The Obsolete Gamer Show: The Bloom Family (Battle for Candora)


Most gamers would be happy if they could just get parents to understand their gaming habits. In this episode, we talk with the Bloom family, Barry, Shelia, Connor, Charlie and Chandler who together created, Battle for Candora a fast-paced CCG where humanity’s last chance for survival lies in the colorful alien world of Candora.

We talk with the Bloom family on creating games and the learning experience it gives their children and what it feels like working with mom and dad on creating a video game.

You can check out Battle for Candora on iTunes

You don’t get the show #4: I got your Pokemon right here


Pokemon Go has taken over and we discuss the dangers of it happening in Miami.

We also talk about the guy who impersonated an Apple employee and stole 19 Iphones, how the surrender button in League of Legends is driving J.A. crazy, how Katsuhiro Harada of Tekken 7 summoned a horde of SJW’s and a parrot that makes sex noises.

Oh, we also talk about games including Evolve going free to play, Final Fantasy getting released on Android and iOS and Starbound finally getting a release date!

The Obsolete Gamer Show: The Business of Gaming with William Volk

Gaming is serious business not only within the game, but in the real world as millions can be made and lost in the industry. Sometimes, it gets complicated and that’s when we turn to legendary game developer and CCO of Playscreen William Volk to school us in the ways of the business of gaming.

We talk with William Volk about the PC dominance in revenue over mobile and even console games and why gamers are willing to pay for DLC or episodic games, but not in mobile in app purchases.

We also talk about EA pulling out of E3 and how not only this convention but perhaps all gaming conventions may just not be worth it to triple A developers.

BTG: Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers

We’re heading back to New Orleans with the remastered remake of the 1993 classic, Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers. We go beyond the game trailer and talk with Jane Jensen about the recent release for iPad and Android tablets and what it was like bringing the Sierra hit to a new generation of gamer’s.

Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers is now available on the Apple App Store and on the Google Play Store.

BTG: Wars and Battles

We take a look at War and Battles, the tabletop inspired warfare game that offers realistic battle scenarios on your Apple and Android Tablets. Before the premiere of the trailer we sat down with some of the makers of the game to talk about their latest trailer for the October War 1973 campaign.

Key Features:

  • Historically Accurate: Each Wars and Battles campaign includes multiple scenarios that accurately portray historical events, including terrain, weather, unit types and characteristics, the state of military technology, modes of warfare, and more.
  • Choose Your Perspective: Oversee the battlefield in 2D, emulating traditional tabletop wargames, or play in 3D mode, mirroring a gorgeous miniatures-like experience.
  • Battle a Tough AI or Your Friends: Face off against a challenging AI opponent or play against friends and other armchair generals online via asynchronous multiplayer.

Wars and Battles is available now as premium title on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store for $6.99.

Beyond the Game Trailer: A Quiver of Crows

 

We go beyond the game trailer of A Quiver of Crows, a very cool and interesting looking twin-stick shooter by indie developer, Shedo.net. We talk with lead developer Chad Ata and lead artist Danny Ata about what players can expect when they step into this Grim World Cursed by Demons and Ghouls.

Yoshi’s Island DS

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This was a really surprise sequel Nintendo came up with. Yoshi’s Story was a failure and a joke of a game. This however wasn’t bad at all.

Yoshi's Island DS

Unlike Yoshi’s Story, this is more like the original game on SNES.

Yoshi's Island DS

 Except that Yoshi can also work with other Baby characters such as Donkey Kong or Peach. Each one having a different power like super-sprint or hanging on vines.
Yoshi's Island DS
Even though it’s not nearly as awesome as the first game, it’s an acceptable apology after the Yoshi’s Story disgrace.

Samurai Shodown 2: Coming to Apple and Android Devices

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Loved the series and love this announcement. Fans of the SNK classic fighter, Samurai Shodown 2 will now be able to play hit game on their Apple and Android devices. The game will feature all the weapon fighting fun you remember from the 90’s and will include support for Bluetooth controllers which is really good considering I never liked fighting games with the on screen directional pad. As of now there is no online play, but at least you do not have to wait long, the game will be released later this month.

