Genre:  Physics

Trials Frontier Review: A fantastic ride with frustrating free-to-play elements

Apr 10, 2014

The world wrapped around Trials Frontier is full of dust, rocks, and rust. Only the bravest, hardiest souls are capable of taming the land from the backs of their bikes. They ride hard while their motors rasp through the shimmering heat. They leap for glory, pop wheelies for justice…

…and then are forced to sit on the sidelines while their depleted fuel stocks slowly refill. They tap their feet and check their watch while an instrumental rendition of "Spanish Flea" pipes from the background.

Trials Frontier

Trials Frontier from RedLynx and Ubisoft is a mobile iteration of the Trials biking series. There was some worry about what that would entail, and it turns out said worries aren't totally unjustified. Trials Frontier has an intriguing setting, a good sense of humor and lots of stunt bike action, but its free-to-play trappings are sure to turn off hardcore fans of the Trials games.

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Trials Frontier Walkthrough

Apr 10, 2014

Trials Frontier is a stunt racing / biking game from Ubisoft. In this game, you ride a bike through an apocalyptic Western setting while performing stunts and trying to get the best of a nasty racer named Butch.  Gamezebo’s walkthrough will provide you with some tips and hints that will help you ride like the wind.

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Feed Me Oil 2 Review: Starving for better gameplay

Jan 3, 2014

Feed Me Oil 2 is the long-awaited sequel to the quirky and offbeat 2011 physics-puzzler Feed Me Oil from Holy Water Games. Featuring a complete visual overhaul and dozens of new puzzles to complete, players will need to put their thinking caps on to make sure that all of the mechanical inhabitants of this oily little world get their inner engines up and running again. It’s just a shame that the gameplay itself constantly feels like it’s running on empty.

The game plays out like an incredibly simplified cross between Where’s My Water? and The Incredible Machine. At the start of each stage, players are tasked with placing various objects on the screen to help guide a stream of oil from a starting faucet and into a finishing area, designated by a dotted white line. You’ll then hit a play button to see if your setup worked, adjusting and trying again if your calculations were a little bit off: these mech-animals are pretty hungry after all, and you’ll need to deliver a numerical amount of oil to each one of them. Players can earn three stars in each stage by using the least amount of available parts to complete their oil feeding requirements.

Feed Me Oil 2

The visuals are easily the best part of the game, and a huge step up from the original 2011 puzzler. The world of Feed Me Oil 2 is full of quirky and mechanical fun, with many of the robotic animals watching you play with endearing googly eyes. From turtles and foxes, to snails and other creatures I can’t even categorize, you’ll always be surprised to see what kind of fun new screen is waiting around the next bend. While the backgrounds themselves are brought to life through a whimsical and almost painted design, the bubbly texture of the oil itself forms a nice contrast that really allows the game’s presentation to shine (especially when it clashes with the water in the game).

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Trials Frontier Preview: VROOM VROOM!

Dec 19, 2013

Back in the days when indie games on Steam were young and full of promise, there was one game that all of my friends insisted I purchase: Trials 2: Second Edition. I was never one for motocross, and everything I’d heard about the game made it sound blisteringly difficult to control; but it looked a little like ExciteBike, and that was enough pique my curiosity. Between that and the peer pressure I’d received from other gamers, I finally gave in.

And I was really glad I did.

Trials 2 was hard to control, but by design, not discomfort. It was about master balance while making your way around some crazy obstacles, and no matter how hard it got, you never wanted to let a level beat you.

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Cut the Rope 2 Walkthrough

Dec 19, 2013

Cut the Rope 2 is a physics-based puzzle game created by ZeptoLab. Cut the Rope 2 is a follow-up to Cut the Rope, and like its predecessor, it challenges players to "cut" virtual ropes and drop pieces of candy into the waiting mouth of the monster named Om Nom. This time, however, Om Nom can also enlist the help of other monsters called "Nommies" to help him reach candy. Gamezebo’s quick start strategy guide will provide you with detailed images, tips, information, and hints on how to feed the hungry Om Nom.

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Cut the Rope 2 Review: Om Nom & Friends

Dec 19, 2013

Monsters are infamous for having voracious appetites that cannot be sated, hence why they prowl the countryside and gobble up reams of sheep. Not little Om Nom, though. The star of the hugely popular Cut the Rope physics puzzler is content to nap in his box, surrounded by his stash of beloved hard candy.

