This is the Star Wars Clone Wars Rupublic Heroes game available on Wii, I am so glad I bought this secondhand and not paid the shop prices. It should be no surprise that it is aimed toward the youth, or by youth I mean anyone under 90 years old. Upon, putting it in my Wii I noticed it looked out dated. I actually, checked and thought, "Hey did I buy the Gamecube game by mistake." The truth is the graphics just F**kin suck!
So that’s alright the graphics are a bit off right? WRONG! The platform is damn right frustrating, you are supposed to be jumping to different spots throughout the game. However, I quickly learned that if you don't start in the correct spot you will just fall to your death, over and over again which makes you want to throw the bloody thing across the room.
It doesn't sounds too bad does it, I mean crappy graphics and you die all the time by missing jumps. It gets worse than that, Yoda pops up all the time and give you little tidbits which is about as useful as a nun at a hen party. It's not just when you are stuck or something it is every 5 seconds, it's damn right annoying and you keep dying, I wish I could just take a lightsaber to Yoda and kill him straight off the bat!
Enemies are so common and the combat is basic, you also have to use the same hooks over and over again. The game has so many holes in it and there are little things that make zero sense at all. Why can't my lightsaber burn through steel, what’s the deal with that? Did I get a defective lightsaber. The list of crap could go on and on for this game. Seriously, I could write a novel on what is wrong with this game.
It is so predictable and I just got tired of doing the same old thing, I asked myself why am I even wasting my time with this game? Really, in case you or kids just want to kill some time you are better off watching a movie on cable or playing a board game.
This game features each of the vehicles with their own unique personality, and just like its predecessors, the looks and the cute little expressions are improved to match the quality of the game. At the beginning of the game, you will be tossed into your first race from the get-go and will be placed into the hub world. From then on, you will be jumping from one hub stage to another and will be engaging in a series of races, mini events as well as customization options.
The control scheme for this game has been taken into consideration to ensure a grand experience although these improvements are only basic set ups. These set ups include the motion based and the Wii Nunchuk which can be utilized according to your preference. The Motion based set up is pretty much like other racing titles on Wii where you can tilt or bend the Wii Remote to both the left and right directions. In addition, the gas and brake together with the turbo functions are manipulated through the face buttons. The second option- Wii Nunchuk, is primarily for the directional controls. This set up enables your steering to be more precise and accurate.
The visual as well as sound effects for this version has also been enhanced for a better racing experience. Even the famous one-liners of McQueen have been made more detailed throughout the race which makes it comical and fun. The series of games also have been made attractive by adding Monster truck races and small car races like forklift-like cars or Rust Bucket derbies. In addition, there are also a lot of mini-games and races that have been installed.
On the race, you can collect three spark plug icons and other unlockables that can help you upgrade your vehicle or your engine. All the upgrades can be done from accessing a special shop inside the hub world. This game is pretty much friendly without any violence and does not require too much strategy-building skill.
Mario Kart 7 is the newest game in the series. Alongside the basic Mario Kart gameplay, there are also many other features added to the game and to the online mode. The graphics as well as the game visuals have all been upgraded for this game. The race courses, items on the race track, karts, other players, obstacles and even the gameplay animations have all been improved. As the player begins the game, they are prompted to choose a character from the Mushroom Kingdom. This can be either Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, Yoshi or others.
There are also many other characters from various kingdoms that may be unlocked. There are a total of 17 playable characters that can be unlocked in this game. After choosing a character, players will then race eight different cups for that specific kingdom. After winning first place in all of the available eight cups, the player will unlock more race courses for a total of 32 unlockable courses. While some of the courses may be similar or even reused levels, they are redone and even have parts of the level that are different. One example is that players may now go underwater in the Koopa Beach level.
There are three different game modes: 50cc, 100cc and 150cc of which they all vary in intensity. Also some game modes offer the chance to unlock certain hidden items within the game. There are a lot of stages in this version of Mario Kart that are also similar to other tracks from the other games. The Grand Prix mode lets players race through eight cups of which four of the stages are completely unique to Mario Kart 3DS. There are new stages like the Music Park that lets players drive across keyboards and there is also the DK Jungle that has a Donkey Kong Country feel.
There are some new gameplay items, race features and abilities that are added to this version of Mario Kart. One of the new features are gliders and parts of the race track that are underwater. There are also coins added into the gameplay experience. For every 10 coins that the player collects, they are awarded with a maximum speed boost and may also use the coins to unlock parts for their karts.
