Nintendo made some filler tittles before eventually releasing the main installment in their Pokemon series. The new series is entitled PokePark Wii Pikachu’s Adventure. It is a change from the more conventional Pokemon games that have been created. The game revolves on the aspect of gaining new friends through the mini game applicable in different places. A concept of simplicity is quite alright but when the whole game is too simple then problems are expected to arise.
The storyline of the game goes this way: The Sky Prism loses its power, which causes the Sky Pavilion to fall into PokePark. It has been shattered into 14 pieces, falling in different parts of the land – as you can guess these different parts make up the game itself and contain various games with enchantments. You have the task of beating your enemies and as some form of reward they become your friends. You need to gain more friends as a specific number is required to play in certain games. In addition, you can improve your stats by using the berries that you find.
Even before you proceed to the main game you can sense that there’s going to be a problem in trying to figure out how to handle the controller in a comfortable manner for a longer period. The sideways placement of the Wii Remote is actually a major downside of the game. This detracts your enjoyment of the amazing scenery in the game. However, the game has some good things to offer such as the usage of several motion control gestures. You have to shake the controller and take advantage of hand to eye coordination to really maximize your movements. But to those who are familiar with Wii games, this seems to so common it’s almost like a given in Wii games.
The game is relatively easy. It is a straightforward game that is just too simple, it’s kind of boring. The only positive aspect of this game is its graphics and visuals. The characters and surroundings are well crafted but the creators fail to take advantage of this; and the players are left feeling more frustrated because of the limitations and restrictions of exploring the environment in the most effective way.
The audio is likewise simple, which can be another positive aspect of the game as players are constantly engaged in repetitive stuffs. Although there’s a portion of the soundtrack that is kind of annoying, all in all it presents a balanced and stable sound throughout the game.
The main audience of this game is young players, but it fails miserably because of its boring and repetitive format. As you can see, young children also have their own preferences and standards; I bet some would just continue playing for the sake of finishing the game.
There are already many changes done in Pokemon games. But the change depicted in this game is pointless. The creators were aiming to make an easy game for young people but they eventually ended up with an almost senseless game. Even the arcade mode that lets you play the side attractions of the game, and which could have been its saving feature, does not compensate for obvious and blatant flaws of the game.
The game is such a waste and a real shame as it does not live up to its title. There really aren’t any adventures to speak of. The game was geared towards being easy and was probably the reason I didn’t like it, perhaps young players will enjoy this.
Man, was I excited prior to watching my first Star Wars movie. I can even remember back in the day, building my favorite ships from the movie and playing in my room. The kids were running around the house screaming STAR WARS, STAR WARS! From the moment I put the game into my Mac, I was praying that it was one that would hold my attention. In this review I will show you exactly what you will get with this game.
Ok so it starts as from the first movie in a flyby in the Trade Federation hanger. Oui-Gon Jin and Obi-Wan Kenobi leave the vessel, only to be met by a protocol droid. You will be held captive in the chamber by an unsuspecting cruiser and his fearsome crew. The starship is blasted into a million pieces and you will see him fall to the deck below. Now the action is ready to begin.
So the overall controls are fantastic. In fact there is no need to have a million guns at your disposal as each character will have his or her own special abilities. While story mode is fun and exciting; I found free play mode to be the bombdiggity.
Seriously! You will find studs in which you can use to unlock a million different things. For instance, there are over 50 characters you can play as. In all the levels there are places that you can't reach with some of these characters. Therefore you will need to come equipped with the right group in order to get all these studs. I mean seriously, I haven't seen a game with this much replay in a long time!
Since you are a Jedi and everything you will need to use the forces. There will be different bricks throughout the game that are glowing. This is your key to interact with them. For instance you can hit the action button and watch the brick do something. Other times the bricks will rearrange themselves into another form.
Ok, so Dexter's Diner is where Obi-Wan visits a lot in the free play mode. You will be allowed to enter various levels and be able to purchase tons and tons of extras. In the beginning it will just be Obi-Wan and Qui-Goin, as well as a couple droids. As you progress further and further through the game you will see tons of characters which are ALL playable. To make is better they will all interact with each other too! How cool is that!
