Solbot Energy Rush: Mobile Game Review

Publisher: Freakout Games

Platform : IOS & Android

 

‘Solbot Energy Rush’ is a casual mobile game with easy one tap controls. Play as a robot and collect renewable energy resources as part of a space mission. Dodge tricky patterns, learn facts about saving energy to help the environment, and use fun power ups!

 

Premise:

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Solbot is an orb collecting indie game where the player will journey through space collecting energy orbs. What’s interesting about Solbot is that there is a very clear message to gamers ingrained in the story to raise awareness about the importance of energy.  screenshot_2018-09-10-21-34-111454103831.png Solbot is collecting these energy orbs to provide sustainable energy to the planets. It’s gaming with a message and the gamer can learn more about saving energy.

 

Sights & Sounds:

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You’re traveling through space collecting orbs so the visuals will be a galactic feel. The solbot is racing through space avoiding asteroids and collecting the energy orbs. Each level increases in difficulty due to the orbs and asteroids increasing in speed. What I love about the game is the use of Power- Ups randomly throughout the game. As the level increases, you will be introduced to new power ups like the Magnet or Fire Blasters that can appear at any time. If you collect a power up during the level, a usage bar coupled with an upbeat tempo counts down the life of that power up before you are back to moving back and forth.

The music is an upbeat galactic track. The use of the music changes when you are close to losing the life on your power ups helps out and lot and creates a sense of urgency.

 

Controls:

Players will tap to the left and right of their mobile screens to move Solbot in that direction while trying to avoid asteroids and collect energy orbs.

 

Difficulty:

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The game increases in difficulty the higher the level. Currently, there are 50 levels in total. After completing all 50 levels, the difficulty wasn’t as high as I woud expect, however, going for the high score proves as a challenge. I would like to see the game expand in levels.

 

Replayability:  

It’s a quick game of reflexes and the levels change the number as well as color of orbs to keep the gamer invested. It’s a great quick game to play when waiting on a break or lunch. Your progress is saved and the levels pass by quickly so you can hop in and out of Solbot at your leisure without having to dedicate any significant amount of time.

 

 

 

This is the section in my reviews where I like to list my top reason to  Play or Skip Solbot Energy Rush

 

Play:

  • A fun galactic game of reflex and skill
  • Easy game to learn and play with the family
  • Compete to see who can reach the highest score

 

Skip:

  • If you are not a fan of timing games

You can watch the trailer below!

 

Final Thoughts:

I have really enjoyed playing Solbot and most of my play time was done on a lunch or break at work. Once I dialed in, I wanted to keep progressing in level and the time really sped by. I will say that I would have liked to see the levels progress a bit more in scenery like maybe having Solbot fly through an actual planet to collect orbs and incorporate that into the story. I liked the relevance with sustainable, clean energy and I love that the game looks to have make an impact.

-Luna 🙂

 

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Raft: First Impressions!

Happy Saturday Novas! Vacation is over and I’m super excited to talk about a new survival game that I have been playing. Power Up Players for today’s First Impressions Post on the video game Raft!

Developer: Redbeet Interactive

Publisher: Axolot Games

Release Date: May 23rd, 2018

Platform: PC

Genre: Survival

Price: $19.99 on Steam

 

By yourself or with friends, your mission is to survive an epic oceanic adventure across a perilous sea! Gather debris to survive, expand your raft and be wary of the dangers of the ocean!  -https://raft.itch.io/raft

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Raft is a unique survival game where you start on a 2 x 2 plank raft with a shark circling you and a plastic hook in hand. To start surviving and building your raft into a respectable home, you will use your plastic hook to grab items floating in the ocean. Listen, I know this game sounds like it’s no fun at all, but playing with my friend Xsanie, we have been having a blast surviving the ocean a la Castaway style! The game is still in development and available for Early Access, but I’m mostly happy with the progress so far.

Game Play-

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The game play is enjoyable as you build and create a raft to survive. You can make your raft as luxurious (with paint, hammocks and furniture) or as minimalist as you would like. Many items can be found by reef diving in the water, but make sure you have the shark distracted or he will bite you. You can die from the shark, your health going to 0, starvation and not having enough water. I think I really enjoy having to multi-task, protect the raft and make sure that Xsanie and I have food and supplies to survive.

