Saturday, November 23rd, 2013 | Author: OWC Tony A
As much as my initial reaction to playing casual games is generally a cringing face, I went against my better judgment and decided to give it a go under the guidance of OWC Alan and OWC Dyllon and download Clash of Clans. Hope you got your coffee ready, I sure wish I did.
OK, so at its core, Clash of Clans is a game about building an army RTS style and then deploying those trips on PvE (player vs environment) missions, or PvP (player vs player) and destroying their bases and earning two types of resources. You have your Typical Gold, which is NOT used to hire people from your army, oddly enough. Your secondary resource is purple goo. Yep, you read that right. I half expected that I needed to collect it from sewers and plaster it all over the inside of the Statue of Liberty. Sadly, no. You use it to upgrade some things, build defenses, and hire troops. I’m not sure, maybe it’s me, but as a mercenary, I think I would prefer the gold to a cup of goo.
Saturday, November 16th, 2013 | Author: OWC Tony A
Ahh … after a brief departure to the Mac, it’s back to some good ol’ iOS gaming. And what better way to kick it off than with Plants vs. Zombies 2! However, it looks like my 3GS (which I’ve lovingly nicknamed “ye olde smartphone”) may start collecting a little dust.
Luckily this is not a web series, or you’d see me drooling over and hugging my iPad, which I’ll be doing a few reviews on from now on to make sure the iPad gaming scene gets some love. So pick your plants, get your sun smashing fingers ready, and let’s get it on!
So admission time: I didn’t play the first Plants vs. Zombies so go ahead and cringe. I did, however, put quite a few hours of gameplay into the minigame based on it, inside of World of Warcraft. That counts, right? Right? OK, now that I’ve destroyed any street cred I have for comparing this game to its predecessor let’s dive into what makes this game a solid title. Article Continues…
Wednesday, November 13th, 2013 | Author: OWC Mason
Adobe Ideas is an incredibly fun digital art app. While it’s certainly not a professional level digital art tool, it makes it easy to download and instantly begin creating cool art. It’s a very intuitive program with a pretty impressive toolkit, but it would definitely benefit from a few simple tweaks.
Lets take a look at the good, the bad, and my deeply insightful suggestions to improve the program.
There is a lot to like here. First of all, it’s easy to dive right in and start drawing. Adobe Ideas is a great app for anybody looking for a cost-free introduction to digital drawing and painting. As soon as you download it, you can start creating, no matter what your skill level is.
The color palate is very impressive, offering a complete rainbow of RGB and HSB colors. There is also a convenient eyedropper tool so you don’t have to worry about picking the exact same color you used previously if you need it again. Just point the eyedropper at the desired color, click and you will have the color you need to get the job done.
Well, here’s a new one. I haven’t done a murder mystery game, probably because this is the only good one I’ve ever found. (Not that I don’t review bad games, but if it’s so bad I tear up after making fun of it… I tend to not publish those). Professor Layton is a new entry to the iOS market after jumping over from the Nintendo DS, to an even smaller handheld device, your iPod/ iPhone. So let’s put on our detective caps, grab our deductive reasoning shoes and delve into the depths of Layton Brothers: Mystery Room!
I’m not going to spoil much on this one, because it’s actually a really sweet game, so all of this review will be based on the first level. I apologize ahead of time that this will not be as much of an in-depth look. But it’s in the name of preventing spoilers. So the game starts out, and you are a brand new detective, and you’ve been assigned to the back, back room of the police station, where all the cases that can’t be solved go. Being the ever-optimist, your character (Lucy Baker), makes the best of it. Article Continues…
Saturday, September 7th, 2013 | Author: OWC Tony A
I think I’ve mentioned quite a bit on this blog that my main cup of tea is a good solid hack and slash RPG. If its got tons of loot and bosses galore, I’m in. But once in a while the sword gets dulled, the shield wrist strap breaks, and the quests are over. Typically at this point I’ll either A) Try and find a new RPG, or B) Branch out, stretch my thumbs, and find a new game in a different genre to play. I don’t understand golf. I mean I get the rules, and I understand there is a LOT of skill involved. I just don’t get the draw of smashing a ball with a stick over and over till you get it into a tiny hole, then when you’ve finally made it, you do it 17 more times. Boy, that gets my heart pounding. Golf video games are no exception. It blows my mind that a new one or two comes out every year, since the game hasn’t really changed since the fifteenth century.
That being said, I can understand the game on a smaller scale – a miniature scale if you will. The game suddenly becomes less about chasing tiny balls in go karts and becomes a game of physics. Now that, I can get into. Mini Golf MatchUp is a free mini golf game for iOS and Android. I figured what the heck, let’s give it a go after my wife suggested I give it a whirl for the blog. So I did, and here are the results… Article Continues…