Review: Android: Angry Birds Star Wars

Aaaaaaand they’re back again! Sporting the Star Wars theme this time around those Angry Birds are flocking to our itchy little fingers once again to test our patience with a brand new set of birdy powers that mimic some of the most loved aspects from the Star Wars universe.

The Angry Birds themselves are fashioned in the image of the main characters from the books and films; Chewie, Princess Lea, Luke, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Yoda and many more of the characters you’ll know. These characters also have a set of powers and have upgrades too, meaning the game goes that little bit further and is ultimately set-up to be more of a challenge, Which it is. The chapters are set across five locations one of them being a bonus chapter. Tatooine, Death Star, Hoth and Path of the Jedi are the four chapters you’ll play through trying to nail those three star ratings. There’s new elements to consider too like gravitational pulls, moving stages and objects that are placed to create timed throws. These elements all combine to keep this new spacey instalment of Angry Birds as challenging and fun as it could be but you also steadily unlock other powers and super tricky bonus levels which gives it a better life span.

It’s a very testing game once you get stuck on that level that just simply defeats you every time. Angry Birds often requires a good eye for physics and trajectory to get the best out of it and these new level designs will test those aspects even further than before. I’ve invested over five hours into it and that all whizzed by very quickly, it’s a very good game and continues to offer a worthwhile experience again thanks to the Star Wars universe additions.

While playing it, the noises that you get from the birds, pigs and random objects are very amusing and helps create a childlike atmosphere while you play especially if you have ear phones in for whatever reason. These details really sets the game off well as soon as you pick it up, making it one of my favourite additions to the Angry Birds series. You can immerse yourself rather easily into it and there’s 80 force filled levels to get stuck into and challenge your friends on. Rovio Games seems to have their birdy niche perfected once again, so why not get involved? There’s a free version and a HD version for around £1.99 so there’s no arguments just those ones between the you and the those pigs!

Score: 4.5 / 5

Requires Android  2.2 and up

Angry Birds Star Wars Google Play Link

I also recorded a short video about Angry Birds Star Wars on The Frag Mentality YouTube Channel, You can check that out here!

Review: Android: Jetpack Joyride

Looking for a another good time gobbler for tube journeys or the odd 10 minutes of quiet in the office? Jetpack Joyride fits that gap effortlessly with its fast paced rhythm and quirky science theme.

The aim of the game is to get the little fella you see on screen as far as you can by dodging electric type obstacles, highfiving scientists and riding robotic fire breathing dragons!… Yes, you did just read obstacles, scientists and fire breathing dragon in one awesome sentence. You collect coins, pick up spin tokens and jump in some wicked vehicles as you progress, these are used to unlock extra equipment, earn end of level bonus’s and get even more distance for your current run. With this perfect balance of rewards and in game objects to use/interact with Jetpack Joyride gets addictive super quick and will have you investing a good healthy number of runs until you’ve bought some extras with those coins!

As you get through the early stages of this arcade game it opens you up to its collectibles and tactics as you progress, not lose it like some other repetitive games can do on the Android platform. There are better missions and more pricey equipment you actually want further into the game and even some funny zombie costumes and amusing jetpacks to collect. There’s even a set of gadgets to spice things up a little, Gravity Belts can create faster paced game play by enabling you to sink faster after a burst from your jetpack. The vehicles are designed well and fit in with the games design which just adds more freedom to get that little bit further! Gathering distance is the key to cracking your addiction when the game grips you good, you’ll find yourself desperately trying to skid an extra few inches or blast yourself another 300m further using a spin token to beat your previous score. The spin tokens always give you a glint of hope too after you’ve destroyed that poor little guy across the floor again, at the end of your run a slot machine pops up with coin bonuses, utilities and maybe if you’re lucky… A extra life!

The game has such a great mix of features and unlockables it just simply plays great casually and would be a great addition to pick up and down regularly. On the flip side if you do like your challenges, Jetpack Joyride will push and push you just to hit crazy distances. It also just screams complete me to a 100% which many of you out there will love due to its lovely set of equipment, utilities and gadgets.

The fact that Jetpack Joyride is free is just the cherry on top for this speedy little side-scrolled… So give it a go and knock yourself out!

Score: 4.5/5

JetPack Joyride Google Play Link

Review: Android: Devil Ninja

Run and jump over cliffs and obstacles as you slice your way through levels of monsters with an awesome array of ninja weaponry in Driod Studios action game Devil Ninja!

Devil Ninja is definitely an addictive little time gobbler and is also quite the challenge to complete. The main goal of the game is to destroy as many enemies in front of you as possible while missing the various hurdles and trying to get as far as you can into the level without dying. Your character runs through the level automatically so it’s a speedy game to play and along with the weapon pickups means the game gathers a good pace and rhythm which will have you coming back to beat your previous score.

