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Posted:
2012-10-24

maddog

Newbie

PC Games

6.3

Ghost Pirates of Vooju Island is a third person fantasy game that is user or gamer friendly. The controls are uncomplicated, simply point and then click the mouse and the action begins. There is a lot of fun in the puzzles set in a fantasy pirate backdrop which is reminiscent of Pirates of the Caribbean.

For fantasy aficionados, Ghost Pirates presents a wonderful setting of bandits of the seas who can mercilessly steal and kill as the mood suits them. The game is set in Vooju Island, in the middle of the Azurbbean Sea where the hero Captain Flint, a.k.a. 'king' of the pirates is everybody's best friend. It is this friendliness which sets him under the glare of Queen Zimbi, the conniving witchy wife of the head priest, Papa Doc. She teams up with another pirate, albeit a low ranked captain, by the name of Green Beard. Their aim: to capture Flint and turn his loyal crew into zombies, in the process, set free some of the evil baddies. When the plot is uncovered by Papa Doc, he and his aptly named chef, Blue Belly, a really rotund chef, and well endowed spy, Jane Starling, set off to block the evil plans. Unfortunately, all three? They're dead. D.E.D, dead. Hence the title, Ghosts.

It is fortunate that Papa Doc took some precautions before they 'died.' He cast a spell that would keep his team’s spirits mobile while their bodies were static. Although they can get back their lives, they had to complete some tasks and that is just the beginning of the adventure in epic proportions. By the time the game is near its end, the trio would have traveled all through the Azurbbean to the temples of Azticla and into the pits of the underworld. Each land visited is inhabited by really strange and sometimes, sleazy, characters. In fact, every turn made in the game is strange; appealing this is true, but strange all the same. This is no way lowers the quality of Ghosts, in fact, I would say that it adds to the appeal.

The only downside is, I am really not sure how I would describe the characters themselves. Take it this way, the backdrop is simply spectacular. The effort made to create a hand-painted look to the scenery is amazing. Thing is, the characters are not as pretty as the backdrop, for lack of a word to use. Then there is the issue with the character's characters. I am not really sure how a player should react to the weirdness of it all.

The music is so-so; it could do with a bit of improvement but I would dismiss that to personal preferences. The control is easy, simply point and click and the adventure is challenging enough. In short, Ghost Pirates of Vooju Island may not be the epic game that many crave for, but it is fun and challenging enough to occupy the time leisurely and effortlessly. At the end of the day, all I can say is, I really had fun.

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Posted:
2014-06-21

maddog

Newbie

Wii U

6.0

Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games on the Wii U is another title by Nintendo and this time the focus brings back some winter sports featuring some cool and well respected characters, namely 'Mario' and 'Sonic', and their friends.

It was cool in 2007 and it's still cool now, Mario and Sonic in a game together, this is just my childhood dream come true. This series is also on its fourth installment now and has the potential to be different as it is on a new HD system and, with motion plus becoming pretty much the standard now, they can potentially offer an awesome experience.

Now first of all this game has something big going for it, it's the first Wii U game to show the Mario Roster rendered in 3D, and they look stunning. The Sonic and Mario Roster and environments look really awesome and your eyes will certainly be happy and so will your ears as this game has a number of remixed and remastered tracks from both classic and recent Mario and Sonic games.

So the visuals and sound are fine, the only problem are the actual games themselves. It may look and sound tremendous but the overall selection of games are not only lacking in diversity but they are also lacking in number. There are a total of 10 games and six of them just involve tilting the remote to win a race like skiing downhill or bob sleighing. There are some differences between these six; in one of them, I think its called biathlon, you get to perform on a shooting range at a certain point of the race, and in another one you have to ride waves of wind to jump as far as possible. These two stand out but most of them just feel exactly the same as the others.

Another three of those ten are waggle games. In one of them you have to maintain speed by waggling to a pattern, and in another one, figure skating, you are given a pattern to follow but waggling when prompted seems to do the job just as well. Finally there is curling where you kind of bowl like Wii Sports and then waggle the amount required. These games get tired pretty quickly.

So from the ten games covered, six of them are tilting the remote to win races and three of the others more or less just require waggling the Wii Remote. The final game is actually completely different to anything else on offer, this one being hockey. In hockey there isn't actually any motion control at all, it just plays like any hockey or for that matter football game. You just skate around an ice rink, tackle players, pass the puck and shoot, it does not have much to it but it's OK.

