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Category: Reviews/Previews

Evoland – PC Review

Ruaidhri Walker

They say that smell is the most memory inducing sense. A whiff of a scent can take you back to any time or place. For me, and I imagine most people reading this, the most prolific thing to take me back is gaming. I can remember my early years of gaming, Amiga, Gameboy, Snes and Megadrive all hold a special place for me. I remember playing Gargoyle’s Quest on the Gameboy when I was 5. Even now when I think of it the music instantly comes back to me and as I type this I’m humming the first world music over and over.

Nostalgia is a double edged sword. I’m sure if I went back and played Gargoyle’s Quest it wouldn’t hold the same effect over me, the concept of ‘You can never go home’ comes to mind when thinking about our early years of gaming. It could be that we’ve become jaded or our memories forget the bad, or it could be that games are just better now. We tend to remember the good times, not the awful loading screens that tortured us for 10 minutes or the horrible controls. But then sometimes, nostalgia is what we need, you need to know where you’ve come from to appreciate where you are. Evoland takes this idea and shoves 25 odd years of action role-play games into our face demanding we smell their cheese.

Signal Ops – PC review

Martin

[Editor’s Note: Our review is based on the version of the game released on the 3rd of April 2013. Images within this review are only from the first couple of levels of the game due to capturing issues.]

Last week, George Osborne, gave a speech defending his new onslaught against welfare to a load of Morrisons employees. What made this speech awful, beyond its content and Osborne’s innate, unlikeable, sneery demeanour, is that he very obviously tried to moderate his usual Oxbridge eloquence and sound more common, in an attempt to appeal to his audience. British became ‘Briddish’. ‘Want to’ became ‘wanna’ and ‘out of’ became ‘outta’. Frankly, it completely undermined his entire speech (or cunningly distracted everyone from its content, I suppose).

Why am I talking about politics on Pixel Bedlam? Well the moral is, there’s no point in trying to be something you’re not. Unfortunately, this is exactly what Signal Ops does.

Robi: Cosmic Saviour – iPhone/iPad Review

Callum

The best games are often the ones that are easy to pick up but hard to master. It allows gamers of all skill levels to play and enjoy but also rewards those willing to put the time and effort into mastering the gameplay. Robi: Cosmic Saviour takes this concept and nails it, creating an addictively simply game with enough complexity to encourage strategic play.

Late To The Party: Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

Ruaidhri Walker

Nolan North for the longest time annoyed the hell out of me, this suddenly feels like a confessional, if Nathan Fillon is the ‘Geek God of TV’ then Nolan North is the gamers nerdgasm producer. A quick look at his IMDB page  shows how many games this silver voiced actor has been in; a lot of them crap to be perfectly honest but some absolute gems in there. My issue with Nolan was originally around his take of some quite iconic characters, the likes of Deadpool, Penguin and Superman/Superboy (you can find my DC Universe: Young Justice love here). All of which were perfectly acceptable takes in theory, actually no, that’s rubbish, Nolan North’s version of Penguin was on the verge of sounding like Dick Van Dyke in Mary Poppins. It was an American actor’s idea of a British accent, which has been formed based on Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and the voice Harry Shearer uses in The Simpsons to portray a Brit, and it’s just the worst.

Rolling Hero – iPad/iPhone Review

Callum

Video game villains are a peculiar bunch. Despite having armies of mindlessly loyal minions, a wealth of resources at their disposal and a twisted mind hell-bent on all things evil, many ignore the lure of controlling a corrupt corporation or pursuing world domination; instead they show psychopathic obsessions with capturing unfortunate protagonist’s girlfriends, pooling all their efforts into keeping them away from our heroes. Bowser, Donkey Kong, the Shadow Warriors; all determined to get between the player and their pixellated other half. Even villainous colourful round balls are prone to the occasional spouse-stealing, setting up the premise for Rolling Hero, the latest game from developers Gameplay Squad.

Fury Of The Gods – iPad/iPhone Review

Vin

I can’t precisely remember which Tower Defence style game I played first but I can remember the one that sapped many hours out of my youth when flash based browser gaming was becoming huge. Bloons is that culprit. A time waster like no other, the possibilities for air filled carnage were endless and it was a constant battle to beat my friends scores. It’s fair to say that I will probably judge any game that classifies itself as tower defence squarely against the joy I once gleamed from the lost time of yester-year.

Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition – Mac / PC Review

Aaron

Do you remember many years ago when a game meant something more than a 4 hour campaign and tacked on multi-player? Do you remember when seeing the game over screen was not just a chance to reload your last checkpoint? More importantly, do you remember the last time a game showed you its teeth and didn’t just hand you victory after victory wrapped in pretty packages? Baldur’s Gate does and it wants you to roll up your sleeves and dive in head first… are you up to the task?