As grown men, it's particularly hard to review games like this. Obviously, EA Playground isn't meant for anyone over 8, and any childless adult seen purchasing it should probably be reported immediately to local authorities. No one in our office was jumping over themselves to brush away Halo 3 and The Orange Box to collect stickers and marbles. But somebody had to review it. And guess what? It surprised
Wii Fit’s been sitting high in the charts for months. It seems that Nintendo’s Wii is in people’s consciousness as much for being a fitness tool as it is for gaming.
So it’s hardly surprising that a Wii Fit contender has stepped onto the scene. What is surprising, however, is that it delivers a far more compelling and well-rounded package than Nintendo’s own personal trainer.
Yes, this really is rubbish. An on-rails shooter where you’ll spend whole minutes (if you have the stomach for it) shooting at tin cans. Three levels’ worth of tin cans are waiting to be shot, either sitting there passively, advancing towards you, flapping their sharp can-top wings or, in a worst-case, can-based scenario, piling up to create hardened, can-flinging boss cans.
A run ’n’ gun shooter in the vein of Gunstar Heroes, Eduardo is the first effort from indie developer Semnat Studios and as a debut title from a bunch of young guys with barely any cash, it’s pretty reasonable. However, while it’s crammed full of style, there’s a real lack of substance; there are definitely the green shoots of a solid game in evidence here, but they fail to blossom into anything remarkable.
For all its creepy storytelling and Precious Moments-style character designs, Elebits is really nothing more than an elaborate game of hide and seek. Hundreds of electricity-spewing critters have gotten loose and it's your job to turn your house upside down and find them all. As you gather more of these living battery cells, objects in the area will activate, further empowering your proton pack - er, capture gun - to the point where it can lift chairs, refrigerators and eventually, entire
Zany. Crazy. Wacky. Madcap. Troublesome words that set our wrongness klaxons a-whining whenever they’re used to describe something. They’re words you’d associate with the voice-over in trailers for comedies starring teenage ‘nerds’ who are trying to woo the hot cheerleader. And while we’ve not actually seen any of these words associated with Emergency Mayhem, they’re a perfect fit and no mistake.
Nov 13, 2007
Barely three months after we got hold of the Japanese version of this supremely relaxing piece of videogame art, here's the UK version. Polished up slightly, in so far as it no longer features the crashtastic glitch that made us avoid the Aquarium mode, it's otherwise exactly the same beautiful and evocative experience we've been enjoying since August.
The aim is to explore a fictional sea that's like a condensed version of the BBC's Blue Planet series. Practically every aquatic
Like Doshin the Giant and Electroplankton before it, the western release of Endless Ocean was one of those somewhat inexplicable Nintendo moments. They’re all games that could quite easily have remained in Japan without anyone being particularly bothered, and when they were launched over here – relatively unheralded, considering their first-party status – hardly anyone seemed to notice.
The waft of menace emanating from a carnies beard, rigged games, wailing children getting their limbs tangled in the whirring mechanics of a hastily constructed death wheel - sorry - Ferris wheel; theres no denying it, carnivals are horrible. This makes Namcos carnival simulator a surprisingly faithful adaptation.
Even real carnies would balk at the audacity of only offering nine shoddy minigames. Especially when the best of the bunch - a remote pointer controlled-cork-gun-target shoot and
Like a viscera-loving fly, developer Spike has wormed its way into the rotting body cavities of countless survival horrors, laid its eggs and given birth to Escape from Bug Island. Its a real scavenger of a game, gnawing on the meat of the finest pedigree - namely Resident Evil 2 and Silent Hill 3. But like the common fly, its unable to digest it all without puking up on it first and churning it into a grotesque gaming mess.
Playing as a floppy-haired girly-faced guy - whose soft, boy-band