When it comes to puzzle games, especially ones involving platforming, the ones I found to be the most enjoyable are ones with one consistent element, or mechanic.
I admit, I have a fondness for platformers, but there has always been something I’ve noticed; they’re either too easy that you can blaze through faster than Eric Pickles at an all-you-can-eat buffet, or so difficult that the chances of a rage induced aneurism are increased tenfold.
There are walls and platforms dotted all over the level, that upon first look, you’d think the team from 60 Minute Makeover got drunk and plastered walls everywhere.
Gameplay wise, as I said, it’s your usual point-and-click adventure game. Fans of games like Discworld 2 will recognise the mechanics. Every puzzle requires a particular item to progress, or a certain action to trigger a chain reaction.
There are a few things that can make people play games nonstop. It could be the storyline, nostalgia, gameplay, whatever. But there’s one sort of game out there that knows how to draw the player in: The ones so addictive, you can’t help but say “just one more go…”
And that is exactly how I felt when I played Race the Sun, which was developed and published by Flippfly.
You know what I love about fantasy games? The freedom to include whatever the hell you like? Make a game with two headed unicorns that breathe fire?
Ah, Magic: The Gathering. A card game that has intrigued me since the first day I heard about it. I have always wanted to play it with others, but there has always been two barriers to that; cost, and lack of company.
Every platformer and action adventure game out there has some interesting character, each with unique personalities and traits. However, more often than not, I never feel bad when they plummet into a death pit, or see them eaten by a bat or any other enemy with a taste for hero carcass.
If you’ve been glued to the internet around the start of the year (And, let’s face it, a lot of us are like that), then you will have seen a few videos on YouTube, and on Global Game Jam displaying an indie game about the trials and tribulations of a one armed surgeon, and his battle with a runaway heart; Surgeon Simulator 2013
When you think of Hell, and the underworld, you normally think of fiery pits of horror, sadistic demons ready to torture helpless souls, and endless repeats of Deal or No Deal. Well you’d be mostly right: The residents of Hell also love a bit of celebrity gossip, as shown when you play Hell Yeah!
Oh those crazy New York Zoo animals. Causing trouble wherever they go. They crashed into Madagascar, barrelled through Africa, and now they’re turning Europe into a place of wackiness and insanity.
Grab your thick rimmed hipster glasses, put on your unbranded super skinny jeans, and start playing the latest unplugged album from the underground sensation “The Tartan Jumpsuit Exchange”
Mobile phones today seem to have to ability to do just about everything: Order food online, take a grainy photo of a doughnut, and even tell you who played Gandalf.
The game revolves around a spikey green blob, who is the victim of scientific testing on a regular basis. Naturally, it’s less than enthusiastic by this deal, so escapes, freeing his other blobby friends in the process. What follows is this little guy’s quest to eat anything and everything that isn’t nailed to the floor… until he can eat the nails first.