Borderline – Life On The Line Review

Borderline – Life On The Line Review

Jul 31, 2015

Borderline – Life On The Line is a great minimalist arcade that highlights the reason why simple, stylish arcades were so popular back before the free-to-play strategies devoured everything. It’s really simple, but requires a hell of a lot of concentration and skill to play well.

The player controls a tiny little orb that clings to a curvy line that seemingly goes on forever. The line has a bunch of obstacles around it, and crossing it, and the player needs to try and evade those obstacles by flying over them. At the same time, there are star trails sprinkled around the levels, and the player needs to collect them, boosting his high-score. The further the orb flies and the more points the player scores, the more contrived obstacles start popping up, and soon there’s not a second of peace for the Borderline 3player, since the line twists and turns, making it even more difficult to evade the objects correctly. Even one mistake, and the player needs to restart, or waste one of his precious hearts to continue playing.

Speaking of hearts, they are the only currency of the game, and I’m completely alright with that. They can be earned either by getting 100,000 points of score through any amount of runs, by finding one just floating in the level, by watching a video advertisement, or by purchasing them from the store. These same hearts are used to purchase all kinds of visual upgrades for the shape of the orb, the trail that goes after it, some additional effects, or even to change the in-level soundtrack – although I found the default soundtrack to be the most fitting, weirdly.

Overall, Borderline – Life On The Line a great and challenging little game. It has just the right amount of content. It even has multiplayer! I didn’t try it, though, since you need friends for that. The ads are somewhat irritating, but they can be disabled with a $0.99 micro-transaction which I think would actually be a decent price for it. So, if you’re a fan of minimalist, stylish old-school arcades, Borderline – Life On The Line is definitely for you.

Flick Soccer 15 Review

Flick Soccer 15 Review

Jan 26, 2015

Struth, for a free game Flick Soccer 15 sure packs in a lot of modes.

Screenshot_2015-01-25-17-19-31Specialist focuses on accuracy. A target drifts around a goalmouth, protected by a goalie and later by more and more defenders. The player must get the ball in the goal, while also hitting the target. Swiping in a curve on the screen sends the ball in that direction and is pretty much required to get it around defenders. Aftertouch can also be invoked by swiping after the ball has been kicked. Hitting the bullseye awards an extra ball and the idea is to go as long as possible without missing three times in a row and running out of balls, making blues rather costly. This is ok at first, but gets kind of dull.

Quickshot is the same as Specialist but much faster. A tight time limit counts down faster than a dingo eats babies and hitting the target awards a small amount of extra time. The player has unlimited balls and the game continues until time runs out. Much faster paced and tense than specialist Quickshot is fun.

Challenge gives the player limited balls and a score to beat. Reaching that score with the allotted balls ranks up the player and unlocks harder challenges. This game mode has the most longevity due to its ranking system.

Screenshot_2015-01-25-17-20-43Crossbar is a dull mode where you must hit the goal’s crossbar with your ball as many times as possible. Crikey, it is repetitive. Finally, Smash It has the player smash panes of glass over the goals as fast as possible. It’s ok.

As for the tantalizingly named Beach Babes mode (which costs 99 cents to unlock), it is simply the same game as Specialist, except on a beach with bikini sheilas acting as defenders and a beach ball to use instead. Hardly compelling, but an amusing little extra. Stone the crows.

Flick Soccer 15 has fun gameplay, but it is certainly not a ridgey-didge game. It is well suited to play while in a line or waiting for something and in short bursts. Just about anyone from oldies to ankle biters, sheilas and blokes will be able to play Flick Soccer 15 too, which works in its favor.

Flick Soccer 15 looks bonza. Bright and colorful, the graphics are apples and have all the genital protecting you’d expect. The sound works well too with the roaring crowd egging you on and some surprisingly good music putting you in the zone.

Flick Soccer 15 is an enjoyable but somewhat short-lived game. Since it is completely free (except for Beach Babes) there’s no reason not to give it a burl, even for bludgers.


Infinity Dungeon Review

Infinity Dungeon Review

Jan 15, 2015

There’s such a staggering number of super simple games, it makes me wonder if they even like to play the games, or if they just meditate while tapping on the screen. Infinity Dungeon proves that rather obvious point again. It combines a very primitive endless runner with a very primitive RPG, resulting in a somewhat primitive game. Basically, it’s one step away from being able to play itself without any player interaction. If you’re wondering how I know that it’s Asian, here is hint that prove points haha.

