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  • Transmission Game Review

    Raising awareness along the way

    As you may have noticed i really like to play puzzle games. Once such game which i found goes by the name of Transmission. Transmission has been built by the Science Museum and we can see that they have made more games which revolve around science and technology aiming to teach about them.

    The game’s main aim is to create networks and to connect nodes to send information from one node to the next.

    Features of Transmission

    The game starts from the technology of olden times, the telegraph, then goes to the telephone, satellite and the next gen communication networks.

    The player has to find ways to connect all of the nodes to form a network. There are bonus objectives which further restrict how the player can create the network, but completing them gives the player more points(stars in this game’s case).

    Like all puzzle games the player has to think ahead on how to solve the puzzle. Visualization is the skill which is needed for this game, being able to visualize what the next move will be and what the resulting state of the game will be.

    Transmission Game Review

    Connecting the network

    What i like about this game is how seamlessly it has designed and linked with communication technologies. Nodes can be of different types, those which either send or receive information and also can broadcast to other nodes at the same time. It is quite interesting to see how all these components work together to form networks. One also realizes how amazing technology really is. Even though the game is an abstract version of what networks really are, but Transmission still gives an idea of how hard it is to create networks so that optimum paths are made.

    The art is simple and professionally made, with the smooth soothing music playing in the background do not distract the player from the game.

    Conclusion

    I really liked playing Transmission, i will surely be playing more games from Science Museum and may even write a review on them. I highly recommend this game for all.

    • Transmission Game Review
      Transmission Game Review

    September 18, 2015 • Android, Games • Views: 2293

  • Interlocked Game Review

    Interlocked not unlike any other puzzle game

    If you remember there used to be 3D puzzles which you used to play when your were a little child. You had to put blocks of certain sizes and shapes into their corresponding receiving holes, or the ones in which you had to free the blocks from one another. Now you can face the same anxiety of failure and despair when you could not solve the puzzle.

    Interlocked Game is a 3D puzzle game which is available on Android in which the player has to solve puzzles and beat the level.

    The number of moves and the time that you take to solve the puzzle are tracked and you get a score based on the combination of these.

    What i really like about this game is that since it is a 3D game, i can move the puzzle around, and see it from all angles as if i am solving a real puzzle in my hands.

    There is also a walk through, but the game sometimes, asks you to watch a video before showing you the walk through, while at other times it gives tips to how to begin solving the puzzle.

    I think this is fine, and not a problem. I did not get bombarded by in game Ads like other games show at the wrong moments in time.

    Apart from there being different levels, there are puzzle blocks of different materials which you can play with, but they have to be unlocked first. When you first play the game, you have wooden blocks to play with.

    Interlocked Game Review

    This puzzle seems difficult…

    Conclusion

    I did not find any glaring problem in Interlocked, and i believe it has been built with quality and giving the player a great time in mind.

    If you want to have a great time solving puzzles like you used to when you were young, then this game is definitely for you. You might even get smarter in the process.

     

    • Interlocked Game Review
      Interlocked Game Review

    September 15, 2015 • Android, Games • Views: 2866

  • Ballz Eye Game Review

    Ballz Eye is not an average puzzle game

    If you fancy testing your reflexes, then i have the perfect game for you, Ballz Eye. Ballz eye, even though being a puzzle game is not by first looks a puzzle game. It is a different kind of a game altogether.

    In Ballz Eye balls grow in size in the middle of the screen and you have to flick them away to targets matching their color before the counter in them expires, or else you will lose the game.

    The game includes a tutorial which does its best to explain you how to play the game. I am glad that the developers included a tutorial in this unconventional game.

    There is a twist in this game, out of no where an anti-ball comes up, which can be flicked away into a target other than the one specified by its color.  If you happen to accidentally throw it towards the wrong target, then you will lose the game.

    Ballz Eye Game Review

    Anti-ball has popped up throwing one off the game.

    This game also has bombs which periodically pop up, but so far i have not been able to see any effect of them, maybe i am doing something wrong.

    Game modes in Ballz Eye

    There are two game modes, Classic, and Rush.

    In the Classic mode is essentially a survival mode, where you play for as long as you can hold out without any time restrictions.

    In the Rush mode you have a time limit of 1 minute, within which you have to throw as many balls as possible.

    Conclusion

    I did not find any problems with the game other than that it does take quite a while to get used to.

    Ballz Eye is surely a game of reflexes and speed, and if you want to have a killer time while you are bored then i recommend this game.

     

    • Ballz Eye Game Review
      Ballz Eye Game Review

     

    September 11, 2015 • Android, Games • Views: 2640

  • Piano Tiles Game

    I was searching the Google Play Store for a good game to play in the puzzle genre, since you know puzzle games are my all new favorite genre. A few days ago i reviewed the game Two Dots, one of the best puzzle games that i have played, and now i review a game, of which i am not really sure what to call it since on my launcher screen the name is Piano Tiles, while on the Google Play Store page the game is called Don’t Tap the White Tile and has been developed by Hu Wen Zeng. For making things easy let us call this game Piano Tiles Game.

    This gem of a game is seriously addictive and now i am actually in competition with one of my best friends and development partner in my company,  to who can hit the most tiles in the least amount of time. So far i am loosing, but i will never give up!!!! Your going down pal!!!!

    How Do You Play Piano Tiles?

