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Zombie Driver HD is everything a cliché B-movie endeavor could be. From the American army soldiers that have the uncontrollable urge to swear at any given moment to busty bimbos desperate to be saved from the incoming swarms of undead; Zombie Driver HD provides players everything wrong with the direction this genre is going.

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Curse of the Zombiesaurus is the newest downloadable expansion to the World of Keflings universe and it is full of spooky fun. A Graveyard for Keflings was included in the promotion where you could vote for the next DLC Ninjabee did an internal poll and this was the DLC they believed would win so they began work on it as the promotion was finalized. In the beginning of the promotion it looked like Graveyard would win in a landslide as it was quite a ways above the others. In ended up coming in second because many of the fans decided they didn’t want more zombies and pushed Candy for Keflings ahead in the polls. As it turns out Graveyard would still be made and it would become much more than a zombie fueled cliche.

Pros:

Theme: Over the past few years there has been a zombie craze and now they have almost over saturated the entertainment industry. This is what many fans were worried about when the concept was first introduced but like Ninjabee always does, they made an expansion that flows well and doesn’t end up being something we have already played or seen. The only real way zombies come into play is that the spooklings look like them, most of the other characters are other creatures from supernatural mythos. The king of this region is Count Kefula and he has an acquaintance named Wilhelm the grave keeper, and then you will eventually recruit the help of a Frankenstein type builder kefling. The world itself is also creepy, you will venture through a spooky forest, across a river of ghosts, and even into graveyards. While doing these things you will task your spooklings to gather brimstone, ectoplasm, and bones to build your buildings. All of these things combined make for a great new kingdom to explore.

Humor and References: Yet again Ninjabee has brought plenty of humor with its new addition. There are plenty of jokes to be had and lots of references to try and catch. The names of some of the characters we mentioned are even nods to some well known classic horror films and other things like Ghostbusters and The Simpsons. I love seeing all of these included within the games and it is fun to try and identify them all.

Scarecrows & Cannons: Scarecrows work like the robots of the space DLC, they are faster and more efficient than your normal spooklings. They can do the work of a few low level spooklings as soon as you acquire them, so sticking them on a resource you need many of works out great. Another feature that makes a reappearance is the cannons and they look just as spooky as the rest of this new kingdom. I was very happy to see both of these things make a return and after finishing this review I am going to attempt to make some great things with the cannons.

Length and Story: Like all of the other kingdoms, the story for Curse of the Zombiesaurs is told at a level that younger audiences can understand. I’m not saying that it isn’t fun, because it turned out to be one of my new favorites. Ninjabee does a great job at bringing older and younger generations together in a family friendly environment. This DLC took around two and a half hours in co-op , so there is plenty of content to play in this kingdom.

Cons:

Cornfields: While this was not a huge deal, I do wish that instead of needing multiple cornfields for extra scarecrows, that we could have created them all from the same cornfield. Some people may feel that the extra ones will clutter their kingdom.

In Conclusion:

Curse of the Zombiesaurus is another stellar expansion for the World of Keflings universe and it only costs 320 Msp. Just like all of the other DLC for the game Ninjabee has packed it full of pop culture, humor, and love for their fans, while the story make take some twists and turns you will enjoy playing through this DLC. I can’t wait to see what they have for us next.

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Sugar, Spice, and Not So Nice is the newest DLC for A World of Keflings. Previously known as Candy for Keflings, it was the winning entry in the pick the next DLC contest held by Ninjabee earlier this year. It beat the other two competitors which were Graveyard for Keflings and Pirate for Keflings. This DLC has some things that are new to the Keflings world but they are great additions that you will enjoy.

Pros:

Environment: Candy Peak is now one of my favorite kingdoms after playing through this DLC. It is very colorful and absolutely everything is made of sweets. Your builds look like gingerbread houses and things you would see in the game Candyland. Resources are Caramel from a caramel lake and sugar for the cotton candy forest. The characters you meet make the environment even more spectacular.

Characters: You have Charlie, the unicorn with amnesia, a bear with an identity crisis, and Wardrof the Wizard, our first keflings villain. As you can see all of the love that was put into the original game and the space DLC has bled through into this new adventure.

Humor: Ninjabee is known for the humor they put into their games and this DLC is no exception. There are plenty of puns, another classic BEARS!! Moment, and some enjoyable new emotes. The humor in the candy DLC family friendly like the rest of the game and it is something I hope Ninjabee keeps in their games.

References: The Sugar, Spice, and Not So Nice DLC is full of pop culture references. Wardrof has his own minion who is named Agustus, and a builder Kefling that looks like an ompa loompa, both references to Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. There are also nods to Pee Wee Herman, classic rock songs, and the internet hit Charlie the unicorn. Every single one of these always makes me smile and I can’t wait to see what they think of for future DLC.

Bakery: One of the new additions in this DLC is the Bakery, which lets you use your normal materials and turn them into advanced ones. This saves you from having to have multiple buildings to get things like lollipops, candy bars, and gummi fish, which are all made via sugar. I loved this addition and I hope to see it in the future.

Cons:

Length: While the game is quite fun I was sad when it ended. It lasts around two hours and while that is a good amount for the price I wish that it had been longer because it was such an enjoyable experience.

In Conclusion:

All in all Sugar, Spice, And Not So Nice ends up being more sweet than sour and most definitely something you should pick up if you are a fan of the series. You will get a couple hours of fun quests and humorous references for the price of 320 points. I can’t wait to see what the next DLC from Ninjabee brings to this game that I could easily visit over and over again.

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Knowing who your target audience is when producing and making a game can have a drastic outcome, both positive and negative depending on how the marketing is done. One of the gaming industries greatest examples of this going awfully wrong in recent years is THQ’s efforts at capturing the interest in the Call of Duty community with Homefront. Luckily however for SEGA and Arkedo Studios, Hell Yeah! Wrath of the Dead Rabbit knows exactly what it is. But what is it I hear you ask? Oh that’s simple! Hell Yeah! Wrath of the Dead Rabbit is childish, crude and crass and it doesn’t care one bit.

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The fabled and once glorified point and click sub-genre has been one that has only begun to make a transition into a modern market. Recent examples include the “Interactive Movie” Heavy Rain, Telltales latest Walking Dead adaption and the criticality acclaimed Phoenix Wright series. However with progressive change, there shall always be one or two publishers and developers who prefer the old-fashioned approach and Developers Lexis Numerique most certainly fits into that category with their newest game; Red Johnson’s Chronicles. (more…)

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When the video-gaming community isn’t continuously complaining about the lack of originality that comes from games they play these days, they like to spend a great deal of time also contradicting that very statement they make by request multiple HD remakes of games they once played as a child. Perhaps what I am saying is a bit harsh, considering this is my opening paragraph into my Jet Set Radio HD review… But it has its place, if you give me a moment to explain. (more…)

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The first time I heard Kirby Krackle, it was their song Ring Capacity and I instantly had to find more by them. Now it is two years later and they have a new live album with some of their best songs included on it. (more…)

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