This week is pretty much all about games, nothing special happened (that I’m aware of).

Sequels

I’m personally not a big fan of Steambirds but if you are you might not know that Steambirds: Survival has been released, play it here.

Games

Icy Cave

Icy Cave

Icy Cave is a nice little game developed by Neutronized and I wanted to write a review on it mostly because it got a pretty low score on some portals, for me this doesn’t mean the game is bad, usually it means the game is just not casual, doesn’t have blood or zombies or people just don’t get it.

Anyway, a lot of people are commenting that the yetis (the characters you need to move), move a bit slow. I don’t agree because as you progress you need to control more yetis and in more complicated situations so not everyone would easily succeed in the levels if they were running around really fast. The controls are very intuitive since all you have to do is click and drag a yeti to make him move in that direction or just click to make him stop and the levels are well designed with puzzles that try to keep you from getting your yetis home (kinda reminded me of lemmings sometimes).

One thing I really liked was the music, its very relaxing and pleasant and the graphics are very well done (if you like pixel art like me).

Its not a brilliant game in my opinion but it certainly doesn’t deserve such low scores either, its enjoyable and definitely above average for a small Flash game. I have no idea why it got such low scores but I’m guessing there’s just too many people that don’t like this kind of game and still just because of that they give it a bad rate. When I don’t like a certain genre or I think I can’t do an honest review I try not to judge games on portals since I don’t think its fair to the creator. Anyway, if you grew up in the 80′s and early 90′s  and your definition of a good game goes beyond zombies and one-click-to-throw-something  you might enjoy this game.

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Rating
Graphics 8.0
Sound 9.0
Mechanics 8.0
Gameplay 7.5
Addictiveness 7.0
Lifespan 7.0
Originality 7.5
Intuitiveness 8.0
Fun 7.5
Features 6.5
Overall 7.6
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Toxers

Toxers

Ok, this game just doesn’t do it for me personally but a lot of people seem to be enjoying it, even though it had some bugs on the first version uploaded. The graphics are good and you can tell that there’s a lot of work that went into coding it but there’s just something that doesn’t quite amuse me. The idea of going from square to square in a the city and then sometimes finding giant bugs which you have to fight seems a bit weird and not so fun.

The concept is ok and as I said you can tell it involved a lot of work but it didn’t hook me enough to try and explore everything which is why I might not be completely fair about this specific review and apologize upfront, however I will try not to be lead by my personal feelings on this one. One thing I really disliked was the fights, its turn based and it doesn’t really add any fun to the game, if it had some kind of actual fighting it would definitely add some interest.

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Rating
Graphics 8.5
Sound 7.5
Mechanics 8.5
Gameplay 7.5
Addictiveness 6.0
Lifespan 8.0
Originality 7.5
Intuitiveness 7.5
Fun 6.0
Features 8.0
Overall 7.5

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I tried to be neutral about this last one so I’m giving it a fair score but even though it scored almost the same as Icy Cave I personally would pick Icy Cave if I had to choose one.

Other games that came out recently include: