NeonPlat Extreme For OUYA Is Released

NeonPlat Extreme For OUYA Is Released

Dec 9, 2013

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Jayenkai’s NeonPlar Extreme, a new co-op/multiplayer 2D action game has been released for OUYA. It features shiny graphics and a single screen of bright, neon gameplay per level. I have no idea, what’s going on in NeonPlat Extreme, but it seems like fun. OUYA users are advised to find it on their device browser, and the rest can look here: NeonPlat Extreme on OUYA Website.

Friendstrap, A Cooperative Game Of Awkwardness Is Announced

Friendstrap, A Cooperative Game Of Awkwardness Is Announced

Sep 25, 2013

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If you’re stuck with your friend and there’s nothing to do, except for staring at your stupid phone, you might as well do it together, and have a bit more fun. Friendstrap has a very simple idea, but it sounds incredibly interesting and fun. The game has two player hold the fingers together for as long as possible – and then goes from there. Announcement page on the developer’s site is here: Game Oven Official Site.

Gunslugs Review

Gunslugs Review

Feb 1, 2013

The Contra-style run ’n gun game has been rarely attempted on iOS, and it’s in part because it’s a game that’s hard to play on touchscreens – see Metal Slug, for example. It’s just tricky to pull off. However, Orangepixel’s take on the genre, Gunslugs, is the best example of run ’n gun for touchscreens, thanks to its simplifications.

The goal is simple: shoot everything that moves. The game has a lot in common with Metal Slug in that special weapons with limited ammo can be collected, and there’s also a tank that can be driven periodically. However, the game simplifies the action by only letting players move horizontally, with the ability to jump, which also serves as the way to enter doors. Doors lead to the towers with beacons to destroy, along with rooms that contain items, that can be bought with coins picked up throughout.

By keeping the action largely on one plane, with a health bar to make up for some mistakes, makes this game work. It’s still intense and challenging, but it feels like it fits on a mobile platform. There’s even a quirky sense of humor to the game too, with pop culture references (including levels inspired by retro gaming) sprinkled throughout. This is just good old-fashioned run ’n gun gameplay. Oh, and what is a run ’n gun game without co-op gameplay? Well, Gunslugs features 2 player co-op by using a pair of gamepads on one device. Wi-Fi or Bluetooth support would be welcome, but having it on one device works perfectly fine.

Gunslugs can be a bit too chaotic: it can be hard to tell when and where enemy attacks are coming from, and health can just be whittled down. As well, land mines and explosive barrels do so much damage that a life can come to an end just when an unseen explosion happens. And considering that the game basically starts over when dying after only one life to start off with (continues can be occasionally bought with 100 coins), it means one random event can cause the game to end.

Still, it just means that much like the games of old that inspired it, Gunslugs can be unforgiving yet so satisfied when it’s conquered – and the procedurally-generated levels means that players don’t always know what to expect. Fans of the run ’n gun genre need to check this out.

Guerrilla Bob Review

Guerrilla Bob Review

Mar 25, 2011

Developer: Angry Mob Games
Price: US$2.99
Version: 1.1
App Reviewed on: Motorola Droid X

Kill ’em all! That’s what Guerrilla Bob would say, if he said anything other than cheesy one-liners while blasting away bad guys.

In this third-person, top-down shoot-’em-up, you play as Bob, a US Army soldier who’s been set up by his ex-best friend, John Gore. After being dishonorably discharged for crimes he didn’t commit, Bob decides to take justice into his own hands and become the rebel known as Guerrilla Bob. Ever since then, he’s been hell bent on taking John Gore down, personally.