Pokemon Go

Pokemon Go

Pokemon Go is an augmented reality game released by Niantic in July 2016. It works on IOS and Android mobile devices and it uses internet and GPS signal in order to function. The main idea of this game is that Pokemon are all over the globe and you need to catch them all. This app got a great reaction from the public. There are people who already caught all of the Pokemon in less than a month. Still, there were quite a few accidents because of to this app, since people are staring at their phones, instead of watching where they are going. So, what’s the big deal?

Did your mom ever tell you that you spend too much time in front of the computer and that you need to go play outside? Well, this game can solve that argument! As the name suggests, you need to go outside and walk around until you find Pokemon. First, you will design your trainer. You can change the gender, eye color, hair color and clothes. To be honest, the character creation part is really not that great, since you only have one haircut and three outfits, but the rest of the gameplay makes up for that.

You can actually see the city map on your device and see the Pokemon in front of you through the phone’s camera. You need to throw pokeballs at them in order to catch them and get XP. But what if you run out of pokeballs? Well, you can just go to any landmark in your area and find a pokestop where you will receive useful items. Apart from pokeballs, you can also find Pokemon eggs that you can put in the incubator. You need to walk a certain distance if you want the eggs to hatch. That sounds like effort, huh? Well, from my experience, you don’t feel like you’re making any effort while you are playing. You walk around staring at the map on your phone and when you finally look around, you wonder how you got to the other side of town so fast. The in-game world is pretty fascinating and you can find out the names of landmarks that you didn’t even know existed.

You can also go to the gym, once you reach level 5. You will be able to join a team and participate in Pokemon battles. But don’t worry! Your Pokemon can’t die. If you lose a battle, the Pokemon will just pass out and you will have to use potions to restore its health. If a gym belongs to your team, you can leave a Pokemon there to protect it. If it belongs to some other team, you can try to defeat their Pokemon and capture the gym. Still, you can’t say the game is multiplayer since you’re always fighting with an AI. It would be really cool if you could start battles with other Pokemon trainers on the street and I hope that will be possible in the future.

I grew up watching the Pokemon series and I was super excited when I heard about this game. I can’t complain about the gameplay and graphics, since it’s just so cool. Still, I hate that my phone heats up and my battery dies whenever I play it. Right now, I’m in a love-hate relationship with the game. I really enjoy it, but I feel like it’s bad for my phone. Still, I recommend it, because it’s really awesome. The Pokemon app is free, which is a big plus. You can invest real money if you want to get more items, but you will be able to enjoy the game even if you don’t want to pay. So, give it a try!

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Clive Barker’s Undying

Clive Barker's Undying

Undying is a first person shooter horror game developed by DreamWorks Interactive and published by EA Games in 2001. But why does it have Clive Barker’s name in the title? Well, the horror author had a major role in creating the game’s story. But why did I bring this game up after all these years? Because it’s old but gold and I think it deserves a quick shout out. So, what makes it so great?

The plot follows the main character Patrick Galloway as he discovers some horrifying secrets. It all begins when he gets a letter from his old friend Jeremiah, telling him that he needs help. Jeremiah and his siblings are cursed, because they performed an ancient ritual when they were kids. What seemed like a childish game started an awful chain of events. Jeremiah’s siblings went mad and died. They soon came back as ghosts and they started haunting their brother. Now, Patrick needs to find the cause of this madness and stop it.

If you decide to play the game, you will discover that there is way more to the plot. It’s not about one family, but rather about an ancient culture and its undying king. That’s why it’s called Undying. The fascinating story made me talk about this game after such a long time. I think this is one of those games where the authors actually put a lot of effort into making the plot great. I’m not really into horror games or shooter games, but this one is really awesome.

The player needs to shoot ghosts, find objects and clues and use his logic to solve puzzles. I love the weapons and abilities that the main character has and I also love how this game doesn’t rely solely on jump scares. For example, there was a painting in Jeremiah’s house with his siblings and Patrick could use his abilities to reveal their ghost form. That was pretty scary the first time I saw it. I think that overall this game isn’t too scary and the plot is really interesting, so you can enjoy it even if you don’t normally play horror games. Patrick can also summon the people he killed. They will come back to life and fight by his side. I think that is really cool.

The graphics were pretty impressive for that time. Of course, if you play it now, you will think the graphics are lame. But, when I first tried it, I was truly stunned. My favorite level was the one called “Monastery Past”. There was really nothing much going on, but the landscape was breath taking. You could explore a peaceful monastery in winter. It was night and the snow was falling so beautifully from the sky. But, again, the graphics won’t seem that great today. Still, I think you should try it for the plot. I really hope you will enjoy it at least as much as I did!

