Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Dungeon Village

Today i want to present you "Dungeon Village" by Kairosoft. It's a game for Android (and most likely for iOS as well) with great PixelArt graphics.

Kairosoft has already thrown a few good games onto the AppStore (you may have heard of GameDev Story - a simulation of creating a computergames company), and i'm probably writing about some of them later. But now let's get to "Dungeon Village", which is currently causing some severe pain on my neck, because i can't stop gaming it.

So you start by giving your town and your first adventurer a name and after that is starts right into action. Every new option is nicely explained via in-game tutorial. The first adventurers start visiting your town to - as it's common in a RPG - buy some equipment, have a rest at the inn or simply do some quests to gain experience. But instead of having one character do this whole adventure-stuff, you are responsible for the town and therefore send the visitors to the monsters that threat your town.

These tasks are called Quests, and contain simple monster killing, exploring some dungeons or even defeating dragon bosses. While the adventurers do their job, you have to build up your town. You add new buildings, start events to allure new visitors and hand your visitors presents to convince them to build a house in your town.

The touch controlling is the main control of the game. There's an integrated menu and even a d-pad to make precise moves on the field. Zooming function provides great overview over your town.
This is no game with ultra high 3D graphics or an super compelling story. But nonetheless i can't stop playing it, because there is even another dungeon to explore, another adventurer to allure, another building to build.

This game is available in the Google Play Store, so be sure to get it. (There is a lite version too, i think..)

And now i'm switching back to my own little fantasy town.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Woodruff and the Schnibble of Azimuth

First Android game review!

Well... "Woodruff and the Schnibble of Azimuth" (or as in USA: "The Bizarre Adventures of Woodruff and the Schnibble") is not really an Android game, but an old point-and-click French adventure distributed in the USA in 1995 for PC by Sierra. ScummVM allows you to play some of the greatest games (mostly point-and-click) on different devices, as in my case now: Android Phone.

The background story is about an atomic war, which annihilates most humans, except those who decide to hide in the underground. Centuries pass, and as the humans venture back to the surface, they discover, that the world has become a jungle and that the place of the humans are replaced by peaceful mutants called Bouzouks.
But as expected, the humans haven't learned their lesson and started a war against the Bouzouks, killing most of them and enslaving the remaining ones.

In the present Professor Azimuth, a scientist, decides to help the Bouzouks and discovers the legend of the Schnibble, a mystical entity that seems to have the ability to cause peace, and tries to unleash it. BigWig, the presidents corrupt advisor, hears about Azimuths work and wants to stop him to prevent a revolution.
Azimuth manages to hide his adopted and very young half-Bouzouk son Woodruff and attach the Viblefrotzer, an invention to speed up the aging process, to him just before BigWig and his henchmen break into the house and kidnap the professor.

Because of the professors invention Woodruff ages physically 15 years and begins his quest to rescue Azimuth and unleash the power of the Schnibble.

The best things about this game are the hard riddles, unordinary graphics with funny animations and a very special humor. You control Woodruff by simple point-and-click mouse interactions with mostly item-based riddles.  I've played the german version many years ago, the dubbing was great. I nearly fell off my chair listening to Woodruff mocks and watching the amusing animation. (Which of them are sometimes creepy as well) And nowadays i feel almost the same with the nice exception of today getting nostalgic feelings.