Friday Fun Mobile Review: Catan!

Welcome to this week’s Friday Fun Mobile Review: Catan! We had some friends over for dinner(i was excited to try a new recipe) and general merriment. Fuzzy(of ictb fame) brought over a board Game I had heard and recently thought about buying calling Catan. I got my ass kicked but had fun doing it. Afterwards I came across a news item stating it was out and updated for mobile devices, talked about fate. Picked it up and this is the review.

TitleGame: Catan

Developer: USM

Platforms: Android, iOS

Objective:

Gain enough victory points to become the Lord of Catan.

Game play:

The game rules are those of the board game. You can find them online if you want the full details and details of play but the premise is simple. Collect resources to build and gain the required victory points to win the game.

MapThe game has 3 game modes, campaign, custom and online mode. Campaign mode takes the general gameplay and adds bonuses for accomplishing certain tasks. Custom and online are just that. Create your own game with custom rules or play online against others to prove your dominance.

Just like any video game adaptation of a board game it’s just the game animated and available so you don’t have to setup the actual game and so you can play against ai.

tradeGraphics and sound:

Simple animations and music are all that’s really needed here and that’s what you get. You can’t expect too much when getting an animated version of a board game. The animations they did are well done and combine nicely with the sound effects and conquering style music track in the background.

Overall:

Overall, everything combined nicely to make an on the go version of this popular board game. There is some cost associated with this game. You pay for the basic app and expansion packs but it’s nothing in comparison to the 50 or so you would pay to buy the actual game and expansions and this way you don’t need to have friends over constantly to play. Play when you want! If you have no interest in the board game it’s probably not for you. However if you like the board game then buy this, you’ll enjoy it. I give it a 4 out of 5 coins.

4outof5This has been Friday Fun Mobile Review: Catan! Game review number 153. Thanks for stopping by! Have a game you think I should review? Email me at chachisays@gmail.com, hit me up on twitter @chachisays, or leave a comment below

Friday Fun Mobile Review: EA Sports UFC

Welcome to the new home of mobile reviews Friday! We are starting with Ea Sports UFC. Sometimes you need to play a sports game that involves punching, kicking and contorting your opponent into begging for it to stop. Welcome to Friday Fun Mobile Review: EA Sports UFC!

ufcGame: EA Sports UFC

Developer: EA Sports

Platforms: Android, iOS

fighterObjective:

Absolutely punish your opponent in the octagon.

Game play:

You start the game with 1 fighter but as you progress you can unlock over 70 fighters over 4 different weight classes, either by randomly receiving the card in an fighter box or by spending the dough to buy them with gold coins. Using the points you unlock you can upgrade your fighter’s moves and by doing so gaining levels and unlocking more moves.

As with most games of this type on a mobile platform you only have a series of tape or swipes to perform moves. High tap, low tap for simple strikes. Swipe high forward or low for stronger hits or swipe back to block or dodge a hit. Now this is where the game gets weird. Instead of having a swipe pattern to do high profile moves the game takes on more of a card style play. Consecutive hits or blocks draws you a move card that represents a high profile move, superman punch, backhanded punch, double leg takedown etc. It’s still easy to pick up and play.

levelsThere are also events every few days where if you qualify via weight class and win you can fight a high profile fight. Example being that currently they have a Bruce Lee event where you can fight as and fight against Bruce Lee. Along with these events sometimes comes a special pack unlock with bonuses that you can use for upgrades and special fighters

Graphics and sound:

The graphics are comparable to any console sports game on the xbox 360 or Ps3. Which for a mobile game is saying a lot. You can tell that it’s a real human person that you are punching in the face. Also, the animations that happen when you knock someone out make me laugh with such examples as the horizontal frankenstein or the sleeping toddler. Enjoyable by themselves. A generic intro track and crowd noises are all this game really needs but let’s be honest, if there’s no commentators you aren’t listening to the background noises of the game.

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Overall, despite the stigma that EA has with being a crap company they make good games. This is no different. I could’ve done without the mobile game style of unlocking characters but it’s the norm. The gameplay combined with the sound and graphics make for a good time of you are spending a decent amount of time playing This game. I give it a 5 out of 5 coins.

