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Lume review - Promising start if tad short 0

Lume is indie adventure game developed by State of Play which consists of two British gentleman. The game was nominated for Excellence in Visual Art at this years (2012) IGF Awards, loosing to Dear Esther.Lume tells a short story of girl named Lume is visiting his puzzle-obsessed grandfather. No, this doesn't take place in Professor Layton or Scoggins. But might as well. Lume is main objective is simply to restore power in grandfathers house. This is done by number related puzzles as well as few...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Critical look at Where is my Heart? 0

Someone who has soft spot for pixelated indie puzzle platformers the premises here sure sounds good. Add to the fact there isn't really another game with similar gameplay idea out there. Sure plenty of puzzle platformers, but not in the same way as this.Objective is simple, collect hearts and find an exit. Where this gets tricky is that the game screen is divided into small sections like a comic book strips. Except that the panels are not in order. Meaning go left of a panel might up ending up p...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Racing Tetris blocks 0

ThruSpace is somewhat innovative puzzle game for Wiiware platform. I am using word somewhat here since game uses Tetris blocks. Which hardly is original. Also the puzzle description can only be used loosely here. The main idea of the game is to control one Tetris block (or a Keydrons as its called here) through a set of walls. Each wall has a specific shaped hole which the block must be guided through. The Keydron can be rotated freely in every possible way. Keydrons casts a shadow on the wall s...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

NMH 1.5 0

Recently I was given an opportunity to have a play through of sequel to No More Heroes from 2007. First game was somewhat enjoyable game. It had few minor complaints, but all and all it is a good game, even still. NMH 2 follows up more of the same. Story picks up few years after the events on the first game. A tragic event causes the hero Travis Touchdown to be involved with the UAA organization again. UAA which stands for United Assassins Association as with the first game holds assassin rankin...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Adventurs of Fortix, the illegitimate son of Asterix 0

OK this has nothing to do with Asterix. Nor tower defense, which was my impression of this game for some reason.This is Qix. They added dragons, cannons and power-ups, but it is still good old Qix.DragonixOn the original Qix and its countless clones&remakes the idea is always the same. Player must claim the screen by drawing boxes/fencing off sections of the screen while dodging random moving object in middle of the screen. Idea in Fortix is absolutely same. Only difference is that player mu...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Mark Twain would approve this game 0

Nikola Tesla is a popular videogame character. His inventions are ideal for crazy stories that video games often have. Tesla - Weather Man is developed by two man indie studio called: Thoughtquake Studios. Game is available on Gamersgate for ~£2 (or ~$3). Game can be also bought for a similar price directly from the developers. Link here.Game can be categorized under the platformer genre. More specifically physics based puzzle platforming action. The presentation is very plain, with lack of bett...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Here is a game that not many will play. Sadly 0

Art Style games which were called Bit Stream games back on the GBA days have pretty much all received a updated version. Such as light trax which (originally dotsream on GBA)has been done for the Wiiware and gotten a 3D perspective. Don't get all too excited though. This is still minimalist and stylish arcade fun. The basic premises of light trax is simple. You are controlling a white line who needs to compete against six other lines to get to the goal. Line racer game if that makes any sense. R...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Toki Tori lives! And no one knows why 0

Cheap to start an review with a comparison analogy. So here goes, I will do just that. Toki Tori can be considered to be a mix of Lemmings and Braid. A puzzle platform in other words. Comparison to Braid is not really accurate since original Toki Tori was released 10 years ago for Game Boy Color. The PC and Mac version got its release almost 10 years later (2010). Quite an long life for a such mediocre game. Purpose of the Toki Tori is to guide a yellow chick through various of terrains and col...

0 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Challenging, but still fun 0

The Fantasy Wars name doesn't leave doubt what this game is about. Fantasy themed turn-based strategy is of course the idea behind here. Actually not too different from Heroes of Might and Magic and Disciples series. Can not really distinguish the difference further since I've played only the early version of these aforementioned games. My version of Fantasy Wars is from the fine people of Good Old Games. Game is available on most other major online distributors as well. Originally game was pu...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Platforming RPG in Aztec theme 0

Aztaka's developer is called Citérémis. This Canadian indie dev claims to be one of the first solar powered gaming studios. Their twitter boasts also a Fairtrade brand. Surely you can not get more indie than that? Gameplay and genre is not as far out there as the French-Canadian Fair-Trade studio would imply. Traditional 2D platformer is the main idea behind here. Setting is in old Mesoamerican ( Aztec) theme in hand painted backgrounds and ethnic soundtrack. The platfo...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Welcome to the cream of the XBLIG crop 0

