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Magic: The Gathering 2012 (XBLA, PSN, Steam)

Magic: The Gathering 2012 (XBLA, PSN, Steam)Magic: The Gathering Duels of the Planeswalkers 2012
Available for Xbox 360 (XBLA), PS3 (PSN), PC (Steam)
Game Developer: Wizards of the Coast LLC/ Stainless Games Ltd.
Game Publisher: XBLA/PSN/Steam
Release Date: June 15, 2011
Official website: www.wizards.com

Review summary:
Magic: The Gathering Duels of The Planeswalkers 2012 is Wizards of the Coast’s newest release of their popular collectible card game. The inclusion of new game modes and better online multiplayer propels this version above its predecessor. While the game is in dire need of more customization, a large component of the Magic gameplay, there is enough to keep the most casual to veteran gamers entertained.

Game rating:

3.75 out of 5 stars

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Transformers: Dark of the Moon

Transformers: Dark of the MoonTransformers: Dark of the Moon
Available for Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, 3DS, DS
(reviewed on Xbox 360)
Game Developer: High Moon Studios
Publisher: Activision
Release date: June 14, 2011
Official website: www.transformersgame.com


Game rating: 3.75 out of 5

Review summary:
Transformers: Dark of the Moon is the best of the recent Transformers movie to game licenses. Transformers are large in scale and nicely detailed. The game’s environments are varied and the action never gets too dull. The downside is the short duration of the campaign and very little bonus content. Most of the Transformers games have at least offered a nice selection of bonus content, something sorely missing from Transformers: Dark of the Moon. There aren’t any annoying human characters that get in the way of this game’s prequel setup to the Transformers: Dark of the Moon film. Overall, Transformers fans will enjoy it, but don’t go in with the same expectations of the gritty and memorable War for Cybertron game.

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Duke Nukem Forever

Duke Nukem ForeverDuke Nukem Forever
Available for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC
Game Developer: Gearbox Software, 3D Realms, Triptych Games,
Publisher: 2K Games
Release date: June 14, 2011
Official website: dukenukem.com


Game rating: 3.25 out of 5

Review summary:
The long-awaited return of Duke Nukem is bittersweet. Duke Nukem Forever is filled with crass jokes and some humorous pokes at other games. What holds the Duke back are the lower quality graphic details when compared to current generation Unreal Engine based games and especially long in-between level and game continue loading time. Still, there is only one place you can go to get this level of humor and over-the-top action, and that is from Duke Nukem. A few environmental puzzles and some knuckle-blistering boss battles are among the best offerings. Unlockables provide concept art, clips of an older version of Duke Nukem Forever, and a nice history of the struggles of bringing Duke Nukem Forever to fruition. Multiplayer gameplay also extends the game life with an experience system and a penthouse to decorate with unlockable prizes. Players who won’t get flustered by the juvenile jokes will have fun with an action hero stereotype from the 80′s/90′s and let loose with Duke Nukem Forever.

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DodoGo! Robo (DSiWare)

DodoGo! Robo
Available for DSi (DSiWare)
Game Developer: Alien After All
Game Publisher: Neko Entertainment
Release Date: April 18, 2011
Official website: nintendo.com

Game Recommendation:

Recommended download!

DodoGo! Robo review:

DodoGo! Robo (DSiWare)It is rare that I get a chance to review DSiWare games, especially since the Nintendo 3DS has been released. Because of this, it is so difficult find such amazing games like DodoGo! Robo from Neko Entertainment. Do not be scared by the unique name. It is a fun puzzle game that includes mind-bending mechanics. Players have to save endangered eggs as they traverse some insane environments. These levels are filled with traps and you have to use the handful of items to guide those eggs to the finish line.  At 200 DSi Points ($2), this DSiWare game is low in cost and huge in value.

In the small download of DodoGo! Robo, there are over one hundred levels.  Just think about that. That is about two cents a level, a ridiculously good value. The tutorial levels are easy, as they should be, but some of the later ones encompass a lot of work to save those poor little eggs. You have to jump them, use pinball style bumpers, set fires and deform the terrain just to keep them from falling to their imminent death.  You do have the ability to pause the action and replace some of the items you have placed. I found myself seeing the placements even before I used them during some of the later levels. That means I was taught well how to play, which is great for such a complex title.

DodoGo! Robo (DSiWare)The visuals are simple, but it does not deter from the quality.  It allows you to stay focused on the task at hand. As for the audio, it does not fair so well. I almost had to turn it off by the end of the game due to its lack of variety.  I found myself hearing the song on some levels so many times I couldn’t stand it anymore.  But this is a small issue that is easily cured. Unfortunately, I did not play the first title in the DodoGo! series, so I cannot compare the two games.

Although the DSi Shop can be a place filled with games that you may never heard of, there are many hidden gems. DodoGo! Robo is definitely one of those games. Neko Entertainment has released a low cost, solid puzzle game that anyone can enjoy.  Just make sure that you have a stylus and one that can be used heavily.  I played this game so much, my hands started to hurt, and that is far from a bad thing.  Use the 200 DSi Points and download this game. DodoGo! Robo is more than worth it at many times the price.

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Thanks to Neko Entertainment for making this review possible!

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Tapper World Tour (iOS)

Tapper World Tour
Available for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad
(reviewed on iPad)
Game developer: Square One Studios
Game Publisher: Warner Bros. Digital Distribution
Release Date: March 16, 2011
Official website: www.squareonestudios.com

Game Recommendation:

Recommended download!

Review summary:
Tapper World Tour builds upon the classic addictive Tapper arcade game and looks sharp with Don Bluth’s and Square One Studios unique illustrative style. A few new gameplay power-ups and features are introduced and the Endless Mode game challenge offers up a great Leaderboard replay value. If you loved the original Tapper or want an iOS game that truly delivers a challenging arcade twitch feel, Tapper World Tour is a must.

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