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I think I can say that I’m a little obsessed when it comes to the original Plants vs Zombies game. I became so addicted to the garden defense gameplay to the point that I had to own the game on every platform in my possession including my iPhone, iPad, and Xbox 360. I almost purchased it on PlayStation 3, but I was able to calm my gardening urges. With that said¬†it looked like my obsession would finally calm down, but all of that would soon change when a certain sequel would arrive on my iPad and iPhone. Plants vs Zombies 2. The Crazy Dave in me has once again resurfaced as my obsession to defend my lawn against the endless zombie horde is back. Why? Because I’m crazy!

Plants vs Zombies 2, from PopCap Games, is a free-to-play game available exclusively on iOS devices. Wait a minute! A game published by EA is free? Did I just step in to the Twilight Zone? EA and free are two words that never go together. There’s got to be a catch. Well believe it or not there is no catch, no pop-up screens demanding money, or lite version of the game. Plants vs Zombies 2 is considered a “freemium” title where I can play the entire zombie defense game without spending a dime, but there are options available in the store for me to spend my hard earned money for some new plants or upgrades if I choose to, however it’s not required.

Just like the original game, Plants vs Zombies 2 still had me eliminating the zombie horde by using my army of plants and endless sunshine against them. Basically, it’s the same addicting game that I’ve been playing for the past couple of years. Just like the old saying goes, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. While the original game had me defending my home, the sequel had me going back in time to destroy the zombies in places including Ancient Egypt and The Old West. Each of these new stages looks colorful and fun, and I also like the Super Mario Bros. style overworld map for stage selection.

With a new game comes new plants to choose from. I did have some favorites to mix things up on my battlefield with my peashooters and sunflowers. I had a blast with the Bloomerang allowing me to hit zombies with boomerangs, the Bonkchoy which threw punches, and the Coconut Cannon shot coconuts for some big damage. While those plants were fun to use, the one I enjoyed the most was the Snapdragon. Any plant that can shoot fire across three rows is awesome in my book. Also added to the game was plant food which is obtained from killing the glowing zombies. Using plant food on one of my plants granted them momentary beefed up abilities to help take down a large wave of zombies.

While the gameplay is addicting and fun, there was one thing I didn’t like and that had to do with the store. One of things I noticed in the store was some plants that can be used in the game for a fee. These old favorites in including the Snow Pea, Jalape√Īo, and Squash would be really useful but they’re costly. I guess losing some helpful plants is the trade off between having a free game, and one that would cost a bit of money. Then again I do like some of the new plants so I probably won’t miss them¬†that much. I can always play the original game.

Plants vs Zombies 2 is more of the same, but this same is still addicting and fun with tons of replay value. It’s a game where it doesn’t matter what skill level you are,¬†because it’s¬†casual enough for anyone to pick up and play, and have a good time.¬†I didn’t care about the story, but I still love Crazy Dave and his antics. The zombies are also humorous and at times can put up quite a challenge. The best part about the game is that it’s free, so there’s no reason for anybody to not download this game.

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Developer: PopCap Games
Platform: iPad, iPhone
Players: 1
Price: Free

Pros:
Works Brilliantly With Kinect
Story Is Well Told And Full Of Humor

Cons:
Game Is Short In Length For A Retail Game

The Gunstringer. Powered by Beard, and performed in front of a live FMV audience. (FMV meaning “Full Motion Video” for all our non technical folks in the audience).

Twisted Pixel delivers once again this time with a tale of revenge starring an unlikely hero in the Old West. A marionette on strings with a pair of six shooters to boot all controlled by you with Kinect. With that said I can hear the sounds of the Kinect bashers in the distance ready to dish out their hate. However, for the rest of you still on the shelf deciding whether to make the purchase of Microsoft’s add-on, well The Gunstringer will make that decision easy for you because this is the wildest game in the Old West, and it’s a hell of a lot of fun to boot!

Our legendary tale begins with the return of our hero from the clutches of death as he rises from the grave. No time to reminisce on how you got back from six feet deep. You have a job to do and revenge on the brain. Time to grab those six shooters of yours because the enemy is on it’s way, and their out to make sure you return to the pile of dirt in the desert…permanently!

