World of Goo: Wii Game Review

Resource-heavy games are lavishly adorned with crispy in-depth 3D graphics, environmentally accurate gunshots, explosions and sound dynamics are all the rage these days. To make the games appear more realistic, they are loaded with various game enhancing algorithms, physics or Artificial Intelligence (AI). As a result, gamers pump in quite a lot of hardware to maximize their overall gaming experience.
Quick Info:

· Released: November 2008

· Developer: 2-D Boy

· Publisher: Brighter Minds

· Genre: Puzzle

· Graphics: 7/10

· Sound: 7/10

· Gameplay: 8/10

· Difficulty: Moderate

· Overall rating: 7/10

· Learning curve: 5 minutes

· Official website: 2dboy.com/games.php

Minimum requirements:

· Operating system: Windows XP, Vista, Pentium III CPU: 1.0 GHz or equivalent

· Memory: 512 MB

· Video memory: 32 MB

· Hard drive space: 100 MB

Graphic and memory cards have also gained considerable importance. They allow gamers to play graphics-heavy games such as Far Cry 2 and memory intensive game such as Call of Duty 4. However, a game comes along that finds its way up to the top and breaks all these expectations. World of Goo, is a simple 633 megabyte downloadable game that proves you don’t need a beefed-up game or a thousand dollar system to have fun.

The game, as the name of the developer suggests, is two-dimensional. It begins with a few balls of Goo that suddenly wake up from their deep slumber and find themselves questioning their very existence. They wonder who they are, what they are doing there and where they came from.

There is only one solution to the dilemma plaguing them and that is a mysterious pipe which they feel will lead them to a justifiable answer. Although, there is no light at the end of the tunnel, the Goo balls insist their sole purpose of existence is to make their way towards that pipe. Many lives are lost in the process but the sacrifice is necessary to achieve their destiny.

The globs of Goo can attach themselves to each other using strands and can form a grid-like structure. The brethren that aren’t sacrificed to build the girdles, traverse along it and eventually get sucked up in the pipe. Each game level poses different challenges and requires a minimum number of Goo’s in order to move on to the next realm. Sounds simple doesn’t it?

However, the 2-D world is a dangerous place with its sharp spikes, flaming furnaces and grinding cogs all of which are lethal for the delicate globules of Goo. They can also fall into bottomless chasms or fall off from cliffs. The ever-persistent Goo’s need to build up the structure, weight, flexibility, angle and tensile strength to wobble in the air, bend, fold over, or at times totally collapse. Building structures requires planning. As the levels progress, new species of Goo balls are found and each one has its own special power.

The game comprises five chapters and each chapter comprises a dozen levels. Chapters are as diverse as the denizens found in them. Gamers will enjoy unique themes such as the dangerous industrial zone or the dark reality behind the glamorous world of beauty. Tower heights achieved from participants around the world are shown as floating flags in the air.

The game has no end to its creativity which is exhibited by the way developers have designed the Goo ball relatives. They range from green Goo balls that are stretchy and reusable, to flammable Goo balls that burn away when ignited. These little creatures come in many shapes and sizes, from watery ones that can form into chains, to bubblegum Goo, that inflate and work against gravity pulling together sturdy structures.

The level designs are equally tasteful posing unique challenges and inspiring our lovable slime to use their teamwork to get up a sucking pipe. You might be required to build a tall towering structure and gently let it topple far enough to touch the remote cliff or climb up a shaft of rotating cogwheels by building a sticky girdle of green.

Visually the game is flat shaded with simple dull colors. The land looks odd and abnormal with simple weird designs and backdrops, all suiting the premise of the game. The story is presented through signboards left all across the land by the mysterious sign painter. These messages offer clues about getting to the pipe. Cut-scenes at the end of each chapter reveal part of the mystery behind the Goo balls and their destiny.

Music is as delightfully creepy as the levels designs. The Goos speak a simple dialect of high-pitched excited squeaks and expressions. The only downside is that when you are fully immersed in this unique experience, it ends abruptly leaving you wanting more. World of Goo is highly recommended for gamers who do not have heavy systems and would still like to have fun playing some good old-fashioned computer games. It is well-suited for people who want to try something other than heavy-duty, high frames per second (fps) games. To sum it up, World of Goo is packed with an addictive gameplay experience that people won’t easily forget.