Research-

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When we found out how to research items in the game, a entirely new experience was created. When the game is started, you have based recipes like how to make a base for the raft, water purifiers and grills. Once you build a Research Table, you can place items like wood, plastic, rope, etc into the table to unlock new crafting recipes. This open ups possibilities for comforts, upgraded grills & purifiers and more.

 

Danger-

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1st lesson…Stab him with the pointy end!

Jaws is a constant thorn in your side throughout the entire game. I thought I could be smart and build my important items in the middle of the raft, because the shark can bite off pieces of your structure. I was wrong! The shark sometimes comes out of nowhere and bites the middle of the raft!!! How does that even happen? Once the shark bites off a piece of your raft, any item located on the section sinks to the bottom of the ocean. It’s quite annoying actually. Once you have a garden planted you also have to watch out for Seagulls that will fly in and eat everything.

 

Final Thoughts – I really enjoy raft and it’s a great game to play with a friend. Once the raft begins expanding, it’s great to have the extra pair of eyes and hands when the sharks or storm attacks the boat. Raft is currently in Early Access and there have been noticeable glitches like when you can’t see your hook and you miss barrels because of it. Hopefully the games gets an update that improves the experience, but all in all, it was worth the $20 that I spent. I will say it’s a bit tedious after floating for 3 hours so having different modes or even having larger islands that you can explore and stay on for longer periods of time would greatly improve the game.

This is the section of my reviews where I like to list my top reasons to Play or Skip the game.

Play:

  • A unique new survival game
  • Multiplayer Fun
  • Crafting Fun

 

Skip:

  • If you get seasick lol
  • If you prefer survival games where you can explore land and new areas

Have you played Raft? What games are you currently playing? Do you like Survival Games? Let’s talk survival!

-Luna 🙂

Shoppe Keep 2: First Impressions!

Happy Friday gamers and friends! It’s been awhile since I have posted a First Impressions game review so if you are new around here or need a refresher, here’s how these posts work! My First Impressions post is an overview of a new video game that I have started playing. I will provide my thoughts and hopes for the game after about a week of gameplay. Power Up Players for a First Impressions Video Game Review!

Title: Shoppe Keep 2

Developer: Strange Fire

Publisher: Excalibur Gamers

Release Date: May 3rd, 2018

Platforms: PC

Price: $12.99

Shoppe Keep 2 is a game where you are running a Medieval Shop and selling items to the townspeople. This game is currently in Early Access and surprisingly wayyyy more than a shopkeeper price gouging lol. In Shoppe Keep 2 you can receive quests from different townspeople and in return, they will allow you access to crafting or cooking goods to sell in your shop.

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Quests:

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Quests are a huge part of the game. You can unlock different items to purchase from the vendors in town. When you complete the required quests, your rewards are delivered instantly. Quests will require you to explore and collect items for the vendor or to hunt for specific items (as most animals encountered will have the chance of dropping 3 different items).

Realistic Features: I love the inclusions of realistic features such as shoplifters if you leave your store unattended and the taxes that must be paid to the town. That’s right, you can’t just sell your items and get rich! The more money you make off of patrons, the more you have to pay to the bank for taxes. Fear not, these taxes are not paid in vain, learn more on the Putting Your Money to Work section.

Running A Shop:

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You have complete Customization over your shop. You can choose different tables, pedestals and furniture in which to display items for your patrons. What’s great about the shop is that you can open and close it to customers at your leisure.

Putting Your Money To Work: A great feature of this game is using the taxes to upgrade the town. When you upgrade something in the town such as the Cook’s Shop or the Alchemist, the entire town upgrades as well. For example, we started in a town with dirt roads and wood buildings, after upgrading the Alchemist, the town now has decorations, a stone path and a giant statue.

Multiplayer:

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You can play solo or play multiplayer where shop keepers will be working together. When playing in multiplayer, you will have joint money with the other pkayers in the game and you can run the shop. What’s cool is that you can send others to complete quests and go hunting while another person keeps the shop running.