The light work and animations are absolutely badass too and it does have a lot of humorous scenes in the game too. You will choose one and the computer will control the others. Not to mention they actually hold their own. Even better you can play along with a friend if you have one….lol. In really helps you make away as many studs as you can! This game is deep and you will get a ton of replay out of it. There are other levels you can unlock and tons of places to explore. This is truly a blast from the past and a great game at that, shame it is not on the Wii.
May the force be with you!
Originally meant to be a GameCube release, Super Paper Mario is now also on the Nintendo Wii gaming console. This unique game features a new take on the old Mario storyline, out of this world characters, solid game play, and humor in the dialogue. This release has become a classic in both age and playability, it is more than capable to stand amongst Wii’s best games even with the age factor in mind.
A new villain has come to Mario’s world, in the form of the evil Count Bleck out to destroy the kingdom. The count’s plan of chaos is due to the force marriage between Bowser and Princess Peach, which the count planned. This marriage has created a “chaos heart” which Count Bleck uses to destroy. To stop this “chaos heart,” Mario must collect 8 items called “pure hearts” that will form the purity heart. This purity heart is the only power in Mario’s world that can stop Count Bleck’s evil ways. The pure hearts are in other worlds though, and to get to them Mario will have to go through dimensional doors located in Flipside. Each level has 4 parts, and it is in the 4th part of each that you fight the boss battle and get the heart if you win.
Mario will not come alone as he will be accompanied by 4 friends that each has unique abilities. You can control only one during the game though. Princess Peach is able to float during jumps through the use of her parasol, and it is a mighty defense against enemy attacks. Bowser doubles the attack powers of the party, as well as his trademark fiery blast. Luigi makes the final cut with his ability to jump into massive lengths.
Super Paper Mario combines both 2D and 3D elements into the game. You will appreciate the fine transition of the game from flat 2D to the depths of 3D. The look of the game might be new, but the game play has still that Mario trademark of jumping around and collecting power ups that fans will do appreciate. Combat takes place in real time, and points are earned when you defeat enemies. These points are also spread into your experience, as well as to the whole party.
This game is quite engaging and fun to play. The humorous story, great game play, cool new design and visual styles and impressive content should be enough words for anyone with a Wii to check it out.
The Angry Birds Trilogy is a must have for anyone who owns or plans on purchasing a Nintendo 3DS. The reason being is that the Nintendo 3DS features a three dimensional stereoscopic view. This technologically advanced view is the one you see when you put on those 3D glasses that remind you of sun glasses. However, with the Nintendo 3DS you do not have to use any awkward glasses to get the three dimensional affect you want. You also have the luxury of playing Angry Birds Trilogy by the means of a touch screen.
Angry Birds Trilogy contains the first three games of the popular game series; Angry Birds, Angry Birds Seasons and Angry Birds Rio. These titles were released on several gaming consoles, and computer systems, but are best known for being played on everyone's smart phones. Each game gets a little more advanced in characters and obstacles and they built further upon this gaming franchise and user feedback.
Angry Birds is a simple and strategic game where you use a slingshot to throw an Angry Bird to the side where the Bad Piggies reside. This game is slide scrolling and obstacles are set up to keep you from getting the Bad Piggies. Your goal is to simply throw a bird and destroy a pig.
The graphics are two dimensional cartoons with clever coloring to add a simple roundness to the objects as well as animals. Each bird you use has a different skill you will use to destroy all the Bad Piggies. The further you get in the game, the more complex the obstacles get and the more strategically you need to think.
Angry Birds Seasons and Angry Birds Rio were created as a way to give the users more game play. The public just kept asking for more, and that is what they got. The seasons change and so do the elements. Some birds are good at destroying ice that may be in the way, some will not be. Some birds may be good at destroying any logs in your way. It is your strategic thinking that will make you succeed in this game.
The Nintendo 3DS will let you take the addictiveness of shooting a bird on a sign scrolling game to a new level. Most smart phones, if not all, have a touch screen. This makes it easy to stretch the sling shot back and release the bird into orbit. The Nintendo 3DS can give you that same feeling. The effectiveness of giving these adorable little two dimensional birds with slight shading a 3D environment is even more fulfilling. You will be amazed how much a simple two dimensional game can be enhanced by adding depth to the background and bring the obstacles along with characters forward.
The three games in the hottest game ever are now available for one of the leading companies' leading hand held system; the Nintendo 3DS. This triage of popularity will have this package selling off the shelves like hot cakes at breakfast.
