Tuesday 23 January 2018

Blood Bowl, X360/PS3

In prehistoric times, we used to have these things called board games -- no controllers, no TV, just you and your mates plus a bunch of figurines and some dice.

Blood Bowl goes all retro on us, recreating the 1995 board game's violent parody of American football as a videogame.

Confused? You will be for at least the first few hours of playing its turn-based combat featuring orcs and dwarves as gridiron players. A poor tutorial, complex rules and frequent bugs must be hurdled before Blood Bowl reveals itself as a mildly enjoyable, slow-paced game of chess-like strategy.

RATING: 6/10

Flight Control, iPhone

Described a little rashly in some quarters as the iPhone's game of the year, Flight Control nonetheless manages to spin something incredibly addictive from one simple idea.

You're the air traffic controller at an airport and must direct incoming planes to their correct runway with a swipe of your finger. Of course, different aircraft travel at varying speeds and you're constantly altering each one's flight plan to avoid mid-air collisions.

With several airports to manage and smart score competitions based on your physical location, Flight Control is a steal at just 80c.

RATING: 9.5/10

Saw, X360/PS3

Not quite as explicitly unpleasant as the 'torture porn' of the movies on which it's based, Saw the game echoes the survival horror of classics such as Silent Hill.

Naturally, you're trying to escape an insane asylum and face the gamut of evil death traps, unhinged patients and bizarre puzzles.

By turns chilling (thanks to the gravelly voiceover of serial killer Jigsaw) and laughable (the awkward combat), Saw fails to sustain the menacing atmosphere over its six short chapters.

RATING: 6/10

Irish Independent

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