In Heroes & Castles, Foursaken Media has created a genre blending game that is part Action-RPG, Strategy and Castle Defense. Either of those types of games individually can bring plenty of fun gaming, but put them together and you have a formula for success. Heroes and Castles has plenty to offer if you are willing to dive in for the long haul. In the name of your King who is near death, you must defend the castle gates.
Knock knock is an odd game. This makes for a difficult review. The first review that I had lined up was a glowing one as I was quite impressed with the effects the developers designed, as you'll read below. The second one I was going to write was much more negative, almost scathing, pointing out things that I felt the developers should've included in explaining the game better, after I encountering a sudden and unexpected "Game Over" that was without cause. This is my third take on the game, which will be a bit more balanced and include elements of both.
NothingElse is a very dark game, a very short game, a game that doesn't allow you to save your progress, yet great nonetheless. I'll do the best I can to review this without of spoiling the ending, which was incredibly dark, but I definitely didn't see it coming. For that reason, the game won me over.
The Last Express is a murder mystery that was originally released for Macs and PCs in the spring of 1997, and has since been ported to Android. It's set in the days leading up to World War I, and you play the entire game on a passenger train passing through a large portion of Europe, on its way to Constantinople. On the whole, it's quite unique for for a game. In some ways, it's a bit like the game Clue, as both games have players confined to a space full of colorful characters that each have their own agenda. You need to navigate those agendas to accomplish your own in solving a murder.
I mash my thumb into my phone’s screen for the umpteenth time, watching as the numbers next to my sword climb ever higher. I switch to my next hero, mashing my thumb once again into the glass, as the numbers next to my sorcerer’s boots jump up another 200. I jab my battle-worn thumb into the screen a few more times and find myself at the airship screen. My eyes glaze over with sheer joy as I watch the numbers next to my airship climb higher thanks to some hard earned upgrade components. Those too required many presses of my thumb. I pray my thumb will see my heroes to the level cap without breaking. This is the game for those with fortuitous thumbs. This is the game for those with little free time. This is Heroes of Atlan.
It’s rare to see a new spin on an overused game formula. What I’m personally used to seeing is a game suddenly rising in popularity, and then everyone releasing what is pretty much a re-skinned version of it. Gameloft’s Rival Knights is the exception I’ve been looking for. It’s a jousting game that plays very similarly to drag-racing games such as CSR Racing, but adding more than enough changes to make the game feel new and fresh.
Metal Slug 3 is a 16-bit blast from the past that is available from both Google Play for $3.99 as well as on Humble Bundle 10 (the most recent as of this writing). In this side scrolling shooter, it's the player's job to keep the world from the oppression of an invading force fashioned after the Nazis, among others.
Shivah. Noun, Judaism. A period of seven days' formal mourning for the dead, beginning immediately after the funeral. It also is the name of a point and click murder mystery available on Google Play for $1.99. Originally, the game designed for desktops in 2006, and it is currently available to those of us on Android.
Flashout 2 is a fast paced racing game, which is set in the future and you use anti-gravity ships to win money and fame. Throughout playing this game I couldn't help but liken it to F-Zero or Extreme G. It won't pass for either of those, but it's definitely in the same category. With that frame of reference in place, there's a lot to like about this game.
Dark Lands is a hybrid game containing elements of an endless runner and an action-adventure game, complete with endless running evasion tactics and a full combat system for dealing with those pesky enemies blocking the player’s way. Released earlier this May, Bulkypix’s Dark Lands packs a long playing experience into 2 content-filled game modes. Without question, its crossbreed characteristics will turn some heads but how does this marriage of an action-adventure x endless runner x platformer really play out?
Trials Fusion is one my favorite games on the PS4; naturally I was delighted when a mobile version launched on android a few days ago. The game itself is the classic gravity/rag-doll physics game that many people will have played in different iterations. You use the on screen controls to accelerate or break, lean forward or backwards. That's it. Nothing fancy going on here, and it works well. The buttons look aesthetically pleasing too, something a lot of games of the genre get wrong.