It’s a hard game to master and complete but the controls are easy enough to pick up on. There’s a virtual jump button and a virtual attack button, nothing else as your character runs under his own steam through this demon infested world anyway. You can double jump which has to be timed right or you’ll end up off over a cliff or smack bang in front of an enemy, you can also hold down the attack button for a more powerful attack. You can pick up snippets of life and more powerful weapons along the way to the occasional end of level boss fight too.

Devil Ninja’s Leaderboards are also very hard to get your name up onto, some of the scores already posted are very impressive. After around twenty minutes of play Devil Ninja will have drawn you into its side-scrolling ways and you’ll have learnt to give it some time to get better at but once you’ve gotten over the initial level of difficulty you’ll enjoy it simply for what it is, and that’s a solid and challenging side-scrolling action game.

Score: 3 / 5

Devil Ninja Google Play Link

Devil Ninja Trailer

There’s also now a sequel to Devil Ninja, Devil Ninja 2! (Requires 2.0 and up)

Devil Ninja 2 Google Play Link

Devil Ninja 2 Trailer

Review: Android: Inotia 4

Welcome to the world of Inotia. Which side will you choose when the two epic forces of good and evil rise again?

Once you begin and create a new game you’ll get to choose from the six different classes Inotia has for you to begin with; Black Knight, Assassin, Warlock, Priest, Ranger and Warrior. Each has their own strengths and weakness and preferred weapon type and magic type and each has a different pixelated design to run around in. Changing class doesn’t mean you’ll get a different story line or missions, it is just your class and what skill base you’d like to have throughout the game as you solely play as Kiyan. Once you’ve picked your character your journey will begin and you can start to put together Inotas’ traditional story of an evil empire trying to dominate, kidnap and deceive while your protagonist is trying to make his way through it.

You can start to get to grips with the controls when you hit the Smokey Village where you’ll set off on your adventure trying to guard Channel from the Fray Shin and unravelling the mysteries of this world as you proceed. To get around the maps and areas you use the virtual d-pad control on the left hand side of the screen, this is a slightly fiddly feature and controls your little pixelated friend around the different areas well enough, give or take the odd pause or slip. There’s also a set of circular slots along the bottom of your screen which hold your hotkeys, these are for super useful items, ability’s and attacks so you can quickly have access to them in the heat of battle.

Fighting in Inotia is quick, easy. To begin fighting you simply walk up to a monster that’ll be wandering around the map and tap your action button which is bigger than the rest so it’s easy to spot on your screen. You can then use your hotkeys, switch between characters or heal up with a potion or two. There’s a damage counter to help you keep tabs on how much of a hammering your characters take, this is very useful as it can be hard to check out how much health and MP you have left with the small circular icons at the top right. There’s also your passive abilities to take into account, these can be checked in the menu along with your characters other statistics. You can level up pretty quick in Intotia so you end up with points to upgrade your character with quicker but the enemy’s levels do change as soon as you move further into the game so expecting to grind against tougher foes more often than not.

The enemy’s themselves look really cute due to the detailed 2D sprite work, they all have good animations when they move round the maps and there’s a ton of different baddies to find at fight. Even your character is dinky and when the fighting begins it’s seriously addictive and will have you more often than not, fighting away for loot. Your characters appearance also changes with the armour you throw on, helmets come in different designs and this reflects right onto your character which holds your attention for longer and gives you a fun sense of customisation.

There’s also icons in the top right of the screen which holds information on your characters current health, magic status though they can be really hard to see at times. You can switch between your characters by tapping these circular icons, you can then use their different hotkeys to overpower enemies. This is a brilliant little feature as you can manually heal your party if you haven’t got a Priest available, you can also summon monsters to fight for you using Warlocks or start using the other classes different strengths to proceed further.

At this point you might already be a tiny bit hooked as the game is built for heaps of grinding, even when you explore and re-train over certain areas stock piling items becomes really helpful so you’ll end up doing more. The game’s currency doesn’t come too quick either, leaving you to count every penny so you can buy bigger Backpacks or a few extra bits of armour for your party.

Loot mostly drops from monsters, crates, pots and chests and the items found can vary from gold pieces to potions to unique combination items. Loot is easy enough picked up too by walking over it and in the beginning of the game you’ll start with an empty bag but ten minutes in you’ll be sorting through it for more inventory space. When fighting monsters there’s a chance you could pick up armour or weaponry that has been blessed with extra benefits such as +Strength or +Dexterity. These are the items you’ll end up hunting high and low for in Inotia 4 and some more of the better items come from the Fusion Machine where you combine materials to create items you find the blueprints for too. There’s plenty of ways to grab equipment and plenty ways of making it but sadly you do pick up a lot of basic equipment before you get to anything good, the basics sell for next to nothing as well so expect to run back and forth or destroy your gear before retreaving inventory space.

