Tamagotchi Life: Tap and Hatch Review

Tamagotchi Life: Tap and Hatch Review

Apr 30, 2014

Tamagotchi Life: Tap and Hatch is a puzzle game best described as a mix up between the world and gameplay mechanics of the populair Tamagotchi virtual pets and the insanely beloved Candy Crush Saga type of games.

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In this game the goal is to score a set amount of points by clearing blocks of randomly generated colors, so the Tamagotchi on the top of the screen will hatch from its egg. After that, you have to help the little bugger grow up, just like we all did in the nineties. Players clear the screen by swiping away a set of three or more of the same color blocks. They don’t have to be all horizontal of vertical; the game let’s you go diagonal as well, which is cool.

But the game is fundamentally flawed. Its gameplay is focused on getting enough points to clear the level, but players are extremely dependent on the randomly generated colors of the blocks. If the don’t fall down in you favor and can’t clear the level, than it presents a dilemma: do I start over or buy extra turns? In both cases, the problem of the randomly generated colors of the blocks remains, so, later on, a lot of time is spent at retrying stages, which is very unpleasant.

In total there are more than hundred stages to play and it’s possible to complete them without paying anything, but it takes a strong mind or a big fan to do so. Because of it’s random nature, I felt the urge to do something else instead, something that is relied on skill and not a big portion of luck. Sometimes it gives you exactly what is needed, but there are also times I felt pushed at buying something I didn’t want to.

And that’s a shame. The game plays and looks really well and it’s definitely visible the developer spend a lot of time achieving that. Because of the Tamagotchi theme, Namco Bandai accessed it’s huge library of Tamagotchi creatures, so fans of the series will feel right at home. Furthermore, the graphics look really slick and neat, building upon the foundation its initial developer made with the Tamagotchi Connection: Corner Shop on Nintendo DS. Tamagotchi Life: Tap and Hatch is a nice game with well-known gameplay mechanics, but sometimes forces the player to buy stuff. And that’s not cool.

Tekken Card Tournament Review

Tekken Card Tournament Review

Apr 22, 2013

I can’t imagine playing Tekken on my tablet or phone. Touch screens controls aren’t exactly ideal for a fighting game series that has its fair share of long-winded combos.

So what have Namco Bandai done to get their beloved series on Android devices? The answer is to turn it into a turn-based card game. If that sounds like a good idea, then read on and if it doesn’t? Well, keep on reading, because this game has a number of things going for it.

Tekken Card Tournament is all about taking down your opponent’s health to zero by using a series of randomly drawn cards. Each turn of a fight sees both fighters act simultaneously, with one of three commands being carried out. You can choose to block, focus or strike.

The strategy of the game comes from second-guessing what you’re opponent’s going to do and by making best use of what’s currently in your ‘hand’. You use focus to spend your turn drawing a card, block will cancel the first two attacks of an opponent’s combo and strike will cause you to carry out each attack you have in your ‘hand’ in the form of a combo.

Tekken4It’s this simple set-up which then lends itself to more tactical play as certain cards will have extra abilities. With certain cards in your hand, you could see your blocks healing you. Other cards will weaken the opponent’s attacks, some will allow more cards to be drawn and so on.

One issue with the cards is that their descriptions can be a little vague. If you see a card for the first time, it may not be entirely clear as to how it actually works, leaving you with a bit of trial and error and having to learn how the card’s special ability works the hard way. The hard way being getting knocked out.

Another issue with the cards comes up when playing online. If you haven’t spent real money (or spent an age earning gold through fights) you’ll not have access to the stronger or more interesting cards. One fight was lost before it began as the person I was playing against had a ‘special’ card that gave them nearly double health and took 15 health off of me before the fight had even started.

As with a lot of ‘free’ games, Tekken Card Tournament lets itself down by being a little too keen on wanting you to fork out real money on fake cards. Which is a shame, as the card battles lend themselves to some tense moments and are pretty engaging. Though in this game’s case, real money can equal real cards, as a series of Tekken cards are to be released. Each card can be scanned so that every physical card you end up owning can be transferred into the game.

Tekken Card Tournament is a strong card game that punishes those that don’t invest a huge amount of time or a small amount of money into stronger cards.

Bird Zapper! Coming to Android this Spring from Namco Bandai Games

Bird Zapper! Coming to Android this Spring from Namco Bandai Games

Apr 1, 2011

Have you ever been just relaxing at home, listening to some music when the power goes out? That’s exactly what’s happened to Skippy the Squirrel. But, in his case, it isn’t just some freak occurrence like a storm or a downed pole, it’s a bunch of birds squatting the power line! You need to get rid of them, and there’s just one way to do it.

In Bird Zapper!, from Namco Bandai Games, you play as Skippy the Squirrel, evicting the annoying avians by matching up same colored birds and zapping them off the line with a good jolt of electricity.