Genre:  Sports

Vertiginous Golf Preview: Tiger Woods by way of Bioshock Infinite

Mar 20, 2014

"Vertiginous Golf." It doesn't exactly roll of the tongue, does it? Yet it's somehow a perfectly appropriate title for what has to be one of the most unusual mini-golf games to come along in, well, just about ever: A heavily-ornamented steampunk mini-putt that plays out in the sky, high above the thick, black rain clouds that have permanently encased the drab alt-history city below.

How? Through the power of the Vertiginousphere, an alternate-universe technology that has freed mankind from the yoke of gravity – but not without a cost. It's an idea that actually took root more than a decade ago as Vertigolf, a more conventional (although the term hardly seems appropriate) anti-gravity golf game made by coder Paul Barnes and artist Christian Holland.

Vertiginous Golf

"We always loved the original game but felt the graphics at the time didn't do it justice," Barnes said. "So we thought now was a good time to create the spiritual successor, Vertiginous Golf."

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NBA Rush Review: Athletes versus aliens

Jan 20, 2014

You would think that the life of an NBA player is stressful enough trying to figure out how to dethrone LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and the Miami Heat. But no, we’re asking them to fend off alien invasions too. If you think I’m just babbling incoherently, you need to check out NBA Rush, a competent but unspectacular endless runner made notable mostly by the unusual premise I just laid out.

Granted, RenRen Games could have made this just another sports-themed runner, so the devs get props for coming up with something different. Yet it’s never really explained why NBA stars would be the proper people to help fight off the aliens, except, I guess, that they look more like super heroes than mere athletes thanks to the game’s angular, stylized art.

No matter. The game gets you right into the action with controls very familiar to anyone who’s ever played anything in this genre: swipe to either side to switch lanes, swipe up to jump, and swipe down to slide under certain obstacles. Notice how your player keeps his dribble going at all times? You wouldn’t want to be called for traveling or double dribbling, even under these dire circumstances.

Along the way, you’ll be looking to pick up coins, but also to defeat the aliens whenever possible. The ones on the ground can be defeated by jumping on them, which also gives you a boost to get on top of otherwise unreachable places. Flying aliens are a little trickier, as you have to wait until you find a “DUNK” icon to be able to smash their flying saucers with some seriously aggressive jams.

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Touchgrind Skate 2 Review: Your fingers are legs

Nov 28, 2013

When it comes to skating video games, I've pretty much played them all. From the earliest Tony Hawk titles that probably gave the genre a name for itself, to the more hardcore games like Skate, there's oodles of creativity that has come from allowing players the opportunity to ride on a plank of wood, and launch said plank of wood along grinding bars, up halfpipes, and down into bowls that look like they were swimming pools in a past life.

The Touchgrind series takes this concept and throws away the controller. Instead of flicking an analogue stick left and right, your fingers become your legs, and the touch-screen of your iOS device is the board. As per usual, Touchgrind Skate 2 is a novel idea that can provide hours of great skating gameplay, but the learning curve is steep, and some players - like myself - may never fully click with the concept.

Touchgrind Skate 2 begins with a set of tutorials that teach you each of the basics. Everything is essentially done in the same way that you might control a skateboard is real life - so for example, an ollie (aka making the board jump) is done by lifting your front finger and then quickly lifting the back one, to flick the board into the air.

Other moves work in the same way, such as flicking the back of the board to kickflip, and holding the back of the board to spin around on the spot. For the most part, it's all very intuitive, and works exactly as you would expect it to.

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Flick Kick Football Legends Walkthrough

Nov 25, 2013

Flick Kick Football Legends is a soccer game created by PikPok. You'll build a team by collecting cards, play through games using swiping motions, and deal with some shady characters. Gamezebo’s quick start strategy guide will provide you with detailed images, tips, information, and hints on how to play your best game.

Flick Kick Football Legends

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Flick Kick Football Legends Review: We don't all want to watch football for the commercials

Nov 25, 2013

Soccer, or football as they call it everywhere but here in America, is a funny game. Sometimes you lose sight of how humorous it can be until a game reminds you, which is what Flick Kick Football Legends does so well.  The gameplay isn’t too shabby either, but a veritable barrage of ads kills the mood a bit. Actually, the onslaught kills it more than a bit, which is rather unfortunate.

You won’t find a more pleasantly surprising set-up for a game than this one, which places you at the helm of a football squad seeking to reclaim some of its lost glory. The thing is, the rebuilding is only necessary because one of the star player’s power-up shots went awry, killing the old manager in a fiery explosion. It’s a clever bit of poking fun at video game conventions that’s presented in comic book style, and as an added bonus, the tutorial is woven into it too.

Flick Kick Football Legends

As you’ll soon discover, the ghost of the old skipper is still around to help mentor you. With his help, you set off to advance back up through the league system in what appears to be a fictional 1970s England, building up your team with better players and winning promotions to ever tougher leagues. In between matches, you’re offered some choose-your-own-adventure style decisions which could lead to added funds or bonus experience points for your players if you pick right, and cost you coins or debuff your stars if you don’t.

