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Skylands is in danger! An unnamed Darkness looms over the horizon, the Skylanders have been shrunk down and whisked away to earth and it is up to the new portal master to rescue them from retailers everywhere (for a mere eight bucks a pop) so they can save the day. Spyro the Dragon returns with Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure in a way he hasn't been seen before – in a three inch action figure...
Including the word ‘riot’ in the title of a snowboarding game would imply slopes full of angry youths who’ve just arrived in their biodiesel-powered VW camper vans fresh from a protest at the latest G20 summit. Alas, this couldn’t be further from the truth.
Snowboard Riot is a mild game of fours. There are four playable characters, four different runs and, er, three different game modes.
Like most gamers, our relationship with Sonic has been a troubled one. We love the little tyke, but he keeps on disappointing us. He’ll come back with his little blue tail between his legs and we’ll forgive him, only for him to disappoint us again. We never learn.
Sonic Colors suffers from some serious bi-polar disorder – when it’s in a good mood, it really loves you, but when it’s in a bad mood, it hates your damn guts. In its happier moments, which outnumber the unhappy moments, the level design is a wonder of flowing ramps and corkscrews, of sprawling multi-tiered stages offering numerous avenues to explore. When it’s feeling cranky, it’s full of cruelly-placed enemies designed to interrupt your blissful speedy trajectory and horrifically cheap deaths that throw you all the way back to the beginning of a stage...
Back in 1978, the alien invaders were so underpowered that they were repelled by a single tank that could trundle left and right at about walking pace, firing one bullet every couple of seconds. Humiliated by their catastrophic misjudgment of Earth’s defenses, they headed home and spent the next 30 years working on a better way to make puny humans cower before their military might.
If the bland title doesn’t put you off, the first five minutes will. Hurled into an unfamiliar puzzle game after a slim tutorial, it’s up to you to work out Spaceball’s advanced elements. But once you do, everything falls into place. Basically, you fire balls at a grid. When a ball hits a panel, it lights up. Keep lighting panels until the grid matches a pattern in the corner of the screen.
Why is archaeology always a means to an end, rather than an activity in its own right? In games and movies it’s either a threadbare pretext for one of Indiana Jones’ whip-cracking adventures, or, in Spectrobes’ case, a process for finding new monsters with which to kill other monsters. What’s wrong with unearthing and tidying fossils for the sake of it?