Then there are the dream events which are pretty much just duplicates of the original events but set in certain locations taken from the Mario and Sonic worlds. These events are my favorite thing about the entire Mario and Sonic series, most of the games have a new twist to them but take away the Sonic and Mario connections and they would be just very shallow events; the Mario and Sonic connection means they can deliver a lot of nostalgia and fan service that the developers seem to have aimed to deliver as their primary objective. There are only eight events but each one of them is actually pretty enjoyable and without these dream events this Mario and Sonic game would be pretty mediocre.

To be fair, each game is better when played in multiplayer mode but not to a huge extent. There is an online multiplayer for those unable to play locally, but only four games are offered in this mode, three of them being ordinary races and only one of them being a dream event. Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games game just does not have a whole lot to offer and everything it does offer can be done within about half an hour and there is very little incentive to do it again unless you are a complete novice at any sort of sports game.

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Posted:
2012-10-10

maddog

Newbie

PC Games

6.4

For this SIMS game, you have to know that you can do away with the usual summary meant for introductory purposes. If you have no idea what The SIMS is, then you probably have been living under a rock and you have not had the chance to see any news or read anything about its debut 11 years ago. If this is the way of it, you may want to quit your job and read more about the game.

This new SIMS game is the latest addition to the long running SIMS franchise and as it just so happens, it is also a standalone game that does not need any of the previous SIMS games for you to play. It is indeed built on the SIMS 2 game engine but you must know that this could be the only SIMS game that feels truly different from the other SIMS games despite that fact that it was patterned after the previous SIMS games.

Before you are told all about its news features, you need to be told about the real intention of this game and what you are supposed to do with it. As you know or may not know, the SIMS has always been a game that is rather resource heavy and has managed to drain the life away from many processors especially when the game switched to 3D graphics. There are also tons of expansion packs as well as stuff packs that just gave the game much higher technical requirements.

To remedy this, the designers for the game came up with a solution to remedy this problem and that was to make a dumbed down version of the game so that it can run on machines that arenÂ’t quite high with the learning curve like laptops for example. To that end, the people were very successful in that respect and succeeded in the remedy that they have come up with. There have been some test done on some slower machines and the results went out with barely any hitches at all. If you are using a laptop, make sure that you keep the graphical settings as low as possible.

With those technical issues eliminates, what can you expect from the game itself? It is still about you taking good care of you virtual people as they go about living their virtual lives of course. You can play God and dictate their every move and therefore run their lives or you can turn on the free will option and let them go about their merry way as you keep a careful eye on them; but that is really nothing new and can be expected of any SIMS game that comes out. So you are not really in for any grand surprises in this game but it wouldnÂ’t be SIMS game if they changed the premise of you actually play the game right? If you liked the previous SIMS games, you may just like this game too so you can go and get a copy now.

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Posted:
2012-10-10

maddog

Newbie

PC Games

5.6

Once you play this game, you will notice two things right off the bat that may just baffle you. It might seem like you are playing an extension game for the original game and it may also seem like you are playing a different game entirely.

However, it doesn’t really play like a typical sequel or anything like that. It lacks the elements that you will expect from a sequel since while it uses the same engine as the original uses, it just doesn’t refine the game play of the original game. However, what it has done is built an entirely new kind of game, one such game that has traded in the rum trading with some Eye patches and Jolly Rogers instead.

This game has a pirate theme going on for it and you will notice that along with the obvious aesthetic differences the dynamics of this game have drastically changes as compared to the original game. Well they had to change it to accommodate the theme change after all so it is cool that way. But not all changes are good right? While some of the changes in this game have been for the better, there are some changes that are simply not as good.

This game has some really obvious issues that were admittedly easy to overlook. This game is very inventive and it gives you some unusual strategic game options and as a result, it has some less successful elements that are not as problematic as they may have been on the previous game. For example, Tropico may have given you the choice to be more of a benevolent dictator or you can choose to be more of tyrant bent on oppression. Of course, it would be easier to just be benevolent so that you can keep your people happy but Tropico 2 just does not give you those options so happiness really isn’t an option for your residents since staying in the island really isn’t their choice.

