Gamezebo Archives - September 2007

Aquitania Review

Sep 25, 2007

The name Aquitania, at first glance, sounds like an underwater adventure. It's actually a Roman division in the southwest part of Gaul. The game indeed radiates ancient Rome much like Awem Studio's previous hit, Cradle of Rome. Despite quickly turning frenzied and missing an introduction to the story, Aquitania's match-three gameplay entertains.

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Forest Resort Review

Sep 24, 2007

Consider it Diner Dash with animals. Forest Resort is a micromanagement game -- where you need to seat, serve and satisfy hungry customers who come to your restaurant - except it's a forest instead of a diner, and it's animals instead of people.

The concept sounds cute - and was pulled off fairly well in Alawar's game Birdies - but Forest Resort is a disappointment due to confusing controls, not to mention unimaginative and easy game-play.

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Diner Dash: Hometown Hero Preview

Sep 21, 2007

Diner Dash: Hometown Hero is Out! We are working on our review and strategy guide, but you can download a free trial of the game here.

The greatest irony of being the man behind Gamezebo is that in the year and half since our launch, I personally have not written one preview or review of any game. My brilliant staff of writers has the privilege of writing reviews and previews for you. But when PlayFirst, creators of the popular Diner Dash series, gave me the opportunity to stop by their offices in downtown San Francisco today for a sneak peak of their upcoming game, Diner Dash: Hometown Hero and write a preview, I had to oblige.

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Ozzy Bubbles Review

Sep 21, 2007

There was a time when side-scrolling platform games ruled the gaming world -- when a new Mario or Metroid title brought visions of frantic jump-and-run fantasies, not gratuitous 3D worlds and multiplatform launches. With the emergence of powerful console hardware, though, the side-scroller became something of a lost art, much to the frustration of fans. Thank goodness, then, for the creative freedom the PC and the Internet offer small developers, and for games like Ozzy Bubbles.

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Star Defender 4 Review

Sep 21, 2007

Ever get the chance to play seminal 1981 arcade shooter Galaga? If not, rest assured you aren't missing much at this point - one of the first interactive titles to pit a single spaceship against hordes of incoming alien fighters, it's looking slightly dated 26 years on.

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Baby Luv Review

Sep 20, 2007

Having three young kids of my own, I doubted how much fun it would be to play a game that requires you to take care of a baby. I mean, this is my life, so the games I usually enjoy playing are for a temporary escape after the kids go to bed and not living my day-to-day life again inside the digital world.

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Mahjong Roadshow Walkthrough

Sep 20, 2007

Mahjong Roadshow is a complex game in which you must match tiles and chose the most valued treasures. In the end, you may feel like Nicolas Cage with all these treasures surrounding you, but without the bad guys. Here are some tips that can help you achieve the best collection possible. BASIC TIPS Try to match the pairs of tiles in the set box. You will earn more points this way. By matching four of the same tile will earn you the most points. Matches can also be made by selecting two pairs of ... Read more »
 

Just In - Diner Dash: Hometown Hero screenshots!

Sep 19, 2007

PlayFirst sent us the first screenshots for Diner Dash: Hometown Hero. Click READ MORE for a sneak peak at the next installment of one of the most successful casual game franchises of all time. Read more »
 

Interview with Steven Zhao, Blue Tea Games

Sep 19, 2007

Most casual gamers may have only heard of Blue Tea Games with the recent release of Forbidden Riddles: The Mayan Princess, the #1 game on Big Fish Games as we speak. But not me, I've been a fan ever since I discovered an indie gem of a game called Cactus Bruce and The Corporate Monkeys, which I wasted countless days and nights playing (what can I say, I'm a sucker for games with coconuts and angry monkeys). We sat down and talked to Steven Zhao (but not over blue tea) to talk about his current projects, his experience as an independent game developer, and corporate monkeys. Read more »
 

Snowy: Treasure Hunter 3 Review

Sep 19, 2007

Snowy, the white bear and former waiter, has reached celebrity status as the star of almost 10 games. He does a little of everything from restaurant management to solving brain-busting puzzles. (We bet he even does his own stunts.) In Snowy Treasure Hunter 3, he continues his platform-style game adventures and travels to a castle full of hidden treasures, ghosts, fools, executioners, Draculas, and other monsters.

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