The game is about a couple of adventurers that stumble across a dungeon full of treasures and precious metals. Handily, they have a bunch of dwarves that agree to dig the booty up, if they clear the dungeons first. Of course, the dungeons are full of all kinds of monsters, begging the question if it would be easier to just find a job instead. But we’re here to shove people’s faces in, not make reasonable assumptions, so we go through each of the levels of the dungeon, clearing it of everything that moves, so that a dwarf could Infinity Dungeon 2then dig it for gold. Action itself is very simple: the heroes walk through the straight dungeon level from the beginning to the end, and punch everything that runs up to them.

The player can’t control movement, but he can activate one of the four abilities that the heroes have: powerful short-range blow, less powerful long-range blow, fireball, and healing. The only thing required from the player is to activate the skills at the correct time, when there’s a lot of enemies nearby, or when the hero is at low health. The abilities spend mana that has a recharge time, so you have to watch it, too. But even if the heroes fails, they are simply sent back to the surface, keeping all the gold they earned. There is no experience – all the abilities and stats are increased by spending gold or diamonds on them. Really, whatever skill it requires, isn’t necessary since you can simply grind your way through any obstacle.

I can’t say that Infinite Dungeon isn’t fun in its zen-like, no-losers way. It’s incredibly repetitive, and lacks most of the basic features of a videogame, but it’s better than some other casual games I’ve seen. It’s not frustrating, not buggy, and has simple, but pretty cute visuals. So, it’s not bad, if you want a mindless activity to kill some time.

Tap Titans Review

Tap Titans Review

Jan 15, 2015

It’s hard to define what genre Tap Titans belongs to. It looks like an arcade RPG on the first glance, but in reality it belongs to what I call finger busters. It’s going to be a lot easier to explain what Tap Titans is, and why it’s actually fun, if you’ve ever played Cookie Clicker. It has the same idea and the same lasting damage on one’s hands. I’m not ashamed to admit that my fingers are a bit numb, and it’s a difficult to move my hand to type – a feeling that I’ve not experienced since the 8th grade.

It’s always a bother when an RPG is full of useless mechanics like story and challenge and basic gameplay elements that stand in the way of grinding and infinite power gain. If you, too, want an endless grindfest without the useless basic videogame mechanics, Tap Titans presents exactly this opportunity. Ditch the story and the item grind. The enemies not only can’t kill the hero, they can’t even scratch the little bastard. It’s just a matter of time until they all get wiped out by his barrage of sword attacks. The player’s task is simple. He needs to repeatedly tap the screen as fast as possible, the hero dealing a blow every time the finger touches the screen. That’s it, that’s the whole Tap Titans 2gameplay of Tap Titans, and it can consume hours at a time – until the player’s fingers start going off in protest. There is time limit on the more powerful enemies, so it’s not completely without a challenge. Besides, trying to get as much DPS as possible is a challenge into itself.

But that’s not all. The enemies do get stronger in time – that is to say, it takes a little more time to cleave your way through them as the time passes – so the game has another essential tool: money grind. When the hero kills an enemy, he gathers some money off him. The money can be spent to upgrade the hero’s basic damage, get additional characters that will steadily attack the enemy, even if the player is busy blowing on his steaming fingers, or, if the hero is powerful enough, to purchase special attacks. The special attacks deal massive damage, but take ten real-world minutes to regenerate.

Overall, Tap Titans is incredibly simple, and barely even counts for a game. It’s almost insulting how fun I found it to be. But the enemies are well-designed, and there is a lot of stuff to unlock. So, if you like mindless time-consumers like Cookie Clicker, and hate your fingers, this is a great way to torture them.

Haunt the House: Terrortown Review

Haunt the House: Terrortown Review

Jan 7, 2015

I must say, Haunt the House: Terrortown is a weird game. I’d say that it’s a game for the people who aren’t all that into games generally. Not that it’s bad, but it’s pretty short, there’s no real skill required, and completing it doesn’t take all that much effort. But, I say the same for Call of Duty, so what do I know.

