Soccer Team Bus Battle – World Cup Brazil 2014 Review

Soccer Team Bus Battle – World Cup Brazil 2014 Review

May 27, 2014

Within weeks from now, all of the world will be tuning in at the soccer world cup in Brazil. Naturally, game makers want to cash in on one of the biggest spectacles of the world by using the world cup as a theme for their football games. But the Dutch studio Lunagames does things differently.

In Soccer Team Bus Battle – World Cup Brazil 2014 players take control of a nation’s bus – which nation that will be, is up to the player. There is only one condition for the team to be in the game: they have to compete in the world cup, of course. When the player has chosen the country it will represent, the chase of the rival team will begin. Both busses will ride on a busy freeway. The core of the gameplay rests with dodging cars that drive away and at you. It is okay to bump into the once in a while, because the bus players are controlling has a healthbar which slowly drains after each hit. However, don’t go to far with that – the bus hasn’t got eternal life, so be careful when driving.


The goal is to catch up with the bus players are chasing. While dodging cars, collecting special colored balls and ramming into other cars, I found myself enjoying the overall experience. The bus reacts very well to the on-screen contol buttons. There are only to – the bus can change four different lanes, so at its core, it’s very basic. Don’t get me wrong, this is not a negative point. It makes the game quickly understandable and very accessible at the very least. After the player destroys a bus, another will appear – making this and endless 3D runner. It only ends when the player dies by the hands of the rival bus or by the ongoing traffic. However it ends, it always ends with a bang – with Burnout-like collisions. The wheels even come off – it looks a but clunky, but it is very funny to see.

So the game plays nice, has a humoristic touch to it and, even for a world cup game without the sport itself, has suprisingly many balls in store. It also looks very well made and the music fits the overall theme. This is one World Cup game even non-soccer lovers can play. And I for one, am one of those people.

Lunar Racer Review

Lunar Racer Review

May 11, 2012

The first game in Noodlecake Games’ Game a Week Project is something of a nepotistic choice. Their 2D stunt racing game Lunar Racer has been ported over from iOS using their tools.

The game itself involves performing flips and collecting to weapons in order to try and collect turbo boosts and take out opponents on the way to get first place. There’s also MoonBux to collect to spend on cosmetic upgrades and new vehicle upgrades. Courses take place on circular planet, with laps going around the whole planet. There’s a gravity booster to pull vehicles back from the ground, and a nitro boost that can be collected by getting big air, performing many flips, and sexiest of all, performing perfect landings.

The difference between the iOS and Android versions is that there’s the ability to buy vehicle upgrades, boosting engine speed and nitro boost for example; as well, there are four additional tracks that can be bought with 5000 MoonBux. It also unlocks the best vehicle of all time: the sausage car. It’s a giant sausage with wheels that races in space. The local multiplayer is gone though. Woe and despair! I never really played it in the iOS version, though.

The game is easy to get into, with tilt controls that work very well, and simple two-finger controls for gravity boosting and using nitro. MoonBux can be bought, but they’re also earnable through in-game feats by collecting them, finishing highly, and completing objectives for a bonus multiplier. Even the harder Pro races feel like they can be done with just a perfect run. The level design is very creative, with levels that have multiple paths, and plenty of opportunities for big air.

The Android port is fantastic, running incredibly smoothly and error-free on an original Galaxy S model phone. If this is what can be expected from future Game a Week Project titles, then there’s plenty to be excited about, as Lunar Racer is kind of fantastic.