Gamezebo Archives - March 2012

Tiny Monsters Preview: TinyCo brings monster breeding to the mountain tops in Tiny Monsters

Mar 23, 2012

Have you ever wondered what lives up at the top of the tallest mountains? I’m not talking Everest and K2, here – I’m talking those massive, magical mountains of myth. The kinds of mountains that break through the clouds, and whose peaks rise high above them. If you ever managed to make it that high, you might be surprised by what you’d find. Maybe, just maybe, these are the tops of mountains where Tiny Monsters dwell.

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Samurai vs Zombies Defense Review: Samurais and Zombies and Castle Defense, Oh My!

Mar 23, 2012

It's tough to stack the deck against yourself any worse than Samurai vs Zombies Defense did. A game with zombies? Been there. How about samurais? Done that. Maybe castle defense gameplay? Overdone. There's a freemium purchases model? I've got enough places to drop dollar after dollar in micro-transactions into, thanks. So what does Samurai vs Zombies Defense have going for it? Well it's pretty great fun, so there's that.

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Cubemen Review: Cubemen offers a up a refreshing twist on tower defense

Mar 23, 2012

Duke vs. UNC, butter vs. margarine, Beatles vs. Stones...some matchups defy time and space, and are as much a part of our culture as good vs. evil. In video games you might not have ever realized it, but red has a real bone to pick with blue. The default in many multiplayer games is to make one side red and the other blue, so much so that gamers it has ingrained itself in our heads permanently that the two never shall mix. In Three Sprockets’ new tower defense/RTS hybrid Cubemen, we can add little men vs. little men to that list of classic battles.

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Angry Birds Space launches everywhere on Planet Earth except Windows Phone, Nokia

Mar 23, 2012

Rovio, where’s your Finnish pride?! As reported by Bloomberg, the new Angry Birds Space is available for download on the PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad, and Android devices. But not on Windows Phone platform. Which is a blow to Nokia, who is betting the house that creating handsets with Windows Phone as its operating system will get them back in the smart phone game.

Apparently, Rovio and Nokia are headquartered in the same office park in Espoo, Finland, just a slingshot away (ha ha). So, it’s not like they don’t know each other.

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Zynga games may be heading to Xbox Live

Mar 23, 2012

Given their recent display of copious spending, it’s no surprise that social games empire Zynga will stop at nothing in order to increase their company’s already enormous reach. Given their history of spending sprees and expansion over the past few years, it’s almost surprising that it’s taken them until now to begin to hint at expanding to the home console market.

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Wizorb Review: Wizorb is great new take on brick-breaking, but don't let the screens fool you -- there's nary an RPG element to be had

Mar 23, 2012

I went into Wizorb thinking that is was part Arkanoid and part old-school RPG. I’m not sure where I got that idea, but going by the screenshots of the game, it’s a fairly obvious assumption to make. I was really curious to see how they could’ve honestly mashed those two totally different games together into something cohesive.

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Zombies, Run! Review: The dead aren’t just walking anymore

Mar 23, 2012

“Raise the gates. Runner 5 Ready? Go!!!”

Picking up the pace as you leave the safety of Abel Township, your guide Sam details your latest mission through the zombie-infested wilderness. Combining actual running with an engaging storyline and GPS-fueled undead chases, Zombies, Run! is an interactive fitness app and Kickstarter success story from Six to Start and Naomi Alderman that provides excellent motivation to get up and get moving.

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Retro World Review: The spirit of the mid-to-late 20th century is alive in Retro World.

Mar 22, 2012

You know you're getting old when a decade you lived through gets labeled as retro. For me, it was the 1980s, placed at the end of a list of decades stretching back to 1950s in Entertainment Games' Retro World, and I found myself in oddly pleasant company as I glanced over the game's references to the rerun favorites of my youth. I suppose that places me at the tail end of the studio's target audience, but with such a wealth of entertainment and variety waiting beyond every click, I can't help but think that younger audiences may find much to love amid the relentless nostalgia as well.

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Open Sea! Review: Open Sea! is fun to play, though its content is far shallower than a certain sea that once parted down its middle.

Mar 22, 2012

And lo did they come to a great sea that blocked their flight from wickedness; but with a swipe of his holy finger did the waves part, and his people - young and old, hale and infirm, drunkard, slothful and really kind of all-around annoying - continued their exodus, untouched by the drowning waters. And it was good. And good fun!

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Kickstarter Picks: Techpocalypse

Mar 22, 2012

Trust not the Machines. Today, your toaster placidly browns your bread; tomorrow, it'll attempt to toast your skull. I, for one, don't welcome our inevitable machine overlords. Techpocalypse is a co-op strategy-survival game that will educate you on the best ways to dispatch the Machines--but the project needs funding to get off the ground. That's where Kickstarter comes in.

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