Wednesday, 29 October 2014

One Minute Gaming #29 - Kill Shot

This week, I've been playing Kill Shot, a mission based shooting game where you are the sniper with a variety of weapons. I'm not very good at these kinds of games but this one is fun so far.

You can move your guy sideways and swing the gun barrel in an arc and that's all (so far anyway). It's not a run around shooting stuff kind of game but with all the weapon upgrades, various kinds of weapons and enemies doing their thing, it's not quite as easy as shooting ducks at a fairground either!

The graphics are pretty good and it is quite gory with the slow motion kill shot but you can turn off the blood in the settings if you want to.

As usual there is a real cash shop but if you just want some lighthearted shooting fun, you won't need to worry about that. You can follow the leaderboards too & compare your scores against friends if you have GameCenter enabled or if you want to connect to Facebook.

I haven't played many games like this so it's difficult to judge but it's an ok game so I'd 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. So until next time, have fun!

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Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Return to Stormwind

Last week I finally caved in and bought myself a month of game time for World of Warcraft. I'd been seeing so many tweets about the pre-expansion patch that I just had to go and have a look for myself.

I logged each alt to see what they look like with the new character model and I'm ok with my Draenai's. My main definitely needed a new face though so I took her straight to the barber shop. Not sure the screenshot above is her best angle, I think she's half asleep but believe me, it's much better than the new version of her old face!

Two of my three gnome alts are lowbies so I've already deleted one and once I move everything over to another alt, my little banker gnome will be deleted too. I'm not sure what I'm going to do with my level 86 Gnome Rogue though. I don't play my Rogue very often so I may leave her for now and decide later.

After scrabbling through all their banks and rearranging some stuff, I took my main over to the Blasted lands to have a look at the Dark Portal event. She's a Paladin and I've been struggling with her for quite a while but out of all my alts, her toolbar was the least empty so I did a quick shuffle to fill the gaps and headed out.

I'm pretty sure my DPS was rubbish but she felt more comfortable to play & I wasn't struggling to kill the mobs. I get the feeling that the mobs are fairly straightforward for everyone though so that's not really a good indicator!

I got a few gear upgrades too so her item level is around 500 now - I really hadn't done much gear chasing in the whole of Mists so it's nice to see it creeping up.

I've barely even looked at the Auction House either - I decided to make myself actually play the game rather than just one small part of it. I only have 30 days and I don't want to spend all of them in the Auction House! I am a returning addict though so this will be a good test to see if I can get back to enjoying questing, dungeons and maybe even some PvP.

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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

One Minute Gaming #28 - Where's My Water 2

 This week, I took a look at a classic Disney game called Where's My Water 2. It's a swiping puzzle game where you have to create pathways for the water to get to various members of the Alligator family. Swampy wants to take a shower but Allie needs steam for her steam powered musical instruments!

That doesn't sound too hard at first but there are gates, funnels, steam, poisonous water and you also have to get the rubber ducks wet to capture them on the way! Some of the challenges flip the world upside down which is strange and kinda messes with your brain!

It has different ducks for you to collect and a variety of power ups. There is a real cash shop but it only has 2 options - a starter pack of power ups & hints and a monster bundle with more of the same. I've also not seen more than a couple of adverts which is a refreshing change for so many of these free games!

The characters are cute in a Disney way and the music is what you would expect. I think kids would love this game if they like puzzles and have the patience to keep trying. I only downloaded it a couple of days ago but I've been playing it a fair bit and I may very well keep this one for the occasional brain exercise so I'm giving Where's My Water 2 an 8 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!


Monday, 20 October 2014

Ingress Got Me Out & About!

Just before I left for my trip to the USA, Ingress became available to iPhone users and Cold picked it up immediately. I have a few Ingress players on my Twitter feed too so I'd seen a few posts about it but never really took much notice. Sadly my Android phone is a 'lite' version which is nice and cheap on my monthly budget but doesn't have much memory so I couldn't play. All that changed when I arrived Stateside though. You'd think after almost 5 months apart that Cold would have put his phone away and talked to me - well, he did, for about 5 minutes at a time!

Yes, he was hooked. Everywhere we went, he had his phone in his hand to hack or capture portals, make links and fields and generally not pay much attention to crossing roads. At first it drove me crazy and I felt like slapping the phone right out of his hand but I'd budgeted to get myself a phone I could use in the US so once I bought my Samsung S3, I downloaded the game so I could play too.

I should mention that I had already downloaded it for my iPad and although my iPad is wi-fi only, I am able to use my old phone as a mobile hotspot so I had tried to play a bit at home. Unfortunately my whole town only had about 8 portals in it so it meant I needed to jump in the car every time I wanted to hack a portal! Obviously that wasn't practical, but in St Louis, Cold has about 10 portals within 50 yards of his building and 2 he can reach from his sofa! Needless to say, the old motto of 'if you can't beat them, join them' applied here and by 6 weeks into my stay, I hit Level 8 and over 1 million XP!

Living in a city with great public transport means you don't really need a car so we hacked portals as we walked or rode the bus. Once his vacation time was over and I had all day to myself, I found that I was going out to walk around the University Campus just to hack portals and maintain our coverage of the area. There's also a nice short walk to fill/maintain about 6 other portals too so if I didn't have time for a full Campus walk, I'd just go do the lap around the block instead!

It may seem sad but we also planned some of our day trips based on portal density. We were going places for me to see parts of the city I hadn't seen but if we couldn't decide where to go, the portal density was the deciding factor! There are various achievements in the game, including Unique Portals hacked and Unique Captures so it's a great motivator to get out and about to places you've not been before. We had a weekend in Philadelphia while I was there too and that gave us over 300 new portals on our scores.

Overall, it's a great idea for a game and if there's anything that will get a gamer out and about, it's having targets and achievements to reach. Now that I'm home, I will be keeping my eyes open for places and things to submit as new portals in my home town. Since I've been away, there are already 4 or 5 new portals here so I'm hopeful that a walk in town will not only keep me moving but will help my game experience too!

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Wednesday, 8 October 2014

One Minute Gaming #27 - Star Wars Commander

This week, I downloaded Star Wars Commander. At first glance, it's very much a Star Wars themed Clash of Clans, a resources management, base building type game. The tutorial is filled with familiar faces and the Intergalactic nature of the graphics are pretty good.

You build your base using alloy and credits which are the two resources you will be collecting and waiting for. At the lowest levels, resources can build up fairly easily, the building upgrades are fairly cheap to buy & are completed quickly.

If this game follows the same path as Clash of Clans, the higher levels could get very slow and patience will be a huge requirement!

The biggest difference besides the theme is that in Star Wars Commander, you can recruit Heroes from across the Galaxy. You do have to recruit them after each use but that will just add a little variety to your army make up.

Overall, it's very polished and if you like Star Wars and haven't played Clash of Clans or Boom Beach then this could be a good game for you. If you have played those other games then I'd guess you won't want to play yet another version!

Looking at it with fresh eyes, I'd give it an 8 out of 10 although I won't be playing it as I'm still building my base in Clash of Clans!

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

So until next time, have fun

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