Tug The Table

I already mentioned Tug The Table in my post about the 5 Best Unity Games of 2013 and decided to dedicate a full review to it now.

Due to the success of his other game called Wrestle Jump, I believe that Otto Ojala finally discovered the perfect formula to amuse his delighted gamers. Simplicity is probably one of the most effective ingredients that brought his games to fame and it seems like it works the same way with Tug The Table. It is generally a very simple yet frustratingly challenging and unarguably addictive game that will absolutely keep you away from being bored.

The concept of the game is inspired from Wrestle Jump and it also works the same way with Soccer Physics. Basically, it is a game that gives the classic Tug of War game a creative twist in which instead of using a rope, the players will be tugging a bulky table. Your main objective in this game is to be the first one to win five matches against your opponent. This can be done by successfully pulling off the table until the opposing player crosses your mark or the opposite zone.

What really fascinates me is the one-button-fighting system. You are entitled to control the player using one predefined button but the overall mobility of the character cannot be completely manipulated and that’s exactly where the challenge comes in. You must establish the perfect timing, leverage, angle and speed in order to win each round effectively. Unlike the traditional Tug of War game, Tug The Table is not about strength but will merely focus on speed and strategy.

It is also interesting to note that the appearance of the stage and the players themselves are changing dynamically each round. You’ll encounter big heads, slippery floors, bouncing balls, long legged and even a reversed stage. If the default computer generated opponent is not strong enough for you, you can always set the setting to a higher AI to add more challenge or better yet, you can freely invite someone to play this game in a two player battle to experience this wonderful game to the fullest!

Lion’s Tooth

Nope, this game is not as hardcore as it sounds like, but as we all know, Lion’s Tooth is not just literally referring to one of the most harmful animals in the planet. It is also a name given to a beautiful flower, the dandelion. It is called Lion’s Tooth mainly because the leaves of it are merely resembling the teeth of a lion.
Now who would have thought that this flower could end up in such an epic journey? Lion’s Tooth is a very simple yet fun and amusing avoider game. The code and graphics were both credited to a guy named Kai Chung. Basically, your goal is to take control of a dandelion seed and collect the rest of the florets that you will encounter along the way. Generally, there are 35 florets or dandelion seeds to be collected and once you are done collecting them, your journey will begin! All you need is to move the seeds by hovering your mouse on the screen and avoid all the obstacles you will encounter along the way.

Screenshot of the game.

Screenshot of the game.

Keep in mind that your mission is not just to collect as many dandelion seeds as you can but also saving as many as possible during your journey. The game is done and played in a strict linear progression in which you will be taken to different scenes continuously. I personally like the transition of one scene to another. As you hover the mouse, the seeds will follow the movement of your cursor but kindly refrain the main seed from hitting any of the incoming obstacles, otherwise, it will lose a seed. If you lose all the seeds, you still need to finish the game until the very last stage and your score will be displayed afterwards.
Apart from its dynamically changing atmosphere, the game is also accompanied with a very nice and soothing music courtesy of Carefree by Waterflame. The game is generally simple yet captivating and amusing enough to be enjoyed!

Play Lion’s Tooth here.

Snake Nostalgia

According to Wikipedia, the term nostalgia describes a sentimentality for the past, typically for a period or place with happy personal associations.

For me, thinking of the game Snake on a old (mostly borrowed – I was too young to own a phone), Nokia 3310. That phone is the absolute classic, released in 2000. Nokia, by the way, was recently bought by Microsoft (and loses billions of dollars per year!).

Anyways, now, the Snake game has returned in 2 player form. You can and should try it here: Snake Duel.

A long review of a long MMO…

Good Game Studios never failed to give us some fantastic MMO games like Big Farm and Empire: Four Kingdoms which happens to be one of my personal MMO favorites. Interestingly, they just released another game that we can confidently place at the top of our list. Shadow Kings is another entertaining real-time strategy game that offers a lot of wonderful and impressive features that are probably way far beyond your expectations. The game takes you to a magical world where humans are living peacefully with other races like elves and dwarves until an army of orcs, goblins and trolls launched an invasion and wreck havoc to their harmonious land.

