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    Chicken Pox Never Looked So Cute

    Get on your tractor and grab some eggs!

    Get ready to rage at a really simple game y’all! Chicken Pox is an adorable little mobile game available on iOS and Android that just released today. It’s developed by Nosy Jones, an indie studio based in Australia. This is their first title to release and brings together talented contributors from more than 12 countries – including Australia, France, Germany, Ukraine, Czech Republic, South Africa, England, Brazil, Sweden, New Zealand, Argentina, and  the United States.

    Main Screen

    Gameplay

    You play as a chicken named Pox and drive around obstacles to pick up eggs. The races are timed and courses make pictures you can share at the end. There’s also hidden blue eggs that turn into in game currency, rude sheep and cows who won’t get out of the way, and unsafe automatic farm gates that like to slam shut in your face (how rude). You’ll also be able to unlock airport and ocean environments later in the game.

    You play via just one finger! Just point and Pox follows your finger through whatever path you take. You literally can’t get any simpler controls wise. Only thing you need to do is make sure you give obstacles a little more room because it’s very easy to ‘fat finger’ yourself accidentally into some flowers or a cow.

    There are vehicles and character decorations like hats and glasses you can purchase in game to change things up. Yes, that means there’s micro transactions but you can also just get things by finding the blue eggs and claiming achievements to get in game currency. Plus there are daily gifts so you do not have to spend any money ever on this game if you don’t want to.

    And of course you can connect this game to Facebook and share the fun with your friends!

    Key Features

    • Drive and fly awesome vehicles – all with their own unique trails.
    • Reveal cool pictures by collecting the eggs in order!
    • Explore stunning 3D environments such as the Farm, Ocean and Airport!
    • Find all the hidden blue eggs in each level for bonus rewards.
    • Compete against your friends to be the Chicken Pox king!
    • Customize Pox and the eggs by mixing and matching hats, glasses, and masks in hundreds of cool and funny combinations!
    • Unlock fast paced mini-games that test your skill and reflexes.
    • New content added regularly!

    Game Trailer

    Do I like it or hate it?

    So I installed the game before release, late Monday night, so that I could get a good feel for it before writing this. I wanted to be able to tell you about my experience with the game versus just about it releasing. So here we go.

    This game is freakin’ adorable. Super easy to play yet tricky enough that I raged a few times last night on a harder level. When you run out of gas taking too long on a map you’re offered the chance to watch an ad or pay with eggs to get more. Your lives, designated by gas cans, are lost if you fail to complete a map and you have a healthy amount of them to begin with that regenerate on a long timer (like 1 per 5 hours). 

    I’ve played through several levels of the game and am enjoying it. I plan to keep it around and collect all the things. ALL OF THEM! So obviously I recommend you go download and give it a try now.

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    Puzzle game Best Fiends now available for iOS mobile devices

    Best_Fiends_Screenshots_5_1536x2048-768x1024Seriously, a Helsinki, Finland-based mobile entertainment startup, has released its first IP, an iOS game called Best Fiends.

    The title is set in Minutia, a world populated with cute yet fiendish creatures that players must collect. These adorable, courageous little guys lived in harmony until a meteor struck, transforming the Slugs of Mount Boom into an army of pests that are now sliming and chomping their way through Minutia. Now, our tiny heroes have to save their families from the slugs by gaining special powers as players level up. To do so, players engage in the type of puzzle-based gameplay that has them matching shapes to make them disappear.

    The new IP has a pedigree worth noting; the company behind it was created by former Rovio (Angry Birds) executives Andrew Stalbow and Petri Järvilehto, with music from “Despicable Me”‘s Heitor Pereira performed by the Budapest Art Orchestra. Best Fiends was designed from the ground up as the first of what Seriously hopes is a global entertainment franchise.

    Co-founder and Chief Creative Officer Järvilehto said in a press release, “The story of Minutia and the cute yet fiendish creatures that inhabit it is something we’ve been passionate about developing for a long time. For us, this launch is the beginning of an incredible journey that will unfold through a trilogy of games.”

    Best Fiends has already had a soft launch with what the company says were promising results, and the next installment in the trilogy is already in the works. The second game is due out in 2015.

