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Luxor Evolved
Available for iOS (iPad, iPhone, iPod touch)
Game Developer and Publisher: MumboJumbo
Release Date: May 1, 2012
Luxor Evolved review

The lush, almost photo-real graphics of Luxor’s previous iOS incarnation Luxor 2 HD set a high standard for the match-3 marble shooter. Could it get better? MumboJumbo takes gamers on an all-new surprising visual approach in Luxor Evolved. Just by the game’s name and its graphical style, Luxor Evolved is clearly influenced by Geometry Wars Evolved. Dig deeper into Luxor Evolved’s secret levels and you will find there are in fact many other video game tributes to some of gaming’s greatest. Experiencing the secret levels unlocks the biggest rewards that Luxor Evolved offers. The Luxor game series may have been a niche in the casual game market, but this release calls out to the hardcore and long-time classic gamers.

Luxor Evolved does have the colorful vector graphics from the Geometry Wars game series. And at its heart, the gameplay mechanics of Luxor Evolved are still very much the same from previous Luxor releases. So I will spare the repetition. There are a plenty of power ups and bonuses to catch, in fruity retro gaming style. The three different Super Power-ups are the most rewarding and damaging, which transform your ship into a uber-destructive force. The Super Power-ups will also light up your screen with psychedelic colors.

¬†One thing that felt a little off in Luxor Evolved is the gameplay speed. There is a slow-motion effect, but sometimes I couldn’t tell if it was because of the game’s performance. For a vector game, it definitely should feel a bit speedier or a bit snappier like previous Luxor games (or Geometry Wars). The other minor annoyance may be the boss battles. Some of the boss battles may be frustrating, but there is an option to skip the boss battle should it really aggravate you. Once you get a couple encounters with the bosses, things may get smoother.

I won’t spoil which retro games make a surprise appearance in Luxor Evolved (unless you can guess one of them from the screenshot above), but think early and late eighties arcade games and you get the idea. I had a blast playing through the game just to see the unique neon representations of the video game classics. I was doubtful how MumboJumbo could possibly come up with another unique release of Luxor, but they did it in a totally awesome and retro fabulous gaming way. Gamers owe it to themselves to experience a super fun visit down video game’s godly glyphs in Luxor Evolved. Highly recommended!
Game Rating:

4.5 out of 5 stars


 

4.5 out of 5 stars

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Thanks to MumboJumbo for making this review possible!

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Real Steel (XBLA, PSN) from Yuke's

Real Steel
Available for Xbox 360 (XBLA) and PS3 (PSN)
Game Developer: Yuke’s
Release Date: October 12, 2011 on XBLA, October 18, 2011 on PSN
Official website: realsteelgame.com

Review summary:
Real Steel is the videogame adaptation of the recent Hugh Jackman movie of the same name. The movie seems to have been well received but unfortunately (as happens all too often) the game is mainly a bucket of bolts. The graphics are sub-par, even for a downloadable game, and the DLC options scream “gimme your money.”

Game rating:

2 out of 5 stars

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Dead Island

Dead IslandDead Island
Available for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC
Game Developer: Techland
Publisher: Deep Silver
Release date: September 6, 2011
Official website: www.deadislandgame.com


Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Dead Island review summary:
Dead Island‘s disaster-like tone and daylight setting are unique in the world of zombie video games. The scarcity of firearms and primarily melee based gameplay forces players to get up close and personal with some of the most powerful zombies ever created in a game. A weapon crafting system and RPG leveling system makes players more effective fighters over the course of the 30+ hour campaign, but players never become super powerful. The first-person perspective is limiting in some situations, especially when driving a vehicle, but small details make the overall experience more immersive than other games on the market. A frustrating respawn system does make areas of the game more difficult than they should be but a group of players working together through the main campaign will find one of the most rewarding cooperative experiences available on consoles this year.

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Deus Ex Human Revolution

Deus Ex: Human Revolution

Deus Ex: Human Revolution
Available for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC
Game Developer: Eidos-Montreal
Game Publisher: Square Enix
Release Date: August 23, 2011
Official website: www.deusex.com

Review summary:
Deus Ex: Human Revolution continues the sci-fi RPG experience with heavy doses of stealth action and first-person shooter mechanics. Customization mechanics compliment Adam Jensen’s augmentations and alter gameplay decisions and experiences. The excellent soundtrack and visual presentation within the game make Deus Ex: Human Revolution enjoyable but the experience can be clouded by shoddy voice acting and inconsistent AI at times. Read the full review to learn why this game is still worth your hard earned penny, and see why Deus Ex: Human Revolution kicks off this year’s AAA game releases.

Game rating:

4.5 out of 5 stars

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Fruit Ninja Kinect review

by Skyler Edgar on August 11, 2011

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Fruit Ninja Kinect (XBLA)

Fruit Ninja Kinect (XBLA)Fruit Ninja Kinect
Available for Kinect for Xbox 360 (Xbox LIVE Arcade)
Game Developer: Halfbrick Studios
Publisher: Xbox LIVE Arcade
Release date: August 10, 2011
Official website: www.halfbrick.com

Rating: 3 out of 5

Fruit Ninja Kinect review summary:
If you have a Kinect sensor and want more gameplay out of it, Fruit Ninja Kinect is a nice pick me up. With many game modes and challenges to conquer, it can be a fun game if you want something new. The problems I had with this game is that it was simply a casual game and not for the hardcore, meaning you might only play it once in a while, then after you unlock everything, maybe not even play it again. The way the game feels has completely changed from the iOS version as well. Instead of the precision you have with a finger on a touch screen, you have your whole body to flail around and it is just tougher to play. Overall, Fruit Ninja Kinect has many game modes and challenges to complete. It is a must-have game for the iOS devices, and definitely worth a try if you have a Kinect sensor.

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