Sunday 30 November 2014

Criminal Case, a pretty simply good Hidden Object mobile game

Criminal Case is a good Hidden Object game. How good you ask? It was voted the Best Facebook Game of 2013, before Candy Crush.

Since last August, Criminal Case can be enjoyed on the go, at least on iOS; a Android release is planned for January 2015.

So, what is a "Hidden Object Game"? A HOG has nothing to do with porcines and all to do with observation, keen eyesight and memory. Criminal Case follows the classic formula: a series of tableaus stock-full of small details is presented to the player and some of those details, as listed in game, have to be clicked.

Criminal Case also includes some alternate forms of gameplay, like "Spot the differences", puzzles, and timed attack stages. In-between observing crime scenes, the player has to wait for the lab's results on clues they found at those scenes or by sifting through miscellaneous items.

Nothing revolutionary, but all very well assembled, so it is a breeze to grasp and play. If you're a fan of HOG, don't pass up Criminal Case.

Monday 10 November 2014

Rayman Fiesta Run: Good ol' plateformer fun on mobile

Rayman may not be as iconic as Mario, but for people of my generation, he still has a special place in our hearts. With a triumphant return with Rayman Legends, maybe he'll become the same for a new generation.

One of the best part of Legends are the "runner" stages: character on auto-pilot, one or two buttons to react and jump over obstacles, great music. Nothing new if you're a fan of Bit.Trip.Runner, but still nice.

Now, you can have that fun in bite-sized format. Rayman Fiesta Run for iOS or Android add the abilities to hover for a few seconds and to wall jump, adding depth to the runner genre. Speaking of which, be sure to go for the Fiesta Run. Rayman Jungle Run (for iOS or Android) is very similar in essence, but the graphics and more importantly the level design is far inferior.

Last caveat, this is not really a game to play on the go, in a crowded bus or whatever. But to get your old school gaming fix without having to turn off a heavier console, or to introduce a kid to one of your childhood hero? Perfect!