- June 27th, 2016
- OneShark (Publisher and Developer)
Chicken Assassin Master Of Humiliation is a clicker game that hides behind trying to be so much more than that.
The game play at heart is a that of a clicker game, as Mean McCallister you go wave after wave through enemies as they come from both sides and all you can do is click either side at your fastest rate to kill everyone. If you can make it to the end you get a boss battle the move on to the next stage. Defeating enemies will allow you to collect souls for upgrading, costumes that boost your stats, or items to aid you in battle. There is a deep difficulty curve to it and to progress through the game does require way too much grinding to level yourself up. You’ll quickly find yourself in a cycle of playing the same level, dying, selling the useless items you have, upgrading, then doing it all over again and again.
Now after a level you can upgrade your character with what you were given during the level or by repeating tapping an item that is in the middle of the screen. You can upgrade your resources section which gives you more chances to collect souls and increases their value while your other section gives your character more health, damage and the usual stuff such as that. I will say that I am not a fan of your soul counter having a cap on it to where once you hit your limit your leftover souls are lost forever especially because there is no indication of how many souls you can have at one time.
The visuals are oddly impressing with a slick oil painting look to them. Musically however the random assortment of sounds and background music made me almost right away mute the game as it quickly became unbearable to want to listen to. I will say this as well that the game boasts many mature jokes and themes that could come across as racist and sexist so players beware.
Overall Chicken Master is less than stellar. For it’s $2 asking price you can squeeze 2-3 hours from it but anything more will quickly become too repetitive. With it’s overly grindy nature and not much substance Chicken Assassin is a game that won’t cater to the masses and unless this is what your looking for isn’t something I’d truly recommend.
Score : 3/10
Digital Review Code Provided Courtesy Of OneShark
- August 21st, 2015
- Headup Games
- Xbox One
Bridge Constructor is a puzzle game that even with an easy and simply premise at first glance can give one awfully hard challenge that oddly enough always ends up being rewarding or at the least entertaining at the finish line.
You goal in the game is simple enough, build a bridge with the resources given on a budget that can support 2 cars or 2 trucks across it. From there you can use your different materials in a attempt to build what sometimes ends up looking like the most half assed bridge to see if you can make one using the least possible amount of money. One thing that really shines for this game is the amount of freedom the player is given to create any sort of bridge that will hold up. Sometimes your bridge doesn’t even have to hold up if the vehicles can make it over before it fully collapses.
This game will push you with a deep challenge however and gives little tutorial on how to properly make one so be ready for a steep learning curve with a challenge. The user interface as well can take a little getting use to as the game is played on a grid based map that can be a little tough to navigate at times causing the user to have to erase a few moves on occasions to get it exactly where they need to be. I will say too that going forward in the later maps as well for every hard map I found I was presented with 2 easy maps that just seemed far out of place. It’s almost as if the maps were either far too easy or far too difficult.
That does bring up one negative is that sometimes for these bridges to work you have to run by either what the game would want or simple use an easy solution. I for one used the same bridge layout for close to 10 levels (all easy ones) and it could ruin the game because it would make it a sure fire way to achieve a success. For all the times the physics work too especially in the later more difficult levels I had the physics go haywire for me. For instance I had one bridge that would constantly fall 3/4ths of the trucks way over it, now making it run over and over the trucks would fall between the half and 3/4ths point of the bridge only for my 8th or so run of it for the trucks to make it over just fine without the bridge falling. That for one caused me to be confused on how the physics system was truly working.
Graphically the game is fine honestly, the bright colors do well for the game and even though it looks like a higher end mobile game for what the game play is it does suit it just fine. The audio or therefore lack of however is a disgrace. Other than a occasional soundbite there is no background music at all meaning your left in the dead silence.
Overall though you will have some fun with Bridge Constructor even with the difficulty. Seeing your insane bridge be able to work does bring a smile to a gamers face and if you can look past it’s flaws you’ll be able to sink a few hours into this game and have it be worth your time.
Score : 6/10
Digital Review Code Provided By Headup Games
- July 1st, 2016
- NeoCore Games
- Xbox One
The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing II is a game that consoles really need but sadly doesn’t accomplish all that it has the potential to.
The game picks up directly right after the first game ends and calling this one a sequel is a stretch with this one feeling like DLC or just a longer section to the first game. If you have a character from the first game level 30 or higher you can import them otherwise you can choose from several classes to play as such as your standard more warrior type class, a mage class, and a mage that is more technical and gadget prone. Game play is okay and quickly turns into just creating room between you and enemies trying to kill them while healing yourself. It’s standard here and while not being great is decent enough to pass by.
From the start though the game almost instantly kills itself. The beginning section of the game is overly long and tedious to the point where it becomes boring. Having to drag through the opening section sucked almost all fun and excitement from the game. Outside of that the game is the standard Diablo type loot RPG you’ve come to expect. You constantly are in the grind to level up and defeat increasingly tougher enemies and gain better loot to progress forward. All that brings it to a downfall that the first game had as well is that the game as a large difficulty spike and continues to increase that. You’ll soon find that you are swarmed by enemies much stronger than you are and that they attack at a faster pace and with more damage then you have time to heal so prepare to die a lot.
You will level up at a fair pace though but using your points to level up can be overwhelming because of large skill trees and subsections to each skill. Since you can level up ranged and melee which are both separate sections as well because of no real tutorial given on it using your points becomes a gamble in hoping that it works with your play style. That difficulty spike I mentioned before hurts your progression because especially when unlocking a new skill to use it from the start feels severely under powered making you no longer want to use it.
Just like the first game as well the in game menu is incredibly over complicated. Going from screen to screen can be confusing trying to find a specific page and pages that should be all together are spread apart. Your inventory page more so the inventory wheel as well is something that on PC with a mouse would be much easier as trying to move to specific sections on the wheel can be something that takes several tries.
Visually the game doesn’t have much to boast for itself. The backgrounds and environments are bland and dark leaving the game looking dated. Worst to boot is that during hectic moments the frame rate slows down and sometimes lags. The soundtrack is your standard fare for this so nothing special there. We do have some of the worst most cringe worthy dialog here though but thankfully you can skip past that all.
Overall Van Helsing II could of been a lot better if maybe updated for more modern consoles and given a fuller feeling. Instead we get a mediocre hack and slash RPG that has a few too many huge problems that prevents it from being anything great.
Score : 5/10
Digital Review Code Provided By NeoCore Games