Jan 212012
 

Zynga, the company behind the atrocity that is Farmville, is a company that most gamers despise.  Their claws latched into casual gamers around the world, the bilk people of hard-earned dollars with micropayments for silly things like orange pigs and green alien cows.

Sadly, when looking for a Scrabble-like game on my iPhone a long, long time ago, the best I could find was Words with Friends.  At that time, it was developed by Newtoy, Inc.  Eventually, though, Zynga ate them like a hearty appetizer, and spawned a whole category of “with Friends” games.  Now I own them all: Words, Hanging, Scramble, Chess.  I hate that I feed their eager maws, even without paying for microtransactional coins and bits and doodads.

HOWEVER, these games are really good.  Scramble with Friends, the newest word game (like Boggle, more or less) has been beneath my grubby fingers several times a day since it came out.  So, I recommend buying it.  It’s good.  It’s okay to hate Zynga, and still feed them.  They’re obviously hungry after all…

May 272008
 

So, for those of you who are fans of Penny Arcade, and also for those of you who are not, the first Penny Arcade video game has been released on Xbox Live Arcade, Windows, Mac and Linux (and demos are available for all, AFAIK). The game, called On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness, Episode I, is a comic-style 3D/2D Adventure RPG. It takes place in a 1920-esque town, replete with nasty enemies (most Fruit Fuckers and hobos to begin with). The game itself is in 3D, with fights running akin to Final Fantasy combat… except with the required d20 roll for initiative. Weapons vary greatly, with your character beginning his adventure armed only with his trusty rake. Of course, the FF robots have attacks such as leg-humping and “juicing” on your pantleg. The humor is pretty wild, the graphics interesting and not over-done. Cutscenes take place via animated comic strips (each cell of the strip animates for a bit, then goes to the next cell for further animation). I HIGHLY recommend the game to anyone looking for something a bit different. Of course, I recommend XBLA if you have it… you know, 200 Gamer Score plus support of XBLA. But that’s just me. Anyone else play the game yet? I give it a 8.5/10. After I finish the game, I may change my score, but I doubt it’ll go down. 🙂