Thursday, 18 December 2014

Tapped Out

Tag Team Wrestling was as quick as I thought it would be, it's just taken me a while to get around to writing it up. For such an early game, there was actually quite a bit of strategy in the bouts. Your wrestler can run around the ring and can perform a selection of 8 special moves depending on which direction you press when you hit the action key. There isn't much more I can say about it, though. I never won a bout, and barely landed a hit, so I don't have much insight into the workings of the game. Still, it's another one down. Oh, and one for the trivia fans - there is a team of wrestlers here called the Strong Bads, and apparently this game is the inspiration for the Strong Bad character from Homestar Runner. Who knew?

Next up on the randometer is...Kasparov's Gambit! It's a chess game from a few years back. I'll give it a quick go, but won't spend too long. I'll probably update this post with a note on it later today.

And...there we go. It's a chess game, not a lot to say. As you can probably guess from the title, the gimmick here is that this one is endorsed by Gary Kasparov and has a video of him giving various soundbites as you play your game. I especially like making the first move in a match, and it's revealed that move is the Finkel-Dinkelman opening, first used in 1926. And there was me thinking it was just a random piece. It also features a bunch of tutorial videos, but I didn't get into those. The AI plays a good game, no doubt about that. I'm certainly no grand master, and I haven't played a real game in years, but I know my way around the board. The computer still managed to put paid to me pretty quickly, though. I did manage to make Kasparov exclaim "I didn't expect that move!", but I'm not sure if that was a good thing or a bad one... probably bad considering I lost. Kasparov will also say things like "Watch your rook" and then take it. Thanks, Gary. Might have been a bit more helpful if you'd told me that before I'd made the move. Anyway, it's a very competent chess game, but I'm not going to spend any more time with it. Onwards!

Next up on the randometer is...Storm Master! I've never heard of it, but it sounds like a weird fantasy strategy/management/zeppelin simulator hybrid. By Silmarils, so say no more. I'll give it a go. Have a feeling it may be another quickie, though, as I'm in that kind of mood.

And I'm spent. Bit of a cop-out, but it's all in French and looks a bit weird and complex. Another day I might have tried to find an English copy of the manual and work things out, but not today. As far as I can tell, you are the controller of island A and you're fighting island B. The only way you can attack them is using air ships, and the stormy weather makes that hazardous. Luckily, you have wizards who can control the weather. So, you need to build up your stocks to get enough money to finance some wizards and soldiers and aircraft (and crew), and then send them all off on a jolly jaunt over to island B where they will rapidly slaughtered because you have no idea what you're doing. Oh, I forgot to mention, you also need to design your own airships (basically, adding sails, propellers, etc. to a hull) and get them to fly against the enemy. Luckily, there's a Test button, so you can see if your air ship will actually make it off the ground in the first place. All of mine exploded on take off, but it was a fun diversion. There also seems to be some kind of spy/assassination mechanic, but I couldn't work it out. You see, I'm starting to convince myself now. It does sound intriguing, but no, not today.

Next up on the randometer is...Baldies! I remember this one coming out. It's an RTS that came out at the time when everyone and his dog was making RTS games, so it'll be interesting to see what makes this one special.

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