Another World

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Summary

Another World is an action/adventure platformer that was originally released in 1991.

Review

Here is a record of the ~15 minutes I played this game.

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Wow, I look stoned.
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A professor who drives a Ferrari, huh?
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This cinematic is painfully slow. Dum dee dum…
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Press action to continue?! Wtf is action?! *Pushes all the buttons* Okay, it’s Ctrl.
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Wait, I just saw this part. So did I die? Oh yup, I guess I so, because I can swim to the surface. The transition from cinematic to playable was not at all obvious.
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Damn, it won’t let me walk off the cliff. 🙁
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Could I walk any slower? (Found out later you can run if you hold Ctrl)
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Ouch, a worm thing cut my knee.
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Aaaand I guess I’m dead. Bad worm.
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Do I have any other controls? Doesn’t look like it.

I learned that you could get past the worms by jumping over them, but I could not for the life of me figure out how to jump over all of the worms in the second screen of worms. I could get past the first one fine, but the second and third worms kept slicing my knee open. 🙁 I wasn’t interested in this game anyway, so I gave up.

You might like this game if you like…

  • 25-year-old games
  • Dying over and over because you cut your knee
  • Games whose only instruction is to “press action” after you die without giving any indication which button that might be.
  • Retro graphics

Want to play?

Another World is apparently available on a multitude of platforms from desktops to mobile devices to consoles. Here are just a few options (I played on my PC via Steam):

$9.99 on Steam | $1.99 on Android | $3.99 on iOS

ORION: Prelude

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Summary

Survive waves of dinosaur attacks in this multiplayer sci-fi FPS game.

Review

Right off the bat, I have to say that first-person shooters aren’t really my thing… but at 49 cents, I figured I’d give it a try anyway.

I played ORION: Prelude with Nick on co-op survival mode for about an hour. You pretty much just run around and shoot dinosaurs. In between waves, you can buy weapon upgrades and augments to beef up your character. You can apparently also spend real money if you’d like to customize your character further.

This game would benefit from a little more direction in where to go and what to do, especially for first-time players. We also had a few bugs. I got stuck in between two boulders for a couple minutes before we found out there was a way to teleport out. Somehow, other players were able to join our password-protected game. Not sure how that happened.

ORION: Prelude isn’t terrible, but I wouldn’t really recommend it either. At the price, though, it’s certainly low risk if a dinosaur FPS appeals to you.

ORION: Prelude

You might like this game if you like…

  • First-person shooters
  • Shooting dinosaurs in the face
  • Jetpacks
  • Being picked up by a pterodactyl and dropped to the ground
  • An assortment of weapons

Want to play?

$0.74 on Steam (25% off during the Steam Winter Sale) (I got it for $0.49)

Nimble Quest

Nimble Quest

Summary

From the company that created Tiny Tower and Star Wars: Tiny Death Star, Nimble Quest is a new take on the classic video game, Snake.

Form a line of heroes and steer through endless levels fighting enemies. Just like in Snake, you can’t stop your heroes from moving forward and you have to avoid running into enemies and walls. Collect gems and power ups, avoid damage and obstacles, buy upgrades, and clear levels to unlock more heroes.

Nimble Quest

Review

Simple and cute, Nimble Quest is a clever re-imagining of Snake. Levels start out easy and gradually get more difficult. On the downside, it can feel grindy and repetitive.

In addition to gems, there is a premium token currency. Before I figured out how levels worked and that tokens are rare, I stupidly wasted all of my tokens retrying levels (which the game prompts you to do). If you decide to play the game, don’t do that. 😛

If you’re looking for a game you can pick up and play for a few minutes at a time, this would be a good pick. I played the PC version, but I think Nimble Quest would work well on mobile devices (it was designed for them). Although the game is free-to-play on mobile, you have to pay to unlock red gems (worth 10x as much as normal green gems).

You might like this game if you like…

  • The classic video game, Snake
  • Casual games
  • RPG elements

Want to play?

$4.99 on Steam (I got it on sale for $0.49) | Free on Android and iOS

They Breathe

The Steam Summer Sale is going on and with that comes gifts of weird games from my friends. This time around, one of those games was They Breathe.

They Breathe

Summary

They Breathe is an action adventure game with a dark story and hand-drawn art. You start the game as a frog, floating above the water on a log. Once you dive below the water, though, it’s a mad scramble to get enough air bubbles to stay alive, especially because you aren’t the only creature under the water.

Review

There aren’t any instructions. It’s up to you to figure out the controls and how to play. The game is pretty simple, though, so it works.

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What is a moose doing underwater?!

