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April 11th: The Sour Patch Kids Take Over

April 11th: The Sour Patch Kids Take Over

Many genius ideas evolve from old classics.  Take Sour Patch Kids for example, someone decided that Gummy Bears were good, but what if we put a little bit of sour sugar coating on them?  The result was an instant iconic snack.

Admit it, you have played with your Gummy Bears and Sour Patch Kids.  I would bet that we all have, at one point or another, and that is okay.  I have pit the bears against the evil kids from the sour patch.  As damage was inflicted, I took a bite severing an arm, a leg, or instant decapitation.  Of course I don’t do that anymore…grown up rules frown upon such behavior.

Forget Grown up rules, on April 10th, we can now play World Gone Sour on the PlayStation Network ($4.99) and Xbox Live Arcade (400 Microsoft Points) on April 11th.  The games soundtrack features artists such as Method Man and celebrity narrations by Creed Barton.

The plot is described below:

“Based on the popular Sour Then Sweet® candy Sour Patch Kids®, World Gone Sour takes players on a journey from the perspective of a lost piece of candy finding its way to its ultimate destination – the human stomach. Gamers take on the role of a miniature Sour Patch Kid in a stylized human-sized world, guiding the hero through unique locations such as the sticky floors of a movie theater and a spooky shack. Players will need to use a combination of jumps, twists and puzzle-solving to negotiate and overcome larger than life obstacles.”

What are your thoughts?  Will this game decay into obscurity like a bad cavity?  Or will this adventure grab hit the sweet spot and calm that craving for our sour and sweet friends?

 

 

Posted by Essel Pratt 03.04.2012 in Microsoft, Playstation 2, Sony, Uncategorized, XBOX
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Elevator Action Review for the NES

Elevator Action Review for the NES

It’s time for the Ultra Hard, Fast Paced Action Packed Game called

ELEVATOR ACTION!

Elevator Action developed by Taito, was first seen in the Arcades in 1983 which was the “Golden Age of Arcades”. A time where Arcade games and Video Games alike grew in popularity. It was later released on the NES in 1985.

Now in Elevator Action you assume the role of a Spy who infiltrates a building filled with an insane amount of Elevators. It’s your job to locate secret documents while taking on enemy agents who are out for blood! You are able to evade their attacks, by jumping or just plain walking away like a scared 3 year old OR you can take them down by force, H-E-L-L Y-E-A-H!

You beat each stage by moving down 30 floors and escaping in your ride which is waiting for you in the basement floor but you can only escape if you picked up all secret documents. The stages get harder the further you progress which is of course pretty self-explanatory for an arcade game.

But enough talk about all this, let’s rate some stuff!

GAMEPLAY- Elevator Action uses a simple control scheme, B shoots and A jumps. If you press DOWN you crouch, this might take some getting used to for some people seeing as you are then locked in the crouch mode and only by pressing UP will you stand again. This didn’t prove to be a problem at all for me but like I said earlier it might for some. You are able to take down enemies by jumping at them, shooting them, squash them with an elevator or shooting out lights above them and making them drop on their heads. Gruesome? Perhaps. Fun? You betcha!

GRAPHICS- This is a category I don’t like at all. In the age we are in right now with Xbox 360s, PS3s and Wiis this might be something important but back in the 8-bit time graphics too me just don’t seem all that important. Some are nicer than others that is correct but this doesn’t inhibit the gameplay or the enjoyment at all in games from back in the 80’s if you ask me. So for this category I shall say….The Graphics are simple and remind me of an arcade game.

SOUND- Elevator Action shows us nothing new in the department of Music of Sound FX. The music is bland, the sound effects are just your typical gunshots and what not. So nothing noteworthy.

REPLAYABILITY- Well like all Arcade games you have to have a passion to keep on playing these. Some might find themselves playing it over and over again while others might only play it once or twice and then wait a whole month or so to play it again. Personally I see myself playing this game rather often just for the simple fun of playing an old Arcade classic in my house.

My final though on Elevator Action is this: For an old Arcade game this NES port is fantastic, through it’s simple design you can still pull out many a hours of fun. If you are a person who likes to achieve High Scores then this is a game for you. It starts off easy but then gradually increases in difficulty which allows you to easily pick it up if you are a new comer to the game who’s looking for some Arcade fun.

I rate this game as a BUY

Posted by Chaotic 08.02.2011 in Original Nintendo Entertainment System (NES)
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Review: Spy Hunter (NES)

You may remember this game from the arcade. The NES version shares the name and the concept, but unfortunately a few tweaks were made which takes the original arcade experience away. If you took Pole Position, made it an overhead view, and added guns to your car and a cheesy “spy” story (if you can even call it that) you’d have Spy Hunter.

You must navigate forking roads that twist and turn as cars, motorcycles, and helicopters do everything they can to take you out. You have unlimited lives until time runs out. After that, you’re on your last life. Starting off, you only have a forward firing machine gun to dispose of your enemies, but occasionally a red truck drives by (easy to spot, looks almost identical to the one that drops of your car when you spawn) and you can drive into it to get weapon upgrades such as oil slicks and smokescreens (use select to swap between available alternate weapons and press B to fire them).  At several points the road splits and you can enter a boathouse which transforms your car into a boat temporarily. If you drive far enough the seasons change as well (watch out for icy conditions during winter!)

There are only 6 levels, however, I doubt most players will get past the first or second. This game is unforgivably hard.

An odd feature of the game worth mentioning: Pressing “Start” won’t pause the game. To do so, you must press A on a controller connected to the second controller port. An extra life is available if you score 10,000 points before the timer runs out, and another for every 30,000 points. My best advice for you to help stretch out your sessions is not to run at top speed all the time. Sure, you rack up points at a faster rate depending on how fast you’re driving, but you have even less time to react to vehicles so if you keep crashing, it’s not worth it. Especially considering the fact that if you crash, you lose all the items you waited so long to pick up. That part’s always bugged me.

Review Round-up:
* Concept: Drive your super sports car fast and destroy the enemy vehicles in your way, avoiding the invincible ones.
* Graphics: Some of the best racing game graphics on the NES.
* Sound: Simple but they get the job done.
* Playability: Very hard. A game to compete with friends for a high score.
* Entertainment: Very difficult to all but the most skilled players. I don’t recommend it.
* Replay Value: Moderate

Review Score: 4/10

Buy it here.

Overall, I really think there are much better games for the NES. Why don’t you check them out here?

Posted by thesocialrockstar 19.11.2010 in Original Nintendo Entertainment System (NES)
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