Man… this is a bad game. I didn’t want to play it. At all. However, Will figured it would be a good thing to do for Halloween. I can’t argue with an idea that good. Well, an idea that “good” at least. Hmm, perhaps well-timed idea is a better way to describe it. It’s kind of all worth it to see Jason in that purple jumpsuit anyway. Friday the 13th for the NES coming at you. Happy Halloween.
One of the first games to launch on the eShop was a small puzzle game from Enjoy Gaming called Pyramids. It was a Solomon’s Key inspired block puzzle game where you played as an adventurer who was dropping in a room, with limited resources and had to escape. You could drop and destroy blocks, shoot snakes in the rooms with the ammo supplied and collect treasure to unlock harder and harder puzzles. Now three years later the developer is back again with a sequel cleverly titled Pyramids 2. The premise is the same, but the puzzles are harder.
What You Need to Know
Pyramids 2 is, as previously mentioned, a block puzzle game. Like before you star as an adventurer who is trying to solve the riddles of the rooms, collect treasure along the way and escape without dying. You can drop blocks on the same level as your character, or one level lower. You must avoid traps, like spikes that come from the floor or fireball shooting statues as well as snakes, monkeys and natives along the way. You earn stars for the speed you finish the level and whether or not you collect all of the treasure in a room. Those stars are used to unlock levels later in the game, with the last set of rooms requiring you to have earned every star in the game up to that point.
This week the Go Rounders try their hand at espionage. As you can imagine it doesn’t go well. The problem with being a spy is that you have to be quiet, and you have to know what you’re doing, and you have to be able to execute basic tasks… these are all things that never happen on Go Rounds.
Angry Birds is one of those franchises that has a pretty polarizing effect on people. Early on I was one of those people that couldn’t really understand the fad and why there was so much attention on a game that was mediocre at best. The touchy game play and unpredictable physics left me scratching my head. I just didn’t get it. I pretty much ignored the franchise in the early days and said the fad would pass. It didn’t. It’s never really gone away. There are still people to this day that get excited for the announcement of new Angry Birds stuff and the games continue to come out on a pretty consistent basis.
When Angry Birds Trilogy released on DS we were sent a review copy and I gave the franchise another go just to see if it would click with me. It did this time. I think it was the more precise control scheme offered on the 3DS using the stylus that finally won me over. I could see what I was doing without my hands in the way. I was able to get birds to launch where I wanted them to go more often. It finally made me realize the franchise could be fun. I wouldn’t consider myself a fan, but I understood why people enjoyed the game. Since then I’ve sort of kept an eye on it and downloaded a few games here and there to try out. It’s been the releases of Angry Birds Star Wars that kept me playing through every level and now there is another licensed tie in that’s got me hooked; Angry Birds Transformers.
We just can’t keep Ethan away as he sits in for the absent Micah. What do you have to look forward to on this episode? Ethan gets tired of cleaning up after his digital pet while Shannon learns new Project Diva secrets. Tony changes birds into robots and Shelby tries to fill the wholes in his heart. Get ready for a soda-spraying, PSO-missing, statistics-hating episode of the Nintendo Okie Podcast. Nintendos disguised as okies disguised as podcasts.
Starring – Tony, Shannon, Ethan, Shelby
Run time – 1:40:04
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