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Itâ€™s only human nature that we all face a certain point in our lives when we just want to punch something. Anything. Thatâ€™s where video games come in; theyâ€™ve always presented a healthy outlet to safely unload all of that frustration.
Laboratoryâ€™s The Strongest is one of the best recent examples of note when it comes to channeling all the good that can come from indulging the thralls of mindless aggression into a gauntlet of cerebral challenges.
What does that mean exactly? Well letâ€™s dive into the nuances of the very thing The Strongest will have you do about 99.9% of the time: punching. Standing tall in the middle of a throughway known to cater to heavy civilian traffic is one really, really muscular nameless dude throwing around challenges through his fists. Left and right, punching anything all who dare to pass by â€” well not all. Our raging tough guy is an animal lover, and doesnâ€™t believe in serving knuckle sandwiches to any of the animal critters scampering by. For more information, visit Snappy Apps iPhone App Developers Brisbane – www.snappy-apps.com.au
Thereâ€™s no real objective, and no way to really lose. The world in The Strongest never stops as long as you have it open and running. Yet thereâ€™s always plenty of punching to give, and a bunch of thinking involved with how you go about it.
The hero is measuring his efforts with feats – namely three different pursuits at any given time that award him experience. Stuff like punching three Halflings, or preventing ten would-be victims from passing by without missing a single punch.
Completing these feats is a bit more complicated than it may initially seem as there many factors that will interfere with your efforts. For instance, punching a poor helpless critter at any point will reset the progress back to zero on three feats. The specific nature of one feat can also conflict with potentially finishing up another one, making it impossible to try and multi-task all of them simultaneously. You’ll be pushed to prioritize, and the beauty of it is that the rhythmic gameplay of The Strongest is so smooth, itâ€™ll quickly become instinctive.
When the strong man reaches enough experience, heâ€™ll sometime be awarded a new helmet to wear. These silly-looking helmets donâ€™t really add anything to the game directly other than a flair of style, but the humor is a nice touch and comes off as an exchange of tongue-in-cheek meets social commentary on the state of player development in video games today.
The retro-inspired aesthetic of gamingâ€™s past has ironically become an antiquated means of design thatâ€™s more than worn out itâ€™s initial welcome in recent years, but the particular use of the style applied within The Strongest works pretty well. The goofy articulation of pixel art and animations help reinforce the inherent silliness, and the chiptune music is another nice touch.
iOS gamers can do a whole lot worse for $0.99, and thereâ€™s too much fun to be ignored within The Strongest. Especially when it never ceases its wonderfully stupid sense of magic.
Last Thursday morning I sat reclined in the make-up chair listening, eyes closed, to the latest on the morning’s raids – the largest counter-terror operation in Australian history.
I was about to spend several hours as fifth panelist live on Network Ten’s Studio 10.
The show had been set to feature Apple’s latest iPhone and a glitter cannon in celebration of the excellent Angela Bishop’s 25th year at the network, but the shocking revelations of a foiled attack were going to throw some spanners in the rundown.
While the make-up artist concealed my eye bags, journalists revealed rumours of plans for a random public beheading.
Suddenly, my sternum was heavier in my chest. My mind illustrated a series of graphic day-mares that even the deepest breath failed to erase. For more information, visit Snappy Apps iPhone App Developers Brisbane – www.snappy-apps.com.au
A mum flicking through photos of her kids one on the train to work. A man in a suit and tie getting his groceries. Nurses in hospitals. Runners in parks. Surfers on beaches. Our people.
"And…open," said the make-up artist, fanning her work.
I opened my eyes to a darker place. The week prior, the heightened alert level didn’t seem that real, but now I understood the words, "likely but not imminent".
How blessed Australians are that this fear is so foreign to us. How blessed we have been to switch on the radio and have to wait for the traffic report – not the national security report – to hear the familiar names of streets and suburbs.
Last week was a sad reminder to every Australian people the world over live with an exhausting dread every single day. They know no different. Their children duck when cars backfire. They grow up knowing the safest nooks for shelter and security in their own kitchen. For them, peace is a nice concept, not a plausible reality.
