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19
Oct
09

Machinarium

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Okay so usually im too lazy to write about games I play nowadays, but yesterday I found a game I really enjoyed. A game that deserves the time it takes to write an article. The game was Machinarium.

Besides the fact that this game has the most annoying title to pronounce, I didn’t know much about it. I saw it on the steam store when I browsed around for some game that might entertain me for a couple of hours. I started to look at the print-screens, well fair enough the game has one of the most amazing artworks i’ve ever seen. The whole game is hand drawn to perfection.

There was no decent reviews to be found. So I took a chance and just got the game hoping that if the game sucked I could look at the pretty pictures at least. I must confess that I’m a huge fan of point and click adventure games. I even bet I could jerk off to monkey island (fuck yeah I’m hardcore). Machinarium got it all right. Artwork, humor, controls, all of them was perfect to my taste.Only complaint is that it’s so short! I need more damn it!

What is this awesome game about you might ask? Well it’s hard to pinpoint since all you get is short, crummy drawn videos that tells the story the more you progress through the game. You’re a small robot, and you are getting bullied around by some asshole robots. You need to stop them from blowing up the city with a bomb and save your girlfriend from the prison. As I said you only get videos to tell the story so the characters don’t have any names.

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It took me about 5 hours to get through but I did the whole thing pretty quick. If you’re a point n’ click veteran like myself you might do better but count about 5-7 hours gametime of awesome animations and an interesting story.You can clearly see that this game is inspired by “The neverhood” wich is a good thing. Because I love that game. Also go play the neverhood now if you haven’t done that yet.

A great indie game wich you NEED to play to be cool.

You can play the demo online in your browser at: http://machinarium.net/demo/

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19
May
09

Kirby superstar

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It’s been a while since we dug up one of the classics for the blog, so I thought it would be a good moment to mention one of my favorites for the SNES: Kirby superstar. If you’re from europe like myself this game is called kirby’s fun pak.

Obviously you play as the pink blob Kirby who’s one of nintendos iconic characters. This game collects 9 small games.  Thei’r simply just a normal 2d platformer like most of the snes platformers out there. Like the previous games we have kirby’s ability to obtain enemys powers by sucking them into your stomach. Kirby superstar also introduced the feature of having a helper simply by pressing y when you have a power activated. The helper could be controlled by a CPU or even by a second player. Having a second player is recommended since the cpu helper is stupid as fuck.

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The games you can play is:

Spring breeze: Based on the first kirby game for the game boy. You have to face king dedede and reclaim the food he’s stole from the citizens of Dream land

Dyna blade: Almost the same as spring breeze but in this one you get an overworld map. At the end you need to fight a robot brid called Dyna blade.

Gourmet Race: It is a race against King Dedede incorporating platform elements. The objective is to both beat King Dedede to the finish line and collect the most food.

The Great Cave Offensive: In this one, the player must collect up to sixty treasure chests strewn throughout the game. There’s alot of hidden treasures to find.

Revenge of Meta Knight : In this one, Kirby attempts to destroy Meta Knight’s battleship, the Halberd, before Meta Knight can conquer Dream Land. Each area has a time limit, which will cost Kirby a life if it hits zero. It is particularly plot-based, featuring comments from the various crew members of the Halberd.

Milky Way Wishes: In this one, the Sun and Moon around planet Popstar are fighting, and Kirby must travel to different planets and defeat the boss at the end of each one in order to reach the giant comet NOVA, who Kirby hopes will help stop the unfortunate quarrel. Unlike the other platform games, Kirby cannot copy the abilities of enemies he inhales; instead, he collects “Deluxe Ability Pedestals”. These are items with abilities on them that, once in Kirby’s possession, allow the player to select them from a list of abilities. It also features a scrolling space shooter stage near the end.

The rest of the games is just mini games.

The best game, in my opinion, was the revenge of meta knight stage. In the end his aircraft plummets down to the ground and you see kirby making his epic escape. The music on the meta knight stage is one of the best ones in the snes library.

The controls can be a little hard to master at first but you will get the hang of it pretty soon. Since you pretty much can fly through whole stages there’s alot of enemies to fight and it never really feels too hard but never too easy eighter. The great cave offensive does require you to think alot if you want all the treasures.

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If you missed this game for the SNES there is still hope! They remade this game for the nintendo DS. Kirby superstar ultra and kirby’s new fun pak is a great remake and kept everything that was great about the game exept for the 2 player option. They added 4 new platforming levels and 4 new minigames. The 3d cutscenes is also worth to mention.

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Overall, this is a great game wich alot of people in europe didn’t play. I love it so much I spent alot of money on buying a new snes version of the game. I hope I inspiered you to pick this game up and give it a try. I mean who doesn’t like kirby?!

//Akira_san

28
Apr
09

Mickey Mania: The Timeless Adventures of Mickey Mouse

I thought I would continue the whole Disney games on the Mega Drive theme so here a review of the game Mickey Mania.

