If you want to learn and enjoy playing chess, I honestly wouldn’t advise you to do that here with this game. With the over simplified design and concept of the game, the only thing you are ever going to get from this video game is the total concept and principle of playing chess – no more; no less. The style is so plain that it defeats the purpose of having fun while learning – it’s just out-and-out boring. But let’s put aside my opinion and let me try to just look at the merits and drawbacks of the game without prejudice.
When it comes to its relative concept, you really can’t ask for more. The game is basically designed for those who want to learn while actually playing chess. If you consider yourself quite an expert, you’d most likely think there’s no meat in the game.
Be that as it may, the game has 4 basic levels. In the Quick Game option you are going to battle against a random AI opponent. You can also proceed to the Classic Chess where you have the option of four modes. The Practice Game lets you explore and expand your knowledge and master the moves you learn while you battle wits with one of 8 opponents to pick from; you can also choose the level of difficulty from three choices. I’m sure you’d be glad to hear that you are given tips and hints in this mode. A variation of the mode is the Rated Game where you can still select your opponent but the tips and clues are gone. Then there’s the Setup Position, which as the name implies, allows you to create and arrange any position of your choice and proceed to playing your way around it. I’m willing to bet that with the title such as this game has, most players are going head straight for the Learn Chess mode where newbies go through 24 lessons on chess pieces, moves, tactics and strategies.
Alright, time to move away from the Classic Chess and check out the ad-hoc multiplayer mode. The mode provides you with some straightforward chess games and chess puzzles. The purpose of this mode is to get you familiar with the game – what moves to make and what not to make. Interestingly, there are mini games that you can also exploit for possible break in the monotony – well, I’d say! Your scores are recorded and tallied to let you see your progress. You can save your matches anytime, and pick it up from where you left off the next time you play the game.
Chessmaster: The Art of Learning is really designed for beginners. The only thing to do when you buy it is to play chess all day all, night and become a master chess player (you wish!). I think it’s kind of weird that it has such a high price. Let me ask this…Are you willing to pay $30 just to learn how to play chess? Count me out.
The game has a colorful presentation which blend 2D and 3D.The soundtrack is excited and the game introduces online play which lets you play, chat and talk with other players. The game is long with a single-player story. The game also has more than 100 poken. With all these good things about the game, there is the negative side of it. The game underwhelming touch-screen controls. If you are playing it online you may be hampered by accessibility issues. There is also recycling of some of the sounds and visual graphics from the older Pokemon games.
The Pokemon Diamond and Pearl has a lot of fans, the game has detailed presentation. The game starts up as any other of the Pokemon games. You play as either a boy or a girl who living in and out of hamlet of Twinleaf Town in the region of Sinnoh. Then you and your friend are sent to the world by Professor Rowan to collect a lot of data on the Pokemon that live in the region, you do this by fighting and capturing. As you travel, you will fight plenty of Pokemon and other Pokemon trainer like you will also be fighting and scattered all over Sinnoh. Diamond and Pearl introduce the odd and shadowy Team Galactic. This is a Pokemon invested organization and you should be ready to battle with it. You will meet hundreds of people in each has a story to tell you.
You will start of with one Pokemon who is your substitute in the battle. You may be the leader in the game but you will need your proxy to lift heavy loads for you. You will regularly be attacked by the wild Pokemon as you move through forests, tall grasses and underground caves. If you are able to bring down their health, and will end up taming them and making them your companions. You can have six Pokem at one go, with each of them having mastered four different abilities. As they earn experience the abilities are also earned, else you can use technical machines to teach them tricks .When your Pokemon grow stronger, and they can evolve into new stronger Pokemon.
You should have all your Pokemon equally strong so as to avoid attacks on the weaker ones. Ensuring that your team is well balance will prevent this. The game is more involving because you are always on the run to capture Pokémon and have them in your team. Apart from capturing and fighting, there are other activities. You will harvest, plant berries, even cook special meals for your Pokémon. You will find the games to be too long as they can take up to forty hours.
This game is pretty similar to the other title i reviewed Pokemon Dimaond Version. The game delivers an addictive role playing game. The game blends 2D and 3D together to bring out great visuals. There are some wonderful soundtracks within the game and the game can be played online. It is one long engaging game with more than one hundred pokemon. The new touch screen is not up to standard. The accessibility is hindered if due to online problems. You will also get bored as there is recycling of sounds and the graphics are repeated throughout the game.
The Pokémon Diamond and Pearl has a lot of fans, the game has detailed presentation. The game starts up as any other of the Pokemon games. You play as either a boy or a girl who living in and out of hamlet of Twinleaf Town in the region of Sinnoh. Then you and your friend are sent to the world by Professor Rowan to collect a lot of data on the Pokemon that live in the region, you do this by fighting and capturing. As you travel, you will fight plenty of Pokemon and other Pokemon trainers. You will also be fighting and scattered all over Sinnoh.Diamond and Pearl introduces the odd shadowy Team Galactic. This is a Pokemon invested organization and you should be ready to battle with it. You will meet hundreds of people and each has a story to tell you.
