Monday, February 27, 2017

Choicest VGM - VGM #269 - Transport Tycoon - Easy Driver

Screenshot of Transport Tycoon


Original soundtrack composed by: John Broomhall

One great thing about Transport Tycoon is that it basically had an in-game jukebox where you could pick which tracks you wanted to listen to and even compile your own playlists! Neat! The track you're hearing now is track #1 and is often one of the first tracks you'll hear when starting up a new game. It's probably not one of my favourites in the game but it's still a memorable tune in its own right.

The music was recorded through DOSBOX after selecting the AdLib/Soundblaster FM option in the configuration utility (which is apparently OPL2 emulation).

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Sunday, February 26, 2017

Steam Games Sunday - 26 February 2017

Screenshot of Nos Astra in Mass Effect 2
Ah, Nos Astra. One of my favourite places to visit in Mass Effect 2 which is in 5th place this week.
  1. Banished
  2. War Thunder
  3. Rainbow Six Siege
  4. Company of Heroes 2
  5. Mass Effect 2
  6. Marvel Heroes
  7. XCOM 2
  8. Everyday Genius: SquareLogic
  9. Pictopix
  10. Mount & Blade: Warband

This week we again have an upset especially considering the game at the top of the list isn't even a multiplayer game. Banished entered the list last week at a respectable #3 but obviously it wasn't content with just being in the top 3 and has usurped the position normally held by War Thunder taking first place. So War Thunder gets pushed down to second place and Rainbow Six Siege is pushed down to third place as a result. Company of Heroes 2 has again made its way on the list (even though it wasn't even listed last week) and is now in 4th place, pushing down the former occupant of that spot to 7th place (XCOM 2). Mass Effect 2 has creeped up the list from 9th place last week to 5th this week (mainly because I finished playing the first Mass Effect and am now continuing on with my character, CMDR Mark Shepard, in the sequel :)). Marvel Heroes retains its 6th place spot and the two puzzle games, Everyday Genius: SquareLogic and Pictopix, have moved down slightly to 8th and 9th places respectively. In 10th place, we see good ol' Mount & Blade: Warband deciding to make a reappearance.

Anyway stay tuned for next Sunday to see if this list changes :). Are you playing any of the games on this list? How are you finding them?

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Home Sheep Home 2 Review

Screenshot of Big Ben stage from Home Sheep Home 2
These three sheep really get around.

  • Reviewed by: Mark Goninon
  • Developer: Aardman Animations
  • Publisher: Aardman Animations
  • Release Date: 17 February 2014
  • Time played: 2.9 hours

I've got so many games in my Steam library that it's sometimes hard to tell where exactly I got them from; did I get this game off a Humble Bundle? Did I receive it as a gift for my birthday or X-mas? Or did I have a spare key thrown over to me by Mix-Master? In this case, I believe it's the latter so thank you once again to my benevolent benefactor :).

So why exactly did I want this game? Mainly because my daughter is a fan of the kids TV show "Shaun the Sheep" so I fell into the same trap as I did with Ice Age: Continental Drift: Arctic Games but the only difference here is that I'm not feeling any regret for investing time in this game.

Home Sheep Home 2 is a puzzle platformer with physics based puzzles galore: in fact the game has over 60 levels for you to try and each one of them involves the use of three characters from the TV show (Shaun, Timmy and Shirley) all with different strengths and weaknesses.

What I like:


Shaun the Sheep

The game is based on the kids TV show Shaun the Sheep which is actually a spin-off from the series Wallace & Gromit. The game brings along its trademark humour and features three characters from the show: Shaun, Timmy and Shirley.

Over 60 levels

The game has over 60 levels which should keep you occupied for at least a couple of hours (and much more if you're trying your best to get a high score). Best of all, each of the levels have their own theme/location. Sometimes Shaun could be visiting Australia, other times Big Ben and sometimes even outer space!

Music

There's not too much music in the game but what is used is good and you'll often hear the Shaun the Sheep theme playing at some point or another.

Puns

Each level has a puntastic title. In fact, the developers actually advertise this as a feature on the Steam store page:

"PUN-DEMONIUM: More sheep related puns that you can shake a lamb’s tail at."

Teamwork

You'll be required to use teamwork in order to complete these levels as each character you are given control of (i.e. Shaun, Timmy and Shirley) have different strengths and weaknesses (not to mention the objective is to get all sheep to the end): Shaun is the middle-of-the-road sheep but he also happens to be the best jumper out of the group, while Timmy on the other hand, is tiny which means he can get to places the other two can't in order to activate switches and the like. Shirley is just huge which means she's good at knocking heavy items over plus she sinks when she enters water; this can be useful sometimes if you want to activate switches underwater that the other two would just swim over.

So the game is a bit like The Cave to a degree, except it doesn't have Ron Gilbert's humour.

What I dislike:


Short

It only takes about 3 hours to complete most of the levels (some bonus levels are only unlocked when certain conditions are met). However, I suspect it would take much longer if you like to challenge yourself in attaining a high score.

Bit tough for the younger audience

Despite the original TV show being aimed towards 4-8 year olds, the game is probably better suited for 8-12 year olds as the challenges can be pretty difficult especially if you're not even sure how to use a keyboard yet to control your characters, let alone getting the timing right when performing jumps!

Score – 8/10 (Recommended)


While the game might be a bit too challenging for the target audience (4-8 year olds) and the game can be completed quickly (if you're not bothered about high scores), I still think this is a great physics puzzle platformer in its own right. It's probably one of the better games I've played based on a TV series too. Recommended, especially if you enjoy Shaun the Sheep.

Is the game worth $9.99 USD?: Yes. There are plenty of levels to play here and for those wanting an extra challenge, you can always go back to beat your high scores. Bonus points if you’re a fan of Shaun the Sheep.

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[ LINK: Official Home Sheep Home 2 Website ]