Do you have a sweet tooth and would like to treat your taste-buds to some delicious Japanese candy, snacks and drinks? If so, you are not going to want to miss out on Oyatsubox. It is a monthly subscription box from OyatsuCafe and, since they supply some of the leading supermarkets in the U.S and U.K with Japanese snack supplies straight from Japan, they know a thing or two about tasty treats. Oyatsubox is their premium treats box and comes with an assortment of between ten and 14 premium snacks as well as a Japanese Capsule Toy. Inside each box you’ll also find a postcard with details about all the items that are included for the month. We tucked into the Oyatsubox for November this month, so check out our thoughts below
Alphabeats offers a new spin on word games by challenging your vocabulary as well as your reflexes. Creating the longest and most complicated words using letters dropping from the top of the screen is harder than it sounds, especially when tied to a fast beat. The game requires some quick reflexes as you must also dodge unwanted letters, so don’t expect a completely tranquil experience. However, if you have a good vocabulary and decent selection of songs to import into the game, it can certainly keep you busy for a while.
Gameplay: Challenges your word knowledge as well as reflexes.
Graphics: A little more bland than we would have liked to see.
Sound: Includes a nice selection of music tracks as well as the option to import your own
Eventide 2 unfortunately doesn’t quite live up to the high standards set by the original game, but it is still an imaginative adventure with some great visuals. This time it is your niece that requires rescuing after being kidnapped by an evil sorcerer with sinister intentions. The game features much less mythical creatures than the first and the absence of a bonus chapter makes it feel even shorter than it is, but a new moral choice system adds some replay value. If you are a fan of the genre or would like to get your feet wet with hidden object games then Eventide 2 shouldn’t be missed.
Gameplay: Less mythical creatures than the original, but the story is still entertaining and the Eastern European setting is unique.
Graphics: Nice hand painted backgrounds and great use of color.
Sound: Not a lot of background tunes, but they are all good and the voice acting isn’t too bad either
Memory’s Dogma: CODE1 kicks off with a very interesting premise as far as visual novels go and initially seems like it is going to be an epic science fiction yarn. While the story doesn’t exactly live up to expectations, it remains interesting throughout and doesn’t end on a cliffhanger as one would expect from an episodic release. The visuals and audio in the game are surprisingly good for an indie title, so it is definitely worth checking out if you are a fan of the genre. The characters and story didn’t’ exactly blow us away, but does have a lot more depth than all the fan-service oriented slice of life visual novels that are all the rage these days.
Gameplay: No branching paths and the story doesn’t quite live up to its initial premise, but overall very decent.
Graphics: Polished, detailed and featuring some nice character designs.
Sound: The music is varied while the Japanese voice acting is top notch
As we near the end of the year it is easy to overlook some hidden gems and Eternal Maze by FredBear Games definitely falls into this category. This 2D pixel puzzle adventure was recently released for both iOS and Android as a premium title, but don’t let its cute looks fool you. The game places you in control of a hapless farmer who wanders into his corn fields one day only to discover that aliens have turned them into an endless maze. As if this wasn’t bad enough, the guard dogs patrolling the fields have also been turned against you by the alien meddlers. Escaping won’t be easy, but the fate of the world might depend on it
While we love the fact that mobile games these days can be just as immersive as their console or computer counterparts, there are still times when all we want is something to play in a quick blast. Bird Cage, which can be grabbed for free from the iTunes App Store, definitely falls into this category. It is a fast-paced and challenging game which, in addition to being quite entertaining, actually gives you a chance to win real world prizes
The Mists of Ravenwood is another solid hidden object game from Artifex Mundi, one of the most respected developers in the genre. It takes place after the events of The Ghosts of Maple Creek and features another gripping adventure for the detective protagonist to solve. Improvements, such as the polished visuals and fast travel system, make the game more enjoyable to play while the story remains engaging throughout thanks to the “evidence board” feature. If you are a fan of the genre and enjoyed the original then The Mists of Ravenwood should not be missed.
Gameplay: Not too difficult, but remains fun to play all the way through.
Graphics: The hand drawn scenes are stylish, detailed and very interesting.
Sound: A little too similar to the original for our taste, but the sound effects are great
It’s that time of the year again, when people are putting together their best of the year lists for pretty much everything—including video games, of course. One game that has turned into a wonderful surprise is the latest episodic iteration of the Hitman franchise. It’s completely reinvigorated Agent 47 and positively slayed the competition
Some games are fun, others are challenging and a few can even be very relaxing. Water Heroes: A Game For Change by Insignio Labs are all of the above while also giving you the opportunity to help save lives. This is because half of the game’s revenue will be donated directly to project ClearWater, which is aimed at bringing clean water to the people of Ecuador. This is certainly a very worthy cause, but the actual game is definitely worthwhile too
Do you think you have what it takes to run your own successful shopping center? Shopping Center Tycoon from indiegame studio, DreamsSoftGames, is your chance to find out. It is a free tycoon game for Android where you begin on the ground floor of a large building and slowly turn it into a prestigious shopping center. Initially you’ll only have access to some clothing and snacks to lure in the clientèle, but as you progress you’ll gain access to more elusive brands and products