Spud’s Quest – Review

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When I was a kid I would frequent (live at) my local video rental
place and one day a game caught my eye, it was a Dizzy game for the
mega drive, the box was incredible. Here’s this egg swinging from a
vine (any children reading, before vine was a short-video creation
tool for racial stereotyping and stop animation, it was a long rope
made naturally from plant life which Tarzan would swing from to save a
blonde woman in the jungle) looking all determined and capable, this
was years and years before video game mascots looked sick of life,
full of wistful ennui, already bored at the adventure ahead of them,
smug arseholes they are. This guy is ready to get amongst it, he’s
ready to get to the top of this cloud castle and kick seven shades of
shite out of whatever is in his way. The box art relayed to me this
game was a world of adventure, never ending possibilities and
challenges. I wanted this game.

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Flappy Bird has Flown the Coop – Here’s How to Get Him Back (on your android device)

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Flappy Bird was an overnight sensation, it’s a simple little game. You fly, or flap, through suspiciously familiar pipes to try and get a highscore. That’s it! (I told you it was simple). I suspect the difficulty has a lot to do with people’s interest in the game as it wasn’t exactly easy.

As soon as Flappy Bird had come home to roost, he’d flown south for the winter. Flappy Bird is no longer available on the App Store or the Play Store, left in it’s place a myriad of poorly made clones, each one with more and more disgusting In App Purchases, died three times? Buy more lives!

The reason for Flappy Birds disappearance is an odd one, the creator admitted how unhappy the game has made him Dong Nguyen said on his twitter, “I can call ‘Flappy Bird’ is a success of mine. But it also ruins my simple life. So now I hate it.” he then later admitted “I am sorry ‘Flappy Bird’ users, 22 hours from now, I will take ‘Flappy Bird’ down. I cannot take this anymore.” he kept his promise and now it’s gone.

I do wonder exactly what made him feel like way, what kind of problems could this game be creating for him? It’s genuinely sad and I really do hope he’s alright. I’m sure like most of the internet and it’s users he’s under constant abuse, if you happen upon his twitter send some love his way.

Another weird quirk in this story is that people started to sell their phones with Flappy Bird installed, initially these were going for silly money on eBay but as they picked up notoriety fake bids descended like bird poo from the sky and ruined this.

Here’s a link for the game to be installed on your android phone or tablet, save yourself a million pound and download this instead.
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Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z Review

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Developer: Artdink
Publisher: Bandai Namco
Platforms: PS Vita/PS3/Xbox 360 (Vita Version Reviewed)

Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z is a fighting game developed by Artdink based on the Japanese anime series ‘Dragon Ball Z’ first introduced in 1989, incorporating an 8-Player ‘Arena’ style fighting system rather than the traditional one on one fighting system found in most fighting games. People that have played the ‘Tenkaichi’ Dragon Ball Z games may look at this with a sense of familiarity but it’s actually pretty different.

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Spud’s Quest – My Weekend

I was planning on playing more Dragon Ball Z and Assassin’s Creed IV but I happened upon this little gem created by Chris Davis over at THIS SITE and I said goodbye to my entire weekend.

The reason I picked it up was because of it’s obvious Dizzy inspiration and it’s fantastic! The presentation is wonderful and the puzzles are really great, I found them difficult but achievable when you bang your head against a wall for 20 minutes or so, most of the time though the solutions were pretty obvious, well they were after I solved them, which still counts right?

 

Anyway it’s brilliant so go buy it and when I finish it I plan on reviewing it and maybe even doing a walkthrough, god help me.

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