OutNumbered Review

OutNumbered Review

Jul 11, 2011

Puzzle games sometimes work best when they’re stripped down to the barest of bones. That seems to be the philosophy behind OutNumbered, a math based puzzler from GoodApe. In it, you’re presented with a grid of numbers. You’re also given a number at the bottom.

Your task, should you choose to accept it, is to use numbers in the grid to add together to make the number at the bottom. Once you’ve done that, those numbers from the grid disappear and you’re given another number to aim for. Clear all the numbers from the grid and you move on to the next one.

It’s a really simple system, and it works quite well. The more sums you can make with the grid numbers, the more points you get, which means you have to think on your feet if you want to aim for the highest scores.

OutNumbered manages to be one of those rare games that are both fun and helps you to learn. Sure, the sums you’re creating aren’t exactly taxing, at least not at first, but the game makes you think about what you’re doing, rather than showing you the easiest option straight away.

The game looks a bit old fashioned when compared to some of the more expensive apps on the Android Market, but it plays smoothly and the touch screen interfaces all work rather well. These are only minor issues, though, and they do little to sully the user’s enjoyment of the product.

It might not be exciting, it might not involve large men hitting or shooting each other, but OutNumbered is a successful little game nonetheless. It has a game plan and it sticks to it, and it’s all the better for that. It won’t change the world, but it might make you a little bit better at adding things together, which is no mean feat in itself.

Maths Of The Dead Review

Maths Of The Dead Review

May 30, 2011

Zombies are everywhere nowadays, chomping their way through your friends, neighbors, pets and loved ones. You’ve killed them with shotguns, bombs, typing, and physics, but now it’s time to really stick it to the undead – now it’s time to kill them with math.

Maths Of The Dead is a quirky little title that casts you in the role of a super intelligent monkey. You’re placed behind a keyboard and zombies of various different shapes and sizes are shambling towards you, intent on feasting on your succulent monkey flesh. Each of the zombies has a simple equation above their head; type in the right answer and the zombie falls down re-dead.

It’s a simple premise, borrowed slightly from Sega’s re-imagining of their House of The Dead series of games as a typing tool. The zombies here are cutesy and non-threatening and the monkey is delightfully deranged. The music is frivolous, the sound effects hilarious and the whole package just screams “fun”.

The typing interface is a little unwieldy, and sometimes you can find yourself accidentally typing in huge strings of numbers when you keep getting things wrong, but other than that, there are no huge problems with the game itself. The difficulty could do with a bit of tweaking, and a few more sums could do to be thrown into the mix, but these are minor complaints; this is a loveable bundle of simian versus zombie fun, and who can’t enjoy that?

Maths Of The Dead is one of those rare games that actually makes learning fun. Zombies may be omnipresent nowadays, but it’s nice to see someone trying something a little different with them, even if that something different is just a riff on another game. It’s hard not to play Maths of The Dead with a smile on your face, even when things get tough – it’s a well built, hugely enjoyable little title that proves you don’t need flashy graphics and sky high production values to make a good game.