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Trivia or Die Review

Trivia or Die, the XBLIG with Avatars by Fun Infused Games is a 4 person trivia game. The fate of the world is in your hands. If you fail the human race will be devoured by alien zombies, so you have to show them just how smart we are. If you have played just about any multiplayer trivia game; 1 vs 100 comes to mind, you have a good idea on how this game goes. But this review would be a little boring and lackluster if I left it at that so lets get into the details on what makes this game different.

First thing and probably one of the biggest differences is in the host. He may look like your typical game show host from 80’s and 90’s tv at least he sort of did to me, but he doesn’t act like one. After a question is asked and answers are given he busts out with an insult to all the players who got the answer wrong. It’s a little different than being praised for right answers, although the insults are really tame so it’s nothing you would or should be offended by at least not in my eyes.

The second difference is after the challenge is over all losing contestants avatars fall into a pit of fire. Now you don’t see anything, no melting or bleeding avatars in this game. You know they have rules against doing that, but it is a little funny. This difference won’t make or break the game in my opinion. It is after all a trivia game and that is what is going to matter most.

So what sort of questions can you expect from Trivia or Die. From my time playing it, just about anything. Some questions about popular books, some sports questions. Plenty of questions about continents and counties. Some game questions are also in the fray, I thought the questions were pretty varied and that makes for a good Trivia game to play with your friends. We all know a bit about other things so I felt the questions didn’t really put the favor in the hands any particular genre lover. You get points for your right answers and you get some bonus points if you answer them quickly.

Much like most Trivia games, I wouldn’t say this game truly stands out from the crowd. It’s a solid trivia game and will hopefully be periodically updated with new questions. It does start with over 500 questions for it’s measly 80 msp so you have quite a bit of questions before you start seeing a lot of repeat questions. With computer opponents that you get to decide how smart they are.

All in all the game is fun and pretty solid, I give it a 3 out of 5. If you’re a trivia buff you might dig this game for some of the questions, and it’s a good game to play with friends as well.

Abduction Action! Review

When the alien invasion occurs, I hope it goes a little like this Xbox Indie Game from Fun Infused Games. Abduction Action! is a humorous game that puts you in control of the alien invaders. Your missions are goofy and that just makes the game all the better.

The plot of the game is that your brother in-law got you the pilot position that you couldn’t get on your own, because your sister nagged him into it. Your brother in-law is now your commanding officer who won’t mind if you crash and burn, as long as you die when you crash. So you will spend your time abducting what he tells you to and defend your ship by using your tractor beam.

So the gameplay is incredibly simple and that adds to the enjoyment of this game. You never have to take it or anything too seriously. With one button you activate your tractor beam and if you are above something it will pick it up as long as it’s not too heavy. The people will yell at you, cows moo and so on. You will abduct animals, people and even beer to anger and annoy those stupid humans. You fly your ship using the stick. You use that and the tractor beam to drop armed men or drop things on enemy vehicles or people. Whatever it takes to stop them from shooting at you.

All this is pretty funny with your brother in-law getting his two words in between missions as he sends you on increasingly difficult missions in his attempt to be rid of you. If you get tired of playing the story mode though there is a score attack mode and in that you just rack up points hitting birds picking up livestock and people, and killing them pesky gun toting farmers. All the while things get harder and harder till you die and your score is put on the leaderboard. It’s just plain good fun.

I’d tell you more, but there isn’t much more to say. The game really does stand on it’s own and is a worthy addition to any XBLIG collection.

I give the game a 4 out of 5.

The Indie Games Winter Uprising Gets the Spotlight

This is an event started by the designers of indie games on Xbox. The event has released a lot of really good games of different varieties. Two of the games are still to be released, but of the 14 game line-up that isn’t bad. They started the event to bring more attention to Xbox Indie Games in general as well as there own. To show it’s not just a bunch of apps, but some real quality games.

They succeeded in garnering enough attention that even Microsoft took note. So, for the 12 games already released they have a panel on the Xbox Spotlight. Way to go, hopefully this will show people who are afraid to buy the indie games that there are great games for decent prices that are well worth the risk of picking up a bad game, when you could get 3 more that you love.

So here is a list of the games released as part of the Uprising as well as links to my reviews on the ones I’ve reviewed. So take a look here and at your dashboard and pick up a couple if you haven’t yet.

Epic Dungeon
Hypership Out of Control
Break Limit
Decimation X3
Soul Caster 2
Crossfire 2
Aphelion: Episode Two: Wings of Omega
Asteroids Do Concern Me
Chu’s Dynasty
ZP2KX: Zombies & Pterodactyls
Alpha Squad

Cthulhu Saves the World

With these games to be released
Rickenbacker vs. the Aliens

Congratulations to them for succeeding in getting noticed and to all the dev’s for making such great games. I hope this impacts the indie marketplace in a great way, introducing non-indie game buyers into exploring the wide variety of indie games available on XBLIG.

The following link brings you to their official page;

Hypership Out of Control Review – Winter Uprising

How fast can you react? Fun Infused Games’ Hypership Out of Control will ask you that repeatedly. Hypership will bring you back to the NES or old Arcade cabinets and remind you why you started gaming. The premise of this game is simple, shoot the stuff in your way and don’t crash as your speed continues to increase.

With five game modes all with four player support, this game is fun for all those around. So what are those game modes? Well, I’m glad you asked. You have your normal mode, this is just as it says the gameplay is simple and standard. You shoot the asteroids, collect coins and power-ups  and work your way around the obstacles. Hardcore is the same as normal mode except you have to attempt to beat the game with only one life.  Good luck I say to you, good sir. Superspeed mode is just plain fun, in normal mode the speed caps at 800 I believe. In superspeed mode there is no cap, things just get faster. Now for me normal mode was hard, this mode was just crazy when the speed got passed the 800. I didn’t survive long after that, but it was fun and I’ll do it again and again. The next mode is Coin Down. I like this mode as well. It is like your standard countdown mode where the game ends when you run out of time, except the time is your coins. Your collected coins go down regularly as well as in chunks when you die. This mode forces you to go after those coins you might ignore in the other modes. If your wondering, no you don’t share your coins with the other players. You can run out of coins and be out of the game but they could still keep going. The last mode is practice mode which allows you to play any level you have completed. Great for figuring out the best path through. I kind of thought of this mode as cheating.

Now you might be disheartened by the 8-bit style graphics, but that is part of the feel of the game.  Everything is easily distinguished and flows well. Hey, try and read some of words on the course. If you are a graphics snob that thinks only the leading edge in graphics can make great games, I pity you. You will miss out on what made gaming great. This game has what it takes to be a great game and it has a leaderboard where you can see how you are faring against others. If you think younger gamers won’t get into this, I can say that my kid wanted to play this again and again.

Updated 12/04/2010

Added for the Indie Game Winter Uprising was an Update to the game. What is heavily noticeable is the new reverse mode for all gameplay modes. In reverse mode you play each stage reversed which is a great deal more difficult, but a blast. It takes some practice getting used to the stages being backwards. Another addition is that all the reverse modes have their own leaderboards so you can still see how you rank up against others who dare the reverse mode. A new song was added to the game as well.

Get this game 5 out of 5