Pirates of Black Cove Review

I wrote this (once again) for Bit-tech. Enjoy

There’s something very appealing about the idea of being a pirate. Not so much the borderline alcoholism or the missing limbs, but the freedom to go where you want and not having to do the washing often make pirate games a great way to escape the trappings of the real world. However, of all the pirate games we’ve played, Pirates of the Black Cove is the most predictably insipid. With its cartoon-like art style and 101 nearly identical jokes-in-a-bottle to be collected, Pirates of the Black Cove is steadily aimed at the younger market and offers little to attract more mature players. Read the rest of this entry


Roccat Kova + Review

I wrote this review for Bit-Tech and CustomPc Magazine. Enjoy.

The Roccat Kova+ is the latest version of the company’s ambidextrous Kova mouse, which we saw back in 2009. It had a comfortable shape, and it glided smoothly, but its lack of customisation options meant that it lost out to its more flexible competition. As such, it’s good to see that there’s little to distinguish the two mice physically; most of the improvements that the Kova+ boasts come courtesy of the new driver software.

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Star Ruler

This review was written by me for Bit-tech/customPc magazine. Enjoy.

The 4X (explore, expand, exploit and exterminate) space game genre has been blessed with a large number of great games: the Homeworld and X series to name just a few. These well loved games have been joined by new member: Star Ruler. Developed and published by Blind Mind Studios, Star Ruler does a surprisingly good job of competing with these titles, even though it’s a brand new series.

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Unlocking Hammerfight Tribal Wars

Just a quick post as most of the search hits for my blog are people trying to unlock one or other of the game modes from Hammerfight. Read the rest of this entry

Serious Sam DoubleD

This review was written by me for Bit-tech/customPc magazine. Enjoy.

How to describe Serious Sam: Double D? Irreverent? Gory? Childish? There’s one adverb that could never be attached to SS:DD, and that’s ‘boring.’ One of several indie titles that Croteam has allowed to use the Serious Sam universe, Mommy’s Best Games’ Serious Sam Double D is a 2D side-scroller with a serious attitude problem and a very strong tolerance for gore.

Double D slots into the continuity of the series quite well, however. Sam has defeated Mental and is travelling through time removing any stray minions he left behind when he first passed through on his killing spree. However, when he gets to Ancient Egypt, he finds out that everything is not as it seems; now he must fight his way through time to uncover the truth. Insert cliché here!

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All Quiet On the Western Front

A quick message to the few people who end up on my blog. THANK YOU! Read the rest of this entry

Kerbal Space Program Preview

As the rocket climbed past the 5km above sea level, the solid fuel rockets finally ran out of fuel. But this was all according to plan. The crew fired the decouplers, severing the now empty motor modules from the rest of the rocket. But as the rockets began to fall earthward, suddenly everything went horribly wrong. One of the ejected engines collided with a liquid fuel tank, igniting the volatile contents with a cataclysmic explosion which caused the rocket to start an uncontrollable tumble towards the earth. Despite their frantic efforts, the crew were unable to eject the command module before what little remained of the once proud rocket crashed into the side of a mountain, ending the 10th ill fated attempt of the Kerbal Space Program to reach orbit.

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What To Do Next?

Because I am very lazy and almost chronically indecisive (just ask my girlfriend), I am offering YOU the chance to have your say about what I review next. Please try and contain your excitement.

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Before I start this review, I must offer a caution: VVVVVV (or rather V, as apparently the other 5 V’s are silent) is a flash game and stores the game save files with the Temps files from your Internet browser. And this means that if you clear your cashe, you unwillingly are deleting your saves, as I found out. Now, onto the review.

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Hammerfight Review

Hammerfight is the latest game published by Russian developer Kranx Productions and it is set in a world of frantic aerial melee battles between various tribes, giant sized fauna and rogue flying machines. Making this all viable is a nice physics engine and an intuitive control interface using the mouse to steer your helicopter and beat several different type of stuffing out of your opponents. This is explained in a clear but brief tutorial, but doesn’t go into specifics about using some of the powerups and throwing weapons. It is however very clear about how to ruin someone else’s day and my, there are so many different ways to do that. Read the rest of this entry