 

Final Thoughts: The games has a few bugs and glitches but they have been getting fixed quickly over the past few days. I’m also finding that the developers are adding features and different places to to game each time I log in. This is a great multiplayer game to play with friends and a good way to pass the time if you are playing alone. My original thought was that the replayability is going to be low on the game, but with the new additions, quests and town upgrades I can see this game having great potential after the Early Access.

I give Shoppe Keep 2 3.5 out of 5 Power Ups!

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What do you think of the game? Have you played Shoppe Keep 2? What games are you currently playing? Do you recommend any games for me to play? Let’s talk video games and first impressions!

-Luna 🙂

 

FarmVille 2: Country Escape Mobile Review!

Power Up Players and Happy Wednesday! I’m finally back to my normal blogging schedule and today we have a First Impressions Video Game Post for the mobile game: Farmville 2: Country Escape! I’ve just started playing this game and I like it far more than the predecessor FarmVille that took over Facebook and mobile phones everywhere for a year.

Publisher: Zynga

Platform: Android

Genre: Casual

Rating: E for Everyone

Description: Escape to the world of farming, friends and fun! Go on farm adventures to collect rare goods and craft new recipes. Raise animals and grow your farm with friends. Join a farm Co-Op to trade and share or play on your own in Anonymous Mode. You can play FarmVille anytime, anywhere… even when not connected to the internet. Best of all, the world’s most popular farming game is free to play!

Farmville 2: Country Escape is similar to the original Farmville game where you build a farm and harvest crops. What makes FarmVille 2 different is that you are now able to Fish, Search for Berries and even bake items! The game is Free to Play on the Play Store and there’s plenty to keep you busy, if you are into the progression and farming genre.

Gameplay- The short tutorial shows you have to harvest crops. Instead of just planting your crops, you will need to stock up on water at the well to water your plants. As you level up, you can purchase additional crops, animals and tools for your farm. You will be provided with different quests like baking a cake, selling an apple pie or having 3 cows. Upon completion of the missions you will receive experience and bonuses that can be used.

  • Crops – Crops in this game are used to make dishes that can be used for your quests and sold for gold coins. You start off with wheat and can increase your fields. Along with crops, I have trees that provide apples and peaches at the moment.
  • Animals – As you progress you can unlock more barn animals for your farm. Each animal requires a specific crop in order to produce items. For Example: Cows require 3 wheat in order to produce 1 milk.
  • Farm Orders– There is a farm order board by your barn that allows you to sell items for in game currency. Completing farm orders also provides experience.
  • Locations – Some items can be found by sending helpers out to different locations on the farm. The more helpers you send, the better your reward at the end of their search. You can send them to the pond to go fishing, to the garden to pick berries, etc.
  • Farmers Market – FarmVille 2 introduces the Farmers Market, where you can sell items in your barn to real players for in game currency. This works out because you may want to clear space in your barn, but you do not have a farm order for that item.
  • Other Farmers – As with many mobile games, you can request your friends from Facebook on the mobile game. You can send gifts to your friends and request items from them. There is also a co-op mode that allows you to farm together (I haven’t played co-op mode yet).

Sights & Sounds- The colors of the game are bright and vibrant. I haven’t noticed any season changes at all, but it looks as if you are in Spring or Autumn seasons.

Difficulty- The game is not difficult, but you will have to manage and prioritize tasks. If you have 2 bakery ovens and you are trying to complete a task, you will want to make the quick timed items while you are actively playing and leave the longer items to cook when you will not be on your phone. Also, keeping track of how many items you have is something slowing me down at a moment. I go over the limit of items that I can store in my barn.

Replayability– Right now the game has high replayability because it is set up to unlock expansions or additional features at a certain level or time. I’ve noticed that once you have expanded your land, there is a timer that doesn’t let you expand again until you either use keys (not recommended as these are hard to come by) or wait until the time runs out.

Final Thoughts: I’m enjoying the game at the moment. While at work, I set tasks that can take a few hours in progress and on breaks I try and accomplish as many quick tasks as possible. It’s pretty fun and a great way for me to pass the time.

This is the section of my reviews where I list the top reasons to “Play” or “Skip” the game.

Play:

  • A mobile game that can be played quickly or over time
  • If you enjoyed the first Farmville or similar games by Zynga

Skip:

  • If you do not like games that regulate your expansion
  • If you do not like time centered games (3 minutes for carrots, 1 hour for Strawberries, etc.)

