Lauren Omond from TeePee Games brings us her weekly roundup of all things games - new discoveries, gossip and more!
New discovery - Wild Ones
Wild Ones is a turn-based action-strategy game which sees you take control of an army of cute and cuddly animals armed with dangerous weapons. The aim of Wild Ones is similar to that in the classic Worms games where you must blow your opponent off the map and be the last (wo)man standing.
Each level has its own distinct design and offers different advantages and disadvantages to the player, so choosing the right weapon and thinking strategically are incredibly important.
A lot of the time you’ll find your fluffy creatures placed in tricky situations so getting the perfect trajectory and right level of power behind your shot is also important.
The selection of weapons on offer is huge and absolutely amazing! Initially you’ll start off with a rocket launcher and a handful of other weapons but as you progress you quickly unlock loads more.
If you’re a bit impatient like me you can always use real money and just buy them. My favourites include the deadly Cow, sticks of dynamite disguised as cattle and the Killer Hamster, which looks cute and cuddly but is actually a lethal bomb.
Gameplay is in real-time so you’re actually playing against other Facebook users which helps gets the adrenaline pumping and adds to the excitement. You might think that this could be a problem especially if you decide to play at really random times, but with just under four million monthly active users from across the world you’ll pretty much always find someone to play with.
Lauren’s verdict: Wild Ones will have you exploding with joy! Beware though ladies as blowing up cuddly animals is not for the faint hearted.
New discovery - Clear the Deck
Clear the Deck is an addictive word game where you must use your vocabulary and strategy to clear your player deck of 60 cards. The objective of Clear the Deck is to rack up as many points as possible.
Players are presented with a hand of seven letters and must create words between three and nine letters long. The house deck will provide you with either one or two additional letters to help make those longer words
Like Scrabble you get more points for using difficult letters and for making longer words - a 50-point bonus is awarded for words longer than five letters and a 100-point bonus for using all nine letters.
There are a few issues with the game mainly that some words are not allowed when they’re clearly real words but this is not a major problem, especially since the game receives regular updates from the Collins dictionary.
Lauren’s verdict: Fantastic! Wonderful! Excellent! Just some of the words that I would use to describe this game - bonus points to me as they’re all 9 letter words. If you’re a fan of word games like Scrabble and Boggle you’ll love Clear the Deck.
Game gossip - Eurogamer Expo
The Eurogamer Expo is the UK’s biggest video games event and is in full swing until the Sunday 25th September. As well as showcasing some of the hottest games, the event is going to be packed out with tournaments, great prizes, independent games, a retro zone and even a career fair.
I’m already looking forward to testing out Just Dance 3, Mario Kart 7 and the shiny new handheld from Sony, the PS Vita. If you want some early inspirational Christmas gift ideas for the men in your life come back next week when I go through some of the most anticipated games out over the festive period.
Lauren Omond works at TeePee Games, a rapidly growing discovery platform for social, smartphone and online Flash games.