Posts Tagged ‘casual’

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EU Release Date: Apr 22, 2013
Publisher: Antanas Marcelionis
Developer: Antanas Marcelionis
Total play time: 00:60:00 (approx.)

The Howler is a beautiful, hand-drawn game with a simple concept from Lithuanian developer Antanas Marcelionis. Based on steampunk novel The Hour of the Wolf by Andrius Tapinas, you control a little hot air balloon above the Free City of Vilnius in 1905, piloted by Antanas Sidabras. The missions start simple with small tasks such as collecting and delivering packages over buildings, but the further you go, the more complex the tasks.

The gameplay is simple, but can be achieved in a variety of ways depending on your platform. You can click with a mouse on PC, touch the screen with a mobile device or even make noise to make the balloon rise. Then, by keeping quiet or not touching, you can let it sink again. A sharp, loud noise (or space bar, or double tap) will allow you to drop any cargo in your balloon. But your direction and speed is completely at the mercy of the winds and your balloon is delicate. Rise too high and your balloon will be lost. Hit a building and it will explode. For such a simple game, it is surprisingly challenging. Be prepared to redo some of the levels a few times before you get it right!

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Float your balloon around obstacles to win.

The soundtrack to this game is subtle, but effective. During the levels, you have gentle wind effects with bird calls and the menus have a little bit of music. Other sound effects add atmosphere throughout, but in general it is a fairly quiet game… until the balloon explodes. That made me jump a couple of times.

Overall, this is a fun little game, ideal for wasting a few minutes here and there. Some of the levels can be a little frustrating, but as a distraction from other stresses in life, it’s not bad. What’s more, it’s less than £1 on Steam.

Rating: 6.5/8
EU Release Date: Feb 20, 2014 (for 3DS)

Quell Reflect Cover ArtThis is a relaxing little puzzle game based on raindrops on a window. The aim is to roll your raindrop over pearls on the screen and collect them all to win the level.
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Rating: 7 Stars
EU Release Date: Aug 13, 2015 (multi-platform)
Total play time: 00:40:00

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“Gathering Sky is a playful and emotive experience about a flock of birds. You start with a single bird high above the ground. Guide the bird through the sky with your touch or a mouse, exploring the world and finding other birds to join you. Your flock grows as you travel across the beautiful skies of a far-off land and create an expressive story without words.”

Gathering sky isn’t so much a game as an interactive screensaver. There is no scoring system, no defined objectives and no competitive aspect. But that doesn’t mean it’s not fun. The aim is to guide the bird through a loose maze of obstacles, collecting other birds along the way.

It’s actually a very relaxing game. Unlike a lot of the games I’ve played, there’s nothing in this that seems unachievable, but it still has all the ups and downs of any game with characters or dialogue. The designers’ use of the beautifully painted backgrounds, lighting effects and, of course, the stunning soundtrack create an atmosphere of wonder, joy and occasionally tension.
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Being a huge fan of the music of Final Fantasy, I loved the first Theatrhythm game so much, but this one is so much better. Compared to Theatrhythm’s 40 or so tracks, the 200+ included in Curtain Call feel unending and with extra songs still being released as DLC, it’s going to take me much longer to get through them all. (more…)