“The ability to control time could be very
useful,” says your fictional Presidente after one of Tropico 4's optional
tutorials. Really, that sums up the game pretty well. You're an island dictator
who's capable of, well, pretty much whatever he damn well pleases. You can slip
on your goodie two-shoes, kiss a few babies (and a few more asses), and
climb to the top the hard way, or you can bulldoze your glorious tropical
paradise to make way for a menagerie of military bases. Sorry, rebellious
types, them's the breaks. And by “them's,” we mean “your kneecaps.” And by
“breaks,” we mean, well, you know. Our point is you've got some serious power –
including, yes, limited time control. Like many politicians, though, El
Presidente's incredible promise lacks substance. Dig beneath the surface, and
there's really not much to see...
Lackluster golf games are like skateboarding on a ping pong table: there's not much to do, and the minute you start enjoying yourself, the fun quickly ends. True Swing Golf is like that. The DS touch screen is a good interface for lining up tee shots and whacking the dimples off the ball - you just touch your club with the stylus, pull back, and whip it forward. You can even add spin, or use draws and fades to make your shots curve.
Something about it just doesn't work, though - or, more
Oct 24, 2007
If youve ever wondered why house bricks tend to be rectangular rather than, say, scalene triangles, our first advice to you would be to stop worrying about stuff like that. Wed then give you five minutes alone with Tsunde Tsumikiss to set your daft head straight. The object here is to stack objects as high as a given object - ranging in height from dog-sized to Tokyo Tower - using a pile of random shapes that drop down from above in time-honoured Tetris fashion.
We didn’t know this was a game based on an Uwe Boll film until about 30 minutes into playing. A passing scribe asked whether it was “that Boll Tunnel Rats game” and, when answered in the affirmative, laughed and gave his condolences.
Sept 5, 2007
People love spinning things: a roulette wheel, the tires of a Ferrari, CDs and DVDs, carnival rides, the giant disc of horrific Americana that is Pat Sajak's Wheel of Fortune... all spinning. So the idea behind Turn It Around is a good one: collect 24 minigames, all based around the idea of using the stylus to twist, twirl, and rotate an onscreen wheel. However, erratic controls and a lack of gameplay longevity keep the RPMs from pegging the needle on the fun-o-meter.
Turning Point: Fall of Liberty could've been great. Its promising premise supposes that without Winston Churchill around to rally the Allied forces, the Nazis quickly rolled over Europe before setting their sites on the shores of America. You find yourself in the middle of a German invasion on New York City and now the United States and your will to defend it are the only things left standing between Hitler and the universal popularity of the
Our new Turok, unlike his forerunners, is not a dinosaur hunter (which is somewhat of a shame, as he would surely prove very able in the role). Instead, he’s an elite commando with a few skeletons in his closet. These skeletons were placed there by a man named Kane, a war criminal who once taught our boy Turok everything he knew. As Turok, your mission is to roll up on the desolate planet that Kane calls his home and bring your former
We can’t be alone in thinking that playing quiz games on your own is more pointless than Paris Hilton. Whether it’s a digital version of Trivial Pursuit or a made-for-consoles title such as PS2’s Buzz!, there’s zero satisfaction or fun to be had pitting your wits against a bunch of AI contestants. This is as true for TV Show King as any other quiz ’em up. However, when the intended number of players is all flesh
Twin Sector plays like an amateur dramatics performance of Portal. That might sound mean, but we’re actually a little bit in love with this game. A fun first-person environmental puzzler, its conceit – investigating a disaster in an underground bunker – sees you with a pair gravity manipulating gloves.
Sweet Tooth and company are back in another ultraviolent reboot of the series that redefined car-combat as we know it. Is this just an old-school revival, or is there enough going on under the hood to keep things fresh and interesting?