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Game Review: Battleblock Theater

Game Review: Battleblock Theater

I’ve come to love The Behemoth as a developer- their games typically play well and feature a wild, crazy sense of humor rather along the lines of Earthworm Jim. Sometimes I can’t help but wonder if the developers are twelve with all the odd gross-out humor in games like Castle Crashers, along with just about everything else The Behemoth has made. It’s not by any stretch of the imagination a bad thing (unless you have a dry, shriveled-up sense of humor), and it’s nice to see it alongside engaging gameplay. The Behemoth has maintained the tradition in their latest game, Battleblock Theater.... Read On

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Game Review: Awesomenauts

Game Review: Awesomenauts

Tower defense is a funny thing- it becomes a lot more fun when it goes back to its multiplayer roots as the 2D MOBA, Awesomenauts, proves with style and humour. The game’s intro is excellent and sums up, in cheesy, glorious Saturday-morning-cartoon style the origin of the Awesomenauts, which then segues into the game’s tutorial. To be honest, I felt a bit disappointed that the game didn’t feature any actual campaign besides the neat bit of story in the intro and tutorial- not that most MOBAs feature any sort of campaign to begin with, but it feels like there was a missed... Read On

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Game Review: The Adventures of Shuggy

Game Review: The Adventures of Shuggy

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, simple gameplay is often times the most fun. Keeping a game simple can go a long way. First of all, you don’t have to remember a ton of buttons. Now don’t get me wrong I love current gen games, but sometimes I can feel a bit overwhelmed, especially during  times like this when multiple games are released in such a short window. So it’s refreshing to play a game that is simple to play and a lot of fun. But make no mistake, Adventures of Shuggy make look like a... Read On

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Game Review: Karateka

Game Review: Karateka

Back in the days of the 8-bit Apple II there was a young man called Jordan Mechner. Rather than focus all of his efforts on obtaining a degree at Yale University, he instead harnessed all those youthful hormones into a love story known as Karateka Read On

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Game Review: Worms Revolution

Game Review: Worms Revolution

It stands testament to the imagination of developers Team17 that after well over a decade Worms is still a compelling franchise Read On

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Game Review: Red Invasion Tower Defense

Game Review: Red Invasion Tower Defense

Tower defense games are tricky. Most of them can go either way. A lot can go right when creating one, but a lot can also go wrong. Red Invasion tries to be a fun tower defense game, but in the end it doesn’t deliver and just ends up being another average tower defense game. You start off with the basic units sure enough and the game slowly gives you knew units to use. The beginning of each mission you’re given a certain amount of money and a few objectives though the objectives don’t really change much other than some... Read On

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Game Review: Block World

Game Review: Block World

From the makers of Zombies for Xbox Live Indie games; 2.0 Studios has published an Indie game on August 17, 2012, that is so outstanding, so amazing, and so innovative that it will blow your mind away. Well, sort of. From a shallow point of view Block World does not look distinct from its partner Minecraft per se. However, as you dig deep, really deep into what Block World is, then you can find that the smallest difference between the two titles demonstrates that Block World truly has latent potential that just needs to be harnessed. Block World starts... Read On

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Game Review: Dust: An Elysian Tail

Game Review: Dust: An Elysian Tail

You know, I think it’s dangerous to review a game when you’re excited about it. I mean, if I’m really pumped for something that’s been hyped up, and I play it, am I really enjoying it? Am I- is my mind- exaggerating? I always worry about that, and I was really concerned that all my excitement over Dust: An Elysian Tail would get in my way. You see, I’ve been waiting a long time for this game- and I’m happy to say that it was worth the wait. Dust is a pretty unique ARPG with an interesting storyline, great... Read On

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Game Review: Wreckateer

Game Review: Wreckateer

Truth be told, I didn’t walk into Wreckateer with very high expectations. Besides Dance Central and a couple of other interesting titles, the Kinect hasn’t exactly been receiving the greatest support from developers. I’m happy to say that while Iron Galaxy’s Wreckateer isn’t a mind-blowing-ground-breaking title, it’s definitely a fun experience and worth your time. So what’s Wreckateer about? Simply put, it’s a game about demolition. Too simple? Alright, it’s a game about using some sort of gigantic crossbow/catapult (I feel slightly guilty now remembering which- my guilt drove me to discover that it’s actually a ballista) and using... Read On

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Game Review: Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition

Game Review: Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition

Now, I’m going to take a shot in the dark and assume, for a moment, that you’ve never heard of Minecraft until now. If that’s the case, your life is incomplete. Minecraft is an indie game, and a massively popular one at that, and it revolves around doing anything and everything. Essentially, the environment is made of blocks- living blocks, like a massive Lego world that grows and dies (and sometimes kills). The world is yours- you can take blocks, mine rocks and create structures that stretch into the sky- your only limit is imagination. http://youtu.be/WdsEGZvd6z4 The game takes... Read On

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Game Review: Bang Bang Racing

Game Review: Bang Bang Racing

Bang Bang Racing is another in a long line of racing games to be released. But is it worth the download? Read On

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Game Review: Castle Crashers

Game Review: Castle Crashers

Attention everybody- I have good news: video games with zany humor aren’t dead, and their trip to the fjords has ended- they’ve come home to The Behemoth. Don’t believe me? Check out Castle Crashers. So what is Castle Crashers? Simply put, it’s a fun XBLA title with gameplay in the style of such beat’em’ups as Streets of Rage, with a medieval fantasy twist and the brand of strange, slightly dark humor that The Behemoth seems to be so good at belching forth in their every game. So what’s the game about? It’s simple, really: some really bad green dudes... Read On

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Game Review: World Gone Sour

Game Review: World Gone Sour

I suppose that it goes without saying that advergames don’t exactly have the greatest reputation. Quite often, they’re dull, derivative, and of astoundingly low quality. While World Gone Sour isn’t exactly extraordinary, it’s an advergame that’s full of personality, has decent gameplay and boasts rather good graphics. As you may have guessed, World Gone Sour is, essentially, a fun advertisement for a brand of candy (Sour Patch Kids), a platformer featuring gameplay that, well designed, has been done elsewhere. In an interesting twist, gameplay is a bit like a cross between Earthworm Jim and Pikmin. Your, erm, sentient candy?... Read On

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