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Football Heroes Walkthrough

Nov 21, 2013

Football Heroes is an arcade football game from Run Games, in which you will play football in an arcade style against challenging AI opponents or friends of your choosing. In order to become the most powerful team around, you will need to know what moves to make as you play. With Gamezebo’s quick start guide, you’ll have all of the tips, tricks, and strategies you’ll need to stay ahead of the game, and your friends.

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Football Heroes Review: Trade in those punts for some punches

Nov 12, 2013

Evidence is rapidly mounting that the physical abuse real football players take on the gridiron is bad for their long term health. Happily, football players in video games suffer no ill effects, so we can pile on the excessive violence guilt-free – especially when it comes via Football Heroes and its nostalgic, over-the-top arcade action. It’s a big play concept that sadly comes up short of a touchdown due to frustrating controls and annoying glitches.

Run Games pitched the Kickstarter community on the idea of a football game with beat ‘em up and RPG elements inspired by classics like NFL Blitz and NBA Jam. Not surprisingly, backers rallied around that concept, and the result is a game that challenges you with building the best possible team for winning at a, shall we say, very physical style of football.

Football Heroes

Since one of the main offensive and defensive techniques is punching opposing players, that’s possibly an understatement. You start Football Heroes with a full squad of 18 (the games are 8-on-8, plus you get a kicker/punter and a kick return specialist) athletes ready to take part in a series of tournaments and leagues. They’re just not very good at first, so you’ve got to train them up by playing, and hopefully winning, some games.

The controls are simple enough for anyone to understand. A virtual thumb stick makes players run, and can appear nearly anywhere you touch on the screen. Tapping the screen throws punches, while tapping on players either switches who you control (on defense) or throws a pass to that player (on offense). Swiping in any direction launches your guy into a head-first diving tackle.

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Puzzle Football: Quest of the Gridiron Preview: Football for puzzle fans, and puzzles for football fans

Nov 7, 2013

Tired of candy, jewels, and cute animals in your puzzle games? Need something a little more exciting? Something like, I don't know, football? Part Time Evil hears your cries for more hard-hitting action in your puzzle games, but the indie studio isn't just stopping there. Its crowdfunded project Puzzle Football: Quest of the Gridiron takes things to another level by mixing in a heavy dose of RPG goodness too.

Inspired by classic RPGs like the Final Fantasy series, old school football games like Tecmo Bowl, and even card-battle games, Puzzle Football has one of those "so crazy it just might work" types of high concepts. The idea is to build a team of players, complete with equipment that complements the style of play you have in mind.

Out on the gridiron is where the puzzle element enters the equation. Below the playing field is a board full of tiles similar to the ones seen in puzzle games too numerous to mention. The difference here is that you'll be lining them up to enable your team to run short passes, long passes, or running plays, any of which can be boosted by power cards that can turn the tide when used judiciously. According to Matt Udvari, Lead Designer for Part Time Evil, a lot of thought went into how this intriguing mix of elements would work when combined together.

"The most challenging part of the puzzle aspect is making that affect your football plays in a very clear way," he said. "The player should know that the thing they do on the puzzle board makes things happen on the football field. From the beginning, I personally made it my goal to avoid moments of 'why did that just happen,' which I see a lot when I play puzzle games for fun. That's why we do a 'play breakdown' after each play that says why the play happened the way it did."

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Real Steel World Robot Boxing Review: Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Boxing

Oct 22, 2013

The Hugh Jackman flick Real Steel made $85 million domestically with its “What if Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots was a real thing?” concept. That may or may not be enough money to warrant a sequel, but Reliance Games feels there’s more life in the franchise to make Real Steel: World Robot Boxing for iOS and Android. It’s free-to-play, simple to learn, and full of cool visuals, but some unfortunate design decisions keep it from being a knockout.

Set after the events of the movie (and knowledge of the film is absolutely not necessary), World Robot Boxing features Atom, Noisy Boy, Midas, and some of the franchise’s other stars, but also expands both the scope and the cast of characters. Your ultimate goal is to dethrone Zeus, the WRB champion, by fighting your way through multiple increasingly difficult circuits of robot fighters. Three bots are yours to choose from to start, with a fourth available if you can convince a friend to play too.

Real Steel World Robot Boxing

Let’s get the obvious part out of the way: boxing robots is just a flat out awesome idea, and one that appeals to the five-year-old boy or girl in all of us. This game doesn’t disappoint in its efforts to bring those clashes to life, sporting better graphics than the first Real Steel mobile game and some creative robot designs. The themes are great – there’s a football-inspired fighter, one with a blackjack motif, a cowboy bot with arms shaped like six-shooters, and more.

Pitting them against each other is fairly straightforward, with a virtual d-pad on the left and buttons on the right. Boxing is a strictly 2D affair here, which limits you to punching and blocking, but there’s still some strategy required as you look to counter when your opponent’s guard is down. The game doesn’t explain this fully, but pressing the pad while hitting the light or heavy attack buttons throws a slightly different kind of punch for each direction, so there are more options than it may initially appear.

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FIFA 14 Walkthrough

Oct 7, 2013

FIFA 14 is a free-to-play soccer game created by EA Sports. In it, you’ll build a team from scratch, play through various leagues, and compete online against other players. Gamezebo’s quick start strategy guide will provide you with detailed images, tips, information, and hints on how to play your best game.


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