Alawar games has brought us a retro 70s Saturday Morning cartoon kind of a game in Outta This Kingdom. The beginning starts with a young housewife on a desert vacation with her cat, Martha. Rachel is like a brunette Barbie, she even drives a big pink Cadillac, with fins and everything. Why she is out on a lone vacation, we do not know, but we do know that she has caught the eye of an evil wizard that is lusting for a powerful piece of jewelry she owns. Rachel does not know it, but in this magic kingdom in a parallel world, she has the ability to control elementals.
I’ve have seen many movie versions of this Mark Twain classic, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court , from the original Danny Kaye version, to the more contemporary Disney versions starring Whoopie Goldberg, and so so, but this is really quite different in that we are not only playing the new “Sir Boss”, protecting the kingdom from thieves as we expand our little part of it, we also need to keep a Dark Ages perspective in our 19th century heads.
I don’t mind watching weather reports. Especially in these days here in Florida when fires are common during May. Now to be able to control the weather is a great thing, but in Weather Lord you seem to be doing it far all the wrong reasons. Leave it to Alawar Games to give us yet another! Sheesh! A farming simulator… Don’t they have enough of these variations on a theme?
So in this silly sim, we don’t buy seeds and supplies, but we buy clouds, sunshine, wind, and combine them to make various weather patterns that we take over to little farms and orchards to help them grow. We also fuel green energy by using solar power, and turbines. This helps us gather building materials to upgrade the farms and weather stations. While this is a fun little green game, the music will make you sleepy, and repetitive movements of combining these little elements over and over again gets tiresome. While we are nowhere near having the power of Storm, if we did, I’m sure this game would have been much more fun. For now, I’ll keep wishing for real rain to put out the fires while I look for a better game to play.
It has been some time since Musings has reviewed a hidden object mystery game, and this 19th century period piece is filled with lots of twists and turns and stunning artwork. Even though the names of some of the places sound very North American, the places themselves look to be Central European, not unlike the Grand Hotel Pupp in the movie, Last Holiday.
In this tale, you play as Ethan Black, and happily engaged young man, and your father has called you home to take care of some family business. This is great opportunity to have him meet your fiancee’, so you take the next train to Grand Rapids, and along the way, the steam engine explodes while you are traveling over a stone bridge. This is the beginning of a series of supernatural events that involves your small family and those that are going to be part of its future.
Every once in awhile, Alawar Games gives us a little bit of fast-paced action, and with Mega World Smash, we get the arcade-style game that many of whom grew up in the 1980s were blessed with. You can choose from two main characters to play from, a space pirate girl whose focus is on attack strength, or a neurotic robotic boy whom specializes in armours and protections. You earn upgrades to weapons and armours by taking out stars in this game that is pretty much a post-modern upgrade to the classic Breakout.