Sonic 1 Coming to the 3DS

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Sonic 1 Coming to the 3DS

Hey, if you haven’t gotten your Sonic 1 fix on every other platform coming in about a week you will be able to get the classic game on your 3DS. Now this is considered a remake, but for the most part everything will stay the same except changes in the games background thanks to the features of the 3DS. If this isn’t enough Sonic news, Christian “The Taxman” Whitehead and Stealth are working on a Sonic 1 remake for Sega. Those of you who played Sonic CD on your smart phone should know about that team. Either way, soon there will be no place you cannot find a Sonic game to play.

Roar Rampage

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Roar Rampage

Following the excellent blogging style of both freeindiegam.es and OW Videogames I’ll simply urge you to play Roar Rampage. You’ll play as a pixel-art and very green version of Godzilla in a brilliant, physics-based, side-scrolling take on the Rampage! formula. Expect to be entertained.

Sonic the Hedgehog Remastered

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Sonic the Hedgehog Remastered

Coming in April the remastered version of Sonic the Hedgehog arranged by Christian “The Taxman” Whitehead will be available for the Android and iOS platforms. The cost will be three dollars and you can expect it to be a lot like Whitehead’s last release of Sonic CD. In addition, Sonic 2 will also be getting the remastered treatment soon.

Jet Set Radio

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The beautifully designed, awesomely soundtracked game from the Sega Dreamcast is now only 99 cents on Google Play.  Originally released by Sega in 2000 the game features a gang of rebellious teens who skated around a beautifully cartoonish cell shaded town collecting spray cans to paint designated targets all while jamming to impressive beats.

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All this holds up in the Android port however, what does not is the controls. Back on the Dreamcast it still took many a while to get used to the controls especially when preforming tricks to get to those hard to reach places. On the screen pad it is nearly impossible. Perhaps mobile gaming pros will have no issues, but if any game was made to go with a Bluetooth controller it is this one.

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Another complaint is its size. At 1.3GB’s it can be a lot for people with smaller storage spaces and if your phone is kind of old there have been reports of crashes. If you have a newer phone then it isn’t an issue and with an external controller the game is just as fun as I remember.

So check it out for only 99 cents on Google play and rejoice in retro and classic gaming having a home on mobile devices.

Kung Fu Fight

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We are always on the lookout for retro style mobile games and we found a winner with Kung Fu Fight. Created by Nostatic Software this mobile game combines the classic style of gameplay in controls, action and difficulty.

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You are a farm boy who has to rescue the kidnapped girl and you do this by running, sliding, jumping and fighting your way through increasingly difficult levels. I am not kidding here, even on the normal setting it gets hard, Ninja Gadien hard.

Kung Fu Fight - Android - gameplay screenshot

The controls are simple enough. Your character is constantly running and along the way there are various obstacles you have to deal with. For some like bad guys and breakable items you hit the attack button, for tables and other items hanging from above you slide underneath and for the rest you jump over it.

Kung Fu Fight - Android - gameplay screenshot

Sounds easy enough, but so did Kung-Fu Master and just like that game it’s much harder to do than it seems. You begin with simple obstacles to overcome and the game will tell you what to do, but timing is everything so just because it says “jump” that does not mean you might not jump to early or too late. As the game progress the stages get harder and harder.

Overall, this is a great retro inspired game that will keep you entertained if not frustrated while you try to beat all the levels. The storyline, music, sound effects and graphics are all retro themed and executed well. It can sometimes be hard to hit the right buttons especially when you are further in the game, but with practice you will get it.

For 99 cents on Google Play it’s worth the buy for any retro gaming fan.

