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REVIEW: Bitcoin Tycoon

Though popular culture (and the jokes it spawns) doesn’t always translate well to videogame form when it’s the ‘whole game’, Bitcoin Tycoon ($1.00) had me at ‘breeding alpacas’. That says more about me than it does in making it a thrilling feature in a videogame, but I digress. Yes, the screenshots are true. The game […]

DownGate Deathmatch

The standout features for me in “DownGate Deathmatch” are the things that have little directly to do with the combat. Whether using gravity boots to walk on walls or ceilings, or the jetpack to get a birds eye view and/or quickly move you to another part of the map, this is one Quake/Unreal/Doom-style game that […]

Day 1252: EscapePod

A semi-sequel to “Lights Out”, and with more basic presentation paired with stellar puzzle design, “EscapePod” is a one dollar ticket to great gameplay as you avoid lava, use (or avoid) escalators, manipulate the path of the alien blob so you can beat it to the goal, and more. If you get frustrated with a […]

REVIEW: Mysterious Blue Valley

The aura around Mysterious Blue Valley ($1.00) seemed promising at first. A trip to an unknown destination, the allure of a potential job, being taken under the wing of the equally-mysterious ‘Mr. Money’, a rotund fellow who doesn’t believe in wearing shirts to cover his sizable man breasts? Sure, I’ll bite. You should never turn down […]

Day 1251: Solar Chaos

Taking advantage of the fact that things can orbit in space, “Solar Chaos” has you placing a mixture of orbiting and geo-stationary defence turrets to defend against wave after wave of enemies. The mix of orbiting and geo-stationary turrets makes the game feel fresh enough to justify a download even if you’ve played your share […]

Day 1250: TIME VIKING!!!!!ANDSPACERAPTOR

Ska Studios has brought us “ZSX4 Guitarpocalypse”, “I MAED A GAM3 W1TH Z0MB1ES!!!1″, “ZP2K9″, “ZP2KX: Zombies & Pterodactyls!”, and Xbox Live Arcade (XBLA) games “The Dishwasher: Dead Samurai”, “Charlie Murder, and “The Dishwasher: Vampire Smile”. Now let’s add “TIME VIKING!!!!!ANDSPACERAPTOR” to the XBLIG list. Taking a page out of “I MAED A GAM3 W1TH Z0MB1ES!!!1″‘s […]

‘Dead Kings’ is Sequel to ‘BloodyCheckers’; Coming Soon

BloodyCheckers and Blood & Bacon (Review) developer BigCorporation is putting the finishing touches on their next project, Dead Kings. The game is a sequel to the beloved castle-crawling, checkers-playing original, featuring a larger castle to explore (six floors), and full co-op support, allowing you to uncover and pillage the castle’s treasures with a friend. The above […]

Day 1249: ZDQ II Ghost Dogs

Now here’s a game that brazenly promotes its music style as a big selling point of the game. That’s refreshing, as it’s a relative rarity amongst games, even ones with stellar soundtracks. Of course, like all games, “ZDQ II Ghost Dogs”‘s soundtrack quality is in the ear of the beholder. For better or for worse, […]

REVIEW: Battle For Demon City

Starring a PS1-era Lara Croft lookalike named Alice, Battle For Demon City ($1.00) is about as campy as you can get. Like ‘B Movie’ campy. It dresses up and sounds the part, and it probably doesn’t hurt that everyone in the game is very… chesty, shall we say. Well, except for the dudes, but it […]

Day 1248: Ascent of Kings

I recently checked out “Fractopia” from Nostatic Software (who also brought us “Quiet, Please!”, “Quiet Christmas”, “Block Zombies!”, “Kung Fu FIGHT!”, and “Vacation Vexation”). Well, let’s add “Ascent of Kings”. A platformer with a focus on exploration, conversing with NPCs to get hints, and that Nostatic look and feel that was done so well in […]

Day 1247: Doppelganger

We recently reviewed 2013 title “Titan Attacks”. But Pumpkin Games released a little-known title way back in 2010 called “Doppelganger” that is pretty intriguing. It has you essentially playing two games of “Defender” simultaneously, warping back and forth between the top half of the screen and the bottom to attack enemies, and save astronauts. It’s […]

Day 1246: A Game For Alexander

The embedded video focuses on the intended effect of the game on infants rather than gameplay, and “A Game For Alexander” is great if you’re looking for just that. I imagine there might be a secondary market for stoners who might find it useful in assisting them tripping out? Maybe? Not a market I personally […]

