Blue Toad Murder Files: The Mysteries of Little Riddle Review

24 Nov
November 24, 2010

Blue Toad Murder Files: The Mysteries of Little Riddle is a whodunnit, murder mystery puzzle game, created by Relentless Software. If you’ve ever played and enjoyed the board game Clue growing up, or even still do, then Blue Toad Murder Files is right up your alley. You are given the choice of 4 different detectives to choose from, only real difference between the 4 is their looks, so it doesn’t really matter who you choose, since your character doesn’t speak or do anything different throughout the game.

You begin in Little Riddle, a quiet, happy little town that is soon to be tainted with a horrible crime, murder! You are given the task of attempting to investigate the murder by interrogating suspects; each suspect will provide you with a puzzle to solve before giving you any information crucial to solving your case. You need to pay very close attention to every detail in Little Riddle; you will be quizzed on your case periodically to see how much you’ve been paying attention. Each episode starts with a new crime committed that needs to be solved so it’s not just murder anymore, it’s theft and arson!

Overall Blue Toad Murder Files is an excellent game and something new and refreshing from the usual shooters and music games. If you purchase all 3 episodes it’s only $14.99 which really isn’t too bad since you’ll easily get 3-4 hours of gameplay out of all 3 (without a guide). I wouldn’t recommend purchasing the episodes individually at $7.50 each you’re much better off buying them in the package deal. Trophy hunters will definitely want to pick Blue Toad Murder Files; the trophies with a guide come extremely easy.

The only issue I have with Blue Toad Murder Files is the fact that the answer never changes, any of the puzzles or even the person who committed the crime is always the same. This really takes a hit on the replayability, the only reason I found to want to play through it again would be to gather the trophies you may have missed, or if you feel like betting your friends some money that you can beat them and pretending you don’t know the answers. Other than that Blue Toad Murder Files: The Mysteries of Little Riddle is an excellent game the entire family can enjoy.

Blue Toad Murder Files: The Mysteries of Little Riddle was provided for review by the publisher.

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Blue Toad Murder Files: The Mysteries of Little Riddle

Platform: PSN,PC; Rated E10

Developer: Relentless Software

Publisher: Relentless Software

Release: April 29, 2010

Scrap Metal Review

24 Nov
November 24, 2010

Scrap metal is a top down demolition style racing game brought to you buy Slick Entertainment, creators of the hit title N+. Coming from slick Entertainment I had high expectations for Scrap Metal, I loved N+ so I hoped I would be able to find the same love in Scrap Metal.

If you’ve ever played Twisted Metal, then you should know that cars with guns strapped to them are a recipe for badass. Well sometimes that’s the case, not really so much with Scrap Metal. Let’s start off by talking about my biggest complaint; the controls. The controls felt quite sloppy, I found myself constantly resetting my car or getting stuck and weapons didn’t seem to help out much, even after you’ve upgraded everything you could on cars they still didn’t seem to be weapons of destruction like I had hoped.

One thing I will give Scrap Metal is the amount of missions and roster of vehicles it brings to the table, although you are only given 4 garage spots for your vehicles so unlocking 20 doesn’t really do you much good. Make sure to save your upgrade cash, you may end up wasting your cash early on upgrading vehicles that really do you no good.

Overall I feel Scrap Metal at 1200 ms points ($15) is too steep of a price, although you do get over 60 races and quite a few different modes, a nice roster of vehicles and decent online play, the sloppy controls and lack of fun factor is just not enough for me to justify the purchase. If they happen to release a patch to fix the controls, then I would most likely change my mind about how I feel about Scrap Metal, but until then, it’s just not my cup of tea. Try out the demo first and see if it’s something that you might enjoy, or possibly wait till the price drops before you go spending your space bucks on this title.

Scrap Metal was provided for review by the publisher.

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Scrap Metal

Platform: XBLA; Rated E10

Developer: Slick Entertainment Inc.

Publisher: Xbox LIVE Arcade

Release: April 10th, 2010

BioShock 2 Review

23 Nov
November 23, 2010

I still remember the first time I laid my eyes upon on the beauty of Rapture. I recall hopping into a bathysphere not being prepared for the amazing journey I was about to endure, I remember being greeted by the soothing voice of Atlus, I remember the hair on my back of my neck standing up as the splicer outside of my bathysphere scraping his hooks against the glass. I remember wanting more Read more →

The Saboteur Review

23 Nov
November 23, 2010

The Saboteur is a free roaming action-adventure game brought to you by Pandemic (RIP) set in Paris during the 1940’s. You play as Sean Devlin, an Irish race car driver/mechanic who is out for revenge to take out Kurt Dierker, the man who killed his best friend. Read more →

Vancouver 2010 Review

23 Nov
November 23, 2010

Every year the winter Olympics come along there is always a game to follow. This year we get Vancouver 2010, developed by Eurocom and published by Sega. When I first started Vancouver 2010 I expected to create the ultimate character and head straight for the gold in all events. Unfortunately though there was no character customization, so I figured all right, I’ll just jump into an event and begin my world domination. Playing each event is fairly simple you can watch a simple short tutorial that will get you pointed in the right direction, or you can just hit the start button and check out the button mapping.

The first event I tried was Alpine Skiing – Men’s Downhill, the skiing in Vancouver 2010 works nicely, you feel like you’re really flying down the hill at top speeds, as I got to the bottom I thought, “Hey, not bad for my first time” unfortunately, the computer didn’t agree. Come to find out I was in last place! So I did what I always do, restarted and tried again, and again, and again. The best I was ever able to obtain was 2nd place, not even coming anywhere close to first. This ended up being the case for almost all of the events I tried, even my favorite, the ski jump. There are no options to change the difficulty so unless you’re a master at Vancouver 2010 you’ll be replaying events over and over.

One thing I found odd was the lack of Hockey and quite a few other events, there are a total of 14 events in Vancouver 2010, no snowboarding halfpipe events, no hockey and no Biathlon to name a few I missed. Another thing I didn’t like was no commentator, there was no one telling you how much you sucked or how well you were doing, which I felt, took away from the Olympic atmosphere in the game. The graphics are nice and the events that are included in the game do play well, but again I didn’t really feel like I was playing in the Olympics. Vancouver 2010 will appeal to all ages, from young to old. It brings a casual feel with it as some events require no more than mashing buttons or only having to press a few to get through it.

Along with the Olympic mode there’s also a challenge mode, this is one mode I was actually able to come out on top, since you are only trying to reach a certain instead of competing against the computer. This was nice as I was able to get rid of my frustration and boost my self confidence back up. Online worked out rather well, I was easily able to dominate my opponents as I’d retried so many of the events earlier trying to chase the gold. The leaderboards help add to the replay value, but not quite enough to keep me coming back for more.

Overall Vancouver 2010 is a fun game and the skiing is some of the best I’ve played, but as far is an Olympic feeling, it just doesn’t quite deliver. If you’re looking for something to give you your winter fix then Vancouver 2010 is the game for you. If you’re expecting an epic Olympic experience, then you’ll be disappointed. Had they added more events or even a commentator instead of the strange pop music, they probably could have had an Olympic masterpiece.

Vancouver 2010 was provided for review by the publisher.

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Vancouver 2010

Platform: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360,PC; Rated E

Developer: Eurocom

Publisher: Sega

Release: January 12, 2010