you’re selling is too low, it takes a further hour for a new offer to come in. I tend to not like these games, since they run while you’re not playing and you can miss things and since they’re more or less designed to cause the impatient player to spend money on microtransactions. As you buy and sell things, you can level up and slowly unlock new types of shelves, new rooms and various decorations.

A lot of the game is silly, which is nice. For someone who likes casual games, its pretty good. There is a lot to play around with, mostly based on one simple mechanic. I’m not super excited about it, but I like my games much faster paced. I’m also not really big on the art style. Its very ‘static image’. One of the most jarring things is that people don’t walk in the door and up to the counter, they just appear.

If you like the show and like casual games, this game might be worth playing. If you like games that are more immediate and involve less waiting, look else where. I award Pawn Stars: The Game with 3.5 out of 5 hearts. Better than I was expecting, but still not great.

Extra Life

Posted: September 20, 2012 in 5 Hearts

So you guys love playing video games, right? And you like the idea of helping sick kids, right? Then you should check out Extra Life. You’ve heard of walk-a-thons and things like that. Well, this is a game-a-thon. The basic idea is that people donate money to sponsor a person who is playing video games for 24-hours straight. That money then goes to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals to help kids. The best part? It goes to local hospitals in the your area! So you get to play video games and kids get a chance at a better life and the money for medical treatments they need.

If you want to help, you can go here to sponsor one of my friends who is going to play for the Boston Children’s Hospital or you can go here for more information or to register.

I know its not exactly a game, but this is such an amazing idea that I’m giving them 5 out of 5 hearts!

A New Game From Me!

Posted: September 19, 2012 in Unrated

Hey guys, remember Stencyl? I’ve been playing around with it a lot lately and I released my first game on Kongregate. If you’re interesting in playing, its called Avoid the Fire! and can be found here.

Bloons Tower Defense 5

Posted: September 19, 2012 in 4.5 Hearts
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Hey guys! I know I totally dropped off the face of the earth for a while there. I graduated from college and have been spending my time trying desperately to get a job. There was also a period of about 2 weeks where I lacked internet and that made it really hard to get back into the routine. But I’m back and ready to go. To get back into the swing of things, I’ll be talking about a game in a series I absolutely love. I love tower defense games with a passion, particularly Ninja Kiwi’s Bloons Tower Defense series. With the 5th in the series available on Kongregate, I figured I should tell everyone about it.

As with other games in the Bloons Tower Defense series, the story line is that you’re helping the monkeys fight the bloons which are tying to invade their land. To do this, you have an arsenal of darts at your disposal, and a few other more interesting weapons too. In Version 5, there are some new towers, Special Agents and a way to upgrade one type of tower outside of a map. Some of the new towers include the ninja and the sniper monkey. They also tweaked the upgrade method to have two distinct paths of 4 upgrades. You can only get all 4 upgrades in one of the two paths and 2 in the other, but its up to you to pick. The towers also have to be used in order to make all the upgrades available.

Special Agents are a truly new aspect of this game. The basic idea is that you use Monkey Money to purchase Special Agents which are special towers or effects that can help you with a map. Monkey Money can be gained either by opening the chest on the menu screen daily or by beating maps on various difficulties. Completely challenges also rewards Monkey Money. Another use for Monkey Money is specialty buildings which allow you to have permanent upgrades for your towers.

As with every time they make a new Bloons Tower Defense, the graphics improve wonderfully. The graphics are a lot crisper and their style is very coherent. I really like the look of everything, it looks very professional. I mean, compare that to the picture below from one of the older games.

Bloons TD

Bloons TD (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I really love Tower Defense games and this series has a long tradition of being excellent. They’ve added a ton of new things and kept everything about the series that I like. Well done, Ninja Kiwi, well done indeed. I award Bloons tower Defense 5 a 4.5 out of 5 hearts.

4.5 out of 5 zelda heartsIf you’re interested in playing Bloons Tower Defense 5, you can find it here on Kongregate or here on the Ninja Kiwi website.