Late to the Party: Jurassic Park: The Game

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Available on: PC (Reviewed), PS3, Xbox 360

Developed by: Telltale Games

Published by: Telltale Games

Directed by: Daniel Herrera, Marco Brezzo, Andrew Langley, Nick Herman

 

I’m a sucker for anything with dinosaurs in it. My unchecked passion has gotten me in trouble before, wooing me into buying Orion: Prelude and seeing Jurassic Park 3 in theaters. Other times, it allows me to take a risk and discover something wonderful, or at least enjoyable. In the case of Jurassic Park: The Game, I found a worthy sequel to Jurassic Park that was just as fun and flawed as the original movie, though in different ways. Continue reading “Late to the Party: Jurassic Park: The Game”

Games on the Throne: Dark Lands

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 What is it?

Dark Land is a side-scrolling runner where you jump over or slide under traps and obstacles as well as attack and defend against various monsters. It is basically Dark Souls meets Happy Wheels. You earn (or purchase) gems and spend them to upgrade your health, attack, and agility (though I still don’t know what upgrading your agility does).

Pros:

  • It has both set levels that increase in difficulty and skill required as well as a survival mode where you run and fight for as long as you can.
  • The bosses are fun and challenging.
  • The game play is difficult but it requires skill more than luck.
  • It’s free, there are no ads, and it’s not pay to win.

 

Cons:

  • While I like the survival mode more than the normal levels, they get redundant too quickly.
  • It requires two hands to play, and you have to hold the device sideways.
  • Precision movements + well-hidden traps = unexpected clenching.

 

Conclusion:

I played Dark Lands a lot, but after a while, it was to prove to myself that I could beat the level rather than playing it for enjoyment. If the Dark Souls x Happy Wheels pitch doesn’t sell you, don’t feel bad skipping this one. If that comparison does interest you at all, definitely give it a download.

Games on the Throne: Tetris

Games on the Throne10What is it?

Tetris requires no introduction, because if you tried to explain it, you’d bore the audience into doing something that sounded more interesting. Either you love Tetris, or you probably don’t care about it.

Pros:

–          It’s been the go to game to play while pooping since the original Game Boy version.

–          It’s simple to play, and you probably already know the rules. If not, you can learn them in less than a minute.

–          It’s free.

–          … It’s Tetris. Continue reading “Games on the Throne: Tetris”

On Time to the Party: Conquest of Elysium 4

 

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Picture from Steampowered.com

Price I paid: The developers, ill winter, gave me a copy of Conquest of Elysium 4 before release. If you think receiving a free copy would influence me to put a positive spin on my review rather than being truthful, I swear on the sales of my books, this is an honest review.

Available on: Windows, Mac, Linux, and Steam OS.

Made by: ill winter.

91% of my knowledge on strategy games comes from playing Dominions 4, and the other 9% comes from hearing my old roommate complain about StarCraft 2. Since the same people who made Conquest for Elysium 4 made Dominions 4, the knowledge I had of the latter did give me a bit of an edge. Continue reading “On Time to the Party: Conquest of Elysium 4”

Games on the Throne: TransPlan

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Available here: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=kittehface.plink&hl=en

What is it?

TransPlan is a puzzle game where you have to solve problems by using physics. Does that make sense? You have to move one object to a particular spot on the map, and you can only move it by having other objects affect it. You can pin objects down or erase them… You can make catapults… None of that probably makes any sense, does it? Just watch the trailer. Continue reading “Games on the Throne: TransPlan”

Late to the Party: Dominions 4: Thrones of Ascension

Image from Dominions 4 Steam Homepage: http://store.steampowered.com/app/259060/

Price I paid: $17.99

Available on: Steam

When I was told Dominions 4: Thrones of Ascension would let me play as an army of illithids and creatures from the void that rose of from the depths of R’lyeh to sow insanity throughout my enemies across the world until the entire planet was part of my cult, I couldn’t drive home fast enough so I could purchase the game. Continue reading “Late to the Party: Dominions 4: Thrones of Ascension”

Late to the Party: Depth

Price I paid: Played it during a free weekend.

Available on: PC

My introduction to online PvP games was Alien Vs Predator. Two friends and I would take turns, switching to the next player upon death. I played the aliens almost exclusively, learning then that I loved man vs monster games, especially when I could be the monster. So when I saw Depth, a diver-eating simulator, was free to play for the weekend, I cleared a few gigs on my hard drive and gave it a shot. Continue reading “Late to the Party: Depth”

Games on the Throne: Puzzle & Dragons

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What is it?puzzle and dragons

Puzzle & Dragons is a match-3 RPG. You choose up to six creatures to accompany you and defeat other creatures as you traverse dungeons. Your creatures attack when you match different colored tiles, and you level them up between dungeons as well as get new ones.

Pros:

There’s a lot of lovely artwork to scrutinize while you fertilize.

You can hold the phone and play it in the same hand, making it optimal for playing during every part of the event.

Everything is turn-based, allowing you to take your time or take breaks when your bowels command it.

You have a few seconds to slide a single piece around, allowing you to get combos and go beyond a normal match-3 gameplay style.

You can stop playing at any point and pick it back up whenever. You won’t lose progress so long as you have an internet connection.

RPG gameplay and leveling adds cohesion and interest to an otherwise simple game.

It’s free (although it does have optional micro transactions).

Cons:

Trying to get mad combos can get tense, and you may find yourself prematurely pinching your butt bread off a slice earlier than intended.

You have to grind in order to attempt to get anything of worth or to level up your creatures.

Conclusion:

If match-3 games interest you, go for it.

If a match-3 game with RPG leveling interests you, get it.

If you like cute monstas, start all the downloadin’.

If either of those sound stupid, avoid it.

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