Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Return to Stormwind

Last week I finally caved in and bought myself a month of game time for World of Warcraft. I'd been seeing so many tweets about the pre-expansion patch that I just had to go and have a look for myself.

I logged each alt to see what they look like with the new character model and I'm ok with my Draenai's. My main definitely needed a new face though so I took her straight to the barber shop. Not sure the screenshot above is her best angle, I think she's half asleep but believe me, it's much better than the new version of her old face!

Two of my three gnome alts are lowbies so I've already deleted one and once I move everything over to another alt, my little banker gnome will be deleted too. I'm not sure what I'm going to do with my level 86 Gnome Rogue though. I don't play my Rogue very often so I may leave her for now and decide later.

After scrabbling through all their banks and rearranging some stuff, I took my main over to the Blasted lands to have a look at the Dark Portal event. She's a Paladin and I've been struggling with her for quite a while but out of all my alts, her toolbar was the least empty so I did a quick shuffle to fill the gaps and headed out.

I'm pretty sure my DPS was rubbish but she felt more comfortable to play & I wasn't struggling to kill the mobs. I get the feeling that the mobs are fairly straightforward for everyone though so that's not really a good indicator!

I got a few gear upgrades too so her item level is around 500 now - I really hadn't done much gear chasing in the whole of Mists so it's nice to see it creeping up.

I've barely even looked at the Auction House either - I decided to make myself actually play the game rather than just one small part of it. I only have 30 days and I don't want to spend all of them in the Auction House! I am a returning addict though so this will be a good test to see if I can get back to enjoying questing, dungeons and maybe even some PvP.

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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

One Minute Gaming #28 - Where's My Water 2

 This week, I took a look at a classic Disney game called Where's My Water 2. It's a swiping puzzle game where you have to create pathways for the water to get to various members of the Alligator family. Swampy wants to take a shower but Allie needs steam for her steam powered musical instruments!

That doesn't sound too hard at first but there are gates, funnels, steam, poisonous water and you also have to get the rubber ducks wet to capture them on the way! Some of the challenges flip the world upside down which is strange and kinda messes with your brain!

It has different ducks for you to collect and a variety of power ups. There is a real cash shop but it only has 2 options - a starter pack of power ups & hints and a monster bundle with more of the same. I've also not seen more than a couple of adverts which is a refreshing change for so many of these free games!

The characters are cute in a Disney way and the music is what you would expect. I think kids would love this game if they like puzzles and have the patience to keep trying. I only downloaded it a couple of days ago but I've been playing it a fair bit and I may very well keep this one for the occasional brain exercise so I'm giving Where's My Water 2 an 8 out of 10.

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Monday, 20 October 2014

Ingress Got Me Out & About!

Just before I left for my trip to the USA, Ingress became available to iPhone users and Cold picked it up immediately. I have a few Ingress players on my Twitter feed too so I'd seen a few posts about it but never really took much notice. Sadly my Android phone is a 'lite' version which is nice and cheap on my monthly budget but doesn't have much memory so I couldn't play. All that changed when I arrived Stateside though. You'd think after almost 5 months apart that Cold would have put his phone away and talked to me - well, he did, for about 5 minutes at a time!

Yes, he was hooked. Everywhere we went, he had his phone in his hand to hack or capture portals, make links and fields and generally not pay much attention to crossing roads. At first it drove me crazy and I felt like slapping the phone right out of his hand but I'd budgeted to get myself a phone I could use in the US so once I bought my Samsung S3, I downloaded the game so I could play too.

I should mention that I had already downloaded it for my iPad and although my iPad is wi-fi only, I am able to use my old phone as a mobile hotspot so I had tried to play a bit at home. Unfortunately my whole town only had about 8 portals in it so it meant I needed to jump in the car every time I wanted to hack a portal! Obviously that wasn't practical, but in St Louis, Cold has about 10 portals within 50 yards of his building and 2 he can reach from his sofa! Needless to say, the old motto of 'if you can't beat them, join them' applied here and by 6 weeks into my stay, I hit Level 8 and over 1 million XP!

Living in a city with great public transport means you don't really need a car so we hacked portals as we walked or rode the bus. Once his vacation time was over and I had all day to myself, I found that I was going out to walk around the University Campus just to hack portals and maintain our coverage of the area. There's also a nice short walk to fill/maintain about 6 other portals too so if I didn't have time for a full Campus walk, I'd just go do the lap around the block instead!

