As a species, humans are easily bowled over by originality. Just look at what happened when the world encountered Spore: otherwise ordinary people would press the game into your face and shriek “GENIUS!” until they collapsed in exhaustion, weeping salty, jubilant tears. The brazen originality of i-Fluid is its most alluring feature: you’re a sentient water droplet in a Micro Machines-style kitchen.
We know what you're thinking: another movie game just means a new high-water mark for the Ocean of Suck. Hold your horses: Ice Age 2 might not be terribly memorable or innovative in the slightest, but its run-and-jump levels will melt the hearts of kiddies, no sweat.
Most of the time, players control Scrat, the ever-twitching prehistoric squirrel-rat that always seems to be finding or inadvertently causing trouble. Controlling this wide-eyed bundle of energy is a breeze, because all his moves
“Slipping the surly bonds of earth” has never been more challenging or more rewarding than in IL-2 Sturmovik 1946, the new kitchen-sink compilation of all things airborne during WW2. And when we say all things, we mean all things: there are literally 229 flyable aircraft in this game, from bombers to fighter jets, and another 70 or so that you can just turn into flaming wreckage. There are alternate history campaigns, more than 100 types of ground target, and several games' worth
On February 12, 1989, a photographer attached to a Cambridge University archaeological expedition was setting up his tripod on a cliff overlooking the Valley of the Kings when he happened to notice something gold-coloured glittering in the rocks at his feet. Dropping to his knees and digging with eager hands he proceeded to uncover not one but two screwed-up Caramac wrappers, some orange peel, a bag of vomit, and an empty Um Bongo carton (25cl). I'd like to apologise to that photographer and
When you’re driving the bus of British pop culture, you have to be careful. There’s a massive blind spot on the left-hand side, and it’s almost completely filled with Perry Rhodan. Mr. Rhodan is the hero of a slightly camp, heroic sci-fi opera that has been around for nearly half a century. In Germany. The videogame part of this long-running franchise is a traditional point-and-click affair, with an inventory that fills
Should you want a pithy summary of Imperial Glory's strengths and weaknesses, go get that copy of Halliwell's Film Guide that's gathering dust beside the TV and look up the entry for 1970 Napoleonic war epic Waterloo. See where it says "historical charade" and "looks both exciting and splendid, though confusion is not avoided"? - that's IG in a nutshell.Pyro Studios has succeeded in creating their own handsome Total War homage (historical setting, realtime battles, turn-based economics and army
You've probably never heard of Glory of the Roman Empire, even though it sold a million copies worldwide. Maybe you've never heard of this sequel either. But that's all about to change, because Imperium Romanum is a quality management sim that even Julius Caesar would have given the thumbs up to. If he'd owned a PC. And the game was lying at the feet of a slavering gladiator with the crowd baying, "Kill! Kill! Kill!" We think you get the
In Insecticide, Crackpot Entertainment are giving two genres an honest bash, doing their best to combine a 3D platformer in the vein of Psychonauts and a 3D point-and-clicker like Telltale’s Sam & Max series. The game takes place in the city of Troi, where a sudden crime wave has kicked off, giving newbie detective Chrys Liszt a great deal of work.
It says something about the perverse nature of cricket that it’s often better listened to than watched, whether on a balmy summer afternoon or ensconced under the bedclothes on a winter night, receiving reports from an exotic land.