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Braid

Posted: December 31, 2010 in 4.5 Hearts
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Braid. Its one of the most sensationally popular indie games around. I’m not even sure what the plot is, I don’t think anyone is actually. I have my crazy theories, but you’re not hear to listen to me wax philosophical about the true meaning of a video game. The basic idea is that you’re a guy in a suit and tie trying to find the princess, in some kind of wacky Mario parody with time travel. Yes, I said time travel. You can control time, rewinding and fast-forwarding. Its an interesting way of playing, there are no lives, just rewinding to make it so you didn’t die.

The levels themselves are interesting. Sometimes you can walk straight through and not even interact with anything, but then you miss out on the chance to get puzzle pieces. The puzzle pieces are used to solve puzzles that form pictures. These puzzles and pictures, well, I have no idea what they mean in the greater scheme of things…unless one of my theories is true.

The graphics are really nice for this game and the mechanics are phenomenal. I love playing through this and wondering how the people who made it came up with this stuff. The gameplay is well done and I love the whole time travel aspect of it. I love the fact that there is much much more to this game than meets the eye.

The boss fights are always quite interesting, despite being essentially the same fight over and over again. Every fight has a slightly different mechanism to it, even though its the same enemy and the mechanism always relates to what you’ve been doing in that world. For example, in the picture everything in the level has a shadow which records when you rewind time and plays, so you need to use the shadows to deal damage to the boss along with the physical chandeliers. Its very well done.

And so, in conclusion, I must give this a grade. Well…that’s a tough decision. This is a very well done game. I love the graphics and the mechanics to it. I also appreciate the uh…storyline(?) from the point of view of game designer. But, from the point of view of a player, the game doesn’t appear to have a real logical coherent story. So…I guess I’ll give Braid a 4.5 out of 5 hearts.

4.5 out of 5 zelda heartsFor those of you interested in purchasing Braid, you can go to http://www.braid-game.com/ or you can find it on XBox Live. I highly recommend it.

World of Goo

Posted: December 29, 2010 in 5 Hearts
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Prepare for 11 reviews in a row from the Humble Indie Bundle. I picked it up just before Christmas and set down to the playing now. I can also offer an upcoming review of Betrayal at House on the Hill edition 2 and Castle Ravenloft. Up first, is a review of World of Goo. Feast your eyes on the adorable graphics!

The basic idea of this game is that you have to use the little goo balls to form a structure to get from the start to the pipe somewhere else on the level. There is physics involved in getting the structures built, physics which can be slightly odd at times. As someone who’s taken classes on engineering design and basic kinematics, I have to say, this game is pretty accurate. The goo balls are also adorable. Like, amazingly adorable with the big eyes and the little things they say when you’re moving them around and sucking them up into the pipe. The game itself is structured in stages within chapters, sort of like a Mario Bros game.

World of Good is a very nice puzzle game, challenging enough to keep a person occupied for hours and quite fun. Its also subtly teaches basic concepts of engineering and kinematics. In fact, I would suggest this game to physics teachers for their classes. There’s also a very nice metagame that lets you build a tower with goo balls and if you connect to the internet, it shows you the heights of other people’s towers. Not only does it tell you how tall their tower is, but it also shows you how many of their goo balls they’re using.

I love the graphics, music and gameplay, but I have to say my favorite part of this game are the absurd things said by the sign painter on all the signs throughout the stages. They’re just surreal enough to be entertaining but also give little clues for how to beat the stage.

In conclusion, I have to say that World of Goo is an awesome game. So for its score, I rate the World of Goo at a 5 out of 5 hearts. Well done, 2D-Boy, well done! For anyone who missed out on the bundle who is interested in purchasing World of Goo, they should go to http://www.worldofgoo.com/.

Humble Indie Bundle

Posted: December 24, 2010 in Uncategorized
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http://www.humblebundle.com/

This is one of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen. Not only can you get 11 different games in one bundle, but they run on any operating system AND you name your price. Not only do you name your price, you can also decide how much goes to the developers, the two charities and the company hosting the games. That’s right, you can decide the break down of the price that you named. Not half bad. Did I mention that these are good games? Braid, World of Goo, and Machinarium just to name a few of the top names in the bunch. Be sure to check this out. Its only going to be around for another day, so make sure you act fast.