(Slightly) Old Video Game Review: Infinity Blade (iOS)

Here comes another mobile game review.  Infinity Blade is an old game for mobile phones, but one of the games which convinced me about mobile games becoming a serious contender against handheld games.  Infinity Blade, developed by Chair Entertainment, dropped onto the iOS on December 9, 2010 and made me consider getting the iPhone just for this game (but I didn’t, I got the Samsung Galaxy S4).  I’m sad Infinity Blade was not released on the Android platform because every gamer needs to experience Infinity Blade.

The gamer starts out as a warrior who sets out to defeat an evil tyrant.  You set upon his castle and fight your way through all his minions, collect items, gain experience points, and face the main baddie himself.  The game is relatively short, but that’s just one play-through.  Infinity Blade brought gamers a different concept that works wonders for mobile/handheld specific games.  Spoiler ahead!  Skip to the next paragraph if you never played Infinity Blade before.  Okay, it’s not that much of a spoiler, but the gameplay requires you to play through the same game over and over again, until you beat the main boss.  The game recycles your dead character into a “descendant” of the original character you had, hence the player fights through the castle again.  Technically, you can beat the game on one try, but since you are new at the game…that is highly doubtful unless you just have a immense talent for playing games.  There are also two endings you can make at the end of the game, but I won’t spoil it that much for you.

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(Slightly) Old Video Game Review: Tiny Death Star (Android)

Star Wars is making a comeback!  No really, they are starting to rise past the failure of the “prequels” and are starting a new sequel trilogy soon (like any of you didn’t know about that).  How should we pass the time until then…hmmm….  How about a Star Wars game!  A new Star Wars game you ask?  Not entirely new, but a mobile game called, Tiny Death Star is available on Android and iOS phones.  Tiny Death Star is a fun little sim that is one of the cutest versions of Star Wars ever presented.  I play this game way too much.  It’s a great time waster.  The funny thing is, time is the main point of the game.  You will be waiting a lot.  It gets annoying at first, but once you start building your awesome 8-bit Death Star, there is no turning back…

The main idea of this game is to build all the levels in your Death Star.  You are provided with an elevator to help with the building process and transporting “bitizens” – the people who hire/roam/customers the death star – or VIPs to each level.  Gaining Imperial coins and Imperial Bucks (which will be a rarity) will help you build more levels and gain access to more money and “bitizens”.  Imperial coins are the main source of spending for building levels.  Imperial Bucks helps speed the process of obtaining levels and products to sell for your levels quickly, but they should be mainly spent on secret characters or gaining faster elevators that increase the speed and amount of “tip” you get from the bitizens that arrive in it.  You will need to save a lot of Imperial Bucks to obtain the fastest elevator.

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(Slightly) Old Game Review: Puzzle Craft (iOS/Android)

When it comes to mobile gaming, the first thing that comes to my mind is the GameBoy. But we are in 2013, and mobile games have taken a new meaning.  Smartphones have become the largest market for mobile gaming; which is not surprising knowing that almost every person on the planet has one!  Okay, okay, not everyone, but you get my drift. I just got my first smartphone a couple of months ago and never really played games on my phone.  Heck, I didn’t even use any of the networking-capable features for at least a week. As I started getting used to my phone, I finally decided to get a game on my phone.  I have been searching for a free/freemium game, since I am “lacking-funds” kind of guy right now. One of the top-rated games on the internet was Puzzle Craft. I thought it would be something like Harvest Moon.  But once I starting playing, it something incredibly different.

Puzzle Craft is a mix of Bejeweled/Candy Crush, match at three puzzle game, with a few Sim City/RPG elements.  The game is a diverse mix of genres, all rolled into one addicting game.  You start off as a camp and you gain coins from taxing your people (you can also use the social network to gain more through ads and/or by paying actual money for virtual money…).  You then are required to collect resources from farming and mining.  This is where the addiction starts to kick in.  The match three puzzles are what kept me going for long periods.  Need more bread and chicken to mine?  Keep farming.  Need more building blocks and iron to build a new building?  Keep mining. Collecting resources to build your camp into a city is the goal of the game.  There are loads of buildings to build and workers to hire in the game.  Oh, did I not mention you can “hire” workers? Hiring workers can help you gain resources faster and more efficiently.  Building certain buildings can bring more workers in and hiring them from the use of more resources or coin.  You can even craft tools to help you mine and farm much longer and faster. Continue reading

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(Really, REALLY) Old Video Game Review: Chrono Trigger

What do you get when Hironobu Sakaguchi (producer and creator of the Final Fantasy series), Yuji Horii ( the creator and director of the Dragon Quest series), and Akira Toriyama (famous for drawing the Dragon Ball series) come together to create a game?  Chrono Trigger, one of the biggest and most ambitious projects at the time and came out to be a critical success.  I consider Chrono Trigger to be my number one all-time favorite game.  Of.  All.  Time.  That is obviously just one opinion and my opinion.  But, let me assure you that Chrono Trigger is still one of the best games ever created.  First released for the Super Nintendo on March 11, 1995 (damn, that’s a long time ago), it has been ported multiple times to systems like the original Playstation and the Nintendo DS.

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This game is one crazy ride.

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