Hedgehog Launch 2 – Review June 22, 2009Posted by Chaim Gartenberg in : Computers, First Look/Reviews, Video Games , 1 comment so far
Hedgehog Launch. Sonic sure doesn’t fly like this.
Last year, around this time, I blogged about a little flash game called Hedgehog Launch. The premise of the game was simple. You have a hedgehog, and a large slingshot, and your goal was to use the slingshot to launch the hedgehog into space. Along the way, you fly into coins, which give you money, and bounce off floating platforms, which propelled you higher and gave you even more money. You then used this money to buy more stuff such as… . Overall, it was an awesome game.
But that was then. This is now, and now is Hedgehog Launch 2. According to the developer, jmtb02 (one of my favorite flash game makers), the game is 6 times as big in terms of height to reach, which is without question awesome. Also, there are more upgrades to buy, and some new gameplay elements as well, such as magnets to collect more coins, a “fuel sucker”– which gives you extra fuel when you hit a platform, and “comrades”, or extra hedgehogs to add weight so you fall faster through the earth, giving you more speed for your attempt to reach the moon and beyond.
The game is just as fun as the first one — the hedgehog looks awesome, the music excellent, managing to convey the sheer joy of hedgehog in flight, and the game, is just plain fun.
Check it out here, and let us know what you think of the new game in the comments.
Bejeweled Twist October 28, 2008Posted by Chaim Gartenberg in : Video Games , add a comment
Whoosh. Bejewled Twist from Popcap.
Today, Popcap Games (they make Bejeweled) announced the latest entry in the Bejeweled series: Bejeweled Twist. Now, having not had the chance to actually play it yet (it came out a couple hours ago), I just want to comment on the Twist in Twist that separates it from the other series.
In case you don’t know, Bejeweled is an insanely popular puzzle game that has you swapping colorful gemstones to make matches of 3, 4, or 5. In the earlier games, only switches that made matches were allowed. However, from what I can tell, it seems that this rule has been abolished, allowing you to move gemstones without necessarily making a match. I could be wrong though, since this is based off a 30 second video on the Popcap website. The Twist on the old Bejeweled game play seems to be that instead of swapping on gem with a vertical or horizontal neighbor, you instead select a group of 4 square gems and rotate them to make matches.
It seems that additional or new power-ups will be in the game as well, judging by the above screenshot. More updates as we get them. Have fun!
Game of the Month – May: N June 2, 2008Posted by Chaim Gartenberg in : Video Games , 1 comment so far
Okay, once again, GOTM is a couple days late. My bad. Also, before you go nuts, I know this game is over 3 years old (on PC). However, I found it recently and have recently become obsessed with beating it. This is no easy task, considering the 500 individual levels it has. With my favorite style of “Run, Jump, and Do some really cool maneuvers” game play, (see here my review of another such game, Fancy Pants Adventures). The first immediately noticeable thing is that you can’t attack anything. In fact, most of the game is stacked in it’s favor. But thats where the fun and challenge is. The controls are kinda hard to get used to, but once you do, it’s fun. And the sheer sense of satisfaction at beating a difficult level is incredible. Overall, i find this game really fun, and looks to provide many months of entertainment for those persistent enough to stick with it. N can be downloaded here.
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