To prevent this from getting worst, you must build up an army that are strong enough to defeat all the incoming enemies, conquer their respective outposts and win a series of epic battles. However, before you enter the battle, you must build up your own settlement first and gather enough resources by establishing different economic buildings like farms, mills, bakery, market and more. You can also build houses and collect taxes in return. The more buildings you have in your kingdom, the more productive you will become. If you have enough resources, you can also decorate your kingdom to make it more appealing. Once you are done building all the necessary military buildings, you can now start recruiting warriors and launch the attack to nearby strongholds and conquer their territories.

One of the most interesting highlights of this game is its Multiplayer Features which allows the player to build alliances and explore complex diplomatic possibilities which will put your skills to the test. Apart from the normal quests, the game also features special events which makes Shadow Kings even more fascinating. Not to mention the highly impressive 3D graphics and animation that this game has to offer.

I personally find Shadow Kings somehow identical to Empire but in an all new environment and features. It is also interesting to note that the game can be played in both PC and mobile but the player is encouraged to create a separate account for each platform. Good luck and have fun!

PS: I’ve linked to the english version in this post. There is a Spanish and Italian version as well!

Remake of KOLM

One of the best flash games of all-time, K.O.L.M, is getting a remake!

The original KOLM game came out in 2010. You play the role of a broken robot (a character that appears in many games) who has to fix himself to please the Mother. You start out without any ability at all, so you better do as you’re told.

Now, The-Exp Games (the creator, who is from Cardiff, UK), is remaking and finishing the game. You can support his kick starter project here. Do you have a spare buck to support him?

Soccer Physics

The World Cup has been over for a while (see this and this – BTW who won again?) and the world returned to a more normal state. The soccer season, has, however, started in some countries already and is about to start in a couple of others as can be seen by the multitude of transfer news.

With that in mind, I thought I might share a fun little soccer game that I discovered. It’s called Soccer Physics, and unlike Fifa, you only need 2 buttons. That is, if you are playing with 2 players. If you’re playing against the computer, you just need one.

You can play it here:

http://www.crazygames.com/game/soccer-physics

soccer physics

One would think that that couldn’t be fun. Well, it is. Try it for yourself!

Vacation and birds…

I’ve been on vacation for the past 2 weeks (since my last post). I hope you haven’t been too bored. I definitely haven’t been bored. But despite all the activities I’ve been able to keep up with the new games being released, so you can expect some game reviews / links once I’m back (another 10 days or so).

This afternoon, a bird nearly flew inside through my window. It reminded me of this old game by Dmitry Zheltobriukhov (from 2009). Enjoy Damn Birds 2.

Papa’s Donuteria

Do you know this guy:

His name is Papa Louie, and he’s a pretty famous guy. He owns a pizzeria, an ice cream restaurant, hotdog restaurant, taco restaurant, pancake restaurant… Besides that he has activities going on in cupcakes, chicken wings, and most recently donuts. His donut restaurant is appropriately called papa’s donuteria. Of course, Papa Louie is a fictional figure (invented by Flipline Studios). Every once in a while (about every 2 months?) he is featured in a new game, each time with a different theme but the same concept: serve customers in a restaurant by preparing a specific food. Be on time to provide good service and build up your restaurant empire. The papa louie games will keep you entertained for a long time and for sure, there is no shortage of titles.

If you like Papa’s Donuteria, make sure to check out the apps of its predecessor (Papa’s Freezeria):
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/papas-freezeria-to-go!/id824305459?ls=1&mt=8

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=air.com.flipline.papasfreezeriatogo

Or just play Papa’s Donuteria here:
http://www.crazygames.com/game/papas-donuteria