5outof5This has been Friday Fun Mobile Review: As sports ufc! Game number 151 that I Have reviewed. Thanks for stopping by! Have a game you think I should review? Email me at chachisays@gmail.com, hit me up on twitter @chachisays, or leave a comment below

Funday Sunday Mobile Review: Fallout Shelter

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Hey everyone, it’s BobbyFJtown with a mobile review, This time I’ll be looking at the android version of Fallout: Shelter.  I learned a lot playing this game, I love the mechanics in the game, like Chachi said, it is an underground version of Tiny Tower, but that’s not a bad thing.  It’s it’s own game, and it’s different from both Tiny Tower and Fallout proper.  It has elements of both games but stands on it’s own as a game you just can’t put down.

You start the game out by picking your vault number, I chose Vault 555, and started my journey.  In the game you set up the underground shelter with a few different rooms, a power plant, water plant, diner, med bay, science lab, storage room, radio room among others. The most important of these rooms were the first 3 that I named. You need power to make the other rooms function, you need water to keep your dwellers hydrated and radiation free, and you need food to keep your dwellers healthy.  You also need living quarters so you can have more dwellers. And how do you get more dwellers…well you put one male and one female in the living quarters and nature happens, next thing you know you have a brand new baby dweller.  This is essential for getting the most out of your shelter.  You have to watch how many dwellers you have compared to how much energy, water, and food you use.  It has to be a balanced dance in which you must watch how many resources you have at your disposal.

In some instances you can rush your rooms to get resources faster, this comes at a cost at times,  If done correctly you get the resources and caps, which much like Fallout games is the currency in this world.  If the rush fails you either have the room get attacked by rad-roaches, which are radioactive roaches, or the room will catch fire, which as you can see is a task in itself because some of the dweller’s aren’t the best fire fighters.

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Most dwellers are terrible firefighters

Other events that cause danger to your vault, Deathclaws, which I haven’t run into yet, and Raiders which I have run into,  Raiders are the reason I learned from this game,  I had my vault filled with rooms and running at a great clip, I think I had it running at 93% happiness with 28 dwellers, well then the raiders hit and I wasn’t prepared.  I had very little weapons because I didn’t send many dwellers out to explore the wasteland to find weapons and outfits to help protect and give your dwellers different skills,  Dwellers have skills sets that make it easier for them to perform tasks.  The skills on their S.P.E.C.I.A.L. Meters.  Each letter corresponds to a skill set that is applied to each room the dwellers create resources in.  Once the raiders attacked they killed all but 1 of my dwellers,  You can pay to get your dwellers revived but I only had so many caps, and I had to sacrifice dwellers and rooms by demolishing the rooms to cash them in for caps, and not many caps so I only had enough to pay for the most essential dwellers that I had, I had 2 very high level dwellers that I had to save, but since they were high level they were very expensive.  Thus my 28 dwellers had to be dwindled down to about 7, I then started the build up my rooms at a slower pace and it made me re-evaluate and chance the way I was playing the game.   Thus I am now back up at a healthy 18 dwellers and at about 85% happiness.  The one big difference is that I used my highest level dweller as a scout and sent him into the wasteland to find better weapons so now when the raiders attack they are no match for my improved vault.

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The two highest level dwellers I saved from death at the hands of raiders, now they have a family and are productive members of the new society.

Another great thing about this game is that yes, it does have freemium content in lunchboxes, but you can earn them instead of paying for them and it’s not required to pay for anything to have a good time and get good at the game.  So in conclusion this game is way worth the download and it’s so addictive it’s hard to put down, for that reason I give Fallout: Shelter 4.5 out of 5 stars!

4.5outof5

Thursday Review: Agar.io

Welcome to day 4 of this special week in reviews! One more day left in this week of reviews. Today is a game called Agar.io, feed your orb and absorb others to become king orb! Welcome to Thursday’s review: Agar.io!

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Game: Agar.io
Developer: miniclip.com
Platforms: Android, iOS

Objective:
Absorb the enemy without being absorb.

Game play:
The objective pretty much explained it… Wish i were kidding. part of the reason i didnt review this game sooner was because of the simplicity of the game. There really isn’t much to the game. Pick your direction and run. Avoiding the bigger circles and eating your way to the top.

There are two other controls split and eject mass. Splitting allows you to have multiple blobs under your control. Ejecting allows you to make your blob smaller in an emergency situation. However that is all of the controls and all of the game play. Run away!

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Graphics and sound:
The graphics match the game. Simple and to the point. just colored circles travelling around what looks like a sheet of graph paper. As far as sound….There is none. No sound effects, no music. None.

Overall:
Overall, i feel like there isn’t enough here to be considered a game. 3 controls, no real graphics, no sounds. The action of the game is good but not enough to make up for the lack of everything else. I give this game a 1 out of 5.