However as much as Pokemon Pearl has its many limitations, fans will still enjoy the game. It is such a lengthy one though. You will start of with one Pokemon who is your substitute in the battle. You may be the leader in the game but you will need your proxy to lift heavy loads for you. You will regularly be attacked by the wild Pokemon as you move through forests, tall grasses and underground caves. If you are able to bring down their health, and will end up taming them and making them your companions.
You can have six Pokem at ago, with each of them having mastered four different abilities. As they earn experience the abilities are also earned, else you can use technical machines to teach them tricks .When your Pokemon grows stronger, and they can evolve into new stronger Pokemon.
In the Pokemon Pearl, the number of Pokemon is 480 and each of them should be captured and each of them is categorized by type. When a Pokemon attacks another it weakens and this way you are able to maneuver your way through. You should have all your Pokemon well balanced group of Pokemons to avoid attacks on the weaker ones. Ensuring that your team is well balance will prevent this. The game is more involving because you are always on the run to capture Pokémon and have them in your team. Apart from capturing and fighting, there are other activities. You will harvest, plant berries, even cook special meals for your Pokémon. You will find the games to be too long as many hours pass.
The game is set up around the findings of Dr.Drake. Here you will find adventures that surround the big mansion and there is a museum that contains your findings and the environment there also plays a supporting role. There is also a room, a laboratory which is used to make portions like those used to restore elixirs, there is also a storehouse where equipment used to catch dragons are stored. The equipment includes cages, baits and some protective gear from fire. There is also a place where you are supposed to store all the dragons that you capture, and you will finally find a hangar in which a blimp lives in. You will use this large airstrip to sail round the globe when you choose which expedition you want to take up.
When you decide the expedition you want to go on, you have officially started the game. When you land in some location that you are unfamiliar with then you will begin the process of investigating the surrounding. Say you land in South America as your destination. You will begin like someone who is investigating a crime scene, or like a hunter looking for an animal to prey on, walking carefully looking at some points that might be of interest. To play this game you will have to use a stylus or the buttons on the control pad, well depending on the move we want to take. If you discover some footprints you have to mark them because they could lead you to the prey, use the stylus to mark. Then you use the microphone so that it dries the marked area. Subsequently if you find other suggestive hints like the bones, claws, feathers you will use the touch screen to wipe out the anything around it. This is all what the game is about basically.
Every activity you undertake is quite simple. There are other activities like mixing of dung with chemicals so that you can make some potions. From here the rest of the game is all about the minigames. You will use the dragons you have captured in the main mission for the mini-games. Most of the time you are trying to fill up the museum with the dragons and other things that you collect.
You will however encounter some problems as you play the game, the camera time you are given for some of the mini-games to be captured or some action at times runs out before you can complete the mission. Some of the control also tends to be picky and you may not be able to cover all that you wish to. All the same the problems are minor and should not keep people from enjoying the game.
Pony Friends: Mini Edition is just a newer version of an existing game, the rules and game play are almost the same but there are a few added extras. The aim of the game is to take care of a pony keeping him healthy and in good condition, the usual idea for a virtual pet game. The fact that in this case it inviolves a miniture breed is of no real consequence, it just makes it perhaps a bit more appealing to younger kids.
The first thing you do is to create a look for your pony from many available bits and pieces. You can decide everything from its hair, body, head, legs and other physical features of the pony.
There is really nothing in this game to set it apart from any other virtual pet game, just a different animal and will accordingly only have an appeal to young girls.
Designed to emulate the original Genesis/Mega drive hardware, the classic Sonic Trilogy with its lock-on spin-off is produced fully function on any system compatible with the mentioned hardware. The 16-bit platforms of Nintendo DS SEGA has advanced to the Nintendo handheld without any mishaps and has remained totally still in one piece – Well, as intact as a portable would allow and could handle. The apparent lesser resolution is an encumbrance but not enough of a big issue to kill the game. However, the lack of sophistication in the production is quite a different story. It’s like a slapdash kind of work where you just put the games together, maybe a couple of artwork here and there…that’s it! If you’re contented with that kind of presentation, it can be a respectable package for fair value, I suppose.
Now, for the inclusive games. You must already be aware that it’s a compilation of four games, namely: Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic 2, Sonic 3, and Sonic & Knuckles – with the add-on lock-on element to play Knuckles in Sonic 2 and Sonic 3. And that’s that; that’s about everything you get from the package. You certainly can’t expect some fireworks in the production; just a stationary Menu for “Select Game” with just the most fundamental of character art as legacy material.
