I’ve played a few tower defense games in my life so far, there have been differences between them although most of those differences are either graphical or they’ve changed the creep and tower theme, sometimes its zombies, sometimes trolls, sometimes soldiers from a neighbouring military faction etc. So when I was asked to review Aspects TD, a new tower defense game from Sabaton games, I was a little dubious but there is one major difference between this and all the other tower defense games. In Aspects TD you attack as well as defend.
If there is anyone who’s not sure of what a tower defense game is, the basic idea is…
“Build up your defenses (towers) along a given path, and obliterate all the many and varied beasties (creeps) marching along said path before they get to whatever it is you are defending from them.”
That’s pretty much it. The strategy lies in ensuring you manage your resources and build the right defenses for the type, or just sheer number of enemies attacking you. Read the remainder of this entry »
It’s part two of the Terribleminds.com flash fiction challenge. As a reminder the challenge is set over 5 weeks. For the first part of the challenge we had to write the opening 200 words to a piece of flash fiction. In the second week of the challenge we pick up someone elses first 200 words and we write the next 200 words. Next week we’ll choose someone elses story and add the third 200 words and so on until there are several 1000 word pieces of flash fiction with five authors.
Occasionally, through the mire of first-person shooters, dungeon-crawling rpg’s and good –ol’ sports games you find something that tries to do something unique, like ‘Influent’. Influent is not only a nice concept but you can also learn stuff and develop a new skill while you’re playing it.
I’m not talking about the ability to blow someone’s head off from 50 yards, or how to score a belter of a goal from the centre spot. I’m talking about an actual usable skill (of course the two examples would still apply if you are a professional marksman or footballer, but just for now I am going to assume you aren’t either of those.) Playing Influent can teach you how to speak another language.
Though, without playing it is difficult to know if Influent is primarily a game with language learning as a secondary benefit, or whether it is a language training program with a game wrapped around it. The price tag of $10 is quite cheap compared to other language training packages, but it all depends on the effectiveness of the training.
Anyway, the press release below has more information. You can find out more about the game and pick up a copy of Influent for Windows, Mac or Linux from the official Influent site www.playism-games.com/games/Influent.
Well, I’m back. Did you miss me? It’s been a very long time since I last posted anything here on Zombiechimp. Firstly, I’ve finally got myself a job which although now I get paid, has meant that at least 60 hours have been mercilessly sucked out of my week. I also changed webhosts and there was the odd issue with getting everything switched over, so if you visited here and found a weird-looking page, a white screen of death or a 404 page, I apologise, but everything is back now and I have some catching up to do.
This is my first piece of flash fiction that I’ve written in a while, and honestly it’s only about 20% as good as other stuff I’ve written. Though, I have only written one fifth of the story.
Chuck Wendig’s Terribleminds flash fiction challenge this week is a challenge in five parts. This week we are to write the first 200 words of a story. It doesn’t matter which genre, or style and there are no other criteria. Next week (or tomorrow to be more precise) we will all choose someone elses 200 words to write the next 200 words for. I will expect that each person cannot add to any story more than once but that is conjecture. I do love the word conjecture.
Well, here we go.
Flash Fiction : In Too Deep
The plunge into the ice-cold water, hit Derry like an avalanche. A fading knowledge of the film ‘Predator‘ had informed him to lower his body temperature so that the alien won’t see him. Though, he hadn’t realised how cold the water would be, how the flow of the water would drag him away from the bank or how his thick woolen coat and boots would become the rocks that pulled him down.
It’s worth noting at this point that in Predator, the hero was a hardened military veteran with experience in guerrilla-warfare, while Derry worked in the Accounts department for a large national fish exporter, and the most alien thing he had encountered in his life so far was the perpetual lack of sticky notes in his office. Being woefully terrible at making quick decisions, preferring an hour or two to mull over every eventuality also goes some way to explain his poor choice of hiding place.
His limbs stiff, his breathing now wheezy-gulps, and his head now spent more time underwater as his legs struggled to move. Derry panicked, with a thought that he didn’t have hours to mull over…. he was going to die.
When you think of stealth games, and their protagonists what do you think of? A military trained expert in surveillance and silent killing? Maybe a ninja trained in the various martial arts? Maybe an undead secret agent whose planet has been taken over by brain-stealing aliens that have turned the earth’s inhabitants into brain-dead zombies. It’s the last one right? Well it is if you work for Eyes Wide games who are the twisted masterminds behind The Incredible Corpse – a stealth action game in which a zombie battles alien invaders that will be arriving on iOS and Android at the end of November.
In the game aliens have invaded Earth and stolen everyone’s brains, turning humanity into zombies. Players must kick alien ass, collect brains and munch on a few along the way. Seems only fair after all, you are saving the world.
The first chapter of The Incredible Corpse will be free and in a similar way to The Walking Dead mobile game, you will be able to buy the remaining chapters from the App Store and Google Play for a nominal amount of cash. Gamers that want to help support development of more features in the game can review Eyes Wide Games’ Kickstarter.
If you are a regular follower of this blog you are very likely to have heard me mention the game developers Spacetime Games (or Spacetime Studios as they used to be called). There is a very good reason for this, they are continually churning out more and more mobile games like a giant mobile games developing churning machine. Oh yes, one of those giant mobile games developing machines we are all so familiar with.
First, it was the Legends series (Pocket Legends, Dark Legends,Arcane Legends and Space Legends) not to mention the vast amount of game updates for all of those series’. Then followed Battle Dragons, and now they are proud to show their latest game, Battle Command that will be hitting the iOS and Android stores this November.
In Battle Command players will build a small band of soldiers into a powerful military force to face a world-ripping conflict. Not only is success on the battlefield crucial, but diplomacy with other players also proves imperative in successfully navigating the battlefield.
Jim Franklin is an avid gamer and writer of flash fiction. Throughout this blog you'll find examples of his fiction, heap loads of gaming related information as well as many of the other weird and crazy thoughts that stampede through his mind at any given moment.
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