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Tune in tomorrow for the next review right here on Insert Coin to Begin! Have a game you think I should review? Email me at chachisays@gmail.com, hit me up on twitter @chachisays, or leave a comment below

Mini AwesomeCast: Nintendo’s Next Step

From AwesomeCast.net:

Nintendo has announced the upcoming “NX” console is in the works, and an upcoming membership ecosystem encompassing their consoles and mobile devices with DeNA coming up. What could be in the works for Mario’s parent company?

Source: Nintendo isn’t giving up on consoles, promises to unveil a ‘brand new concept’ next year 
Nintendo Partners with DeNA to Make Smartphone Games with Nintendo IP 

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Mobile Monday Review: McPixel!

Welcome to a new Mobile Monday Review! This week we take a look at a satire point and click game for iOS and Android called McPixel.

Mobile Monday Review: McPixel
Game: McPixel
Developer: Sos
Platform: Android, iOS

TitleObject:

Using only the tools available, stop the area from blowing up! Only you have the skills and tools to save the day…or completely ruin it. Your choice really!

MenuGame play:

The game play in McPixel is an old fashioned point and click style puzzle game. Touch the few things in the room in order to solve the puzzle of “how do I not kill everyone this time?” No really, that’s it. You get over 50 levels of explosive levels to solve in this game. Each level gives you 20 seconds to save the area or explode. The levels comprise of 3 stages, with 6 puzzles each. You don’t choose the puzzles in the levels. You start with the first and as you win or lose they move on to the next. 3 in a row gets a reward. A lot of inappropriate humor in this game(peeing, animal abuse, dick and fart jokes) means you probably shouldn’t give this to kids.

gp1Graphics and Sound:

As you can tell by the name the graphics in this game aren’t a selling point it is classic pixel style art with chip tune to match. As you can tell by the screen shots its not really great pixel art either. Although, lets be honest, no one is playing this for the ground breaking graphics or amazing sound track. The warning at the beginning of the game is right, playing this game for prolonged periods of time will get on your nerves.

WarningOverall:

Overall, had I bought this game alone I wouldn’t have been too pleased. Not worth the purchase. The fact that I got the game in a humble bundle purchase with other games that are awesome to play and that the money went to charity I shrug it off, delete the game and move on. You can get the game in the app store as a free version to try it if you want, but I say pass. I give this game a 2 out of 5.

2outof5Thanks for tuning in to this week’s Mobile Monday Review: McPixel! Have a game you think I should review? Email me at chachisays@gmail.com, hit me up on twitter @chachisays, or leave a comment below! Tune in again next week for another Mobile Monday Review!

Mobile Monday: Clash of Clans Review.

Welcome to Mobile Monday: Clash of Clans Review. This new weekly-ish post will feature a new mobile game review brought by Me, Chachi Says! The video game themed post will be moved to Tuesday so you’ll get more words from the genius mind of Chachi!

The first of the games to be reviewed is going to be Clash of Clans. *Warning: This is a freeium game. Meaning that you can play without paying or you can buy your way to power! So if you or someone you know are prone to pumping out moneys for games like this maybe stay away.*

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Game: Clash Of Clans
Developer: Supercell
Platform: Android, iOS.

I came across the game the same as most of the other players did. Supercell advertised the hell out of this game. You could not turn on a media form of any kind and not hear the name Clash of Clans. I would turn on tv, slacker radio, Facebook, it was everywhere.  As most things of video game nature if you cram it down my throat chances are ill play it at least once. In fact while playing a different game an ad for this game just came up.(Except Farmville, i have never and will never play Farmville)

Object:

The object of this game is like other games of the genre. Build the kingdom, Rule the other players, be the most powerful. The only difference in Combat Strategy games is the setting in which the game takes place. Whether fantasy or based on reality the games never change much.

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Gameplay:

The game is a simple touch and play game.  Collect elixir and gold to use to build and upgrade your kingdom. Building up the collection points to build more. Gaining an army consisting of Barbarians, Archers, Goblins, Giants, Wall Breakers, Balloon, Wizards, Healer, Dragon, Pekka.  The higher the soldier rating the more room it takes up in the barracks and ultimately the less soldiers and longer the generation time takes. Same with building and upgrading as all games in this genre go. Thats were the pay to play comes in. Buy gems to speed up all productions or wait it out.

