Archive for the ‘Flight’ Category

Space Miner: Space Ore Bust

Sunday, February 28th, 2010

Space Miner

If these guys would have told me they were developing an Asteroids/Sinistar RPG, I would have said they were nuts. Well, after playing it, I’d have to say you would be nuts not to buy it. It’s an  innovative hybrid with quirky characters, humorous dialog, a beautifully engineered progression system, and addictive gameplay.

The idea here is that you have a space station that serves as a hub for your adventures, populated by a small but diverse group of characters, each with their own motivation and personality. You receive quests here and then pilot your ship out into the surrounding sectors of space to not only complete the mission, but also to mine for ore, which is used to upgrade your ship.

Ship upgrades have both breadth and depth. There are a total of seven ship sections to upgrade: hulls, reactors, engines, collectors, weapons, shields, and scanners. Within each of these categories, there are countless upgrades of varying costs and abilities, enough to scroll off of the screen. Hours of gameplay, witty banter, and upgrade goodness here; don’t pass it up.

Rating: ★★★★★ icon

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Bird Strike

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

Bird Strike

This game offers the same approachability,  intuitive controls, and replayabitlity as some of the best casual games, with the added bonus of some delightful artwork. If you are a fan of games like Scoops or Doodle Jump, this is really worth checking out. The graphics are top-notch and loaded with character. It starts off as a simple Winter Bells clone, but soon diverges from the formula by adding different powerups and obstacles. The best part, though, is when you reach the maximum sky height, by grabbing rocket powerups, you encounter a UFO that blasts you back down through the vertical level at top speed. It’s even more fun on the way back, because you score big for destroying any of the obstacles that you originally had to avoid. At the very bottom, if you tilt your little blue bird perfectly, he plummets down through an open sewer lid to grab even more goodies. Great stuff here, for the most part, but the end-game can sometimes degenerate into an un-winnable state, if you overuse your rockets. Once you play through all the levels, you either return to compete more on the OpenFeint leaderboards or simply delete it with a satisfied feeling.

Rating: ★★★★☆ icon
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Aera

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

This game has really nice graphics, both in the foregrounds and especially in the backgrounds, but the gameplay is somewhat unexpected: it’s not a freeform flight game, you travel along a linear path. This goals is to fly through Pilotwings-style hoops and collect goodies, while avoiding enemies and mines. Pretty fun, actually, but the flip controls take a little getting used to. Due to your wonky angle at some points, it’s not easy to see what lies ahead, which can be frustrating, but it works for the most part.

Rating: ★★½☆☆ icon
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Dam Buster

Monday, May 4th, 2009

Dam Buster

I bought this because it is by the developer of iBomber (which I recommend, especially since they just announced new free levels) and the graphics are nice. The game itself is kinda wonky. You tilt the bomber around to avoid flak and missiles until such a time that you decide to unleash a giant bomb that must be used to destroy a dam. Not much strategy involved, really.

Rating: ★★★☆☆ icon
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Aero Wings

Saturday, May 2nd, 2009

Aero Wings

From the makers of Heavy Mach. Tilt to pilot, shoot planes, wash, rinse, repeat. I don’t expect a great deal of replay-value in this game, but the graphics nicely rendered.

Pocket Kite

Monday, April 20th, 2009

Stunt Kite

Wow, this is actually pretty fun; move both handles down for speed and use them kinda like Battlezone joysticks to turn. There are three backdrops (one of which is kind of grainy), three difficulty levels (which provide smaller, more maneuverable kites, as you move up), and three game types (collect balloons, hit sequential targets, and chase another kite, which is the most difficult of the three). It’s not my all time favorite or anything, but the best compliment I can pay the game is that it made me want to try flying a real kite.

Update: I tried flying a real kite at the company picnic and…I SUCK!!!

Rating: ★★½☆☆ icon
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Bluebird

Friday, April 17th, 2009

Bluebird

How can a game starring this adorable little bluebird, by the guy that did the amazing Scoops, be so..I don’t know, lame? Maybe my expectations were too high, but the controls are annoying, the collision detection is off, it’s repetitive, and the game mechanics don’t make much sense. Why the hell would a bird lose health for flapping its wings?!? In its defense, the art and soundtrack are good and people online seem to be fans of it, just not me.

Rating: ★★½☆☆ icon
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