25 Feb

Age of Sparta Review

To tell you the truth I wasn’t really big on handheld gaming. I actually never prefer to play games out of the comfort of my couch or eventually a chair in front of a big ass TV or monitor for that matter. Lately, we’re seeing an expansion of handheld device whether it’s a smart phone that has grown to size of a cutting board or maybe a tablet which was always the size of cutting board and just recently they started making them twice the size of the same thing. When it comes to video game consoles those are not immune to the trends over time that the society is setting I mean, they cannot afford to be immune since their income is directly dictated by the ability to appease their consumers needs.

It is not just a video game console companies that are susceptible to these effects, I myself have also fallen prey to these modern-day standards even though I was strongly against it for as long as I can remember. To tell you the truth, it was very shortsighted of me and I was acting highly conservative when it comes to accepting new ways to game and have fun with modern technologies. But do not blame me just yet, I have perfectly valid reasons for the state of mind that I was in during that time.

You see, when handheld gaming was first popularized on smart phones and tablets and who knows what, it was the most basic of the basic. To make matters worse it was incredibly popular among what the majority of the gaming society refers to as “filthy casuals”. Turns out that these casuals were playing more video games than the elitist society of modern Gamers and were willing to cash out quite a bit more than those who “actually cared for games”.

Now I’m not gonna go into too many details with this and ask how or why this is as it is because that’s not what I was planning to talk about but I felt the urge to mention it anyway and to make long story short, the casual market of the handheld devices in their video game potential started expanding rapidly. It wasn’t long before all those big video game companies have started to notice and appreciate the potential of handheld devices and naturally started making games for those devices. Fast-forward a couple of years and, you’d never guessed it but, I’m playing strategy game on my god damn smart phone.

See, that’s the thing. That was me being conservative and unacceptable of something that was different than the things I had in my time. That thought that I had in my mind how video games can never flourish on a platform like mobile phone was very wrong to begin with. Now, don’t get me wrong, the initial games for smart phones were nothing more than fancy gimmicks for the touchscreen and your personal camera which pretty much did nothing more than allowed you to tap on your screen and watching some strange action unfolds.

Nowadays when the market has expanded and adjusted to the needs of Gamers worldwide who clearly wanted to have something more complex we have cool games made for these devices that are appealing even to an old-school gamer like myself who prefers real-time strategies and the complexity of a game play that only turn-based RPG and real-time strategies can provide.

It’s been a year now since I’ve started playing Age of Sparta. I know, right. Sounds ridiculous that somebody who grew up playing Age of Empires, WarCraft, StarCraft and alike would be drawn to a simple handheld game whose only purpose is to milk the money out of the user with ridiculous restrictions and payment wall blocked content. That’s true, it may be a game that is very restrictive unless you’re willing to pay a certain amount of money in order to fully enjoy it, I completely and wholeheartedly agree on that fact but, don’t all games to this? I mean StarCraft isn’t a free game, it is actually a very pricey one. To be 100% realistic here, there is no real-time strategy of a modern age that can compete against StarCraft and its ingenuity but you see my point here, right?

Now what’s even better is that you may choose not to pay a single dollar more than you initially planned on spending on a video game because there are so many hacks and cracks that allow you to simply bypass these very primitive security measures that these companies are using to measure the amount of resources and whatnot for specific game accounts. It’s pretty much a “name your own price” deal. Frankly speaking, I myself have used a hack for the Age of Sparta in order to unlock the content and be able to play the game with no restrictions to if you want to do that, there is a generator that works wonders and I may provided for you if you’re interested. To be fair, if you like the game you should spend at least $10 on it so that developers know that there are people playing and may continue supporting and updating this game (any game). It’s a win-win situation honestly. If you can afford it I believe you should be able to play but if you can afford as little as a couple of dollars, then please by all means don’t be an ass leech and show your appreciation for the people who made it possible for you to enjoy a video game.

So this brings us here, at the end of this… Whatever this is.

I honestly had no intention of doing anything in particular with this wall of text rather than just expressing my thoughts about gaming and stereotypes and how everything is susceptible to change with time, like my viewpoints and opinions about handheld gaming which are initially disliked very much but if come to learn to appreciate it over this past year’s. I guess I could say that you should value your own opinions and viewpoints but try and keep an open mind about other things that you perhaps don’t have enough insight of to judge in the first place like I have.

10 Feb

Free casual iOS games great for passing time!

We live fast nowadays and we are constantly being on the move. Whether it’s that you’re going to school, college, work or simply transiting between one area to another, the fact is that we are spending a lot of time in transit. Luckily for us, cell phones and tablets have also became a big part of our lives and there’s barely anybody who doesn’t own at least some kind of smart phone or similar portable electronic device. If you are amongst those described in the previous sentences and it also happens that you’ve chosen Apple’s iOS device to be your trustworthy companion than this post is for you.

Here are some of the best iOS video games that are great for time killing. Next time you are in transit for a while, like going to a university or visiting a friend and you don’t have anything to read along the way you might want to give some of these video games a try.

Cut the Rope

One of the most popular games on the market and for good reason. It may look like children’s game at first glance because of its family-friendly graphics and presentation but this game will undoubtably provide hours of fun no matter what your age is.

It is a puzzle game with a very simple goal. You need to cut the rope so that the candy falls into the mouth of the little green candy monster that sitting on the screen. It is a rather simple sounding concept but make no mistake, it can and it will get progressively harder.

Fruit Ninja

Another title coming straight from the Hall of Fame. And there’s barely anybody who’s unaware of this game by now but that doesn’t mean it still doesn’t deserve to be featured on this list.

If you managed to stay ignorant about this game for this long all you need to know is that it’s a minimalistic game of precision and reflexes. Their use fruit is hurled up words and your job as the fruit ninja is to cut it before it falls down. Another simple concept that may prove hard to master. It’s a game everybody will be able to play and casually enjoying on their handheld devices but only the most dedicated and skilled fruit hinges will manage to climb the ranks on the leaderboard’s and prove that they are the best fruit ninjas around.

Super Mario Run

Compared to the other two, this game is just a hatchling. Despite its “age” it already managed to climb the ranks of popularity and is being enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of players worldwide.

Perhaps that shouldn’t surprise us considering this is a game that features one of the most iconic and beloved characters in the history of video games, Super Mario himself. Undoubtedly inspired by similar titles where you run and collect coins along the way trying to score as high as possible, Super Mario Run managed to refresh the old gameplay and make it feel new and fresh by adding unique gameplay mechanics to the game.

*Super Mario Run is, unlike the previous games, not entirely free to play and requires a one time purchase in order to be fully accessible. Luckily for us there is easy hack for super mario run that allows us to unlock most of the games features.