Plague Inc App Review !

13 10 2012

Plague Inc is a great app available on Android and iOS.

Its 69p in ITunes and is strangely free on Android so if your on on Android, your in luck ! Says me after downloading it for my iPad then releasing it was free for my GNex later that day ..

The game is based around Wiping the world out by a range of different means.. bacteria, virus, nano-virus, fungi etc.

I’ve been stuck to it for more or less the past day, and its infuriatingly addictive.

You start of by choosing a country your looking to infect, you then gain DNA points throughout the course of the game by bursting bubbles as they appear, the same way you infect new countries. Using these DNA points you can choose to upgrade your Diseases Transmission, Symptoms or Abilities. Under Transmission you can upgrade things like making the disease airbourne, making it be carried be wildlife including rodents and birds and also through water or blood. Under symptoms, this is where the fun starts, you can choose what effects your disease will have, from a case of the runs or nausea to coma’s and tumours, this seems sick but it is great fun! Under the abilities section we get to give the disease a bacterial coat to help it defend itself in tough environments as well as making it better protected against drugs, the cold, the heat and also other countries efforts to eradicate it !

The above screenshot gives you an idea of what happens mid game, this shows Africa more or less infected and the buttons that pop up for you to infect other countries, as well as the general game UI.

Completing a level can take anywhere from 10 minutes to an hour depending on how much your into it so it does definately give you great value for money if you do have to shell out the 69p! I’ve only completed a few of the levels and it certainly isn’t getting old anytime soon.

I’ve been reviewing and playing a lot of games recently on all of my devices ! For a while the Free’mium market was putting me off of mobile gaming altogether but with some great recent purchases my faith has been restored and this has definately been one of them .. although the option is there to advance to the next level with paid content, the option doesn’t ruin the game or give you a massive unplayable advantage against anyone else.

If your inner Science geek is itching to come out, get this game. The diseases act very true to life, if you infect a poorer country you have to expect the disease will be best spread by insects, poor hygiene and blood where as in richer countries this wouldnt be the case so you have to adopt different methods for different places.. as well as certain symptoms effecting certain people more like pneumonia and coughing and sneezing. The makers of this game deserve massive praise as this is sure to give me endless more hours playing time !

 





Bad Piggies !! App Review

7 10 2012

Rovio might not be a big name to some .. but when you say Angry Birds, everybody knows what your talking about !

Angry Birds to date, has brought in a horrendous amount of money from the games, the sequels and now the abundance of products with Rovio clearly doing a ‘George Lucas’ .. if a birds face can be on something, then do it !

I’m a massive fan of the games and have enjoyed the original, sequel and space versions with some purists prefering the original experience alone .. I think they are missing out on some great games.

The newest installment of Rovio’s world domination is called ‘Bad Piggies’ and focusses on the green pigs introduced in the first line of games.

Each level of the game involves you being given a number of different items, and making a contraption that will take you to the end of the level, these involve wheels, rockets, propellers and bottles of fizzy juice !
I think this idea is great, they aren’t just making another rip off of Angry Birds.. its a completely different game.

This game is a breath of fresh air as far as im concerned to a franchise that could have potentially started to fall down in the opinions of many with a lot of similar game releases one after the other.

I’ve been playing this game for a few days now and im not even a quarter of the way in, so it does provide a pretty decent challenge to most. Bad Piggies has also sadly caved into the pressure of additional in game content, this means that whilst in the game you can buy some in game credits to which the pig-like Adrian Newey builds you a contraption worthy of beating all others and completing the level. This doesn’t guarantee the level to be completed but does give you a a massive push in the right direction.

I’d highly recommend this game to anybody, its less than £1 on Android and iOS and if you have played any of Rovio’s other games, you will know that for that £1 your getting a lot of hours of addictive fun.





Dead Trigger Review IOS Android , Is Piracy killing the industry ?

5 08 2012

Dead Trigger is a first-person shooter for Android and iOS and has recently became Free to download! This is a free to play app, and does not require In-App-Purchases to provide you with a high quality of gaming!

The game follows a character as they try to work their way through a Zombie infested city, shooting as many as possible on the way !

The graphics on this game are massively impressive for a mobile game, both versions on iOS and Android look equally as good, my preference being for iOS on this instance due to seeing it on the larger screen of the I-Pad in comparison with my G-Nex.

The game-play of the game is good, and the main mode doesn’t suffer from as much lag as I would have expected, especially due to the enormity of the maps and the details that are put into each and every aspect of the game, from characters to weapons to scenery.

This game used to be $0.99, not a massive cost, but changed to being free due to the massive amount of piracy mainly on the Android platform, but more recently too on I Tunes. The game is quite lengthy, and even at its older price of $0.99 You would be making a wise purchase as it gives a pretty lengthy campaign and very high quality gaming.

One of the gripes I have is the controls, I don’t see how these can be improved but there are definately some issues. Your left finger controls looking around whilst your right does the walking, coupling this with the shoot button being right above the right analog stick and you have some issues. This same fault also effects games such as Grand Theft Auto, and with the lack of physical buttons on most devices recently, it seems a difficult problem to work around.

The piracy issue may seem great for gamers at first, games becoming free because the developers would rather you play them legally than steal them, but this in fact carries a lot of major issues and worries along with it. Games may become filled with a ridiculous volume of ads or developers may move away from the Android or iOS market completely. This game along was thought to have a 90% piracy rate before the price drop.

