Dec 20

Little Inferno – Review

LittleInferno-featuredLittle Inferno is a puzzle game, developed by Tomorrow Corporation, and independent developer.  It never seemed particularly puzzling, you are given things to burn and a list of things that can burn together, once you’ve burned through enough things you get a bit more story.

I really didn’t expect find the game that enjoyable, I’d seen a demo of it where I was just burning items and thought it could be cathartic.  It’s a very good fire simulator, things burn very realistically.  What I didn’t expect when I started playing was that there is a little back and forth story between a neighbour who sends you notes and gifts, and an underlying dark storyline that progresses slowly at first.


Before I knew it, I’d spent over 5 hours playing and finished the game, which is a great length for me and for a game like this.

There are also lots of cute little somewhat inside jokes.

This is a great example of making a fun mechanic in a game into a cute little story that pretty much could only be told by an indie.

Pros: Simple mechanic is easy to get into, cute story, good progression, not too long.

Cons: Sometimes you have to burn something you already burned to make enough in game money to buy something new.

Jul 07

Remember Me (Game) Review

RememberMe-featuredRemember Me is a third-person Action-Adventure game developed by Dontnod Entertainment.  I rented it for the PS3 from

In Remember Me, you play as Nilin, a female memory hunter in a future Paris destroyed by terrorists and weather phenomenon and in the middle of being rebuilt with the help of a large corporation called Memorize that invented devices that can hook into a persons memory and import and export individual memories like a hard drive known as Sensens.  The memory hunters are essentially rogues that hunt down and steal valuable memories, though the game never explains why, but they are determined to bring down Memorize, the control they appear to have over people, and reduce the enormous class divide between the elite who have Sensens and the people who are either denied them, or have negative reactions to them which turn them into Leapers.

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Jun 16

Candy Crush Saga – Review

Candy-Crush-Saga-featuredI started playing Candy Crush Saga on Android and eventually tried it on Facebook.  It is a free to play match 3 game with some interesting differences to existing games like Bejeweled.  It became very addictive to me for a long time, to the point where my phone would die halfway through the day from playing it.

It works very well as a free to play game, as you can at any point spend real money to make the game easier, but if you work at it and have patience you can move your way through the game without ever spending a dime.  I made it to level 99 before I was frustrated enough to quit playing having never spent anything on the game.

The things I found that made it different from other Match 3 games was that different levels provided different kinds of challenges.  Some would be timed and require making a certain number of points before being able to move on, some would require a certain score within a limited number of moves.  By limiting the player to only 5 losses before waiting 30 minutes for another try to renew you have a firm cut off time.  This would imply that you could start playing and know that you won’t be playing all day.  Of course you could if you continue to win games, and that meant sometimes the games went on for up to an hour before I realized I should be doing something else.

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Apr 07

Dungeon Defenders – Game Review

DungeonDefenders-featuredDungeon Defenders is a third-person mix of tower defence and action RPG developed by Trendy Entertainment.  I didn’t spend very long playing this game solely because it’s not really my style of game at all.  I almost wish it was, because it has a great art style and solid gameplay.  There are plenty of varied character roles and RPG elements to upgrade your character.

I think a part of the problem was that I was playing solo, this seems like it could be a very fun game if playing with some friends online, requiring different skill sets.

After picking your character, you start in the dungeon you will be defending, before each wave of enemies you have the ability to put up defences like a tower defence game.  When you are ready you trigger the wave and then you are able to run around and help out your defences by attacking the incoming enemies.

It seems there are plenty of various dungeons to defend, and there must have been twenty or thirty different characters in the version I have.

Pro: Great art style, fun gameplay, lots of variety, good tutorial

Cons: Basically it’s not my style of game, so I didn’t  play it enough to find any real cons.

Mar 16

Tomb Raider (2013) – Game Review

TombRaider2013-featuredTomb Raider, released in March 2013, is an Action Adventure Platform game developed by Crystal Dynamics and is a reboot/origin story of the legendary English archaeologist Lara Croft.  I rented the PS3 version from Game Access, though I hear the PC version has substantially better graphics, the PS3 version wasn’t bad at all.

The story follows a young Lara Croft as she goes out on her first expedition as the junior archaeologist to the famous Dr. Whitman, who is funding the expedition to find the Yamatai, the Japanese kingdom where the Sun Queen Himiko was laid to rest.  During the opening sequence Lara suggests looking in an area called the “Dragon’s Triangle” which is known to be rough water and responsible for many wrecked ships.  The ship runs into a great storm and tears in half, and during a fantastic sequence to attempt to escape, Lara falls into the water and is washed up on shore.  This is where the game begins for the player, and the first task is to find the rest of the crew.

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