Continuing my journey off the beaten indie-track, more specifically the XBLIG trail. Once in a blue moon, this platform has a proper gem as well. “Pun intended”. This is definitely the case with Epic Dungeon. The game was part of 2010 Indie uprising. After all this time I find myself coming back to this still. Quite a good value for something that cost meager 80MS points.Epic Dungeon is old school dungeon-crawler, in every sense of the word. Player has only one life and sharp sword (or other wea...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Trials of the Steam sale victims 0

I am sucker for cheap games. Steam, of course is ideal for this thanks to their generous sales. In one these Port Royale 2 found it's way to my cart and ever growing library. Still (foolishly) imagining to play all of these games one day.Port Royale 2 is Pirates themed business simulator. Not too different to the excellent Pirates! game which some of the older geezers might remember from the C64 days. Not that there were much wrong with the remakes such Sid Meir's Pirate for Xbox/Wii/PSP. Port R...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Yahsu! <- that's Hello in Greek 0

Numen: Contest of Heroes is an action roleplaying game. Developed by small indie developer called Cinemax, hailing from Czech Republic. Game is available on Steam, Impulse and Desura. Like most of the games on Steam Numen has gone through one of Steam's generous sales already. At one point going only for mere £2/$2/€2. Including my copy. Setting in Numen takes in ancient Greece. With it's rich mythology is ideal for such game. Player take control of an small boy (or girl) who can choose to be on...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Now we are getting somewhere 0

No doubt Sonic franchise has gone through lot of abuse during the years. Luckily for us few remaining fans, the last couple of games (ignoring that Kinetic effort) have shown some signs of improvements. First Sonic Episode 4 with it back to roots approach and then Sonic Colors month later with even more of that pure platform joy. The infamous Sonic Cycle came to everyone's mind when Sonic Colours was announced certainly. More annoying cuddly sidekicks. Thankfully those new additions play very sm...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Graphical interface to programming - Chapter One: Spacechem 0

Here is my effort of reviewing this strange game. Effort used in sense that I need to restrain myself and consider this as a videogame not a process document for my work. Interesting fact about the creator of this game is. The fact that Zachtronics Industries is the creator of precessor to Minecraft with it's Infiniminer game. Zachtronics have since that done bunch Flash games based on different logic puzzle based on different science themes, just as in Spacechem here.  This all makes sense, t...

1 out of 2 found this review helpful.

High Definition Gameboy co-op action 0

Treasure Treasure is a PC freeware game from 2008. The Xbox 360 Live Indie game version is more or less the same game. Only notable difference seems to be the fact that the Xbox 360 version has 21 treasures where PC version has only 20. By looking at the screenshots one might mistake this to be an original Gameboy game. The gameplay also points to this retro direction with simple platform gameplay. Difference to any other platform game is the heavy cooperative puzzle element.  Push! Game takes p...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

This one surprised me 0

Original Lugaru was released back in 2005 and this is apparent from the screenshots. Despite the HD treatment few years later the game looks rather crude today. Lugaru was included in the 2010's Indie Humble Bundle which is where I got my version from. Idea with martial arts anthropomorphic IE. rabbit with swords what Lugaru island is populated with is not exactly new. Name-dropping Usagi Yojimbo a comic book and its C64 game: Samurai Warrior: The Battles of Usagi Yojimbo here. Other than the ra...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

C64 classic returns 0

 So, Archon was a classic Commodore 64 game that can be loosely categorized as action battle chess. Game was presented with a chess like board. Each player having their own side and set of characters. Or pieces as its called in chess. Objective is to clear the opponents pieces simply. The pieces loosely follow chess rules as well. Front row is armed with knights or ogres which is the disposable unit with only single melee attack. The more valuable pieces in the back row have mor...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

A great mixture of Telltale and Layton 0

Big Brain Wolf is an indie puzzle/adventure game available on Steam. Theme in the game revolves around classical fairytale's as the title indicate. Player is in control of an genie in training, who also happens to be a wolf. And is ridiculed by his wolf community for being a vegetarian. Action takes place on the wolf trying get her mother free. Who has been framed for an murder. Catching the real perpetrator and gaining some credit with the wolf community end up being his objectives as well. Thi...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Who threw that barrel? 0

