Doodle God

Doodle God

Doodle God is a mobile game, brought over to PC. I’ve never had the chance to play the original game, but I’ve always liked the concept. It’s a puzzle game where you mix the various elements available to you (starting with hellenistic ones and moving on towards ‘elements’ like birds or people) to achieve your goals. Since I’ve never reviewed the mobile versions I will not be making comparisons in this review. So how ‘PC’ have they converted the game? Well judging from the settings options and the fact that it’s a 6 dollar game with microtransactions, the answer is not far enough. But that’s not to detract from what is otherwise a very fun game. For tablet gamers (I have a Windows 10 Asus tablet that is perfect for this game) this is an excellent choice. While these ‘porting’ decisions may turn some off, if you’re still interested read on into what you’re getting by buying the game. Quests, Artifacts, Puzzles, Tournament and ‘Main Game’ are the options provided to you. Quests are ongoing achievement like goals. Artifacts are special unique items to hunt down. Puzzles are very specific challenges where you have a limited number of resources and you have to build a specific item. This doesn’t sound hard until you realize using up a resource removes it permanently (unlike the Main Game). Tournament has you using in game credits to play online vs other people and finally the Main Game is just open sandbox. Presentation wise, everything is very ‘mobile’ with large, friendly buttons and colourful art. Unlocking new elements causes them to show up on...
Review: Defense Grid 2

Review: Defense Grid 2

Defense Grid 1 was a highly tuned tower defense type game. If you’re unfamiliar with the genre, you essentially have a ‘base’ and for each enemy that reaches it you lose a life from your total. DG1 had a much more interesting mechanic where the aliens that touched your base ‘stole’ a life, and if you could kill them it would slowly drift back to your base. From the story to customizing towers, the variety of enemies you saw and going into the community features it was clear a lot of love went into the first game. It was easy to say that Defense Grid 1 was the best of the genre and a game I kept very close to my heart.   That was blown away with Defense Grid 2. Mostly the roster of towers and aliens remain unchanged, but the options available in using them has greatly expanded. The game has become deeper, not broader and that’ s a great feature. The story continues from the first, with new AI companions (each reflecting a new ‘super power’ to use in levels) and much better level design. The game is slightly easier than the first but there are so many new ways to play each map that the game is much more replayable.   If you’re a fan of the genre or entirely new to it and you’re interested in giving it a try, Defense Grid 2 is possibly the best TD game to date and from a guy who has nearly played them all, that’s saying quite a...