Icy Reviews


David Vs. Goliath by unwrittenrulebreaker
February 15, 2007, 3:27 pm
Filed under: Action, Adware, Offline, Shooting, Stratagy

I am a video-game addict, and games like “David vs. Goliath” are my drug.

David Vs. Goliath is an interesting take on the Biblical story of David and Goliath. Only this time, you play as David. And instead of five smooth stones, you have weapons like grenades and rocket launchers. And Goliath is a 30-foot tall robot, with thousands of minions at his command. Overall, it’s an addicting game, with lots of features and tons of cool things to discover.

For the past couple of weeks, every time I thought about writing this review, I played the game first. I told myself I was looking for the perfect screenshots.

What I was really looking for, was the last few pieces of the ninja-suit. Buy all eight pieces, and you unlock the super-secret NINJA MODE.

Well, I finally got those pieces, and now that I’ve satisfied my curiosity about what exactly NINJA MODE is, I can sit down and write this review.

THE GAME:

“David vs. Goliath” is a free, one-player game you can download from http://www.zango.com However, it is only free because you have to install adware from Zango if you want to play the game.

Very. Annoying. Adware.

It doesn’t interrupt your game any, but after installing, it makes web-surfing a pain, since it loads these huge pop-up ads, most of which have music, which is really irritating when you’re trying to watch videos on YouTube.

Fortunately, it’s really easy to disable. CTRL-ALT-DEL and in Windows Task Manager, close out zango.exe You will have to do this every time you start up your computer, and every time you close out of “David vs Goliath” (hereafter to be called DvG. Why? Because I’m lazy… And I want to finish this review so I can play DvG some more!)

DvG is a third-person shooter. You start out as David, a little guy armed with just a slingshot. As you progress through the 30 levels of the game, you can pick up and learn to use many different kinds of weapons, including grenades, a Gatling gun, a rocket launcher, and a chicken that sits on your shoulder and shoots egg-bombs at your enemies.

And there are tons of enemies. Goliath’s men, among them archers, ninjas, and robo-suit clad warriors, all are trying to destroy you and keep you from going up against their boss.

You will fight Goliath several times in the progress of the game, and each time it gets harder and harder to defeat him. But when you do, the game isn’t over yet! Beating the game once on any level of difficulty unlocks INSANE MODE. (Which is, as the name suggest, insanely difficult) Collecting all the Ninja-suit pieces from Milligan the Merchant unlocks Ninja-Mode, in which David has a ninja-suit, he’s faster and easier to control, and has what the game calls “cooler weapons”.

But as a Ninja, you can only carry one kind of weapon at a time (compared to regular mode, in which you can have two different ones, one a gun-type and the other a missle-type.) I liked the old mode better.

It’s worth taking a look at, but don’t waste all your time trying to get those pieces.

Instead, waste your time trying to fight Goliath, collect chickens and other critters to save up for bunny amulets (which enable you to continue from where you were when you died, instead of having to start again from the last checkpoint) and figure out who that helpful ninja is, and if he knows what happened to the Professor’s daughter.

I give this game a 4/5. The only thing keeping it from 5/5 is the adware. The game itself is excellent!

Download this game at Zango.com

Giving Goliath All You Got

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Imminent by Connor
February 4, 2007, 2:45 pm
Filed under: Action, Defence, Online, Shooting, Stratagy

Imminent is a defence game with a rather unnerving extra. It has two modes, victory, and defeat In victory, you fight for victory after 40 levels, but in defeat, you fight to survive and to last out while the enemies whittle away your last defence, this is endless. This is what defence games are about.

By aiming with the mouse, you control the turret, one gun standing between you and defeat. There are two sets of numbers at the bottom, the lower one is your cash, you use this to buy upgrades (the repair button works on mouseover not mousedoen so when you put the mouse over it, it repairsyou automaticly) and new guns. The upper number is your amour level, the first, your current armour, the second, your total armour. The Number at the top indicates the level you are on. For each mode, there are three difficulty settings for each mode: Victory is Normal, Great and Grand. Defeat is Eventual, Near and Imminent.

This game is a genre setting game, defence games should not be a set fight untill some set goal, yet some are like that and this can be rewarding, but, most are last stands, where deffeat is enevitable and your efforts can nly delay it. This game is gold. 5/5.

