If Carlsberg made games they would have probably made Miner Dig Deep (review)

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Miner Dig Deep, probably the best £1.70 game in the world.

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I say probably, because there are bound to be some great downloadable games on the PC that are just as good, but not many I’m sure, because Miner Dig Deep is the rarest of gems in this day and age of online and multiplayer gaming. It is a simple single player game that will suck you in and keep you playing till the end.
The official description of the game is as follows – Dig and expand your mine to find greater treasures from the depths. Build the deepest mine so you can make your fortune in rare gems and metals from the earth below. It doesn’t really make you want to play the game does it?
So let’s expand on that a little. Your little miner dude has to make his fortune digging for precious ore. You start the game outside a shop in the open air with a pleasant guitar track playing as back ground music. You can go in and buy new items to help you with the mining. The problem being you can’t afford much apart from the oil to keep your lamp burning. But the items available in the shop (ladders, lifts etc.) hint at the task ahead.
On the way to the mine entrance you pass a tent in which you can save your game as often as you come to the surface. Once in the mine the music changes to a slightly more oppressive tune that fits well with being under ground. One of the first things you come across is a piece of a Blueprint, you will need to collect all of these so that new equipment becomes available in the shop. Digging is easy, just hold the x button, but don’t get too carried away with the mining, because if you don’t have a ladder or can’t get back up you’ll have to be rescued and you will lose all the ore you have mined.

The other way you lose the ore you have been toiling for, is if a rock falls on you. Don’t panic you won’t die, but it is a real bummer to waist all that hard work, so make sure you have plenty of oil in your lamp so you can see what you are doing. Tip; digging blind is very dangerous.

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When you start to get deeper into the mine you soon find that you need a better lamp that will last longer, it sees further too. Also as you descend you’ll find new more valuable ore, the little cheer from your miner every time you find something new is quite gratifying. When looking for ore be careful not to dig out the mine too extensively though as you may cause a cave in.
You soon discover that your bag doesn’t hold very much, so you’ll have to save up for a better one. This is the basic mechanic of the game, the deeper you go, the more rewards you get. With bigger and better equipment available and more valuable gems and ore to find. These rewards a timed to perfection, just as you start to think that the game may get boring you find something new, a drill, a barrier to break though or a teleporter for example.
The mine goes down a long way, but the pace of the game is just right. It keeps you wanting to look just a little further. After all, there is something in all of us that wants to know what is round the corner and the makers of this game have tapped into that human trait perfectly.
I found the guitar music soundtrack to be a breath of fresh air and the game play a joy. If this doesn’t become one of the best selling Xbox Live Community Games, there is no justice in the world.

Keep digging, there is a reward.

See nickthedudes video review of the game here;

https://xboxhornet.wordpress.com/category/community-games-video-reviews/

Down load the demo striaght to your 360 from here;

http://marketplace.xbox.com/en-GB/games/media/66acd000-77fe-1000-9115-d80258550182/

See the user reviews here;

http://www.xblaratings.com/component/content/article/54-action-a-adventure/523-Miner-Dig-Deep

 

 

 

 

Xbox Live game Scrambled Egzz first look

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 Challenge your family and friends in a test of your vocabulary and problem solving skills. Unscramble the biggest word, use strategy and wits to outwit your opponent and the clock and be the winner. Four game modes including fun filled two player challenges.

 

Scrambled Egzz is a simple word game, think Countdown’s Conundrum, that is pretty much what this game is. It has two single player modes-Timed Pass, which has no time limit so it’s good for practising. Timed, where you have to complete as many conundrums as possible in a time limit.

What I like about the game play is that all the conundrums have seven words, but you can score points with smaller words. This means you can hold those letters while looking for bigger words.

The two player modes interested me more (I play Word Soup a lot and my only complaint with that game is the lack of a two player option). The first is Timed, where you take turns to make the largest word possible in the time limit.

The second two player mode is Outbid, this version is the most similar to Countdown’s Conundrum. You bid how many letters you are going to use in your word, the highest bid gets to answer. If both bids are the same it is the player that bids first that gets to answer. Be careful when bidding though, if you get your answer wrong you’ll lose points.

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Overall Scrambled Egzz is worth the 200 points, Word Soup fans should give it a try, although not as polished, the two player option makes it worth a punt. My only criticism would be that the music doesn’t really fit the game and there is no option to turn it off.

Visit XBLA ratings to see user reviews and have your say;

http://www.xblaratings.com/xna-ratings

Download Scrambled Egzz straight to you Xbox here;

http://marketplace.xbox.com/en-GB/games/media/66acd000-77fe-1000-9115-d8025855018a/

 

 

 

Xbox Live game Find Teddy first look

Download the game straight to your 360 here;

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There have been a couple of games on Xbox Live Community Games (XBLCG) that have targeted the kiddie audience, Dokee and the Dancing Rain being the favourite with the younger ones in my family. But Find Teddy by Stephen Bennett, creator of Poker Squares is the first to do it really well.
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The graphics are appropriately candy like and cute to attract kids, but they are in no way garish. The background music consists of circus top style organ music that fits well with the game.
Now to the important part – the game play. Find Teddy is described as “A puzzle game for young children. Find the Teddy that matches the clues and then make your own Teddy.” And it is really that simple. It has 4 levels, in level 1 you get 2 clues and 4 teddies to choose from, in level four you get 16 teddies and 4 clues, so Find Teddy should have a difficulty level to suit  many young children.
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Your reward for success is to unlock items that you can then use to customise your own teddy back on the main menu. This is a great little touch, because as every Xbox owner knows achievements will keep you coming back for more.
All in all, another fine game from Stephen and at 400 points, it’s very welcome addition to XBLCG that I am sure will be loved by the little ones.
 
Read our exclusive Poker Squares interview with Stephen Bennett;

https://xboxhornet.wordpress.com/2009/02/05/intereview-with-stephen-bennet-creator-of-xbox-live-game-poker-squares/
 
 

R-Type Dimensions first look.

At first look R-Type Dimensions seems to be expensive at 1200 points, but with 2 whole games included is it?
Well only you can decide for yourself. Dimensions has online co-op, the capability to switch seamlessly between 2D and snazzy 3D graphics with the touch of the Y button. There is also the addition of the all new Infinite mode, where you can play through to the end of the game trying to use as few lives and scoring as many points as possible. This mode will be a welcome inclusion to those like me, who loved the arcade game, but were just really not very good at it.
You can wait for reviews to decide if you are going to buy R-Type, but I have opted to spend my 1200 points and I am sure that there are a lot of fans of the game that will be striking down the evil Bydo Empire as you read this.