    Piano Tiles Game is not exactly a puzzle game, but you can say it kind of falls into it, but not so much. In this game you have tiles of two colors, black and white, hence the name Piano Tiles.

    There are a number of modes in this game, ranging from trying to beat your lowest time, to amassing the most piano tiles. The player must also have really good hand/finger eye coordination as you have to tap the black tile and not hit the white tile at an cost or the game will be over.

    There have been times when i am going so fast, that i feel that my hand is moving on its own following the black tiles and tapping them out of existence. The first time this happened it was quite freaky, and i was like WOAH!!! , what did just happen here. Maybe it has something to do the brain controlling the hand movements, this is what i have come up with but i am not a medical student so i may be totally wrong here.

    As you tap the piano tiles you collect them and then when the game is over you can continue to play the game if you have enough piano tiles from where you left of.

    This continue feature is useful when you are playing the mode in which you collect the tiles and are not trying to beat the lowest time, as then the time just ads up because the time is not rest to zero when you continue.

    In the Arcade mode the screen also scrolls so the user has to keep up with the movement or the player will loose if a black tile is missed. In this mode there are different speeds at which you can play the game, and there is also a reverse mode where the screen is moved from top to bottom, which is a bit disorienting as we are more used to bottom to top games rather than top to bottom.

    My Recommendations

    The graphical art is pretty simple and two tone black and white color, but this game does not require high-fi art because the game play and style of the game are what makes the game really interesting, addictive and fun. Any more art will surely add hindrance to the player.

    I highly recommend this game, and this is one game you surely want to have with you to pass your time, and believe me that you will not even know where your time went.

    Update 4:03 am 9th December 2014: I have updated the link of the article and the content to improve SEO.

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      Piano Tiles Game Review

    December 3, 2014 • Games • Views: 3481

  • Two Dots Android Puzzle Game

    Just recently i have regularly started to download new games and play them on my Android Kit Kat Huawei Ascend P7 to pass time, and also to find new apps to review.

    Puzzle games have taken a fancy to me, and i found the game Two Dots by the company Playdots, Inc which made the all famous Dots puzzle game. This game is quite similar to other dots removal game such as Candy Crush, Shape It! where the user has to match patterns which will remove the dots from the grid.

    Two Dots is different in its own way from the above mentioned games. Firstly when the game is first opened, the player is welcomed by soft yet attractive music, and a simple Play button. Upon pressing this button the game map is shown where there are a total of 135 levels where the user has to clear each level.

    Even though there is no story line, but the way the map has been made that the player has to make his way through the world, first going through a cabin, and then into the under water world , and then onto the land, through the yeti, woods, and out and beyond.

    The player has a maximum of five lives and after loosing each life the user can either buy a life by using money or wait out a certain time out. On each level there are certain objectives. I am on level 35 and have to find and kill eight anchors, thirty dots each of purple, blue, red and green.

    Two Dots is so addictive that i cleared 34 levels in two days. There are also Daily Quests which after completing gives the player power ups which he can use in the levels such as coloring all of the dots with the same color or placing bombs, which destroy a certain number of neighboring dots.

    The best thing that i like about this game is that there is no time limit (have not found a time limit yet), and the player has to meet the objectives in a certain number of moves. Now the player has to put on his thinking cap and visualize in advance of what each step will do, something like in chess and chequers. This lack of time limit gives one ample time to think of the moves that he is to make.

    I highly recommend this game to all, though do make sure that you do not spend too much time on it so that your other work starts to be effected.

    • Two Dots Android Game Review
      Two Dots Android Game Review

    November 26, 2014 • Games • Views: 4791

  • Horror Escape Hidden Object Game for Android

    This post originally appeared on the blog Mustafa Neguib and has been reprinted here with permission.

    What Is This Game About?

    I was checking out my friend’s Android smart phone, looking for any good apps or games that he has installed so that i could install on my smart phone.

    I came across this hidden object game by the name of Horror Escape where you have to find objects which have been hidden by an evil scientist. There are many other apps which follow the same style of hiding clues and then the user has to find them, but i found this game intriguing as it has a back story, and the ambiance of the game suites it quite well.

    What Is A Hidden Object Game?

    This type of games are in which you have to give an effort to find objects which are hidden from you. You have to act as if you are a detective and have to find clues in order to find the objects. Usually these games contain objective where on hidden object is usually a clue and is used to solve another clue in the game.

    How Do You Play This Game?

    From what i have found so far, is that there is an evil guy who has locked the character(you) in a building, and he has left clues for you to find in order to escape. When you find one clue it leads to the next clue. I like detective and hidden object games, where i have to solve a case, and i love Sherlock Holmes, one of the best detectives that i have read about (i am reading the stories of Sherlock Holmes at the moment).

    This game is constructed in such a way that there are levels, where each level is a room. There are a total of 15 levels in this game. One requires patience and needs to harness his collective powers of thinking in order to find the clues and eventually escape from the building.

    I myself am at level 6 and i am stuck at it. What i am really impressed is the way the clues are hidden in each level. One has to actually look for them, by pressing on everything hoping that some clue pops up. There is no animation, but the graphics are professional and realistic, which further helps bring the detective in you out to help your character to escape.

    If finding objects hidden from plain sight fancy you, then I highly recommend this game, but this is a good time kill for others as well.

    • Horror Escape Game Review
      Horror Escape Game Review

    November 8, 2014 • Games • Views: 2094