Thursday, April 30, 2015

Sliders, Trotters, and Oinkers, Oh My!


Pass The Pigs

Gaming Queen here, and I've got a special treat for you! What's better than tossing pigs on the table? From experience, not much! There's a game out there where you can do just that! You can toss pigs onto the table and earn points. There are different positions that the pigs land on the table, and players rack up points depending on the position that the pigs have landed.

There are cute little names for the positions that the pigs land in, though my favorite is the Oinker. The description in the rules reads as follows: Two pigs touching in any position-lose all pig points up to this roll. Pass the pigs to the next player. That's right, the piggies cannot touch! If they do, you lose all accumulated points of the turn, and pass the piggies to the next player.

Double Razorbacks are worth 20 points. What's a Double Razorback? It's a position in which both of the piggies are on their backs. Siders? Both piggies are lying on their sides. Trotters? One pig is on all fours. Piggy Back? Well, that's when one piggy is on the back of the other, which consequently means that, you are ejected from the game. YOU LOSE! No self-respecting pig would ever be caught in this position! It's just completely and udderly wrong. (Get it? Udder-ly. Yeah well, it wasn't my best pun, but...ah, nevermind.)

Little Pig, Little Pig, let me win.

If you've got the time, I highly recommend you pick up a copy of this cute little gem. You can get it here for less than $10 bucks!

This game gets a score of 9 rockin' stars out of 10!!! 

Friday, April 17, 2015

Chicken, Fight Like a Robot

Hello Gamers! Gaming Queen here, and I have a special treat for you! Today, as with every Friday, from here on out, I will be having a Flashback Friday series. Retro Games for all!! 
I have a Go To Retro Gaming Guy in my court, you know, because after all, I am royalty! And all Queens have subjects. *LaughTrack* Corny jokes aside, this guy really knows his retro gaming. He's played on several of the old consoles, and he just recently started his own FaceBook page, Front Porch Gaming.

Today, he will be reviewing a classic Atari 2600 game called Berzerk. Take it away Retro Gaming Guy. 

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Developed by Stern Electronics

Atari 2600 (1982), Arcade (1980), Atari 5200 (1983), and GCE Vectrex (1982)

    As you can see, this game has been released on various hardware, but this review is for the Atari 2600 version. And yes, with the different versions released, new robots have been added. 

    Berzerk has so much nostalgia tied to it.The game can definitely take you back to your childhood. I broke into gaming as a late bloomer, watching the commercials and pining over the amazing technology I knew I had to be a part of.  This game really struck my fancy when I first saw it played on my cousin's Atari 2600.  The game itself is very simple and there is little to no information given to the casual player as to who your player is or what he is doing.  

  The simple layout seems less than impressive to most, but the gameplay was so addictive.  The true challenge of Berzerk lies in its simple, yet challenging, mechanics for shooting robots and moving through the mazes.  At times,  the game is too easy.  The A.I. has the robots run into walls which kills them instantly, making the foes seem a tad--stupid.  Players, please be warned, if you run into the walls, you meet your frustrating death as well. Believe me, wall bumps are extremely easy to happen. 
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  As the game progresses, the robots become a little more crafty, and they even shoot at a faster speed than they did in the beginning.  The sound of getting shot or running into the wall or another robot was very interesting for the time period of the game.  I was always trying to best my score or move further through the game, beating the faster shooting, smarter robots.  

  I found that better players can eventually meet up with Evil Otto.  This character is portrayed as a large smiley face that comes on screen and chases the player til either one dies or moves to the next screen through the exits.  There are switches one can use to change the game settings on the 2600 to make Evil Otto appear in the game, or not.  This game has much challenge to it and creates an atmosphere that sucks in lovers of games and science fiction.  The sound FX are highly technologically advanced, at least for 1982. 

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  If you are looking for a challenging game that has high replay value, I highly recommend Berzerk for the Atari 2600.  The game that will keep you trying again and again to defeat the hordes of evil robots, while making your stick man go through various mazes. 

Well, there you have it! Thank you Retro Gaming Guy! He gives this game a:

7.5/10 ROCKIN' STARS!! 

Now, get to gaming, by order of The QUEEN!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Throwback to Retro Thursday



Gaming Queen coming at ya with a TBT, because, well, why not? Oh yeah, RETRO IS SEXY!!! Let me take you on a little flashback to one of my favorite games. The year is 1991. *insert flashback warp here*
Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) was the system to have. It had 16 bit graphics, making it twice as good as its predecessor and all the more fun. Not to mention, it was my favorite console of that time. 
UN Squadron was released in the US in September of '91. In Japan, it is known as Area 81 and based on a manga series, of the same name. 
UN Squadron is a side-scrolling shooting game for two players, though I only ever played it as single player. Players get to choose between three skilled pilots; Mickey Simon, Greg Gates, and Shin Kazama. 

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Though each character has his perks, I was always Greg Gates. Why? Because that man could take more damage than the other two, and that is extremely important in this game. This is one of the hardest games I have ever played in my gaming life! Believe me, I have played many games, but this game...DAMN man!!! 

Players fly through various stages shooting enemies and eventually facing the boss of the level. Plane upgrades and weapons can be purchased with the money earned after completion of a level. It is essential to memorize enemy plane maneuvers during levels, and it's very easy to do, especially since they never change. 