Chrono Trigger comes to Android

Chrono Trigger - Android

Chrono Trigger comes to Android

The classic RPG Chrono Trigger is available now for the Android on the Google Play store for $9.99. Originally created by Yuji Horii and Akira Toriyama creators of Dragon Quest and Dragon Ball, this version will contain two additional areas found in the Nintendo DS version of the game.

Chrono Trigger - Android - Gameplay screenshot

Developed and published by Sqaure the story features a chance encounter amid the festivities of Guardia’s Millennial Fair in Leene Square and introduces our young hero, Crono, to a girl by the name of Marle.

Deciding to explore the fair together, the two soon find themselves at an exhibition of the Telepod, the latest invention by Crono’s longtime friend Lucca.

Chrono Trigger - Android - Gameplay screenshot

Marle, fearless and brimming with curiosity, volunteers to assist in a demonstration. An unanticipated malfunction, however, sends her hurtling through a rift in the dimensions.

Taking hold of the girl’s pendant, Crono bravely follows in pursuit. But the world into which he emerges is the one of four centuries before…

Journey to the forgotten past, the distant future, and even to the very End of Time. The epic quest to save a planet’s future makes history once again.

Chrono Trigger - Android - Gameplay screenshot

Game features include:

The Dimensional Vortex: A mysterious, ever-changing dungeon existing outside of space and time.

The Lost Sanctum: Enigmatic gates in prehistoric and medieval times will lead you to these forgotten chambers.

Intuitive touch screen controls make it easier than ever to navigate this vast world of adventure.

Chrono Trigger - Android - Gameplay screenshot

Graphics optimized especially for Android.

Combine the powers of your party members to unleash two- and three-person combos.

Over fifty combinations in all offer players numerous options and in-depth combat!

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Drift Mania Championship 2

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Sometimes when it comes to mobile games you have to ask yourself is it the game, is it you, is it your phone or a combination of both. For me, while Draft Mania Championship looks great on my phone, but I found it hard to play and the longer I kept at it the longer I realized the fault did not lie with me.

I ran this game on my Motorola Photon and the HD rendered tracks look crisp and clean, however the cars themselves did not seem as polished with some looking a bit boxy. In DMC2 you have access to 13 different cars that you can customize and upgrade as well as 13 drift circuits to race upon.

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If you ever complained about not having enough knowledge on a game before playing it you won’t be disappointed with the lengthy tutorial that comes with this game. However, even with all the practice and upgrades you can take advantage of when to comes to gameplay it seem incredibly hard to make the turns be it using the phone to tilt or the on screen steering wheel.

Overall this can still be a fun game to play. The graphics are nice and the gameplay is good if you really practice and configure not only your car, but the game settings correctly. Perhaps with a Bluetooth controller the game would rate higher for me, but then again we should not have to add remote controllers to fully enjoy a game.

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You can pick up Drift Mania Championship 2 on Google Play for $1.99

Activision Classic Anthology available now for mobile devices

Retro gamers that like your classic gaming using your smart phone now have more choices for your gaming pleasure thanks to Activision Anthology. Check out the official press release:

Experience the best retro classic games from the 2600 era with the all-new Activision Anthology App for tablets and smartphones! Available for the first time on iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and Android devices, gamers can play the original games that started it all. Activision Anthology gives gamers KABOOM!™  for FREE and access to 45 Activision and Imagic games including: PITFALL!™, RIVER RAID™, THE ACTIVISION® DECATHLON, BARNSTORMING™, STAMPEDE™, PITFALL II, ENDURO™, DEMON ATTACK, and many more!

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Activision Anthology features multiple control schemes so gamers can choose a play style that suits them. Activision Anthology has Game Center and Facebook integration including leaderboards and achievements to share and compete with friends!  Players can also earn digital versions of the renowned Activision game patches offered in the 1980’s. Original cartridge and box art, game manuals, tips and strategies from the original game designers are also included.

Download some Activision nostalgia now!

