What a strange evening. I was on the highway driving to the badminton court when Cobra Starships’ Good Girls Go Bad came on air. The same song came on air, at about the same stretch when I was driving home from the badminton court!
And upon reaching my housing area (surrounded by palm oil estates), I saw an owl sitting on the middle of the road starring right at me. I slowed down and starred back, eventually pulling up right next to it. It was only a 10 second starring match before the big bird, more than 30 centimeters in height with a much bigger wingspan, flew off.
Strange evening indeed, kinda like the day I saw a hornbill perched on a tree in a Muslim cemetery..but that’s for another time.
Wow, the Ultra Detail Figure Metal Gear Solid Collection 2 is finally out, with figurines featuring Raiden, Old Snake, Naked Snake, The Boss and Vamp. Priced at USD 39.90 each, these certainly are cheaper to their RAH counterparts, and at 16-centimeters, should be pretty good desktop ornaments. Click on the names for purchase information.
I finally got to watch The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters. It’s a pretty interesting documentary on one man’s quest to beat the world record high score on Donkey Kong. Steve Wiebe here is the overall nice guy going through some tough times in his life. Laid off from work, he takes to playing Donkey Kong Jr. with the aim of beating Billy Mitchell’s high score.
While retro games are understandably an obsession and players can be really competitive, I’m rather surprised at how obnoxious and childish some of these “world record high score” holders are.
It’s quite an eye opening experience to learn how Brian Kuh (who, unfortunately, behaves like Billy Mitchell’s lap dog) entered Steve Wiebe’s garage without permission and proceeded to disassemble his Donkey Kong Jr. for “verification” purposes.
And oh the sheer hypocrisy of it all. While Steve Wiebe’s Donkey Kong score is rejected due to the fact it was video taped and not done in front of a live audience, Walter Day, the guy responsible for keeping track of all these scores, accepts Billy Mitchell’s world record score recorded on a video tape!
The King of Kong is a pretty interesting movie (Steve Wiebe does win in the end), and while some people will have a problem believing that such obsessive-types exist, it’s a fun romp through the retro gaming scenes.
Popular iPhone game, Skeleton Key, looks set to receive its first big update. This free update adds 20 new levels to the game, so be sure to look out for it on the App Store. Check out the press release and trailer below:
Treasure and Adventure Await in Insurgent Games’ Skeleton Key Update and Trailer Release!
Prepare yourself for more treasure, new brain-teasing levels, and stunning new graphics.
Insurgent Games, an independent game development studio, just released a trailer for the anticipated update to Skeleton Key, the unique brain-teasing puzzler for the iPhone and iPod Touch. This free update adds a whopping 20 new levels of gameplay as you puzzle your way from forest to pirate ship seeking riches and high scores.
“Adding an element of adventure really enhances an already addictive puzzle experience” says Micah Lee, head developer at Insurgent Games. “There’s a whole new world to explore. And pirates, because everyone loves pirates.”
To view the trailer please visit: https://bit.ly/ByDrw
120 levels of challenging and unique gameplay
Beautiful graphics with a pirate island feel
Includes 5 enchanting songs, or listen to your own music
The update will be submitted to the App Store this week.
About Insurgent Games
Insurgent Games is a San Francisco-based independent game development studio founded in 2009 by Micah Lee who has been passionate about game development since he was 13. Insurgent Games is dedicated to creating unique and well-crafted games for the iPhone and iPod Touch, and currently has two games in the iPhone App Store.
I can safely say that yesterday was the first time I’ve beaten a computer opponent at chess. How did I achieve that? Well, I simply dialed down the computer’s response time to 4 seconds in 99Games’ Chess Elite for the iPhone/iPod Touch. Once I did that, the AI becomes a fan of making random moves.
This doesn’t indicate that the game is a pushover though. In fact, set the AI response time to the maximum of 120 seconds and you have to get ready to get your ass handed to you in a game of chess.
Judging by my opening statement, I’m not really proficient at chess but getting a win did boost my confidence somewhat. And I won it without using the suggest-a-move button and I just used the undo button once (the touch screen was a bit fiddly at that time, resulting in a mis-step that needed to be undone).
Chess Elite does feature an online mode which I didn’t get to try but if you are with a friend and have just one iPhone between the two of you, check out the “pass & play” mode.
Chess aficionados shouldn’t find any excuse not to add the game to their iPhones and at 99 cents, it’s a bargain! Click here to purchase and download the game from the App Store.
Why can’t all comic book movies (with the exception of The Dark Knight and the first Spiderman movie) be like Superman/Batman: Public Enemies? Despite being a straight to DVD (or Blu-ray, whichever rocks your boat), it’s really good.
In the movie, Lex Luthor becomes the president of the United States and recruits superheroes to his cause. Superman gets framed with a bounty on his head after rejecting Luthor’s overtures and faces a heck lot of resistance (but not without help from Batman). All this with a gigantic meteorite heading towards Earth.
Satire features well in this movie, everything from the economic crisis, to what Americans think about their former presidents, national service and xenophobia having their share of the spotlight.
And unlike other animated movies (with the exception of the recent Wonder Woman movie), Superman/Batman features a LOT of fighting and plenty of blood. So fans of Superman/Batman who are waiting to watch their heroes go on a slugfest against a plethora of DC villains (and some heroes).
I like both the artwork and the voicework in the movie. Kevin Conroy is in here voicing Batman and that is ALWAYS a good thing. Characterization wise and banter between the two heroes are great, and pretty much pay homage to the comic books. Just goes to show that if you are a fan, you need this in your DVD shelf.
I really like innovative stuff on the iPhone, especially in the midst of things that are done to death on the platform. So, when the words physics, tilt, and labyrinth started jumping off a press release I was reading, I knew I had to forget about putting up the press release, and get into reviewing the game like immediately.
So here we are now on the review of Amazed, a new game by Mexico-based Shifting Minds. The premise of the game is really simple, guide the ball through a labyrinth (maze) to the designated end-point. Here’s the fun part, you’ll have to tilt your iPhone left, right, up or down to get the ball moving in the direction you want!
The game’s physics engine handles the movement of the ball, and well, all I can say is that the results are really impressive.
There are 30+ mazes to navigate through, and the cool thing here is that each level is randomly generated in 3D and they get really big as the levels progress. With a 99 cents price tag and unlimited replayability and cool controls, how much greater can the game get?
But, there are some ways to improve on the game. For starters, the ball could have some rolling animation, and secondly, the game is largely…silent. If that’s the case, the ability to play songs from my iTunes playlist would certainly be nice.
But these two gripes aside, Amazed is pretty…amazing (pun totally intended). Check out the game at the App Store today, click here for details.
I planted a tree today. Well, I actually carried a small tree up Gasing Hill (Bukit Gasing) and placed it in one of the holes dug up by volunteers in a tree re-planting exercise organized by the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ).
The replanting exercise is done to replace trees lost in a fire in this forest reserve earlier this year. I was actually there (its a favourite hiking haunt for my girlfriend and I) when we saw the smouldering trees. The new tree that we planted this morning was placed at the peak (by yours truly), a short hike from the observation tower.
In any case, the replanting exercise will continue this October 10th (my birthday btw, I accept PSPGo and Xbox 360 consoles and even the Fallout 3 GOTY edition for the Sony PS3), and the aim here is to get 350 trees planted. So go on and land a hand.