July 2009 Archives

Line Riders (DS)

By Steve Wollaston on Jul 24, 09 12:51 PM

I have played some bonkers games in my lifetime but they don't come much odder than a game where you draw lines across the screen for a little man on his sledge to follow.

I didn't get it, so I did the noble thing, handed it over to the kids.

Before I do so I have to say that the soundtrack is the best little bit of craziness I have ever heard in my life - absolutely awesome.

The popularity of gaming on the iPhone is on the increase, developers like EA and Konami are targeting gamers with some very solids versions of their games purely for phone.

To capitalise on the increase in mobile gaming Exspect have released the Gaming Grip - a high-grade silicone cover for your iPhone.

Why? Well - it is contoured especially to help even the sweatiest palms to enjoy some comfortable 'on the train' gaming.

Gaming on the iPhone is potentially great - the standards of the games are getting better but it has to be said that it is tricky to play them.

This new little cover eradicates that awkwardness and I was very very impressed with the one that was sent to me.

It fits around your phone but has cut-outs for the screen and main iPhone buttons, it basically transforms your phone to make it feel like a handheld-console.

It is also great protection for your phone should you drop it! I loved the design and I think despite its very chunky persona it looks really sophisticated.

A huge help with gaming whether you are playing landscape or upright, I honestly don't see me removing my case anytime soon.

The Gaming Grip from Exspect will be available via Amazon costing £14.99.

Disney's G-Force (360)

By Steve Wollaston on Jul 24, 09 12:51 PM

The task should you choose to accept it Mr Wollaston is to review gaming's first ever 3D game that is based around a team of highly trained guinea pig special agents.

Err... ok, random, let's give it a whirl.

DJ Star for Nintendo DS

By Steve Wollaston on Jul 24, 09 12:51 PM

Deep Silver have announced that aspiring turntable pros will be able to prove their talent in their new game for Nintendo DS 'DJ Star'.

DJ Star lets music lovers imitate their idols and realize their dreams of becoming DJ stars themselves. In career mode, players start out by performing at small, private parties, and then work their way up the career ladder step by step, finally becoming the world's best disc jockeys.

Players of DJ Star get to scratch in real-time using the Nintendo DS Touch Screen.

A step-by-step introduction and easy-to-use interface enable fans to learn how to mix and create their own songs in just a short space of time.

With more than 200 samples and a simple user interface, musicians in the handheld world can compose great hits with just a few moves of the Nintendo DS stylus.

They can also exchange their best songs with friends using DS Wireless Communications.

DJ Star for Nintendo DS will be released by Deep Silver on August 21st, 2009.

The Conduit (Wii)

By Steve Wollaston on Jul 24, 09 12:51 PM

Now that the Wii has really settled down into the gaming world the quality of the titles are starting to get better and better.

A year ago a game of this depth and quality possibly wouldn't have seen the light of the day, it is testament to the console's success that developers like Sega are putting things like this out on the Wii.

I RECKON monsters get a bad wrap - we're always trying to kill 'em when all they probably want is a king-sized snack.

Sure they look scary, but so does Kerry Katona and we don't try to cut her head off do we?

YOU may or not be aware of it but currently there is quite a big Harry Potter flick doing the rounds at a multiplex near you...

There is also this oh so inevitable 'all-format' video game tie-in.

IN THE charts this week, Tiger Woods managed to topple Fight Night Round 4 from top spot, jumping up from second place.

Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen held firm at three, while the hype around the latest Harry Potter film had a magical effect on sales of the Half-Blood Prince, which climbed six places from 10 to four.


1. Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10

2. Fight Night Round 4

3. Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen

4. Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince

5. Call Of Juarez: Bound In Blood

6. Wii Fit

7. Virtua Tennis 2009

8. The Sims 3

9. Call Of Duty 4: Modern Warfare

10. Prototype

Konami Digital Entertainment GmbH has announced all its current iPhone and iPod Touch titles will be available for a bargain price for a limited period.

From Thursday July 23rd until Saturday 25th, visitors to the App Store will be able to pick up titles such as Metal Gear Solid Touch, Silent Hill The Escape, DanceDanceRevolution S, Silent Scope and Frogger for at least 60% off of their customary price.

The new prices for the duration are:

Metal Gear Solid Touch -£1.79
Silent Hill The Escape - £0.59
DanceDanceRevolution S -£0.59
Silent Scope -£0.59
Frogger -£0.59

Prices will be increased again following the three-day offer.Konami Digital Entertainment GmbH has announced all its current iPhone and iPod Touch titles will be available for a bargain price for a limited period.

I love games that try to do something a little bit different and this is certainly a  different kind of game.
In reality it's a compendium of games all themed around birthday party games. That's what this is it's one big birthday party for the Wii.

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Steve Wollaston

Steve Wollaston - Sunday Mercury games reviewer Steve has been writing about video games for donkey's years. In fact he is probably far too old for it now which is why you will see a lot of reviews been done by kids... He has been nominated three times for Regional Games Journalist Of The Year at the Games Media Awards, but never wins. His major love is sports games and rates Sensible World of Soccer circa 90's as the greatest game ever made - closely followed by Championship Manager 2. Skyrim has currently taken over his life.

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