Monday, 29 September 2014

One Minute Gaming #26 - Zombie Dive

This week, I've been playing a game called Zombie Dive - yes, a Zombie high diving competition with great graphics, spooky music and some great sound effects. There's a little humorous trash talking too but it's very family safe stuff.

The tutorial takes you through how to make the dives and then the competition starts! You have 3 attempts to reach the target score and each dive required is shown at the top of the screen - you just have to watch the wind gauge and land in the oil tank! If you do mess up though, you can always bribe the judges for extra dives - they really like cookies!

The only thing that spoils it for me is the adverts in between each dive competition - with only 3 or 4 dives seperating them, they do become a bit annoying but any cash shop purchase will remove them - not sure I like this game enough to spend cash though!

Overall it's a fun game that might keep the kids occupied for a while but I don't see it as addictive or having staying power so I'll give it a 6 out of 10.

If you have a game you'd like me to try, you can contact me on Twitter @NevAHAddict.

So until next time, have fun!


Saturday, 20 September 2014

One Minute Gaming #25 - Deemo

This week I want to tell you about a game called Deemo - I'm not sure quite what category this one will fit though - it's a music/rhythm game but the graphics are beautiful anime and it's based on piano music.

As far as I can see, you just tap the screen as the falling notes hit the bar - I'm so unmusical, I can't tell if I'm doing it right or not! I tried hitting the notes as they touch the bar and I tried hitting the notes before they hit the bar but my score stayed almost the same each time.

It's billed as a rhythm game though so perhaps it's more about hitting them in time to the beat or something - that pretty much counts me out then!

There are various levels of difficulty too and you can change the speed of the falling notes to make it harder as well. I'm still on the basic easy level stuff but I am finding it quite compelling!

The graphic art is gorgeous - slightly macabre anime and beautiful line drawing illustrations decorate each music choice - all of which are piano based tracks but all are lovely and help keep you absorbed in the game.

I'm sure this won't be a popular choice for many but it does have a certain je ne sais quoi about it so I'm going to give it a 7 out of 10.

If you have a game you'd like me to suggest, you can contact me on twitter @NevAHAddict or leave a comment below.

So until next time

Have fun!

Friday, 19 September 2014

One Minute Gaming #24 - A Dark Room

Not exactly the most enticing screenshot!
This week, I tried an old fashioned text adventure game called A Dark Room. I've only played one text adventure in the past - Forest of Doom on a Commodore 64 so I thought I'd have a look at this one for you.

The reviews were mixed - those who said they loved it remembered text adventures from the past, those who said they hated it just didn't understand it's simplicity - I'd guess they were youngsters, too used to flashy graphics and loud music of more modern games.

I have to say, I'm not sure which camp I fall in - love it or hate it - as a text adventure it actually seems really slow to me. The game designers have added in resources to collect which I don't remember from the old games and so far, I haven't found anyone to fight. I have started to build a village and gained some gatherers though.

The reviews suggested that the story takes a while to unfold so I'm going to keep going a while longer yet but unless it picks up pretty soon, I think this will be a limited time game on my ipad. It may well appeal to some of you but I'm really undecided about A Dark Room so I'm going to give it a 5 out of 10, mainly for it's slowness so far!

If you have a game you'd like to suggest, you can contact me on Twitter @NevAHAddict or leave a comment below.

So until next time - have fun!

Monday, 15 September 2014

One Minute Gaming #23 - Puzzix

This week I have another puzzle game for you called Puzzix - it's a little bit like Tetris but with nicer music, graphics and probably more polish. I used to love Tetris and was my family champion so I had to try this game out. It's available on the Apple iStore and on Amazon for Android users too which is a nice change. So many games I review are iPhone/iPad only as I don't have an Android phone with enough space to play games to review them!

The basic idea is the same as Tetris in that you have falling shapes that you need to fit together to clear them, but Puzzix only requires you to match 3 or 4 together to clear them. The shapes are a lot more complicated though so it evens out the difficulty level.

Each level is timed to 2 minutes and they get progressively harder. You start off with just 1 column of falling shapes but that increases as you go up the levels. I've got to level 20 and now I have 5 columns of falling shapes and more starter shapes already in place to clear.

The music is calming and so far, the game hasn't got faster but with the difficult shapes, I'm not sure it needs much more speed.

I like it although I'm not sure how long I'll keep playing. With the calmer music and gentler feel, it doesn't get the adrenaline flowing like Tetris used to so I'm going to give it a 7 out of 10.

