With top-notch titles like Lumines, Gunpey, Every Extend Extra and Meteos, handhelds are becoming a puzzle lovers dream. Konductra shows similar promise, but unfortunately gets caught in its own mess.
Konductras premise isnt entirely new - it's similar to Othello with a different motive, or Tetris played on a tray instead of in a column. The playfield is a horizontal grid, and every few seconds, you must place a Siamese pair of colored blocks somewhere on the grid. Black and white "conductor"
Console game development takes time,
but action-platformer The Kore Game: Outvasion From Inner Earth has taken more
than most. In the works for nearly a decade and having passed through the hands
of three publishers and three developers, it has the potential to be absurdly
polished or a colossal dud. While the actual result isn't exactly the
interactive equivalent of the Hope Diamond, it is filled with enough
bizarre humor and creative level design to easily avoid Dudsville...
If you’re interested in making computer music, you’re going to have hours of fun with this little toy. It turns your DS into a software synth with a pattern sequencer and a couple of extras to add a bit of flourish to your recorded tunes or live performances.
Somewhere in the world, there's an animal psychologist using Kororinpa: Marble Mania to determine scientifically, once and for all, if capuchin monkeys are smarter than Paris and Nicky Hilton (and after that, we're guessing, how much). The concept is dead simple - you have a marble, which you need to guide on a jewel-grabbing roll through a floating, maze-like track by tilting the Wii remote - so both groups can instantly grasp the concept.
Moreover, because the controls are so in-tune, so
Kororinpa makes us feel guilty. Sort of. It's not that it's usurped Monkey Ball's place in our hearts, exactly, it's just that... well... now we've seen so much more of it, we kind of want Monkey Ball to pack a bag full of its tired, tedious minigames and get its embarrassing soundtrack and limited flexibility out of our goddamn lives forever. It's time for Kororinpa to move in - glorious Kororinpa with its 100% responsive meaty 3D, its sanity-defying corner leaps and turns and its entire lack
At 20 years old we were still struggling with the intricacies of laundry, but here it’s the starting point for ten years of socializing, wage slavery and dentistry. The idea is to find fame, fortune and happiness by micromanaging your character’s life. The catch? You can only choose one activity a night and two on a Saturday or Sunday. And activities make you happy.
With Brutal Legend’s fate still undecided, you might think us mad for recommending Kung Fu Panda as an alternative adventure starring Jack Black (not least because all the voices in this tie-in game are sadly provided by so-so stand-ins), but bear with us. First of all, we’re not so addled with bonhomie thanks to our experience with this silly game to deny that the action is the definition of ‘par for the course’. The
Rarely has an idea so flagrantly, joyfully batshit crazy-awesome been turned into a game containing such an inverse level of excitement. You play as a kung fu kicking private eye escaping a cartoon Yakuza through the winding streets of a Japanese city, with only the likes of wheelie office chairs and shopping carts as transport. It’s one of those ideas that should be resolutely unable to fail as a game, but alas, thanks to fairly dull level design and stilted gameplay, it never lives up to the glorious array of images that the above synopsis has just put in your head.
years after the launch of the Wii, we think it’s safe to say that motion-controlled
gaming has been mostly a massive disappointment. After a strong initial showing
and the occasional spike in interest, we’re left with overflowing bargain bins and
more generic minigame collections than any sanely constructed universe should
contain. Don’t get us wrong: there have been some bright spots (and we’re
hoping for more) but the tradition of motion controls has mostly been one of
forgettable shovelware. Into this airless void, enter Kung Fu: High Impact, a
sad little beat-’em-up which perpetuates that legacy in spectacularly
Note: While Kwari has not been officially released in the US, it is available for download and play.First and foremost, Kwari is free to download, but you have to pay for ammunition. And then again when you pick up weapons, drops and health. And again when you get shot. If you’re going to ask someone to continuously pay money to be able to play your game, you’re going to have to provide one hell of a decent shooter. And not,