Category Archives: Reviews

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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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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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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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

Cogs Review

Cogs is not the sort of game that I play out of choice. In fact, I tend to actively avoid puzzle solving games to the point of not using the hacking minigame in Bioshock 2. But there was something about Cogs that kept drawing me back to play it again and again. And that is a very rare trait for a game, especially a puzzle game.

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Crayon Physics Review

Crayon Physics Deluxe is probably more well know as a smartphone game for a wide range of handsets. It was originally released way back in January 2009 for the PC, and very little has changed between platforms. The aim of this rather cute game it to move a ball across the map collecting stars as you go. This deceptively simple goal is made more appealing with the use of a rather smooth and well polished physics engine that turns whatever is drawn by the mouse into a physical object within the game.

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And Yet It Moves Review

And Yet It Moves (or AYIM) is the brain child of the indie developer Broken Rules. Released on the PC but since ported over to the Wii, AYIM is a puzzle platformer with a very unique feature: You can rotate the world around the character.

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