Sunday, 29 March 2015

One Minute Gaming #42 - Where's My Head


This week, I've been playing a game called Where's My Head? It's a physics based puzzle game where you have to return a skull to the skeleton's body by cutting ropes and allowing the skull to fall in the right place.

It's not too difficult at first, just a swipe to cut here and a swipe to cut there but once you get a bit higher, there are ghosts which carry the skull upwards, spiked walls you have to avoid, bellows to blow the swinging skull around and coins to collect as well.



I'm really bad at these types of games but I did manage to get to level 12 before choosing to skip a level! There is a real money shop where you can buy helpful items but I'm pretty sure you don't really need them unless you're as bad as I am at physics stuff!

Overall, I'd give this game a 5 out of 10 - it's not a bad game, just not my taste and possibly gets too hard too quickly for novices.

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Monday, 23 February 2015

One Minute Gaming #41 - 1010


This week I've been playing a puzzle game called 1010. It's a variation on Tetris shapes in a square grid but it's much slower so it suits me now I'm getting old!

You're given 3 random shapes to place on the grid and you only get more shapes when you've placed all 3. The aim is to make completed lines either horizontally or vertically and the more lines you can complete in one go, the higher your score.

Each completed line is then cleared so you are constantly making new spaces to place the shapes from your tray area. That doesn't sound too difficult but after a while, you get odd little spaces that end up blocking you until the perfect shape piece is given to you. If you can't place all 3 shapes from your tray then it's game over.



It's not an action packed game by any means but as a semi mindless 5 minute time killer, it's great. I'll probably play this one when I get fed up of solitaire. I'd give it a 7 out of 10 - very simple to play but hard to master.

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Monday, 16 February 2015

One Minute Gaming #40 - Mini Warriors


This week, I've been playing a game called Mini Warriors which you may have heard Cold talking about. Well, I finally caved in and gave it a try & I'm sad to say he was right & I'm hooked!

You control a number of different army squads, from cavalry & mages to pikemen and infantry and you have to beat your opponent in short skirmishes. You start with 120 energy and you get one free refill each day. It does rebuild over time - I think it's one energy every five minutes so I use mine up before I sleep then it's full again in the morning.

Each squad has different strengths so before each battle, you can change the deployment of your troops. Each time you win a battle, you gain xp, gold and sometimes you get armor or materials. You can strengthen your units with the armor and the materials are used to upgrade special abilities or squad size.

Once each day, you can visit the tavern to recruit new squad leaders. There are 4 grades so I only recruit the blue or purple guys although I've been playing for a couple of weeks now & I only have 2 purple squad leaders!

It's a great little game and even though you can buy crystals with real money, you really don't need to at all. The free energy lasts a while and to be honest, it's not a game you would play for hours at a time. I think they have it fairly well balanced.

I'd give Mini Warriors a 9 out of 10 and I'll be keeping this one installed for sure.

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Sunday, 1 February 2015

One Minute Gaming #39 - Bike Rivals

This week I've been playing  an action puzzle game called Bike Rivals. You control a motorbike and you have to clear different obstacle ridden levels as quickly as possible without dying. There is a multiplayer option and you can login via Facebook or login in as a guest. I haven't tried this yet, I'm still trying to get thru the first stage of levels!

The controls are very simple, tap on left of screen for brake and on the right for accelerate. There is also a tilt function which allows you to do wheelies or to put your weight forward to stop the bike flipping over backwards.

Some of the levels are about speed, some are about control and others are just plain wicked!

You will probably die very quickly at the beginning of most levels until you work out what you have to do for the first obstacle - then it's just rinse and repeat thru that one until you work out the second puzzle.


There is a real cash store where you can buy upgraded bikes, extra nitro boosts or fuel etc but you can also unlock the bikes by achieving certain goals - play a number of days in a row, collect stars or watch a certain number of video ads

I'm really quite enjoying this game and it's easy enough to keep it free and still enjoy. I'll give it a 7 out of 10 - not sure it has staying power for my taste.


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Sunday, 25 January 2015

One Minute Gaming # 38 - Flow Free

This week, I've been playing a puzzle game called Flow Free. The basic idea is to join up like colored spots without crossing paths. You start off with four pairs of colored spots and a 5x5 grid. The starter levels are really easy which makes it a great game for kids.
Once you get up to a 9x9 grid with 9 colors, it gets much harder although not impossible. The original game starts with a regular pack - a selection of boards in the 5x5 to 9x9 range. They've obviously expanded the game with new packs and some are locked but you don't have to pay to unlock them - just clear a whole earlier pack to unlock the next one.
There are 2 extreme packs to unlock - they contain 150 boards of 8x8 to 12x12 and if you play on an ipad, there is a jumbo pack which goes up to 14x14 - now that's difficult!
The best thing about this game is the simple idea that gets your brain working and of course, it's totally free. There are real cash options - you can buy extra hints packs or more puzzle packs but with the basic game having over 1000 free boards before unlocking the bonus free levels, I don't think you need to buy any more!

I like this Flow Free puzzle and I'd give it a 7 out of 10. It's not the most addictive game I've played but I enjoy it anyway.


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Sunday, 18 January 2015

One Minute Gaming #37 - Jenga!

This week I found an old family favorite that's been adapted to a digital game - Jenga. It's been expanded from the original idea so there are several modes of play available. You can play online with friends or strangers by signing in to Jengaworld in a real time game or you can play solo against the clock and compare times & tower heights with friends through the gamecenter.
There's also an arcade style game where the blocks are colored and you get bonus points for making new layers of the same color blocks. The faster you remove & replace blocks, the higher your score but you're against the clock too so make the most of those color bonuses.
I like the classic version best - I'm slow and careful so playing fast against the clock just results in very short games for me!

The graphics are great and you can turn the camera angle for best view of your tower. There's a tumble warning icon too so you can change your mind before you start removing a block.

You can tap or gently swipe a block to remove it but just like in real world game, watch carefully for the tower wobble - you don't want to go too fast & bring it down after all!
It's an absorbing game and just as much of a challenge as the original so I'm giving Jenga an 8 out of 10.
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Sunday, 11 January 2015

One Minute Gaming #36 - Amazing Ninja

This week I've been playing a very simple looking game called Amazing Ninja. It has only two controls - tap on the left of the screen to jump or on the right side of the screen to attack. As the screen scrolls, you face simple little stick men ninjas or runners - you have to jump over the blue guys and attack the red guys. That sounds so simple doesn't it? Well, it would be if the blue guys and red guys didn't come at you pretty fast and you have to jump across obstacles and gaps in the terrain too. You can't attack from mid-air either so if the blue guy gets in the way, you'll probably die to the red guy behind him!
I played for over an hour and my high score is about 6! I'm useless at it but the sound effects and continual failure noises made me giggle - rather like Flappy Bird did. You giggle because you can't believe how such a simple looking game can be so difficult!
The graphics are extremely basic although very neat, the idea is very simple but the gameplay is quite challenging. frustration levels for Amazing Ninja are very high though so if you have a blood pressure problem, I wouldn't play this one!
Overall, I'd give Amazing Ninja a 6 out of 10 - easy to learn, hard to achieve good scores but great for a 5 minute break now & then.
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