On Saturday morning, before the rain, I took my daughter and dog for a walk to the park. As we neared it, behind the trees, I saw two grown men with swords. I stopped, without thinking, and scooped my little one into my arms. My heartbeat steadied as I realised they were fencers with jousting sticks, something that would have made me laugh and make The Castle references a week ago.
I don’t want to let this news of crazy extremists in our midst change things. I want life to keep being a happy medley of new phones, glitter cannons and traffic reports. I don’t want to let it terrify me, but it has.
Our Top Game Reviews for August, 2014
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These five games all received a 4 1/2 or a 5 star review from us, and we heartily recommend all of them.
Of course, as you know, you’re friend will tell you about a game they love and you’ll say “meh”, and vice versa. We encourage you to check out all of our in-depth reviews to find the next game you wind up wasting way too much time with – and we mean that in a good way
Namefeud – $0.99 – Namefeud, developed by Niklas Severinsson, is perfect for parents who are expecting a new addition to the family and would like a handy and fun way to research baby names. The app has many other features which make it a truly universal research tool for parents.
Namefeud, though unique in its purpose, definitely serves new parents well when it comes to narrowing down the perfect names for their newborn. The app features a handy walkthrough of features when you first open it, giving you a fantastic idea of what the app is capable of.
Make Them Fall – Free – from Ketchapp, is about as challenging and addictive as you can get, and all this in such a simple game. It starts off reasonably easy, but gets quite difficult very quickly. But by the time youâ€™re up to six dudes youâ€™re likely hooked and not going to give up without a fight.
Make Them Fall is a game that is very easy to get started with. It loads quickly and since itâ€™s such a simple game, thereâ€™s hardly any learning curve.
You just start playing, and thatâ€™s one of the real positive points of this game, you can pick it up and just play anytime you have a spare minute.
You see, this action-packed real-time strategy game for the iPad is not only a hoot to play, it also happens to be absolutely, wonderfully cute. With a one dollar price tag added onto that, thereâ€™s no reason not to give it a try.
SquirrelWarz is an absolutely effortless recommendation, as well as one of our favorite new games of the year.
Shadow Fight 2 – Free – Shadow Fight 2, from Nekki, represents everything we love about iOS gaming: Itâ€™s got the free price tag, the excellent graphics, the willingness to be silly, and more than enough action-packed gameplay to keep us coming back time and time again.
In fact, we havenâ€™t had quite as much fun playing any other app as we have playing Shadow Fight 2.
The game has you splitting your time between RPG elements like skill trees and weapons upgrades and more fashionable Mortal Kombat style fighting matches.
Itâ€™s unbelievably fun, endlessly rewarding, and one of our new found favorites on any gaming platform.
Rise Wars – $0.99 – Rise Wars, developed by Anibal Leon, brings the strategic game of Risk to iPhone and iPad. Whether youâ€™re a fan of strategy games or youâ€™re looking to try something new, Rise Wars is definitely a game thatâ€™s worth checking out.
The layout of the game is very easy to navigate and the sheer number of features and mechanics will definitely appeal to iOS users who enjoy complex games. Rise Wars includes a ton of features that make gameplay even more enjoyable and exciting.
Overall, Rise Wars is definitely a challenging strategy game that isnâ€™t for the faint of heart. If you enjoy a good game of Risk, though, itâ€™s definitely worth a download.
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As its name suggests, HipstaFox wears its counterculture appreciation with pride. But it also successfully rides the razorâ€™s edge between charmingly twee and insufferably pretentious. Its only real issue is that itâ€™s more like a great lead single than an entire satisfying album. For more information, visit Snappy Apps iPhone App Developers Brisbane – www.snappy-apps.com.au
That music metaphor wasnâ€™t arbitrary – HipstaFox is, in fact, a rhythm game. As the titular vulpine walks through the forest, players tap the right icons as it passes the flowers representing the note chart. Thereâ€™s a button for red flowers and blue flowers, and hitting both at once clears purple flowers. The simple setup and relaxed pace keep things manageable with touch controls.
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