New Game Toysburg Arrives on Google Play

New Game Toysburg Arrives on Google Play

May 28, 2015

Angry Mob Games has just brought a new game to Android called Toysburg.

here’s a new maker in Toysburg; someone who possesses the arcane artistry of mystical manufacture that allows Toys to be made. That’s you I’m talking about; surprised? Me too, I nearly sheared my moustache off.
I’m Mr. Mustard. I have been a maker in Toysburg since I was but a wee scruffamuffin like you. Don’t know what a scruffamuffin is? Use your imagination and be creative, because in Toysburg you’ll be
QUESTING! The children of the city need your toys to get through the most bizarre situations. Your toys transform them semi-literally and give them somewhat-super powers
Are they more trouble than they’re worth?
NO! You’ll collect coins and candies and crates of junk.
But it isn’t junk to you, it’s
CRAFTABLES! You’ll take a bit of this toy, and bit of that toy and make an epic toy with a crafting system that’s so fun you’ll only leave your workshop when duty calls: Toy maker duty.
But who will appreciate it?
JUDGES AT COMPETITIONS! They’ll laud your toys until their laud glands run dry. They’ll reward you candies, which are like bitcoins but better because they’re SWEET.
What will you do with all that sugar energy?
EXPLORE! Unlock the zones of the city, mingle with the monsters (kids), and make your own story.
Aspire to be the best Toymaker you can be, by
COLLECTING over one hundred toy characters! From Scurvy Pirates and Tooth Fairies, to Ancient Cyclops and Giant Robots. Plus your Magical Unicorns, of course!

Toysburg is free (with in-app purchases).

Muffin Knight Review

Muffin Knight Review

Sep 14, 2011

Muffin Knight from Guerilla Mob developer Angry Mob Games is not exactly the most original game ever made. It puts players in an arena, with the goal being to collect as many muffins as possible, while trying not to be killed by the enemies that roam each level. Each time a muffin is collected, players change into another random character with a different weapon, from archers that can shoot in both directions, bears that attack from up close, and a unicorn that, shall we say, “drops” land mines. Each enemy and muffin collected gets experience for the player, and each level up gets a point that goes toward character upgrades, new perks, and even extra lives.

If this sounds like PC game Super Crate Box with muffins instead of crates, and RPG elements instead of simple high-scoring elements, well, ding ding ding! This game is very much influenced by Vlambeer’s Super Crate Box. In the wake of the Ninja Fishing/Radical Fishing fiasco, this could have been a similarly huge controversy, but Super Crate Box developer Vlambeer has dismissed it by stating that they feel the games are different enough. While some elements like weapons are very similar if not identical, there are at least original levels, and this game’s killer feature: multiplayer.

This multiplayer mode, which is currently only officially supported over local wifi, pits two players in one arena, trying to collect more muffins than the other player. It is possible for players to die in this mode, and if the person who is trailing in muffin count dies, then the leader automatically wins. If the leader dies, then the other player can try to stay alive until they collect more muffins, lest they die trying. What’s most remarkable about this multiplayer, beyond that it allows players to collect experience toward their characters with a 20% bonus, is that it works between iOS and Android devices. There’s no special hassle or setup, just one device with a copy of the game creating a server, and another joining the discovered server, no matter which version is playing which version, even if it’s an iPod touch versus an Android tablet.

While the gameplay is great for pick up and play sessions, and the multiplayer is similarly addictive for its competitive elements, the game does have some issues. The multiplayer is currently only local wifi, for example, and doesn’t appear to support Bluetooth. The controls, while able to be rearranged, are very loose, and make it easy for buttons to accidentally be pressed, which is bad when walking toward an enemy instead of away from them, since one hit means death.

While those who fell squarely on the side of Vlambeer in the Ninja Fishing/Radical Fishing debacle will likely be disgusted by Muffin Knight, there’s still an original art theme, engrossing RPG elements, and the fun multiplayer as well. While Super Crate Box will be hitting iOS soon, this is a worthwhile entry in this genre, and very addictive.