As you play The Gunstringer you’ll notice that this is not your ordinary run of the mill Kinect game. There’s no dancing or other goofy¬†and awkward movements to perform making you look like a retard in front of your friends. Better yet, you don’t even need to stand up to play this game. The Gunstringer works well with you on the couch making you feel comfortable while dishing out justice in your own unique way. What really makes The Gunstringer different from all the other Kinect games out there is the fact that your not always doing the same thing over and over. Each level changes the pace of movements to perform keeping the gameplay fresh and entertaining.

So what kind of movements will you perform? Well for on thing there’s the movement of your hands in the upward position to do things like jumping. You’ll even use your hand to move across the screen looking for targets to shoot. When you have them in your sights you perform that six shooter movement with your hands to shoot enemies and leave them to the buzzards to fight over. Hell, just for shits and giggles why not form a pair of guns with your hands for that added authenticity. Sure¬†finger shooters may look kiddie and dumb, but who cares! It really just adds to the style and humor of the game so have fun with it will ya!

Gameplay aside, what really makes The Gunstringer¬†stand out¬†is it’s presentation. Graphically, the game is well done giving that Old West feel especially with the tumbleweeds blowing in the distance. I also have commend the crew at Twisted Pixel as they show off their brand of humor with it’s wild cast of charactrers that will have you laughing while shooting. The best parts have to come from the narrator who has that grizzly Old West vibe coming from him as he tells the story. If you thought Bastion’s narrator was good, then I suggest The Gunstringer’s narrator because he’s awesome. Finally, I also want to mention the live FMV audience. This is a real treat as the game will break from times to catch glimses from the audience as they ooh, aah, and laugh at your performance. They’ll even boo you if you start to screw up or even worse…die. I absolutely love the audience reaction because it gives The Gunstringer a¬†real sense of character.

While The Gunstringer is a great game, there is one area of concern. That would be the game’s length.¬†This seems to be a growing trend with Kinect based games because they tend to be on the short side. This angers some gamers out there who may not be willing to shell out full retail price for a game. Well the good news is that not only do you get the main game, there’s free DLC (that’s Downloadable Content for those of you in the audience who don’t¬†understand the lingo). The Wavy Tube Man Chronicles which is a live action throwback to old school light gun games in the arcades like Mad Dog McCree which is really fun to play. Also to add on to the fun is a free download code for Fruit Ninja Kinect which is another awesome game.

Overall, The Gunstringer is not only a game that has lived up to it’s hype, but it’s also the first real reason why you should own a Kinect. The game is fun, humorous, and full of action all controlled by your movements. Let’s also not forget about all the free loot you get as well. Also don’t feel embarassed by using the finger shooters, use them just like you did as a kid. It’s all in good fun. With all that said, I suggest you run to your favorite game store and buy The Gunstringer right now!

Pros:
A Great Twin Stick Shooter
Highly Addictive Gameplay

Cons:
The Game Could Get Expensive If You Want The Bigger Guns

Review Based On Version 2.1

The game may have been out for awhile, but this is the first time I found out about Gun Bros. After spending a few hours with the game the first thing that came into mind was the scene in The Matrix with Keanu Reeves and Carrie Ann Moss when Neo said “I need guns. Lots of guns.” Well that’s what¬†this game features best. It’s also a great twin stick shooter as well.

Gun Bros, a free¬†app from Glu Mobile, is a game that features two basic concepts. Shooting and upgrading. Now guess which one you’ll be spending the most time in. Obviously, that would be in the shop checking out all the cool upgrades. There are some awesome guns to use, but they all come at a pretty steep price. Of course to get all the upgrades you need to play the game, or you can cheat by spending some of your hard earned cash to gain lots of coins as well as the type of virtual¬†money that folds.

Besides the upgrade shop, let’s get into the gameplay itself. Gun Bros plays out like your typical twin stick shooter that you’ve been playing for years. Seriously, I’ve been playing this genre since Robotron in the arcades. Do I ever get tired of it. Hell no! When you start playing Gun Bros for this first time your equipped with a pair of handguns. The enemies will start out as rather simple to take down, but as you progress you’ll realize that upgrades are greatly needed because the enemies get much bigger and more menacing as they laugh at your puny peashooter. The good news is that you’ll grow a little stronger in between the endless amounts of time you’ll be playing the game by gaining XP and leveling up.

