Tesla: The Weather Man

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Tesla: The Weather Man is a Puzzle Platformer developed and published by Thoughtquake Studios.

First lets start off by saying no, you aren’t a weather man for a news station. What you are is a man called Nikola Tesla wielding the godly powers of lightning, levitation, rain, sun and snow as  you fight Thomas Edison and his army of robots.

I didn’t know he had an army of robots… did you?

Gameplay consists of using your powers to defeat those evil robots and solve puzzles blocking your way to the exit of the level (Which is oddly marked with a “Win” sign). While doing so you can collect gems to power up  your abilities. Unfortunately only a handful of the 36 upgradeable powers are useful and you will find yourself randomly clicking on a power to upgrade after the few useful ones.

Humour takes a large role in this game and this is evident from the beginning monologue. Unfortunately later on the humour doesn’t always hit the mark. This game definitely isn’t a game for hardcore platformers, it seems to be aimed at more casual gamers, or those new to the genre.

While consisting of 29 hand-painted levels the game is very short and lacks a lot of variety between levels. Most puzzles that hinder your progress aren’t all that hard to figure out and enemies can normally be taken out with a lighting strike at long distances.

While short, this unique take on the platformer genre could be a good starting point for those new to the genre, or to those who are looking for something a tad different.


Pros

Interesting Concept.

Physics.

Upgradeable abilities and powers.

Funny.


Cons

Short.

Some bugs.

Graphics aren’t all that great.

Not many animations.


Featuring:

  • Five mad science powers
  • Fully-voiced cutscenes and in-game tutorial
  • Research upgrades to your powers and other perks
  • Organic, hand-painted levels
  • Absurd comedy at its finest!

For more information about Tesla: The Weather Man go to http://www.thoughtquake.com/games/tesla

Guerrilla Bob

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Guerrilla Bob is a dual  stick shooter developed and published by Angry Mob Games.

Originally a game for the iPhone, how does this dual  stick shooter translate to the PC?

Short answer: It works.

Long answer: It works better on the iPhone.

Guerrilla Bob is about kicking butt, in a linear yet graphically appealing way. Levels consist of endless waves of bad guys and a boss at the end of each level. It has a very arcade game feel  but as I said before, it  was originally developed for the iPhone so this is to be expected. Each level introduces a new foe to deal with, whilst they aren’t particularly unique in any major way they do bring a more diverse gameplay experience.

Guerrilla Bob is an arcade game made for quick gaming sessions.  If you have an iPhone or Android I suggest you get this game. For PC I say stay away. All in all it’s an alright arcade game that provides quick bursts of fun.



Pros

Good Graphics

Smooth Animations

Co-op



Cons

Lacks depth



Features

  • KICK-A*S WEAPONRY
  • FAST-PACED SHOOTER COMBAT VERSUS DEADLY ENEMIES
  • SECRET AREAS AND POWER-UPS
  • EPIC BOSS FIGHTS
  • A VARIETY OF GAMEPLAY MODES
  • ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK AND PROFESSIONAL VOICES
  • CROSS-PLATFORM MULTIPLAYER

For more information about guerrilla bob go to http://guerrillabob.blogspot.com/

 

Super Meat Boy

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Super Meat Boy is a platformer developed and published by Team Meat.

Super Meat Boy is a hard, soul crushing, spine tingling experience that will have you at the edge of your seat every moment. Think of the hardest platformer level you can. Got it? Well Super Meat Boy has harder levels than that.

You play as a piece of meat. Not a regular piece of meat that just sits there waiting to be eaten. You play as a nimble, charming yet funny piece of meat that takes parkour to the extreme. Your girlfriend has been kidnapped and it’s up to our meaty hero to get her back. On your hellish journey you will traverse many different locales, these range from salt factories to hell itself. Every location has it’s own distinct look and feel and will have to be approached in a different manner. At the end of every location you will have to complete a boss fight. These will test your nerves and your reflexes as you dodge, jump and float your way to defeat the nefarious villain.

Death is a huge part of this game, as in, you’ll be doing it a lot. Unlike other games, dying only drive you to complete the level rather than driving you to complete insanity. Oh boy and once a level is complete that took you ages the satisfaction and relief that befalls you is well worth it.

Super Pancake Boy!

Levels can be approached in many different ways with many different characters. There may only seem like one way to complete a level but once you master the controls you may find many different ways to tackle a single jump. Yes, there are different characters. These characters can be unlocked by finding and completing special warp zones hidden in different levels or gathering a certain amount of bandages that are located in certain levels. Each character has a different ability to the next and will be extremely helpful when a difficult level comes across your path that allows you to use that characters full potential.

Dark levels are a darker and much harder version of the level it is based off.

Super Meat Boy oozes awesomeness. Not a single moment in gameplay will have you bored or wishing for more. With over 300+ levels of extreme fun you will be entertained for many nights to come.

 

Pros

Challenging yet fun.

Entertaining cut scenes.

Unlockable.

Leaderboards.

Epic music.

Interesting replay feature.

Precise controls.

