Oct 17, 2007
Its definitely a rare skill to be able to craft a puzzle game thats actually easy enough for preteens. Unfortunately, someone at developer Shinen has that exact gift. Pet Alien would be a legitimately decent puzzler if it werent for the fact that anyone with a double-digit age will smoke through its 80 levels in two, maybe three, hours flat.
Attempting to save your human “owner” from space kidnappers, youre given a cast of five aliens, each of whom has a different
How the mighty have fallen. That’s what people would have you believe anyway – and we can’t say we blame them. Phantasy Star Online, the Dreamcast’s pioneering series that brought online RPG action to consoles, undoubtedly peaked with Episode I & II on GameCube, suffered a gross misstep with Episode III: C.A.R.D Revolution before going off on a tangent with Universe, hemorrhaging active players and dividing the opinions of the Phantasy Star faithful in the process.
The universe of Phantasy Star has always been a unique one. Its refreshing sci-fi style breaks the swords 'n' sorcery RPG mold. Phantasy Star Online's networked approach was highly addictive and gave fans a reason to fall in love with the series all over again. But, no matter how stunning Phantasy Star Online was, gamers love single-player, story-driven RPGs. The intended solution was Phantasy Star Universe, which promised to contain both fully-realized story and online modes, to give fans
Phantasy Star Universe: Ambition of the Illuminus proves there’s room for a faster paced, action-RPG approach to the MMO. After playing it... well, there’s still room.This Guild Wars-esque RPG game was going to receive the concept review to end all concept reviews. We were going to blather on for 450 words in a semi-kooky fashion, never getting to the point or being entertaining in any meaningful way. And then we were going to end
If you’re over twelve years old and/or don’t eat crayons, you probably won't much care for Phineas and Ferb’s first console outing. If you have spawned small offspring, however, it might be a budget title worth picking up. See, in a world where children's shows are overflowing with bratty (wizard) divas, Phineas and Ferb embodies politeness and creativity...
Defense attorneys in Phoenix Wright's world must be stressed to the point of insanity. Not only are their clients presumed guilty until proven innocent, but the only way to actually free them is to find the real culprits and force them to confess on the stand. What's more, the judge is a gullible idiot who allows key witnesses to constantly revise their testimony after being caught in lies. All things considered, it's a wonder these lawyers ever get paid.
Of course, it wouldn't be much of a
Who defends the indefensible? Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney. This bumbling rookie lawyer has to get his facts straight and his perspiration under control, because defendants are counting on him in five cases of Nintendo DS drama. It will have you testifying that the adventure genre is alive and well.
Phoenix has his work cut out for him, including examining the scene of the crime, working with law enforcement, consoling the defendant, and cross-examining witnesses. It's a dirty job, but one
Oct 22, 2007
Phoenix Wright, you stand before us today accused of gross negligence in light of past criticisms. Twice have you stood before this court and twice have you ignored us.
Your twists and turns dash rationality to pieces like a logic piñata and yet, for all your snakelike judicial journeys, you are just as guilty of showing your hand too early, forcing us to take ludicrous routes to an answer we spotted from minute one. You punish perceptive players - surely those most likely
It takes 24 seconds to go from springing the DS power switch to smashing Picross 3D’s blocks. Instant fun. How easily writing a review becomes a ‘quick go on Picross 3D’.
Forget Sudoku. Kakuro: get your koat. Picross is the logic-based mind-meddler of champions. It's well established in Japan - having been invented by a woman flicking a skyscraper's lights on and off, believe it or not. Now the infection's spread to DS.
It works like PC timewaster Minesweeper with the randomness taken out. Starting out with a totally blank grid, you chisel out squares with your stylus, according to the numbers at the edges. So: seeing "3" and "7" at the top of a column means