May 2010 Archives
Developer: Ice Game Studios
Reviewed on PC
Windows System Requirements: Pentium 4 2.4 GHz, 512 MB RAM, DirectX 9.0c compliant video card, 200 MB HD space, internet connection, Windows XP or more recent operating system
Lorenzo and Forentia, fraternal twins and the sole children of now-dead king Theoron the Witty, both believe themselves to be rightful heir to the kingdom of Bella Lagucia. Born simultaneously, the two have agreed to a tenuous peace and shared rule, resolving all disputes through a traditional strategy game called Legio.
Developer: Scott F. Andrews
Creating a guild for a massively multiplayer online game is an arduous and drama-filled effort for anyone who wants to include more than a few personal friends or outlast the next content update. Scott Andrews is the successful leader of a World of Warcraft guild that has stood the test of time (at least in the abbreviated timeframe of MMOGs). In The Guild Leader's Handbook: Strategies and Guidance From a Battle-Scarred MMO Veteran , he offers solid advice for building an MMOG guild that will persevere more than a few weeks and survive arguments over who earned that epic loot drop.
Developer: Telltale Games
Platforms: PlayStation 3, PC and Mac
Reviewed on PC
Windows System Requirements: 2 GHz Processor, 1 GB RAM, DirectX 8.1 compatible video card, Windows XP or more recent operating system
In the final moments of their last adventure, Sam & Max: The Devil's Playhouse - The Penal Zone, Sam and Max of the Freelance Police stumbled across The Devil's Toybox, along with a projector recounting the exploits of Sam and Max's old-timey ancestors Sammeth and Maximus. Across four reels of sepia-toned adventure goodness, the Freelance Police learn how The Devil's Toybox was liberated from the Tomb of Sammun-Mak and how Max is hardly the first of his line to exhibit a miraculous psychic affinity for certain toys.
Developer: Ace Team
Platform: PC and Xbox 360
Reviewed on Xbox 360
It's difficult to know if Zeno Clash reveals some sort of shamanistic insight, is a Dadaist take on a post-apocalyptic fantasy setting, or is just the result of deranged artists accompanied by a poor translation. The generally bipedal inhabitants of Zeno Clash's world sport mismatched legs, horns or other animal parts, and practice incoherent insanity as a way of life. You regularly commune with the dead as a sort of tutorial, and can dual-wield fish guns. The one thing the inhabitants of Zeno Clash's world agree on is that disagreements are settled with brutal fistfights, and these folks have a lot of disagreements.
Developer: Alawar Entertainment
Platforms: PlayStation 3 and PC
Reviewed on PlayStation 3
Venture through two worlds – one ancient-themed and the other astrologically/outer-space- themed – breaking blocks and collecting power-ups to conquer 100 levels of Arkanoid-style fun.