We’ve all seen when Ben Stiller’s luggage gets lost in Meet The Parents because the airport put it on the wrong flight, right? It’s that movie that told me to NEVER check my luggage on a plane, “If I can’t carry it on, I don’t need it” is my motto. Aero Porter from Level 5 is a game that explains how all this lost luggage is actually the fault of one person. It puts you in charge of sorting the airport’s checked bags on to their specific flights. Good luck!
What you need to know
Aero Porter is essentially a ‘falling block’ puzzle game with a few new mechanics to keep things interesting (and hard). The bags are checked in and color coded based on the specific flight that they’re supposed to be on. The bags rotate on a conveyor belt that either raises or lowers with the L or R buttons. Your job is to load the correct luggage onto the correct plane by it’s departure time; or else someone gets screwed like Ben Stiller. There are other things to keep in mind like your energy consumption for running the lights in the sorting room and the speed of the conveyor belts. If energy runs low, you must purchase an energy tank with your wages earned and lower it to the bottom belt before you can use it. There are also things like ‘VIP’ bags that have specific instructions for loading and ‘Suspicious Packages’ that must be disposed of properly. Read more…
Imagine for a moment that you’re Chris Mikulin, co-founder and owner of Caribou Lodge Yo-Yo Works (or clyw for short). You’ve spent the past few years earning your ranking as one of the top yoyo manufactures based on insanely high quality products and the amazing multi-colored anodizations that each yoyo gets before it leaves the shop. Well, you just got in the 200 piece order from your machinist of your yoyo, The Avalanche (a staple product in your line for some time now), but there’s a big problem. All of these raw, un-anodized yoyos have a strange vibration during play that shouldn’t be there. The machinist must have messed it all up! What do you do? The only thing you can do… Anodize them in solid colors to save on expenses and create a viral marketing scheme to make them fly off the shelves at a discounted price. But wait! They need a clever name so you don’t hurt your reputation by having a sub-par product that doesn’t live up to the original run from last year…
Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fool’s Gold Avalanche is born!
You know, once I sat down to type this list, it caused me to do a lot of thinking I’ve never done before. I was having thoughts swarm my brain that caused me a whole lot of grief like, “which game is number one” and, “why exactly did I enjoy that game I haven’t played in six months?” I know my list probably won’t compare to any of the other guy’s, mainly because eight of them are for a handheld system but hey, here’s the top ten games I’ve played this year.
10. Find Mii (3DS) – Lots of people may look at this and scratch their head but I think it has well deserved a spot on my list. Find Mii has been a regular part of my day ever since I got my 3DS and is most definitely the best pre-installed software on the system. Now that my wife also has a 3DS, we have been tag-teaming that darn, dirty castle to rescue each other on a daily basis collecting new hats with each step!
9. Tekken 3D: Prime Edition (3DS) – I played a lot of Tekken 5 in high school and with my choice to skip out on owning a 360 or PS3, I thought I had missed out on getting another installment. Luckily, to my surprise in late 2011, Namco announced Tekken 3D: Prime Edition. This game almost has it all, fighting, awesome music, great stages and the inclusion of the full feature movie, Tekken Blood Vengeance. The only thing this game is missing is a story mode, but it still deserves a spot on my list.
8. Rhythm Heaven Fever (Wii) – I love rhythm games and I also love the frantic, craziness that is the WarioWare franchise. Now, take those two things and mesh them into one game… Awesome? I know! This is Rhythm Heaven Fever, a crazy, over-the- top, rhythm game that has the quirk of WarioWare mixed with the precise beats of Rock Band all put into a mess of mini-games no longer than two minutes. Once you start playing, you won’t be able to stop.
Attention all last-minute shoppers and deal hunters alike!
Amazon.com is having a video game gold box event all day today (December 11th). These are usually the best way to get great deals on awesome games and systems. Just a couple weeks ago, both Micah and Shelby bought a PS Vita bundle through one of these and saved well over $100 each. The last one I took part in, I picked up Theatrhythm Final Fantasy for 50% off.
If you don’t know how these work, just click here to see what deals are going on right now and be sure to check back frequently to see which ones will be up later.
Happy deal hunting!
Have you ever wanted to be the president? Have you ever wanted to pilot a mech? Have you ever wanted to liberate a land from it’s invading forces? Well now you can in Liberation Maiden for the Nintendo 3DS! Originally released in Japan as part of a retail game collection known as Level-5′s Guild01, Liberation Maiden has come to America in an eShop release separate from the other games it was originally packed along-side.
