Yeah I admit I am a sucker for music games. I love Audiosurf and occasionally (but not so often really) play a round of Stepmania (keyboard only ofcourse). So one tuesday night I take a look on Steam whats new, any good special offers that catch my eye etc as I see a game called Chime... and its only 3.99 €. The trailer looks nice but is the game worth the 4 bucks? I read on... the offer says that 5% of the purchase price go to a good cause (Save the Children/Starlight Children's Foundation) and heh, its only 3.99 so its worth a look for that price.
What can I say about this game? When it first had its great initial release in 1995 it was included in an Amiga magazine(!) as a demo disk(!!) Yes, those were the days where we actually bought demos. The difference between this demo and any other demo which you played for 10 minutes and then forgot: This disk actually did not leave my diskdrive for an hour or so. Yes there was only one level/battle included and the AI wasn't too sharp but the principle did capture. 15 years and several incarnations later the pink warriors are back with a vengeance: Team 17's newest release is called Worms Reloaded and is an enhanced version of the XBox 360 Worms 2 Armageddon.
Welcome to the American old west, the year is 1911 and the times are changing, welcome to the world of Red Dead Redemption. You play as John Marston, a former outlaw. When his wife Abigail and son Jack are taken by the government in exchange for John’s services having no other choice he must go out to hunt down his former gang members dead or alive and burry his past behind him.
Take me down to the Paradise City... when you are playing Burnout Paradise you will hear this song over and over and over... even if you like Guns'n Roses usually it will clog up your ears in a little while and you wish the song was never recorded. But then it kind of fits what is to come. I will refer to the "Ultimate Box" PC version in this little review, though the game generally is the same on all platforms available. Burnout Paradise is the latest game in the Burnout series, originated from the Playstation 2 system.
I was picking up Burnout Paradise PC at Gamestop and had some cash left as this game jumped at me. I remembered mediocre reviews but what can you do wrong with € 6.99? So I took the two guys home to check them up. It is an old game but kind of an infamous underdog, so I thought I give you a little overview.
Flower is a game where you control a petal through gusts of wind to awaken other flowers. It‘s pure relaxation, plus its visually stunning. The music fits nicely and as you whoosh through the flower fields different music tones come out of each petal you touch so it creates a very dynamic feeling plus together with the atmosphere it is breath taking, and the sound and visual cues combine very nicely to create something special.
Hedgewars is a free and open-source game and is based on the Worms series it is cross-platform and runs on Linux, Windows, and Mac OS X. Hedgewars, although not as popular as other Worms clones, has carved out a niche. In February 2009 the number of downloads on gna.org was greater than that of Wormux Hedge Wars features Single Player (AI) opponents, local and online multiplayer in order play online you have to register at the Hedgewars website.
Games like Rockband, Guitar Hero or DJ Hero are popular these days, it gives people who otherwise have no interest in learning an instrument the feeling to experience how it is to "play" music in the most basic meaning. You have to push the right buttons in the right pattern and thats it. Now the above mentioned games are commercial ones, but there are free alternatives available who often outsmart the originals because they have a force behind them which companies don't: A community who is also interested to create content as well as modifications. I am going to show you a few examples.