The game is really short — about half an hour long. It also auto-saves, so that if you die, you don’t have to start over from the beginning. Well… unless your game glitches like mine did and your frog ends up off-screen somewhere between life and death. Frog limbo renders the game unplayable without ever reverting to an auto-save. I had to close the game and start over from the beginning. 🙁

Like most people, I thought the game was… strange. I think it’s worth the $0.61, though, especially since it has Steam Trading Cards.

P.S. There is a twist to the creatures that you’ll probably discover by the time you get to the bottom.

Want to Play?

$0.61 on Steam (69% off during the Steam Summer Sale)

10000000

10000000

10000000 is a hybrid RPG/Action/Puzzle game that combines match 3 puzzles with fighting monsters and improving your character’s gear and skills. You wake up in a prison and the goal is to score 10000000 points so you can escape.

Gameplay

10000000: Dungeon
Running a dungeon

Move rows and columns to match tiles while your character runs through the dungeon battling enemies, opening chests, and unlocking doors. There are several types of tiles and each have different effects when you match them:

  • Swords/Staves: physical/magical damage to the enemy you’re fighting
  • Shields: defense against enemy attacks
  • Keys: unlock chests and doors
  • Backpacks: chance at getting an item
  • Stone/Wood: gain some amount of that material (used for repairing and upgrading the castle)

Because of the different matching effects, you really need to pay attention to the board and what your character is doing or you could waste a good damage effect when you’re supposed to be unlocking a door. I like that twist on the classic match 3 game, because you have to plan and save your combinations. You still need to act quickly, though, because the game is time-sensitive.

10000000: Upgrading
Upgrading my weapon

You can also have up to 3 items at a time, which you get from backpacks and chests. They can be used at any time to do things like transform some of the tiles into another tile or give you more time.

At the beginning of each dungeon run, you’re also given objectives to perform a certain number of matches, acquire a certain amount of resources, etc. When you complete the objectives, it rewards you with resources.

Between dungeon runs, you can upgrade your character with the resources you’ve earned. Wood and stone are used to repair and upgrade rooms in the castle (blacksmith, trainer, staffmaker, etc.). You can then spend your gold and experience to upgrade your gear and skills in the rooms.

Review

I bought 10000000 when it was on sale for 99 cents earlier this month and I started playing this morning. I’ve played primarily on my tablet so far, but I also briefly tried it out on my phone (it looked and played the same as on my tablet).

10000000 is a clever combination of match 3 and dungeon crawler and the result is a fun game that’s well-suited for mobile devices. It also doesn’t have ads or require any special permissions, so that’s a plus.

Want to play?

$1.99 on Android and iOS | $4.99 on Steam

Hammerwatch

The Steam Autumn Sale started today! I picked up Hammerwatch while it was one of the flash deals earlier. It’s a hack and slash action adventure game where you wander around a castle killing enemies, either solo or co-op.

There are four classes to choose from: paladin, wizard, ranger, and warlock. Each class has a basic attack and a special mana-using ability and you can pay for upgrades from vendors scattered throughout the castle. Movement is done with WASD keys and attacks use the arrow keys, which took a minute to figure out.

Hammerwatch

I spent an hour or so playing 3-player co-op today. On our first attempt, we were figuring things out and blew through our lives faster than we probably should have. For our second attempt, we decided to give ourselves infinite lives. 😛 I was disappointed that the castle was the same as before; a randomly-generated castle would have made the game more replayable.

Fighting The Queen
Fighting The Queen

In our second attempt, we made it to Hammerwatch’s first boss: The Queen. She was a LOT harder than the mobs we had encountered up to that point. We died a bunch before defeating her, so we were glad we had given ourselves infinite lives.

So overall, Hammerwatch is okay… worth the $3-4 I spent on it, but not a game I’d really recommend.

As for games I do recommend, Skyrim and Terraria are both 75% off right now. ^_^

Terraria Announcements

Two exciting things happened today for Terraria:

1.2 Release Date

The long-awaited 1.2 PC update will be released on October 1st (source). Possible upcoming features include waterfalls and fountains, paints and dyes, more types of ore, a minimap, new biomes and monsters, a revamped character menu, and a plethora of new weapons and decorative items.

Terraria Demo - Getting Started
Getting started in the Terraria demo

Terraria is available on Android

Although the official announcement probably won’t be until tomorrow, the mobile version of Terraria is now available in the Google Play Store. You can demo the game for free, but you need to pay $4.99 to unlock the full game (which lets you save your progress, customize your character, etc.).

