Author Archives: Jhonny Crespo

[Review] 4 Elements HD (PS3)

Available on: PS3; Publisher: Boolat Games; Developer: Boolat Games; Players: 1; Released: August 30, 2011; ESRB: Everyone; Official Site

No puzzle game is like the other. Each one tries to do more than the hit before it so it can be the next big thing. Whether it’s the simplicity of Tetris or the social drive of Bejeweled Blitz, each game strives to stand out. The latest game, 4 Elements HD, isn’t necessarily simple nor does it have a strong social component, so what is going to keep you coming back to it? Instead of either, 4 Elements HD is filled to the brim with different obstacles, which makes for a game that is quite complex and will easily appeal to those in search of new challenges.

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[Preview] Driver: San Francisco

One of the least revolutionary genres of video games tends to be the racing genre. There isn’t much room for innovation from the gameplay/design aspect and the majority of changes rely on enhancements in cars. But Ubisoft has decided to break out of the mold and make a truly unique racing game with Driver: San Francisco. We’ve decided to give the demo a shot and see what we can expect before the full game is released.

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[Casual Friday] Tiny Tower

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One of the biggest problems with the iPhone to date has been the battery life. Battery management has become a daily task that is as important as eating lunch – especially for those of us that our juggling several different games. But what if there was one game that you could become full engulfed with that can almost promise minimal battery drain? Boy, is Tiny Tower for you. However, readers beware: after twenty minutes into it, you will become a mindless slave and you won’t even know why.

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[Review] Boxhead: The Zombie Wars (iOS)

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In a world probably at the brink of destruction, the majority of the population has been transformed to evil zombies due to a virus, radiation, or something of the sort. You are a one-man wolf pack armed with your wits and a pistol. Your objective is to survive or repopulate the world – well, more like see how long you can live. If these vague and cliché instructions are enough for you, then you’re ready to step into the fray, and ready to take on Boxhead: The Zombie Wars.

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[Review] Fruit Blast (iOS)

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Contrary to popular belief, monkeys don’t always throw feces. Although I’ve never met a monkey that throws fruit, I’m sure they’re out there somewhere; MEDL mobile has not only captured his essence, they have armed you as well. If you’re ready to take down this primate bully then let’s go!

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[Casual Friday] Shape Shift

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For this week’s Casual Friday I’m looking at Backflip Studios’ newest hit Shape Shift. It already has thousands of downloads but is it really any different from the already popular Bejewled Blitz?
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[Review] Moon Diver – Online Old School Goodness

Available on: PS3, Xbox 360; Publisher: Square Enix; Developer: feelplus; Players: 1 – 4; Released: March 29, 2011; ESRB: Everyone; Official WebsiteMoon Diver Shot 2

There are a handful of companies in the gaming world whose name alone screams credibility. So much so that players are willing to buy it based on that alone. It’s kind of like going to a Liam Nielson movie. Tangent aside, Square Enix probably has more credibility than Liam Nielson himself (hopefully this isn’t a too soon joke for anybody) . Their newest game Moon Diver has hit both Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network, but does the content of Moon Diver fulfill the expectations of the Square Enix name?

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[Review] Hector: Badge of Carnage

Available on: iPad; Publisher: Telltale Games; Developer: Telltale Games; Players: 1; Released: May 12, 2011; ESRB: NA; Official Website

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Hector: Badge of Carnage is the newest installment of episodic games released by Telltale Games. You play as the incompetent Detective Inspector Hector fighting crime and cleaning up the streets in the not-so-fair city of Clappers Wreake as a terrorist decides to take over. It is now up to Hector to save the city in this “point-and-click” game, solving various puzzles along the way. This may seem to sound like an innocent game but be warned: you must be 17 years or older to download this game and it is only fitting that the same disclaimer should apply for this review. So reader be warned it’s about to get… raunchy.

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[Casual Friday] Tiny Wings

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This week’s Casual Friday features a game that epitomizes “casual.” There reason I say this is because the player only has one control; frankly it doesn’t get more casual than that. But does this extremely simple control scheme really offer enough depth to keep you coming back? Well let’s find out.

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[Casual Friday] World of Goo

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For the next installment of Casual Friday I feature a game that may not be best defined by the term “casual.” While on a trip to Ohio a couple of weeks ago my traveling buddy introduced me to World of Goo, which at first seemed fairly interesting to me, but little did I know that she had introduced me to a game that would ruin any productivity for the next two and a half weeks of my life.

World of Goo was originally released as a PC game in 2008. Recently it has been rereleased and optimized for iOS devices. The goal is simple, you must use goo balls to build structures and reach a pipe that will suck up any goo balls that have not been used for said structure. This game offers an environment that is highly dependent on physics. The gameplay is fairly simple but the storyline’s progression continuously adds more factors into the game, making it more difficult and in-depth over time. You travel along a barren world completing missions and uncovering new parts of the world as well as new goo species. Each species carry unique properties that can range from floating, launching, or regenerative properties to name a few.

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