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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.

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.

Sword of the Stars: The Pit – PC Review

Ruaidhri Walker

Over the past year my partner and I have been experimenting with alternative board games. We tried our hand at Magic The Gathering (which I wrote about here), Gloom the Card Game (which Harriet reviewed here)and the amazing game Zombies!!!! (the exclamation marks are part of the title, not me writing in the style of a 13-year-old girl on an instant messenger.). Throughout all of these and the other games we played we often discussed how well these games would translate into a computer game. There have been attempts at this before with varying degrees of success; Blood Bowl, a fantasy take on the NFL featuring goblins and elves did well on the table top as part of Warhammer’s slightly tongue in cheek side project, but it just never got traction on PC and consoles when it was released a couple of years back. On the flip side the early 90’s saw the Space Hulk board game and Amiga game both do well and still holds a place in the heart of gamers from that era of gaming. Kerberos has managed to produce what feels and plays like a board game without any dice based source to work off and what they have produced is simply a great series of experiences in Sword of the Stars: The Pit.

Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken – PS Vita Review

Ben

Rocketbirds has quietly become a very promising franchise. It was a finalist in the 2010 Independent Games Festival where the original flash version of the game rubbed shoulders with games like Limbo and Super Meat Boy before getting ported to both Playstation 3 and Steam. It now jets down onto the PS Vita, where it may have just found its true home.

The Gods: Rebellion – iPad/iPhone Review

Ruaidhri Walker

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

Buddha Finger – iPad/iPhone Review

Ruaidhri Walker

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.

Flick Champions Winter Sports – iPad/iPhone Review

Lyndsay Moir

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!

Pixel People – iPad/iPhone Review

Ruaidhri Walker

Cloning is a fascinating concept, something that in my mind is as easy as taping two people together with Duct Tape. Obviously I know that when producing Dolly the Sheep all those years ago it was probably extra strength Duct Tape or something similar. Pixel People just confirms my theory about cloning and in the process produces something excellent. Straight away I’ll say Pixel People is a great game!

Tin Man Can – iPhone/iPad Review

Callum

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.

Anomaly Korea – iOS Review

Ruaidhri Walker

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.