Thank you for reading my first impressions post for the mobile game FarmVille 2: Country Escape. Have you played the game? What mobile games are you currently playing? Let’s talk mobile games!

-Luna 🙂

Playing The Game: Staxel Ep 1!

Power up Players for a new series called “Playing The Game!” Playing the game is going to be a cross series where I breakdown my initial analysis and thoughts on the game (like my First Impressions Posts) on the blog and then upload the actual gameplay on the GamersUnitedGG YouTube Channel. Today we will be Playing a game on Steam called Staxel.

Developer:Plukit

Publisher: Humble Bundle

Genre: Sandbox

Platform: PC

Price: $19.99

Staxel is an ambitious game designed to give the player a lot of creative freedom. We feel that we’ve reached a good level of polish, but content-wise, our vision for the game is far greater in scope. Our goal for Early Access is to keep expanding the game while listening to you—the player—to pinpoint our priorities.” …

Staxel is a sandbox adventure game that’s very similar to Minecraft. The game was presented to me by my friend Xsanie in our Discord channel and I immediately fell in love. We downloaded the game and I have been playing all weekend lol. Currently, the game is in the “Early Access” phase so there are updates and tweaks being made to improve the quality of the game.

 

Premise:

You are welcomed into a beautiful farming City by Farm Fam and the Mayor Maximilian. After a brief tutorial, you set out on your journey to rebuild the glory of the farm on the outskirts of town. Of course your relatives left you an old, rundown farm and barn that you will want to build and help use to attract more citizens to the town. Your entire goal is to farm and socialize with the other townspeople.

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Expectations:

I initially expected to play a game where you build a farm with friends and go mining like we would do in Minecraft. Currently, the game is in early access but you can create multiplayer servers and farm with friends. I have 2 solo games and a multiplayer game going on currently. There was a game called “Avatar Farm” that I used to play and loveddd on Xbox 360. You would use your

Actual Gameplay:

So I was pleasantly surprised when I discovered that this sandbox game actually gives you missions and quests to participate in to go alongside with building a farm.

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Episode 1:

In episode 1, I learned all of the abilities and features of the town. I learned how to plant, water and build my farm. I was also provided with a pet puppy named Buddy in which I care for. He follows you around town or you can leave him at home. I was able to visit the workshop in town and learn new skills in building and assembling items from a learned recipe.

 

Learnings

  • Each townsperson occupies a role and can give you quests
  • Even though you have options to decline, the A.I.’s get mad if you do!
  • Your pet will only follow you within a certain range, so don’t walk too fast if you have them tailing you.
  • You can charge tools to cover more area. Charging an axe cuts down more of the tree and charging the hoe tils a larger spread of land.
  • You can make money by selling items like bugs, wood or crafting items.

 

Questions

  • Does your pet help you farm or have any special abilities?
  • Is there a main story you have to complete?
  • What happens if you run out of missions?

 

 

Thank you for reading my analysis of my first episode in Staxel! As this series progresses there may be new sections added on. You can watch the gameplay of episode 1 on YouTube by clicking here! If you would like to join me in the Playing the Games segment, please leave your interest in the comments or email us at GamersUnitedGG@gmail.com. Have you played Staxel? What games are you currently playing? Let’s talk Video Games!

-Luna 🙂

Final Fantasy XIV Online: First Impressions!

Power -up players for the 1st First Impressions post of 2018, on my very first Final Fantasy Game EVER: Final Fantasy XIV Online. I’ve mentioned before that I have never played any of the Final Fantasy games, mainly because when they were first released, they were turn based RPG Games that I did not care for. After reading great posts by my blogging buddies The Shameful Narcissist and Lightning Ellen, I have been more open to the idea of playing Final Fantasy games. My online gaming group have been sending me deals for Final Fantasy XIV online and I finally gave in!

 

Story:

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Something that I am aware of is the excellent storytelling in the World of Final Fantasy. FFXIV does it’s predecessors proud by offering an immersive story! You start as a wanderer who is summoned by a supernatural force. Your character is given gifts in which you will use to help save the land.  The story starts on a ship and everyone in the land that I have started in is a pirate. I have to admit, reading so of that slang tripped me up a bit.

