We were secretly approached through back channels by a pig who calls himself “Slim” who claims he survived the Angry Birds “War on Swine” onslaught in the Angry Birds game from Rovio. We cannot confirm his identity so we consider this a rogue interview. (more…)
Kot in Action Creative Artel released Steel Storm™: Burning Retribution, Episode 1 described as a downloadable top down shooter game that reminds us of early arcade games with extremely sharp graphics. Consumers can download Steel Storm to their PC, Mac and Linux’s computers for $9.99.
The game contains Episode 1 and Episode 2 totaling 25 campaign missions, along with new DM and CTF missions, 2 mighty bosses, new weapons, new enemies, over 10 new interactive environments and lots of things to blow up and annihilate.
Steel Storm™: Burning Retribution is available in 7 languages and we recommend it for users 10 years of age and older.
+ Operating system: Windows XP SP2 / Windows Vista / Windows 7 / Linux / Mac OS X 10.5
+ Processor: 2.0+ GHz Single Core Processor (Dual-Core Processor recommended)
+ Memory: 1 Gb RAM (2 Gb or greater recommended)
+ Hard disk space: 800 Mb
+ Video: NVIDIA GeForce 7600GT+ or ATI Radeon 2400+ HD with 256 Mb of VRAM (512 Mb of VRAM recommended)
+ Sound: Windows Supported Sound Card
+ DirectX®: N/A
+ Other Requirements: latest OpenGL video drivers must be installed
+ Multiplayer requirements: Internet (TCP/IP) and LAN (TCP/IP) play supported, Internet play requires broadband connection and latest drivers, LAN play requires network interface card and latest drivers
Tzai Entertainment released Shmusicup described as “a hybrid of a rhythm/music game and a shoot’em up where the enemy bullet patterns are generated by any song chosen from the player’s own music collection.” Consumers can play both an online version of Shmusicup or download Shmusicup to their PC windows desktops. Tzai Entertainment is offering Shmusicup at a special price of $9.99, regularly priced at $14.99. The downloadable version of Shmusicup offers the following features: (more…)
Power of 2 Game Developer released Dwarfs, a downloadable arcade strategy game on Steam today for 10% off $8.99 through May 11th. Teddy Sjöström, the programmer & game designer and Robin Flodin, the artist and game designer make up the Power of 2 team. They describe Dwarfs as an arcade/strategy game set deep underground. Your goal is to explore a vast, randomly generated dungeon, while at the same time protecting your home town from harm.” Power of 2 does also offer a downloadable demo of the Dwarfs on Steam.
Dwarfs System Requirements
OS: Windows XP SP2, Vista, or Windows 7
Processor: 1.7+ GHz or better
Memory: 1 GB
Hard Drive: 250 MB
Tzai Entertainment released the beta of Shmusicup (we don’t know how to pronounce the name either) which they describe as “a hybrid of a rhythm/music game and a shoot’em up. A vertical scrolling shooter where your mp3 generates the enemy’s bullet patter.” Shmusicup seems to be an abbreviation for “Shoot Music Up”. We think Shmusicup from Tzai Entertainment offers players who love music an interesting concept for a downloadable game. Tzai Entertainment offers the beta in an online format with required registration rather than as a downloadable. Tzai Entertainment does say they will offer the final version of Shmusicup as a downloadable.
You can access the online beta of Shmusicup at their web site url:
They show video ads while the game loads.
New Star Games has released the trailer for their upcoming downloadable soccer arcade game. New Star Soccer game looks like it has some decent potential based on the game trailer.
by Matt Bird
Game Rating = 5/5
You should buy this game if:
– You love Katamari Damacy
– You have a voracious appetite
– You want to end the world – but in a cute way
You shouldn’t buy this game if:
– You like your games serious
– You want a lot of replay value – there’s not much here, besides the novelty of devouring history
– You lack a mouse
Typically the end days are not considered an adorable, light-hearted way to spend one’s time. Video games can achieve everything, however, and in Tasty Planet 2, just like in its predecessor, the apocalypse is nothing more than a fun-filled mistake with nice background music. Huzzah!
With a story told via simple cartoon strips between worlds, Tasty Planet 2 is a tale of scientific achievement gone wrong. A pair of scientists have created a small gray pile of goo, and when one of them discovers that it has a rabid appetite for… anything… the thing gets loose and starts eating their lab. Soon it devours their time machine, sending it back to the age of the dinosaurs, where it begins to change time. Wonderfully goofy.
It’s this that makes Tasty Planet 2 similar to the series from which it draws inspiration, Katamari Damacy: it doesn’t take itself seriously. Your goal is to eat and eat and eat, growing ever larger so you can eat yet more. This is virtually identically to Katamari’s concept of rolling up huge balls of random items (though in this case the goo is presumably killing everything it eats… don’t think about that part).
