Tag Archives: Chrome Game Reviews
I’ve always gotten some enjoyment out of memory match-type games. They’re a simple, enjoyable way to waste a few minutes of the day. I’ve also always loved role playing games. There’s just something entertaining about seeing a character you’re playing get better, faster, and stronger, able to take on increasingly insurmountable challenges with ease. Plus, there’s the story- I’m a sucker for a decent narrative(though, to be fair, that’s not necessarily something I go into a browser game fully expecting.)
Naturally, when I saw the game “MatchHack,” which labels itself as an “open source, RPG matching game,” I jumped on the opportunity to give it a try- with mixed results.
Are you a fan of old school puzzle games? If so, I’ve got a treat for you today. Here, for your enjoyment, is The Secret of Grisly Manor. Developed by Firewalker Games, The Secret of Grisly Manor casts you as the nondescript grandchild of a famous, eccentric engineer who’s recently gone missing. You’re tasked with entering your grandfather’s mansion and unraveling the mystery of his disappearance- as well as how he was able to send you a letter in spite of having apparently vanished.
So basically, you’ve got a vanished relative and a creepy mansion filled with intricate puzzles and odd clues all in all, pretty standard fare for a puzzle game, right? The question is whether or not it holds up to the old conventions, and does them proud. Let’s find out.
Designed by Halfbrick Studios(you might remember them as the guys behind Fruit Ninja) Monster dash is a game about running really fast. And shooting monsters. And…that’s about it. Believe it or not, those are they only things the game really needs to work. And hey, their best known game is about attacking pieces of fruit with a katana, so this premise is actually a bit of a step up, if you think about it.
If you’ve been looking for some entertaining puzzle gameplay, but coming to the sad conclusion that it might just be an itch you’re unable to scracth…I might be able to help you out. Introducing Hiive Game’s Creatures & Castles. Originally developed for smartphones (I believe it made its debut on iOS) Creatures & Castles follows a very simple premise.You’re a kid who snuck out of their parents place in the dead of night to steal treasure. There is a castle. It contains treasure. You want that treasure. You’re not in the habit of asking nicely though- and in the case of this castle, it probably wouldn’t do a whole lot of good anyway.
What follows is a mildly entertaining- and, at times, somewhat challenging- puzzle game.
“The Battle of London- October 15, 1940. The Axis’ flying armada are en route to London. The Allies are outnumbered 1,000 to 1. You cannot save the city, but you can stall the Axis long enough for London’s citizens to evacuate. Good luck, pilot, and Godspeed.”
That’s how the game Steambirds: Survival, the sequel to the eminently popular Steambirds, opens. It’s pretty obvious right off the bat that this game’s set in something of an alternate timeline World War 2-I suspect the setting is vaguely steampunk in nature- where the Allies are losing the war- severely. Guess which side you play on?
The game touts itself as a turn based, aerial dogfighting strategy game in which you face off against wave after wave of increasingly deadly foes. There’s also 24 distinct planes-each with their own unique style- to choose from.
A dark and terrible entity called Oryx The Insane- also known as The Madgod (Thanks to Oblivion, I’m going to forevermore picture him with a scottish accent) has lured heroes and champions from all over the world to become food for his vast hordes of minions. How he did it is irrelevant. Wine, women and song? Glory in battle? Tax breaks? It doesn’t really matter how you got here. What matters is that you’re here, his minions are hungry, and you don’t much fancy the thought of being dinner.
This is basically how Realm of The Mad God- a co operative, top-down massively multiplayer ‘bullet hell’ styled shooter designed for Google Chrome- is set up. Pretty standard stuff, right?