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Activision Anthology is available for the iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, and Android devices for free (includes Kaboom!). Players can purchase four additional bundle packs with 11 games each at $2.99 or collect all 45 games for a special limited-time introductory price of only $6.99.

Activision Classic Anthology

App Store Link: goo.gl/JFnNB

Google Play Link: goo.gl/pTRL4

Mobile Reboot of Pitfall coming soon

It looks as if Activision Leeds is working on a reboot of the Atari 2600 classic Pitfall. In the original game, your goal was to guide Pitfall Harry through a jungle filled with dangerous hazards such as crocodiles, scorpions and even the deadly barrel.

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“We’ve been working on Pitfall since earlier in the year when we set up and it has been really good to revisit that and bring it to a modern audience,” Martyn Brown director of Activision communications said.

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Pitfall celebrates its 30th anniversary this year so it makes sense to see a reboot in the works and what better place than a smartphone. A release date has not been established yet, but look for it to be available before the end of the year.

X-Men for Android

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Right off the bat I loved that the game was polished a little extra for the HD screens found on many android phones. The game looks clean and clear while staying true to its classic roots. You can select from the same six members of the X-Men and their controls, moves and powers are all the same. ~J.A. Laraque

X-Men for Android

If you were an arcade gamer in the 90’s there is no doubt you played the awesome X-Men game by Konami. Released in 1992 there were two main versions of the arcade cabinet, the small two-player version and the massive six-player version. Obviously, the six-player version was the best allowing the full team to battle against Magneto and his evil mutants.

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Now you can play this classic on your android. Here is the official description from Google Play:

Experience the classic 1992 X-Men arcade game on the go! Choose from some of your favorite classic X-Men characters including Cyclops, Colossus, Wolverine, Storm, Nightcrawler, or Dazzler. Fight your way through hundreds of Sentinels and battle classic super villains such as Pyro, The Blob, Wendigo, Nimrod, The White Queen, Juggernaut, Mystique and the Master of Magnetism himself, Magneto!

-Battle evil with up to 4 of your friends using the multi-player feature over WiFi!!

-Open Feint integrated with both leaderboards and achievements! Challenge your friends!

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Right off the bat I loved that the game was polished a little extra for the HD screens found on many android phones. The game looks clean and clear while staying true to its classic roots. You can select from the same six members of the X-Men and their controls, moves and powers are all the same.

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The joystick is not as good as I would like, but those used to playing with touch pad controls will not have too much of an issue. The video and sound is the same as the arcade cabinet and there is Wi-Fi multiplayer as well as leaderboards, however, you have to use Open Feint, which I do not care for. In addition, there is no cross-platform multiplayer so no playing with your Apple friends.

Overall, for only 99 cents on Google Play, X-Men is worth a pick up for any retro gaming fan.

Thanks to Pixel Freak for the video review.

Battle Squadron ONE

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Mobile gaming has not only added new gamers to our world, but also allowed classic games to have yet another platform to be played one. When I first began playing mobile games, I always thought it would be the perfect place for retro games to be played since it would not require much in the way of system resources. Battle Squadron ONE is one of those games that translates well onto the mobile platform giving gamers a great classic game to enjoy on their Apple or Android device.

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Battle Squadron was a top down shooter developed by Cope-Com and published by Innerprise and EA for the Amiga computer and later for the Sega Genesis. This version stays true to the retro feel of the game with its classic sound and graphics, but it looks very good and clean on a mobile phone, which is important since you have so much going on and various attacks being flung at you.

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The plot and gameplay is classic greatness, your commanders were kidnapped and you have to rescue them by going into the enemy’s base and destroying everything. Oh, did I mention the base is the size of a planet?  The game starts off by tossing you right into the fray and you soon realize you need more than your standard gun to take out the hordes of enemies on the screen. You can upgrade your weapon by collecting the cubes dropped by defeated enemies which makes the game much easier especially with the spread shot and if all else fails you have your bombs which creates an area effect pulse of destruction that takes all enemies near you out.

