Survivalcraft Review

Survivalcraft Review

May 13, 2013

Survivalcraft is an interesting sandbox adventure that is very reminiscent of the sandbox cross-platform game Minecraft.

To be honest, it was pretty hard to see Survivalcraft outside of the shadow if the game it’s cloned from. A lot of the elements were similar. A careful look, however, did reveal things that made the former somewhat unique in its own right.

The game came in three modes: harmless, challenging, cruel, and creative. I was also able to tweak the conditions of the world in some of the game modes by toggling living conditions, weather and even time changes. There were a lot of options that changed the feel of the game, and thus increased the playability of the game. Folks familiar with Minecraft won’t be disappointed.

The basic premise played out like a Mark Burnett-inspired reality show: I was marooned by a sea vessel on an unfamiliar island, and had to use my ability to adapt to survive. The playing perspective was first person, and the graphics were a combination of block shapes and stark colors. The animations were purposely stilted, and the surv1appearance gave it all an understated charm. I could toggle views (like from first to third), and was able to move and crouch with the controls, and swipe to turn or glance around.

Now, a lot of the gameplay depended on the mode selected; basically, I had to do what was necessary to survive. The developer did a good job of making the gameplay feel realistic; crouching in water was lethal, as was being unprotected at night or not procuring and consuming enough sustenance. Mining and creating things out of my immediate surroundings helped me survive, as did avoiding natural dangers that lurked.

The thing I liked best about this game was the infinite perspective. I liked the ability to use stuff like electricity, horses and electricity.

For a clone, it was fun to play, and as noted, wasn’t a mirror image, which made it worthwhile to try.

Friday Free App Rundown March 8th – Big Truck Games

Friday Free App Rundown March 8th – Big Truck Games

Mar 8, 2013

Little kids love big trucks. Whether the trucks are cranes or semis or farm equipment, they fascinate the kids to possibly grow up to become construction workers or farmers. Editor’s Note: Growing up is a trap! Stay young forever! Others become game designers and make games about big trucks and other equipment. That’s what we are going to talk about here, Big Truck games.

Most of the games here are skill based. One is more for little kids while the others are a bit more advanced. Let’s take a look.

Tractor: Farm Driver

Start the game by running through the tutorial to get the hang of the game. A lot of the activities are just like they would be on a farm. There is milk to deliver, fueling up the tractor, getting hay bales and bringing them back to the buildings. Because the game has a lot of driving in it, there are tasks like connecting the trailers and parking them in specific locations. The camera angle and ads are not always in the best postition, but the game is pretty fun regardless

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Demologic

Demologic is a skill-based demolition game. The goal is to knock over the correct items so they land on the statuette. Many times the statue can be knocked over with the force of blasting through the obstacles in the way. However, as the game progresses, more skill and planning is required to finish the level. Don’t think just because the graphics aren’t as high-tech as other games, that makes the game really easy. It takes some thinking to get through some of the more advanced levels.

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ABC Construction

If there are kids in the house who like big trucks, ABC Construction will probably be right up their alley. Okay, this isn’t so much a game as an interactive learning tool for kids to get to know their ABCs. Tapping the screen will show a different big truck with something else on the screen related to the letter in question. The letter is also spoken aloud by the game. If the child learning likes trucks, this game will probably hold their interest longer than a game showing different images.

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The Building Game

Ever thought about being a crane operator before? If so, here is a game to help practice. The Building Game is pretty realistic in the way the crane operates. Normal things one would expect to interfere with picking up, transporting and dropping the items come into play. If the crane is moved too fast, the claw will swing past the item to be grabbed. The object in the claw could also be too difficult to drop in the right area if it is moving too much. Once the objects are placed where they want to go, they need to sit there without falling over for about five seconds. It sure can take some practice to get good at.

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The Little Crane That Could

Sometimes more than one type of big rig needs to be used for a project. The Little Crane That Could offers up a lot of different cranes, forklifts and pretty much anything else that can lift and move stuff. The controls are made to mimic those of the real machine. Some of the cranes have a lot of levers and other controls to master. Finish the levels by mastering the different machines.

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Bridge Constructor Review

Bridge Constructor Review

Dec 6, 2012

Building a bridge seems like it would be a fairly easy task. In reality, it takes a lot of engineering to get all the stress points and anchors in the correct spots. If one of these things is out of place, the whole bridge collapse. I’ve always loved this video. The video shows how not taking into consideration every little aspect of the surrounding area can let mother nature easily destroy the creation.

Bridge Constructor is a great game tempt fate and make some bridges. The levels start off pretty simply. The first couple of bridges are pretty obvious and how they should be constructed. After that, it’s going to take a bit of imagination to use the allotted budget to place the pieces efficiently to construct a bridge able to hold a car or truck.

Once the bridges constructed, there is a task that needs to be run. The first few levels, there’s a choice of cars or trucks to run over the bridges. As the test is going on, the materials will change color to show the points on the bridge under more stress. Also, just by hitting the play button, the bridge will “settle”. This may show a bunch of immediate weaknesses in the design.(Read: the bridge will fall apart.) The bridge can be reworked over and over again. The materials can be used and then removed if the design doesn’t seem like it’ll work. As long as the overall cost of materials is not exceeded, the bridge to be built and tested over and over again before actually committing to it.

To build the bridge, it’s a matter of tapping in one of the white dots on the screen (anchor point) and dragging the finger to where the material being used should end. In the beginning, there is a slight blueprint like background to make the first build using wood a little easier. In later levels, different material such as cables and concrete are added. These materials let the bridges span over longer distances, but also require different anchor points.

Bridge Constructor seems easy in the beginning, but just a couple levels in the game starts to require quite a bit of thought and planning to make the bridge sturdy enough for cars or trucks to drive across it.