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We Review: Rocketbirds Hardboiled Chicken (PS3)

ROCKETBIЯDS: Hardboiled Chicken is a new platform shooter game for the PS3, available for download only on the PSN. You can almost never go wrong with a good platform game, and platform shooters are even better. Even if the name of the game is actually pronounced “rocketbiyads”. [Ed: By the same token, smartass, your word “review” in the title image is supposed to be pronounced “reviesch”, so it goes both ways.] Does Rocketbirds share the brilliance of other platform shooters? Hit the jump to find out. 

Featured Game Reviews

We Review: Epic Mickey

Mickey Mouse is Walt Disney’s most recognizable and profitable cartoon character. Having starred in countless cartoon strips in the past, the once beloved Mickey Mouse isn’t making as grand an impact on this generation of young people and it is feared he may be turning into nothing more than a corporate mascot for the company that created him over 80 years ago. Change was sorely needed and that task of re-imagining Mickey Mouse was handed over to Warren Spector and the good people at Junction Point Studios.

In Spector’s new vision that is Epic Mickey, the usually cheery mouse steps out of his comfort zone and is forced to embark on a dark and dreary adventure that one will not soon forget. Ever curious, Mickey stumbles onto the creation of sorcerer Yen Sid (“Disney” spelled backwards) – a model world that is a mirror of Disneyland that serves as a home for all of Disney’s discarded cartoons and forgotten fairground attractions. Mickey fumbles around with the sorcerer’s magical brush and mistakenly unleashes a sinister Shadow Blot. The situation is made more dire when Mickey tries to erase the creature but ends up spilling thinner all over the the world. Delirious with panic, Mickey legs it from the scene while the blot invades the world. Months later with the event forgotten, Mickey’s nap is interrupted by the Shadow Blot who pulls him into the world.

Find out what happens after the cut.

Flash Games

Play This: Epic Coaster

If you’ve played Canabalt and Robot Unicorn Attack, you might just get a kick out of Epic Coaster. In this one-button platform game, you need to navigate your roller coaster from track to track and timing your jumps perfectly results rewards you not only with multipliers to your score, but also releases pretty shiny balloons into the sky. Joy!

There is even a nod to Adam Atomic’s parkour-inspired title – you get the “Canabalt Homage” achievement for scaring the birds. There are 80 achievements in total to unlock.

See if you can survive the most epic roller coaster ride and post back with your score.

[via The Awesomer]

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We Review Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands (Xbox 360)

It seems that the world is currently going through a Prince-mania phase, with the “Prince of Persia” movie doing reasonably well for itself at the box office. So if you were hoping for a movie review, you’re going to be a tad bit on the disappointed end of things. On the other hand, what you ARE reading is a review for the new Prince of Persia video game, subtitled “The Forgotten Sands”. So if you were hoping for one of those, well done! It’s your lucky day! Either way, it’s an entertaining review. If you’re already familiar with the Prince of Persia franchise (as any decent gamer should be), feel free to gloss, bleary-eyed, over the next two or so paragraphs, because what follows is a short history lesson. You’re welcome to stay for the entertaining read, though. It continues after the jump.

Flash Games

Play This: Tuper Tario Tros

Maths can be extremely difficult at times, but not in this instance. What happens when you take the classic platformer Super Mario Bros and add the block-dropping puzzler Tetris to it? Simple – you get Tuper Tario Tros.

In Tuper Tario Tros, world 1-1 starts off as one would expect, but soon Mario comes across obstacles that seem insurmountable. What to do then? Summon the powers of Tetris and build a path that Mario can safely traverse. Use the arrow keys to move, X to jump, and the Space bar to switch between Mario mode and Tetris mode.

Play Tuper Tario Tros at Newgrounds and let us know how you got along. I didn’t do that well, I’m dodgier than that cheesy pick-up line “You plus me, subtract our clothes, divide your legs; multiply.”

[via Kotaku]

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Continuity: An Awesome Tile-Sliding Platformer

I was on Twitter and picked up a vibe that @NickdeBruyne from LazyGamer may be getting bored, something that was realized when tweeted this: “OK, I’m really bored now.”

So I made it my goal this afternoon to keep him occupied, a task that didn’t prove too difficult. I suggest that Nick try Continuity, an awesome tile-sliding puzzle platformer from Ragtime Games, a bunch of university students from Gothenburg, Sweden. Here are Nick’s responses.

RT: @onelargeprawn: @NickdeBruyne Have you played Continuity? >> DAMMIT DUDE CUT IT OUT lolol

@onelargeprawn This game is quite freaking awesome though

@onelargeprawn OK seriously dude, screw you, now my afternoon is going to be wasted

Another satisfied customer. I feel good. And now it seems @JustPlainGeoff has gotten wind of it too.

RT: @NickdeBruyne: @onelargeprawn This game is quite freaking awesome though//Listen Prawn. F*ck you for screwing up my Friday productivity.

Oh and @andyroyal pipes in.

RT @NickdeBruyne: I think we can all agree that @onelargeprawn is the cock of the day <= I second that… DAMN YOU

Where I come from, we take things like “screw you” and “F*ck you” as signs of respect and gratitude, so you chaps are more than welcome ;-) If you’d like to find out what Nick, Geoff, and Andy are so engrossed in, head to

[via CreativeApplications.Net]

BONUS: If you’re on Twitter, you can also follow Ragtime Games and if you haven’t done so, follow us.

Flash Games

Vox Populi, Vox Dei

Vox Populi, Vox Dei is Latin for “The voice of the people [is] the voice of God.” In this context, it is also the name of an action/puzzle platformer created by an Argentinian game designer, Weremsoft.

It’s perhaps one of the more off-kilter games out there, in which you play as the blue ninja on a bloody quest to save the woman who broke your heart. She has been captured the planet’s dominant race, the werewolves. Why are they the dominant species you ask? Because they have machine guns in their chests.

The combat is pretty visceral, with a lot of pixelated blood. There is no background music, except the cries of your enemies, as you maul them to death.

It’s a game made for the people, judged by the people – play Vox Populi, Vox Dei at Kongregate.

[via Jay is Games]

Flash Games

Play This: Use Boxmen

I have a problem with procrastination, but I think it’s something I can sort out later. In the meantime, here’s a neat pluzzle platformer Use Boxmen you are a strange, superior figure who must guide a boxman through each level to collect the furniture boxes. To make the job easier you can cast clones to do tasks for you – the clones are really “special” so they’ll copy whatever you do. A little patience and logical thinking is required here.

Play Use Boxmen at

[via Jay is Games]


Going Retro-Futuristic with Jumpman

Jumpman is a nostaligc, lo-fi retro platformer featuring a layered level design and game mechanics with a twist. Creator Runhello has this to say:

The thought was to kind of take all the things that have become possible in games in the last 29 years– physics, 45 degree angles, a z axis– and bring the new technology into an early-80s-style platformer while at the same time changing the platformer’s basic nature as little as possible. The hope is to try to make you believe that every 2600-era platformer would have looked like this if only you’d pulled the camera back about 4 feet.

Jumpman is a free download for both Mac and Windows. Get it from – via Boing Boing.