Pou

Pou

One of the first things I did when I got my first smartphone was to look for a Tamagotchi app. That’s when I discovered Pou. I download it and instantly fell in love with it. Pou is a virtual pet that you can raise on your iPhone or Android. It was developed by Paul Salameh and you can download it for free. I honestly think this app is the closest thing to a Tamagotchi that you can have on your phone. I think it’s a really great app and let me tell you why!

Pou is a brown creature in the shape of a triangle with rounded corners. I think he is an alien, but I don’t know that for sure. What I know is that he is adorable with his large eyes and tiny mouth. The design is really simplistic, which seemed like a turn off for me at first. I wanted a cute pet and I felt like the creator could have put a bit more effort into designing a more beautiful creature. Still, Pou is really lovable just the way he is. At first, I wanted to change his color and customize him, but when I finally had the coins to do it, I didn’t want to change him anymore. I got used to the design and started to like it.

If you’re unhappy with your Pou, don’t worry! You can customize him as you wish! I keep referring to Pou as a boy, because I dressed mine like a boy in a tiny suit with a tiny hat. Still, you can dress Pou like a girl and use wigs to make him cuter. You can also buy makeup! But don’t stress out about money. You don’t have to pay anything for this game, if you don’t want to. You just need to take care of Pou and you’ll get coins with every level you unlock. You can also play games in the app to get more coins.

Taking care of Pou is pretty much like owning a Tamagotchi. You need to feed him, wash him, play with him and put him to sleep. You can buy different things for him, like food or soap. You can also change the wallpaper in every room and buy a new night lamp for the bedroom. You will see the food, health, sleep and happiness meters at the top of your screen. You must make sure they are always green. Honestly, I turned off the notifications, because they were a bit annoying and I forgot about him for a while. When I returned he was still there, even though he was ill and starving. So, I thought I should tell you that this pet will never die, which is really cool.

To conclude, this app is awesome and you should try it. Pou is like a pet that you can take anywhere. It offers you the change to have fun, without having much responsibility. Plus, you have small games to play within the app. I love those! They are pretty simple. You need to collect coins, catch food, tap on the sad face and so on. Still, they are very entertaining. If you get bored, but don’t want to uninstall the app, you can use potions to take care of Pou fast or make him grow. Still, I had my Pou for more than one year and I didn’t get bored of him yet. So, I highly recommend this app!

Assassin’s Creed

Assassin's Creed

Assassin’s Creed is a series of action-adventure games developed by Ubisoft. The games received positive feedback from people all over the world. That’s why there is also going to be an Assassin’s Creed movie released sometime in December 2016. I can’t wait! If you’re into readying, you can also check out the books. Since the first game of the series came out, everyone made such a big fuss about Assassin’s Creed. So, what is it that made the game series so great?

The first Assassin’s Creed game was launched in 2007 and is currently available on PlayStation, Xbox and Windows.  I think this game is quite refreshing and innovative compared to other game series, because there are two timelines. The player starts the game as Desmond Miles, who is a modern-day bartender. Desmond was kidnapped by a pharmaceutical company. Now, he is forced to go back in time and enter the memories of his ancestor named Altair.

Altair lived during the Third Crusade. The setting of the game is the year 1191 AD and it is historically accurate. The player is able to live Altair’s life while he is connected to a futuristic machine called the Animus. Since the player spends most of his gaming hours in the Animus, you could consider Altair as the main character of the game. What’s really cool about this character is that he has certain abilities that almost seem supernatural. He is able to climb buildings and jump over obstacles very easily. He can also memorize every detail of a certain area by looking around from a high point. Once your map is updated, you can jump from any high place and you won’t get hurt if you land on a stack of hay. You can also use hay to hide from guards. Plus, you can go into stealth mode if you want to blend in with the crowd on the street. All of his weapons are really awesome, but my favorite will always be the hidden blade, because it’s fast, silent and deadly.

Assassin’s Creed follows the constant battle between Assassins and Templars. The Assassins believe in free will, while the Templars want to achieve peace by controlling the population. The two groups fight for an artifact called Piece of Eden that gives them the power to control people’s minds. Altair is an assassin who needs to regain his status by killing a bunch of people. Then, he needs to find the pieces of the artifact. Of course, the story is much more complex and more interesting than that, but I don’t want to ruin it with spoilers.

To conclude, I think this game is worth a try, even if you’re not really into first person games. You can explore a stunning open world or do the quests. I love that there are two stories to discover: one in the present and one in the past. It’s like you’re playing two games at once. Needless to say, the graphics are amazing. Plus, the controls are easy to learn. I only talked about the first one, because that is the one you should start with if you really want to enjoy all of the stories. So, if you haven’t played Assassin’s Creed yet, try it and you will see why most gamers love it!