The player embodies a ghost (sorry), and has to fly around four different locations plus a Christmas themed one, scaring all the people inside. To do it, the ghost can haunt various furniture and other objects in the rooms, and use its powers to scare the people nearby. It can only make simple shivers and wailing at first, but as the level of general anxiety of the location rises up, the player gets to use more and more advanced and horrifying techniques. The goal is to make the inhabitants fear for their lives so much that they all flee the building – or just to take their lives outright. There are a couple of points that allow the player to kill the inhabitants, filling his own “home” with their Terrortown 4souls.

There are twenty people in each location, and a ton of different objects. Each one of those objects can be haunted, and when doing so, grants different spooky abilities, up to three per object. It’s actually pretty impressive, and I’d say the most interesting part of the game is watching how the ghost peruses different junk to spook the living. Although I didn’t have a particular strategy, the game rates the player at the end, so apparently, it’s not enough to just make all of the people flee, but you have to spook them proper before they all run away. As a side note, the ghost is really cute.

Overall, Haunt the House: Terrortown is a fun little game, and not bad by any standards, but it’s too casual for my tastes. If you have no trouble with that, and with the fact that it’s rather short, take a look. Don’t know about you, but I like to scare the living – and I also like to do that in the videogames as well! Mwua-ha-ha-ha-ha!

Tilt to Live 2 ‘s Upcoming Brimstone Pinball Update Gets a Trailer

Tilt to Live 2 ‘s Upcoming Brimstone Pinball Update Gets a Trailer

Apr 9, 2014

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The highly acclaimed Tilt to Live 2, in which the player needs to keep an eye on a small cursor, is receiving an update that introduces a new game field. There, the cursor can bump into a fireball that destroys the obstacles. It has its own separate achievements and a record table. The game can be purchased here: Tilt to Live 2 on Google Play.

Atomic Fusion Review

Atomic Fusion Review

Jan 27, 2014

Science, like many subjects in High School wasn’t presented in the most exciting matter. Even the late Walter White was a bit dry in his teaching methods, doing little to inspire the youth of today to be interested in science. As an adult, I’ve learned much more to appreciate Science and actually understand it to some degree.

But had a game like Atomic Fusion been around when I was a kid, I might have actually cared more about the things the middle aged man leading my class was telling me. Atomic Fusion combines the classic arcade feel with the periodic table where players will smash particles and atoms together, while charging their elements with matter or anti matter. It sounds daunting at first, much like a final exam for Chemistry or Physics. But Atomic Fusion is both action packed and lots of fun.

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Each “level” of this title takes you, in order, through the elements of the periodic table, starting of course with Hydrogen. As you progress levels, you also make your way through the 150+ known elements before you move on into made up elements. There are also power ups, electrons and fast paced action to keep even Bill Nye the Science Guy on his toes.

Atomic Fusion feels very casual and simplistic in its gameplay, but quickly ramps ups to some rapid and hardcore action. Gone is any need to shoot things or watch out for enemies on the game space. Instead, it’s almost as if you’re playing against yourself; concerning yourself with making sure your atom is charged with energy of some sort by either colliding it with matter or anti matter, or scoring enough electrons.

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While it doesn’t claim to make you an expert on Chemistry or Physics, Atomic Fusion is a really neat game that allows you to explore the Periodic Table, while having a blast, retro arcade style. It’s overall presentation, graphics and sound are pretty stellar and will not disappoint. If you’re perusing the Google Play marketplace looking for something new, exciting, and free, look no further than Atomic Fusion.

MONOPOLY Bingo Review

MONOPOLY Bingo Review

Jan 23, 2014

Ever since getting their hands on the Monopoly license, EA has punched out a good number of Monopoly licensed games on the mobile platform. Games like Monopoly Slots and Monopoly Hotels take the iconic board game and expand upon it or mash it up with other styles of games. As cool as that might sound, it isn’t all its cracked up to be sometimes. In the case of these titles, more often than not, they come off as cheap marketing gimmicks, using the popular Monopoly name to garner more players and possibly more money.

Monopoly Bingo, of course, is yet another one of those games, feeling more like a desperate attempt to push an otherwise freemium Bingo game, than putting out a quality product. EA has been so hot and cold this year with their free to play lineups; FIFA 14 and Plants vs Zombies 2 knocking it out of the park, while other titles floundering. Monopoly Bingo attempts to spin the age old game of Bingo with one of Hasbro’s most popular board games, hoping to create something new and interesting. However, this attempt faltered short, instead creating a Bingo game with achievements, leveling and a backdrop that is supposedly based around Monopoly.