WET is one strange game. It is stylish and borrows lots of cool elements from other popular games. For example bullet time from Max Payne, parkour style running from Mirrors Edge and vehicular battle in moving car ala Pursuit Force. Plus tons of more. Not the most original game and I can live with that. Had this only been a fun game. The strange thing here is game manages absolutely on every form make a mess. That itself is achievement I suppose. Gameplay is on the action shooter category. This ...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Finished with my woman 'cause she couldn't help me with my mind 0

Thankfully the overused song in the title does not exist in Brutal Legend. Double Fine delivered this heavy metal inspired action game in 2009. It might not be fair to categorize it as just an action game since there are lots of elements from RTS, racing and even brawler games. Eddie Riggs is our main protagonist who is voiced by and roughly modelled on Jack Black. Eddie is a roadie who gets involved with ancient Norse-like heavy metal mythology and hooks up with Ophelia, who is the story's love...

0 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Victim of sale 0

As a child of the 80's Turtles have special place in my heart. This is franchise that has more or less always been handled pretty well. Even the remake series was good. Worst treatment have been maybe the movie's. The four green shelled ninjas that borrow names from historical Italian masters are as eager after pizza as they were back in the 80's. This is actually a remake of a old SNES game Turtles in Time. Which I must admit that I didn't know that this. Or that this was exactly the remake o...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

This is not what it looks like 0

Originally Eversion was a freeware PC game. It has received a graphical overhaul, new secrets and a price tag on it's Steam version. Which I had chance of playing recently. I would recommended playing the game without reading a single review. This is because of the layer mechanism that is way cooler without any knowledge of it. Well too late now.  Start with this.. Eversion is a traditional 2D platform/puzzle game. Only difference is that it comes with a twist. Protagonist is a flower looking ch...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Danger is the name 0

Joe Danger is one of the few top high profile PSN games. Developed by four man team Hello Games and was released in 2010. This was a good year for indie games and Joe Danger is no doubt right on top of the best games list. Would have done even better had it not been a PSN exclusive game. Gameplay for this light hearted arcade racer/puzzle might not be the most original one. Excitebike from 1984 already had the same idea. Recently games like Trials HD and countless Flash games have done also the...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Shiny! 0

Crossfire 2 is one of the top titles from winter 2010 Indie Game Winter Uprising campaign. Which was an effort for putting more focus on some of the more better XBLA Indie games. Radiangames are known for their quality indie games and this is no different. I haven't played the first game but judging from the videos this seems to more of the same.  Purple line is the Superfire It would be crime not mentioning Space Invaders when talking about Crossfire. More so when looking at the fine remakes/r...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Bite-size fun 0

.. we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender.. cue Iron Maiden's: Aces High Aces High with it's fast tempo and theme around dogfighting would be a fitting song to Altitude. Shamefully that is the only comparison. Altitute was released in May 2...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Started well... 0

This is a remake of an old NES game which I didn't know even existed. Had I not known that this was a remake of old classic I would have thought that this is a indie game. It has similar simplistic feel as many indie platforms tend to have. Also the varying game mechanism with the different beans make this stand out from the standard fare. Story is non-existent. Boy finds a crashed spaceship in the forest. And meets up with the game's sidekick: the white blob. Blob had crash-landed in Earth whil...

1 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Hell Yes! 0

Super Meat Boy is one of the major indie games of 2010. This is very surprising especially when looking at the difficulty level of this game. This is literally is right on the top of the hardest games ever. Right in line with N+ or Splosion Man. Similarities to other 2010 top indie game VVVVVV can be also found in the short stages and the retro look. Game bears resemblances to 8bit gaming times in all fronts of the presentation. This is with simplistic Meat Boy sprite and the plain 2D background...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Lot's of fun 0

There is something very addicting on going through piles of loot while looking for the next best item. This was of course properly introduced to us all with the fabulous Diablo games. Runic Games have taken the same formula and perfected it even further. And added virtual pet! Torchlight was first released as a downloadable game first which made me miss the game completely. Year later thanks to various recommendations from the nice GB people and community it finally found its way here. Occurren...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Steam has Flight Control HD 0

Flight Control is yet another of those high selling IOS games. Firemint, the developers of this game realised that this would work fine on a PC/MAC and mouse well and made a HD version for Steam. Game got thrown straight away to Steam's infamous sales. And made lot's of suckers to be a 5min virtual air traffic controller. Like the undersigned here. Premiss here is very simple. Player is control of a air strip, or few to be accurate. Different types of planes are flying in from different dir...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Nothing special 0

