Feeding colorful jellybeans to an amorphous alien pet to make it transform into a multitude of cool items was loads of fun way back in 1989, and WayForward’s resurrection and re-imagination of the NES sleeper hit A Boy and His Blob perfectly captures the clever gameplay that made the original so absorbing. 20 years later, the remake is one of the most endearing games you’ll find on the Wii.
No, wait! Dragons, come back! We didn’t mean it! Without you, any excitement inherent in this Russian roleplayer’s narrative is dispelled! Too late, they’re gone. And so is any real engagement with A Farewell to Dragons.
Ninjabee’s god simulator is a Doshin the Giant rip-off where your avatar gets to boss tiny people about to build the perfect kingdom. Its lethargic pace could put many off, but the mix of strategy and resource management is hard to fault. Worth a look, even amongst bigger names.
What's in a name? In the case of videogames, it's usually not much. If you had no idea what kind of game Metal Gear Solid was, would reading the title help matters? Everyone's seen the poor soccer mom at GameStop looking completely befuddled as she stares at a wall full of highly descriptive names looking for the perfect gift. Is Lost Planet about finding a planet? On that note, what journey went missing in Lost Odyssey? At least you have some semblance of what A Space Shooter for 2 Bucks! is from the title, as we can confirm that this $2 PlayStation Mini investment will indeed produce a game in which you shoot things in space for your alien-maiming enjoyment...
The concept of an opera-singing vampire, desperate to be a star on the Paris stage, is fantastic adventure game fodder, both for its originality and for the many puzzle-design possibilities in the traditional vampire weaknesses. Every room is a thing of beauty; a glorious mix of Tim Burton and Monkey Island that doesn’t need advanced technology to impress. The music is excellent.
A World of Keflings, sequel to A Kingdom for Keflings, is a straightforward resource management game with a solid foundation of harvesting and construction. It’s a decent offering that follows in its predecessor’s footsteps, but never quite reaches far enough to justify a second entry in the series. Sure, the game always provides enough work to keep your avatar and its Keflings busy, and gives you a tangible reason to get that work done - there is always a reward for the effort you make – but unfortunately, that’s where it starts to fall apart. Quite often the payout will be in no way equal to the investment, which only left us feeling cheated...
It’s a mystery to most Western gamers, but Japan’s always had a fetish for games based around choo-choos. One of the more distinguished in the genre is A-Train, last seen in ye olde days of the Amiga, and 505 Games (importers of all things weird and wonderful), have decided it’s time it made a return to our shores. To begin at the beginning, A-Train HX doesn’t have a tutorial mode. This is a foolish move, because the game
Jump off a tall building while opening your mouth as wide as possible, and you’re likely to emit a sound that closely resembles the name of indie developer Dejobaan Games’ latest effort. How cleverly fitting, since that’s exactly what Aaaaa! is all about. This out of control base jumping simulation wins far more than the award for being one of the longest and weirdest-named games around.
AC/DC Live is the laziest title we’ve played in a long while. It’s the ultimate in barebones gaming; just eighteen songs and virtually nothing else. There’s no band involvement a la Guitar Hero: Aerosmith; there are no interviews; no documentaries… AC/DC themselves don’t even make an appearance, in person or in digital form. Fan service? Hardly.
Owner of the finest pink suit in all gamedom, Miles Edgeworth has developed a cult following as the “hold it!” to Phoenix Wright’s “objection!”. Ace Attorney Investigations turns the tables, letting us see how the other half – the prosecution – live.
In a radical move for the series, courtroom tussles are gone, but any fervent Wright-head can spot the constituent parts.