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If you’re one who fancies a Bingo game for your Android device, Monopoly Bingo isn’t a terrible choice. It has all of the things you’d expect in Bingo, except a Monopoly background, that feels super odd. The only real nod to the classic board game comes with certain levels named after the various properties within Monopoly. However, there are also other random levels thrown into Monopoly Bingo that don’t totally make sense.

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Luckily the in-app purchases aren’t so terrible in Monopoly Bingo. Players have to pay tickets in order to play any card of Bingo. These same tickets can also be used to have automatic dabbers. Coins can also be used to purchase scratch offs and power ups to use within Bingo matches. The real world money conversion isn’t all that terrible either, so for those who are really in a Bingo fix, you won’t go for broke.

Monopoly Bingo is pretty much what it sounds like; Bingo with a Monopoly background. Neither part of this spells a wonderful experience.

Super Stickman Golf 2’s Meaty New Update Coming January 9th

Super Stickman Golf 2’s Meaty New Update Coming January 9th

Dec 18, 2013

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The second update to the cool casual 2D golf game will introduce a complete new tour, a number of yet unknown new features, and something especially cool. For the fans of the impossibly hard platformer, Super Meat Boy, there’s going to be a new course, based off of the game. The developer says they “even got the track ‘Forest Funk’ by Danny Baranowsky”, and “Super Meat Boy is one of our all time favourite indie games and having [Team Meat] allow us to make this course was super humbling.” The game can be downloaded for free from here: Super Stickman Golf 2 on Google Play.

Candy Crush Saga Creator King Releases Papa Pear Saga on Android

Candy Crush Saga Creator King Releases Papa Pear Saga on Android

Dec 2, 2013

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From the developers of Candy Crush Saga, comes a new arcade game, Papa Pear Saga. It’s a casual free-to-play physics-based arcade game, somewhat reminding of Peggle, and featuring colorful backgrounds and lots of levels. It’s available for free here: Papa Pear Saga on Facebook; and here: Papa Pear Saga on Google Play.

Introducing Verby, A Multiplayer Word Game

Introducing Verby, A Multiplayer Word Game

Nov 25, 2013

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Verby is a crossword-like word puzzle game that challenges the players to guess the correct word, using hints. It’s a fun, casual game that can be played with friends, and it’s available for free from here: Verby on Google Play.

Treasures Of The Deep Review

Treasures Of The Deep Review

Jul 18, 2013

Might as well admit it. I’m a sucker for when it comes to match-three arcades and the like. They are almost always complete rip-offs of each other, simpler than angering a wasp in rehab, and innovations in this genre happen about as often as South African penguin stampedes. But I can’t help myself: although I like complex, original games as much as the next critic, I can sit hours in front of Bejeweled, erasing more bricks in one sitting, than were stolen during the construction of the Great Wall. I’ve completed Tetris (this might have happened in a dream). Also, I don’t like this next critic. Basically, I’m a hardcore casual player. So, I hope my excitement about Treasures Of The Deep is well understood. I like this game, but it’s definitely not for its innovative gameplay, or amazing story.
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Treasures Of The Deep is a match-three arcade game, which really means it’s Bejeweled with a texture swap. It does have a couple of new gimmicks, and actually has an illustrated story, which is rare for a mobile arcade game, but the gameplay is the same classic experience. There’s a tiled field that contains differently-colored gems. These gems get destroyed whenever there are three or more of them in a line. The player can switch any two neighboring gems. The goal of the game is to collect a set number of shining gems, which get spawned randomly. If it is completed in a set time limit, a golden or silver star is earned, although it’s not a necessary requirement.

An interesting mechanic allows upgrading power-ups that destroy several tiles in a row, or several tiles of same color, etc., spending the gold, acquired during the game. The story is the usual deal about a girl, who embarks on a journey, following a set of clues, given to her by her missing father. Although it’s nothing really interesting, it’s a nice touch that adds to the general richness of the game – and it does look rich. It has great soundtrack, incredible graphics, and smooth controls, all of which definitely place it among the best casual games. I was pleasantly surprised with Treasures Of The Deep, despite the fact that this developer often releases games of great quality.

It’s very safe, and not remotely original, but it’s a very well executed not remotely original, and it definitely plays great. Oh, and it’s not exactly “free” – it requires a dollar-worth activation upon reaching an 8th level or so, also removing any ads. Which is a great deal, I think, because Treasures Of The Deep is really good.