Instead of giving you a small developing country, in Tropico 2 you will be put in charge of managing a secret pirate hideout. In order for your hideout to function, you have to go out of your way to kidnap workers; this is why the happiness factor is out of the question. Another reason why your workers can never be happy is that you have to constantly scare the life out of them to keep them from escaping your island. Of course the historical accuracy of this may be a bit questionable and the morality even more so, but you can rest assured that this is just a game and you will never know for sure if the pirates of the past really did do these things.

It must be said that the name Tropico 2 may make it seem idyllic and such but in fact, this game should have been named something that is better at describing what it really is; but no one really wants to play Slave Tycoon right?

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Posted:
2012-10-20

maddog

Newbie

PC Games

7.6

If you just happen to be a huge fan of hidden objects games then you may just become an even bigger fan once it is combined with some adventure. This is exactly what Flux Family Secrets: The Ripple Effect has to offer people. It is like your typical Hidden objects game but with a sense of adventure that will keep you playing for hours on end until you eventually finish the game. Or will you finish the game exactly?

The thing about this game is that it has a very vague ending that leaves you feeling like you never really finished the story or solved anything. But that is a very minor problem since that just means that you may just have another continuation to the game in the near future: good news for people who will love the game don't you think?

The story is basically about an orphan who is contacted by a family promising to provide her with answers about her life and only if she helps them collect some historical articles. This is when it gets exciting since she has to travel through time to retrieve said artifacts. If that doesn't sound like fun to you then maybe you need to play a different game?

What the character really has to do is to get the artefacts and travel in time again to return them to their rightful places. It might seem somewhat similar to another game that you may have already played but it is still worth playing.

As you travel through time, you will meet several important historical figures as well as set foot in some historical places as well. Not only that, you will also be provided with some tools that you will need to find certain artifacts. This a lock pick for opening those hard to get into cupboards that just happen to house the item that you are searching for. As it turns out, you will in fact be in search of items that you will put together in the end to come up with the whole one.

This game has some educational value as well as dozens of mini games that will add hours of fun to your playing time. The levels are un-timed so you can take your own sweet time looking for the artifacts. Also, you are provided with unlimited hints in addition to some tips on what you should try doing next time you find that you are stuck on something.

This game might not be very unique but what it does have is replay value as you can always play it again to get better at looking for things or even play the mini games again to get a much better score. Despite the vagueness of its ending, it is still a very good game that ought to be very entertaining for people of all ages. It may not be very challenging due to it being un-timed and all that but still, it holds its own.

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Posted:
2012-10-20

maddog

Newbie

PC Games

7.7

Are you looking for a strategy game that actually requires you to actually use strategy? Are you looking for a strategy games that will keep you hooked to your PC for hours at a time and thereby providing you with hours upon hours of entertainment? If you are, then look no further than Hearts of Iron III. This is a game that you will enjoy playing especially if you are one who likes intricate games with lots of depth.

The game play for this game is outstanding and hardcore gamers will surely appreciate the time and effort that the game developers put into making this game. For one thing, you can cut through the reams of paperwork and get right into the intricacies of war. You do not have to sit through oil problems and the price of it since it is now much easier to get right to the point of World War II. As amazing as it is, you will still find that it has some glitches but as with any good game, the glitches are easy to overlook when you are having such a good time. That said, this is really one engaging game despite the glitches that were mentioned.

This is indeed a very intricate game that will take even the most experienced gamer quite a lot of time to master. It is not a game that you can learn by heart in a couple of hours mind you; so you do need a lot of patience to appreciate all that it has to offer. If you remember how hellish it was to micromanage the running of your state in the previous games, you will be happy to know that in this version of the game, you can simply choose how involved you actually want to be with the running of things.

What really makes this game such a winner is that you no longer need to micromanage too much that you lose track of the bigger picture. It was very easy to do this in the previous game as you were required to dip your hands into everything that sometimes, you will find that you are not enjoying the bigger picture anymore. With this version, you will be given a chance to take control of how you play the game and you will find that you are no longer slave to it.

The few bad things about it is that there may be some lags when you play as there are always a myriad of calculations going on in the background. The lag may make it seem like you are involved in one of the most slow moving wars imaginable but thatÂ’s is a small price to pay for such a highly addictive and very intricate game. If you liked the first versions of this game, try this one out and see if you like how it is without all the micromanagement that was to be found in the first version of the game. Minor glitches aside, you may just love this version more than the first.