Mad Finger boss Marek Rabas explained in a post on Gamezebo”Our main goal is not to make lots of money, we do not want to be the second Disney or sell out the company for millions of dollars. Also, we do not have to please investors each financial quarter with better results on their profit. We just simply enjoy making games.”

Although this supports the view of “oh great we will get more free games”, this statement will not reflect the views of all app-developers and gaming companies.

Since the game is now Free! I’d urge you to atleast give it a go and show a bit of respect for the work of Developers.





Dinosaur War IOS Android Free App Review !

23 07 2012

Dinosaur War is free on Android and IOS

This game involves building up a Village, a Dinosaur army, and using each of these for domination!

I play a lot of these kind of games ! Usually I get a lot of game play out of them before getting the gaps between levels getting too lengthy, becoming bored and losing interest.

Usually the basis of all these games are the same, build a village and troops, whilst using up resources and having to wait a set amount of time for troops and builds to be completed (unless using premium paid for items such as crystals to eliminate the wait)

There are a few differences in this game that have kept me involved for a lot longer than the usual ones. Usually during the wait for resources to recupperate, or to be able to battle again there is little to do in these sorts of games.. effectively most close them down and re-open in 30mins/ an hour/ etc. In Dinosaur War there are a few additional options such as Card games and ‘wheel of fortune’ type activities that can keep you amused during this wait to make it pass a little quicker, which although are fairly small things, they make a massive difference and keep you coming back.

All of these games, as mentioned usually involve premium add ons, either removing the wait for buildings to complete or to buy special items usable in the game. This is the reason a lot of these games are free, with rumoured that the Ouya will probably adopt the same approach with a lot of its games, its obvious to see why this is popular with these premium crystals starting at $1.99 and ranging up to $29.99 . This isn’t as steep as some games with these sorts of items reaching over $100 in some instances.

There are a lot of games similar to this one, possibly not having Dinosaurs as there focal point, but using something else ! This is one of the better ones i’ve played and its been keeping me going for over a week now, definately give it a go if this is your thing, after all.. its free !





Temple Run , Original and best ?

14 07 2012

Temple Run is a massive game across all platforms, with good visuals, adjustable settings and hours of fun, weird considering it is effectively one endless level!

Temple Run is renowned as being addictive and has a ridiculous amount of downloads so it’s more than expected for app makers to make similar apps hoping to jump on the bandwagon and have a slice of its success.
This review is going to deal with 2 of these ‘similar’ games.

I’ll deal with Escape Bear first. Free to purchase from ITunes, and as far as I can see not available for Android.
This tries to be slightly different, the main character is a bear, as the title suggests but can be changed to other characters via in-app purchases or collecting enough coins. The game also adopts a level approach, as opposed to the continuous level format of Temple Run.
One of my main gripes with this game is the inability to change the sensitivity of the game, the tilt sensitivity is absolutely horrendous, it’s extremely sensitive and your character is usually on one side or the other as the middle ground is unobtainable due to the sensitivity.

Again Pyramid Run is free to purchase and only available for IOS. Pyramid Run is slightly better than Escape Bear, I don’t know if it’s personal preference but due to its similarity to Temple Run, it wins the battle of the pair in my eyes.
Although the sensitivity isn’t adjustable in Pyramid Run the issue isn’t apparent in this app and follows a continuous level format just like Temple Run.
This all also has a mode to bet on how successful your next game will be, an attempt to gain some additional features over it’s parent, but to be honest it doesn’t do the trick for me.

In my eyes, if you want to play Temple Run, play Temple Run! If you want a change from the usual game, Buy Disney’s Brave Temple Run. This is available for Android and IOS and is under 70p on both markets. This keeps all of the key gameplay and functionality points of Temple Run, but adds a few different features such as archery. This game maintains the integrity and stability of the original and provides hours of entertainment for under 70p!





Where’s My Perry? Review

13 07 2012

  I want you… to play this game !

Where’s My Perry? is available for Android and Apple devices and comes in at under £1 in both Itunes and the Play Store.

The game is very similar to Where’s My Water? thats main difference is that it involves an Alligator as its main character, compared with Agent P, the Platypus.

This is a game that involves real physics, to people who think that this game is then about science, its not. This purely means that the items in this game obey the laws of physics, i.e if something goes up it will come back down if something is thrown in a line it will ark down etc.

The aim of the game is to get the water, in whatever form it may be in at the time, to a point on the map that will cause Agent P to be released, whilst capturing as many Gnomes as you can in the process. Seems a tad trippy to write about, but in playing the game it will seem a lot more obvious, and a lot less Acid Trippy!

The water can be turned into steam causing it to rise, be frozen as ice or be simple free flowing water. The game also involves a sludge like liquid, this can be made into lava or a super cold like liquid freezing any water it touches with the two of these liquids being combined to cause an explosion! After you get the hang of the main concepts of the game you wont be able to put it down !

There are a lot of levels included that make your less than £1 purchase pretty excellent value for money, with some being easier than others with a guaranteed few brain busters included in the pack.

Having played the game for a good few nights for a pretty long time, i’ve still not even nearly completed it so it does provide a good chunk of entertainment !

The Game is ofcourse designed by Disney, this means that as well as getting a good playing game with little bugs, it looks great, the graphics are well done and the overall look of the game with its cut scenes and levels are top notch, basically what you would expect from company the size of Disney.

Overall I’d definately recommend this game, you lose more money down the back of a couch so if your short I suggest tipping said couch, then buying the game. Its one of the better games i’ve downloaded in the last few months and being addicted to my phone does mean I go through a lot of games and a lot of battery life !








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