Gone Home Review


Gone Home is a story-driven game where you will be given a house to explore. As you commence exploring, the house slowly starts revealing the story of the people live there.

The story described here is quite honest, private and beautiful. The way, in which you participate in this story-driven game and start investigating their house, you will be able to put the pieces of the story together and will get to know about the Greenbriar family.
 

Gone Home


In the Gone Home, you will be playing the role of Kaitlin Greenbriar. After being away from your home for around one year, you have come back from Europe, to your family's new home. On the day of arrival, you had expected your family members to be there, but you find your house empty. Before you could come out of your missing family member's concern, you see a scrawled note, written by your 17-old sister along with some emotional messages, recorded on the phone. This suspense-filled environment will make you feel concerned about the well-being of your sister and other family members.

The Gone Home story mainly focuses on Sam and with every single item you discover, you will hear the narration that she has written to Kaitlin. Such environment will make you understand the kind of situation Sam had gone through. Gone Home is considered to be the best game that narrates human and grounded stories. Throughout the game, as Sam describes her feelings, you will repeatedly find yourself nodding. The way in which Sam reveals herself through her journal entries and her excellent voice quality is amazing. By the time you had solved the mystery of her absence, the place and Sam, both will leave a lasting on you.

Talking about the game environment, it's so much convincing. The place you are exploring seems to be real and not imaginary. You may find Gone Home more or less like a time machine. Even the game's superb ambient score gives you the sense that even though the entire house is empty, there is some kind of energy present all around the place. As you keep exploring the house, you will actually get to know what Greenbriars have been going through. There will be a time when you have no puzzles to solve and there will be nothing that can take you out of your journey. The story line of the game is in so much detail that almost every letter or document you pick up gives you some relevant information about the Greenbriars life.

Gone Home's execution process is flawless. You will be driven by the story you listen to, from the person who is absent throughout the game. In other words, even though you cannot see anyone inside the house, you will always feel the presence of Greenbriars around you.

Gone Home is an important game to play as it does something that other games can never do. This game describes a believable story set in the real world that considers every single character of the game as complex individuals.

If you are among those, who respect the story line of a game and are fond of the elegance with which such an interesting tale is constructed and narrated, maybe you should try out this game.

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Pikmin 3 Real Strategy Game Review


After waiting for almost a decade, Pikmin is back finally. It's a real time strategy game where players will be exploring an alien planet and will be controlling tiny creatures called Pikmin.

Pikmin 3 is the latest version of this gaming series where all the three characters went to SPACE in search of resources and bring it back to their planet.
 


As the game begins, everything seems to be going great when all of a sudden, it started going wrong. The space ship crashes to the planet called Pop-404 and each of the three Pikmin lands to the different sides of the planet. You will start off by controlling Alph in the beginning and will be introduced to the remaining two characters later on. As the Pikmins are really smaller, there are no major cities or landmarks built on the planet. Apart from red, blues and yellows Pikmin, which were known from previous version, two new are introduced in the new Pikmin 3. Red Pikmin is immune to fire, Yellow for electricity, Blue sneaks up on the water, Rock can break the glass and Wings can fly.

The only issue that you may encounter is: the amount of backtracking required during the gameplay. You cannot move wherever you want. While unlocking any new Pikmin, they will move forward. Also Pikmin 3 features the Union of the Onion, which is the "Nest" of Pikmin. The moment you unlock all the three characters, you can create three squadrons of Pikmin, which will add-on number of advantages for the game. One of the Pikmin manages the resources pretty well, while the other one addresses most of the biggest problems in the series. Even though, no Pikmin can go far from the Onion, the whole gameplay happens during the daytime, but luckily, creating new units are relatively easy.

Pikmin is so adorable creatures that you do not want to lose any of them during the gameplay. As far as difficulty level is concerned, Pikmin 3 is a bit smoother game, which satisfies your level of interest throughout the game. You will never get bored and will always be ready to play for some more hours. Even though, Pikmin 3 cannot be considered among the top games graphically, nice animations and varied colors make it a beautiful world to experience for sure. The maps are designed pretty well and you will always find something or the other to explore.

Pikmin 3 is the very first game for consoling devices that truly looks like a next-Gen real time strategy game. It's colorful, crisp and full of detail, making it really interesting to be played on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Several addiction factors such as exploration and puzzle-solving & strategy that make this game even more fun-filled and addictive. You can consider this game as the best way to escape your free hours.

Overall, the new Pikmin 3 is a game beyond comparison. It's a blend of discovery, exploration, strategy and lovable Pikmin characters that makes the game even more interesting.

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IBB and OBB Puzzle Game Review


It looks so strange when something that looks so calm and catchy can sometimes grow weird and frustrating. Same is the case with the new IBB and OBB puzzle game.

Even though the art is simple, charming and colourful with amazing soundtrack, the real challenge starts at 2D puzzle platform world that has been made quite challenging by introducing duelling forces of gravitational rules and puzzles. One has to definitely be in touch with other players constantly, so as to make through the harder levels at the later stages. Believe it or not, but this method of coordinating and playing actually makes this brain-bending puzzle even more rewarding and interesting.
 


Throughout the 15 different levels, the base or the idea of the split-gravity world remains the same. At some places gravity is normal, whereas at other places, its upside-down. One can easily differentiate between the two just by looking at the different background colours. Initials stages are all about overcoming the gravity learning curves but with the introduction of higher levels, things like floating bubbles and continuous loops actually makes puzzle more challenging and delightful. There are certain elements in the game that repeats too often, making you feel as if there is some kind of bug/error that makes the puzzle almost impossible to solve. But with little experiment and analysis, one can easily overcome tricks/trips, required for solving higher level puzzles.

However, level of difficulty increases from 8th level, where the designs are too complex, making it hard to understand puzzle. Only the cooperative puzzle-solving technique can make you cross the levels of IBB and OBB. Most of the levels are well-balanced, which makes the gameplay equal for both the players. Also in between the gameplay, if one player dies, other would die too. There are several spiky enemies that release crystals upon dying and the player has to complete as many crystals as possible.

In the single-player gaming mode, both IBB and OBB stick together and are controlled by one player. But this twin-stick-style will not work in the later difficult levels where the contribution of an additional player is required, so as to complete that particular level. Playing in a multi-player mode is quite fun as your stupidity or cleverness will have a direct impact on the gameplay of the other player. Even though it feels great to co-ordinate and work as a team, but in case of online games, this concept does not work so well. Sometimes, finding a co-operative team member online seems to be more frustrating than anything else. As its difficult to communicate with your team partner online without speaking any word, one can use the right stick to draw a line and indicate your partner something specific or important from game point of view.

Overall, IBB and OBB is an excellent 2D based puzzle game based on a unique gravitational concept and a well-coordinated gameplay. It lacks a separate single-player mode but apart from this, IBB and OBB is boasted with brilliant puzzles having superb difficult levels that makes the repetitive level designs easy to forgive. In simple words, IBB and OBB is a must to play game, but only if you pick up a good and reliable partner online.

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