The basic race course items include the red shell, green shell, bullet, lightning cloud, blue shells, bombs and many more. Other new items that have been added to the game include new race course items like the Fire Flower that unleashes fire balls at enemies. Another new race course item is the Tanooki Tail which will smack any items or opposing players that are near the player that uses it. A new useful race course item added is the Lucky 7. This power up lets players hold up to seven items in their collection at any given time.
One of the most innovative uses of the 3DS with this version of Mario Kart is the ability for the player to cycle their race view to a first person view via using the gyroscope technology in the 3DS. If the player presses up on the directional pad, they'll shift the racer view into a first person point of view where the player can tilt the 3DS to control the action.
One of the game's strongest points is the multiplayer and it returns in this version of Mario Kart with some added extras as well. The Balloon Battle returns to this version of Mario Kart but they rules are different than before. Also, the player may connect online to race against Mario Kart 3DS players throughout various race courses and kingdoms. There are also many other competitions that one may challenge themselves to online.
The Boy and His Blob is a great game for the young children and the older ones. This lovable platform puzzle game will capture you with its beautiful visuals. Hand drawn backgrounds are fabulous which will really make gamers stick into the adventures but the great things about this game is, it will stir your minds to its full potential. Developer Wayforward created a smoothly paced game but fiery in the sense that it can push you to the limits with its tricky puzzles though sometimes the controls can’t bear the fast paced action sequences of the game.
A bad King imprisons the blobs of Blobolonia but one blob escaped to Earth and met a young boy who became his ally to help the blob free his imprisoned friends. The game shows the endearing relationship of the boy and his blob. They can’t be separated because it can add stress to the boy whenever his friend is away. Rescuing the blobs means traveling to Blobolonia and unlocking the cages throughout the journey.
The main source of power in this game is the boy’s bag that is full of jelly beans which are the blob’s favorite food and his blob friend. Whenever the blob gets a jelly bean, he will transform into a helpful item during the level. You are also given few different type of jelly bean for your disposal at each level. Tutorial is given on the first stages to make the gamer adjust to the controls and functions of the items in the game but as it continues to the higher level it becomes more difficult that your minds will already be driven to make decisions in the puzzle and use a combination of tools.
There are bosses at the end of each of the four worlds who are the greatest contenders. Fast paced action is needed to immediately decide onto what jelly bean is needed to attack the enemy but the controls are sluggish during fast actions which make it disappointing. There are hidden treasure chests after defeating the evil King where you can unlock a bonus stage to continue the 80 stages in the game.
Marvel Superhero Squad is a super boring game. The camera’s swoops and pans around every time you encounter an enemy that it is hard for you to focus on the combat and hit the target. The humor in the story is added to counter the flaws of the game. The regular superheroes with super strength and abilities are made into immature characters that makes this game funny because you will not be expecting superheroes to act like they use to in the game. Moduk, capturing Wolverine in a cage of adamantium and put wooden roof into it is an understatement of the fun.
This game is good for players who don’t take things seriously and just want to have fun. The story is so bad that it makes it good. This is a boring game that you can’t use your thinking abilities to figure things out because you are accompanied by an AI or human controlled superhero at all times. You will also experience repetitive actions that you can easily defeat opponents and advance to the next level.
The poor design of the camera makes a player impossible to focus especially when another player is onscreen and the player can fall off a cliff or get beaten by a robot just off screen. The inconsistencies of the camera are carried over in the Battle mode where you can fight against up to three enemies either human or computer controlled. This gives more substance to your repetitive actions of punches.
The camera problem comes back when you can’t see all the opponents in the arena because of its constant movements. There is also an imbalance in the sense that you will be given airborne and projectile opponents which are of course very hard to hit. The game has initially six heroes and six villains. If you are already sucked in the game, the unlockables are more likely to strive for. You can add more characters to team up during the course of the game.
Marvel Super Hero Squad has never come close to capturing the thrill of super powered fighting. It is sad to see an exciting concept that is put to waste because of the ridiculous story.
Hotel Transylvania on the 3DS is a video game developed by Way Forward and published by GameMill Publishing. It was released in September 2012.
Ghouls and monsters alike will enjoy this fun family friendly game which has landed on the Nintendo 3DS. It is based off the movie of the same name, and the graphics are set so that the player feels like they are in the hotel with the monsters and ghouls. Fly, turn into a ghost, and even walk up walls as you avoid the zombies and collect coins to level up.
