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Clandestine – Early Access Preview

Clandestine – Early Access Preview

Clandestine is a stealth action game currently in the Early Access program on Steam. It’s developers Logic Artists aim to bring the genre back to it’s routes by doing away with the all too common feeling that your character is some kind of all powerful hero with every possible resource at their disposal to get the job done. Instead Clandestine is best played in co-op with one player taking on the roll of the spy and one the hacker.

The spy is the operative on the field doing the dirty work. Dispatching guards, picking up intel and traversing the maps like a stealthy ninja with a gun. While the hacker has no on field activities and instead has the job of supporting the spy using their various different cyber skill for things like unlocking security doors and disabling cameras.

I’ve put together a short video below that better explains the overall gameplay in Clandestine and what I feel are the good and bad points about the game.

So as you can see from the above footage, while Clandestine looks promising there are still a few changes that need to be implemented before the games full release. Remember this game is currently in Steam’s Early Access program that means many changes could be made before the official release.

Clandestine‘s release date hasn’t been set yet but if you like what you see and want to buy into the early access version on Steam, you can do so here.

Jane Wilde – The Verdict

Jane Wilde – The Verdict

Jane Wilde, developed by LevelBit, is a free-to-play side scrolling shooter recently released for Android phones. The main aim of the game is to survive each mini section whilst completing goals and collecting money to upgrade your arsenal of weapons.

Each level is incredibly linear offering no exploration but in turn offers a decent variety of enemies and weapons to deal with them. Gameplay starts off at a rather dreamy pace and is incredibly easy. This picks up in the later stages when you encounter all the types of enemies and have the weapon power capable of dealing with them. However, getting to the later stages may seem like a bit of a drag to anyone who plays the game for extended periods of time as the gameplay is largely the same sequence of mowing down enemy after enemy with a variety of weapons until you encounter a boss.

The progression system in Jane Wilde is fittingly simplistic for a casual mobile game. Each round supplies you with coins which you use to buy ammo, weapons and damage upgrades. You can also collect bonus ammo and health as random drops during play but these vanish if not picked up quickly. Mobility is often an issue when dealing with multiple enemies on screen and I have lost countless drops due to the slow character movement. The gameplay would benefit from a roll button for extra mobility during the hectic moments when drops are a plenty and enemies even more so. A manual reload button would also benefit the game as often the enemies appear in waves and being stuck between waves with only one bullet in the chamber is rather annoying.

Jane Wilde Andriod iOS LevelBit Review Mobile Game

Jane Wilde has the right mix of gameplay I would expect from a mobile game. The controls are very easy to get to grips with, the gameplay is fast paced in the later stages and gameplay is fluid and enjoyable if taken in small chunks. It offers a survival mode, achievements, power-ups and plenty of enemy types and great looking graphics but even after all of this it feels as if something is missing. Replay value is almost non-existent as each level is essentially the same left to right movement with a different sequence of enemies and occasionally a different back drop. The objectives for each level are only made apparent after you complete it and offer no bonuses to your upgrades or otherwise. Quite often deaths are due to the fact that your character lacks mobility and a manual reload button.

As far as value for money goes, you can’t go wrong with a free-to-play game like Jane Wilde and if mowing down endless lines of undead creatures sounds like your kind of bag then you have nothing to lose here.

Verdict – On Target

Platforms Available – Andriod, iOS
Platform Reviewed – Andriod

Review based on a copy freely downloaded from the Google Play store.

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Boxhead: The Zombie Wars – The Verdict

Boxhead: The Zombie Wars – The Verdict

Another day, another Zombie iPhone game. Boxhead: The Zombie Wars is a port of a popular zombie shooter flash game that has been optimised for iPhone. Unfortunately, in its transition it has retained all the qualities of an average flash game – repetitive, forgettable, unwinnable and eventually kind of boring. Sure, developer MEDL is trying to blend the bizarre charm of their boxlike character models with the (apparently) endless appeal of the shuffling undead, but the market is saturated with this kind of thing.  We know they’re trying to be different, but underneath all that apparent ‘quirkiness’ there really isn’t much beyond your basic high-score shooter.

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Shadows of the Damned – The Verdict

Shadows of the Damned – The Verdict

Shadows of the Damned is a strange, strange game. For example, you’ll soon grow accustomed to gates with the heads of crying babies on them, opened only by eyeballs, brains and strawberries; even more bizarrely though, other gates forgo screeching infants for the luminous purple pubic hair of demons. Indeed, by the time the end credits roll, you’ll have witnessed all manner of weird goings-on: you’ll have tittered each time you pass by a checkpoint and a small flying demon named Willy drops a flaming poo on the ground to save your progress, the game’s health packs take the form of Tequila and Absinthe and your wisecracking floating demon skull companion Johnson can transform into a motorbike, a torch and a variety of revolvers, shotguns and machine guns, the latter of which fire skulls and teeth respectively.

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