Divo Games has released a new strategy time management game containing hidden object mini games called Jack of All Tribes. Users download the game to their pcs and play as Jack, who finds himself mysteriously transported back to a primitive time after going on an amusement park trail car ride. Divo Games offers a downloadable demo of Jack of All Tribes or users can buy the game directly for $19.95. (more…)
Reflexive, creators of classic games like Ricochet Lost Worlds released a new time management game called GabCab, where the game player must pick up and deliver passengers to their destinations while catching tips in the air. The game retails for a whopping $6.99.
Alice’s Tea Cup Madness Game Review by Danny Kalis
Game Rating = 4/5
Alice’s Tea Cup Madness is a game much like the popular “Diner Dash” series. In this game, players are Alice (from Wonderland), running a Tea shop, and attempting to serve all your customers in a timely and efficient manner. Customers are all characters from the Lewis Carroll classic including the White Rabbit, the Mad Hatter, and the Cheshire Cat. If Alice’s customers are not served in the correct manner they will leave or attempt to steal from her. Success, in the game, is based upon goals for each day at Alice’s tea shop, which are attained by properly serving a majority of customers in a given time. Goals increase in difficulty as the game progresses throughout over 60 challenging levels. (more…)
Alawar Entertainment released Farm Frenzy 3, the third part of the Farm Frenzy Simulation Game Trilogy. Here’s Alawar’s description of the game:
“Join Scarlett, the feisty star of Farm Frenzy 3, as she puts robots to work on her land. Can you keep up with the latest advancements in technology as you grow crops, feed animals, collect produce and manufacture goods? Of course you can! Just don’t let the zany new animations distract you from the task at hand. Featuring 90 levels packed with never-before-seen characters, buildings and challenges, Farm Frenzy 3: American Pie promises a bumper crop of fun! ”
Yummy Drink Factory by Angela Pollock
Game Rating = 4/5
Yummy Drink Factory is one of the best multi-tasking games that has been put out in quite some time. Your character starts out by taking a wrong turn and stumbles upon a creepy coffee shop. You stop to get directions and decide to order a warming drink-a “double-chocolate mocha, dry, extra-hot, fat-free milk and no whipped cream”. Your character is a not-so nice young lady with a bad attitude.
Because of your character’s ill behavior and bad manners, the old lady says “you will pay for your evil ways” and the spell is cast. Your character finds herself on Fairytale Island and she must travel the land and serve drinks to the villagers. If she doesn’t learn humility, she will have to stay on the island forever. (more…)
Virtual Farm Game Review by Adam Sprott
Game Rating = 2/5 Balls
After playing Virtual Farm by Alawar Entertainment, I have found it to be quite unrealistic and a game that quickly becomes boring. Personally, I did not like it; I enjoy games that are a challenge, and this game was far too simple. To give it a rating, I would say it is no better than a 2/5 for children, a 1/5 for everyone else.
The game is far too stereotypical and idyllic with very little creativity or innovation. Seeing as I live on a farm, I think the game designers know very little about farming and have instead developed a game more along the lines of home gardening; farmers do not grow grass, they grow hay as any 3-year-old living on or near a farm can tell you. Naturally the main character is the stereotypical large pot-bellied farmer in plaid overalls and straw hat that waddles around with gardening tools and equipment. There are hardly any setbacks as you play the game, and unless you forget to do something or you make a mistake everything will turn out perfectly. This game has been built from a basic template that has been used by many, many other games, and has no innovation or creativity other than being set in a large garden. I was surprised I did not have to chase any troublesome garden gnomes away; it would have probably been more interesting and engaging. (more…)
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.
Parking Dash Game Review by Michael Pitre
Game Rating = 4/5 Balls
Playfirst’s Parking Dash is a fresh, fun and innovative take on puzzle/strategy games. The premise of the game – managing a parking lot business – may sound strange at first, but the concept is executed with such charm that its peculiarity quickly becomes one of its best features. Both easy to learn and yet increasingly challenging and complex, Parking Dash is a game that merits the attention of any
While many games of this genre are typically released without much of a background story, Parking Dash features a “Story Mode” where Karma’s story is presented in faithful comic book style. Along the way, a whimsical map illustrates the various (and surprisingly eclectic) locations of Karma’s fifty-level journey. Alternatively, Parking Dash also includes an “Endless Shift” mode that provides additional challenge and replay value.
Your goal is to transform Karma’s initially dingy parking lot into a hopping, high profile fountain of wealth. To do this, you’ll need to win the hearts of your customers, and in turn, their tips. You’ll also customize your parking lot, as well as Karma’s abilities, by earning upgrades.
The first level begins with an optional tutorial that briefly walks you through some of the game’s mechanics. Karma’s varied interactions include serving as a valet, washing dirty cars, and even appeasing impatient customers with vending machine snacks. All of this is done through a painless point and click interface, allowing you to stay focused on the action.
Because the waning mood of your customers affects their generosity, your most basic task is to park and return their cars as fast as possible. Each customer is accompanied by a floating clock, indicating the duration of their stay. You’ll need to use this information wisely to match the more accessible parking spaces (i.e. not blocked by other cars) with the vehicles that need to be retrieved sooner, and vice versa. To make things more interesting, the parking spaces begin to light up in various colors; matching car color with parking space color results in bonus points. Consecutive color matches create combos that boost your earnings even further. The game enjoys throwing new elements into the mix as you play, and you’ll soon find yourself involved in a mind-boggling decision making process.
While the world of Parking Dash isn’t exceptional in terms of appearance, the graphics have a colorful and distinctive cartoon-like quality. This, mixed with the vibrant, hand-painted scenery, make the game pleasant to look at. Parking Dash features an excellent, upbeat soundtrack, crisp with the sound of real instruments. In fact, the game’s partnership of sound and animation produce a surprisingly engaging experience. Cars “vroom-vroom” and billow smoke while being driven. Happy customers jump for joy, and being tipped results in a shower of gold coins. If you’ve managed to spark a customer’s fury, they’ll race from the parking lot with tires squealing.
My 60-minute trial of the game went by in a flash and left me wanting more. Unfortunately, I found that the price of the full game wasn’t competitive enough compared to other downloadable games on the market. However, those who aren’t deterred by the price are in for a treat. Pricing aside, Parking Dash is an addictive and memorable game. My rating: 4/5.
Fitness Frenzy Game Review by Tabitha Akery
Game Rating = 3/5 Balls
In Fitness Frenzy, a New Year’s resolution starts a new fitness craze. As the trainer, make customers happy by scheduling their workout, assisting in explaining the equipment, giving encouragement, and finally accepting payment for services rendered.
First Class Flurry Game Review by Andrew Groff
Game Rating = 3/5 Balls
As soon as I opened up First Class Flurry, I was immediately let down by the graphics, which were merely childish cartoons. The basic concept behind the game is introduced through a comic book style dialogue, which lets you know that you will be playing the game as a flight attendant, who works for an airline that was just bought out by new management. As the airline’s number one flight attendant, it will be up to you to keep the customers happy, and eventually lead your company to the top of the airline industry.