I played around with the demo briefly on my tablet and it seems to work pretty well on a touchscreen. There are joysticks on the left and right that control movement and tools/weapons. Accuracy can be a little tricky sometimes, but you can zoom in and there’s also a zoomed-in view thing that helps. There was a glitch with the sound, though, where it stopped playing partway through the demo. That seems to be a common problem, so hopefully they’ll fix that soon.

Terraria Demo - Crafting
Crafting menu in the Terraria demo

From what I can tell, it seems like the mobile version is really close to the full game, not a dumbed down version – though I did hear that there is no hard mode.

Get it on Google Play

Terraria

After seeing tons of recommendations for Terraria online, Nick and I bought the game during a Steam sale last year. We finally got around to playing it this weekend and we’re hooked. 🙂

What is Terraria?

Terraria is an action-adventure RPG game that is more or less a 2D take on Minecraft. You create a character and then you explore, dig, craft, fight, and build in your own unique world. It also supports multiplayer, so you can play with your friends either online or via LAN. Terraria is available on PC and, as of last month, also PlayStation and Xbox.

Exploring the world
Exploring the world

What makes Terraria great?

Terraria is a sandbox game, which means it’s open for you to explore and play how you want to play. If you like swinging swords or throwing shurikens, you can do that. If you prefer to be a caster, you can focus on mana gear and use magic weapons. There aren’t classes, so you can switch it up anytime. You can choose to build amazing structures or spend your time exploring or fighting bosses… or all of the above!

Terraria has plenty of content to keep things interesting. There are lots of biomes (environments), 9 bosses, a handful of NPCs, tons of enemies to fight, and random events like blood moonsgoblin invasions, and meteorites.

A few other things I was impressed by in Terraria are water flow, lighting, and AI pathing.

What would make Terraria better?

Creating a character
Creating a character

I didn’t care for the character creation screen. It’s essentially a long list of things you can change the color of (from hair to clothing items). It’s a lot of back and forth between different screens adjusting RGB values.

The first time playing can be rough. A couple people I know tried Terraria only to be confused and turned off by the initial experience.

This one’s just a minor thing, but it would be nice to have some idea where the other players are when you’re playing multiplayer. It could be arrows on the screen indicating direction (like in Salem) or maybe it could be an item like the Depth Meter or Compass.

Oh, and ladders. Platforms are awkward. 😛

Overall Thoughts

I totally recommend picking up Terraria, especially if you’re a fan of Minecraft. I’m pretty hooked on it right now and I love exploring the world and coming across new things all the time. Plus, the Purple Phaseblade I got last night is pretty sweet. 😛

Playing with our new Phaseblades
Playing with our new Phaseblades

Terraria is also supposed to be getting a big update (version 1.2) in the next month or two, which I’m excited about. There’s a list of update spoilers in the official forum.

Orcs Must Die! 2

As it goes with Steam sales, I bought Orcs Must Die! 2 by Robot Entertainment during the Autumn sale a few months ago and hadn’t gotten around to playing it until this week. I really liked the original Orcs Must Die!, though, so I knew I’d get around to playing the second version eventually. 😉

Playing Orcs Must Die! 2

Genre

OMD!2 is a strategy tower defense game (which I love), but it’s also a third-person action game, which is a fun genre blend. Players use traps, weapons, and spells to defend fortresses from waves of orc attacks. My favorite feature of OMD!2 is that it added co-op, so Nick and I can play together.

Character selection
Character selection

Characters

When you start the game, you get to pick between a male War Mage (from the original game) or a female Sorceress (a new addition). For the most part, it doesn’t seem to matter which character you choose, but there are some unique items and traps for each character. In general, the War Mage relies more on weapons, whereas the Sorceress relies more on spells.

Upgrade system
Upgrade system

Upgrade System

What’s really neat about OMD!2 is that you can customize the game for how you want to play. OMD!2 introduced a new and improved upgrade system that awards skulls for completing maps. The skulls are then used as a currency in the spellbook, where you can buy and upgrade weapons and traps. If you like to have strong defenses, you can use your skulls to get better traps. If you prefer the action aspect of the game, you can improve your weapons. Or you can do both! 🙂 You can even use skulls to buy costumes for your character.

Overall Thoughts

Orcs Must Die! 2 is quickly becoming one of my favorite games. It added some really nice features like co-op, a new upgrade system, and even weekly challenges — not to mention the new campaign, enemies, and items. I highly recommend OMD!2, especially if you’re a sucker for tower defense games, like me. 😉

And if the $15 (game only) / $25 (complete pack) prices intimidate you, just wait for it to go on sale. I think Nick and I paid $10 total for 2 complete packs during the Autumn sale. The game is well worth the regular price, though!