 

Cons

Not for gamers who dislike platformers

 

Features

  • Story mode, featuring over 300 levels spanning 5+ chapters
  • Play as a Head Crab! (Steam Exclusive)
  • 33 legitimate Achievements
  • Warp zones that will warp you into other games
  • Over 16 unlockable able and playable characters from popular indie titles such as, Minecraft, Bit.Trip, VVVVVV and Machinarium
  • Epic Boss fights
  • Full Level Editor and Level Portal (January 2011)
  • A story so moving you will cry yourself to sleep for the rest of your life

 

For more information on Super Meat Boy go to http://supermeatboy.com/

Blood Bowl: Legendary Edition

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Blood Bowl: Legendary Edition is a game developed by Cyanide Studios and published by Focus Home Interactive.

Blood Bowl: Legendary Edition is all about brutal silly fun. Smashing your opponents to the ground and avoiding the same for your players, while also trying to get a ball to your goal line on the other side of the field is what you will be attempting and loving in Blood Bowl.

Blood Bowl is based off a board game and this is apparent  in the gameplay mechanics. Games can be played in a pause able RTS style manner called Blitz or in a turn base fashion called Classic. Each mode plays drastically different to one another and after a few rounds of both you will gravitate more to the one you like.

There’s a bunch of modes to play in, such as a “Story” mode in which you take control of a team in  Blood Bowl history and try to complete a set goals (There are twenty different races, each unique to one another). These goals range from passing a ball three times to throwing a player three times. Best of all you don’t have to win the match which gives you the opportunity to set your own goals while completing these tasks.

Campaign is another mode featured in BB which tasks you with creating a team and competing in the most prestigious tournaments for the fame and fortune. Like other sports games, a large part of your time is spent managing your team outside the arena. Though the management aspect is well developed and invaluable, it is not the focus of the game (Like it often is in other sports games). Everything you do outside the arena effects the performance of your players during matches. These can be as simple as levelling your players and recruiting new ones, to more complex tasks like  signing contracts and training. Everything comes together and makes your more attached to your team.

TwiFIGHT!

Blood Bowl: Legendary Edition also has a one off mode where you can play  a single tournament, a single skirmish mode or  the devilishly good multiplayer mode, which allows you to host a tournament across a LAN. Heck, they even jammed in a video viewer in which you can watch a random match of two AI teams clashing against one another.

Blood Bowl: Legendary Edition is a game jam packed with goodness. It doesn’t take itself seriously and  it’s so much the better for it. This game would be suited for everyone. It has easy to use controls, fun mechanics and pretty much everything else that any good game has.

 

Pros

Bloody good fun.

Easy to pick up and play.

Humorous.

Nice graphics.

Clobbering your opposition into submission.

Nice out of the arena gameplay mechanics.

Heaps of different races.

 

Cons

AI can be a bit dull at times.

Commentators can get annoying.

 

For more information on Blood Bowl go to http://www.bloodbowl-game.com/index.php?rub=home

Fate of the World

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Fate of the World is a game developed and published by Red Redemption.

The year is 2020 and the Fate of the World is in your hands. Fate of the World is about solving crises that arise in your governing Nations. While solving these crises you’re also tasked with goals to accomplish before a set period of time expires to win. There are many different scenarios to play and each will have you in control of a different nation as they deal with issues such as climate change while trying to get their populous happy.

Gameplay in Fate of the World is played out like a card game. You have a deck of cards (each with their own cost) and only five can be played in each area of the world.

After each turn five years will pass and the cards you have put into play will take effect, sometimes for the better, but other times for the worse. In order to achieve victory you must pay attention to news casts about the areas you are governing. Listening to these will give you a good idea on what cards you should use and when you should use them.

Fate of the World is an interesting concept. While not being a contender for the best card game, it definitely isn’t boring in any sense to play and making people aware of climate change is always a win. I suggest people should at least check this game out, while not the most exciting game, the concept and message are most interesting.

 

Features

  • Covers 2020 to 2200 – Two centuries years of possible futures
  • 12 regions – China, Europe, India, Japan, Latin America, Middle East, North America, Northern Africa, Oceania, Russia, South Asia, Southern Africa
  • Scientific Model – by Dr Myles Allen of Oxford University
  • Detailed real-world data – gathered over years of research
  • Over 100 major policies – including geoengineering, technological research, international aid, diplomacy, economics, emergency defences, species protection, forestry, health, energy choices, population, politics, and clandestine operations
  • More than 1,000 impacts – including storms, floods, heatwaves, flash fires, desertification, glacial melt, sea level rise, resource wars, drought, famine, dissidence, extinctions, epidemics, technological break-throughs, energy shortages, and political backlash
  • 50 signature animal species to save – against the backdrop of enormous biodiversity loss
  • 40 specific future technologies to develop – including nuclear fusion, biofuels, nanotech, robots, AI, smart grids, advanced medicine, synthetic food, and space exploration
  • 6 ‘tipping points’ – world-changing events such as the Amazon collapse and the Antarctic ice shelf collapse
  • 3D Earth globe – showing climate related changes with Earth ‘telemetry’ – visually graphing past and future change
  • Earth overlays – revealing local temperature change, devastation, and population

 

For more information on Fate of the World go to http://fateoftheworld.net/