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April 10, 2011

Droplitz

Filed under: Paid, Playstation, Puzzle & Casual, Windows, XBox, iPhoneTaylorLF @ 05:39

Droplitz is one of those games that you think would be relaxing to play, what with its color changing backgrounds and smooth music changing depending on how high your score/multiplier gets and also the mode you’re playing on. It lies. It’s a dirty, dirty liar. It’s a frustrating, panicky game hiding behind nice visuals and cool music. I’m on to you Droplitz.

The game seems simple. Little grey and purple balls fall out of the holes up top. They have to get into the spaces at the bottom. Your job as the player is to rotate tiles to create a path for those balls to travel down. Sounds simple, fun, easy, and relaxing right? Wrong. Oh sure, everything starts nice. Click a few tiles, hey look a path! The music playing away, you’re casually building paths. Then you realize you’re losing balls (once you run out it’s game over) because now the board has more paths that balls are coming out of and they aren’t making it because the game decided to give you a line piece when you really needed a freaking 4-way. Oh, it knows. It knows. Now it’s a game of frantic clicking trying to make a path, ANY path, work out so you can keep the game going. Then realizing you’re still losing balls because you still can make a path because the tile they gave you outside the dropper zone can’t connect to any other tile surrounding it. Then the board gets even bigger with more droppers and more tiles. Then you get frustrated, randomly click things, lose, and go cry in a fetal position in the corner. Maybe that was just me though.

The graphics and music are well done. Things changed based on your score and your multiplier and the mode you’re on. The backgrounds are all very solid but sort of….wavy? It’s a trip really. They added little graphics to it, like a snowflake or a coffee cup, to set the mood of the level you’re on. The music is relaxing. There are a few music tracks ranging from techno sounding ones, to smooth jazz influenced, to just relaxing. I don’t know how to describe it except something you’d listen to on a meditation CD or something.

For all I said during the review, it is a fun game. It’s casual enough to be fun but challenging enough to where you won’t be bored with it. Different modes to try out, leader boards for those who like comparing to your friends or trying to get a better score than the people above you, and just a generally fun game that people who enjoy puzzle games should check out. I won’t call it back though, the first date was just wrong.

Droplitz

 ★★★★☆ 

Gameplay:★★★★☆ 
Technical:★★★☆☆ 
A frustratingly casual experience.

Game: Droplitz | Developer: Blitz Arcade

September 2, 2010

Max Damage

Filed under: Action & Shooter, Free, Macintosh, Other, Windows, iPhonelewiscsdoe @ 05:52

Max Damage is a great little game that might remind you quite a bit of your curious and mischievous childhood. All you have to do is complete various levels with a set amount of ammunition.

Your mission each time is to cause as much damage and chaos as possible based on the obstacles in front of you. You must use the terrain around your character in order to get rebounds and to knock random items into each other.

Destroy as much as you can

You have a counter in the bottom right hand corner of the screen which tells you how much damage you need to cause each level. Once you reach or go over that amount you proceed onto the next level of destruction.

The controls for this game are very simple. All you have to do is use your mouse to move the cursor and draw the arrow in or out for power. It does not take long at all to get the hang of, and once you have played for a couple of levels you will soon be flying through.

There are problems with this game despite its innocent appearance. The music will do your head in because it sounds like some weird European rave as opposed to background music for a game.

Tackle challenging levels

Furthermore there are 49 levels to this game and there isn’t an auto save option. Some of the early levels can even be quite tricky so the later ones are really, really tough.

The graphics are pretty simple and mean the game should appeal to everyone. They also mean that the game isn’t confined to a set audience or age. The game appears child like, but allows adults to have a bit of fun and can also keep the kids occupied for an extended period of time.

All in all Max Damage is a decent little shooting based game. It is playing on a format that has appeared in many other web based games before it and to be honest the game does this format pretty well.

Max Damage

 ★★★★☆ 

Gameplay: ★★★★☆ 

Technical: ★★★☆☆ 

A tribute to the inner child.

Game: Max Damage http://www.addictinggames.com/maxdamage.html | Developer: Addicting Games http://www.addictinggames.com/index.html

August 6, 2010

Hit Squad

Filed under: Action & Shooter, Free, Macintosh, Other, Windows, iPhonelewiscsdoe @ 04:39

Hit squad is a brilliantly upbeat action game where you have to complete a variety of tasks within set time limits in order to move onto the next level or mission.

Your role is as a sniper who has to take out a variety of different enemies. However, this game is much different from many other action sniper shooters. You don’t just have to shoot in each level, you have to complete other missions such as getting passports ready in order to get yourself out of the country.