    The game is free to play with in-app purchase options, and is currently only available at The App Store worldwide for iPod Touch, iPhone, and iPad. Check out the Best Fiends YouTube channel, complete with trailers, reveal videos, making-of pieces, and more. Get it at www.AppStore.com/BestFiends, or find out more information at www.bestfiends.com. The game is expected to be available for Android devices via Google Play and the Amazon App Store before the end of the year.

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    Old Clockmaker’s Riddle

    Old Clock Maker's Riddle Screenshot

    Available today in the Mac App Store is Old Clockmaker’s Riddle. I recently had the chance to play the game, but before I get into my thoughts about it, here is what G5 Entertainment has to stay about their game.

    [quote] Life changes instantly in a small country village when the town’s massive clock tower suddenly stops working. The place suddenly falls into decay. Intrigued, you head on an adventure to help the dying city. You’ll play over 50 tantalizing levels to remove the curse and return the town to its former glory. Mr. Ryan, who lives in the only intact house, will help you unfold the story and make useful tools for you to progress in the game.

    Old Clockmaker’s Riddle is a polished title with beautiful graphics and user-friendly controls. You need to drag and swap shining gems to make a match of at least three in a row and reveal a proper number of clock hands to restore one of the destroyed buildings. There are obstacles and bonus gems aplenty, as you’ll encounter pieces that can be swapped by frozen pieces. Frozen parts will simply fall to the bottom of the screen, and even locked pieces won’t move until a match is made containing them. Just as there are obstacles working against you, so too are there power-ups that help you out, like arrows that wipe out whole rows or columns of gems, lightning bolts, and bombs that remove small sections of gems.

    There are two game modes: relaxed and timed so both beginners and advanced casual game fans will enjoy the gameplay. Wrapped into a fairy-tale storyline, Old Clockmaker’s Riddle is fascinating match 3 game for the whole family.[/quote]

    I should probably tell you, although I’ve played match 3 games in the past, the puzzle genre is not really my bag of chips. With that being said, my husband and I (we like to play casual games together at night before bed) found ourselves wanting to play this game a LOT more than expected. This game is unlike any Match 3 game either of us have played.

    I think what sets the Old Clockmaker’s Riddle apart is that it has a storyline (Read: Goal). Anyone can play a Match 3 game all day if they want, but in the end they’re essentially just wasting time if there isn’t a goal. The goal in the Old Clockmaker’s Riddle is to ‘return the town to it’s former glory’. With each match game I completed, puzzle I solved, and building I restored, I found myself wanting to do exactly that. I wanted to get to the end. I wanted to win. I wanted to see the beautiful colorful town live once again.

    Aside from the storyline, the other addicting part of the game is it’s power-ups and upgrades. The power-ups are unlocked as you restore the buildings and progress through the game. To use them however, they must first be purchased with in game currency (tokens are collected as you match the different colored gems). The power-ups can later be upgraded to improve their duration and/or strength.

    Although it is a Match 3 game from start to finish, some of the levels played differently than others. For example: During some levels the goal might be to collect a certain number of clock hands, which turn back time to restore the buildings. Other levels however are more puzzle like in nature and must be completed in a certain number of moves. The puzzle boards were actually frustrating for me. More often than not I was overusing the hint button (which will cost you experience points) or skipping the puzzle altogether, but I expect these levels to be more fun for those that really enjoy puzzle games.

    My only real complaint about the game is how often it crashed on me towards the end. I was working on restoring some of the final houses and was only able to get through a level and a half before it crashed again. It crashed between 5-6 times in a twenty minute time span (My Macbook Pro is relatively new so I’m reluctant to blame my machine. However, anything is possible.). This was frustrating to say the least but my hubby and I were really happy to see that the game properly saved our progress. Despite the crashing hiccups we were still able to successfully complete the game. With our aggressive game play, and skipping some puzzles here and there, we finished Relaxed mode in just under 15 hours.

    The Old Clockmaker’s Riddle is a fun game with beautiful artwork, and familiar (but unique) music. It’s definitely a Match 3 Game that stands apart and can be enjoyed by all.

    Don’t forget to check out the trailer below. Also, if you’ve played Old Clockmaker’s Riddle let us know what you thought about it in the comments below. The Mommy Gamers were provided with codes for this game courtesy of G5 Entertainment. Thanks guys!

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