Got time to waste? Well while you’re building your own farm and having words with friends, there’s an amazing puzzle site that many people don’t see to know about. All-Star Puzzles has a large selection of puzzle games including “Spot the Difference,” “Memory Game,” “Cryptograms” and more. This site will keep you busy for weeks as there are thousands of puzzles to play, and they add more every week!
Seriously, this site is fantastic. It’s completely free to use, and it really does have a lot of great games to play. To start playing, click here.
*WARNING! This game is not meant for kids*
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We all know at least some version of Alice in Wonderland. Whether you read the book, saw the Disney movie or saw Tim Burton’s version, most people know at least a little something about Alice. Well, you’ve never really seen Alice like this. American McGee’s Alice is a third-person action game with a lot of psychological horror elements.
In the Disney movie, Alice was a semi-lovable, lost girl who was just trying to find her way home. American McGee’s version of Wonderland is not exactly lovable. After her adventure in Lewis Carroll’s Through The Looking Glass, Alice’s house is burnt down, killing her family. She’s sent to Rutledge Asylum, and 10 years after being commited, she’s sucked back into Wonderland. Because Alice’s mind is slowly deteriorating, so is Wonderland, however the White Rabbit says that the Red Queen is the one twisting Wonderland’s image. Alice must travel through many different areas and bosses to confront the Red Queen and take her down once and for all. You do meet the White Rabbit, but he’s definitely not the fat, happy, time-Nazi bunny that he is in Disney. He’s extremely bony and looks like a corpse of his former self. The Cheshire Cat also isn’t what we know. He’s also very bony, and he’s extremely cynical in his comments.
This game is definitely interesting, even if it is also pretty weird. The gameplay does get more difficult as you go on, but luckily, you gather cool weapons along the way. You always have the Vorpal Blade, which is basically a gigantic knife. You can either throw it at your enemies or simply hack away at them. My two favorite weapons would definitely be the Cards and the Mallet. The Card is really good for range attacks because you can throw them at your target. I like the Mallet because it has the most versatility. You can use it to hit enemies, which tends to cause more damage than the Blade does, or you can wack a ball at your enemies, becoming a long-range attack.
Speaking of enemies, there are some pretty interesting ones in this game. You have the card guard, who look kind of like the guys in the movie, except they’re way better at their job. There’s Tweedledee and Tweedledum, the Hatter, the Duchess, the Red King, and of course, the Red Queen (they don’t appear in that order). Seriously, these villains are bloodthirsty and will do anything to take Alice down. Luckily, Alice has an array of weapons, and the Cheshire Cat’s evil rage magic on her side.
This game is a lot of fun, even if it is sort of disturbing. There’s a lot of clicking to attack enemies, but it has many different environments that have been twisted by the Red Queen’s crazed vision and just a very different feel from anything else related to Alice in Wonderland. This game is available for Windows and Mac. The sequel Alice: Madness Returns is also currently available for purchase.
Hello everybody! Thank you so much for visiting this site. As you may know from the About page, this blog was initially set up for a class, and as the semester is now coming to a close, many of my peers will not continue with their blogs. I really love writing about games and playing games and I’m going to keep this blog going. Hopefully because of winter break, I’ll be able to develop a more constant writing schedule in order to make this blog better for you, the reader. I love writing for this and I really am not in it for the fame and fortune (although more non-spam comments would be nice), I’m writing purely out of my love for the games. So I will try to plan out a more constant schedule this week. One thing is for sure, I will keep doing Free Game Friday as long as there are more free games to play, so that’ll be a constant for sure. I’ll also do game reviews and hopefully some more gaming news than what I’ve been doing. So that’s pretty much my plan for now. If there’s something you want to see me write about or if you have any suggestions for me, please leave a comment or send me a message through the Contact page!
Warning, the following video contains some swearing.
The above video was made by ChaoticMonki.
Ever want to travel fun places and just create things? Well, in Scribblenauts Unlimited, you can. This is an adventure puzzle game developed by 5th Cell and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and Nintendo.
You play as Maxwell, who has a magical notebook that can bring anything to life by writing in it. He and his sister Lily play a prank on a man who puts a curse on Lily. The curse is slowly turning Lily to stone, but Maxwell learns that he can collect Starites by doing good deeds for people and if he has enough Starites, he can take away the curse. So, you set out to many different cities to help people get their wishes. As you play, you also unlock Maxwell’s 42 other siblings that you can play as during the game (yes, they have 42 siblings). You can create virtually anything, however, they’ve censored most inappropriate content and also don’t have visuals for every single word…I mean, come on, they can only do so much.
