Skylander Swap Force Review


Activision, the world's first independent developer and distributor of video games for gaming devices, is quite popular among kids for its gaming series. Its recent Skylanders franchise is being well accepted by the targeted customer, which in this case are the kids.

Collectible toys have been around most of the kids as they consider it to be one of the precious gifts they could get during their childhood days. Toys, such as Beanie Babies, Barbie fashions, Matchbox cars etc. comes under such collectible toys.

What if somehow these toys come alive through video-game console? This is what Activision tries in its new Skylander game. This game is accompanied by a gaming disk and a "Portal of Power" that gets plugged into your PlayStation or Xbox. As soon as you put a Skylander figurine on the portal, the character gets materialize in the video game. One of the highlighting points of Skylanders Swap Force is that some of the creatures split into two, allowing you to replace their tops and bottoms. One of the widely available starter kits consists of a Blast Zone (a bomb-throwing robot) and a Wash Buckler (a sword-wielding octopus). Just by switching their parts, you will get two new characters Blast Buckler and Wash Zone. In this way, you can swap remaining 16 Swap Force Skylanders, giving you a whole new set of 256 characters, which is quite interesting.
 

Skylander Swap Force


Each of the Swap Force models contains one of the eight available skills, which include bouncing, climbing, teleporting etc. Swap Force is considered to be the best game of the Skylander series. With the story content filled with silliness, villain Kaos is aggressively destroying the Skylands and you and your swap force models have to stop him anyhow. Experience a beautiful journey across the series of well-designed environment like never before. From snow-cap wearing mountains to the inside of a volcano, whole gaming series is blessed with such beautiful environment scenes all around. To make the game more challenging, there will be puzzles to solve, treasures to find and monsters to fight. Spend all your loot in buying new powers and weapons for your Skylanders.

Skylander's Swap Force is designed by the "Vicarious Visions" studio that has added a new ability to all the characters. They can jump now. The addition of this ability brings-in the feeling that kids used to get during "Super Mario Bros" gameplay. Plenty of running and jumping can now be done by the Swap Force models. Apart from that, they can zip around rails, navigate maze and can do fishing as well. Some of the game's toughest challenges consist of certain areas that can be unlocked via particular Skylander only.

"Swap Force" is one such series of Skylanders that can be played by parents and kids, together. Depending on the story levels, they both can make teams and can face all set of challenges in a cooperative and competitive way. You can survive the game by using just three characters in the starter kit. You can use any of the Skylanders released since 2011.

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Dead Man’s Draw Review


Luck is considered to be a common factor in many of the card-based games. However, it's not the same for Dead Man's Draw.

Especially designed for iOS platform, winning in this game can occur just by chance. Luck will not help you in this game.

With simple-to-understand rules, playing Dead Man's Draw becomes even more interesting. You will see a pile of cards at the center of the digital table. At your turn, you have to flip the pirate themed cards from the pile. Each card consists of a number and a set. In case you flipped a card and the set matches to the card already flipped on the table, you will lose that round. In case you sense some kind of bad luck in between, you can end your turn by pulling the cards into your deck.
 

Dead Man's Draw


Most of the time, success of winning depends on the luck of the draw. The best part about Dead Man's Draw is: it is not entirely based on chance. As the game progress, you will unlock sets having a special ability. For example: Cannon card allows you to send any of your opponent's cards to the discard option. Another interesting ability is the Orb, which allows you to see the next card before flipping it. Dead Man's Draw favors a perfect combination of offensive as well as defensive options, making you free from playing under pressure.

There is a single-player mode, consisting of tournaments with its own unique rules that further extend gameplay into different sections. On one side, where a modifier sends all busted cards to the opponent, another one makes you keep your overall score within a certain line and then to let you win. All the interesting missions in this card game comprise of a certain level of strategy, making the game a lot more than just winning it. However, this game takes a downturn as soon as it introduces traits, which can be used by the players to get powerful bonuses. You may get such bonuses during starting missions, but later on, you have to buy them in real. Your enemies are always active while using traits.

In order to make the game more interesting, there is a Pass-and-play mode that allows you to play with another person. Getting bad hands on cards becomes more enjoyable when your friend, opponent experiences the same. As it's a turn-based gameplay, there is no online multiplayer mode available. The concept of adding traits and match modifiers makes this game even more appealing.

In card games, no matter how well you play, "Bad Luck is Bad Luck". You are going to get messed up multiple times and that's for sure. Shortage in traits power up makes your progress a bit slow. With the absence of match modifiers and suit powers, this game would have become a bit frustrating. But if you consider Dead Man's Draw as a local two-player game, it's fun to play, which follows the basic card game, but with a difference.

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How to Survive Game Review


Want to remove your frustration? How about picking up a baseball bat of your choice and bursting out zombie's skull. Killing zombies were never as much fun performing tasks as it is in "How to Survive" game.

You will always find yourself just a quick jog away from handling zombies. After surviving a couple of levels, you will get access to healing plant that acts as a minor health boost when used with fabric so as to make an effective poultice. While making poultices, time freezes, so you don't have to worry about it.

Crafting weapons on your own is more exciting than finding blueprints. Along with a rifle that can kill almost any damn thing in a single shot, you will also get unlimited supply of ammo. Combat may not be that much great, but it is acceptable for sure. Targeting popping zombies is an easy task to perform. Nocturnal zombies are the most pathetic one, who travel at night and once you shine torch on them, they will either freeze or run, making it easier for you to take the shot. The zombies here have been shown more powerful and effective. They appear all of a sudden out of nowhere and do serious damage.
 

How to Survive


However, Zombies don't evolve much in this game. They are portrayed weaker than the player, who can go handling from one to an entire group of zombies without putting-in much effort. The whole concept of How to Survive is wrapped up with some challenge maps and horrifying story modes. Also there is an option of bringing a co-player for helping you out for local and online challenges by selecting any of the three available characters to choose from. There is a main event where you have to spend up to 7 hours, just to repair a sea plane. In addition to the missing surprises and a few characters, even the writing is done poorly and is edited. There are certain things that are added in this game with no point of needing it. One of such things is the concept of introducing talking monkeys. Also when the game has reached toward a politely ending, a 20 item scavenger hunt makes no sense at that point of time.

There are not many funny moments to enjoy in this game. Even the horror portion seems to be missing most of the times. The interesting idea of making Zombie based game goes in vain. It could perhaps have become much more realistic game if all the storyline, characters and other action related stuffs were framed as per the requirements. In short, the game could have been neater.

The problem is not about what is there in the game, but it's about what is missing. Developers tried to create something functional, but not desirable. With so many zombie related games out there, developers really have to come up with some unique idea in order to avoid becoming a part of the horde.

If you haven't played any Zombie related game, "How to Survive" could be the one to start with.

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