TeeWars: Open Source Game Review

TeeWars was noticeably absent from the last edition of the Open Source Gamers Guide to Free Games: OSGGFG part 3: The Platformers. I apologize, it was an oversight on my part. To make up for it I am giving the game a full review here.
TeeWars is an online multi-player platform 2d shooter. That is a mouthful which means game play involves running, jumping, shooting, swinging and dying .. a lot.

TeeWars’ motto is Cute little buggers with guns, and cute little buggers they are. You can customize your avatar’s color and shape in a variety of ways to make your Tee unique, although they all end up very reminiscent of a certain pink Nintendo character who shall remain nameless.

The control system in TeeWars utilizes the keyboard for movement and the mouse for aiming your weapon and grappling hook. Yes, that is right I said grappling hook. Not only can your Tee Jump and Double Jump, he has the ability to latch onto any platform, wall or overhead area and swing or ascend up the line. Even a passing enemy can be grabbed and brought closer under the thump of your giant mallet. This leads to some thrilling acrobatic game play once you overcome the initial problem of teaching your hands to operate independently.

The arsenal of weapons available to your cute little cuddly avatar are lethal. Available weapons run from an over sized mallet, a single shot rifle, Grenade Launcher, Machine gun, and a Shotgun to the deadly katana sword. Ammunition is limited for each weapon giving the game a very good sense of balance. Even a Tee with his mallet can be a match for a bazooka toting nemesis.

Power Ups in the form of Hearts shields and weapons are spread liberally throughout the maps to help you recover health and build up shielding for protection.

Game play matches include you against the world death match, team death match and capture the flag, All are a blast to play, either over the Internet or on a LAN with a few friends. Emoticon balloons as well as a full chat system are implemented to let you talk smack to that one Tee who has fragged you 20 times in a row before you were able to obliterate him with a well timed shot.

Graphically the game is 2d with detailed independently scrolling backgrounds and clever level design. Characters are a simple design but lovingly detailed, changing expression when hit or are jumping or falling.

Sounds are cute and surprisingly fitting given the amount of carnage you are in the middle of. Adorable little taunts and giggles are heard as you disappear in a poof of stars after being hit by gunfire. Happily you respawn with a hammer far from the scene of your last death. There is no music, as of this writing but there is so much going on it would may only be distracting anyway.

Overall, TeeWars is way too much fun packed into a tiny package. I give it 4.5 out of 5. I take off a half a point for the lack of a soundtrack. Go download it here now for free and you won’t be disappointed. TeeWars is available for Windows, Mac OSX and Linux. Remember if you enjoy this game drop back by their website and give a donation for future development efforts.

Rock Band for Playstation 3: A Review of the Video Game

This article is a review on Rock Band for play station 3. This game is the best game out for play station 3. In my opinion anyways. Rock Band is very much like playing in your own band.
This game is addicting, it will keep up till all hours of the night playing it. We bought the Rock Band edition set which includes a microphone, a guitar, and a drum set. We also went out and bought another guitar so my husband could play the bass line cause that is what he loves to do.

You can play Rock Band either in multi player mode or solo mode. With playing in either one of these modes, you can unlock songs to play and even new clothing to buy. Plus you can buy songs off of the Rock Band Server which in my opinion they have really good songs plus they even have classic songs that you always listened to on MTV.

You can buy songs on the Play station network also and they only cost $2.12 a piece or they also have packs of songs you can download for only $5.49-$20.00. Which the highest package of songs cost $20.00 which is the Who and they are a classic band as well.

There is a lot of great things you can do with Rock Band. It also get you practicing on how all those bands play the guitars and drums and singing like they do. Don’t get me wrong, there are some hard songs on there to play.

There is four ways to play Rock Band. If you are a beginner you start out on easy. There is also medium, hard, and expert. Which in my families case we are only on hard right now because it is so hard to get the notes right especially on a guitar.

You can even look at the leader boards on the game to see where you rank as a band or even by yourself in solo mode. I would definitely recommend Rock Band over Guitar Hero any day. There is so much more you can do with Rock Band. Plus you can have more than one or two players playing at the same time. You can have four players playing at the same time. Two on guitar for electric guitar and bass, one on drums, and one on the microphone.

So if anybody is looking for a good family game to buy for the family I definitely recommend Rock Band. Very interactive and very good at learning as well.