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Level design stays true to its retro roots where instead of having a stage and a boss and then a new level you instead have a “master stage” where you take out the enemy and then come upon a large crater in the planet. It is at this point you can enter the next stage, or you can continue on. Now if you did not purchase all the levels you will not be able to continue, but you can play the master level over and over. There are also bosses in the game and some levels have two bosses.

Battle Squadron - Gameplay Screenshot

The graphics as said feel like the classic version of the game and the sound is direct from the Amiga version. The controls are easy to use and can be switched between the standard touch and drag controls with onscreen buttons or an analog slider, you can even use motion controls, but I liked those the least. In multiplayer mode, you play using a split screen, which on smaller phones can be a bit difficult, but on a larger device, like the iPad, it works very well.

Overall, Battle Squadron One brings true classic gaming to smart phones and should be in any retro gamers collection. We give this game a 9 out of 10. You can find the App Store and Android version of the game here.

Make it Rain

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Make it Rain

A friend of mine showed me this cool mobile game that is in development right now. In fact if you head on over to Rocket Hub you can help support the project. So, Make it Rain is not a mini game for Everquest Druids (if you get the joke give yourself 500 points). In this game, you play the role of strip club patron with too much disposable income and a need to attention. Your goal is to rain money onto the dancing girl making sure most of it falls directly on the stage.

Check out J.A. Laraque’s video review:

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You can check out the game and play a preview at Main it Rain Game dot com.

King of Fighter I 2012 on the App Store

King of Fighters I 2012

Check it out retro gamers, you can pick up King of Fighter I 2012 for your iPhone on the App Store. Here is the official press release:

KOF-i 2012’s controls allow players to perform special moves and combos, and the game features a multitude of modes for thousands of hours of enjoyment and intense battle. In addition, game play experience is enhanced with the addition of new fight rules, previously available only in the PS3 / Xbox 360 version.

Along with the 20 characters in KOF-i, four new teams of characters are now available, including ‘ART OF FIGHTING’, ‘PSYCHO SOLDIER’, ‘KIM’, and ‘IKARI’ team, bringing the total number of playable fighters to 32. The game also includes six bonus background stages, including popular console stages Plaza of Snow and Blue Sky Open Café.

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In addition to multiplayer over Bluetooth, ‘Versus’ Battles in KOF-i 2012 can be enjoyed via Game Center, both in ‘Rank Versus’ mode, in which player ranking varies depending on the total number of victories and losses, and in ‘Friend Versus’ mode, where the player’s ranking is not reflected. Also new in KOF-i 2012, a new ‘Time Attack’ mode is available where players must win 10 matches as fast as possible, as well as additional features like ‘Ending Movies’ for each default team, new challenges, trading cards and illustrations.

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THE KING OF FIGHTERS-i 2012 App is available for $6.99 from the App Store on iPhone and iPod touch or at www.itunes.com/appstore. Additional characters, including ‘NESTS-Style KYO’ and ‘IORI with the Power of Flames’ are available for $1.99 each through In-App Purchase.
For more information on theTHE KING OF FIGHTERS-i 2012, please visit the official site located at www.iphone.snkplaymoreusa.com/kof-i2012. For more information on SNK PLAYMORE USA, please visit the official web site at  www.snkplaymoreusa.com.

Angry Birds Space

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In space, nobody can hear you scream.  However, the sound of an angry bird shot from a slingshot in space is already being heard worldwide.

The original Angry Birds has proven to be the most mainstream video game hit since Pac-Man barnstormed across the planet over three decades ago.  One would be hard-pressed to walk into any retail store in the country and not find Angry Birds merchandise or turn on the television without seeing a reference to the popular app and video game.

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Now the first true sequel to the pop culture phenom, Angry Birds Space, has hit Apple and Android devices, as well as PC and Mac computers.