I look like Elrond

The picture above shows the first wave of levels you can play. As you upgrade and defeat levels, the shadowed area becomes playable. Once all of those are beat, players open a wave of levels, so replay value is very high. Sadly, this is the only game on the SNES that I have not beat. I have tried many times. This game didn't have the save feature, so once you died, you had to start completely over. If memory serves me correctly, I believe that after the first screen is cleared, players can save once. 

I give this retro game a PERFECT SCORE!!! It's just that awesome! 

For those that want to try it out, you can get it cheaply on ebay, or you can get it as a ROM with a SNES emulator to play on your PC. There is also an arcade version of the game, and it is just as fun if not better than the console version. 

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Thursday, April 2, 2015

Fus Roh Da Sayeth the Dovakin


Hello Gamers! I've been putting off this review for awhile because I want it to be perfect. Today, I am going to review the fifth installment from Bethesda's Elder Scrolls series, Skyrim. This review is for the Xbox 360. I haven't played it on the PS3, but from what I was told, and what I've seen, it was very glitchy. PC is also an option, and I hear the mods are fantastic.

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I know that it's been out for awhile (11-11-11), but Games That Rock hasn't reviewed this phenomenal game yet. I remember the eve that it was released. I, like so many other gamers, found my way in front of GameStop with my proof of purchase receipt. The night was cold. The walk was long, but the anticipation of holding Skyrim in my hand was magnificent. I stood in the long line of other anxious gamers and awaited the midnight release. The manager at the particular GameStop that I was at handed out candy and Skyrim dragon stickers. Yours truly received the very last sticker in her hand. Finally, the moment of truth had arrived. I had the greatest game that was ever made, aside from Final Fantasy VII, in my adventurous hand. *A moment of silence for this spectacular event is called for*
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With Skyrim in my hand, I practically ran home to play it. This was the time before we had to install the game, (thanks a lot generation 8 consoles) and I began to play. From the first moment I stepped into Skyrim, I was in LOVE. Yes, LOVE. Not love, but LOVE. I think you got the point now. If you don't, then go out and get a copy of this GEM.

Now, on to the review....

Ah, Skyrim, the beautiful snowy mountain, province of Tamreil. You start off in First Person on a wagon being led to your execution. When it's your time to die, you called to the guard and character creation begins. Players can choose from several races, I myself, pick the Khajit race. They are known for their stealth and wicked sneak ability. Plus, they are the kitty race. One can be human, elf, dark elf, argonian (reptile race), Breton, and a few more. Players can customize the look of their characters as well. After the character is created, players choose the name and the game continues. As your character is thrown on the execution slab, to be beheaded, a dragon sweeps through the air and sets the city ablaze. People begin fleeing the dragon's wrath. Your character follows a man to safety in which the character gets its first weapon. As you muddle through the small dungeon with your new companion, you learn how to fight, look for potions, and unlock locks to get more treasures. You can switch to Third Person POV is First Person isn't your forte.

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Eventually, the player breaks away from the companion and sets out to begin the main storyline. Upon breaking away from the companion, your character finds shrines that give special abilities, depending on which class you choose. I always go for thief. I love playing an assassin/thief.

I can honestly say that I have never beaten the original story mode of the game. Skyrim is very open-ended. I always stray from the storyline after I see the GreyBeards. It is then that the player learns that he or she is a Dovakin, or in English, DragonBorn. After players slay dragons and visit the GreyBeards, players are able to absorb the souls and shouts of slain dragons. Dragon shouts are awesome, especially if you play Skyrim on the Xbox 360 because you can actually say the shout to the Kinect. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't, but it's fun to yell the shouts out, especially if you want to creep out your neighbors.

There are many missions that you play through. People do play the main storyline, but it isn't very long. I myself, prefer to run around and explore the vast country. There are trolls, frostbite spiders, witches, mages, sabrecats, wolves, vampires, werewolves, and of course, dragons. There are other enemies for you to slay as well. Ruins are a great place to attack thieves and steal their treasures. Players can be "good" or "bad". If you choose to be bad, just be prepared for guards to attack you when you enter the holds/cities. Most of the items that you find, you can take to cities to sell them for gold.
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Players can also cook, hunt, work on skills, and forge weapons and armor. Alchemy is also something that players can dabble in, but be warned, if you don't have a high level of spellcraft, dire consequences can follow.

Players can become the head of the thieves guild, head honcho at the College of Winterhold, study to be a bard, and become an assassin. My favorite was The Nightingale Missions. The rewards from that makes any thief/assassin sneaky as hell.

There are also three DLC sets that players can purchase to add more skills, housing, achievements, and characters to the original game. Hearthfire, Dragonborn, and Dawnguard. There was going to be another DLC, but Bethesda scrapped it to focus on Elder Scrolls Online. *CURSE YOU BETHESDA* Not really, but it hurt my feelings. I wanted to cry when I clicked on that fateful email and found out the horrible news.

So, if you are into adventure, hours upon hours of game play, dragons, and learning the language of Dovakin, then Skyrim is the game for you. Even if you don't like that stuff, you should still check it out. I must admit, the game can get tedious from time to time, but it's still ROCKS!!!

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The graphics are freaking amazing. The soundtrack is stunning. The voice acting is pretty good too. As much as I love the tale of the guards taking an arrow to the knee, that line gets overused. Sound FX are spot on. Controls are superb. The inventory is also easy to navigate. The map is huge, so after a player discovers a spot, he or she can fast travel to that location. The game also keeps quests and missions organized so that you can see what you need to do, or what you've alread completed.

I give this game a 9.5/10 ROCKIN' STARS!!!!!!

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