Gameplay & Controls:

The gameplay is pretty fun. There’s a lot of dialogue that you can opty to read or if you’re in the mood for a fun tory, you can read to fully immerse yourself in the Final Fantasy world. When I stream the game on Twitch or record my gameplay, I have fun and read the dialogue in different voices. I am currently playing FFXIV on PC, so the controls are standard for a RPG game. With PC one of the luxuries are the ability to keybind skills or actions to your playstyle, but I find the preset keys work well in FFXIV Online.

Graphics & Sounds:

The game is beautiful. On my gaming PC the colors are vibrant and smooth. They blend together really well and I can finally say that I am starting to become a graphics type of girl when it comes to my video games. I really enjoy the soundtrack and music in FFXIV. I love when a game’s music can shift my mood. You can tell when a big fight is about to break out when the music changes dramatically and you are no longer listening to the melodic, happy tune while you were traveling.

Classes:

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There are a few different classes that you can select to play with your character. Each class, has one of 3 starting locations: Ul’dah, Limsa Lominsa and . There are the traditional roles of Tank, DPS and Healer which will depend on the class that you select. I love magical damage classes, so I selected the Arcanist. The Arcanist can evolve into a Summoner or Scholar so you pretty much have the best of both worlds. I can heal and distribute magical damage with the Arcanist class.

One of the perks of my class is that I can Summon a creature (in the form of a cute electric blue fox) who can guard me, fight for me or even heal for me. I have a tank version of this pet as well so while running dungeons (or solo multi entity quests) I summon my creature and have him pull aggro. Sometimes he gets out of control and I have to send him away as 20 enemies run towards me lol.

 

DLC & Features:

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I purchased the complete edition of the game that included the 2 DLC’s. This makes the game MASSIVE! I’m in the first DLC and progressing through that story now and boy is it grindy. I played all day on Wednesday and I’m only level 18, Yikes! I like it though, there are a variety of missions from collecting items, to finding and talking to NPC’s to exterminating creatures. Each quest will have something a bit different to keep you playing and pushing through the grind.

Other than the main and side quests, you can level your characters in a variety of ways. You can attack higher level creature in the world and XP will be gained for each kill (although you obtain more experience when you complete quests). There are instances know as “Fate’s” that you can plan to gain experience, money (gil) and items. Fates will be marked with a purple circle on your map. Each Fate has a requirement to complete (mostly to destroy a certain number of creatures in a specified time) before the instance disappears. Fate’s are the equivalent of World Events in Destiny 2 where other players can team up to help complete the task quickly.

LeveQuests are another feature of the game in which you can level up your character. When you are a high enough level, you will be able to accept these mini quests that combine the features of the Fate events and quest items into 1. You will have a set task that you will need to complete and you are rewarded by the completion, difficulty and speed of your task.

Replayability:

Right now I am all in for Final Fantasy! There’s so much to do that it keeps me occupied. If I don’t want to run quests, I go and complete Fate’s or LeveQuests. I also train and upgrade my gear. There are dungeons and other multiplayer features of the game that I have not tried out yet. I can see myself playing this game for a few months. It’s a bit like any other RPG but it’s still fun to play alone or with friends.

Final Thoughts:

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I am really enjoying the game at the moment. This is a great experience for my first Final Fantasy game and I anticipate playing for quite some time. I love that I am able to journey around and that there are plenty of activities to keep my interest. With the addion of seasonal events and DLC, I can see myself playing FFXIV online for the entire year. My gameplay of Final Fantasy XIV online was uploaded this morning to our YouTube channel. Click here to watch!

I give Final Fantasy XIV Online 4 out of 5 Power Ups!

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Wheew! That was a lot of information for a First Impressions post, but Final Fantasy XIV Online is a truly massive game. I may start writing monthly updates on the game regarding the current events or new features that I have tried. Have you played FFXIV online? Which class do you play or like to play in RPG’s? Let’s talk RPGs!

-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 🙂

 

Spurt Dot Mobile Game Review!

Power Up Players, get your hard drives ready for another mobile video game review! This time we are reviewing the ball bouncing dot game Spurt Dot!

