Review: Captain Toad Treasure Tracker.

Captain Toad Treasure Tracker
Captain Toad Treasure Tracker

Captain Toad Treasure Tracker is such a charming puzzle platformer, that you almost forget how strange it is to play a game from this genre in which the characters can’t jump. Essentially, it’s 70+ stages, in each of which you are presented with Escher like floating dioramas which you must navigate, collecting items, sneaking past or tackling enemies, and using the gamepad to adjust the camera to ensure you’ve explored everything on offer from every angle.

The puzzles occasionally become very smart indeed, and I feel the only real annoyance whilst playing is that the camera control is tied to the gamepad’s gyro sensor, thus the camera can get a little crazy at the slightest of wrist movement. Overall the game is fun, gorgeous to look at, and the stages are different enough to keep things fresh and compelling.

General Scoring

Gameplay. 9/10  Easy to learn, but very compelling in a “just one more level” way.
Graphics. 9/10  Classic Mario styling, in HD.
Sound. 7/10  Some great sound effects.
Music. 8/10  Simple but compliments the game.
Story. 7/10  Predictable, but fun.

Wildcards

Value for money 8/10  A lot in the box for a puzzle game.
Difficulty. 7/10  Occasionally very tricky.
Pick up & play. 9/10  Easy to learn, difficult to master 100% completion.
Variety. 7/10  Pleasantly surprised by the variety of stages on offer.
Art style. 8/10  If you’re a fan of Mario, this is for you.

Total score: 79%

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EGX 2014.

1. Toryanse

 

Toryanse
Toryanse

This, was one of the games I loved the look of most at EGX. Backtracking slightly, EGX (Eurogamer expo) was a gaming event that took place in London this past weekend, and despite the big guns being there (Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo) The areas I spent the most time in, were the 2 indie game sections, the games there fueled my passion for gaming even further.

So to the games…Firstly Toryanse, the Studio Ghibli style art was what first caught my eye, as well as the cat, the thing that pleases me most however, is that this is a point and click adventure game. Within the game all information is presented via speech bubbles and illustrative thought. You can follow the game’s development and find out more by clicking here.

2. Big Pharma

BigPharma
BigPharma

 

Ever wanted to manage your own pharmaceutical company? I know I have…manage side effects, discover new active ingredients, battle with rival companies, question your own moral compass, and of course, develop drugs, in this sim due for release in 2015. For more info, click here.

3. A light in chorus

A Light in Chorus
A Light in Chorus

Easily the most beautiful game I saw at EGX was A light in chorus. This is an exploration game in which you move around as a reconfigurable swarm of particles, taking on the shapes of the things around you, illuminatiing other things to explore. This is a game that really has to be seen, so I’ll embed a little preview below. For more info on the game click here.

Those were my 3 favourite finds from EGX,

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Blog birthday Q&A

Kezla's First Post.
Kezla’s First Post.

 

My first post on this blog was the one you see above, 3 quick tips for what is probably my favourite game of all time, Fallout New vegas.

So, a lot of you had awesome questions, thus, I have decided to break them down into weekly posts, rather than a very long essay. The first question came from Jon over at The Fun Turret which is a rather good read, so you should go have a look too.

Q. What’s the biggest change you’ve seen in gaming in that time- one good, one bad?

In the past 3 years the biggest change for me, that’s been awesome is the rise of independent gaming journalism. The YouTube review channels, the blogs and gaming forums. These are the first places I go for news, reviews and first impression of games that I’m thinking of buying, and I love that. These writes, videographers and posters are gamers themselves, and have an enthusiasm and passion for it. Yes you have to be careful of those who are paid or sponsered to say good things, but I find that if I do my research, that’s not difficult to avoid.

Something that I’m not so keen on is the elitism and segregation that can occur within the gaming community. I hear people chortle when I say I chose to purchase a Wii U over an Xbox one or PS4. I sense some judgement when I say I have been spending my time playing Guildwars 2 and Hearthstone instead of the lastest releases or Call of Duty or Assassins Creed, and that’s just me. I suppose there will always be cliques and groups within communities, but arguing about the best system, and ridiculing people for their gaming tastes seems like a waste of time and type…I especially see this in younger generations, and it saddens me slightly.

Let me know your thoughts on this question in the comments section, and I’ll return to answer another next week 🙂

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New console news…Wii U!

 

Wii U

It was high time I added a new console to the house…given that my PS3 had given up the ghost many months ago…I saved until I had enough to buy a Wii U.

I opted for this for 2 reasons, firstly watching E3, scouring the internet and paper gaming mags, I have found that the games for this platform just appeal to me more than the exclusives that the other 2 main platforms have coming out soon. Secondly, for the price. I got the premium console which includes 2 games for £200…well, slightly less than that, as I had a couple of discount codes to add on.

Initial thoughts

+  The console is sleeker looking, heavier and feels of a better quality than the Wii and than what I was expecting.

+ The gamepad is a joy to use, ergonomically designed and some of the demos I played of other games used it extremely well.

+ The interface is super easy to use and very customisable.

+ The Youtube app has become my favourite way to watch videos on the site.

 

– The massive update I had to download upon switching the console on…taking almost an hour.

– Battery life of the gamepad isn’t superb…I get about 5 hours use before it’s completely dead.

 

The only issues I have with the console are minor niggles, and I am super happy with my purchase, I shall let you know my thoughts on Lego City Undercover when I have got my teeth into it properly. (After 3 hours of game-time, it’s excellent and comes highly recommended.)

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My Current Hearthstone Deck

I’m still very much enjoying Hearthstone, and have stuck to playing as Rogue for almost all the games I play. Here’s a peek into a selection of cards in my deck. I play Rogue in a strange way…lots of spells and taunts, using Magic +1 cards stacked to cause some pretty decent damage.

Hearthstone Deck 2014

 

“Backstab” deals 2 damage to an undamaged minion and costs you nothing, great to use this and then do additional damage with other cards to wipe out a mean minion with a half decent health stat.

“Deadly Poison” gives your weapon +2 attack, this coupled with “Assassin’s blade,” which gives you a 3 attack, 4 health weapon already, is useful…when the weapon health is low I play “Blade Furry” which destroys your weapon, but deals it’s damage to all enemies.

I’m heavy on healing cards for when my deck is unkind and isn’t throwing up taunts, or cards that I can combo, so have “Voodoo Doctor” “Earthen Ring Farseer” “Darkscale Healer” and “Priestess of Elune”

The rest are Magic +1 (3 cards), Taunts, minions that have a combo bonus of either 2 damage, or summoning another minion if played after a card (The card I play is usually “Backstab” as it’s free, or Voodoo doctor, as it’s cheap and heals me)… and spells, with the exception of one Sprint, which allows me to draw 4 cards. I only play this when I have taunts on the board, so that I receive minimal damage for using so much mana!

Spell wise “Sinister Strike” does 3 damage to the enemy hero, but a lot more with the magic+1 buffs in place, “Fan of knives” does 1 damage to all enemy minions and draws a card, great to plonk down a couple of magic buffs then play these early in the game. And finally to “Assassinate” which does exactly that…takes out an enemy minion, this is especially useful for Molten giant taunts, or the annoying minion that a priest has doubled both the health and attack of…twice…definitely a card worth holding in your hand until you really need it!

So that’s an insight into how I play as Rogue…let me know your favourite class and how you play, in the comments, or tweet @kezla.

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