So the big question your all asking is¬†how do you get all those awesome guns? Well you must earn what is called “explodium.” What starts out as a basic raw material ends up becoming the currency in Gun Bros.¬†As you complete levels you’ll gain explodium, but to grind it into gold you’ll need to make a choice. You can choose to make the quick choice and grind gold instantly to go shopping or you can choose to wait from¬†10 minutes for a little extra gold up to 72 hours for maximum results. It all comes down to how much you want to put into the game. Gold is not the only item that you can acquire. You’ll also find some of the folding type with war bucks which come in handy when you want some of the bigger, higher damage items for when you really want to kick some ass.

Let me tell you that if your looking for a highly addictive game on your iPhone and iPad, then look not further then Gun Bros. This game will literally suck your life away as you shoot and upgrade all day or even all night which is great for the short term gamers on-the-go to the complete insomniacs. The best part of Gun Bros is that there are constant updates so keeping up can be tough, but when you buy a kick ass gun and shred through enemies like butter then it’s safe to assume that your endless grinding was well worth it. I’ve been playing Gun Bros for¬†weeks and I’m here to tell you that¬†I’m completely hooked. It’s even got to the point of having other people telling me to get off my iPhone. Maybe a good tip would be to plan some time around playing Gun Bros.

For a free game you can’t go wrong with Gun Bros. There’s plenty of content in the virtual upgrade store to keep you busy, but it all comes down to how much you want to put into the game. Let’s also not forget that this is also a fun twin stick shooter with superb touchscreen controls and extremely addictive gameplay. Download this game today!

Pros:
It’s FREE!
Puzzle mode adds extra challenge

Cons:
Only three characters to choose from

Review based on Version 1.0

Like most fighting game fans, we’re all eagerly anticipating in hope that the popular fighting game Tekken will arrive on iOS devices. C’mon Namco, we already have Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat to play. When can we all expect some Tekken love? That seems to be the big question. While I ponder the potential possibility Namco Bandai did release something that has to do with Tekken. Unfortunately, it’s not the popular fighting game. It’s actually a bowling game. The best part is that the game is absolutely free of charge and it’s a lot of fun.

Tekken Bowl, ¬†now available in the App store for the iPhone and iPad, is a take on the fun minigame from Tekken Tag Tournament. Using popular Tekken characters, you go bowling for the high score or maybe even¬†go for¬†that perfect game. While it’s not the fighting game we all want, the bowling action however¬†is a warm welcome for on-the-go mobile players looking for a quick fix with some Tekken mixed in. Oh by the way, did I mention that this game is free?

Using the touchscreen controls Tekken Bowl lets you select from three fighters (Jin, Xiaoyu, and Panda) and guide their angle and power to throw the ball down the lane and knock down Heihachi-style pins. In the beginning, the controls took a little time getting accustomed to as I missed the pins and didn’t complete spares¬†making me¬†feel like a total noob. After one game it all became second nature and I started making strikes and spares in no time. What can I say? I’m used to motion control bowling on the iPhone and on Kinect.

Tekken Bowl is more than just bowling. Also added is a puzzle mode which is the game’s biggest challenge so get ready for some happy as well as some hair pulling moments. In puzzle¬†mode, you’ll find pins put up in different formations as well as ramps, TNT, and other obstacles put in your way for you to clear. With 30 challenges to complete, you’ll find that the majority of your time will be spent here as you collect gold, silver, and bronze medals that you’ll need to gain to move on to the next puzzle. This kind of reminds me of Angry Birds dont you think?

For a free game Tekken Bowl has plenty to offer for both single and multiplayer with a friend. However there is one gripe that I must make and it is the lack of characters. With only three characters to choose from it makes the game feel a little shallow in terms of selection, but then again it’s a free game so I can’t complain too much on this. The real positive in this is that Tekken Bowl scores a strike. If you like Tekken and you also like bowling then I suggest downloading this game today.

By the way, how many times did I say this game was FREE!