Play this game on Newgrounds



Game of the Month February: Madness Interactive by Connor
January 25, 2007, 7:32 pm
Filed under: Action, Game of the Month, Mini-game, Moddable, Offline, Online, Shooting, Stratagy

Edit: I Know that it isn’t febuary, but this deserves it!

Madness Interactive is a game based on the much popular Madness Series. It has three modes: Story mode (New Game), Challenge mode and Experiment mode.

In Story mode, you fight your way into the sheriffs office as he has taken your pie. This is very difficult but well worth it. One of the highlights is when Jesus appears with a machine gun, resurrecting FBI and shooting down at you. The best way to kill him is to use an automatic weapon whilst jumping out of the way of zombies.

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In Challenge mode, you play one of four mini games to unlock cheats:

In Matrix you try to unlock newyorkminute, the unlimited bullet time cheat. You must kill lots and lots of smiths to unlock this, or just go to Options > Cheats and enter newyoukminute.

In Zombies you unlock willis, the invincible cheat. You must kill zombies, people and a weaker Jesus. To cheat your way, go to Options > Cheats and enter willis.

In Lasers you unlock guide, the laser guide cheat. You shoot lasers with a pistol and a jetpack, this one is mesured by time. To cheat your way, go to Options > Cheats and enter guide.

In Knifing Around you unlock armstrong, the arm lengthening cheat. You have to throw knives at a dummy, you have one minute, if the knife hits the floo, you lose a point, if it hits you get a point, if it misses, nothing happens. To cheat your way, go to Options > Cheats and enter armstrong.

I’ll give this a 5/5 and Game of the Month February

Play this on Flecko.net

This game is Moddable and has a Download version (windows only)



Defend Atlantis by Connor
January 18, 2007, 7:53 am
Filed under: Action, Defence, Online, Stratagy

Defend Atlantis is a very funny, very satisfing game, but it’s not as easy as it looks. You have to defend atlantis by trapping the enemies in bubbles, therefor floating them away from the city, but the normal bubbles won’t hold the spiky enemies, so there are different types of bubbles that all use up different ammounts of air, air is what stops you from just creating bubbles non-stop and adds n element of stratagy to this game. As the levels go on, you can create bigger bubbles and you unlock the different bubbes in the following order:

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Normal Bubbles: For use on the first level.
Metal Bubbles: For use on spiky enemies.
Poison Bubbles: For use on divers.
Shrinking Bubbles: For use on divers and red barrels, also when low on air.
Explosive Bubbles: For use on divers, all barrels and when board.
Shockwave Bubbles: For use in free play mode.

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Once you complete the game, free play mode is unlocked, giving you the same set-up as the final level, but never ending (or at least untill you press quit).

I’ll give this game 4/5.

This game can be played on Newgrounds



Heli Invasion 2 by Connor
January 18, 2007, 7:52 am
Filed under: Action, Online, Shooting, Stratagy, Time Wasters

Heli Invasion 2 is an odd game, it starts with a tower with four turrets inside the tower and a single mounted gun on the top (which you control). You then have to shoot at the oncoming helicopters and people. You can then, once you have shot enough stuff to acquire money to do this, buy the turrets in the tower, upgrade the turrets, upgrade the main gun, buy AA guns, upgrade the AA guns, buy missile launchers and finally, upgrade the missile launchers. After a while, it gets repetitive and boring, this is really a rather dull game that comes alive at about level 15-20 where you have fully upgraded yourself and are struggling to keep up with all the people.

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I’ll give this game 2/5 as it only gets good at the very end.

Play this game on Newgrounds 



Rail of War by Connor
January 2, 2007, 4:06 pm
Filed under: Action, Defence, Online, Paid with free demo, Stratagy

Rail of War is an Online game with a full, off-line, paid version, I am reviewing the unpaid online version.

Rail of War looks like an exiting prospect. You control a train with guns on it and ride it through enemy teritory collecting and dropping off wagons whilst killing tanks, armoured cars, airstrips, planes, bunkers and helicopters, there are 2 levels plus a level editor and a rail-rage mode unlocked at the end of level 2.

The only problem is that in the description, it says 10 levels, and you can only play 1 level, in the level editor screen, it says you can export xml files of all the maps and levels you make, but you can only save 1. Whilst the gameplay is good and the graphics are easy on the eye, the fact that the whole game lasts about 15-20 mins with only 1 posible level to make and the rail-rage is rather naff, this makes for very un-inviting gameplay.

2/5

You can find this game on Newgrounds (Opens in a new window)