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.
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.
Over the past few years the asian continent has been a rich mine to dig into for ancient legends to be adapted into video games. Jade Empire started the recent trend. Bioware bringing their usual talk heavy and world engrossing magic to the Asian set RPG. then a few years later Enslaved rocks up and shows us how a game with meh gameplay can have some of the best motion capture and beautiful scenes in this current generation. Now Calvi Games and Chillingo have come to the table with their offering; The Gods: Rebellion for iOS devices
I don’t like violence in real life, I know that sounds cliché and obvious but I think its something that a gamer in this current climate of “Games are the route of all real world violence” should put forward. That being said, I enjoy a violent game. The visceral escapism of beating someone up or performing horrific acts with a machete is liberating for someone as middle class and repressed as myself. Sometimes though originality in presentation of violence is more interesting than 12 gallons of pixel blood. Step forward Buddha Finger.
Following the success of the popular Flick Champions, and Flick Champions World Editions, Nawia Games and Chillingo have paired up again to bring us a Winter themed edition of the well-received game, for the iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch. You start by choosing which country you want to compete for, and help get to the top of the leader board. Then you are greeted by the menu screen, which allows you to choose which game mode you want to start playing in. You can go for a quick game, and have a fast paced thrilling match of either, Slalom, Skating, Ski Jumping, Ice Hockey, Curling or a fun Snowball Fight. My personal favorite has to be Slalom, as I am really competitive with myself, and just love trying to get through all of those gates!
Episode 9 of the Scratched Disc Podcast, featuring an interview with Fists of Awesome developer Nicoll Hunt, Ouya talk and our community section.
In Britain, a few inches of snow is the equivalent of an apocalypse. A country-wide dusting of the white-stuff brings the nation to its knees, grinding all economical and transportation activity to a halt. Whilst a major headache for the working world these snow days are a blessing to children, giving them a day off and the chance to swap algebra for snowball fights.
We don’t normally do news here on PixelBedlam, however here is something that will slip under many people’s radar and something that, if you have a slightly grey moral compass, you should take advantage of. I woke up this morning to news of Mame working on iOS devices, iPad and iPhones that haven’t been jailbroken can now play Arcade Emulator extraordinaire MAME. Gridlee was a game produced in 1982 and the creators have recently ported it to iOS, to do this they used a MAME backend, which can be, shall we say, manipulated. Long story short all those Arcade games you played as a kid you can now play on the go on your iPad without damaging it! Guide starts after the jump –
Dingle Dangle is an excellent contribution to the mobile gaming market, from Just Some Games. This cute, crazy addictive game hits all the right spots when you are in need of some light hearted app distraction. The game begins with a graphically brilliant cinematic sequence, which introduces you to the world of collecting ‘Dingles’ (who, by the way, are painfully cute) and the music and sound effects that accompany this short clip are just great. Instantly you feel involved in the game.
It’s an understatement to say that the app store is massive. Even colossal doesn’t begin to cover it. In September 2012 it boasted 700,000 apps, 90% of which are downloaded every month. The app store has been Apple’s main weapon in fighting off other platforms and keeping it’s iDevices the most sought after tech products. With so many games out there, unique concepts are hard to come by – even birds being thrown at pigs has been done to death. Tin Man Can, a game which surely must have muddled up the words in its title, manages to shine a light of innovation through the bloated app store by offering a new twist on the runner genre with a unique protagonist – a unicycle-riding, helicopter-robot.
As a writer who has the ear and attention of no-one, and with no authority do I say the following: Video Games Do Not Make Gamers Violent, and anyone who says otherwise is going to get got!
It’s easy for me, I’m a middle-class, reasonably well off white male, aged in his mid 20’s and of Irish-English descent, living in England I have little to no experience of guns. Well, actually I live in quite a rural area and my neighbour once shot at a hot air balloon that was flying over head, but he is kind of mental, and that’s the point, some people are just not right in the head.
Who doesn’t love kittens? If you’re saying “I don’t!” right now then I put it to you that, just like a fine wine, you just haven’t found the right one yet (of course, if you’re allergic you get a free pass here). Kittens are adorable little creatures. Well, they are when they’re asleep anyway.
One google search suggests there are at least 10,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 organisms alive on Earth. So, barring homosexuals and – presumably – aquatic life, Noah managed to squeeze them all into his big boat… well, apart from the 3 creatures in Catch The Ark… which makes you think, are they trying to prove something?
I don’t know much about Korea, North or South. I think that at some point America and either the North or South was at war, and I know the following about North Korea’s former leader Kim Jong-Il; 1. He played golf once, he managed 11 holes-in-one in one round, he then retired from the sport. 2. When he was born a new star appeared in the sky and there was a double rainbow heralding his arrival. 3. He had built crazy water slides in the back of one of his many mansions. The long and short of this is that Korea is such a secretive nation, all or none of these could be true, and with my lack of knowledge I fear the events of Anomaly Korea are happening right now.
Ah, monster trucks. Sitting somewhere between professional wrestling and NASCAR events in American culture, it sees over-sized vehicles powering around arenas, over cars and through caravans in a motor-fuelled orgy of engines and manly-ness enough to excite motorheads and thrill-seekers alike. Although an impressive spectacle to watch live, it’s not exactly a format that lends itself to gaming, with this generation’s Monster Jam effort not only slipping under the radar but borrowing miles beneath it. Developers Odd Games attempt to change this by bringing the mayhem to iOS with Monster Truck Destruction.
Freemium [free-mee-uh m] noun. A sales strategy, especially on the Internet, in which the basic product or service is free, but customers are charged for additional features and content. That’s the dictionary definition for an ever prevalent format in current gaming. Zooniverse is latest offering of the genre, brought to us by the mobile giant Chillingo.
Pirates, they’re a wacky bunch aren’t they. Ever since the acting chameleon that is Mr Depp first dressed up as a pirate everyone seems to have forgotten about the slavery, alcohol abuse, murder, and to put it politely, the slavery, abuse and murder of women. When some fey man prances around like Keith Richards and wears eye liner we all swoon and ignore their illustrious past. Pirates are now a hot property, so much so that they’re appearing in all sort of weird games on iOS, today’s game that features the wanderers of the sea is Potshot Pirates.
Nitro Chimp is the newest installment from the guys over at C2 Game Studio, for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad for us lucky gamers to try our hand at. It is a fast paced, crazy action arcade game that sees you steering the cheeky chip past many dangers and towards pleasing power-ups that give your stunt monkey some extra oomph!
Crystal Maze was cool, this is a simple fact. So cool that when it appeared in the awful film version of Dungeons and Dragons it made one scene almost cool. For those not old enough to remember, or born in an area that wasn’t in the UK, the Crystal Maze was a game show which featured Richard O’Brian, who wrote The Rocky Horror Show. He led a band of men and women around a disturbingly well designed set in a studio featuring; Aztec Zone, Industrial Zone, Medieval Zone and Future Zone. In each zone various challenges were submitted in different rooms and with that came a time limit, if said contestant lost or ran out of time they were locked in the room until their team mates deemed their life valuable enough to warrant sacrificing some of the game shows money to buy back their pathetic existence.