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As a kid I LOVED this game, I dont really know why, because it really sucks balls and I will explain why.
The game was supposed to be an anniversary game for Mickey Mouse’s 65th birthday but the idea got scrapped due to a short deadline. Instead they made this game where you travel back to some of the classic Mickey Mouse cartoons.

The game starts out at the classic cartoon Steamboat Willie and everything is black and white at the start, but as the level progresses more colors are added.
I was very shocked how good the graphics was since there are alot of 3D elements everywhere around the game. The first level is very easy and very pleasant to play.

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After the first level you progress to the second level: The Mad Doctor and here’s where you start ripping your hair. Sometimes its very hard or impossible to not get hit by flying bones, bats, or falling into pits. Theres so much shit coming at Mickey, you can’t really avoid getting hit a few times. Well that wouldnt be so bad if it wasn’t for the hard cold fact that you only have 4 lives and 1 continue!

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Get used to this screen..

It took me about 20 game overs playing the whole game over and over again until I even reached the last boss and another 4 until I beat him. Isn’t this supposed to be a game for kids? It wouldn’t piss me off so much if you didn’t have to restart the whole game over and over again. I didn’t even get a single extra life. I only saw them, mocking me from some platform I just couldn’t reach.
The last level is just too brutal. It’s too long, too many enemies, not enough ammo to kill the enemies. I didn’t have any fun at all playing this with the exception of the last boss, Pete, being a breath of fresh air with really fun gameplay elements, like pushing a little platform with spikes and making him jump on them.

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One thing that makes this game hard, are the controls. It’s a bit hard to explain if you haven’t played it, but Mickeys’ jumps feels somewhat wierd.. A bit buggy. When you’re standing on a ledge you get an animation with Mickey trying to regain balance. This locks everything exept for the jumping, wich sometimes also fail due to the animation.

Okay so it isn’t all bad. It does have, as mentioned, very good visuals. The worlds you visit is usually pretty pleasant to explore with the exception of the fucking ghost level because that one is just torture and has the most “forced-hits” and annoying platform jumping of all the stages. Pluto helps you out to spot the moose running at you all the time at the hunting level and I like his apperances thoughout the game. The jokes are funny at times, as an example on the mad doctor level at the boss theres a chalkboard that has some pictures that say “Duck+Pluto/Saw”. I have to admit I laughed when Mickey died and the only soundeffect being “Uh-oh”. Mickey Mania does have some good tunes, but most of the time I was too pissed off to notice the music in the background. It would be an awesome game if it would get you infinite continues or maybe if they toned down the difficulty of the game a bit. The difference between easy and hard is just the amounts of checkpoints thoughout the game which doesn’t really help much.

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Now don’t get me all wrong. I do love a challenge but with Mickey Mouse you didn’t really expect it and the whole thing feels a bit unintentional.

Just as a sidenote the game developers, Traveller’s Tales, also made other shitty games like Sonic 3D Blast and Sonic R back in the days, but I guess they came to their senses and started making popular titles like Lego Star Wars and Lego Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures.

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To sum this game up: If you played it as a kid, don’t play it again unless you want a really, really challenging platformer and you think Megaman 9 and “I wanna be the guy” wasn’t enough.

If your like me you will only scar your childhood memories.
Good game overall which was ruined by the hard and unforgiving difficulty level.. “you know? for kids!”
It may be the most underrated hard game out there.

//Akira_san

26
Apr
09

Quackshot starring donald duck

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If you would ask me what the best game ever was when I was 6 years old, I would, without a doubt, say Quackshot. I hold this Sega genesis/mega drive platformer very close to my heart. I was the only one of all my friends who had a Sega Mega Drive and therefore nobody else I knew had ever played it. Thats why I will try to get the word out about this game.

The story is very basic. You are Donald Duck at your rich Uncle Scrooge’s library flipping through some books, when a map falls out wich leads to a big treasure. Donald decides to go after the treasure to give Daisy a birthday present or something. Pete overhears and follows you arounds all the time.

There are 3 stages when you start and when you complete them 4 new will unlock and so on.

You can play them in whatever order you want, though you can’t play the whole stages without the right items, which leads to alot of backtracking.

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The first weapon is in my opinion the best part of the game. You shoot plungers wich only stuns the enemy, but as the game progresses you can upgrade this weapon 2 times. The second upgrade makes the plungers red and makes them stick to walls so you can use them as a foothold to climb up walls. The Third makes them green and they stick to birds so you can fly long distances, they only come to use 2 times in the game though. Using plungers as a weapon is pure genious! I find myself using this weapon thoughout the whole game unless I need to use the bubblegum gun.

Then theres the halfshitty weapons. The popcorn gun wich kills the enemy unlike plungers which, as mentioned, only stuns them but theres not enough ammo in the game, and it uses 5 shots everytime you use it which is too much.

The bubblegum gun is required sometimes to take away blocks, like in Transylvania and the Southpole. If you use it as a weapon its just ssssooooo sssllloooowww.