I seriously love this game. As soon as I found out I could create stuff that I could drive, I created a dragon and flew on it basically the entire game. Why? Because it was freaking awesome! I was saving the day and riding a dragon! How much more epic can you get? If you don’t feel like riding a flying dragon, just add the adjective “flying” to Maxwell, and you can fly anywhere yourself! You basically just gave yourself superpowers. Add in a flame thrower and you’re ready to go. There are a lot of places that you have to go, but there is a pretty large expanse of characters to interact with that each has his or her own personality. You can also create different clothes for your character to wear, which just adds to the fun.
I really don’t have any negative criticism for this game. The backgrounds are all really good, the game play is fun and allows for multiple playthroughs and extensive exploration. The music gets kind of old after a little while, but that’s really the only criticism I have. There are so many things you can create, and the environments are so much fun. You can visit a pirate ship, underwater ruins, a ski slope, a castle and a haunted house, among many more.
This game is available for Nintendo 3DS, Wii U, and Microsoft Windows. This game is seriously great. It’s not the cheapest game at $29.99, but it’s totally worth the price, and it’s just a total blast to experience.
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Forest is a free indie horror game that takes many other horror elements and combines them together. There are two different modes that you can do, one which you search for crystals and the other which you look for a way off of the island. This game has the girl from “The Ring” who pretty much teleports and stalks you like Slenderman, multiple locations to search in an expansive map and Overly Attached Girlfriend. You may be asking about that last part, but I’m not going to spoil where she comes in…just know that you’ll find her. If you like Slender, this game is really similar, and it actually is pretty funny. It’s completely free and safe to download. Click here for the download and more information.
The above photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons user Prime Blue.
The Wii U came out just in time for the Black Friday sales, however the XBox 360 still managed to make more money than the Wii U did. This brings up the question of if the Wii U is really worth the cost.
Right now, GameStop is selling the new handheld system for $299.99. This is comparable to the XBox 360, PlayStation and Wii systems when they first debuted, but it’s still really expensive for a handheld device. The one thing that is really cool about it is that you can play on the television or on the go. Think about it. How many times have you gone somewhere (vacation, relative’s house), unable to bring your system? You have that new game at home that you’re itching to play, but you can’t because you’re going somewhere. Well now you can play some big name games (Call of Duty, Batman: Arkham City, Scribblenauts) and still play it either way.
This technology could once again change the face of gaming, and I wouldn’t be surprised if the other systems came out with similar devices.
The above video was made by CinnamonToastKen.
Do you like “Choose-Your-Own-Adventure” stories? Then Home might be a game for you. Home is a side-scrolling, pixelated story game for computer created by Benjamin Rivers.
Home is a murder mystery with a twist: You decide what ultimately happens. Awakened by an oncoming storm, you discover yourself in a room in a house that’s not yours. As you play the game, it changes to reflect your choices. You have to search the house for a way of escape and then try to navigate through other locations for clues and for a way back to your house. Your first concern when you awaken is your wife Rachel and her welfare. You have to search the locations to figure out why you were at an unknown house and remember different events in your life. Along the way, you do find more people that have been killed, but move on in order to go home.
This game is not exactly an action game or anything like that, but it is still a good game. The full-playthrough of the game took me about an hour and a half to complete. It’s not like Lone Survivor or Trine because of the fact you don’t actually have any enemies in the game to attack. Although…there is always that feeling of someone watching you as you go through the game…but I’ll leave you to figure out what’s really going on. At each location, there are several things that you can check out, but be sure to click on them twice and read what your character has to say about it. There are different dialogues the second time you click on an object, and it provides a little more insight than just clicking on it once.
I won’t tell you all of what happens, but at the end, you’ll be asked a series of questions as to what you believe happened and who was involved. There really is no right and wrong answer for this game, but you choose what happens, which will affect the ending you get. The twists are definitely interesting and while you might feel like something happens a certain way, you could skew it any way that you want.
This game isn’t totally action packed and it’s pixels, so it doesn’t have “amazing graphics,” but it still has a good story and is worth the $2.99 as it provides room for replays to receive different endings and find out what happened…at Home.
