Category Archive: Humor

Aug 10

Annie

Review: Hill Bill

Hill Bill Logo

Title: Hill Bill                                   
Platform: iOS (iPhone 4S)            
Genre: Action/Mini Game            
Developer/Publisher: Balloon 27
Price: 1.99$ USD                             
Release Date: August 10th, 2013 

 

 

Hill Bill is a new iOS game by newcomer Balloon 27 (otherwise known as B27). The hook is pretty cute: Bill’s a redneck hillbilly with big dreams — to be just like Evel Knieval, his motorcycle-jumping idol. Dressed in big ol’ blue overalls and a bare chest, he straddles his trusty 3rd hand garage sale bike with pride, he’s ready to set up his very own ramps and starts riding. Bill starts out a little wobbly, but soon enough he’s mastering jumps and tricks in a course containing plenty of old junk found around his yard. A few of Bill’s friends even stop by to watch…then a few more friends come…then a few more. His sudden local fame puts big ideas in Bill’s head, and he decides to take his show on the road!

Shiny contract!

The game’s controls are simple and intuitive: push the gas button to go go go. Bill can also perform a variety of bike tricks which build on each other — for example, swipe the screen across to the left to pop a wheelie, or left and down for a hands-free wheelie. To accomplish these tricks and keep a finger on the gas, the game does require two hands.  Each level is scored out of three stars, and fulfilling both the level’s requirements and pulling off some sweet tricks will increase the number of stars you receive! Ground tricks increase the speed of your bike, allowing you to jump greater distances with less of a start. Bill can also perform airborne tricks which share the same motions as ground tricks but are different actions — swiping the screen left while jumping will throw Bill into a superman pose; players can queue up a number of tricks by repeatedly swiping in various directions — just be careful that you time the end of your tricks well, or you’ll crash and burn!

Hill Billy 1

 

Environmental conditions can also change the way courses work, such as mud decreasing a bicycle’s speed and smacking the local wildlife such as birds and lightning bugs increasing your score (and thus your stars!). Tricks can’t be performed after you land. You can also pull your bike further back from the start of the jump, but be careful: if you overshoot the landing ramp, that’s a crash landing too. With six full areas with ten levels apiece, there’s plenty of different regions to explore and perfect your Knieval jumping skills.  Several missions will require a careful balance of ground and air tricks to crack open all three stars, so experimentation is a must.

The game does have some minor frustrating points: the game doesn’t have the ability to re-orient, meaning if you prefer your volume buttons on the top you’re out of luck. Once you let your finger off the gas, you can’t re-accelerate, so make sure you press down firmly. Getting three stars on all levels will be quite challenging, as it’s not just performing tricks, but performing the right combination of tricks, air time, and bird-popping to get the best score.

Hill Billy 4

 

Overall, Hill Bill is a solid game — there’s nothing especially mind-blowing or new, but it’s all put together in a really fun package with great graphics, sound effects, and an ambiance that just makes you want to play more and hunt down all the stars for each level.  Perhaps the most exciting thing I’m taking from Hill Bill is the clear talent and potential B27 has, and as they have two additional games that will be coming for iOS and Android, I’m really excited to hear more about their future projects.

You can download Hill Bill starting today on the iTunes store at https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/hill-bill/id673668830

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Aug 01

Annie

Usain Bolts Into Temple Run 2

Temple Run 2 has picked up some serious speed with a new playable character! Six-time Olympic Gold Medalist and “world’s fastest man” is now available for play in Temple Run 2; it’s the first branded character for the popular endless runner title.

Usain Bolting

The Usain Bolt character is stylishly outfitted in his signature yellow and green, and designed with 3D graphics to deliver a life-like representation. Just like Bolt, the character is naturally gifted with special and unique abilities, allowing him to boost ahead at a record-breaking pace while activating the coin magnet at the same time. Watch out and don’t let Bolt get eaten by the Evil Demon Monkeys! Players can grab him now for a limited time for $0.99 as an in-app purchase.

Usain Not So Bolting

Temple Run and Temple Run 2 combined have seen over 500 million downloads, making them some of the biggest titles in mobile gaming over the last two years, and much like other popular app titles ha seen spinoffs into digital comics, apparel, and board games. Disney fans can also check out Temple Run: Brave and Temple Run: Oz to play characters from the movies. Temple Run 2 is available on iOS, Android, and Amazon.

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Jul 31

AriaBlarg

What Really Happened To Blue’s Raticate In Pokémon Red!

This is the greatest thing I’ve seen all week, and I really don’t know why. Is it because I’m tired? Am I just crazy? I don’t know.. Either way, this is the greatest Pokemon interpretation I’ve seen in a while.

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Jul 30

AriaBlarg

[Vinesauce] Vinny – The Legend of Sanic: Ocarina of Fast

I love when I’m bored and I can just go to youtube and find something for a giggle, and here’s what I found today! [Vinesauce] Vinny – The Legend of Sanic: Ocarina of Fast showing off a “Sanic” mod for Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. I got so many giggles out of this. GOTTA GO FAST!!

Vinesauce’s livestream!
Sanic mod!

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The BerryFish Opera starring Spamfish and Brettberry

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Aria is Hulk Hogan

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Jul 22

Annie

Adventure Time Dives Into Dungeons Galore

Adventure Time is your typical warm-hearted show about a man and his dog…who can change shape and size at will.  OK, scratch that: Adventure Time is completely crazy, but in a completely awesome kind of way.

Following up with their success in 2012 with Adventure Time: Hey Ice King! Why’d You Steal Our Garbage?!, WayForward announced prior to E3 in May the second game for the whacky series, named Adventure Time Explore The Dungeon Because I DON’T KNOW.

Crawly crawl crawl

Thankfully, now we know!  ETDBIDK has been revealed as a Diablo-esque dungeon crawler, complete with character classes and special abilities. The game will support multiplayer — though it’s strictly couch co-op, as you’ll want to have your friends nearby to punch when they steal your loot.  The game has a central city hub in Candy Kingdom, where players will interact with vendors, choose characters, upgrade stats, equip badges, and prepare for the ultimate adventure in the Secret Royal Dungeon.

Each character (four announced, more to come) has their own perks and disadvantages — one floats and can traverse traps and gaps but only has two hearts, making them the weakest character — as well as special abilities tied directly into their personality — Cinnamon Bun, unsurprisingly, is able to create food which will restore other characters’ hearts.

The creator of Adventure Time is also helping guide the creation of the game and will be writing a big reveal exclusive to the game which will tie directly into the show after the game’s launch.  All of the characters will also be voiced by their respective TV personality, including non-playable characters.  Thankfully, even with all this, those who haven’t watched the cartoon at all will still feel more at home playing ETDBIDK than trying to pronounce it.

With a projected release date of November 12th, 2013, gamers won’t have to wait long to delve into these wacky dungeons on their PC, PS3, Xbox 360, WiiU, and 3DS.

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