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Grand Theft Auto San Andreas

GTA SA is an open world action adventure game released by Rockstar in October 2004. This is my favorite GTA game so far. I should mention that I never tried GTA V, but I did try the other games and this one just seemed the most awesome. The main character is Carl Johnson, also known as CJ. In the beginning of the game, CJ returns to his hometown, because his mother had been murdered. He tries to regain his power in the Groove Street Family, in order to gain control of the whole map. Of course, there are many gang wars and the police often get in his way. Still, at the end of the game, CJ fulfills his wish.

What I love about this game is that it has three cities. Los Santos is based on Los Angeles and it’s CJ’s home town. Then, there’s San Fierro, which is pretty much a copy of San Francisco. My favorite city is based on Las Vegas and it’s called Las Venturas. It has expensive cars, awesome clubs and pretty much anything you need in order to have fun. I explored everything it has to offer and I can tell you, it will keep you entertained for days, without even playing the missions. You can have a drink, eat a burger, buy clothes, get a tattoo and so on. But what’s even cooler is that you can do things you can’t do in real life like steal a car, kill a bunch of people, spawn a boat or a helicopter. You can also do legal things like working as a taxi driver, an ambulance driver or a police officer. I love driving in this game, but it’s mostly because the radio stations have great music and hilarious commercials.

The setting of the game is pretty realistic. You need to get on the highway, if you want to get to another city fast. Still, if you’re not in a rush, you can explore the countryside. Here, everything’s different. The diners are cheap, the cars are lame, but the landscapes are amazing. You can also notice a huge change in the way people dress and talk. This game really captures the economic and social differences in certain areas. You can also visit a mountain top, a graveyard, an abandoned town or a forbidden military base. This spooky side of the game is quite intriguing and there are many rumors on the internet about people seeing ghosts, aliens or even Big Foot in certain areas of the game.

I also like the relationships you develop with other characters. You have friends, enemies and even girlfriends. That’s right! At the end of some missions you will get the girl. Then, you can take her out on dates. You can have as many girlfriends as you want, but be careful, because they might catch you cheating! Some dates are pretty cool, like taking the girl out for a ride. If you drive well, she will be happy. Still, when you go to the restaurant, the couple may start to fight for no apparent reason and that is a bit frustrating. Dancing at the club is also pretty cool, but I’ve ever been good at it. I prefer using cheats to make a cute girl my homie. This way, she can’t leave me!

This game has a lot to offer and I could only write about a few things. Still, there are many other features that will blow your mind. The graphics are pretty impressive, taking into account how old this game is. Some missions will force you to develop strategies, while others are all about shooting everyone. Still, I think the best part is the open world. You can do almost anything you can imagine! It gives you the freedom you could never have in real life. If you decide to use cheats, you will truly be invincible! I really thing you should give GTA SA a chance, if you haven’t tried it yet. You won’t regret it!

Calm House Escape

Calm House Escape

I think the best games are free games. Plus, if you can play them online, on the browser, it’s even better. I don’t see the use of downloading small games, when I could just try them online for free. So, I usually browse the internet all day until I find something good to play. I recently discovered escape games. The point of this type of games is to escape a room, a castle, a forest and so on. What I really enjoy is that escape games make you think. You really have to use your brain to crack codes and figure out how to use certain objects to your advantage. Plus, most escape games are a bit spooky and I think that’s pretty cool.

Calm House Escape is a free online escape game. The concept of the game is really simple: you are locked inside a house and you need to get out. Even though there is nothing scary about it, the house is so quiet, that it’s almost creepy. It’s like something is going to show up behind you and scare you. Still, that doesn’t happen. Like the name says, the house is really calm. Still, you need to pay attention to every little detail, because everything could be a clue. You need to find all the hidden objects and solve all the puzzles, so you can get the key to the front door and escape.

When I play escape games, my strategy is usually to find the hidden objects first. So, I walked around the house and clicked on everything I saw. I opened all the cupboards and drawers, hoping I could find something useful, but that didn’t help much. Once I had the items, I didn’t really know what to do with them. For example, I thought I would find a code in the book, but all I found was a pair of scissors. I mean, of course scissors could be useful, but why put them in a book? It’s that type of weird item placement that will make you love this game. You really need to use your head.

Now, I can say I am a really logical person, but those puzzles left me questioning my logic. At one point, you have to cut a bar of soap, using a knife and the code is hidden inside the soap. That is really clever. It took me ages to figure it out. Even though it may seem a bit frustrating when you can’t solve a puzzle, you will feel really proud of yourself when you finally escape. I love how this is not like all the other escape games where everything is obvious. It really makes you use your imagination. It will help you test your memory too, since some codes are just random symbols that you need to memorize.