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There are two gameplay modes in the Clash of Clans. Single player in which you take on hordes of goblins using your army or you can take on other players and climb the ranks to number 1. The battle gameplay leaves a bit to be desired. No matter the outcome of the battle the troops used in battle are gone. After which you must generate more. Another downfall is not being able to control what the troops attack. So the troops run in and attack the closest object regardless of defenses in place.

Graphics: The high point of this game is the art work. For being a mobile game the art work is fantastic. As shown in the pictures i screenshot from the game. I keep coming back for the graphics.

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Overall: Had this game not been crammed down my throat via advertising i probably wouldn’t have played it. However, i do continue to play it because honestly its a lot of waiting. So the game doesn’t take up much of your time. Not the typical mobile style. The gameplay itself leaves something to be desired in that you should be able to control at least to some point the troop movement and attack pattern. Overall, probably not the mobile game you are looking for. However, not a bad game, just not a great game. Chachi gives this 2.5 out of 5.

2,5outof5

Take a Bite out of Granny Smith, Available Now on iOS and Android

Mediocre, the team behind last year’s award-winning Sprinkle, is excited to announce today the launch of Granny Smith on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Android devices, featuring exclusive effects on NVIDIA® Tegra® 3 devices. A whimsical blend of racing and platforming, Granny Smith puts players in the skates of a radical grandma as she rolls, soars and crashes through walls to get her stolen apples back from a chubby little thief. With 36 hand-crafted levels, three playable characters and integrated leaderboards, Granny Smith offers hours of fun to gamers of all ages, including the approximately 6 million players who downloaded the paid and free versions of Sprinkle and Sprinkle Jr. in the past year.

Granny is a fast old lady, but players need just two simple buttons to send her careening over obstacles and sliding along wires with her trusty cane. Walls collapse and windows shatter as she blasts through them, showing off a robust physics engine that gamers should expect from the makers of the water-splashing puzzler Sprinkle. But even if things get messy after Granny zooms by, the game looks great thanks to artist Henrik Johansson’s vibrant, playful style. If Granny needs a boost, she can toss baseballs and bananas to slow down the apple-bandit and break through obstacles. Just be sure to collect enough coins along the way – and don’t faceplant after a big jump, or you’ll be left with an empty purse

The team at Mediocre has once again pushed the technical boundaries with Tegra 3 exclusive enhancements – including additional breakable objects, grass, flowers and dust particles – that heighten the rockin’ and rollin’ Granny fun. The game is featured on the TegraZone™ app, NVIDIA’s free app that showcases the best games optimized for the Tegra processor.

Mediocre just released a sizzling trailer for Granny Smith, which is viewable here. The game’s official website can be found at http://www.grannysmithgame.com.

Granny Smith features:

  • Spectacular physics – Granny Smith uses some of the most advanced destruction physics in mobile games. Crash through crates and windows, then watch the pieces fly all over!
  • Dazzling visuals – Zoom through dozens of vibrant, whimsical worlds! Each level is like a fanciful, three-dimensional storybook.
  • Intuitive controls – Help Granny pull off crazy moves with simple two-button controls – perfect for both tablets and phones.
  • Vintage replays – Watch your best runs in retro-movie style with cool camera angles and slow-motion effects!
  • Power Granny up – Collect coins and equip Granny with a helmet, banana peels and baseballs. If Granny is getting old, you have two alternative characters to play with – Scruffy and Stanley!

Strap on your skates and download Granny Smith today for just $0.99 via the App Store or Google Play. Visit TegraZone for more information on the Tegra enhanced version.

Dark Knight Rises Mobile Game Trailer.

There isn’t many details announced about the mobile Batman game, but looks to stay true to the franchise thus far in the trailer. Nice dark, violent game. Take a look!

So far all there is for the game is a release date and look at that, it’s coming out with the movie! July 20th. More details as they develop. However, here is my question. Games that are released to go with a movie are typically bad games. Short, not that entertaining and predictable espescially at a console price point.

Now that this is being released for the mobile devices and is probably going to be around 10 dollars to download does that make it different? Do you think that itll make the game easier to swallow if it does in fact bite? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

Dexter is back…..

Everyones favorite killer is back in game form once again. Dexter makes his return to the small screen. iOS, Android and pc will see the return of video game Dexter.

IGN debuted the Preview Trailer of the next Dexter game which is apparently open world! Check it out.

So, go forth and murder the world! Just be sure to clean up after yourself. Dont want the fuzz catching on now do we?