Lazy Raiders Review

Lazy Raiders LogoThis lighthearted puzzle-platformer takes the mechanics of your childhood’s marble maze and applies it to the world of treasure hunting. Lazy Raiders has players tilting and turning the world upside-down to help their sluggish hero collect plenty of bounty.

Playing either as Dr. Diggabone—a rotund and moustachioed archaeologist—or as your Xbox LIVE avatar, the goal of the game is to collect gems, keys and idols as rapidly as possible while avoiding traps and obstacles. The gambit of the game is to move your avatar (who does not walk) from one place to another by flipping the maze upside down or tilting it left and right, using gravity and momentum. Read More..

Chime Review

Chime LogoChime is a stylish puzzle game that combines elements of Tetris, Lumines and the arcade classic Qix. The game was developed by Zoë Mode for the OneBigGame initiative, which raises funds for various children’s charities worldwide. At least 60 percent of all proceeds from the sale of Chime are being donated to Save the Children and the Starlight Children’s Foundation.

The goal of this geometry-based game is to cover as much of the playing field as possible. Players will make “quads” of 3x3 blocks or more using various pieces that are randomly queued, similar to the mechanics of Tetris. Read More…

Vandal Hearts: Flames of Judgment Review

Vandal Hearts: Flames of Judgment LogoVandal Hearts: Flames of Judgment is easily one of the best turn-based strategy games available on the Xbox 360. A lengthy, well-balanced campaign and ample optional content should last most players 16-20 hours and represent better value than many retail offerings.

Billed as a prequel to the 1997 PlayStation original, Vandal Hearts: Flames of Judgement tells the somewhat cliché story of a group of youngsters that set out to save their kingdom from oppression and famine.  After watching a fully-voiced opening movie, you will be introduced to the main cast of the game and begin a thorough training level. This level explains many of the basics of turn-based strategy and highlights specific traits that are relevant to this title. Read More…

Vancouver 2010: The Official Video Game of the Olympic Winter Games Review

Vancouver 2010 CoverA barebones presentation and somewhat thin event roster detract from an otherwise fun, and often intense experience. Developed by veteran studio Eurocom, Vancouver 2010: The Official Video Game of the Olympic Winter Games allows you to compete in 14 events spread across eight categories while representing one of 24 countries.

The button-mashing gameplay elements of older Olympic video games are generally replaced with fluid mechanics, though a rather high difficulty level and a number of control schemes to master could scare away the casual audience that this game is intended for. Read More…