Surgeon Simulator 2013

Surgeon Simulator 2013

One thing is for sure, Surgeon Simulator 2013 is not going to appeal to everyone. I had a blast with the unwieldy controls and the accidental mishaps is just as entertaining as finally nailing the surgery. A lot of patience is required if you want to become good at this game, but it is worth the effort.

Gameplay: Either utterly brilliant or utterly frustrating depending on how patient you are.

Graphics: Good in a gory and darkly humorous way.

Sound: Has a nice synth-laden soundtrack

Hacknet

Hacknet

For anyone savvy enough to roll their eyes at the “hacking” in Hollywood movies, but lacking in the time or inclination to master the art themselves, Team Fractal Alligator might have the solution. Their upcoming title, Hacknet, is one of the few games based around hacking that looks like it might actually be worthy of the “Simulation” tag. The game challenges players to unravel the mystery of a deceased hacker by following the instructions in his automated emails

Pinball Arcade – Table Pack 1

Pinball Arcade – Table Pack 1

The first table pack contains two tables from Midway, both of which were great for their time. Although the tables have aged a bit, especially The Machine: Bride of Pin Bot, they still hold up very well. Medieval Madness in particular is a very entertaining table that can keep you busy for hours, but Bride of Pin Bot is definitely a lot of fun as well despite some repetition. If you don’t have these two tables in your collection yet, you are missing out.

Gameplay: Two great new tables from the nineties.

Graphics: The tables appear to have been recreated as faithfully as possible.

Sound: Nice tunes and plenty of speech samples on both tables

Long Live The Queen

Long Live The Queen

Long Live The Queen makes for a nice change of pace and is one of those titles that you will probably end up playing way longer than expected. It has a lot of replay value and once you are hooked you will want to see everything that it has to offer. Don’t let the cute visuals fool you into thinking this title is aimed purely at the female demographic.

Gameplay: A unique blend of styles that make for a engrossing and addictive experience.

Graphics: I love the visual style, but found myself wishing for some animations.

Sound: Some soothing piano tunes

East Tower – Kurenai Now Available On Steam

East Tower – Kurenai Now Available On Steam

The fourth and final title in the East Tower series by roseVeRte is now available on Steam. Like the previous three titles, East Tower – Kurenai is a romance mystery visual novel based around a virtual game attraction. As Kurenai is the conclusion to the series and reveals the secret behind the “Dream World” it is recommended that players who have yet to play the previous titles in the series do so first

Arcadecraft

Arcadecraft

Arcadecraft is a nice take on the management genre, but there is a certain amount of tedium involved. Watching your arcade thrive and grow is very satisfying, but most of your time is consumed by emptying the cash from machines and tossing out troublemakers instead of making in-depth management decisions. Hopefully future updates will add some more locations and customization options.

Gameplay: Running an arcade is fun, but your space to work with is very limited.

Graphics: Plenty of different machines and ways to customize the look of your arcade.

Sound: Manages to capture the chaotic atmosphere of an arcade

Pinball FX2 – Marvel’s Ant-Man

Pinball FX2 – Marvel’s Ant-Man

Zen Studios know a thing or two when it comes to designing original and enjoyable pinball tables and Ant-Man is no exception. It features an open playing field, plenty of challenges and some very nice visual elements. Once again this is a table that will appeal to pinball lovers even if they are not necessarily fans of the Ant-Man license.

Gameplay: The table is a lot of fun and features plenty of challenges to master.

Graphics: Makes very good use of the Ant-Man license.

Sound: Good music and very decent voice acting

Pinball Arcade – Core Pack

Pinball Arcade – Core Pack

Although one of the tables in the core pack is already available for free, it is more than worth it for the other three. Theatre of Magic is perfect for introducing newcomers to the addictive nature of pinball while Ripley’s Believe It or Not has something for everyone. Even Black Hole which looks pretty basic by today’s standards has some very unique gameplay elements to keep you hooked. Overall a very solid selection of tables that looks and plays great.

Gameplay: Four great tables, packed with hours of addictive gameplay.

Graphics: Faithful reproductions of classic tables.

Sound: Distinctive audio with some great speech samples and effects

Pinball Arcade – Tales of the Arabian Nights™

Pinball Arcade – Tales of the Arabian Nights™

Tales of the Arabian Nights might look like a complex table, but it actually has some very easy to grasp rules. Even inexperienced players should have no trouble reaching the wizard mode after putting in some practice, but there is enough variety to keep you coming back for more. This is a very sought after table in real life which makes it even more incredible that this faithful digital version is absolutely free.

Gameplay: The table features a great design with easy objectives for beginners.

Graphics: A faithful reproduction of a great looking table.

Sound: Distinctive audio with some great speech samples and effects

Pinball FX2 – Super League

Pinball FX2 – Super League

Zen Studios have been on a roll with great pinball table and Super League is no exception. Even if you are not a fan of football you’ll appreciate the flow of the table and the multitude of scoring opportunities. The football theme has been expertly interwoven with the gameplay in a way that not only makes sense but is very addictive as well.

Gameplay: A great table with nice ramps and an abundance of multi-ball opportunities.

Graphics: The different designs for each football club looks excellent.

Sound: Catchy music and nice sound effects recreate the atmosphere of a real football match