Who knew the urge would strike again so quickly? Here I am for the second installment of “Games I Like”, the article where I take a really brief look at a couple of games that I didn’t arrange to review but thought you should know about anyway. Remember, all games in these articles are Recommended, which is why there are no ratings after the games. Without further ado, here comes the games…
Parachute – For the most part I’ve been like an unpaid PR person for Donut Games, but their cave navigation game Comet Racer just didn’t click with me. Thankfully they’re back on their game (pun intended) with Parachute, a cute little game about a Teddy Bear that just wants a fluffy pillow. You must guide the teddy bear down many treacherous shafts, avoiding rocks and other bad things and collecting red hearts. It seems like there’s a surprise at every turn in true Donut Games fashion. The game uses the traditional three star system, and I’ve actually managed to score 3 stars more than once. The graphics and sound are pure Donut Games, though I am a bit disappointed in the music. Overall this is definitely another Donut Games gem to add to your collection.
Spinzizzle – For a while it seemed like we were getting inundated with one bejeweled clone after another, and the only way developers could break out of the mold was to combine match 3 with other genres. Thankfully that trend seems to be changing, and developers are coming up with ways to make the core match 3 mechanic more original. Spinzizzle has done an excellent job in that regards. Instead of the traditional “sliding tiles” board structure, the boards in Spinzizzle are comprised of indentations that hold balls. The boards come in many shapes, and to manipulate them you simply spin the board and let the balls fall into different indentations.
You’re still trying to match 3 or more of a color, but once you’ve made a match you can keep spinning to make the match bigger or to match 3 of another color (matched balls stay locked in place). Power ups allow for clearing the whole board at once, and the ability to make new matches while one set of matches is disappearing allows for interesting combos. Visually the board looks awesome, but it’s the cardboard cutout like backgrounds that steal the show. The sound effects are pretty decent, and the music is just enough to keep you entertained without overshadowing anything else.
Killing Zone – This is another Zombie survival game in the vein of Zombieville USA. The down side is that it’s a bit rough around the edges. The virtual joystick has a small range, the weapon selection buttons are hard to hit, and menu navigation is a pain. Having said all that, I like this game because of its potential. The visuals are really good, and the zombies are actually interesting, unlike so many zombie games with plain Jane B-movie material. There are lots of upgrades you can get over time, and the game rewards any frustrations you might have over dying by letting you keep any money you earned whether you complete a level or not. I also like the fact that while they may be rudimentary, each level has a goal, which is something most games of this nature lack. For 99 cents it’s a fun romp, and it could be quite something if they get the controls cleaned up.
There you have it – another edition of Games I Like down the drain. Parachute is free for a limited time, and if you happen to be reading this on June 5, 2010, Spinzizzle is also free. Make sure you grab them at that price while you can.