What You Need To Know
Liberation Maiden is a shoot ‘em-up game based far in the future where an invading force known as “The Dominion” has over-run Japan, forcing them onto a flying city known as “New Japan.” You play as Shoko Oozora, a 16-year-old high school student who has just been elected as New Japan’s second president; a role her father held before his recent assassination. The job of the president is to pilot the Liberator, a flying mech-suit that gives you the power to ‘liberate’ the world of The Dominion who has started tapping into the spirit energy of the planet below. Each level has you targeting The Dominion’s ‘spikes’ that are corrupting the land. Destroy three lesser spikes and move on the the greater spike, which is more of a boss battle won by watching the patterned movement and openings in it’s weaknesses while you destroy it. Read more…
So, you’re walking down a sandy shorline when you suddenly spot a small glass-like ball just sitting in the sand. Upon further investigation you realize it is no ordinary glass ball but is rather a living being all it’s own. WHAT DO YOU DO? Me, I run away in a panic thinking it’s going to eat my brain. However, this is NightSky…
What You Need To Know
NightSky is, as Tony would put it, a puzzle-platformer-with-a-unique-art-style. You control a sphere in a world made of silhouettes and your job is to get from left to right. There may be things in your way, a gap you have to clear or a puzzle to solve, but that’s no matter, just keep rolling and move on. Use either the d-pad or Circle Pad to control the direction you’re spinning (not moving) and the face buttons control abilities that vary based on the level you’re on.
I picked this game up on eBay for about $50 with shipping and I thought I’d share it with everybody; in all it’s awesomeness!
This is by far one of the most inventive games I’ve ever seen come out of Japan and I’m greatly looking forward to playing it! I just wish NOA would have picked this one up. They could have totally sold it to a bunch of elementary or middle-schooled children and laughed all the way to the bank!
Toki Tori is a puzzle-platformer originally released back in 2001 for the Game Boy Color. Now, thanks to the wonders of the Virtual Console, we can jump back in time and get our hands on a game we probably overlooked eleven years ago…
What You Need To Know
Toki Tori may be a chicken but he’s no coward! All of his brothers and sisters have been eggnapped and he needs you to help find them all. You and Toki will travel through four worlds full of danger and tons of obstacles, but it’s all worth it when you realize it’s his family that’s on the line! The goal of each level is to collect all the eggs in each screen while keeping Toki Tori safe from traps, monsters and running out of time.
I’ve played some “shmups” in my time, one of my favorites is Geometry Wars on XBLA. Recently, Teyon released a new game in this genre called Escape the Virus: Shoot ‘em Up! for DSiWare and the 3DS via the eShop. Just by looking at the title, you can clearly see where this game is supposed to fit in and I’ve had the lovely privilege of reviewing it just for you… lucky reader…
What You Need To Know
Escape the Virus: Shoot ‘em Up! is a top-down game that’s a lot like a twin-stick shooter without the use of any sticks. You play as a small piece of bacteria in a micro-sized world that is being over run by viruses. There are two game modes, Shooter and Territory. In Shooter you will spend your time playing an arcade-style, shooting experience with no real goal but to get a high score. In Territory you play something similar to king of the hill where you travel to certain zones on the screen and try to keep them clear of viruses for a set amount of time. Read more…
Before you start asking the questions that I know are coming to your mind right now, let me take the opportunity to answer them for you. Yes, it’s another yo-yo review. No, I’m not trying to bug Shelby this time. Yes, I’m having fun with these. And no, I don’t plan on stopping anytime soon. This is a review for the Yuuksta by YoYoFactory.
What You Need To Know
Yuuki Spencer, the three-time US National and two-time World Yo-Yo Champion, has won his competitions using two different yo-yos, the 888 and the Genesis. The Yuuksta is a yo-yo that has taken the shape and heavy rim weight of the Genesis and crammed it into an undersized body similar to the 888. The result is one of the most fun-to-play-with yo-yos I’ve ever owned.
The Yuuksta I picked up is a violet/white acid-wash color that really shines in the sun. I love purple and this yo-yo just looks awesome when it’s spinning. There’s also a really nice finish on the metal that makes it smooth enough for finger grinds, even in the humidity provided from a Tennessee summer. Read more…