Sadly, when said stash gets stolen by spiders Om Nom's stubby little hand is forced, and he goes out into the wide world to take back what's rightfully his. Oh, Om Nom. Are we born monsters, or do we become monsters in order to survive life's cruelties?

Cut the Rope 2 doesn't waste time with weighty philosophical questions. It simply wants to give you more good times with bits of candy swinging from the end of a rope. Thus, the premise for Cut the Rope 2 is identical to its predecessor: You "cut" ropes holding up candy in hopes that the tasty morsel will fall into Om Nom's waiting maw. 

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Rabbids Big Bang Review: One small step for Rabbid-kind

Oct 22, 2013

The wall-eyed, buck-toothed Rabbids have had us doing silly things for years, and now these loony lapins have us hurling them through space. In Rabbids Big Bang, we take part in the Rabbids' very own space program (which consists mainly of trying to collect floating coins and bouncing off planets) and learn to use their proprietary methods for intergalactic travel. Although fun at first, in mastering the game's surprisingly challenging physics-based proceedings, too many similar missions make for quickly-developing monotony.

As we all know, the Rabbids are doers, not thinkers. In Rabbids Big Bang, what they're doing is seeing how much adrenaline they can get out of flying around the Universe, powered by nothing more than a strapped-on soda bottle. There's no story to Big Bang, so don't look for one. You simply begin with two Rabbids standing on the surface of a planet, one wearing a jetpack and one holding a baseball bat. Around the planet float other planets, fuel bubbles, gold coins, UFOs, cows, and other weird and inappropriate things, and your goal is to land on, collect, or run into each of these.

At the start of every mission, you tap and hold on a round aiming reticule that determines your jet-pack Rabbid's trajectory. Once you let this go, the Rabbid with the bat slugs the Rabbid with the jet-pack, sending him shooting into space. Tap-holding again activates the jet-pack, as long as there's fuel to be had in the on-screen fuel gauge, and allows the jet-pack Rabbid to keep traveling in whatever direction his head's pointing. It sounds simple, but it's extremely unwieldy at first. In fact, many players are likely to spend the first half hour watching in horror (or laughing diabolically) as their jet-pack Rabbid repeatedly slams head-first into its home planet.

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Angry Birds Star Wars II Walkthrough

Oct 1, 2013

Angry Birds Star Wars II is a physics-based puzzle game from Rovio, in which you must command various bird rebels based on characters from the Star Wars universe to defeat the evil swine empire! Having a firm grip on the basics of the game allows you to move on to the more advanced strategies much quicker, and with Gamezebo’s quick start guide you’ll have all of the tips, tricks, and walkthroughs you’ll need to stay ahead of the game.

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Where's My Water? 2 Walkthrough

Sep 23, 2013

Where’s My Water? 2 is a puzzle game from Disney Interactive, in which your goal is to get the gators down in the sewers the water and fluids they need. To get the fluids flowing where they need to flow, you’ll need to take precaution and precision. With Gamezebo’s handy quick start guide, you’ll have all of the tips, tricks, and walkthroughs you’ll need to stay ahead of the game.

Where's My Water? 2

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Angry Birds Star Wars II Review: Come to the Dark Side, we have bacon

Sep 23, 2013

Rovio has released Angry Birds Star Wars II for mobile phones and tablets. We all knew it was going to happen. It was as inexorable as the final struggle between Luke and Darth Vader. After all, Rovio’s first attempt at fitting Jedi and Sith into suits made of feathers and pigskin proved extremely successful.

So will you enjoy a second go-around with an Angry Birds/Star Wars hybrid? Yes, provided you meet two requirements: one, you’re not thoroughly sick of Angry Birds; and two, you’ve not taken an oath to destroy everything that references the Star Wars prequels. Whereas the first Angry Birds Star Wars revolves around Episodes IV, V, and VI, Angry Birds Star Wars II plucks from Episodes I, II, and III. That means you’ll be goofing off with the likes of Anakin Skywalker and Jar Jar Binks. Sorry.

Don’t let it get you down, though. True to Angry Birds tradition, none of the characters in Angry Birds Star Wars II actually talk. That alone puts the game miles above Episode I. When you get right down to it, Angry Birds Star Wars II dishes out tons of fun and humor.

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