Publisher: Appamate

Platform: Android

Spurt dot is an interactive brick breaking game in which the player taps the screen to break bricks, collect stars and avoid obstacles. The game has a great sense of a party as the colors are vibrant and the music in the background had me excited to play. There are 3 levels that will test the player’s skill and reaction times; Normal, Hard and Insane! Normal modes has a simple speed attached while Hard speeds up. Insane is just as it sounds, insanity for the quick reflexes of the challenger. I prefer the Normal mode lol.

Sights & Sounds: I enjoyed the simplistic design of the game. The colors are bright and vibrant so it is easy to spot where you will need to tap to control the ball. I really enjoyed the techno/ dance song that accompanies the game. It makes the task at hand feel like a party and increases the excitement.

Gameplay & Difficulty: The gameplay and controls are very easy. Tap the screen to bounce your ball while avoiding obstacles and pitfalls. You can rack up bonus points by collecting stars randomly marked on the colored bricks. Try and survive as long as possible! The different difficulty settings makes for a customized experience

Replayability: I can see Spurt Dot being a game that you can play when you have a few minutes of time to spare. Because of its simple design and unlimited play time, I find myself playing to see how long I can last. Currently my highest score for Normal difficulty is 54.

Final Thoughts: I did enjoy playing the game, however, it does seem endless. I know that is built by design but I would prefer to have goals set by the game. Maybe incorporate an arcade mode and a zen mode. The zen mode can be the endless tapping and race against your highest score and the arcade mode can be a set target where you reach a total score and move on. Maybe making it progressive where the speed, obstacles and pitfalls increase in difficulty. That would be awesome.

This is the section of the review where I note my top reasons to Play or Skip the mobile app!

Play:

  • Endless brick breaking fun (the classics are where it’s at!)
  • A chance to test your reflexes (and improve your skill) with the different game speeds
  • A quick game that’s pretty entertaining and great music

Skip:

  • If you prefer progressive games that have a set goal
  • If you get frustrated with games that test your reflexes

Check out the trailer below and if you enjoy the review and the game seems interesting, you can download it by clicking here!

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I give Spurt Dot 3 out of 5 Power-ups!

Thank you to Josh from Appamate for the chance to review the game! What do you think of Spurt Dot? Do you like brick breaking games? Are you a fan of endless but fun games? Let’s talk video games!

-Luna 🙂

Hand of Fate 2: All you want to know (Preview by Gamers Nation)

Power up Players! Today’s post will be a guest post from our friends over at Gamers-Nation! Make sure to take a look at their blog via the links below if you like the content! Enjoy!

-Luna 🙂

Hand of Fate 2 is a sequel to one of the most interesting and original games released recently. The focus here is simple, you are playing against the dealer and you need to win the best way you can. Just like in the previous game, you are exploring a dark fantasy world that’s created from a collectible cards set. The world is randomly generated and you can explore it based on your own choices.

Gameplay

The best thing about Hand of Fate 2 is that each card brings you a new trial. You can stick to the tabletop RPG experience, you can enter the combat regions as a third person experience or you can enjoy some mini-games as you try to figure out what’s more important and fun for you. hof2 -3

The focus is on creating a powerful deck and eliminating your opponents. But the dealer also has quite a lot of stuff up his sleeve, so it’s up to you to deal with the situation and battle the experience the best way you can. hof 2-1

As you can see, Hand of Fate 2 is rather similar to the original, but it does have its own cool new stuff too. For example, there’s a new map based meta game. This comes with its own range of delightful and fun challenges for you to explore. It’s interesting, distinct and among some of the nicest things that you can enjoy out there.

What’s New

Moreover, the game has expanded its unique set of combat styles, with two handed heavy arms and dual wielding being a nice experience at this particular time. You also have the ability to battle some new foes and there are quite a lot of new card suits too. From the imperial forces or the blight, there’s a lot of stuff for you to unlock, explore and battle as you see fit. That’s what makes Hand of Fate 2 shine, the fact that you get more of the same stuff, but also improved and seamlessly integrated into a new experience. hof 2-2

You can also team up with companions and they offer a lot of support if needed. There are some mini game perks too and these can help influence the game experience quite a lot. This offers a tremendous set of results and the outcome is by far one of the best out there.