Funky Barn for the Wii U is a fun and interactive farm game for younger kids and is in some respects similar to the once popular and thoroughly enjoyable Farmville on Facebook.
At the start of each game, you are presented a rundown, ramshackle farm which needs a great deal of TLC to make it into a going concern. Fear not, this is not like the ill fated farm left behind in the Grapes of Wrath, the animals are cute and cool (some are even sporting sunglasses) each with its own personality, and the farm machines are more wacky than wacky (but work). The object of the game is to keep expand your farm and make it function productively. It's appeal to smaller kids lies in the animals as they require lots of love and attention. As these young players continue to care for their animals they can order new cuddly animals every 15 minutes. They must also carry out tasks necessary to the running of a farm such as collecting eggs and milking cows. Shearing sheep is great fun when using the funky shearing machine.
The touchscreen of the Wii U interacts with the game well. If your cow needs more love, you can take your stylus and stroke it, if it itches you can scratch it. Fruit can be made to fall from the trees one shake from the handset. Seeds have to be sown, seedlings have to be watered and crops have to be harvested with another inventive machine, the super Haybale-coptor.
Customize your animals.
Watch your bank balance grow as a result of selling crops and using the money to buy more wacky farm equipment such as the egg robot sucker-upper.
Trade with your neighbours.
Since it's based on three actions, collecting, buying, and selling it can get a bit tiresome.
Sounds are a bit monotonous and will get a little tiresome boring.
It's sometimes glitchy.
In terms of the cons, the three actions should keep a child under the age of 8 happy enough and you can always turn down the volume. The glitches can be overcome by the usual cure all of restarting the game. Also, as there is no autosave, you can save manually by pressing the plus sign on the Wii U game pad.
In terms of actually playing the game, the touchscreen is probably the best way to play, but you cannot ignore the handheld controls altogether. As there are only three actions, it's not hard to learn or figure out. There are plenty of forums on line with hints and cheats to guide you through your Funky Barn Experience.
Funky Barn is a single player game. It will keep younger children occupied for a couple of hours, but probably won't hold their attention for much longer than that. With that said and the retail price of Funky Barn being around £29.99. you may not consider it to be a little expensive except for a Christmas gift, but you can rent a copy and in that case it is probably worth a try. Personally I think the cooky machinery alone make it worth the money.
Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games for the 3DS is similar to the version for the Nintendo Wii. While similar to the Wii version, the 3DS version is also unique in it's own ways. Some of the differences include the way the game is played and also more Olympic events have been added. This game follows Sonic and pals in London at the 2012 Winter Olympic Games. They're able to perform winter sports like skiing but also gives players the chance to compete at other sports like BMX, track, fencing, trap shooting, soccer, football and even more sports are available. Players may also choose from up to four different characters from different character classes like Heroes and Wild Ones.
The main way the gameplay differs from the previous version is that it has been toned to be playable on a portable device such as the 3DS more easily. The way that this is accomplished is through the use of the stylus in combination with the 3DS screen. Many of the games that the player will encounter are mini-games. Sound effects and background music have been added to the mini-games and stages where appropriate and help to add a party sense of feel to the game. When playing, the person will be able to use their stylus to hit the opposing ball back into their opponent's court or they player might also be prompted to press a button at the right time.
There are many types of mini-games that will have the player using a combination of their stylus, utilizing the 3DS microphone and touching buttons simultaneously. The game uses a variety of control methods depending on the player's actions. For example, the player may either end up using the stylus to control the action on screen or may even end up using the built-in 3DS gryometer controls to tilt the unit if playing multiplayer matches.
The points that the player receives after winning a match will be tallied and can be automatically updated to the online community if the player wishes to do so. By posting results online, other players may see if they can beat the player's statistics. Besides posting the player's score, they may also earn tickets to trade them in for collectible badges later. There are up to 200 collectible badges that the player may collect and apply them towards their ID tag to earn ranks within the online communities.
One of the most important features added into the game is the addition of the Story Mode. This is a new gameplay feature that was not included in the original London 2012 Winter Olympic Games. The Story Mode gives people the chance to learn about what the characters were up to before coming to London and why they're there now. In the beginning of the game, both Egg Man and Bowser appear and form a plan to wreak havoc on London. It is up to Sonic, Mario and friends to compete through events to save the place.
