This week was a tough one for the GAR crew. With only two of the regulars in attendance, we had to bust out some of the classics to keep the new attendees entertained and - surprise! - they fell in love with them. We only got around to one game from our watch list, but also revisited some delights from weeks past. Here's a rundown of what we've not covered in the round-up before.
In all seriousness, if you haven't Spelunked yet, what's keeping you? This tricksy dungeon explorer is deeper than it first appears, and at least ten times more difficult than its cartoony graphics let on. We've been playing it for hours, and still have problems getting past the second level! A quick restart option negates the frustration of the many, many deaths you will endure, and it is great fun to pass and play with friends or even get multiple controllers on the go. Grab it HERE.
sync (GAR 11 Favourite)
This was the only new game we managed to play this week, but it certainly caught our collective eyes. The premise is as simple as the graphics; up to 4 ships face off, last ship standing wins. The caveat in sync is that the players only have autonomous control of their direction, whilst thrust and shooting is linked between all players. As the game puts it, if one thrusts, everyone thrusts, and if one shoots, everyone shoots.
This generates an interesting dynamic as players wriggle in and out of position, try to prevent the competition from lining up a shot, and crash into a wall or each other with dizzying regularity. One of the highlights of sync is the selection of names available, most of which will induce a chuckle or two! It's available as a 'pay-what-you-want' purchase HERE.
Another simple game on paper, this game really gets the swear-words flowing! Up to four players sprint around complex tracks, ducking and jumping obstacles, grappling ceilings and collecting power-ups, until only one runner remains. After the first runner falls, the screen gets progressively smaller, adding to the pressure whilst ensuring the race maintains a healthy pace.
The game has received a number of updates over the last few weeks with changes ranging from balancing tweaks to additional levels. Pick up a copy for your gaming nights HERE.