As a whole, Hand of Fate 2 is a very interesting game and one that you will like quite a lot due to the way it plays and works. It’s fun, more detailed and it manages to offer that sense of great gaming experience that you always wanted. You should consider giving it a try if you love card games or action games, because it has the perfect blend between these two genres. Just consider giving it a shot if you love this sort of games, and you will see just how impressive and astonishing the game can be for you. Hand of Fate 2 launches 7 Nov, 2017.

 

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First Impressions: Fortnite!

Hiya Players! Thank you for reading today’s First Impressions post of the game Fortnite. Fortnite is a Battle Royale, survival-esque game in which you can survive against a horde or go straight into PVP versus 100 other tributes! Sounds familiar? Well that’s because Fortnite can be compared to H1Z1 and Player Unknown Battlegrounds or PUBG. But this survival game is a bit different then it’s predecessors and I’m here to tell you why!

First off the game is free to play on PC and PS4 at the moment. Don’t be afraid to get into the high octane action yourself after reading my first impressions. However, you can only play the Battle Royale without purchasing the full game.

Battle Royale- In Battle Royale you can play in a squad or solo against 100 other tributes (I said that already lol). You begin by jumping out of a Bus (the Magic Schoolbus lol) and skydiving to a section of the island where your battle will take place. You start off with only a simple pickaxe and you must scavenge nearby buildings (or player’s bodies) to upgrade your weapons. Pretty simple, right? What makes this game a bit different is the ability to build during your battle. That’s right, you have blueprints pre-installed in your character for different structures that you can build with materials.

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Use your pickaxe to get wood or find it and other materials such as stone or metal on the way. The ability to build adds a new element to the otherwise scavenge and shoot game. I’ve seen players build shelters while they quickly scavenge for an escape route from a pursuing enemy. You’re only objective is to be the Lone Survivor

 

So why not just camp in a building? Well the game takes care of our friendly “Campers” by making sure that they have to move every few minutes. This is regulated by a shrinking storm border. If you get caught in the storm you will take damage until  1 of 2 things happen; You die or you make it into the safe zone that’s marked on your map. This mechanic also ensures that the games are not super long.

Weapon Diversity- So far I’ve seen your standard weapons like pistols, shotguns, semi auto shotguns, sniper rifles, assault rifles, grenades and more. What’s pretty cool and exclusive to Fortnite as well is the integration of Weapon Traps. You can place a trap on the ceiling (the only one I’ve found so far) and injure your enemy.

There’s another cool component of the scavenging process. You can find these treasure chests that are stocked with great gear. If you’re near the chests you can hear the music change.

Luna’s Pro Tips: There are a few pro tips that I’ve picked up in the games that I’ve played and I’ll share them with you!

  1. On the initial descent, try to pick an area away from the other players. This way you can have a bit more time to prepare for the uphill battle.
  2. Listen to your surroundings.- This is probably the most crucial tip. You can hear people running, picking up items, opening doors, etc. If you listen you will know the direction of the danger.
  3. Crouch walk This goes hand in hand with tip number 2. Crouch walking minimizes the noise that YOU make. It’s a great way to sneak up on other tributes.

Final Thoughts: The Early Access for Fortnite was pretty cool and allowed me to gain a feel for the game. I do see myself eventually picking up the game when the price lowers a bit, although I don’t know whether it will be on PS4 or PC. I really loved the integration of building materials to make Fortnite a different experience. I imagine that you can select your characters when you actually purchase the game as the random character selection didn’t appeal to me as much. I do hope that there’s more than 1 multiplayer battle island becuase I found myself going to the same areas after a few rounds. These areas were guaranteed to have something good.

This is the section of my reviews where I list my top reasons you would want to Play or Skip the game!

Play:

  • A fun way to play a battle royale
  • It’s free access, I mean at least download it for later lol
  • Horde (Survival Mode) looks really fun!

Skip:

  • Not into survival games
  • Missed the free access trial

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I give the game 4 out of 5 Power-Ups! It was pretty fun and the multiplayer option is a bit different each time.

Those are my thoughts on the Fortnite Battle Royale Game! Have you played it yet? What games are you currently playing? Let’s Talk Video Games!

-Luna 🙂

 

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