Gemhero Review

Gemhero Review

Aug 12, 2014

GemHero makes a terrible first impression since it forces the player to create a “Winnerconnect” account. Facebook login is also available but forcing the player into creating an account before they even get to see the game is a bit much. Then a very silly story appears featuring a knight being turned into a duck and the king assuming that killing the warlock that did it might free him. This is where the player comes in. After this an ad dialogue appears. This is before gameplay even starts.

Screenshot_2014-08-11-11-10-35After a short tutorial, the player is given a deck that is mostly comprised of angry sheep and sheep riders, which is kind of a letdown.

GenmHero’s gameplay is almost exactly like most other puzzle fighter type games. Like other, better games such as Puzzle Trooper the player matches groups of coloured tiles to get their monsters to attack. Unlike most games like this, though only matching swords causes direct attacks. Most shapes either do nothing or cause skill icons to appear. Tapping skill icons unleashes different elemental attacks, which are all the same. Items can be used during combat. The player starts off with a large stock of items that can heal and revive the party, and additional ones are quite expensive. These items are very important as the player takes damage quickly, especially if they get a bad run of tiles and reviving mid stage if the stage is lost costs a lot of coins.

The only difference between Gemhero and others of its type is the map like part of the game between battles. Each stage is split into several pathways with monsters treasure and heal pads along the way. Taking different routes causes the player to encounter different things and this is a bit more interesting than the boring menu of battles common to other puzzle fighters.

Screenshot_2014-08-11-03-27-12Besides the very basic choices provided by the map system there is nothing different about GemHero at all. Between battles players can upgrade their cards and spend in game currency or premium currency on additional cards to bolster their deck, just like every other puzzle fighting game ever. Monsters can be captured during battle as well, but there is only a very small chance of this happening. Still this is a nice touch.

GemHero looks unimpressive. The monster design is mundane and just not nearly as interesting as other games like Brave Frontier or the aforementioned, much cooler looking Puzzle Trooper. Sprites are very small and barely animate. The only battle animations are clouds of swords flying between the two sides and a few sparkly elemental attack effects as combos are matched and enemies attack. It is hardly completing stuff.

Gemhero isn’t really all that interesting and it plays very similarly to other puzzle fighters. Only the most diehard puzzle fans need apply.

The King of Fighters 98 Review

The King of Fighters 98 Review

Aug 11, 2014

The well-known King of Fighters 98 finally makes it way to Android. KOF98 Android also includes the additional content from the Slugfest version of the original game.

Screenshot_2014-08-10-17-32-15King Of Fighters 98 is a premier fighting game well-loved back in the day. It features a ton of different fighters with vastly different styles and tiers and they each have special moves such as projectiles or just different strikes and super combos, devastating combos or attack that are charged during the fight. Using a team based system the player picks three character and the order they fight in against the AI’s teams.

Bedsides KOF98’s normal single player mode Bluetooth multiplayer is included. This will be a great feature for hardcore fans, but two controllers will be required as beating someone using a controller with on-screen controls isn’t going to happen.

King Of Fighters 98 caters to hardcore fighting fans. As an arcade perfect port, the difficulty is intact and the computer will show no mercy for players without a controller. A good quality controller like a Moga Power Pro is all but required to play properly. Thankfully, there is a training mode with a command key for each character and controllable opponents to hone skills. It’s not as good as the practice mode found in Dead or Alive however, which shows each move onscreen in turn and confirms when the player does it correctly. Intimidating to new players, those who don’t know what QCF is and what Desperation Combos are will feel a bit overwhelmed.

Because this is an SNK game, the last boss in particular is very punishing and a cheap opponent. New players will have to resist throwing their phone across the room when fighting him.

Screenshot_2014-08-10-17-50-10King Of Fighters 98 is perfect in its presentation. All the graphics are original, so Mai Shiranui is just as enticingly jiggly as she always was and the game is silky smooth with very sharp sprites and clear sound with no nasty artifacts or glitches. KOF98’s porting job is very well done.

Additional new features including the Bluetooth multiplayer, a new easy to use SP button for instantly triggering super combos and additional control schemes. The game is short on the longevity side however and a more in depth single player mode or rewards to strive for would have been multiplayer could have been added as well.

King Of Fighters 98 is a superb port of a beloved game and even passing fans of the King Of Fighters series would have to be insane not to pick it up. Just factor in the cost of a quality Bluetooth controller to the game’s price.

Friday Android Free App Recap July 27

Friday Android Free App Recap July 27

Jul 27, 2012

This week we are going to look at games where the main character is a stick figure. Many of us suck at drawing so we can all relate to the simplicity of the artwork involved. There are actually way more stick figure games than I thought there would be.

Stick Fighter 2

Fighting games have always done well with the gaming communities. Stick Fighter 2 is a fighting game with some cool attacking moves. Superman-esque attacks, complete with a cape and one arm out and power sliding kicks make attacking the other stick men a blast.

Download Stick Fighter 2

Line Runner

Line Runner was the first stick man game I ever played. The idea is pretty simple; jump over or slide under obstacles. In reality, the fast pace of the game makes these simple actions challenging to say the least. Try to beat personal distance records or play friends online.

Download Line Runner

Stick Speed Runner

Stick Speed Runner has the little stick man jumping from rooftop to rooftop. Starting out the gameplay is pretty slow but increases the farther through the course he makes it. The only real action required is to tap the screen to jump. Believe me, that’s enough to pay attention too as things start to move fast.

Download Stick Speed Runner


Out of this bunch of apps, StickDraw is different because it is a drawing game, not an action game. Create different drawings and animate them. Remember back in the day at school people used to make the little flipbooks with the stick man jumping through the fire ring or over a car? StickDraw is like that but digital.

Download StickDraw

Stick Combat

Stick Combat adds a little more of a meaty body to the characters. There is a good range of motion for the butt-kicking, not just a 2D scrolling game like others. During the battles boxed with potential weapons to enhance the attacks or food to revive energy might be in side. Break them open to see.

Download <Stick Combat