For months now, a broad array of videogame news outlets - GamesRadar included - have been extolling the virtues of LocoRoco, using phrases like "the next Katamari Damacy" and "the happiest game ever made." Spend some time with the free demo, and it's easy to see why - LocoRoco's unique gameplay and lively, wildly happy aesthetic are impossible not to love. But how do they hold up over 40-plus levels?
Pretty well, actually. The gameplay is unchanged from what you might have already played; you
We’d challenge anyone to come up with a game quite as cheerful and relaxing as LocoRoco 2. This momentum-based game is simple to control, as you use just the PSP’s shoulder buttons to guide a spongy yellow blob through a series of surreal mazes. Unlike the original LocoRoco, the difficulty increases at a steady pace, allowing you to sit back a little more and enjoy the rollercoaster-style environments.
In LocoRoco Midnight Carnival, the cute blobs and bright and breezy soundtrack remain but the tweaked gameplay strikes a bum note all too often. Never mind humming along to the song of the Loco Rocos, you’ll be too busy filling the air with colorful cuss words.
The major change here is the addition of boinging, a new super jump activated by holding and releasing the shoulder buttons as you land.
Some gamers might have heard of a franchise that has exploded across Japan know as Monster Hunter Portable, a game with popularity that rivals the monolithic Pokemon and is most likely to blame for the PSP being Japan's best-selling console of 2010. Lord of Arcana is not Monster Hunter. Though, it does try to be Monster Hunter – a lot. From the layout of the HUD to the fundamental mechanics behind missions and battle, Lord of Arcana attempts to be as close of a clone to Monster Hunter as possible. Unfortunately, Monster Hunter’s lightning-in-a-bottle has not been successfully emulated in this bland, laborious game...
If RPGs were rated on how 'beardy' they are, Lord of the Rings Tactics would measure 8.0 on the hirsute-o-meter. If you felt a spod playing the LOTR games on PS2, this is like going speed-dating in a Babylon 5 T-shirt then arranging your Star Wars figures by rarity. It's a number-heavy, turn-based RPG brimming with goblins and men in pointy hats. But it's also rather good.The action revolves around key scenes from the films, including Gandalf's scrap with the Balrog and the infamous Battle of
Lumines II wisely commits to walking the trail of enhancement rather than reinvention, refusing to fix what wasn't broken about its predecessor. On the other hand, it knows it had better offer something shiny and new if fans of the original are to find a reason to pick it up. This sequel is as much a companion to the original as a replacement, and just as much of a must-have, if not
Although geographically-minded smarties may recognize the name Luxor as the site of many amazing ruins in Egypt - and gamblers or tourists know it's the black, pyramid-shaped casino in Las Vegas - causal game addicts are more familiar with Luxor as a downloadable, colored ball grouping PC game by MumboJumbo.
Making its handheld debut on the PSP, Luxor: The Wrath of Set is a rather simple game: you hurl colored orbs from scarab-shaped launchpad at the bottom of the screen, blasting them into a