I played a demo version of Shank on PS3 years ago. It was pretty damn sweet, but for some reason I never bought it. Well, it is very cheap on Steam now, and apparently there’s a sequel. Might as well try it. Let’s see if it’s as rad as I remember.

Stages of the game

First impressions

The visuals are very nice and cartoony and the controls are responsive. Not much to complain about there. I have a chainsaw, a couple of pistols and obviously a couple of SHANKS!

If you’re a sensitive asshole, you might not want to play this. I mean, some people take offense to someone sticking a chainsaw down someone else’s throat.

Shank seems like a fun enough game. I hope it’s not too long though as I figure it might get a bit repetitive.

Somewhere in the middle

Yeaaaaah, I was right. This is getting repetitive. The combat seems kind of.. I don’t know.. random? I just spam the chainsaw, pistols and shank attacks into combos, get hit by someone and lose some HP, shank/chainsaw/shoot some more, get damaged a lot, get a shitload of HP fills all the time..

I have obtained a few new weapons, but they don’t seem quite as good as just spamming the jump-dive-chainsaw-attack. Except for the shotgun, obviously. The shotgun is awesome.

I can probably keep playing if I just take breaks now and again.

After finishing the game

I would probably not be as happy with this game if I had bought it when it was first released, at a higher price. Now, though, I am quite content. This was a fun little game. A couple of hours long maybe and very violent. The storytelling is pretty intense, even though there’s not much of a story to talk about.

If you enjoy sidescrolling 2D beat’em ups (or shank’em ups as it were), then by all means, play this.

Verdict

Play!

Strange name for a game. I have never heard of this, but it was cheap on Steam and it looks kind of like vvvvvv, so that’s what I am expecting. Let’s see if it is as good!

Apparently this game is “based on difficulty” and has “custom checkpoints”. That is all I know.

Stages of the game

First impressions

Very slick soundtrack so far! Graphics are simple enough that even an artistically void person such as myself could draw them in Paint. They look pretty good, though.

So the “custom checkpoint system” means I can place checkpoints wherever I want to, and then just respawn there whenever I die. Sound easy? You only have 100 lives for all of the game. Unless you play on Easy, where you have unlimited lives. That’s what I’m doing. Yeah, I’m a coward.

Somewhere in the middle

Beat the game. It was short. 15-20 minutes, maybe. It was alright though, I guess.

There’s a remix mode, featuring 8 levels of “varying difficulty” and where cowards such as myself cannot easy mode. Let’s see how this goes…

After finishing the game

Beat the remix as well. I had 100 lives to start with, ended with 79. Too easy I would say; I got a B- score on the first try.

This was a cute little game. Worth my while and it certainly did not overstay its welcome. I’d say it’s worth a playthrough, especially if you can get it really cheap.

Verdict

Play!

Kingdom Rush screenshot

One of the best Tower Defence games ever

I’m a real sucker for tower defence games. Something about that genre really speaks to me. One of the best such games I have yet to encounter is Kingdom Rush, available for iOS, Android and PC (as a free, Flash based browser game with the possibility of buying additional crap). I first played the Flash version and then bought the Android version.

The game (based on promotions, the Google Play description, screenshots etc) looks like one of those awful games that are constantly promoted on the banners across the web that I have to view when in environments where ad blocking software is not available. It’s not, though.

Simple, classic tower defense with minor twists. You are only allowed to build towers on some pre-defined spots on every map, which is fine and makes it a bit more challenging. Enemies travel a pre-defined route towards the target that you have to defend. You have access to heroes that can walk this path and clash with the enemies.

Overall, I played and enjoyed this game that I spent 7 Swedish crowns on (about one USD) much more than the games I recently bought for PS3 for a total price of 600 Swedish crowns (about 85 USD).

Stages of the game

First impressions

Looks promising, but darn, it’s hard, difficult, challenging, fractious, tricky, tough, but also lots of fun. If I can figure out how to use the different tower types I’m sure I’ll be able to have some fun with this. The graphics are adorable.

Somewhere in the middle

Okay, I’m hooked. This is great. Probably the best tower defence game I’ve played (maybe apart from Pixeljunk Monsters – mainly because of the co-op mode). This is way more fun and relaxing to play than the Hitman HD Trilogy I just bought for PS3. Can’t stop playing this for about an hour a day on my tablet now.

You definitely need some tactical skills to pull all the levels off. Some are really challenging. No way you can complete this game by just randomly building and upgrading towers.

After finishing the game

Well, that was worth my money alright. And it was so cheap! I could’ve bought like one banana for that price, and this sure tasted better than a banana. I’ve kind of looked down upon Android as a gaming platform before but this is amazing.

Verdict

Play!