The concept is simple. Your goo starts off small in a huge environment, and by eating things that are the same size as the goo or smaller it grows. This allows you to eat bigger stuff, making the goo bigger, and bigger, and bigger, until eventually it gets the chance to chow down on the solar system. Just like Katamari, though simpler since the goo operates on two dimensions rather than three and doesn’t get caught on objects.
Yep, that’s it. All you do is weave the mouse around and eat things. What’s the point of doing anything else? Every now and then you’ll get a themed stage where you have to eat a certain number of a particular object, sure, but even that isn’t far from the norm. Yet this doesn’t get boring, and the mere act of zipping around as the bizarrely-quick goo is fun on its own.
The most surprising element of Tasty Planet 2, however, is the appearance. You wouldn’t think, based on the menu screen, that it would be terribly pretty. Quite the contrary: the graphics, though basic, are rather attractive and well animated, and the considerable range of things to eat is much appreciated. Combine this with a suitably upbeat and awesome soundtrack and you’ve got an excellent downloadable game.
Want a challenge similar to Katamari? Tasty Planet 2 is the way to go. It has all that’s fun about those games and manages to strip away some of the more annoying elements. This thing’s a sure purchase at only $20. 5/5
Dingo Games has released the sequel to their downloadable platformer Tasty Planet called Tasty Planet 2 for the Mac and Windows. Here’s some more information from Dingo Games:
As with any sequel, Back for Seconds has quite a few improvements over the original. Levels can now span vastly different object sizes; players can grow from the size of an amoeba to the size a galaxy within a single level. The game also adds a two player cooperative campaign mode in which each player controls their own goo. This mode is local only, so you’ll have to huddle around the keyboard to take advantage of it.
The game’s story begins with the goo eating a time machine, causing him to be sent back in time. Players will eat their way through six different time periods: modern, Late Cretaceous (i.e. dinosaurs), Ancient Egypt, Ancient Rome, Feudal Japan, and the distant future. Each time period features a unique set of objects for players to eat. Mice, cats, Tyrannosaurus Rex, mummies, gladiators, and flying saucers are just a few of the hundreds of objects available for consumption.
Game Review by Shane Mooney
Game Rating = 3/5
Smart, simple and surprisingly easy, ‘GabCab’ shows promise as a highly addicting downloadable game reminiscent of classic arcade games such as ‘Frogger” in it’s ease of play. The game revolves around a taxi cab (you) which picks up customers and delivers them to their various destinations by means of mouse clicks. This starts off as an easy task, but as the gas runs out and customers expect better standards in higher levels, ‘GabCab’ becomes more of a challenge.
Three Reasons to buy ‘GabCab’:
#1 – It’s easy to play. Simple controls and easy to grasp objectives, this downloadable game is perfect for players of any age and skill level.
# 2 – Cheap price. At $6.99 this game won’t leave a hole in your wallet. The website also offers a free hour trial version. This gives you the option of trying out the game before splashing out the cash.
# 3 – It’s addictive. After paying your money you want to have a game that doesn’t become boring after two or three levels. This game provides an easy game play that will keep you playing over and over again.
Three Reasons to avoid buying ‘GabCab’:
# 1 – It’s repetitive. Each level is pretty much the same thing over and over, only becoming harder by customers expecting better standards and gas running out more quickly.
#2 – Annoying soundtrack. The soundtrack is not the easiest to listen to in the word, and the sound is better kept on as it makes it easier to identify when a new customer is looking for a cab.
# 3 – Too easy. While it’s ease of play might be a good reason for lesser skilled gamers to buy this game, veterans will find it a walk in the park which poses little challenge.
Overall, ‘GabCab’ is definitely worth a look. It’s creativity makes it different, which is rare in toady’s gaming world. The graphics are what you expect from a DivX 8 game – not great but highly tolerable. The soundtrack can get extremely annoying at times, but is better left turned up to hear when somebody is looking for a pick up. It’s definitely playable, and does get you hooked (something you’d expect after paying $6.99).
‘GabCab’ gets a score of 3/5. It loses marks for it’s soundtrack and repetitiveness, but is definitely not a bad game. It’s a game which is probably best suited for young children.
Game Review by Josh Komon
Game Rating = 3/5
As a stand alone game, Cealum is somewhat enjoyable. In the grand scheme of things, it is just an inferior copy of a great game. Cealum earns a 3/5.
THREE REASONS TO BUY
-Players who loved Peggle Nights and want more can find it here.
-It is easy to pick up and play.
-It only costs $9.95.
THREE REASONS NOT TO BUY
-Caelum is not as good as others like it.
-The presentation is boring.
-The game can be repetitive. (more…)