Saturday, February 28, 2009

New Toy: I-Touch

I have it for about a week now.

I was contemplating whether to get a new PSP3000, then I saw this - the 2nd generation Ipod Touch 32GB, with external speaker function. After salivating over the features on the official website, I bought, along with the silicon protector shown in picture here.

It is expensive, but it's so damn beautiful and cool, and as functional as the PSP, and lighter, and with touchscreen function too!

This I-Device uses the same apps as the Iphone, which means it can play some good quality games available in the app store.

What I have on there currently:

GW Helmet: A Game&Watch game adapted by Mobile1Up. Free

Theseus: A maze puzzle game. I paid for this one.

Frotz: A program that allows you to play text adventure games. Comes with quite a lot of modules to start you off with. Free.

Maze Finger: Another maze game, test of speed puzzle. Free.

Trace: Platformer. Free.

Magnetic Joe: Platform puzzle where you guide a metallic ball character using magnets. Free.

EnzoDot: A meditative puzzle game about joining dots. Free.

iDracula: Arcade shooter. Intro price of 99 cents US.

There are a lot of puzzle titles, but that's what these portables are mostly good for, imho. There are a few graphic intensive titles, most of which are not as sophisticated as DS or even PSP titles, but they do look pretty good and shows that this device has some potential in become quite a good gaming platform. No doubt, the I-device must serve its purpose as a media player, the gaming function makes a great bonus.

I really want to get a few more titles. But I'm waiting a while (hoping) for prices to drop. As it seems, game prices for the i-device is rather volatile. What's 3.99 can be 99 cents the next week.

There's a lot of apps to check out. They are not all good, in fact, you'll find a fair amount of junk. As always, I'd read reviews before I download anything. I wouldn't want to bug up my new toy so soon. ;)

Friday, February 27, 2009

Coming Soon: Gardening Mama DS

Mini games within a theme -- simple and effectively fun.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Elite Guns: Unit 77 (DS)

A squad-based real time tactics game.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Populous DS

- Includes a few different themes in addition to the regular plains, desert, snow and volcano landscapes.

- Ample god-like powers to unleash on the other party.

- Stylus control for raising and lowering landscape. It's a little imprecise at times.

- I felt the game was a bit laggy. The graphics are just awfully retro (not really in a very good way). The DS screen feels a bit too cramp. You are likely to keep your eyes on the lower screen than pay much attention to the top screen.

- The sound department is terribly lacking. (I had Populous on the Sega Genesis and I remember the sound was better than this.)

- Still a rather unique sim god-game. Simple and still fun if you can forgive the presentation. It's a must-have if you are fan like me.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Hero of Sparta (iPhone)

I know how I get when I play exciting hack-and-slash action games like this; I'd probably break the screen. :D It's a good design, since you can't insist that the iphone have buttons like the unwieldy Ngage.

On a genre-related note: God of War III trailer (PS3) is out on most gaming websites and channels.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Metal Gear Solid 4 (PS3)

The game is a lot of fun. There's lots of weapons and gadgets to play around with and allows you to customise the game to your own preferred style of play. You could go through the game without killing anyone, or you can go in gun-happy-shooting.

The graphics is just well, everything they say it is -- it's beautiful, alive and emotive. Character models are just amazing.

The controls are quite the standard shooter layout. It's easy to navigate through your equipped weapons and readied items. There's a nice variety of environments and the level maps are good with lots of ways to maneuver and places to hide or duck behind.

As for the story, I didn't play all previous games but it's still enjoyable. Sometimes the story sequences are too long but one gladly endures it for the very fun and immersive gameplay.

This game truly deserves its rave reviews.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Recall: Favorite game music

Kotaku's weekly "Tell Us Dammit" asks the question -- which is your favorite game music?

My favorite game music was from the days of the sega megadrive -- the arcade platform adventure "Gods" had the best beat score. I remember just going to the option screen and doing the sound test over and over so I can listen to it.

I still hum it in my head sometimes.

Here's a video on Youtube by facepunch0 playing this game.

Locoroco 2

Locoroco 2 is more of the same and a few new features. It's still cute, the enemies are still kinda easy. The boss fights are just cakewalk. The challenge of this game ies in navigating the levels (tilting the environment left and right in order to slide little 'roco's and hitting both shoulder buttons to make them hop) and collecting all the goodies you can.

The game is about the same length as the first, but there's certainly more things to collect and a few more minigames to amuse.

Lord of the Rings Conquest

IGN Review:

It looks like a lot of pretty epic action but I suspect it's all quite shallow. I might buy a used copy.

I am waiting for Sacred 2.


The less than stellar reviews from pro and gamer reviews is making me give up on wanting this title at all. Another LOTR game with movie clips within, uh... I'd rather watch the trilogy all over again.