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Henry Hatsworth in the Puzzling Adventure

April 6th, 2009 by Robbie

Categories: DS

I’ve talked a bit about this game with Cath already. After spending more time with it and subsequently introducing it to others, I’ve come to the conclusion that this is a game definitely worth sharing.


In a nutshell, Henry Hatsworth is an action platformer a la Mega Man, combined with a puzzle game that plays almost exactly like Tetris Attack. Those who are big on first impressions will likely be turned off by such a description. “Platformer and puzzle at the same time? Sounds like a cheap gimmick for trying to draw in fans of both genres where they will ultimately be disappointed by a half-hearted effort in both parts.” But when reviews turned out to be very positive (currently averaging an 82 on Metacritic), I overlooked my own reservations and tried it out.

The way the game ties in the puzzle with the platforming is actually not too bad. Both have an influence on the other, so it feels like you’re fighting the same battle on two different fronts using two different strategies. Going into the full list of what the puzzle part of the game does would make this post too cumbersome to read, so I will simply say that the game’s quirky style, challenging platforming, and demand of strategic puzzling, make it a title well worth checking out. Just take a look at the game’s trailer and see for yourself: Henry Hatsworth.

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Spirit Tracks

March 25th, 2009 by Robbie

Categories: DS

That’s the name of the new Zelda game coming out on DS as recently announced at the Game Developers Conference.

Check out the teaser video played at the conference.

My initial thoughts are that it looks just like Phantom Hourglass except you ride around a train instead of a boat (meh?) and work with a giant metal golem monster thing instead of a fairy (sweet!). Aside from some changes in appearance, I’m expecting much more of the same. No complaints, though, since Zelda games have been using the same general gameplay formula for several years now and I don’t find much broken with it.


P.S. Link in black?


PETA all up in arms about yo’ mama

November 21st, 2008 by Robbie

Categories: DS, Random

Cooking Mama, PETA style

It’s actually a fairly decent remake. PETA’s approaches to garnering attention, although unorthodox, do seem to work (to get attention, that is). Majesco reacted by trying to point out the game’s inclusion of many vegetarian meal options, to which PETA hilariously responds with the following (moments of hilarity highlighted in bold by yours truly):

Dearest Mama,

On behalf of everyone who worked on Cooking Mama: Mama Kills Animals, The Unauthorized PETA Edition, I wholeheartedly want to thank you for the hours of enjoyment you have provided us through your various Cooking Mama games. We played and studied them as we prepared our lighthearted parody of your successful series.

Based on your and Majesco’s good-natured responses to PETA’s game, I think you understand that although we made you into a demonic, knife-wielding maniac in Cooking Mama: Mama Kills Animals, we still love you. While we had a good time roasting you, the real purpose of our game, of course, was to bring to light some of the horrific practices of the turkey industry. And we mean the animals who are actually mistreated—not the virtual ones you cook up in your digital kitchen. I’m sure you’ll be happy to know that, as a result of our game, tens of thousands of people have watched undercover footage from turkey factory farms, and hundreds of thousands have been exposed to the idea that how we treat animals matters.

It’s great to hear that you want to “make the world a happier place,” because that’s pretty much what we want to do too (though it seems that we might have different tactics …). I do hope that you seriously consider making a vegetarian diet a part of your strategy for world happiness. By adopting a vegetarian diet, you can save more than 100 animals per year. Plus, vegetarians live longer and have a considerably lower carbon footprint. I know that—as you are a digital being—these benefits don’t exactly apply to you, but I still urge you to take the pledge to be veg for 30 days. (robbie note: i’ll take a pledge to veg. on my couch in front of my tv.)

Even if you don’t take the plunge into the wonderful world of vegetarianism yourself, I still hope that you will consider making a vegetarian-only Cooking Mama game. There is such a variety of international cuisine, including Indian, Thai, Japanese, and Middle Eastern cuisine, with an abundance of vegetarian and vegan options for you and your followers to explore.

If you do decide to move forward with Cooking Mama: Vegetarian Kitchen please contact us so that we can help promote your game to our over 2 million members and supporters (robbie note: with naked protesters? naked apron-wearing PETA-ers?). I already look forward to playing it!


Joel Bartlett
Assistant Director of Marketing
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals


Adventures of dad

October 24th, 2008 by Robbie

Categories: Miscellaneous, Random

So awesome

My only complaint is that it’s too short. Miyamoto created way more than just those three, and all would have been fun to see. Talking head on Starfox for example?



August 13th, 2008 by Robbie

Categories: Miscellaneous

I thought it interesting that Nintendo didn’t win a single “Best of” award from E3 and very few nominations to begin with. Granted E3 has become the decrepit stepfather of industry trade shows, there remains a correlation between success at E3 and sales later on.

I wasn’t completely disappointed. Nintendo’s recent business strategies have not lent themselves to earning awards. They are very obviously plotting the eventual takeover of the entire industry by exploiting the non-gamer. They are convincing the non-gamer that in order to be hip, you should be playing games like everyone else. And non-gamers don’t follow E3. It’s a fine approach for Nintendo. Kind of reminds me of Apple.