He-Man: The Most Powerful Game in the Universe Review

He-Man: The Most Powerful Game in the Universe Review

Sep 11, 2013

He-Man: The Most Powerful Game In The Universe is a cheeky side-scrolling ode to the popular 80s cartoon from Android gaming masters Chillingo.

Most of the action involves continual left to right movement in the running area. Using the preferred two-thumb control system, the left mostly controls lateral movement, and the right thumb controls the basic attacks and jumping.

The first level is an informal training tutorial. The general premise is to get through the tunnels and henchmen to get to Skeletor. He-Man has his trusty weapon, and it can be wielded and used by tapping the right side of the screen. There are boxes and structures that can be violently reduced to collectible coins, and the henchmen have damage infliction attributes of their own. One cool aspect is that you start with three lives; they can be refreshed by collecting the occasionally discarded heart from vanquished bad guys. Knowledge of how the henchmen attack also he1governs strategy, as it makes sense to hold back a little when dealing with groups of multiple guards.

As the game progresses, the level of difficulty rises; moving, spiked ceilings, bigger enemies and even physical obstacles that encourage speed of action start appearing. Thankfully, allies like renown weapons master Man-At-Arms and Orko the magician begin to show up. Additionally, it is possible to upgrade weapons and other attributes using collected gems or real cash. The weapons, for instance, are actually helpful, and almost necessary to advance and unlock future levels. Some specials can be invoked from the top right of the screen; The “GreySkull” power-up was quite worth using.

The graphics are cute without being silly; He-Man and most humanoid characters look like the same muscle-bound creatures BALCO customers would be jealous of. The color is great, animations are fluid, and the cutscenes were well done. As far as I went in the game, Prince Adam didn’t make an appearance, which borders on the criminal, but I’m still looking. The jump button was a bit wonky too.

This game does remind me why I had He-Man action figures as a kid, and really, that’s all that matters. Laugh all you want; I’m off to save Eternia!

WarGames: WOPR Review

WarGames: WOPR Review

Sep 28, 2012

Remember the movie WarGames in the mid-80s? The one where the kid hacks into the computer mainframe and starts playing games with the computer only to realize it’s a learning computer? In WarGames: WOPR, the player is the computer fighting off that young hacker.

aWarGames: WOPR pits the hacker against the computer. To play the game, connect multiple icons such as rockets, plus signs or dollar signs in the longest string possible. Different icons have different effects. For example stringing together rockets will attack the hacker or enemy at the time. Stringing together multiple dollar signs will put money in the bank. When the enemy attacks, put together a string of plus signs to regain health.

WarGames: WOPR has 40+ levels. This is the official game of the movie so the storyline is similar to the movie. as the game progresses, different tactics and mods are gained to create a more powerful character. Each of the upgrades has different levels to make it more powerful.

To use the tactics, it costs money. so make sure and collect the dollar signs when available. The first tactic earned is a rocket. When used, all of the rockets on the screen are launched at the enemy regardless of their placement. They don’t need to be strung together or even near eachother on the grid. When a long string is put together, occasionally an additional reward is given. The reward may be health or extra damage to the opponent.

When a level is completed, more RAM is rewarded. If desired, more RAM can be purchased with actual money through the in game purchasing system. the RAM is used to purchase upgrades for weapons and modifications. One of the modifications available is gaining money for each turn. This upgrade costs 250 kB.

Overall the game follows the movie pretty well. It’s a little different than I thought it would be but it is still a strategy game and fun for a wide range of ages.