End of 2010 is closing and Bayonetta keeps on popping up on various top 10 games of the year list. My Bayonetta copy has been sitting on the shelf for months and seeing how few actual 2010 titles my own list has wanted to see what the hassle with this game was about. Bayonetta can be categorized as a third person action game. It has number of different gameplay mechanism. Such as shooting, brawling and some aspects of platforming. As well as few minor puzzles and driving sequences. When viewin...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

They made a bad 2D game as well 0

Recently when reviewing Sonic Episode 4 I made statement saying that there were no bad 2D Sonic games. Remembered that there was actually one game I had not played yet made me go back to this. Sonic Rush Adventure or Sonic Rush 2. This is the 5th 2D Sonic game in modern platforms. GBA having 3 and DS 2.  The Hub I am certain there is no Sonic fan who can argue that the quality of Sonic games has gone down since he jumped to 3D. Sonic Adventure for Dreamcast was perhaps the last only decent effor...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Meh - sorry can't think of better title 0

The developer behind Shatter is New Zealand based Sidhe Interactive. Sidhe's most notable game is the multiplatform game GripShift. Which was an original puzzle racer platformer game.  round != fun Shatter in other hands lends a lot from Pong, Breakout or Arkanoid. Which should be in some form familiar to any gamer. This is of course a basic block-breaking action. Shatter comes with some new additions and updated graphics. Platform for my Shatter experience was PC and more specifically the Steam...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Should not have played this 0

The early Xbox 360 zombie killing simulator took its time to come top of my to-be-played pile. After playing Case Zero it would have been better to be kept there.. For some reason I had an impression that this game didn't have lot's of a story. Even after playing Case Zero earlier which had a nice and short tale. The protagonist Frank West goes to investigate small city of Willamette. Roads have been blocked but Frank has been smart boy and rented a helicopter. When getting closer it is clear t...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

What do you get when you combine Metal Gear Solid and Bionic Comm 0

Shadow Complex is a modern take on traditional 2D platform game. Released in 2009 for XBLA. The game is considered to be one the better games of XBLA. Also ideal for a quick afternoon playthrough. Orson Scott Card, the author of one the greatest sci-fi literature is in charge of the story in Shadow Complex.  Jason and Claire are a couple who have gone trekking. Claire gets kidnapped and is taken in to shadowy looking complex. Jason who also happens to have military training goes after Claire ...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Noooooooo!!!!! 0

This funnily named indie base jumping game from 2009 has been available in Steam for a good while now. As with many Steam indie games AaaaaA! has been in many sales as well. There was one such recently where I picked up my copy. One of the cooler looking levels  So base jumping simulator is the name of the game here. Player is controlling a jumper that is viewing the world from third person perspective. Goal is to jump from a highly elevated location, navigate through a different types of busy s...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

How can a robot drown? 0

Cave Story, created by one man band Pixel Studio is a cult PC indie game that has seen a commercial acknowledgement in 2010 by getting released on Nintendo's downloadable services . The changes from the PC version are not so different and one might wonder why pay for something that is available for free. Well first of all this is a indie game and the original creator Mr.Pixel (or Nicalis the company who ported this) is a independent developer and deserves every piece of support he/they can get. ...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Tad short 0

Man can not to talk about Chime and not mention Lumines or Tetris. Chime lends the blocks from Tetris, the grid and the general feel taken from Lumines. Chime has also more similarities to Lumines. Both are music themed puzzle games.  The purpose of Chime is to colour the game grid completely. This is done by using Tetris-type blocks for creating 3x3 shapes. These are called quads. A tracker like bar is sweeping from left to right in sequence with the music. Each time this hits the quads the...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

If it has a page it deserver a review 0

 Brainpire: A Plungle to Unhumanity is an award winning indie game with psychadelic visuals and a unique audio track. And..,  well that's about it. Gameplay is a very simple onrails-tunnel dodging action. The player is controlling a vessel of sorts that is travelling through a pipe. Multiple obstacles and hindrances need to be avoided. The game's ten levels are randomly generated, each with their own trippy visuals. The amount of enemies and the speed increase with each level. The mouse is use...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

I really wanted to like this game 0

 It is difficult to look at a new Sonic game and ignore all the terrible 3D efforts they made previously. Although if you choose to ignore all these 3D games it does not look too bad. All of the 2D GBA and DS game's have been pretty good. Sega has finally realised this and made a brand new 2D console game for downloadable platforms. This game is back to basics with a retro action and feel. No idiotic stories or uninspirational support cast. Just Sonic doing what he is best of. Running fast and c...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.