It may seem sad but we also planned some of our day trips based on portal density. We were going places for me to see parts of the city I hadn't seen but if we couldn't decide where to go, the portal density was the deciding factor! There are various achievements in the game, including Unique Portals hacked and Unique Captures so it's a great motivator to get out and about to places you've not been before. We had a weekend in Philadelphia while I was there too and that gave us over 300 new portals on our scores.

Overall, it's a great idea for a game and if there's anything that will get a gamer out and about, it's having targets and achievements to reach. Now that I'm home, I will be keeping my eyes open for places and things to submit as new portals in my home town. Since I've been away, there are already 4 or 5 new portals here so I'm hopeful that a walk in town will not only keep me moving but will help my game experience too!

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Wednesday, 8 October 2014

One Minute Gaming #27 - Star Wars Commander

This week, I downloaded Star Wars Commander at Rez's request. At first glance, it's very much a Star Wars themed Clash of Clans, a resources management, base building type game. The tutorial is filled with familiar faces and the Intergalactic nature of the graphics are pretty good.

You build your base using alloy and credits which are the two resources you will be collecting and waiting for. At the lowest levels, resources can build up fairly easily, the building upgrades are fairly cheap to buy & are completed quickly.

If this game follows the same path as Clash of Clans, the higher levels could get very slow and patience will be a huge requirement!

The biggest difference besides the theme is that in Star Wars Commander, you can recruit Heroes from across the Galaxy. You do have to recruit them after each use but that will just add a little variety to your army make up.

Overall, it's very polished and if you like Star Wars and haven't played Clash of Clans or Boom Beach then this could be a good game for you. If you have played those other games then I'd guess you won't want to play yet another version!

Looking at it with fresh eyes, I'd give it an 8 out of 10 although I won't be playing it as I'm still building my base in Clash of Clans!

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Monday, 29 September 2014

One Minute Gaming #26 - Zombie Dive

This week, I've been playing a game called Zombie Dive - yes, a Zombie high diving competition with great graphics, spooky music and some great sound effects. There's a little humorous trash talking too but it's very family safe stuff.

The tutorial takes you through how to make the dives and then the competition starts! You have 3 attempts to reach the target score and each dive required is shown at the top of the screen - you just have to watch the wind gauge and land in the oil tank! If you do mess up though, you can always bribe the judges for extra dives - they really like cookies!

The only thing that spoils it for me is the adverts in between each dive competition - with only 3 or 4 dives seperating them, they do become a bit annoying but any cash shop purchase will remove them - not sure I like this game enough to spend cash though!

Overall it's a fun game that might keep the kids occupied for a while but I don't see it as addictive or having staying power so I'll give it a 6 out of 10.

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Saturday, 20 September 2014

One Minute Gaming #25 - Deemo

This week I want to tell you about a game called Deemo - I'm not sure quite what category this one will fit though - it's a music/rhythm game but the graphics are beautiful anime and it's based on piano music.

As far as I can see, you just tap the screen as the falling notes hit the bar - I'm so unmusical, I can't tell if I'm doing it right or not! I tried hitting the notes as they touch the bar and I tried hitting the notes before they hit the bar but my score stayed almost the same each time.

It's billed as a rhythm game though so perhaps it's more about hitting them in time to the beat or something - that pretty much counts me out then!

There are various levels of difficulty too and you can change the speed of the falling notes to make it harder as well. I'm still on the basic easy level stuff but I am finding it quite compelling!

The graphic art is gorgeous - slightly macabre anime and beautiful line drawing illustrations decorate each music choice - all of which are piano based tracks but all are lovely and help keep you absorbed in the game.

I'm sure this won't be a popular choice for many but it does have a certain je ne sais quoi about it so I'm going to give it a 7 out of 10.

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Friday, 19 September 2014

One Minute Gaming #24 - A Dark Room

Not exactly the most enticing screenshot!
This week, I tried an old fashioned text adventure game called A Dark Room. I've only played one text adventure in the past - Forest of Doom on a Commodore 64 so I thought I'd have a look at this one for you.

The reviews were mixed - those who said they loved it remembered text adventures from the past, those who said they hated it just didn't understand it's simplicity - I'd guess they were youngsters, too used to flashy graphics and loud music of more modern games.

I have to say, I'm not sure which camp I fall in - love it or hate it - as a text adventure it actually seems really slow to me. The game designers have added in resources to collect which I don't remember from the old games and so far, I haven't found anyone to fight. I have started to build a village and gained some gatherers though.

The reviews suggested that the story takes a while to unfold so I'm going to keep going a while longer yet but unless it picks up pretty soon, I think this will be a limited time game on my ipad. It may well appeal to some of you but I'm really undecided about A Dark Room so I'm going to give it a 5 out of 10, mainly for it's slowness so far!

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