Sunday, March 27, 2011

Namco Museum: Battle Collection (PSP) Review

Retro to go

Namco Museum: Battle Collection for the PSP is a good game but after coming off of Namco Museum for the 360, this feels a little light to me. This is satisfying. You get about 20 arcade games & 4 "arrangement" games, which is pretty much a classic game with a few updates here & there, mostly in the graphics, the gameplay is still true to the original game though. The 4 arrangement games you get are Pac-Man Arrangement, Galaga Arrangement, New Rally-X Arrangement & Dig Dug Arrangement. I didn't mind the arrangements, but I did however love playing New Rally-X Arrangement, I think it was probably my favourite out of the 4 arrangement games there. Now with the actual arcade games, there's Pac-Man, Ms. Pac-Man, Galaga, Tower of Druaga, Mappy. I played almost all of these games, I surprisingly enjoyed Dragon Buster but it did have its problems but I did enjoy myself. I always enjoy playing these old Namco games, they're a treat for me. The only game I didn't enjoy because I can't stand it is Rolling Thunder, it's just my least favourite of the Namco games. There is 1 - 4 multiplayer but I didn't get a chance to play it. The menu did feel a bit light, like I wish they did a little more with the menus and after since I came off of Namco Museum for the 360, this package here feels light, there's no Championship Edition and where's Sky Kid? Sky Kid is one of my favourites and also after coming off of Pac-Man Championship Edition DX (Review for that one soon, look out for that), going back to the original Pac-Man & it's arrangement is fun and all but I honest to God just want to play Championship Edition DX on the go now. Battle Collection is a good collection, except for Rolling Thunder, and after coming off of the 360 Namco Museum and Championship Edition DX, I think Namco has to up their Museum game. Namco Museum: Battle Collection for the PSP is getting a 7.5 out of 10.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Pocket God (iTouch) Review

You are a God among men.

Pocket God is really, a simple game. There's an island, you play as God and put these little creatures down on it when you push the + button. I haven't played the game in about a week or so, but if I remember, I think you can have about 6 - 8 little creatures on the island at one time. The little creatures are fun to watch, they fish, they sleep, it's fun to watch and to me, the game showed all the charm in these little buggers. What is sad, but also very fun, is flicking them into a volcano or letting the shark eat them. The game is usually updating, so there's more to do with the game and that I thought was really cool cause the game can get a little boring at times, but thank God that I heard the updates add in new things like one of the updates added in whenever you swipe your finger across the sky, there's a double rainbow or this other one, there's a running through hell, getting a high score mini-game. All of it, was cute & charming and I really loved that about the game. The only problem I had with the game is maybe one or two touch screen problems here & there. But with all the charm & cuteness of the game and with the game updates adding in new things, I had fun playing Pocket God on the iPod Touch and I hope you will too. Pocket God on the iPod Touch is getting a 7.5 out of 10.

Monday, March 14, 2011

All Star Air Hockey (DSiWare) Review

It shoots but does it score?

Even on my birthday (yes today I turn 19) I'm reviewing games, today I'm taking a look at All Star Air Hockey for the DSiWare & All Star Air Hockey feels like something you'd see in an NHL game as an unlockable mini-game but it's for the DSiWare instead and costs only 2 bucks. So far, we're off to a good start since it's cheap. Now, there's no NHL teams sadly, which is what I'd rather have but instead you pick from one of 8 country teams, there's Germany, Japan, Canada, Russia, Finland, USA, Sweden or UK. Now as for the graphics, there's not much going on but it's a top down view of a air hockey table and also it's a 2 dollar game, what are you expecting? I love the sounds of whatever the puck hits, it sounds great. Now there's 2 different modes, there's a practice mode, which to me was just quick play. Why didn't they just call it quick play? God only knows. The other mode is Tournament mode, which is just the playoffs where you beat a team, move on, beat another team, move on and beat the final team and you win. There's no achievements of some sort , no multiplayer, no unlockables. Nothing, there's just the 8 teams, 2 modes and the score goes up to 7. Whoever gets up to 7 first wins. The only control in the game is you use the touch screen to hold on to and move your paddle (I call it a pad or a paddle) but I really wished they had an option for d-pad controls. Now it feels exactly like a real air hockey game, I used to own an air hockey table and there are the moments where the puck is halfway in the net but it'll slide right out, those moments are in here and I was so happy. This isn't that bad of a portable hockey game, considering this is the first GOOD hockey game I've played on my DSi. Backyard Hockey is a complete waste of time & money and the hockey mini-game in Globz Party was fun but All Star Air Hockey is the hockey game I want to play & even though I'd rather have the licensed NHL teams like the Leafs, Canucks, Oilers to name a few. I loved All Star Air Hockey, it may have its problems here & there but this is the closest to the hockey that I want to play on my DSi and I hope Skyworks Interactive brings another hockey game to the DSi Shop soon, and hopefully it'll be the NHL game I've been wanting to play because we all know EA Sports isn't going to bring an NHL game to the DSi anytime soon. All Star Air Hockey on the DSiWare is getting an 8.0 out of 10. If you're a hockey fan and have been waiting for hockey for your DSi, definitely download this one today.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Remote Racers (DSiWare) Review