At least, Creative Assembly, the developers of the compilation have enough to prove that the Nintendo DS can essentially replicate SEGA Genesis, albeit with some understated flaws. Apparently, the Nintendo DS display doesn’t have adequate resolution to accurately stand for the Genesis visuals; so to rectify this, the erstwhile “eliminate the scan lines and squeeze the image” trick was employed to the final outcome. Fortunately, it does a good work of flaunting how Sonic the Hedgehog Genesis games still provide fun and entertainment even after twenty years.
In conclusion, Sonic Classic Collection for Nintendo DS may be considered a decent but substandard compilation and just obviously shouts to the world, “low-budget; shortened development cycle!” Just face it: four games that could have been excellent Sonic games imported into precise but haphazard compilation.
The new instalment of Scribblenauts, dubbed the Super Scribblenauts, is now out there on the market. The initial game had many problems but the sequel did little to make any significant improvements; thus don’t expect major changes that may turn the tide of the game itself.
The game is very simple, and although it involves solving challenges that vary from easy to difficult, it’s ultimately all about finding the right words. Some challenges include performing in odd situations where the interaction of objects or persons borders on the hilarious. The humor mainly lies on the execution of the task and the corresponding reactions. Say, there’s a task or challenge that requires you to gatecrash in a wedding…the fun part is how you do such task and how the people react to the things you’ve done and the situation you create.
The challenges are a mix of situations, sequences and hilarious events. This makes the game unpredictable, and further renders the game levels more appealing to the players. Super Scribblenauts aims to present the game in a much simpler way. Navigation through different levels is made more visually appealing and despite some mapping, the game is better streamlined than the first. The new instalment adds a new level that involves adjectives, typically done by completing a sequence. Your wit and quick-thinking to respond to the challenges at hand is certainly put to the test here.
Although, the addition of the new level gives a new touch to the game, it still lacks the spark to make the game more creative as a whole package. The addition of the new level is not exactly the bedrock of the game’s existence; hence, it is safe to say that the sequel is much the same as the original. On the brighter side, the presence of the hint system eases the difficulty a bit and even makes the challenge easier to comprehend. It is a valuable tool that helps you understand what’s going on and what you’re supposed to do in the situation; because if the truth be known, the game in its entirety has plenty of gaps that leave you wondering if the developers have forgotten something.
The difference of the sequel and the first Scribblenauts lies mainly in the number of stages. Whereas the original features 220 stages, Super Scribblenauts now only has 120. The 120 stages of the sequel deals with more difficult problems compared to the challenges of the first one. The fact that the stages of the sequel are more difficult likewise creates the impression that it is too difficult for kids to play the game; thus, discourages them at the onset. They difficult challenges even lack the learning component, which can dampen the interest to pursue playing the game. The bottom line is that the challenges in the second version lack balance as compared to the first instalment.
The biggest improvement that the game can boast of is its controls. In the new instalment you already have the option to use the stylus to point and command; or you can still use the arrow buttons. Choices aren’t that great either – you can choose whether to play the game the conventional way or the awkward way – still there are options. You might say the game has improved based on the levels of the new game. But that’s about it. The rest are basically the same; including the graphics that hasn’t really seen any major transformation.
The sequel has its own surprises but it has not given us any new sense of appreciation. Everything is the same with the exception of the controls and the levels. The game may have some appeal to new players but for those who have already been there, done that…there’s not much there that I’d consider worth my while. For some, though the addition of complex levels may still hold some attraction, I seriously doubt there’s going to be great success there.
The Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands is a hi-tech type of adventure game. Just like any other Prince of Persia edition, this game is focused on the plot of solving a mystery or achieving a specific goal for the prince. You will be required to solve puzzles, take skill games and other challenges that will help you finish the level. As you take on each level, there will be traps, tricks and villains thrown out to you to challenge you and make you fail your mission. But of course, your main objective in this game is to finish all levels and grab your goal.
There will also be levels that will give you points or weapons that you can use in future levels of the game to make your play easier. This game will require quick thinking and strategy as you tackle different types of challenges. There will be a lot of action, combats and battles that you must go through before you can level up. So these levels make your play even more exciting and challenging.
For the game presentation, The Forgotten Sands has rich graphics making each character and figure seem realistic. Their action and movements are also good. It has good audio sounds and rich plot. I got lost in the games storyline a couple times. Its controls are easy to understand and learn. This game is aimed to entertain players and make them want to keep playing more. In other words, the challenges it gives are addictive.
Overall, the Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands is a game of skills and strategy. You will be successful in finishing the game if you are quick to think of ways to finish a challenge. It is almost a complete game that will make use of your thinking and skills at the same time. This game will definitely make a player enjoy their time playing and make them come back for another adventure. I love Prince of Persia and have to get back to playing it!!!