Day 1245: Avatar Field Goal

What started out looking like a cheesy mini-game without the rest of the mini-game collection to go with it, totally surprised me, exceeding every expectation I had for it, and ultimately reminding me of one of my favourite Dreamcast games, “Virtua Tennis”. “Avatar Field Goal” has you trying to kick field goals. All the things […]

REVIEW: CastleMiner Warfare

One of XBLIG’s great, and unfortunately, rare, success stories, developer DigitalDNA Games is bidding farewell to the service with one final game, CastleMiner Warfare ($1.00). The first part of that title should sound familiar. I’m surprised it took this long for the Dev to make the no-brainer move of pairing its best-selling crafter (it made him a […]

Day 1244: Chicken Origami Invaders

There are a lot of games that resurrect classic play styles that have little hope of finding an audience aside from people filled with nostalgia. But “Chicken Origami Invaders” is one that has half a hope of doing so. That’s because it’s utterly committed to its charm, with an evil video game store owner that’s […]

Day 1243: DATABITS

Sometimes I play games where I don’t directly control things. Even games that weren’t really designed to play that way. For example, “Speedball 2″ was not designed as a detailed sports management sim, but buried in the options is the ability to play it that way. So I did. A lot. I found it enjoyable […]

Day 1242: Giant Hunter

From the publisher of “Along Came A Spider”, “Toy Stunt Bike”, “Toy Stunt Bike 2″, “Vampire Slayer FPS”, “Bulkhead”, “Mini Wizards”, “Saturn 9″, “Avatar Survival Games”, and “BULKHEAD Survival” comes a daring, unexpected, and crazy (not to mention crazily entertaining) mash-up of “Minecraft” and “Shadow of the Collossus”. “Giant Hunter” delivers on its unexpected premise. […]

Day 1241: Steam and Metal

There have been more than a few shooters reviewed recently, but most of them were horizontally scrolling. “Steam and Metal” is vertically scrolling, a “bullet hell” style shoot-’em-up (more common in vertically scrolling than horizontally scrolling shmups), and has an amazing anime and steampunk-infused art style that makes this $1 game engaging and gorgeous. Yes, […]

REVIEW: ApocZ

Though I haven’t played it, DayZ has been an enlightening watch on the various YouTubes and Twitches dedicated to it’s unique brand of zombie slaying. Or should I say human slaying? The zombies have pretty much been forgotten, and instead, it’s the human versus human fight that’s been the primary antagonism. Often hilarious (and always […]

GLOBAL HAWK: Oh joy.


GLOBAL HAWK

Looks like Archor is back with more crap. I'm not sure if someone is actually paying for his God awful games, with each one being the same thing (take Google Maps and put avatars or awful vehicle models in the map that have no animations whatsoever), but somehow this guy keeps on putting them out. They're the same thing every time. There was one I recall that let you turn your character into a giant ship. You then could fly it around the map, and even though buildings (nothing has collision, not even the ground). Not sure what boats Archor has seen, but that's not how they work.

Lifeguard: ...


Lifeguard

Please... to the creator(s) of this game... just stop.

Day 1240: LCD Dungeon System XL

I’m a fan of “We Love Hamsters” which has produced a lot of quirky games that rubbed me the right way. This is the sequel to one of them. “LCD Dungeon System XL” reimagines Intellivision classic “AD&D Treasures of Tarmin” (renamed “Minotaur due to the lapsed AD&D licence in Intellivision game collections) as a two […]

Saturn 9: Pretty Decent


Saturn 9

Day 1239: Noyd

Bog Turtle Games which previously released “Elfland Reloaded Vol. 1 “ (2009), “Galax-E-Mail” (2008), has managed to come up with two games in 2013: the previously reviewed “Elfland Reloaded Vol. 2″, and today’s review. And boy is it different. “Noyd” turns game collections on their head by taking genres as old as “Tic Tac Toe” […]

REVIEW: Blue Beacon

Not to be confused with significantly-expired bacon that should be discarded (you know who you are), Blue Beacon ($1.00) should be a familiar romp for most: Mario‘s bread and butter platforming and mechanics, paired with sort of-Adventure Island‘s graphics. Actually, it’s ‘sort of’ on both counts, as though it borrows from popular and not-so popular titles alike, it doesn’t quite […]