Qubic Games goes from the sky to the ground with their new racing game.

Remote Racers comes from the same guys who brought us AiRace & AiRace: Tunnel for the DSiWare. Now, I loved AiRace, hell I still do. I still love to play it, it's still fun. It's a great game and when I saw the trailer for this, I was honest to God looking forward to it...and after just ONE race, I went back to playing AiRace. Remote Racers feels like it is a step back. Coming off of AiRace, you would want to think about making your next game, maybe, more awesome. But this, it looks good at times and then the other half the time, it looks bad, not really bad but not as great as AiRace looked. The controls is where the game falls apart, one touch on the left or right on the D-pad and your car is out of control. There are 8 racers to pick from, but when you first play it, there are only 2 racers to choose from. You have to unlock them all and out of all the races I played, I never unlocked any and with how bad the game is, I really didn't want to stick around, after every time I was done playing 1 or 2 races in Remote, I went right back into playing AiRace. The only good parts about Remote Racers is even though it's a car racing game, the moment you touch water, the car or whatever you're driving, turns into a boat, which is pretty cool and the tracks seem alot bigger than the tracks in AiRace but honestly after seeing how bad this is, don't play it. You're better off playing AiRace. AiRace IS the better racing game and AiRace is worth your money. Remote Racers isn't. Remote Racers on the DSiWare is getting a 3.5 out of 10. Just spend the extra few Nintendo Points and get AiRace.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Angry Birds (iTouch) Review

These birds are angry.

Angry Birds is the highly addictive & popular game that's taking the world over by storm. I played it once and I just got hooked, I thought about it when I wasn't playing it. It's a hell of alot of fun, you control the birds and you just try and take down the pigs. The controls are just, you pull back on the bird and watch the little bugger fly and crash into the pigs, kill all the pigs and you win the level and move onto the next one. The graphics is, to me, the best part about the game because of it's bright colourful design is one reason I keep coming back to play more. I had alot of fun playing Angry Birds, that I would sometimes stop playing Chinatown Wars on the iTouch just so I can play Angry Birds. I don't know what else to say about Angry Birds. It's fun, it's addicting, it's charming, it's awesome, it's a 9.0 out of 10.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Fruit Ninja (iTouch) Review

Slice & dice.

Fruit Ninja is a great time waster to play on your iPod Touch or iPhone, the game is really REALLY simple, slice the fruit. Your finger becomes the sword, swipe it across the screen when a fruit comes up and boom, you get a high score. I can't say much about the graphics, considering the main thing you see is a bunch of fruits, sliced and not sliced (yet) & bombs. Yes, there are bombs in the game, if you slice a bomb, it's game over or if you miss slicing 3 fruits, game over. Adds a little challenge, which I really liked about the game. I've heard there's online multiplayer & achievements for the game but I didn't really know where to go for that in the menu, I just went right for Zen, which is basically Quick play. In the end, I had a hell of a lot of fun with Fruit Ninja and maybe I'll put up a review of the online multiplayer after the wifi in my apartment is fixed but just the single player, get a high score Fruit Ninja, it's a hell of a lot of fun and it's a great time waster. Fruit Ninja on the iPod Touch is getting an 8.5 out of 10.