Paper War For 2 Players Review

Paper War For 2 Players Review

Jun 3, 2011

Some games were destined to be brilliant. Everything about them, from art style to gameplay just screams success. Other games are destined to be abysmal. Then, there are those which defy classification, games that have some features that shine brighter than the rest. Paper War is one of those.

The game is a simple shooter, for one or two players, that sees you blasting away at anything that moves and some things that don’t. In single player, the game’s generic, a riff on Space Invaders with some nice sketchy graphics and little else to recommend it. In multiplayer, however, the game finds its feet.

There are three modes on offer, each of them a twist on the basic single player game, all played on a single phone. Anti-Aircraft has you shooting your opponent’s planes with a cannon, Plane Smasher is a frantic tap-’em-up where you have to tap opposing colored planes and avoid tapping your own and Cannon Battle is a battle between two cannons, with wind speed and direction coming into play.

In a strange way, the game reminds me of Point Blank, Namco’s lightgun classic. Each of the modes is a mini game in its own right, and the color coded blasting is especially reminiscent. That’s no bad thing either, because Paper Wars also manages to capture the same rich vein of playability as its arcade-based ancestor.

So, if you’re looking for a game to play on your own, there are many better alternatives out there, and the game has no online multiplayer component either. What it does have is some of the best same phone multiplayer available on the Android Market. It might not be to everyone’s taste, but it’s fun, easy to play and pretty addictive as well. Well worth shelling out for if you’ve got some time to kill and a friend to hand.

Finger Wars Review

Finger Wars Review

May 19, 2011

The whole of the human race is locked in a never ending struggle for power. Men and women alike clamour after supremacy, after the right to call themselves the greatest human being who has ever lived. In the old days, such titles were decided on the battlefield, the winner crowned by the amount of blood they had shed or lands they had conquered. Thankfully though, we’re a far less brutal sort nowadays, and we have apps like Finger Wars to decide who’s top of the shop.

Finger Wars is a game of speed and, well, that’s about it really. At the start of play, the screen is split evenly, pink and blue, and you and a human opponent have to tap your side as quickly as you possibly can. And that’s it. Perhaps Tapping Wars might have been a more apt name.

There’s no single player campaign, because that wouldn’t work. There’s no alternate modes or online multiplayer, because they wouldn’t work. Finger Wars is the same thing, over and over and over and over and over again, until someone gets bored, breaks a finger or pushes a digit through the touch screen on your phone.

In the end though, that doesn’t really matter. Finger Wars shouldn’t work, it shouldn’t be any fun, but it somehow manages to draw from within itself a bizarre, almost ethereal playability. As casual games are to mainstream, so called core titles – a distillation of contemporary and archetypal videogame tropes into a simplified, delicious liquor – so Finger Wars is a further refinement. This is a single, concentrated drop of bare bones, multiplayer gaming, and it just works.

Finger Wars may be as shallow as an empty paddling pool, but what it offers shouldn’t be considered in terms of content, but in terms of experience. It’s a party game, and with the right atmosphere and situation, it’s as much fun, albeit for a briefer period, as anything the world of console gaming has to offer.