Apr 062012
 

Publisher: Kongregate.com

Developer: Toge Productions

Website: Infectonator:World Dominator

System: Web Browser

Length: 2 hrs

Release Date: 2/14/2010

Genre: Zombie Domination and Geography

Type: 8 bit top view.

Cast: Zombies and humans from all over the world.

Synopsis: Pick a spot in a city and let the zombie virus loose and try to infect everyone and collect money for upgrades. Eventually you’ll dominate the world with your zombie army!

Analysis: This game is really fun at first, but after awhile it becomes too easy and you destroy cities without much effort, but that can be good for an afternoon distraction.

Pro:

  • Zombie versions of Michael Jackson, Venom, Ronald McDonald, and Colonel Sanders
  • See how many people you can infect with one shot!

Con:

  • Hard to tell who are the good guys and bad guys when the action gets going.
  • The games knowledge of geography is foggy at times.

Conclusion: Give it a shot, it is easy to play and fun!

Bonus Tip: Upgrade your zombie’s speed and damage resistance as much as possible at first.

Frank’s Ratings

(1-5)

Characters

1

Story

1

Upgrades?

5

Replay Value?

4

Average

2.75

 

Mar 302012
 

Publisher:Kongregate.com

Developer: Armor Games

System: Web Browser

Length: Long or Short Depending on Skill

Release Date: 6/19/2008

Website: Indestructo Tank!

Type: War, Tank, Skill

Cast: Indestructo Tank, Helicopters, Miners, and Planes

Synopsis: The enemy helicopters, tracked vehicles and planes are coming to bomb you! One thing they didn’t count on was your tank being indestructible! When they drop their bombs, you are thrown in the air and hit as many enemy vehicles as you can before your fuel runs out!

Analysis:A few years ago, I played the game Garry’s Mod or Gmod for short. It is a physics sandbox game and is so complicated that it required the creation of tutorials and discussion on many forum sites. My favorite site was called Tricky’s Tutorials and on it I wasted much time  and developed many friends.

The owner Tricky added this game to the arcade on the site and once I found it, I could not stop playing it until I had beat the high score. It took quite about a week to get pretty good at it and I had fun doing so. This game is pretty simple, but there is and element strategy. As you pass a level you can increase the frequency of the enemy vehicles and there are a few that actually hinder your progress, I learned that the hard way!

Pro:

  • Mindless fun.
  • Long chains of explosions.
  • Addictive.

Con:

  • Surprisingly high graphics load.
  • Music can be monotonous.

Conclusion: Fun game and very easy to pick up. Good for a Friday afternoon when you are stuck at work, have nothing to do and are waiting for 5:00 to hurry up and arrive!

Bonus Tip: Don’t buy very many Homer planes because they keep you in the air for too long!

Frank’s Ratings

(1-5)

Characters

2

Story

2

Upgrades?

3

Replay Value?

5

Average

3

 

 

Mar 232012
 

Publisher:THQ

Developer: Volition, Inc.

SystemPlayed on XBOX 360, but also on PS3 and PC

Length: Open Ended (Estimated at least 40 hrs)

Release Date: 6/3/2009

GenreScience Fiction

Type: Third Person Shooter, Destructible Environment (Most buildings destroyable)

CastAlec Mason(Player), Dan Mason, Sam, Randy Jenkins, Marauders, EDF forces.

SynopsisIn 2120 Alec Mason travels to a recently terraformed Mars and joins his brother Dan. After treacherous EDF (Earth Defense Forces) soldiers kill his brother, Alec uses guerrilla tactics to get revenge and liberate Mars from the EDF. Along the way, he finds help from Sam the inventor, violent paranoid Randy Jenkins, and even the feral Marauders.

Analysis: I love this game. Almost every building is destructible and there is a wide assortment of upgradable ‘mining’ tools that double as weapons including; remote-controlled explosives, rocket launchers , and disintegration guns. Alec’s main weapon is a futuristic sledgehammer and as he upgrades it becomes more powerful. With it, he can smash down buildings with just a few blows. Also, there are more than 20 different vehicles for crashing though buildings and chasing down enemies.

The developer’s great attention to detail is impressive. For instance, when insane Randy Jenkins takes you on a mission, he rants about the EDF and even invents a martian language and keeps going for the 5 minutes of the mission. Another time, I threw a sticky bomb at an EDF soldier and it stuck on his head. In a panic, he runs around, swearing and trying to shake it off his head. It was funny in a sick sort of way.

Pro:

  • Setting up remote charges on a series of smokestacks, climbing a hill to get a good view, push the triggering and watching them fall down.
  • Flying around Mars on a jet-pack.
  • Sad, and creepy hidden ghosts at radio tag locations.
  • Being nearly invincible while driving a tank around.

Con:

  • Walkers are very clumsy
  • Some parts of buildings are indestructible.
  • Not able to fly EDF fliers.

Conclusion: My kids downloaded the demo for this game and kept wanting me to play it. When I finally tried it out, I became obsessed with it. The only problem was that it was only one mission. That night, I went to Gamestop and found a great deal for a used copy for $10. The kids made me promise that I wouldn’t play the game when they were at school. I was able to keep that promise most days, but it was very difficult!

Bonus Tip: Practice with some of the rifles available in the game. They are hard to aim at first, but once you do they are very effective weapons and always available when you run out of ammo for your other weapons.

Frank’s Ratings

(1-5)

Characters

3

Story

4

Upgrades?

5

Replay Value?

3

Average

3.75