In the beginning, I was worried that another Angry Birds game would just be disappointingly stale, but this app quickly proved to be engaging, fresh, and full of variety. The main objective is to journey through the different-colored regions of Bird Island and find all the members of Eagle Force, an almighty super-bird team that can defeat the egg-stealing pigs once and for all. Along the way, you must fight multiple pig battles using your personal bird army, which you build and upgrade on your own. One of the coolest new perks in Angry Birds Evolution is the huge variety of bird characters, which come in all colors, sizes, and levels. I was pleasantly surprised to discover the great selection of both male and female birds, each of which come with their own unique bio. They also range from one to five stars in ability, and the game clearly states that a two-star character is stronger than a one-star one, no matter how much you upgrade it. Since you can only use a limited number of your birds in battles (the rest are saved in your inventory), it is far more effective to fight with your highest-ranking characters and use up your lower-ranked birds to upgrade and strengthen your fighters. And once you upgrade them the maximum number of levels (20), you can evolve them—although the price is steep unless you have a high amount of evolution material, so do not get prematurely excited about that.
I am always wary of any form of media with Frankenstein’s name in it. Usually the name Frankenstein is given to the monster, when in the original novel the monster had no name. Frankenstein was just the name of the doctor. For whatever reason, I thought that The Frankenstein Wars would be about big monsters fighting each other. I couldn’t be more wrong.
World of One is a horror-themed puzzle-platformer by developer Grimwood Team. At the game’s beginning, the player uses a lighthouse to travel from one foggy world to the next. As the player progresses, things continue to grow bleaker. From world to world, the sky grows darker, the sound of crows gets louder, monsters start to roam the lands in increasing frequency. I even found one puzzle which involved—what I hope were—scarecrows hung by nooses.World of One is a horror-themed puzzle-platformer.
Most of the players have played X-Men Legends, the top down X-Men game, where we run around killing the enemies using different heroes. Well, we didn’t play X-Men but Victor Vran: Overkill Edition, a same gameplay style, as a hunter. Victor Vran: Overkill Edition is created by Haemimont Games and published by Wired Productions. There is something interesting about this hunter named Victor Vran. I started playing this game, and the voice over of the protagonist was very familiar to me. I was wondering where did I heard the voice before, and at last it struck me the sound was of Geralt of Rivia from Witcher. To be true, the game had me attracted as soon as I heard Doug Cockle, the Geralt of Rivia himself.
Starpoint Gemini Warlords developed by Little Green Men Games is a space simulator, RPG, 4x title that conquers great graphics and the free roam experience. The game offers a near endless amount of playtime and ultimately lets the player choose however they want to spend it.
Pixel Worlds by developer Kukouri is a Massively Multiplayer Online Sandbox game originally available on Android and iOS devices, and has now been ported to Steam. The idea is for the player to chat, trade, and build worlds to share with other players.
Few games capitalize on the power of sheer curiosity like Empathy: Path of Whispers does. Through sheer curiosity I finished this game, however, there were significant problems I found despite what was a mysterious and captivating story. Empathy: Path of Whispers was released by developer Pixel Night and publisher Iceberg Interactive, and is an adventure game that puts you in a world that has disappeared, and been ravaged by violence after the outbreak of some disease causing rage and madness. You play a child trying to piece the world back together, learning of what happened through the personal stories of different seemingly dead individuals. Using a wave detector, you hear their world as echoes, whispers of the past. Each has a different story to tell, and each helps you to learn something new about what exactly happened.
*There May Be Spoilers in this Review
At first glance, Rive may seem like your typical indie side-scrolling platformer, but “the metal wrecking, robot hacking shooter” certainly has more to offer. This game is so explosively action-packed that it is not surprisingly made by the same indie studio that brought the Worms series to life, Two Tribes. This “360-degree shooter” allows you to interact with your environment and destroy pretty much everything in your path aside from permanent structures. A word of caution, not all things should be destroyed and may end up harming you! The most unique feature is perhaps the hacking, which allows you to take over your enemies and exploit them to your benefit.
I was presented a chance to play Studio Chahut’s Early Access game, Post Human W.A.R, through Steam. When reading through this preview, please keep in mind that this game is Early Access and is, therefore, unfinished. Previews like this are intended to help the developers know what is liked and disliked about their game before a potential full release.