The Purring Quest

The Purring Quest

The Purring Quest has a few flaws, including a rather limited amount of levels, but it is hard not to be charmed by the delightful protagonist and moving story. The hand drawn visuals and animations definitely stand out, but the game is genuinely fun as well. It might not feature a lot of innovations in terms of gameplay or puzzles, but there is no doubt that it was a labor of love for the creators and something all cat fans will enjoy.

Gameplay: The controls are a little stiff, but this doesn’t detract too much from the fun.

Graphics: Beautiful hand drawn visuals and some stellar animations.

Sound: The orchestral soundtrack is quite epic

Pinball FX2 – Aliens vs. Pinball

Pinball FX2 – Aliens vs. Pinball

If you are a fan of the Alien license and enjoy pinball then this pack is a no-brainer. It features three tables that not only look great, but are a lot of fun to play as well. Zen Studios also made sure that the tables stay true to their source material in regards to audio and visuals. Even amongst all the other excellent titles already released for Pinball FX2, this pack stands out.

Gameplay: The Aliens vs. Pinball table is the most fun, but the other two are great as well.

Graphics: Great use of the source material.

Sound: Once again the source material is used to good effect

Need For Speed: Carbon

Need For Speed: Carbon

At this point there is probably very little reason to return to NFS: Carbon unless you have never played it before. The whole city is available to play in Need For Speed World Online and since the Xbox Live multi-player servers for this game no longer functions you will be unable to get most of the achievements.

Gameplay: Not a huge departure from Most Wanted and a lot easier, but there is still fun to be had.

Graphics: A return to night time races so expect lots of lights.

Sound: The music is a lot weaker than the previous games

Prototype 2

Prototype 2

Despite its flaws, Prototype 2 is a action-packed romp that allows you to decimate everything in your sight. While the story is rather weak, there are enough cool powers and crazy moves to keep you interested. If all you crave is some mindless action, then Prototype 2 is your game.

Gameplay: Uppercutting helicopters have never been this much fun.

Graphics: Good, but not great.

Sound: The swearing is a bit OTT, but otherwise the audio is not bad

Dr Kawashima’s Brain Training – How Old Is Your Brain

Dr Kawashima’s Brain Training – How Old Is Your Brain

Brain Training is a great little daily workout for your gray matter only let down by the occasional wonky text and speech recognition. It’s really a wake-up call for those that rely and electronics to do all their thinking for them and watching your “brain age” decrease daily as you get better at the exercises is quite cool. A nice addition to your DS library, but you should stick with it.

Gameplay: Learning has never been this much fun.

Graphics: Very minimal, but then again, what did you expect?

Sound: Does the job without annoying you

Final Fight One

Final Fight One

The Gameboy Advance needs more original titles and less ports, but at least Final Fight One demonstrates how to do a port right. Based on the original 1989 Arcade title this brawler packs a lot of action and some pretty big sprites. It also includes the level that was cut from the SNES port of the game so fans finally have the full experience in the palm of their hands.

Gameplay: True to the Arcade so expect lots of action with little depth.

Graphics: Large sprites and colorful visuals.

Sound: Not bad considering the hardware

Dante’s Inferno

Dante’s Inferno

While the XBOX360 has yet to get its own God Of War beater Dante’s Inferno does a damn good job of imitating the antics of Kratos. The action is fast and frantic with some hideous creatures and a interesting story. While those expecting a faithful recreation of the original Poem might not be impressed by what Visceral Games have done to the story, this should not deter you from giving it a go.

Gameplay: Lots of hacking, slashing and a dash of puzzle solving.

Graphics: Hell looks as grim as the poet described it, but also suffers from the usual dull brown and red tones.

Sound: The screams of the damned sound as terrifying as they should

Aliens Invading Pinball FX2 On April 26

Aliens Invading Pinball FX2 On April 26

Zen Studios continues their domination of the virtual pinball genre with three more tables heading for Pinball FX2. This time it is H. R. Giger’s most famous creation, the Alien, which is getting a pinball interpretation. The aptly titled Aliens Vs Pinball pack will feature three distinct tables that are based around the xenomorphs as well as other characters from the same universe

Epistory – Typing Chronicles

Epistory – Typing Chronicles

Basing an entire game around typing is not a new idea, but Epistory does it extremely well and never feels like it is an “edutainment” title. It has a vibrant game world to explore along with plenty of enemies to kill and puzzles to solve. Seeing as the entire game is keyboard driven and requires lots of typing it is a bit of a niche title, but definitely worth the effort. Unless you absolutely hate typing or still get by using only one finger Epistory should not be missed.

Gameplay: Expect plenty of typing as you explore, fight enemies and solve puzzles.

Graphics: The origami style visuals look great.

Sound: Great soundtrack and the narrator does a stellar job as well

Metal Gear Ac!d

Metal Gear Ac!d

While it is quite a departure from the previous Metal Gear games, it is definitely entertaining and addictive enough to make it a classic in its own right. Even if card games isn’t your thing, give Ac!d a try.

Gameplay: Very addictive with only some small annoyances.

Graphics: Good looking, but some camera issues.

Sound: No speech, but nice music and effects