Archive for February, 2007

Alien Hominid HD (360)

The first half decent Live Arcade game in ages, so I bought it. But it is only half decent, unfortunately. It could be really good. It looks lovely, it’s fast and frantic, it lets you start from any level you’ve reached and you unlock hats for performing certain actions. Hats! However, it falls down because it seems to hate the player in a number of ways.

1 – It doesn’t show you your score at the end of a game. As you can’t keep an eye on your score during the game it’s really, really, really annoying.

2 – The PDA games are a very good idea and fun in themselves, but they don’t seem to record how far you got. Nor are there any leaderboards for the single player PDA levels. And the background to game rotates and makes me feel like I’m spinning in space, which is a very unpleasant feeling indeed.

3 – It’s far, far too difficult. It’s stupidly, punishingly difficult. At times it’s fun – normally the fifth time you’ve tried something when you know enough about what’s coming up and there’s a bit of a click and a bit of a flow to everything – but sometimes it’s just horribly frustrating and feels very unfair. There is an easy mode, but it’s not that much easier, really… and enemies release flowers and not blood when they die, which is so shaming that I’m unable to play the game on that setting.

If it didn’t kill you so much and if the interface was just tweaked a little this would be fantastic. As it is, it’s just about worth the cash and not a bad way to spend a few minutes. The thing is, everything that’s felt impossibly difficult and unfair the first time I’ve encountered it has, after I got past it, seemed fairly brutal, yes, but not actually unfair. With foreknowledge, positioning and timing everything so far has been perfectly possible to do without dying…

…but I’m only on level 1-3 and I’m not even sure I’ll much beyond that, at least not any time soon.

Kororinpa (Wii)

It’s like Monkey Ball, only without the monkeys.

And, so far, a fair bit easier, though not quite the cakewalk I was epxecting based on online discussion.

Excite Truck (Wii)

Well, that was weird.

My truck started refusing to turn right. I thought the controller might be broken, until I started paying attention to what I was doing. Instead of tilting the controller to turn, I was rotating it horizontally. I have no idea why I suddenly started doing that, but I found myself having to retrain my brain to tilt instead of turn and so ended up getting the worst scores I’ve ever got while playing the game.

By the end of the session I was still lacking confidence, but I was starting to play reasonably well again. Hopefully when I next play my brain won’t try anything stupid like that again.

Very bizarre.

Excite Truck (Wii)

I love being rubbish at games.

I’ve been trying to get S ranks on the SIlver Cup and I’ve been finding it immensely fun but really very tricky. I’m getting great value.

Kid Icarus (Wii)

Nope, still not to the end of the second stage. I can’t even get as far as I could this morning.

I hate being rubbish at games.

New Adventure Island (Wii)

I’ve decided not to capitalise “Wii” in my headers any more. I’m sure you care.

Anyway, I beat the boss at the end of stage 1-4 after a few goes and moved on to stage 2-1, after a bizarre fan dance cut scene. If my wife hadn’t seen it too I wouldn’t have believed it.