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Pyramids 2 Review

October 28, 2014 Leave a comment

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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.

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Angry Birds Transformers Is More Fun Than I Want to Admit

October 21, 2014 Leave a comment

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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.

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Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor Review

October 16, 2014 Leave a comment

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I first read the Lord of the Rings after watching Peter Jackson’s first film in the series back in 2001. I know, I know. You’d think someone who’s as big a fan of these books as me would have read them when I was five years old, but I didn’t. I knew of them, but hadn’t read them. Since then I’ve read them all at least once a year and gotten deep into many of the other Middle Earth stories written by Professor JRR Tolkien. When I heard about Shadow of Mordor and the parts of Middle Earth lore it would be exploring I was excited, to say the least. When I saw that it was taking parts of my favorite game franchise of all time and implementing them into the world of Middle Earth I was even more excited. I’m glad to say that this game held up to my lofty expectations and then some.

What You Need to Know

Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor puts you in the role of Talion, a ranger that is part of a group tasked with keeping watch over the Black Gate to Mordor. The game starts with your family (and yourself) being killed by servants of Sauron. Somehow you survive and seek out revenge on those that took your family from you. The game is an open world action game where you can take on numerous side missions, collect artifacts, upgrade weapons and skills and hunt wild beasts.

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Behold! The Master Cycle!

October 16, 2014 Leave a comment

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Nintendo has announced that Mario Kart 8 is getting DLC and many people have already pre-ordered the bundle of two packs that will be available. The first pack of DLC will be launching in November and includes a character from The Legend of Zelda for the first time. Link will be making his racing debut and many people expected him to have some vehicle to come along for the ride. Nintendo could have gone crazy and given people and Epona Cycle, but they did something even crazier. They actually made an Epona Cycle. Well, in reality it’s just a motorcycle with a body sort of shaped like a horse. It’s called the Master Cycle and it looks pretty good, right? It’s horse-like enough in shape to give the feel that Link is riding a horse, but not goofy like the Merry Go Round cart in the game now. I like it. I probably won’t use it much because I don’t like motorcycles in the game, but it looks cool.

Super Smash Bros. For Nintendo 3DS Review

October 15, 2014 2 comments

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My journey with the Smash Bros. franchise has been well documented over the last four or five years since we started this site. Super Smash Bros. Brawl on the Wii was my first game in the series. I always looked at it as a fighting game so it never really interested me. I always knew about it and how much fans of the series revered it, but I had no real interest in it myself. It was my son who finally broke me down and got me to buy a copy of the game and we played it together. We had a lot of fun with it. The Nintendo Okie crew had weekly Smash bouts after the podcast for quite a while. I was just never very good at it. I had the character that I liked more than others, Pit. I would win some matches, get some nice knock outs, but never had any real consistent success. I also never really tried. I’m what you would call a casual Smash Bros. fan. I enjoy the series, but I will never be a tournament level player. I’m okay with that. You don’t have to be a professional Smasher to find fun with the series, even if you’re not a fan of fighting games.

What You Need to Know

Super Smash Bros. For Nintendo 3DS is a fast paced fighting game starring many characters from around the Nintendo Universe. They’re all brought together to duke it out in various arena using objects like bombs, guns, baseball bats, boomerangs and more. There are multiple different ways to determine who wins including matches with time limits or stock matches where each player gets a set number of lives. Up to four players can battle together or against each other in matches. There are also numerous modes and ways to play that don’t necessarily result in the characters fighting each other. Read more…

Hyrule Warriors Made Me Think Of Other Crossovers

October 11, 2014 Leave a comment

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Nintendo owners have had a little bit of history with Koei Tecmo’s popular hack/slash series Dynasty Warriors, mainly through the spin-off series Samurai Warriors. The second spin-off series, Warriors Orochi hit Wii U with the release of Warriors Orochi 3 Hyper. Despite that the series is really getting attention from Wii U owners with the recent release of Hyrule Warriors, a game that mashes the Warriors series together with the Legend of Zelda.

The franchise is no stranger to mash-ups as it has partnered with other popular franchises in the past to help bridge the gap between fans of the Warrior series and other properties. Examples include Dynasty Warriors: Gundam, One Piece: Pirate Warriors and even the real world Trojan War in Warriors: Legends of Troy. That got me thinking what other franchises would make for good candidates for a mash-up and I thought of a few that might fit.

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Should I Like Shadow of Mordor As Much As I Do?

October 2, 2014 Leave a comment

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I’m a few hours into Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor and am absolutely loving it. I think it’s a great game in terms of what it wants to do and executing on the things it’s trying to do gameplay-wise. The Nemesis system is something that’s unique and really adds a level of depth to the game that we haven’t really seen. It has so many unique things to offer. The one thing I have to say about it, though in regards to its relation to the source material may (or may not) surprise you. It’s absolutely not a Lord of the Rings game.

“How can that be?” you say. Well I would think if Professor Tolkien were alive today to see this game in action he would be appalled. Fans of the Lord of the Rings, especially Peter Jackson’s movie hexalogy, are going to love it. It’s a perfect extension of that world and fits right into place with the tone, themes and look of that version of Middle Earth. In relation to Tolkien’s view of the world it’s everything he stood against.
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