Terry Cavanagh released VVVVVV this weekend. It’s a retro platformer with innovative game play.
The game costs $15.00
Yard Sale Junkie Game Review by MJ Suttor
Game Rating = 3/5
Ever been in search of a lantern, skateboard or a stuffed bear? Then you may have been at a yard sale. In the game Yard Sale Junkie you can search for these treasures as well as many more.
The premise of the game is to begin with a Yard Sale in Malibu and work your way through all of the various stops and cities along the way until your arrival in Hollywood.
The way the yard sale is conducted is that several yard sale items are placed in a yard scene that makes the items disappear into the background and less visible to the eye.
At the same time a shopper will pop up in the corner. The player then must match the shopper’s request with the correct item. If an incorrect item is chosen it will simply fall to the bottom of the scene.
The player is racing the clock to see how much money can be raised before the time runs out. If all the items are sold before the time is up, the player earns bonus bucks.
As the player increases in levels the number of items to find becomes more complex. There are boards with small jewelry items that the player will need to zoom in on in order to see the items for sale. This is done by holding the left click.
The graphics are fairly simple, but it fits the complexity of the game. The graphics are used primarily to disguise items. Some items can be difficult to determine what exactly they are at a quick glance. For example see-saw comes up. Instead of expecting an actual teeter totter it is a statue with people on a see saw. This is just part of the disguise. The item pictures aren’t always what you immediately think of with the item.
Sound is also very simple, but if it had much more to it, it would probably be a distraction. When a bonus is granted a sound is given. Otherwise the music is low key with very few other sounds.
The game probably isn’t the most creative or original, but it was enjoyable in a small dose. It was fun to see how much money could be earned and it did motivate the player to want to continue around the track of sales.
This game is not for those that are looking for adventure and action. It is a good memory game that would be good for kids. Because it is very good at reinforcing memory skills with no violence or sexual content. This would be an excellent game for kids. It would appear to be suited for children age 8 and up. The shopping aspect of the game may make it more appealing to girls as well.
The instructions and tutorials make the game extremely easy to jump into and learn how to play. This is one of the strengths of the program.
Overall it is a good family game that is good for memory and matching skills. For this reason I would rate it 3/5. I lowered it for simplicity and lack of a real original concept.
Harvest Massive encounter Game Review by Shenni Bubb
Game Rating = 9/10
We won’t share the solar system, and the aliens are not impressed!
Harvest: Massive Encounter by Oxey Game Studio is a unique real-time strategy game which incorporates 2D fantasy. You are the base commander of a space colony deep within the galaxy, your job is to expand the colony while bravely defending it in every manner you can.
Game Review by Richard Winterton
Game Rating = 2/5
Game Review Summary
Buy this game if
-You want a simple yet satisfying 2D action game.
-You are looking for a game with a lush but charming visual style
-You love classic fantasy with a warm and light hearted touch.
Do not buy this game if
-You want a deep and engrossing story and characters.
-You want deeply developed gameplay.
-You want a little more RPG with your medieval fantasy.
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Do you like Gnomes? Do you like Goblins? Do you like Gnomes beating the ever-loving Snot out of Goblins? Then you will love Emberwinds. Emberwinds is a 2D-action platform game from indie developer TimeTrap. While the game sports an interesting visual style and entertaining gameplay, it seems somewhat unpolished. (more…)
Perfect Tree Game Review by Russell Smeaton
Game Rating = 5/5
The Perfect Tree is the perfect seasonal fix for those who love the traditional 3 in a row game. The star of the show is a lonely pine tree and you have been given the task of making it the perfect tree by decorating it with all manner of shiny things.
Summer Session Game Review by Tabitha Akery
Game Rating = 1/5
Summer Session is a social interaction game. Spend the summer attending classes, interacting with others, and looking forward to the weekend. Make the right choices to increase the chance of getting a date.
Wildhollow Game Review by Josh Komon
Game Rating = 3/5 Balls
WildHollow, by Karjasoft is a new take on empire building. The story is a mix of bizarre and contrived, but the dialogue indicates that the game’s creators are fully aware of this. The game is littered with tongue in cheek humor. The idea is that the hero returns to his or her home town to find that the family farm has been destroyed, and that mom and dad are no where to be found. This hero needs to simultaneously rebuild the farm to its former glory, and find and possibly rescue the parents.
For the most part, Wild Hollow is a point and click game. There is a world map, with plenty of locations, and plenty more which can be unlocked. Within each of these locations, there is a still frame of the town, farm, orchard, or whatever the location is. At these locations, there are people and buildings to click on, each of which starts up a conversation. The player is given plenty of options for what to say or ask the people of the towns. Through these conversations, the hero is given quests to undertake, each of which is rewarded with money or items. There are a few other things that can be done at each of these locations. Items are sometimes hidden in the scenery. Some of these are quest items. Others are statues which the hero keeps as part of the collection. Lastly, there are a few mini-games which can be played at some of these locations. These are incredibly simple, and a bit stupid, but at least they are a change of pace from the monotony of point and click.
