Luna’s Rankings: Favorite Arcade Games!

Power up Players for today’s Rankings Post! Each Tuesday I will ranks games, shows, series, etc and list my favorites in the genre from 5th place to 1st place. After my post I will open up the comments for everyone to rank their favorites and the following week I will post the “Community Rankings” from the previous week’s Rankings post.

Community Rankings from Our Favorite Game of Thrones Characters:

  1. Daenerys Targaryen
  2. Tyrion Lannister
  3. Arya Stark
  4. Brienne of Tarth
  5. Jon Snow

This week we will be ranking: Our Favorite Arcade Games!

#5 Big Buck Hunter –

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You can’t go to an arcade without playing some sort of shooter right? My go to shooter will always be the Bick Buck Hunter game. You remember it right? The one with the giant orange hunting rifle sticking out the side lol. I would get this game and go to the hunting fields. My brother Kenny and I would take turns trying to shoot the most deer and I have so many fond memories.

#4 18 Wheeler American Pro Trucking –

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A driving game where I can play as a semi truck and run over anything in my tracks, yes please! Any time I would see the giant machine that was shaped like a truck empty. I would hop in put in my coins and get to driving. My favorite features are the giant steering wheels and gas pedals (because who needs brakes when you are literally a Transformer!!).

#3 Tekken –

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Tekken was definitely a staple in arcade games growing up. Each week we spent a few hours at the laundromat while my grandmother washed our comforters and she would get extra quarters so that Kenny and I could play the arcade games. Tekken was always at my laundromat (it’s still there actually) and we would verse each other often. My go to character is King and my brothers is Eddie Gordo. I was never a great Tekken player, but my brother couldn’t touch me in Street Fighter with Chun-Li!

 

#2 Snocross –

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Snocross is a racing game where you get to ride on the back of a snowmobile. This game is fantastic because you have to lean on the snowmobile left and right to assist in turning your vehicle. I loved hitting tricks, getting boosters and bumping into other racers, whatever I could do to become first in the circuit. I like Snocross more than the other motorcycle racing games because the vehicles were easier to control and who wants to race on a road or highway when you can jump off mountains?

 

#1 Galaga –

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Galaga was another arcade game in the laundromat on Saturdays. There’s something about the old shoot the spaceships and dodge objects game that has always drew me in. You have to have coordination to bob and weave and shoot all of the objects in your way. I’m not sure why Galaga is my favorite arcade game because it’s not a hard or unique concept. All I can say is that my eyes still light up when I see the game in the corner.

Those are my rankings for favorite arcade games (I’ve left out the more interactive games like Dance Dance Revolution and Skee Ball for another week) and I want to know your top 5! Think back to physically going into an arcade, which games caught your eye? Let’s talk arcade games! Don’t forget, tomorrow the winner of the GamersUnitedGG Blogging Competition will be announced!

 

-Luna 🙂

Rollerblade Pro Mobile Game Review!

Power up players for our mobile game review of Rollerblade Pro! This review is a bit overdue as I received the request from Gerry early in November. Now that I am free from the NaNoWriMo challenge, I am able to catch up on blogging and game requests.

Publisher: Saturn Games

Platforms: Android

Genre: Arcade

Description: Rollerblade through the street and tunnel to prove your rollerblading skills by attaining high scores and collecting coins.Skate for long without being killed by obstacles and become a pro, by ending the game !!! Use in game skills to dodge obstacles, like jet pack to fly high, and slow speed to slow down your skate speed, or double jump to dodge higher, obstacles.

Gameplay: Rollerblade Pro is a cool arcade style game in which your ultimate goal is to become a Rollerblade pro by ending the game! Play by swiping left and right on your screens in order to collect rings and dodge obstacles in your path. These obstacles can come in the for or cars, roadblocks and even stop signs! You will receive power ups such as super jump that can assist in helping you navigate the streets on your rollerblades, but beware, once used you cannot control the direction of your power ups.

Visuals & Sounds: The graphics are standard in this game and the controls are simple to use. I really enjoy the music associated with this game as it makes me feel like I’m about to watch a competitive rollerblader go to work! roller1

Difficulty: There is some skill and a learning curve associated with this game. I have to admit, I have not beat the game yet, but I’m determined to make that happen soon.

Areas of Improvement: The game was fun to review but I do have a few points of feedback for the developer to make the game more appealing and attractive. This is just my personal opinion and preference.

  • View – I found the game a bit difficult to play because the avatar that you use blocks most of the street in front of you. Maybe position the camera a bit higher or shrinking the avatar a bit would fix the problem.
  • Predictability – After playing the game a few times, I notice that I was memorizing the pattern of when a car would come or how many roadblocks were up. Maybe adding a bit more variety would assist.

Final Thoughts: I did enjoy playing and reviewing the game Rollerblade Pro. The easy controls of swiping left to right allowed me to collect rings and attempt to dodge oncoming traffic! There were a few areas of improvement that I would like to see implemented in the game in the future, but it is entirely my opinion on what would have made me enjoy the game more.

If you want to test out the game and become a RollderbladPro, the contact and download information is below:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.SaturnGames.RollerBladePro

Thank you for reading today’s mobile review! Are there any current mobile games that you are playing? Let’s talk mobile games!

-Luna 🙂

 

Asteroid Challenge: Mobile Game Review!

