29 November 2011

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (Wii): First impressions

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (Wii): First impressions.

Joran: I know.  The game is at least 4 years old.  Why am I "reviewing" this now?  
Well, 4 years ago, I had jointly bought a Wii set with Gaga, and now I claim it for play.  I'll only cover 2 parts: Graphics and pacing, till I get more familiarity with the game.

Graphics: Visuals are pixelated and unimpressive, perhaps even by Wii standards.  I do like the scenery.

Pacing: My Link woke up to an urgent call to herd goats.  His horse was missing and he tracked him down to a lake, where the boy who take cares of his horse had taken her for a washing.  After herding the goats, Link had to learn how to jump gates.
The next day, Link was woken up by the local kids.  He learnt how to get down ladders.  The local kids told him that a sling is now available in the local store.  He was told by the boy who looks after his horse than he made a fishing rod for him, if only he could look up his mother.  Link then headed to town.
There, the shopkeer's wife is missing her cat terribly and in a bad mood (therefore no sling).  Her husband was trying to knock down a bee's hive.  The horse lad's mother had lost the first cradle she ever made in the river and was in a bad mood (therefore no fishing rod).  Link found the cat by the river, who evaded capture and kept looking hungrily at the fishes (which had to be fished).  After swimming in the river, Link found a monkey holding the cradle but could not find a way to get to it; perhaps a slingshot could get him down...
Link found a way to hop onto the watermill, la la la, and found a way to knock down the beehive, but was no way closer to getting the sling, nor the fishing rod, nor the cradle.

At this time, I had spent a good 50 minutes on the game and was getting pissed off.  "What the hell?!"  Can I start fighting something already?  Is this Zelda?  Or some, help the villagers game?  If it wasn't for the brand, I would have given up on the game.
The pacing in my opinion, is terrible.  I've seen many screenshots and believe the rest of the game should be great.  But non fans shouldn't be treated to hours of puzzles before they start the game proper.  You'll lose new fans that way.

Sexual ambiguity: An extra point for me to add.  The boy who looked after my horse - Epony, had been looking at me with large longing eyes; kinda made me uncomfortable.  If people didn't keep telling me that he's a boy, I would have thought that he's a girl.  I found a picture of him in his grown up stage; I hope I didn't spoil the game for anymore when you see his true sex.
I'm right.

17 November 2011

Wesnoth 1.9.10 aka 1.10-beta1: Development Release

Wesnoth 1.9.10 aka 1.10-beta1: Development Release.

source: http://www.wesnoth.org/

Tuesday, November 8 2011
We finally made it — the first beta for the upcoming stable 1.10 series is ready! Feel free to celebrate the new release with us in this forum thread.
We offer two versions of changelogs: a rather nice to read players changelog that only includes changes every player will probably notice (and often feels empty because devs tend to forget to add their stuff there) and the (rather) complete changelog with (almost) all the details, which might make your head spin due to the technical terms used every now and then...
At the moment the Windows, Mac OS X, Debian and OpenPandora packages are ready. You can find them at the download page. Once the others are done you can find them at the download page, too. Please keep in mind that it is a development release which might include quite many bugs. If you find one, please report it to help us fix them in following releases.
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14 November 2011

Kingdom Rush stolen!

Kingdom Rush stolen!

We didn't made this public earlier because we trusted that Apple would do the right thing and remove the app swiftly when presented with the evidence. Sadly its been around 18 days and the app is still there despite our countless mails to remove it.

We contacted Armorgames of course to make them aware of this and they also got in touch with Apple, we also hired the DMCA.com takedown service, sent over 20 emails along with copyright infringement notices to Apple and although the dev removed the app for a week, they published it again last friday. So since Apple is not answering or doing anything we decided to make this public and seek the support of the online community.

read more: http://ironhidegames.com/post.php?id=38#

Update from Ironhide:
Sat 12th Nov 11 01:55 Apple has removed the game from the store, but we must be careful, it can appear again. THANK YOU to all who are supporting us.

Joran: Sadly, it takes public pressure to force Apple to add.

05 November 2011

The Battle for Wesnoth, Heir to the throne:Screenshot

The Battle for Wesnoth.
Heir to the throne:Screenshot.

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Danger Dungeon

Danger Dungeon
Teens in dungeon crawler.

Likes: good tutorial; easy control
play: http://www.erstgames.com/game/483/danger-dungeon

Cursed Dungeon

Cursed Dungeon.
Fantasy themed attack-attack-dungeon grinder

Like: simple play, short play
Dislike: grinding
play: http://jayisgames.com/games/cursed-dungeon/