Big Action Mega Fight! Review

Big Action Mega Fight! Review

Jun 12, 2014

Beat em up titles represent the golden age of video gaming. What is more glorious than walking down the street and communicating with hordes of thugs via the global language of melee? Big Action Mega Fight! (from Double Stallion Games) takes on the genre in a confident manner.

The action comes in a bit gently at first to allow players get their feet wet. It runs just like beat ’em up games of old with action coming in from both sides, while the lead character rolls from left to right. The initial parts of he game give one an opportunity to learn and use the main controls: punching, hitting, throwing, rolling and more, all of which are useful at points during the game.

The waves of attackers begin to be more frequent and exotic in nature; more baddies with different attack and defense attributes, and actions can be tailored to dispatch each accordingly. Vanquishing human foes generally bamf1yields coins which can be collected. Then, there are dangerous, explosive chickens and other inanimate objects which can be thrown away. Of course, the enemy beings can inflict damage too (they all have life bars), so the idea is to make it to the end of the level with more life juice than the last attacker. Overall, the leveled action gets hectic, with more populated waves and tougher opponents. There are even boss-like characters that appear at junctures.

Coins can be used to increase attributes; real cash can be used as well, but isn’t necessary to enjoy the game.

The game graphics are whimsical, but overly silly; the animations are purposefully stilted, and there is some great use of color throughout the different levels. The pseudo-3D rendering of the playing area, as it gives some depth to the action.

It’s an enjoyable game in a great category, and it’s worth trying.

Mushroom Age: Time Adventure Review

Mushroom Age: Time Adventure Review

Sep 27, 2012

Nevosoft all but wrote the book on Android adventure/hidden object gaming, and Mushroom Age: Time Adventure is the latest attempt by the software house to cement its Kingship.

Mushroom Age weaves together graphics, dialogue, touch-based item discovery and user wits to solve mysteries. And by using the stereotypical protagonist at the height of desperation — a bride-to-be with a missing scientist fiance — the developer is able to inject some humor right from the beginning.

The premise was simple: I, in the character of Vera, am in search of Tom, and have to solve mini-mysteries and time travel to find him. On the way, robots, adventurers, philosophers, mushrooms and even talking dinosaurs make an appearance. To advance to a new scene, I had to complete tasks, which varied from investigating a cemetery to finding missing keys to rebooting robots.

Mushroom Age shines in the “solveability” of the riddles. They were not too easy, and I liked how the gameplay designers did not get so engrossed in hiding objects as to make the illogically difficult to find and acquire. For instance, early on in the game, I had to accumulate a bunch of items to advance. Some objects were simply hidden behind the first few, instead of hidden in overly exotic locations in the scene. I also liked how some tasks had to be completed by a combination of objects (spoiler alert: cutting grass was a nice touch. There are hints and visual cues that helped me out, but they did not cheapen the achievement because I was not spoon fed. I liked moving stuff, and making logical deductions. I earned trophies every now and then, too. For the truly baffled, an exhaustable genius button existed.

The dialogue was a useful tool to help the storyline along, but I did find the conversation a tad tedious at times, so it was good that tapping helped me skip some of what I found monotonous. Graphically, the game was okay, there was not too much animation; I thought a bit more probably would have added some flair to this game.

Nevosoft also does well to incorporate social sharing into the application.

Mushroom Age: Time Adventure is a game that, for me, shows you should never judge an Android game by its icon. It provides a good deal of fun interspersed with sanity-retaining save points, so I did not have a good excuse to not get back to work. I never thought I’d enjoy cleaning out a dinosaur’s teeth, but you have to love a game that helps with self-discovery.

Here’s to you, Nostradamus!