Gaming reviews: The Yawhg; XCOM: Enemy Unknown; Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two
Michael Plant is chief editor and writer of gaming ezine and blog GamesCatalyst.com, as well as editor of 'The Independent'’s games review printed in the Saturday supplement 'Information'. Established in February 2011, Games Catalyst endeavours to bring its unique brand of fact and satire to the videogaming community and, in tandem with 'The Independent', hopefully turn a few non-believers on to gaming while we’re at it.
Friday 28 June 2013
PC (via theyawhg.com)
The Yawhg is coming and there's absolutely nothing you, or anybody can do about it – such is the introduction to Emily Carroll and Damian Sommer's faux tragedy. I say "faux" because while the eponymous unknown catastrophic force of destruction can't be stopped, it can be somewhat risk-managed, so providing an end game somewhat less bleak than might otherwise be the case.
Best played with friends, The Yawhg combines elements of text-based adventures and traditional role-playing games (RPGs) as it gives you six days in which to interact within a doomed medieval kingdom. You might, for example, opt to spend one of your days tending to the sick in the local hospital, only to witness a woman give birth to a demon. Will you trap it (assuming you have the magical powers necessary) or do nothing?
Either way, don't be surprised to see the baby demon crop up again in a constantly branching quest that yields different results every time. Clever, funny and surprisingly replayable, The Yawhg provides a different spin on a well-trodden genre.
XCOM: Enemy Unknown
iOS (see Apple Store for details)
XCOM, aliens and all, makes the transition to iOS devices relatively unscathed. Yes, there is a blander colour palette and less detail in character models, but on the whole, Firaxis' tactical-action game is as playable and addictive as ever. Sensible adaptions to the interface make playing via a touchscreen feel natural, while the cloud-saving feature means your progress will transfer from iPad to iPhone. My only gripes are a lack of fast-scrolling (a real grind on larger levels) and long loading times between stages.
Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two
With a cast including Mickey Mouse and Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, to name but two classic Disney characters, you might expect Epic Mickey 2 to be brimming with humour and imagination. Alas, you'd be wrong, for though blessed with license to reference any number of Disney trademarks, there's a shortfall of creativity as Mickey and co bound through an adventure you've played a hundred times before. The only real reasons to purchase are the price and the presence of Disney curios for fans.
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