Mr. Nibbles and his squirrel family have been gathering nuts to last through the winter, but their efforts are continually foiled by spiders, bumblebees, and other hazards in the forest they call home. Chillingo’s latest platformer Little Acorns is a family-friendly adventure that’s accessible to both hardcore and casual players. Unfortunately, it goes a little nuts when it comes to touch-controlled platforming.
Archive for February, 2012
Taco Graveyard’s Four Hats is an addictive action game that combines bite-sized mayhem with a quirky takeoff of The Beatles’ A Hard Days’ Night. In this fictional band’s freshman outing, they’re fleeing from mobs of rabid fans and paparazzi. It’s a lighthearted endeavor that definitely doesn’t take itself seriously: Think Canabalt if you were Edward Cullen fleeing a gaggle of Twilight fangirls.
Before the Uncharted series blossomed into Naughty Dog’s flagship franchise, the Santa Monica-based developer unearthed a completely different sort of success with that of platformer Jak And Daxter: The Precursor Legacy.
How do you survive the brutal carmageddon that is Twisted Metal? Destroy every opponent by any means necessary. Careen through deathtrap-infested stadiums, quiet suburbs, and other locales mowing down anyone who dares stand in your way.
Scarygirl’s titular heroine isn’t the least bit terrifying. Her game, however, is set against an unsettling backdrop, unnerving soundtrack, and laced with bizarre, twisted imagery. It’s also a creepy treat with a fresh take on the familiar, sprinkled with mainstay platforming mechanics that allow players to jump in nearly instantaneously and feel right at home, despite the unwelcoming nature of Scarygirl’s universe. Nathan Jurevicius’s horrific creation might tickle your fancy for the quirky platformer yet.