Let's Start the Year with a Boom with Boom Beach

In a sense, Boom Beach is a game  that probably should not work knowing that its more like Clash of Clans, but not established yet. In its original form, it was played just like the latter. Recreating that base building gameplay with a similar mostly sounds like a terrible idea. But lo and behold, it wasn’t. And just as it was on Clash of Clans and Hay Day before it, the Boom Beach game version of Supercell brings the heat and takes no prisoners. I think that’s war talk for, “this game is delightful.

Released originally to the iOS devices in 2013 then to Android devices in 2014, Boom Beach is a great game of real-time strategy and war tactics. Controlling a mixture of different troop and units, you take on a variety of missions against enemy basis of typically far greater numbers within the archipelago. Of course, you can also go up against real player bases from any part of the world. It kind of plays like a top-down, 3D version of COC. Because of strong enemy bases, strategy plays a crucial role in the success of your raid or attacks, but the combat is real-time. So you’re not only formulating strategies. You’ll also have to execute them. And of course, you use the touch sensitive screen on your device to do that. By moving it with the screen, you can deploy your units and let them do their thing simultaneously.

I didn’t expect this to make for a very smooth gameplay experience, but I was pleasantly surprised. Yes, other strategy games are way faster than this. But this is a whole new different game with a twist. But you know, as terrific as the gameplay is, what sets apart is its humor, its charm and frankly, its politics. As for the prior, there’s a ton of character packed into these tiny sprites, and Boom Beach goes out of its way to put them through hell. They catch fire, they split in half it’s as violent as mobile devices can offer. Actually, the game was a bit controversial because of that. Speaking of its politics, Boom Beach uses its humor to make some pretty serious statements about war. Boom Beach is a fantastic,addictive and very smart strategy game, and even with a touchpad, it’s highly recommended.

The Deadly Truth on Batman Returns Exposed

I’ve never read any Batman comics, I’m not much of a comic book guy, but I love Tim Burton’s Batman movies, The Dark Knight is one of my favorite movies, I’m a huge fan of the animated series from the nineties. Like, I think I have a decent idea of who Batman is. I mean, he’s Bruce Wayne, obviously.What I’m saying is like, Batman’s basically a ninja, right? He’s nimble, sticks to the shadows, he’s a martial artist. So why would you make a Batman game, where he moves like a tank? I mean, was there some kind of mistake? Was this maybe a Robocop game, but they used the wrong sprite? Is this Batman or Alfred?

Anyway, so it’s an action platformer, and it loosely follows the movie. I don’t know, I must’ve missed the scene where Batman gets arthritis. I mean, that’s the thing that ruined this game for me. Batman is just so incredibly stiff. And look, I get it, he’s crawling around on rooftops? But I’m not the one in the video game.I expect a certain degree of professionalism, from Bruce Wayne. Which is why I’m not entirely convinced this is Bruce Wayne. I mean, something as simple as grappling, Batman does that all the time. In this game, it’s the clunkiest process ever.

The gameplay, it’s pretty slow -- kind of clunky, kind of cheap, too. Especially the bosses, but even the basic bad guys. Like, even the common, jobber bad guys are impossible to kill without taking lots of damage, it’s unbelievable. So the difficulty’s pretty high, both in a genuine, challenging way and a frustrating way. The presentation’s not as bad, I guess, but I don’t know, there are problems there, too. It’s never clear what’s in the background and what you can walk on, so there are functional issues. But even aesthetically, too. Like, I get that the game should be dark but it’s also like there’s some kind of grainy filter over it, or something? I mean, it’s not that it’s bad, but It kind of feels like an attempt at a cool style that never really takes off.

And the audio’s a letdown, too. I mean, I get that it’s a game based on a movie but it’s a game based on a movie scored by Danny Elfman. Look, it’s not like this is the worst thing ever but obviously, I’m at a loss here. I don’t see any reason why you would, one, make Batman so sluggish and two, design levels like this, where they’re like unnecessarily tall, and super unclear, and it’s like,“Oh, where do I even go? That’s part of the fun.” I hate that crap. Then Batman stumbles around, looking for his cane. Anyway, it’s Batman Returns for the SEGA Genesis.This game can be deadly, if you eat it.