Now, I can’t tell you every little secret this game has to offer, because I don’t want to spoil it. Even though it’s just a short and simple browser based game, I think it will keep you entertained for a while. And since it’s free, I think you can give it a try. You can find this game and other cool escape games at EscapeG.com. If Calm House Escape is not your type, you can always try some girly escape games or some scary ones. Whatever you want, the internet has it. That’s the beauty of the web!

Empire Earth

Empire Earth

Empire Earth is probably my favorite real-time strategy game, even though it is a bit old, since it was released in 2001. You can imagine the graphics are not too impressive, but at least it works perfectly on any PC. The purpose of the game is to conquer other civilizations. There are five campaigns you can play. The first one will teach you how to play the game. After that, you can try the Greek, English, German and Russian campaigns. I have to admit, I prefer the multiplayer option, so I will talk about that more in depth.

I love that it’s super easy to set up a LAN game, if you and your friends have the same version of the game. You can set up teams and add computer opponents if you want to. You will then pick the type of map, difficulty and other settings. There are 14 epochs, from the Prehistoric Age, where you fight with sticks and stones to the Nano Age, where you can nuke your enemies off the map. It’s really fascinating to see your cities grow and evolve, so I suggest you try all of the epochs. A little trick I would like to share with you is to activate custom civilizations. This way, when the game starts, you will be able to select the bonuses you prefer. For example, you can increase your resource gathering rate.

You will start with a few citizens and a capital building. Then, you need to gather resources like food, wood, iron, stone and gold. As you gather more resources, you will be able to create more workers and troops and build more structures. You can build houses, settlements, temples, hospitals, universities, fortresses, military buildings and wonders. Every time you move on to a new epoch, you will have more building options and some structures will need upgrades. Don’t focus all of your resources on building a huge army, because the population limit will become a problem. Instead, invest in some solid walls, defense towers and anti-aircraft batteries, so your enemies won’t be able to invade you.

I love the building part of the game, because it’s breath taking. Sure, the graphics could be better, but it’s still impressive how you can create a whole nation. So, sit back and admire your beautiful creation, before the enemies blow it up. I’m serious. Sometimes the attacks catch me off guard. Still, I always concentrate my resources on defense, because it’s really frustrating when you’ve worked hard for something and it gets ruined. That means war!

Everyone has their own strategy when it comes to fighting and you can never say a unit is better than another one. What I can tell you is that you should always have more types of units in your army. Some of them can fight off the enemy, while others destroy buildings faster. You need to try them and see what works for you. If I could recommend just one unit, I think it would have to be the prophet, because I find him quite funny. I use earth quakes on buildings and plague on people. That’s if I haven’t developed nuclear weapons yet.

Overall, I think Empire Earth is pretty awesome and I strongly recommend it. I liked the first one best, simply because that’s the one I played first and I got used to it. I have also played the second game and one major flaw I noticed was that you can’t build wherever you want to. You need a city center if you want to build structures on a certain region. That was a huge disappointment for me. And I’ve never tried the third game, since my friends told me it’s not great. So, I’ll stick with the first one. If you haven’t tried it already, you should check it out!

Tanki Online

Tanki Online

Tanki Online is one of my favorite multiplayer mass online games. It’s the first flash-based online 3D action game and the developers received quite many awards for it. The game was created by Russians, so the chat doesn’t always make much sense if you don’t speak the language. Still, people all over the world enjoy this game on the English servers.

As the name suggests, you are driving a tank and you have to fight other tankers. You can opt for a Death Match where the whole purpose of the game is to kill as many enemies as you can. You can play on your own or in a team. Still, I prefer Capture The Flag games. You need to steal the other team’s flag and bring it back to your base as many times as you can. The games can last from 15 minutes to a few hours. The person who creates the game decides that.

You need to create a free account in order to play the game. You can also invest real money in it, if you want to. Still, as a free user, I can tell you that you can enjoy the game even if you don’t pay. Each battle you play will give you experience and crystals, so you can make your tank stronger. You can also collect supplies like repair kits, double armor, double ammo, speed boost and mines. They will be very useful during battles.

The graphics are pretty impressive for a browser based game. Still, the loading screens may get a bit annoying depending on your computer’s performance. The landscapes are beautiful, especially when it’s snowing. There are different events in the game around the holidays and you wouldn’t want to miss them.

You will probably think it sounds like a game you could maybe try once. If you can’t commit, don’t try it, because it’s addictive! The developers figured out how to get you to come back. Sometimes you will receive gifts just because you logged in. Plus, you will always want your tank to be better. You can customize it as you please, but you need tons of crystals and experience to reach a new rank. If you’re playing this game for the first time, you need to pay attention to the other players’ ranks. If you choose to play against people who are much better than you, you’re prone to rage quitting. Still, if you find a good team, you can have fun for hours. I strongly recommend that you try this game!

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