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Rainbow [Indie Review]

Clever. Very Clever.

This was much of my thought process throughout my play through of Rainbow. An indie retro style shooter developed by Dark Bloodbane where the rules are simple: shoot the correct colour to destroy the same coloured shape blocking your way.

It seems simple enough, but it is far from easy, certainly it is a game that requires  hours of practise to master. You will find yourself frustrated (mostly with yourself) after the initial start which eases you in nicely to the game, then as you are introduced to changing colour bosses and moving hexagons, every shot will count.

Where I got the most frustrated was the second boss who dropped blocks for you to shoot through, once you do that though you have possibly half a second to damage the boss before they drop more shapes, upon which you will likely shoot the wrong colour at the block, blocking your path and losing a life. Meaning I had to phase through blocks with the few seconds of grace you get when you respawn. That is one aspect I would look at, (give us a bit longer to hit the boss please!) or maybe it is just a patience game and I needed further practise.

In any case, it is a frustratingly fun game that you could spend hours on, to get past the bosses and would recommend anyone to try it out if they like a challenge. Check it out and more of his games on Gamejolt:

https://darkbloodbane.gamejolt.io/Rainbow/

Simple. Upbeat. Challenging.

These are how I would describe the above game, designed and created by indie developer DarkBloodbane, L.I.F.T is a retro style shooter where you must take out the evil robot group (Falcor) protecting skyscrapers as you ascend in the elevator.

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The Dragons Trap Remake

Everyone has a first game, whatever console it was on, everyone remembers the first game they ever played and for me that was Wonder Boy 3 The Dragons Trap. Released on the SEGA Master System I remember sitting on my living room floor with my older brothers trying to navigate through the different areas of the game, defeating monsters and changing forms. Then, quite a few years later I saw it on the Virtual Console on the Wii and I jumped at the chance to play it again, bringing back all the nostalgia and enjoyment I had when I was young. And not all games stand the test of time…but this did and now, in April 2017 it is coming back once more in an all new remake! Here’s why I think it deserves the remake and why it stands the test of time.

There’s no secret way of getting past the toughest boss in Undertale (genocide run), all I can show you is how I did it. All I will say is that you learn from defeat, learn his moves, learn when to dodge, learn when to move, learn when to hit and most importantly…be patient because one way or another….YOUR GONNA HAVE A BAD TIME!

The Licker Myth Solved

There’s one thing at my childhood I will never forget, it was when my cousin came over and brought a PS1 game to play with my older brothers. Obviously my gaming curiosity peaked and had to check it out, I happened to walk in and watch from the very moment Leon’s head arches up and see’s THAT LICKER staring back down at him…my eyes widened and I was introduced to Resident Evil.

From playing it I always couldn’t quite figure something out, I know what zombies were and how they worked and that humans turn into them, but what about Lickers. What was a Licker pre T-virus?

I just had to find out…and the results were…interesting…

 

I just want to start this blog by saying that I am not a massive player of fighting games. The only ones I have ever owned include:

  • Street Fighter 2 (Mega Drive & Wii)jfghfc
  • Street Fighter 4 (PS3)
  • Soul Caliber 2 (Gamecube)

Now everyone knows that Street Fighter 2 is and always will be the best fighting game ever made and I am not disputing that at all. However one fighting game I think that was in the shadow of the more popular franchises like Street Fighter and Tekken was Soul Caliber 2 and this game was probably the fighting game I have spent the most time on in my entire life. Released on the PS2, Gamecube and Xbox I didn’t realise what a good game it was until I was about 1 week into playing it. And truth be told the only reason I bought it was due to my passion for Legend of Zelda and Link who was the bonus character for the Gamecube version.

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downloadRight, what am I talking about!? Well, I regularly play Fifa, I only ever play career mode except for the odd occasion I play my brother and whoop his ass with Leicester. Ultimate team got boring and I realised I spent too much money on it, its the same reason I stopped playing The Simpsons Tapped Out on my phone. #justnotworthit

I love Career Mode, it puts me in the mind of a manager and over the course of this year and since Fifa 16 release I have been playing through a number of different teams, wanting to progress further and further, only I don’t. I started off at Chelsea, you know, my favourite club, they brought up from reserve team (at least in my head) and made me the replacement for Mourinho. After 5 years and numerous trophies including back to back Champions Leagues, I felt it was time to move on, as you do as a top class manager haha.

However whenever I looked at available jobs there was only ever jobs that would be considered a step down, such as Hoffenheim, Everton, Marseille. Now I don’t mind a challenge but I would have thought that I would get offers from numerous top clubs about vacant manager positions. I mean thought this game was realistic, but there is no manager merry go round and that’s a shame.

So what do i do to solve this issue, when I want to move on I start a new career mode and play with a different team. I went from Chelsea to Dortmund to AC Milan to Real Madrid, after a few seasons at Madrid I will try and move to a lower team (probably Watford) and try and do a Leicester.  But I shouldn’t have to start over to do that, I should be offered club jobs, but it never happens, I only ever get offered every single National team job every other week…which is nice. I mean I will probably end my Fifa 16 career mode as manager of England and no one else, I mean that’s the way to do it, am I right?

If you want one thing to pretend to do in a video game then that is for England to beat Iceland because it clearly can’t be done in real life–OMG that was heartbreaking.