If you’re interested in adventures, MapleStory is a free game to check out. You can pick your skills, dress up your characters, and meet new friends. In the game, you’ll encounter giant snails, walking mushrooms, penguin royalty and talking spears. MapleStory also has some strange adventures including flying airships, underground resistances, time travel, and more.
This game has over a dozen classes to pick from and thousands of items to dress up the characters. The game is a MMO, however, you can also play in single player, multiplayer and co-op. You can conquer monsters, dungeons and puzzles together to level up your character quickly. This game can suck you in for hours of fun and for free, it’s worth a try. For more information and to download, click here!
The above photo is courtesy of appadvice.com. It’s all about athletes and sports from the Summer Olympics! Can you identify them all?
Today, I’m going to talk a little bit about a fun phone app that I really like. This isn’t really a review, but it’s not really news either. The app is called “Say What You See,” and although it is free to download, the canvases do cost money. Each “canvas” has a theme like “80′s Movies,” “Sci-Fi Movies,” “Countries,” and more. If you think you know a lot about a genre, trust me, these puzzles will test you. In each canvas, there are 50 pictures that each individually represent something that is related to the chosen genre. For example, if you were in the “Rock Band” category and saw a picture of a person with a radio on his head, the answer would be “Radiohead.” You literally type in what you see. Seems simple enough, right? Well, some of the puzzles are pretty tricky and if you don’t the genre that well, it could make you stuck or make you cheat and look for the answers. This app is definitely a lot of fun, and it’s really good for not only testing your knowledge in various areas, but also figuring out puzzles. This app is available for iPhone and Android and it will definitely lend itself to hours of fun.
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Prepare yourself for an adventure unlike any other! Trine and Trine 2 are side-scrolling action and puzzle platform games, developed by Finnish company Frozenbyte, that has been well received among many gamers.
Let’s start with the original. In Trine, Zoya the theif comes across a legendary treasure in the Astral Academy. Amadeus the wizard is already at the academy trying to perfect a spell when he finds Zoya with the treasure. Enter Pontius the knight who believes it’s his duty to protect the academy. As the three meet, they each grab onto the mystical artifact, known as the Trine. The Trine’s power is binds souls together, resulting in only one of them being able to physically exist, with the other two being forced to remain inside the Trine. Before they are able to reverse the effect, the Trine disappears, and they are sent on a journey to get back to normal. The heroes learn that there were actually once three artifacts, one for the mind, one for the body, and one for the soul (the Trine), each protected by a guardian. While searching for the artifacts of the mind and body, the heroes learn that the two artifacts were tainted and combined themselves to give birth to an evil tower and undead creatures. Not to give away the ending, but the player must get through each stage, find and climb the tower and defeat the evil in order to beat the game.
This game is visually great. It has amazing backgrounds and environments that I never expected out of a side-scroller, and it actually does have a good storyline. There are also a great amount of acheivements to get while also having enough gameplay for those that just want to play. Each character has their own ability, and the good thing is, if one dies, the other two are still there with their individual health bars. Whomever dies will be revived at a checkpoint. There are also some unlockable abilities such as Zoya’s fire arrows and Amadeus’s ability to create 4 boxes at a time. Personally, I like playing as Zoya the most. She has the most range and can get out of a tight spot with a grappling hook.
Trine 2 is just as good, if not better than the original. This game throws the heroes into action immediately after being attacked by goblins. They find a talking flower (yes literally), which tasks them with finding her sister at the other side of the forest. The three heroes discover the path out, while a mysterious figure is overlooking their progress. As the player keeps going, they discover diaries and poems that tell the story of two sisters that were meant to be princesses. Not to give too much away, but that’s were the villain comes in, and the results are somewhat…surprising.
This game is just as visually amazing as the first. There are new environments, new villains and of course, new weapons. The storyline is more immersive in this one than in the original, and it has a lot of good twists. There are a lot of acheivements that you can get, and another cool added feature is that you can now play co-op with up to three players, each playing as an individual character. You work together in the various maps to acheive objectives and work your way through the story.
These games by themselves are great, but as a series, they’re amazing. They have interesting plotlines and there’s enough action going on for players to remain interested in acheiving the goals. On Steam, Trine is available for $9.99, while Trine 2 is $14.99. Steam often has sales, so it may be cheaper to buy these two together in the $34.99 package when Steam has a sale, normally cutting the price in half to $17.49. This series is an amazing adventure, and it’s rumored there will be more to come.