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Triple Threat! (Angry Birds, PvsZ, and Doodle Jump!)

Posted in Review with tags , , , , , on January 13, 2012 by thedavewsc

This is a series of mini-reviews of Angry Birds, Plants Vs Zombies, and Doodle Jump. I will be reviewing the mobile versions of these games unless otherwise noted!

If you want more information on any of these three games, let me know and I can simply reply to your comment or write a more in-depth review. I just figured: First of all, since this is three reviews in one, I didn’t want it to be a huge post. Second, these are three incredibly popular games, so I’m not sure how much these reviews are needed.

Angry Birds

Angry Birds is a game I discovered when I first got my iPod Touch (third generation, my first mobile gaming device aside from actual Gameboys and Nintendo DS. I fought it for a while. It had been number one in the app store for so long, I thought it must be overrated. I don’t know what I was thinking.

Angry Birds is an incredibly addicting “smash-em” game. Essentially, you fire birds out of a slingshot to knock down little wood/glass/stone constructions (buildings and other things) in order to kill some pigs (green pigs for some reason) who stole your eggs.

Where the game really gets some depth is the variety of birds (but no variety in their level of anger, which is just fine).

  • Red bird – Normal. Fire him out of the slingshot, he smashes into stuff with his face. Some days, I know how he feels.
  • Blue bird – Fire him out of the slingshot, tap the screen, and he splits into three blue birds! They’re small but have a nice area of impact, and are perfect for breaking glass.
  • Yellow bird – Fire him, tap, and he suddenly multiplies his speed by three or four times, smashing right through glass and wood with ease.
  • White bird – Fire him, tap the screen, and he lays an egg. An explosive egg. Fun.
  • Black bird – My favorite. He’s heavy, first of all, so he can smash through stone on his own. But the fun comes when you tap the screen: He explodes causing a huge amount of damage to the area.

There are a couple other birds. One is awful, the other is really good, and you won’t even see the third unless you get Angry Birds Seasons.

My recommendation is to get the free version of all three Angry Birds games, try them out, see if you like it. I think you get to experience almost all the birds in the free versions. Buying it just gives you a ton more levels, and the nice thing is they add levels all the time!

Angry Birds gets an 8.8/10 rating from this reviewer!

Plants Vs Zombies

Plants Vs Zombies is the game that brought the tower defense genre to the mainstream. Many of my friends play Plants Vs Zombies while still insulting the tower defense genre, completely unaware of the fact that that is exactly what they’re playing. I think of PvsZ as an introductory, sort of dumbed-down version of other tower defense games, but that’s an incredibly insulting description, and believe me, I intend no offense. I have PvsZ on four different systems and I am still as addicted as ever.

The basic idea is that you own a house. Suddenly, zombies start attacking your house and trying to eat your brains, so your defense is to make a bunch of plants! Plants range from peashooters (the basic attacking plant) and watermelons (launch huge watermelons with a lot of power and splash damage) to sunflowers (produce ‘sun’ which is how you buy your new plants) and walnuts (absorb a ton of damage so your other plants are safe).

Another element is the variety of zombies. Zombies can come in normal form (slowly walking toward you, eating anything in their path), football player form (can take a huge amount of damage and move very quickly), polevaulter zombies (jump over the first plant they encounter, making walnuts ineffective), and so on.

I really can’t say enough good things about this game. And, if you end up liking it, I encourage you to try some other tower defense games (The Creeps is a good one for the Apple app store, and so it Bloons TD 4. I don’t play any others on my Droid, but I’m sure they’re out there. Let me know if you see one that interests you and would like a review!), as it really is a good genre of game. And one of the most addicting, in my opinion.

Plants Vs Zombies gets a 9.4/10 rating from this reviewer!

Doodle Jump

Doodle Jump was one of the first games I got for my iPod Touch (and it is also available on the Amazon app store for Kindles and Droids). I think it was the first I saw to knock Angry Birds out of the top spot, or maybe it was out before Angry Birds was. Either way, it interested me.

It’s an amazingly simple game. Your character jumps constantly, and you tilt your device to make him move left and right, jumping higher and higher, landing on relatively small platforms, avoiding dangers along the way. I don’t know what else to add to make it sound more complicated.

While jumping, you encounter various things, good and bad. Sometimes the platform you try to land on simply breaks beneath your feet and you fall right through. Some things will kill you on impact, but if you tap the screen you can shoot up at them (the real danger there is the disctraction, and suddenly you end up tilting your device while shooting and fall to your doom).

This game is definitely best played “against” other people, especially your friends. My girlfriend and I battled for high scores for a long time. She would get a high score, I would beat it in a few days, she would beat mine in a few days, and so on. Typing that made me realize I think she has the last high score, so now I need to go back and beat it again.

There are other games like this (Abduction and Abduction 2 seem to be the most popular alternatives), but none compare, in my opinion. Doodle Jump just has a very nice feel to it, you can customize the skin for everything (there’s a winter theme, a Halloween theme, etc.), and it’s just plain addicting.

Doodle Jump gets an 8/10 rating from this reviewer!

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Hiatus

Posted in Review with tags , , on January 3, 2012 by thedavewsc

So soon into the lifetime of the blog? I know. But what can I say, I’m on vacation, away from my computer, and can’t make a decent post from my phone (which is what I’m doing now).

So today’s episode is simply a micro-review of the Kindle Fire, which I got my girlfriend for her birthday.

Turns out, I’m jealous of it, despite having a Droid phone and an iPod Touch. What it amounts to in my terms is a bigger, nicer iPod Touch (as far as having games goes), but is also way better at books and movies. Arguably worse at music (which I would hope, comparing it to an iPod).

Overall, I think I will get myself one. Or someone can donate one, whatever.

If you get one, definitely order a portfolio case thing to go with it. It feels very exposed with nothing in front of the big… What, 7″ screen? Something.

PS – Don’t pay the extra $4 for the HD Angry Birds. I didn’t notice a difference. Definitely make sure you get the Kindle Fire edition of Doodle Jump though (if you have a Kindle Fire). I didn’t know that exiated, got the normal one, and it was all choppy. Also I might review those two games in the near future.

Poll time! Next entry: Angry Birds, Doodle Jump, or Plants Vs Zombies? Or mini reviews of all three?