Tag Archive: Game

I played Beyond Good and Evil on the xbox (when it was just an xbox) and I remember enjoying it quite a lot. You take on the role of Jade, a girl with a penchant for green lipstick, whose planet is under attack. She’s forced to head the resistance along with a pig guy and a Hispanic computer. She earns money by taking pictures of animals for scientific documentation. Since the original release in 2003, amid rumours of the sequel being off then on again, then off again a HD version of the original was released on Xbox Live Arcade.

Jade sneaks up on some guard looking type fellas

This week it’s been reduced to just 400 points. I’m sorely tempted, but I really don’t have enough time to play the games I already have. If you missed out on this the first time round give it a look. It’s well worth 400 points, if not, the original 800 is was listed at.

Hopefully more interest in the original might increase the chances of the sequel making it to release.


Say “Fez” to most people and they may think of the hat worn by the late, great Tommy Cooper.

A Fez

but Fez is also a platform puzzle game that was recently released on XBLA. I downloaded it and spent a half hour or so playing it, and I really like it! That’s not really surprising since Fez has already won a host of awards from the independent gaming community.

In Fez you control a little 8bit style guy who lives happily in his 8bit 2D world, oblivious to the possibilities of any depth. Then he receives a magical fez along with the realisation that his 2D world is actually a plane in a three dimensional, voxel style world. His Fez enables him to rotate the 3D world through ninety degrees.

Fez: All about perspective

So far it seems that Fez is all about solving puzzles with perspective. Once the 3D world is rotated it is projected back into the 2D plane. That means that things that are not possible in 3D are possible in the 2D projected plane, because once the pesky depth is removed some things are a lot closer together than they were before. I really love the sudden transition from two dimensions to another related – but totally different two dimensions. It’s almost as if there is always the opportunity of a hidden surprise, just a button press away.

Fez is made by Polytron Corporation. A Canadian organisation that boasts a grand total of two employees. I love the idea that just a couple of people can get together, be creative and create something that is brilliant,  innovative not only great but is extremely far reaching. To be honest that makes me a bit jealous. I also love the commitment to the game which took around five years of hard work to complete. That gives me a bit of inspiration and hope, because I’m always complaining that I don’t have the time to commit to things like this.

Maybe I have more time than I think I do…

So far, in the limited time I’ve allocated to Fez it has shown a great deal of promise. Congratulations and Thank you to the guys at Polytron Corporation for seeing the potential and having the tenacity to see it to fruition.

Cogs: Utterly Charming

Cogs Game: Utterly Charming

I’ve bought Cogs at least twice now in various charity style bundles but I’ve not really given it much time until recently, and I’ve been missing out. Cogs is basically a more engaging variant of the frustrating sliding puzzles I used to have to endure on long trips before the days of hand held video games. You basically have to slide tiles around until you make the machine work. In the puzzle above I am trying to redirect steam to all six sides of the rocket so that it can take off. It’s a simple idea, but executed to an extremely high standard, and you are challenged to keep coming back to complete the puzzle within a certain time, or in a certain number of moves.

The gameplay is simple and addictive. Sliding pieces around is accompanied by a satisfying clunk noise, and there’s something very pleasing about an extremely well engineered machine, even if it is only a virtual one.

I highly recommend the utterly charming Cogs; especially if you purchase it now as part of the latest Humble Bundle.