All of these actions ultimately lead to the acquisition of money. This money can be used to buy things, but most importantly, to help rebuild the family farm. Once the first repairs have been made, the hero can start to keep animals, feed them, raise them, and sell them.
While most graphics in Wild Hollow are still images, they do have a polished look. The design for the characters are very creative, albeit a tad on the intentionally cheesy side.
The music changes by location, and while the sound designers tried to put a bit of a modern twist on it, the game still sounds like every other medieval game.
CREATIVITY AND INNOVATION
Wild Hollow tried a few new things, and to some degree they worked. But all in all, this was a pretty unoriginal game.
THREE REASONS TO BUY
-The game is loaded with humor.
-The character designs are quite colorful.
-There are plenty of things to do.
THREE REASONS NOT TO BUY
-$19.99 is a bit much for a point and click game.
-The game is mostly devoid of action.
-The game play can be monotonous.
Wild Hollow is an average gaming experience, but just is not worth the time and money. It receives a 3/5.
World of Goo Game Review by Tim Peters
Game Rating = 5/5 Balls
World of Goo by 2D Boy must be seen to be believed. It started in 2005 as Tower of Goo; just another rushed-together game in the Experimental Gameplay Project. But thanks to its runaway success, this prototype mutated into a complete game that defies expectations and demands attention. World of Goo is a construction/puzzle game like nothing you’ve played before, and nothing you’ll ever play again.
In each of World of Goo’s stages, all you have to do is get the little balls of goo from their starting base to a pipe somewhere else in the level. Building towers and bridges and whatever else the demented designers have in mind for each level is as simple as dragging one ball of goo to another ball of goo. But these aren’t your usual building blocks. They sway, they collapse, they shudder. They’re alive and they’re always watching you. Even when you sleep. (more…)
Quantz Game Review by Josh Komon
Game Rating = 4/5 Balls
Puzzle games tend to be the most popular amongst downloadable games, making competition between them extraordinarily high. With so many titles to choose from, only the most creative and polished games can thrive. Quantz, by Gamerizon is one of these games. It has the look, feel, and challenge of a top notch puzzler.
There are three different modes of play in Quantz: Strategy, Puzzle, and Action. The reality of the situation, is that there is only one mode of play, with very tiny variations. That one mode of play is pretty interesting though. Each stage is a floating cube, with little colored balls, known as Quantz, on the six different sides. Players can move the cube around, and fire other Quantz at the surfaces. The idea is to get four of similar color to be connected. When that happens, they explode. In addition, if they are surrounding another colored Quantz, it will fire off an explosion that can be used to clear others. The last thing players can do, is rotate the cube quickly, and try to rearrange singular Quantz, as they can roll along the surfaces, and even be flung into the air, and moved to a different surface.
It is a very challenging game after the first couple of stages. It requires strategy and a little bit of dexterity and timing. Some of the challenges are fun, but some are just plain frustrating. While each stage is different, after enough play time, they all start to look the same, and ultimately, play the same.
There are no people, places, or realistic objects in the game. Everything is futuristic, cubic and/or spherical. Everything is also expertly designed. Between the menus, backgrounds, objects, and fluidity of the motion, Gamerizon has developed the best graphics on a downloadable game. They are every bit as good as one would expect from a puzzle game on a console, or from a store bought DVD ROM game.
Not to be outdone by the look, the sounds of the game set the bar. It is mostly futuristic sounds and ambience, but it is of the highest quality, and greatly contributes to the gaming experience.
CREATIVITY AND INNOVATION
Lining up colored balls has been done before. The inclusion of the floating cube makes Quantz a very creative and original game. Three dimensions only adds to the originality of the game.
THREE REASONS TO BUY
-$12.99 is a great price for a game with so much high quality content.
-The puzzles are challenging, and interesting.
-The presentation is flawless
THREE REASONS NOT TO BUY
-The puzzles can be frustrating.
-Game Play is a bit repetitive.
-While there are three game modes, they are all basically the same.
Quantz is a good game, created with incredible care and detail. If it were more fun, it would get a perfect score. Still, Quant receives a 4/5.
Delicious Emily’s Holiday Season Game Review by Rachelle de Bretagne
Game rating = 4/5 Balls
It’s the seasonal time, and Emily has to do all she can to cater for the discerning customers of the lodge in the snowbound village of Snuggford. From cooking and serving food, clearing tables and keeping the restaurant in tip top condition, Emily has her work cut out for her. It’s time to decorate and to make the hotel as cheerful and welcoming as possible. Follow Emily through seasonal events which include elements of fun such as snowballing, skating and winter activities.