There is not a lot happening on screen, which makes the game very simple and easy to understand. The controls work with you just having to use a mouse to complete each level and task. One annoying aspect to the game is that the scope on the sniper rifle is very small. This makes it difficult in later rounds to protect your assets and kill off multiple enemies within a set amount of time.

Annoyingly small scope

You can change your identity from time to time, which will bring with it added features. Some characters move the scope faster than others while some are better at sorting out passports quickly.

The graphics are pretty good and the developers have stuck with the cartoon look, which works well for this game. This adds to the simplicity, so the game is much faster which helps when you have to move the scope around rapidly in the later missions.

This game will never be on the same level as some great web sniper shooters because it lacks the depth and detail with each level. But it is well worth a look and will keep you entertained for a good half an hour or so.

Get those passports ready

Give this game a chance because it’s a refreshing twist on the sniper genre that was becoming bogged down by two or three popular series.

This game does not try too hard to become more than it is. It keeps it fun and if you’re looking for a sniper game with more depth and story than a series like Sniper Assassin, it may provide what you’re looking for.

Hit Squad

 ★★★☆☆ 

Gameplay: ★★★☆☆ 

Technical: ★★★☆☆ 

A good attempt at the sniper genre.

Game: Hit Squad http://www.addictinggames.com/hitsquad-game.html | Developer: Addicting Games http://www.addictinggames.com/index.html

July 29, 2010

Arch Rivals

Filed under: Action & Shooter, Free, Macintosh, Other, Windows, iPhonelewiscsdoe @ 05:00

The aim of the game is very simple. You can either choose a computer opponent or a human opponent and you must fire arrows at each other in order to take out the other guy and win the game.

You fire these arrows using your mouse. Click and drag acts as applying the arrow and drawing back the bow. You have to use the numbers on the screen and the environment around you to work out how far or how close you are to your opponent.

Ready, aim.... fire!

The basic graphics mean the game is very quick and this works well with the back and forth nature of trying to take each other out with arrows. However, the developer of the game could have done so much more, and this is pretty evident from the screenshots.

The game does get a little harder with the more arrows you fire. If you are playing a computer opponent then the frequency that the arrows are fired at increases, meaning that you have to be spot on with your accuracy or you will lose before you start getting more chances to fire.

One thing I hated about this game was the music. It will do your head in because not only is it rubbish, but it’s repetitive rubbish. God bless the mute button.

It will help if you don't miss

This is a good game if you are looking to waste some time. However, there are too many things holding this game back from being more than it could be.

Some better graphics, better characters and less annoying music would make this is a much better game. The concept has a lot going for it, it is just the way it has been executed that leaves a great deal to be desired.

Arch Rivals

 ★★★☆☆ 

Gameplay:★★★☆☆ 
Technical:★★☆☆☆ 
Multiplayer:★★★☆☆ 
A very basic game with a lot of work to do.

Game: Arch Rivals http://www.addictinggames.com/arch-rivals-game.html | Developer: Addicting Games http://www.addictinggames.com/index.html

June 15, 2010

Cobra City

Filed under: Action & Shooter, Free, Macintosh, Other, Windows, iPhonelewiscsdoe @ 05:04

Cobra City is one of the more upbeat little shooting games you are likely to find on the internet.

This game has a lot going for it, starting with its pure simplicity, which could have equally worked against it. The game sees you controlling a helicopter, which slowly floats over a certain area. All you have to do is aim your mouse at each enemy and click to fire away.

The control is remarkably good, which you may not expect from a game so simple. Fortunately there are no confusing keyboard controls, you literally just have to move your mouse around and fire.

Upgrade at the end of each level

As you complete each level, more and more enemies will start appearing to make your life much more difficult. You will get hit from all sides but you have to be aware of this and use the mouse to dodge accordingly.

There is the handy feature of being able to upgrade various components of your helicopter after you have reached the end of each level. Upgrading the engine will allow you to dart around more quickly while upgraded the weapons will allow you to shoot more intensely.

If you’re looking for a quick way to pass the time then it’s difficult to find anything wrong with this game. There is a mute button in the bottom left hand corner so you can turn off the soundtrack if you find it annoying.

Use the environment around you as help

The only slight drawback I found with this game is the fact that it takes a while for your target cursor to reposition if you try and move it very quickly. This is very annoying in the later rounds when you are trying to blast multiple enemies at once.