If you have a game you'd like me to try, you can contact me on twitter @NevAHAddict or leave a comment below.

So until next time, have fun!


Friday, 29 August 2014

One Minute Gaming #22 - Toilet Time

This week, I found a silly game called Toilet Time which was one of the titles suggested for this segment so of course, I had to review this game for you! It's also available on Android so no-one gets left out! You can get the Android version of Toilet Time via Amazon and like the ipad version, it's free too.

It really is a silly 5 minute game but it is quite catchy too. If you've ever played Dumb Ways To Die, you'll have a good idea of this game. If you haven't played Dumb Ways to Die - Toilet Time is just a series of very quick puzzles - probably 15 seconds each and you have four toilet rolls for lives!

There's a maze, a wash your hands, a squish the bug and a sort the queue into male & female puzzle to name just a few but it is definitely schoolboy toilet humour throughout.

There's a challenge to beat a certain score & if you do, you get a golden key - that reveals a historic toilet display in the toilet museum with a witty description - so far I've found a Pee-ramid, and Eco-loo and a Chinese loo with a saying from Con-poo-cius!

Overall it's a pretty sad game but it does have a little humour. I'd give it a 4 out of 10 and probably flush it pretty quickly!

If you have a game you'd like me to try out, you can contact me on Twitter @NevAHAddict or perhaps leave a comment below.

So until next time, have fun!

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Monday, 25 August 2014

One Minute Gaming #21 - Asphalt 8

This week, I stepped way out of my usual game types to try a Car Racing game. I picked Asphalt 8 as it had the best reviews out of the top few racing games & I have to say, I have been pleasantly surprised!

The graphics are brilliant and the music is changeable - you can choose between Bass, Electronic & Rock so there should be something for everyone to get your blood pumping as you race.

There's loads of different tracks, race styles, achievements, cars, upgrades etc - way too many to describe here but although I've only done a few races, I'm really enjoying it. I even won my 2nd race!!!

Some of the reviews were a bit negative about the pay to win shop & yes, that is going to be a factor if you want to play competitively but as a free app, it is a great game and you can not only race your friends, you can race their ghost cars too so even if you can't play at exactly the same time, you can still beat their butts!

I'd give this an 8 out of 10 and I have a feeling I might be playing this one for a while too!

If you have a game you'd like me to try, you can contact me on twitter @NevAHAddict or you can leave a comment below.

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Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Farewell, Funny Man

Yesterday I cried - all day. I woke up fine, did my usual early morning stuff then opened Twitter on my PC and the first thing I saw was a RIP Robin Williams tweet. That on it's own made me tear up, I've always loved his movies, even the not-so-great ones, but then I saw the cause of death and that he'd been fighting depression and then, then it hit me - hard!

I have no idea why it hit me so hard - I wouldn't have called myself a big fan, I haven't even seen one of his movies in the last 5 years or more, but I felt like I'd lost a member of my family. I honestly howled & sobbed so hard I gave myself a headache and hiccups!

As I calmed down to more gentle weeping though, I realised it brought back the panicked trip to the hospital, following an ambulance and arriving 5 minutes too late. How I drove my husband & brother-in-law home that day, I don't know.

It brought back the day the police knocked on my door and asked if I knew my brother-in-law. The younger policeman had to dial the phone and hold it for me so I could tell my husband to come home.

It brought back all my teen years when I sat and stared at bottles of pills for hours, never quite having the courage or desperation to open those containers.

It brought back the fear - the fear that this monster black dog inside me might come back and sweep all my current happiness away. As if some wicked being somewhere is keeping score of how many days of happiness and sadness I've had and it will soon be time to head back into sorrow.

I want to scream that I've only just woken up again, I don't want to go back. I want to live in the sunshine, not the grey, noiseless, tasteless, emotionless void that I was in before.

Maybe I'm a bit silly but I've been reading a lot of the blog posts that people have been writing - I think of it as innoculation - read all I can about depression, get upset about it now so if & when it does happen to me again - and I'm pretty certain it will, one day - then perhaps I'll be better equipped to deal with it.

Attitudes to mental health are definitely changing - my time working for ecdp has made such a huge difference to my own attitude about all disabilities and they are working to continue pushing that change forward. For all the joy & laughter that Robin Williams brought to the world, I am grateful and I am so, so sad that he's gone but maybe now, he can find some peace and rest at last.


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