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New app “Twisty Arrow” hits the bulls eye

New app “Twisty Arrow” hits the bulls eye

By Adam Schwartz, Page Editor

September 13, 2018


Filed under Apps, Ideas, Reviews, Video Games

The app “Twisty Arrow” tests both accuracy and patience. This game requires users to shoot a given amount of arrows onto a circle that continuously spins at different speeds as one progresses through the game. As the player advances through the levels, the difficulty changes. At the start of e...

“RFLEX”: intense, high speed quests for high scores

“RFLEX”: intense, high speed quests for high scores

By Colin Haroutunian, Staff Reporter

May 23, 2018


Filed under Features, Ideas, Reviews, Video Games

Everything about “RFLEX” screams of a game hellbent on examining the breaking point of a player and their reaction time. Taunting those who wish to surpass old scores, failures can prompt “DEAD” to appear on screen. There is no doubt that the upbeat electronic soundtrack and the super sensit...

“64.0”: an escape from regular, routine repetition

“64.0”: an escape from regular, routine repetition

By Colin Haroutunian, Staff Reporter

May 17, 2018


Filed under Features, Reviews, Video Games

Growing in intensity and complexity over the course of its challenging modes, “64.0”  is best characterized as a collection of difficult time trials. The levels each have their own styles, with an accelerating pace to handle overtime. Controlling a rotatable square in the center of the scree...

Chaotic aerial combat empowers “Luftrausers”

Chaotic aerial combat empowers “Luftrausers”

By Colin Haroutunian, Staff Reporter

May 14, 2018


Filed under Ideas, Reviews, Video Games

Superficially, its appearance is underwhelming. The dull color palette and bit-like graphics can be easily dismissed. Yet, an impeccable flight system is formed from the air-based combat in Luftrausers, fleshed out with numerous complexities on the speed, health and other traits of a controllable plane. Upon...

“Bit Blaster”: basic, but patchwork nonetheless

“Bit Blaster”: basic, but patchwork nonetheless

By Colin Haroutunian, Intern

April 17, 2018


Filed under Apps, Features, Reviews, Showcase, Video Games

In the allure of clearing the way to the top of the leaderboard, arcade games are known for their replay ability. Repetition of levels is prevalent in this draw, a design concept treated no differently in “Bit Blaster”. In the hopes of bringing arcade-like features to the mobile environment, the ...

Puzzle game ‘EDGE’ unlocks players’ decision making skills

Puzzle game ‘EDGE’ unlocks players’ decision making skills

By Colin Haroutunian, Staff Reporter

March 23, 2018


Filed under Apps, Features, Ideas, Reviews, Video Games

Hanging off of the edge of a block to deduct time, or being shoved off the edge of a level are two defining characteristics of ‘EDGE’. Despite the puzzle games’ simple graphics, the content grows in its complexity overtime, as to keep the player intrigued for later, unlockable levels. With over...

Sid Meier’s Civilization V remains on top

Sid Meier’s Civilization V remains on top

By Colin Haroutunian, Intern

March 7, 2018


Filed under Reviews, Showcase, Video Games

Despite being published over seven years ago, “Sid Meier’s Civilization V” and its multitude of DLC (downloadable content) packs are refreshing in almost every aspect. Fantastic versatility and variety are displayed in the complex systems for resources, diplomacy and production, in which the co...

“Free” Game requires serious amounts of time to progress

“Free” Game requires serious amounts of time to progress

By Ben Uram, Staff Reporter

February 27, 2018


Filed under Reviews, Video Games

With its initial price tag of “free”, Warframe is a great option for many video game players who are looking for an action-packed, less expensive alternative to a full priced game costing $60, especially considering that quality remains similar between these two pricings.   Gameplay in Warframe is f...

No one’s missing out on the new Sims 4 Laundry Pack

No one’s missing out on the new Sims 4 Laundry Pack

By Caitlin Bush and Allison Lackner

February 26, 2018


Filed under Reviews, Showcase, Video Games

The newest Sims expansion pack, Sims 4 Laundry Pack, comes with country chic items and clothes that can transform the Sims house and warborde to look like it came out of an episode of HGTV’s “Fixer Upper.” This new pack allows players to decorate the Sims’ homes with a rustic vibe, which can ex...

The Game Stop: Harvest Moon Skytree Village

The Game Stop: Harvest Moon Skytree Village

By Amelia Abraham and Cordy Wettstein

January 24, 2018


Filed under Features, The Game Stop, Video Games

Harvest Moon Skytree Village is a repetitive, unintuitive game. Players spawn as a young adult on a farm, after selecting their gender and preferred name, and are greeted by the Harvest Goddess, who explains that Skytree Village was once able to be lush and beautiful when the Villagers cared. This gave ...

Sims 4: Cats & dogs gains features but loses pets

Sims 4: Cats & dogs gains features but loses pets

By Allison Lackner, Editor

December 5, 2017


Filed under Reviews, Showcase, Video Games

“Sims 4 Cats & Dogs,” the newest expansion pack for “Sims 4,” speaks for itself -- cats and dogs can now be integrated into gameplay. Introducing a pet into a Sim’s household makes it more realistic — but at the same time is a lot to handle. While the pack includes new clothing options...

The Game Stop: Slime Rancher

The Game Stop: Slime Rancher

By Amelia Abraham, Intern

October 27, 2017


Filed under Reviews, Showcase, The Game Stop, Video Games

Slime Rancher is a toned-down, role-playing game made to satisfy gamers who’d like a break from more objective-based and stressful recreations. The player is free to roam around the Far, Far Range while being politely encouraged to corral slimes, sell the slime’s byproducts, and improve life on The Ranch. ...