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Avatar…Fly Review

Ninja Fever‘s Avatar…Fly for the XBLIG marketplace, does exactly what it say it does. There aren’t any big surprises here, you’re set up to play as your XBox avatar and fly. Sadly this isn’t a free form flying game like Rotor where you pick up missions and attempt to accomplish them within the time length. This game is a little more like a flying race game where you are kept alive by a form of checkpoint that increases your constantly decreasing time.

If you love playing games with your Avatar and really what purpose does it really serve other than to play in some games. Or if you are ever the addict for time  challenge style games, then this one may interest you. There is really only one option available to you with this game and that is to select Play. upon doing so you are flying as your avatar with an clock that is running down. Your goal is to collect stars and go through the rings. Going through the rings will give you points and time as does the stars, The more consecutive rings you fly through the higher the multiplier gets.

Obviously the game gets faster as the levels progress and the rings become more spaced apart. Although at no point does the game ever feel impossible, just challenging enough to keep you trying to get to a higher level with a better score. You can also turn on 3D mode if you have the 3D glasses and enjoy this game that way as well.

The game also has an online leaderboard which is very fitting for a game like this. As simple as this game is, it is rather fun and reminds me of a number of other games that cost much more for pretty much the same experience. I may not be a big fan of avatar games, but this game plays smoothly and having an online leader board only serves as incentive to beat the other players out there.

I give this game a 3 out of 5. Its definitely fun, but you should try the trial to see if you will enjoy it.

Dual Zone Review

Have you ever tried to pat your head and rub your stomach at the same time? If not try it, we’ll wait. Okay now that we all know how hard it is to actually do that you can understand Dual Zone by Ninja Fever a little better. It is a lot like that combined with a bit of the tron bike mode.

Dual Zone is all about staying alive. In single player modes you control a blue ship and a red ship. You control the red ship with the left control stick and the blue ship with the right control stick. This is why I say it is like patting your head and rubbing your tummy. In co-op modes one player controls the red ship and the other controls the blue ship. Obviously this takes the confusing aspect right out of the game.

The game has 4 modes; Campaign Mode, Co-op Campaign Mode, Panic Mode, and Co-op Panic Mode. The game modes are all played in a circular arena where enemies appear and start heading towards the particular ship they can hurt. In campaign mode it eases you into it with instructions on what you need to do to complete the level. Your blue ship can destroy blue ships by running into them or by making them run into the small particle trail you leave behind as you move. This is where I get my tron reference, although the trail fades fast and doesn’t extend to far behind you. Your red ship does the same thing except to red enemies. pretty simple in concept. Hard to put in play when your controlling both ships. In panic mode you have three lives for each ship and you just keep going as the enemies come quickly. It gets intense pretty fast.

Now if your wondering what happens if you make your blue and red ship touch. Well one of them blows up. Its not good, try and keep them away from each other while also protecting them from the enemies that only the other ship can destroy. In multiplayer mode that is what you really need to worry about. This is where you start losing track of which ship your moving with each stick. Believe me you try not to, but it happens.

Overall Dual Zone is a unique experience and is equally as frustrating as it is alluring. It really is exercise for the brain. Hey and although indie games don’t have achievements this game does have awards you earn.

4 out of 5