Monday, 30 May 2011

The Adventures of Red (flash game)

The Adventures of Red is a point and click adventure game where you must get a muffin by completing the puzzles in the castle. It is a good game and the puzzles are rewarding to complete and mostly not too difficult. If you need help there is also a walkthrough available.
puzzle where you find matching shields

Monday, 23 May 2011

Stalker Call of Pripyat Review


Stalker Call of Pripyat is the sequel to Stalker Shadow of Chernobyl. The game is set in and around Pripyat which is by the Chernobyl Nuclear power plant disaster. The first Stalker game Stalker Shadow of Chernobyl was about a mind control device in the Nuclear power plant. In the sequel you play as an American soldier sent to investigate the crashes of helicopters in the zone. It is set after the events of Stalker Shadow of Chernobyl.  The main character from the first game Shadow of Chernobyl makes an appearance in the game. Its a good idea to Play Shadow of Chernobyl first to understand the story better.
abandoned ship called Skadovsk

Stalker Call of Pripyat is very atmospheric and scary, although most missions are outdoors and do not have claustrophobic feel of Shadow of Chernobyl missions in labs.

There is lots of attention to detail on the large map with lots of locations based on real world buildings. Exploring is also an important part of the game for finding hidden stashes of equipment. There are a few new mutants in the zone from the first Stalker game which is a good addition.

Stalker Call of Pripyat was releases after Shadow of Chernobyl and has improved graphics with no loading between different areas. The inventory screen is improved with the ability to assign common used items to F1, F2, F3, and F4 keys. The PDA (Personal Digital Assistant) is also improved. There is no longer a mission list so it can be difficult to know which missions need to be completed. It is very easy to miss out doing missions by not speaking to the right people. It’s a good idea to play the game twice to get the most out of it.
abandoned school

Overall this is a very good game with good replay value because there are so many different people to get missions from. If you enjoyed Shadow of Chernobyl I definitely recommend playing Stalker Call of Pripyat.

Score 8/10

Monday, 16 May 2011

Animal Raceway (Flash game)

Animal Raceway is a game where the aim is to train your animal to win races. Training increases your stats in Agility, Health, Speed, Stamina, and Reactions. The mini-games for training are good fun. There is also a shop where you can buy different clothing for your animal. Once criticism is when racing you do not have control of your animal.

Overall it is a fun game and worth playing.

mini-game for increasing stamina statistic. Aim is to keep white bar inside red bar.

Monday, 9 May 2011

Kamaz Jungle 2 (Flash Game)

Kamaz Jungle 2 is a free and fun truck racing game. It has good quality 2D graphics. The goal is to reach the finish line without breaking your truck. You can choose engine size, suspension, and tyres to suit the level. There are ten levels and overall its a good but short game.
ramping a hill

Monday, 2 May 2011

Grand Ages Rome Review


Grand Ages Rome is a real time strategy and city builder game from historical games developer Haemont games. It is set in Roman times and the campaign mode follows important events like the conquest of Julius Caesar, the change to an Empire from a republic, Mark Anthony, Queen Cleopatra of Egypt, and Gnaeus Pompeius Magnus (Pompy).
forum, the centre of your city

Each mission of the campaign you need to build a city that meets the objectives of the mission e.g. build a city with 60 exports of wine, eliminate enemy camp, or build 60 houses. There are many different types of buildings and usually each building has buildings it depends on. You need to satisfy food, religion, and entertainment through building the right buildings. Trading with other cities is possible with either a ship port or a trading post building. At the centre of your city you have a forum and as you get milestones such as building set number of house or researching set number of technologies the forums get upgraded with trees and statues.

The graphics are very impressive and it is possible to zoom in to see individual people or zoom a long distance out to see the entire map. You have complete control of the camera being able to view the game exactly how you like. Sometimes the buildings can look too similar and it is difficult to tell what they do easily.

Some missions need you to eliminate barbarian camps. You take control of squads of soldiers and attack the enemy like you would in any real time strategy game. Each squad has levelling up and as they gain experience they become more powerful. There are lots of different types of squad although if you get the strongest squad in the game (Praetorian Guard) nothing much can stop you. The combat is fun although simple and not challenging enough.

There is some decision making in the game and choosing some missions will side you with or against some people.

One criticism of the game is that building a basic city from scratch is required for every single mission. This gets repetitive and I think it would have been improved if more of the missions gave you prebuilt cities or at least partially build cities.

The sound track to grand ages Rome is very nice and appropriate for the game and I enjoyed it. Multiplayer mode exists in the game although no one plays.
Elephant cavalry crossing a bride

Overall this is a very good city builder and real time strategy game. The career mode felt epic in how you experienced the changing of the roman expire, and the people responsible for it. As many of the missions are based on real historical events you get to learn a lot about the Roman’s from playing this game.

Score 8/10