Iconic games of the past have sometimes struggled with sequels.  The original Tetris has proven a more popular game than any of it’s later follow-ups, while most Pac-Man sequels also fell short of the original.  Ms. Pac-Man was the exception to the rule, proving successful in large part for managing to take everything that made the first Pac-Man popular and enhancing it with new features.

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Angry Birds Space manages to do what Ms. Pac did decades before.  Ten million downloads in the first three days of release show others feel the same.  The new title successfully enhances the classic gameplay formula that made the original such an unqualified success.

Fans of the original Angry Birds and it’s spin-offs will be able to instantly recognize how to play Angry Birds Space.  The extra challenge of various types of gravity now exists in various ways.  Some levels will require the player to put a bird into orbit in order to reach the enemy pigs (who are now apparently “pigs in space”).  Others require knocking your adversaries out of orbit and down to the surface of nearby planets and moons.  Still others provide the challenge of knocking space junk or asteroids into the green pigs in order to move on to the next level.

Angry Birds Space - Gameplay Screenshot

New birds join your ranks as well, some of which can be detonated by another touch of the screen while in flight and others that can be split into three flying foul with an extra tap.  As with the original Angry Birds the timing and angle of your shots are key, but with the varied ways Angry Birds Space uses gravity and obstacles each level requires a different approach than the previous and often prove far less predictable.

The hype surrounding this new title is justified.  Much like the aforementioned Ms. Pac-ManAngry Birds Space doesn’t try to reinvent the wheel, taking everything that worked about the original and improving upon it.

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Go ahead and throw down your 99 cents, charge up your smartphone all the way and set aside more than a little free time.  Angry Birds Space is an instant classic.

 

Save the Egg

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At first glance, the simple graphics of Save the Egg make it seem like a simplistic child’s game.  Indeed, the cartoonish quality of the graphics could possibly make many pass over this game, deeming it not worthy of their time. The graphics, however, belie the truly complex nature of the game and the sometimes frustrating difficulty of the levels.  If anything, the graphics allow you to focus on the puzzles without additional distraction.

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And concentration you will definitely need. The premise of the game is simple. You use wood and/or “rubber” planks to guide/bounce an egg safely to the ground or to a nest. There is a bit of room for error in that it will crack a couple times before breaking if it makes a small drop. After the first couple of levels, expect the difficulty of each level to increase significantly. Realistic physics make for interesting gameplay.  I did enjoy the fact that there’s no specific way to beat any given level, unlike some other games that require you to figure out the developer’s sequence or arrangement to be able to succeed.  This allows for great replayability in trying to develop simpler (or more intricate) ways to complete each level.

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Gameplay is linear, advancing from level to level, although like other games in this genre, you can replay levels already cleared to improve score (1-3 eggs).  Level design is straightforward, although it can become a bit tedious. This is where the graphics become a double edged sword, in that while there are few distractions, there’s also not much to break up the monotony of the levels. Also, something that can be very frustrating is an occasional lack of consistency. On a particular level for example, there is a need to bounce the egg up from platform to platform. In trying to determine the best angles to do so, I would often set up my design and then run it 2-3 times to see where the egg hits and where adjustments need to be made. To my dismay I found that the exact same setup, not adjusted in any way, would behave differently each time, even though the designed set up resets to my original design on replay.  Neither of these issues is truly a gamebreaker however.

On a separate note, this game had an issue with the auto-save function when I first installed it. I spoke to support at Polyclef and they were very responsive, acknowledging that they had seen this issue across different devices, but no real rhyme or reason or particular commonality between devices affected. Once an update/patch was developed for it, they were quick to issue the new release, and even followed up with me to ensure I had received it. Which is the reason that while I give the game a solid 8 out of 10, I give Polyclef Software support a 10 out of 10.

Overall, great little game to play. Definitely a refreshing departure from the Angry Birds style games, with enough challenge to keep you coming back for more!

Download the full version of ‘Save The Egg’ In the Android™ Market from here:
https://market.android.com/details?id=com.savetheegg.android