The game, like the movie, is set around Dracula's daughter turning 118 years old. He has arranged for many of his closest friends and companions to all attend a lavish party for his daughter. Among these friends are a variety of monsters, the invisible man, and even the werewolf clan to take part in the festivities. The problem with this elaborate pan is that a human has somehow wandered into their midst.
Throughout the game the character, Mavis is working her way through the hotel. She is meeting with the many guests her father has invited to her party. In the course of her explorations throughout the castle, she is also on a quest to find a variety of different gems. These gems not only allow her to level up faster, but they also give her different powers and abilities, as well as unlock hidden areas that were previously inaccessible to her.
The game play also includes finding specific characters. They will be clearly marked on a map that is provided on the player’s screen. Once the player reaches the character, they will tell the player of something that they need. The player then works their way around the map and find the item. The item is then returned to the character in question.
The layout of the game is exceptional. One will be able to view and explore the castle, cathedrals, the clock tower, as well as many different catacombs. The abilities that one may garner along the exploration of these many areas include turning to mist, flying, running up walls, and the Dracula stare.
Some may say this game is repetitive, but that is only looking at the game play in one dimension. The musical score for the game is uplifting and quite soothing. The graphics are the not best in the world, but they are three dimensional and very intricate. Learning to master the many different jumps and obstacles will keep the little ones busy for hours, and that will offer some needed relaxation to their parents.
In terms of handheld game system games, this is not the best, but neither is it the worst. Experienced gamers of more than six years might find this boring, but this game does not appear to be geared toward this experience or age level. Younger players, especially ones who have seen and loved the movie will love this game. It is true to form with the movie, one gets to interact with all their favorite characters and being able to fly as a bat is just plain cool. This is a must have for Hotel Transylvania fans.
Designed by Silberball Studios in conjunction with the Mensa International (the high IQ society) and released in November of 2012 for the 3DS market, American Mensa Academy is a somewhat fun and challenging puzzle game that falls into what has become a niche genre for the 3DS series of handheld consoles. Featuring a hundred different puzzles to solve that are based on IQ tests, this game aims to "improve" your intelligence scores by playing. Although the science behind these types of games is dubious at best, the extra weight of Mensa International and game giant Square Enix lends some credibility to this one. Generally, well received so far, this game will probably only appeal to a limited number of people.
"Brain training" games have become somewhat of a trend lately, as more and more across all forms of video-game type entertainment hit the market. Mensa Academy distinguishes itself by the use of "Mensa," in an obvious marketing ploy to enhance the reliability of their brain training claims and separate themselves from the competition.
Although American Mensa Academy is the first of this type on the 3DS market due to reasons mentioned above, it doesn't really make use of the available graphics or capabilities of the handheld gaming system to fit it all together. Most of the gameplay is centered on one screen, with the touch screen only being occasionally utilized for its unique capabilities. 3D effects are only used for layering on otherwise two dimensional models, making the graphics not easily distinguishable from last-generation handheld consoles.
There are over a hundred different mini-game puzzles, separated into five different categories: visual, memory, language, logic and numeracy. If you've ever taken an IQ test, a lot of the puzzles will be instantly recognizable, because they are taken (or developed) straight from the typical IQ test. The game purports to let you know what your Mensa score is, but it doesn't make it clear that the Mensa score doesn't actually mean anything (it doesn't). In reality, it's purely an in-game mechanic.
The Mensa scoring bit, incidentally, is the real thing that sets this game apart from other games that are otherwise too alike to justify buying this title over any others. Unfortunately, when it comes down to it, this feature is a bit of a letdown. If you remember exams from school (I think we all do), after the first few minutes this will just feel like a repeat. It consists of questions with a 15-minute time limit to answer them. The questions are mostly multiple choice, and just like an exam in real life, you can go back to change answers if you aren't sure you did the right thing (or if you just plain skipped it). Most people don't buy video games to feel like they're back in school, so this can be disappointing for some.
Overall, American Mensa Academy gives the feeling of trying to market itself to both children and adults. With a fun and wide variety of puzzle games that run the gamut between easy and challenging, this game seems like it should have the power to appeal to any audience. Unfortunately, the one selling characteristic really doesn't give you what you want, and so there is really nothing particularly distinguishing about this game to separate it from other titles in the same genre which is a shame.