However, there is a way around this. All you have to do in the later rounds is take out aspects of the environment, which will help you to eliminate more than one target at a time. Once you have got the hang of that you will be flying through the later levels like there’s no tomorrow.

A great little game and one to keep an eye on. I wouldn’t be surprised in the slightest if there will be a second version.

Cobra City

 ★★★★☆ 

Gameplay: ★★★★☆ 

Technical: ★★★☆☆ 

Take control of the most feared helicopter of all time!

Game: Cobra City http://www.addictinggames.com/cobra-city-game.html | Developer: Addicting Games http://www.addictinggames.com/index.html

June 7, 2010

Totem Breaker

Filed under: Action & Shooter, Free, Macintosh, Other, Windows, iPhonelewiscsdoe @ 04:35

Totem breaker is a quaint little action game that should put a smile on the face of pretty much anyone.

My first impression was that the game is a little bit mad and chaotic for a web flash game, but if you give it some time it quickly becomes pretty addictive. You control a small group of charcters which have to use various methods to destroy architecture and enemies in order to move onto the next level.

There are three main ways to create this destruction. The first is to do it yourself with the weapons you are given. The second is to use the big tree, which has the ability to spit rocks and the final option is to drop bombs from the sky above.

Got to get that timing right!

It all sounds a bit mad. However, it is very easy to get into. There are no complicated keyboard controls as all you have to do is use the mouse and your own sense of timing to launch objects and attacks to hit key areas, which will move you onto the next level.

The graphics are pretty good and should keep you interested. Although they are only two dimensional, there is plenty of colour and pattern action going on, which means it’s hard for you to take your eyes off the screen for more than a few seconds.

One problem with this game is not being able to see your characters and your enemies in the same shot. You have to keep switching back and forth, which is very annoying when you are trying to hit a tiny area.

Destroy your enemies in sneaky ways

Furthermore, things may not go that well for you from the very first time you play. The repetitive sound of annoying music going around on a loop will soon get on your nerves so it may be better to hit the mute button when you start playing.

This is really clutching at straws though because it’s a fairly decent game. You’ll notice on the levels screen that there are many more levels than you would have expected, so there are plenty of hours to be spent playing this game.

Give it a go and you’ll see how addictive it is. The only problem is that there will probably be a second version, which will eat up even more of your time than this game inevitably will do!

Totem Breaker

 ★★★★★ 

Gameplay: ★★★★★ 

Technical: ★★★★☆ 

A brilliant way to pass the time.

Game: Totem Breaker http://www.addictinggames.com/totem-breaker-game.html | Developer: Gamezhero http://www.gamezhero.com/

May 21, 2010

Shark Bait

Filed under: Action & Shooter, Free, Macintosh, Other, Simulation, Windows, iPhonelewiscsdoe @ 03:18

Shark Bait is a very good little retro hunting game, which allows you to take on the role of one of the world’s deadliest predators.

You control a huge shark as you swim through a variety of waters. Your aim each time is to bag the various wildlife indicated as your goal. Do this and you complete a stage and move onto the next one, which will give you a new challenge.

This game has a lot going for it as the title screens and graphics have been kept very simple. This allows for a fast game engine and even if your computer is slow, there is an option for you to choose which will compensate for this.

Snnnnnnnap!

Keyboard control is all that you need. You move your shark around using the arrows on the keyboard. However, the option to charge can be used by pressing the z key, which seems a little confusing as enter or shift may have been more appropriate.

There are two things that currently hold this game back. One is the lack of activity taking place on the screen. You expect much more sea life and human activity on the waters above than you actually get.

This keep the game simple but it does limit the game when it comes to entertainment. It would be quite good to go off on a jaws style rampage at some point and ignore the level objective.

Swim upside down to bamboozle your prey

The other thing which might annoy you is the music. It has quite obviously been put on loop and you can recognize this at various points. It is very repetitive and will make you click the close button sooner rather than later.

Also there is nothing hunting you. Believe it or not but sharks are hunted creatures as well. If you had to keep one eye out for predators, it would make this game much more skillful.

It’s refreshing to see a game with this sort of role as it’s unique and hasn’t really been done before in flash game format. Give this game a go and it will keep you well entertained for a little while. However, do not expect big things and do not expect a sequel because it will struggle to get more than a few clicks based on this effort.

Shark Bait

 ★★★☆☆ 

Gameplay: ★★★☆☆ 

Technical: ★★☆☆☆ 

Go and get your hunt on!

Game: Shark Bait http://www.addictinggames.com/sharkbait.html | Developer: Gonzo Games http://gonzogames.com/



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