Happy Thursday Players! Last week I reached out to a mobile game company as they were looking for bloggers to review their game. Today I bring you that honest review! So grab your phones and get ready to read my thoughts and review on Asteroid Challenge!

Developer: Pavo Studios Games

Game Type: Mobile Game

Platform: Android and IOS

Genre: Real Time Strategy (RTS) / Arcade Shooter

Rating: E for Everyone

Description From Developer:

Asteroid Challenge is an attractive arcade space shooter, where you must defend your damaged spaceship from waves of asteroids. Your end goal is to escape the collapsing galaxy. In order to do that, you need to repair your spaceship. Energy packs keep coming. But asteroids keep coming too! And they are bigger than any time before! One asteroid impact and you are dead. For how long can you survive? Will you ever be able to escape?

Premise: Asteroid Challenge is a strategy shooter game in which you must repair your base and protect it from the impending doom of asteroids flying around. As you are protecting your ship by shooting the asteroids there will be energy and repair resources gained.

Playing The Game: So I dove straight in and played the tutorial. The graphics are a nice, clean look and I was able to navigate the screen smoothly. I didn’t notice any major issues with using the items or shooting the asteroids which is fantastic!

Game Guide: Playing the game was much more fun then I was initially expecting. I did not experience any lag or glaring while I was playing (even from playing outdoors). You tackle 2 different types of asteroids, the solid brown ones that explode on impact and the dusty, grey ones that will split into smaller fragments on impact. There are varying speeds and sizes of asteroids that make the game different each time your play.

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Collect energy while destroying ateroids!

To repair the fires (or use any items) you must collect energy resources while defending your spaceship. There are a few ways to collect resources. First you automatically start collecting resources every few seconds, second you let the small capsule shaped resources hit the base for a few more, Last you can let the large box icons hit the base for a mega bonus of resources.

3 Key Icons  are located at the bottom of the screen. They are Turret upgrades, Shields and Repair. The icons that you are able to use will light up when you have enough energy resources.

  • Turret Upgrades- clicking the turret upgrade icon will allow your turret to shoot quicker and rotate faster.
  • Shields – Clicking on the Shield icon will place up a shield for  about 4 seconds. The shields will instantly destroy any ateroids in the immediate area.
  • Repair – The repair icon fixes the fires on your ship. You have 5 fires that you must repair.

 

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A clutch shield to save the day!

 

Controls: The game was very simple with the controls and I instantly knew what to do after a short tutorial. The controls consisted of tapping to the left and right of the screen to rotate the turret and selecting an upgrade from the bottom middle of the screen.

Sounds: The music fit perfectly with the stranded in space vibe. The sounds of the turret and the explosions of the asteroids were spot on and believable.

Learning Curve- There’s a bit of a learning curve when you first delve into the game. There’s not a spoiler ahead but if you prefer to figure it out on your own, please skip past the Pro Tip section.  Luna’s Pro Tip: Use both hands to play the game! At first I was using 1 finger to move the turret. The tip is to use both pointer fingers one for the right side and one for the left. This mechanic tremendously helped my progression in the game!

Luna’s Pro Tip #2: You can shoot the energy resources and blow up asteroids in the immediate area. This is a double-edged sword as when you blow up the resource, you cannot collect it for your energy.

Difficulty – I did find the game difficult at first as the asteroids evolve and approach at different speeds. You are forced to make choices on the spot and a minor oversight could end your game. The amount of energy resources needed increases by 10 with every fire repair. Luna’s Pro Tip #3: You can only collect as much energy as it takes for the next repair. This mechanic stops players from stockpiling energy and makes the game even more difficult. Great job Pavo! 

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I didn’t realize Warp Drive was a thing lol

Level of Fun- I was excited that the game peaked my interest. I couldn’t wait to go on break and play another round of the game, searching for my first win! Personally, I love strategy games and trying to maneuver the obstacles to get through the level. Now I’m playing for the Leaderboards!

Replayability- This game has medium replayability to me because each game will be different. The asteroids are random so there’s a bit of difference each time, however, I would love to have more than 1 level to optimize the enjoyment.

Play:

  • Really enjoyed the difficulty of the game
  • It’s a fast and fun way to spend a few extra minutes of free time

Skip:

  • Not a fan or arcade shooters
  • Get frazzled easily
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I beat the game! I was close before but I didn’t realize that there was another part after fixing the fires 😉

Final Thoughts: To the developer I would like to say thank you for providing an enjoyable mobile game that’s perfect to play on breaks at work. I would enjoy more levels where the game gets harder or you have to not only repair the fires and escape, but possibly add on additional tasks. I really enjoyed the game and even after completing it, I still find myself opening the game on my phone to play a few quick rounds. I definitely enjoyed the game and I can see potential to update the game and continue adding to it!

My rating:

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4 Power-ups out of 5!

Thank you for reading our review of Asteroid Challenge! Check out additional details below to learn more about Pavo Studios and to download the game!

Features:

  • – Simply looking, but difficult to play 3D arcade space shooter.
  • – Built in Unreal Engine.
  • – Released on iOS and Android.
  • – Translated to +30 languages.
  • – Free to play with ads.

Store links:

Google Play Link: http://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=es.molabs.TotalAsteroidDefense&pcampaignid=MKT-Other-global-all-co-prtnr-py-PartBadge-Mar2515-1

Apple Store Link: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/asteroid-challenge/id1254985414?mt=8

Have a great day and happy gaming!

-Luna 🙂