Monthly Archives May 2013

Thomas Was Alone Review

“Thomas was alone”.  A weird thought and interesting way to start this game.  While a simple game visually (not a rounded edge in sight) and with the characters all being blocks of differing size, shape and colour you might not expect much from this game, but the developer, through carefully constructed narration and direction makes you care about these characters and their trials through the world.

A platformer at heart, each character has a name as well as a different special ability (my favourite was Sarah), ranging from jumps, to being bouncy, to double jumping.  You need to combine these to navigate through each level...

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The Unfinished Swan Review

A downloadable indie game that sees you play as a young boy who is chasing a swam which has escaped from his mothers unfinished painting. Initially a completely white environment, you can throw paint in order to find your way around. In later levels paint becomes water and the environment becomes more visible and the challenge is solving puzzles and platforming to progress. A story driven game, the unique visuals and nice, if simple, story will keep pulling you through this game, like a good story should.

Each of the four chapters plays slightly differently while all having the same goal, move forward to try and catch the swan. The narration by the king is good while story panels throughout the game reveal more of what is going on.

Short, whimsical and charming, it could be a little longer...

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Hydrophobia Prophecy Review

A fairly standard third person shooter with exploration elements, all centred around water.  The game does try to mix things up towards the end by introducing a mechanic (via nano-particles) to control said water but it is introduced so late into the game (I think it look me all of 20 minutes to finish the game once I got it, including cut-scenes and credits) that it was hardly worth it. You play as an systems engineer who, while not being experienced with combat or exploration quickly gets used to it when forced into the situation.
You only get a single pistol for the entire game but it is mixed up by getting different ammo throughout the game, including a gel explosive and an energy round...

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Multiple Creat Studio/Tik Games PS+ Game Thoughts

Over the last week I have had time to go through some random smaller PSN games which PlayStation Plus has provided (nearly a year ago now) , most of which I haven’t played until now.  Most of these were by Creat Studios and they were quite varied – in gameplay and in quality.  Time and PS3 hdd space is increasingly scarce, so some of these will be longer while others didn’t do enough to be kept or played once I quit.

Sky Fighter: This game originally reminded me of DogFight on the BBC Micro.  A side on, 2.5D game, you play as one of multiple propeller powered planes in an attempt to achieve whatever objective is set to you, generally destroy something or other (ground or air based) then fly to the next area and repeat...

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