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It does have some minor flaws though, sometimes it feels like there’s not enough enemies especially in dungeons. The game feels a bit easy because you have 8 hit points of life, combine that with the loss of enemies and you can pretty much run into every enemy in some stages. The game makes up for it by having very good platforming with very challenging jumps at the later stages. Some bosses are way to easy, it’s almost the “Shoot the head to kill” scenario that repeats. All and all its not annoying but it could use some work.

The games makes up for this by being an overall good platformer with very challenging jumps at the later stages

Alot of the game borrows stuff from the Indiana Jones movies wich is pretty funny, like how Donald dresses, the mine carting from The Temple of Doom and “the leap of faith” from The last crusade.

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The controls are pretty good, but at the same time it’s awkward that you can’t run and jump at the same time due to the Mega Drive’s ABC button setup. You don’t really need it, but it should still be an option and not be overlooked due to a shitty controlsetup.

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Overall it’s a nice game and you should definitely check it out!

//Akira_san

24
Apr
09

Shoot up foo!

Now that Razz introduced himself I thought I’d do the same.

I’m Mr. D and a bit younger than Razz. I’m twenty-one years old and I wasn’t blown away by gaming as early as him.

I will be the one hyping every game related topic I write about. I might give some bad reviews and whine about bad games from time to time, but mostly I’ll bring happy blogposts into this blog. I’ll be a more up-beat version of Ben “Yahtzee” Croshaw from Zero Punctuation.

On my spare time I like to play videogames of course, but I also enjoy photography and graphic editing. I designed the header for instance. I got an eye for design and a mind for politics. I’m no stereotypic video-gamer. I’m a little bit of this and a little bit of that.

I can’t really recall the first time I actually played a videogame but I do know it was Street Fighter II on the SNES. Now it wasn’t my SNES, it was a childhood friend who owned it. I surely wanted to own it myself and I probably nagged my dad deaf about it. I never got one though. Instead my first video game console was the Sega Master system II, a budget version of the original Master system. I remember playing Alex Kidd In Miracle World and Out Run back in those days.

It wasn’t until I got a Playstation and I mean the original Playstation that I really got interested in video gaming. Me and a friend used to play Tekken, Tekken 2 and Tekken 3 all day long. Those were the days I tell ya.

Later on I realized the N64s superiority to the PS1. Great titles like GoldenEye, Perfect Dark, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. I lost interest of my PS1, since my good friend Skunken had a N64 with both Perfect Dark and GoldenEye. No game has ever made me so pissed and so happy at the same time as Perfect Dark and GoldenEye. I and Skunken even drew pictures of guns and soldiers inspired by the weaponry and the characters of the games.

Even today the N64 is still close to my heart, but now my appreciation is back for the PS1. There are so many great games on the PS1 and I still have a list of games I just got to try. Cyberpunk and crazy stories are my cup of tea when it comes to games. Three cheers for Suda51, my biggest hero. Killer7 is one of the best games ever made.

Anyway, I will probably write a whole lot about games for the PS1, but since I’m more focused on what the future has to offer. I will write a lot about exciting news, up-coming games and video game consoles.

Thank you for your attention, I would High Five you if I could.

But for now

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/Mr. D

23
Apr
09

Enter the Razz

Well then, I guess that an introduction would be appropriate.

I’m Razz, currently 23years old and as I see it, the old guy in the group. And as the old guy it’s in my nature to be bitter and whiny about most stuff. See me as a young Andy Rooney with a touch of AVGN.

Currently unemployed but going for Chefstatus IRL and in World of Warcraft. Yes, I play World of Warcraft. Being unemployed I’ve found myself having to much spare time and nothing to do after my daily workout… Yes, I work out to. I’m the gamer personified and unpersonified in one.

Anyway, my earliest memory of gaming comes from the … I guess it is the 80’s actually. Dad brought home a Commodore 64.  The one single item in the world that makes me happy by just looking at it. Unfortunaetly it only brings me sad memories because as stupid as I was back then, I wanted a NES. Yes, I was young, dumb and naive and I really wanted a NES. Did I get one? Of course I did… what kid didn’t have a NES in his room at that time? If you haven’t you must’ve had a fucked up childhood my friend. Well, my uncle who was the one who really introduced me to the whole gaming scene bought himself a SNES as soon as it was out. And about 6months later I inherited it by christmas. I was the happiest boy in the world. The fact that he only had three games at the time didn’t bother me at all. I had an SNES and I couldn’t have been happier.

And here I am today. Sure times have changed, after the SNES came the playstation which I didn’t buy until 1998 or something like that. Later the PS2 came and is still the latest console I have. That’s right, I don’t have and have never owned a N64 (even though it came earlier) XBOX, XBOX360 or a PS3.  And I still think that SNES is the best console gaming system in the world. But the best game in world, is undoubtedly Bubble Bobble for NES. Why? I’ll explain at a later time.

Hopefully, I’ll be the one bringing you rants about the retrogamingscene from the 80-90’s since that’s really where my big area of expertise lies.

Anyways, thank you for reading this small introduction about myself. I promise you all that the next post won’t be as focused on myself but on what you’re here for.  Games.

/Razz




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