Reviews: Primal Carnage, Rise of the Blobs, Puzzle Dragons, Cargo Commander

Many readers may remember the name Lukewarm Media from their work on a mod for Crysis called Light Spire: Fortunes Web. Now they’re releasing a new game, Primal Carnage, in which you take control of either a human or a dinosaur (dinosaur please!) and battle other players online. It was originally released back in October last year, but it’s been picking up a lot of attention lately.

Primal Carnage is a class-based FPS with two sides fighting it out with five different classes. There’s not much personalisation going on, sadly, with no real customisation options, which is a shame to be sure. There’s also only one game mode: deathmatch. So, options aren’t exactly great in Primal Carnage.

What is great about Primal Carnage is the game developers promise to offer long term DLC support, which will mean that there will soon be a ton of add-ons and more maps. That’s a good thing, because Primal Carnage is a great game. It’s arcade in style and easy to pick up, making it the perfect FPS for newcomers.

The presentation of Primal Carnage is to die for. Colours are bright an luscious, the dinosaurs are highly realistic and the classes are highly distinguishable. The audio is great too, with pained cries erupting all over the place.

While I do hope that Lukewarm Media are able to offer voice in the future and that we see more options and more varied game modes, I’m still a fan of the game even in its current limited condition. It’s a heck of a lot of fun, and with further development inbound, there’s a lot to get excited about here.

OVERALL: 4 out of 5

Want to play a great brain training game that will develop your creative thinking skills and problem solving abilities? Then the super colourful Rise of the Blobs is perfect for you!

Rise of the Blobs takes place in a crazy land where fruits are weapons and , you play on a three dimensional puzzle board that marshmallows can talk.

One such of those talking marshmallows is Marsh Mal, a friend who tells you that the world is being overrun by blobs. You mission is to stop them by using fruit, which the blobs cannot resist. Basically, this means you’ll be lining up groups of coloured blobs in order to make them burst.

The game plays out on a 3D puzzle board. Action is fast, meaning you’ll have to think quickly (hence developing your creative brain and problem solving skills). You’ll collect coins for reward and can go to the in-game store to shop, where you can nab power-

Rise of the Blobs contains four play modes and there’s something for everyone. It’s a really tough game, too. I’m not joking when I call it a brain trainer!

So, if you fancy having a lot of fun while developing your creative thinking and problem solving skills, grab a copy of Rise of the Blobs today!

Like Pokemon? Like puzzles? Then you’re almost certainly going to love Puzzle & Dragons, a game which combines the monster hunting and training of Pokemon with puzzle gameplay.  In Puzzle & Dragons, you’ll collect elemental monsters that can be evolved, then fight them in a gem swapping puzzle game.

It’s amazing how well Puzzle & Dragons has brought these two times of games together. A tutorial helps you get accustomed to the game, though there is a lot to get through. There are tons of options and stats to take into consideration.

Combat is about making the right matches to form combos and create a stronger team. The board contains elements that relate to elemental monster, so you need to for example, matching yellows results in the yellow monster attacking.

The gameplay makes room for a heck of a lot of strategy and tactics. You have the freedom to build your own army precisely as you see fit and you can choose the abilities you want. Different abilities are more well suited to specific dungeons, too, so you’ll be forced to adapt as you play.

My favourite element of Puzzle & Dragons is the variety it offers. There are new challenges that refresh often (e.g theme dungeons), a “pal” system that rewards cooperative play, optional microtransactions and, as mentioned above, more than enough depth to the gameplay to keep it fresh.

It’s hard to find much not to love about Puzzle & Dragons (except, perhaps, that highly unoriginal name – such a good game deserves a better title). If you’re willing to have a fantastic game with a mediocre name (and lets face it, why wouldn’t you be?!) then pick up a copy of Puzzle & Dragons today!

Paul Harrison

Paul M Harrison is an entertainment journalist, novelist, and blogger, and a specialist in the theory of storytelling. Paul Harrison can be contacted via his personal website or on Twitter or Facebook.

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