The first city you’ll visit is the Berkel capital. Here’s where you can find your usual buildings; An Inn to rest up in and various shops to sell your old equipment and take on some new. There’s the villagers and more important NPC’s to chat to as well, never forget this golden rule for RPG’s as you could end up leaving side quests or special weapons behind. You can find Soul Healers too, these guys fully restore any fallen party members and you can also find the Fusion Machine and start creating potions, jewel enhancements, jewel sockets, chaos items and unique items. Creating items from the loot you accumulate will save you currency and as it’s quite hard to stay rich in Inotia for long this becomes a great way of saving up for higher classed items in stores.

Further into Inotia you’ll get the chance to find a Mercenary Emblems, these hold a tiny little fighting friend for you to use. They come in a few different classes like Warlock, Warrior, Priest and Ranger and all come with their own set of skills to utilize in battle. These guys also level up along with you but you don’t place any skill points on those characters just your main, however you can still level up their abilities the way you see fit.

Inotia 4 doesn’t have the best dialogue I’ve ever read for a game that really needs dialogue to story tell, some of it comes across as accidently humorous and some words are just simply misplaced for this type of game. This makes the story telling comes across as flaky and dull at best so it won’t hold many gamers in for long if you’re not a die hard fan. It also takes a lot from what you have already saw from many RPG’s and creates smaller and shorter versions of those features, it’s not completely stereotypical but you will find these vibes creeping in often when grinding. If you can forgive Inotia for these misgivings you can start to get to the better features like swapping between the different characters you can take with you. The health bar is also really hard to spot when the going gets rough which can lead to premature deaths and this never goes down well either and can leave you feeling a bit let down by a detail so small. Inotia 4 has it’s problems but if you’re an obsessive gamer or a big fan of the series and you like your party building and messing around with details like equipment then Inotia will suck you right into it’s teensy ways for hours.

Score: 2.5 / 5

Check out Inotia 4’s miniature KRPG adventure on android created by Com2uS, filled with monsters, items and quests all for free today!

Inotia 4 Google Play Link

Inotia 4 Trailer

Review: Android: Dinosaur War

It’s the age of dinosaur and man but all is not well in this seemingly small Jurassic universe. The harmony of your tribe has been destroyed and it’s up to you and your dinosaur rearing skills to create a new tribe filled with a variety of prehistoric friends with DroidHen’s marvellous little dinosaur park game.

You’ll start with a small plot of Jurassic land and a central base. The tutorial will whisk you through the basics of collecting resources like Fodder (hay) and Stone. With these you can start to harvest and mine resources in sections of time; 1 minute, 30 minutes, 2 hours and 8 hours. These different times carry different amounts of resources, if you’re out for a while just knock it up to 8 hours or a smaller amount if you fancy getting stuck right in for a while. You can also harvest meat, these are the three main resources you can harvest and you can create multiple buildings for better production when you hit the right level.

After your finger has had a little wander around your plot of land you’ll get to work on the best bit about Dinosaur Wars and that’s the dinosaurs! The first hatchery you’ll build is the Colossal Egg Nest which spits out little beaky Gastornis’s, like resources you can hatch them on those four different time slots, 1 minute, 6 minutes, 30 minute and 1 hour. These buildings can be upgraded to produce more dinosaurs but cost resources to do so, so spend them wisely.

Once you’ve created a few dinosaurs you can send them into battle either offline or online using the Arena building or tapping the little red sword icon. There’s some extra areas and bosses to unlock in the offline mode and it becomes a great way of earning extra XP and even equipment by defeating the bosses again when they become available. Online fighting is a little different, you can buy a Stonehenge building which lowers the amount of casualties you receive so you’ll always have some dinosaurs back at base.

Unlocking buildings and extra dinosaurs is easy just keep plugging away at your XP bar and they will steadily become available. The only drawback to that is there can be quite a wait until you unlock your next dinosaur or be able to take advantage of a new building. This does hamper the fun slightly and it makes the gameplay a bit lengthier without any clear reward for doing so but if you keep revisiting your park you can almost side step this issue. You are also given quests/challenges by three tribe members that will appear on the left hand side of the screen. These will require certain objectives to be completed to collect the XP and/or some resources, you might have to make several hundred of the same dinosaur or build certain buildings. These are a great way of unlocking all that extra stuff just that little bit quicker.

You can also equip armour once you find it either in shops or in battle. Some pieces of armour come with special abilities that can add stats to certain dinosaurs or just adds extra stats to your life or strength. These slight statistical additions can change the tide of battle so think carefully about what you want to equip and what the negatives and positives would be to create that perfect fighting balance.

Dinosaur Wars is seriously addictive and you can play it offline without being connected to a server! If you aren’t creating an assortment of dinosaurs to fight for you, you’ll be organising your park and expanding it. You can play with your friends too through Facebook and fight against players online so really, it has a bit of everything and the best thing of all it’s free. Download it today!

 

Score: 3/5

Dinosaur War Google Play Link

Dinosaur War Trailer