Ubisoft has brought us another addition of the Rabbids series. This time it is for the 3DS in the form of Rumbling Rabbids. The 3Ds feature enhances the reality of the series by making it appear and feel like there are rabbids all around us. They can be battling on your coffee table coming out of your floor, or even all around you in the air.
One of the best parts of this installment of the rabbids series is that there are more than 100 rabbids that the player needs to find. This will entail a bit of time, so the game is well worth the dollar amount in that the producers have assured that this is not an overnight playout. The rabbids that the player has can also be trained and run through drills. This enhances their fighting abilities and makes them more effective in garnering fellow rabbids.
This game also features spot pass. This feature lets the player amass a small army of rare rabbids that would not otherwise be available to the playing community. Another positive feature of this game is the street functions. Here one can exchange weapons and rabbids with other players. Enjoy one on one battles against other players and strengthen your rabbid through a series of battles that enhance its strength and agility.
This game also does not keep the player in one place or level. There are actually seven different worlds that the player must move through in order to find all the lost rabbids. Each one of these worlds also includes a wide variety of mini games. Within each of the mini games, the player must win battles and conquer obstacles in order to find rabbids that have escaped.
Pure to rabbids form, the player will also have the ability to change their costumes and experience their warped yet funny sense of humor. As the player obtains experience and strength new, weirder costumes become available for their rabbid. These costumes range from the hysterical to the odd. Hats, accessories and a number of other adornments will ready your character for a fun filled adventure through each mini game as they search for rabbids.
Ready yourself for adventure and fun when picking up this game. While it is appropriate for many age and experience levels, one may want to be wary about the younger players. Some of the humor may not be appropriate for tender ears and eyes. Otherwise, even the more experienced players will find this 3DS game to be a blast and well worth the cost. The intricate character of the multi-level game play is not easily conquered in an afternoon. Even after conquering the game and finding all of the rabbids, one can still find amusement in training and strengthening their rabbid army. This game is well worth the investment and fun for most ages. Experience the 3D world of raving rabbids as they battle the world on your 3DS gaming system today. This is a game worth buying.
Tales of the Abyss was originally released in the year 2005, but it has finally made its way onto the 3DS. Produced by Namco, Tales of the Abyss is only one of the many entries of the "Tales" series of Japanese style role playing games. In this world Oracles give prophecies that shape the world by giving glimpses into the future. Players step into the shoes of the main character Luke von Fabre, the scion of a noble family who was kidnapped. Luke returns to his family with no memory of what happened after he was taken seven years ago, and is almost immediately thrust into the plans of the Order of Lorelei and the Oracle Knights. Luke is going to have to use everything he knows and feels to try and get through what's happening, making new friends and learning the real meaning of sacrifice to come out on the other side of this adventure.
Tales of the Abyss on 3DS is essentially no different from the version that was originally released, mechanically speaking. This version of the game is available with 3D effects, true, and it still provides players the ability to go anywhere on the field during combat (a revolutionary addition to the "Tales" game series in and of itself), but there were no major changes made. Players that have enjoyed the original release will likely enjoy this version, provided they have no objection to playing the same game over again.
Just Another JRPG?
Tales of the Abyss bears a familial resemblance to the rest of the "Tales" series, and it is similar to other classic JRPGs like the Final Fantasy series. On the other hand, Tales of the Abyss does boast a unique story line and world that allows it to stand apart from other games in the genre, even if it does bear a passing resemblance. With unique characterization and a storyline that can suck players in, Tales of the Abyss is not a casual game, even if the Nintendo 3DS does make it a portable one.
It's important for parents and players alike to keep in mind that Tales of the Abyss also has a Teen rating. There's the usual fantasy violence (after all, it's practically required in JRPGs for players to swing a sword as a means of problem solving), but there's also simulated gambling, suggestive themes and alcohol use that go into the rating mix.
Did it Need the 3DS?
On the one hand, being able to play Tales of the Abyss in 3D is a fun upgrade to the gameplay. With all of the unique features the game brought to the fore, especially its battlefield positioning, the 3D effects don't go to waste. On the other hand, if a player has already gone through Tales of the Abyss as it was, the 3D gimmick might not be enough to persuade him, or her, to re-buy the game and play it all over again just for a slightly different role-playing experience.