Reviews: When Asteroid Attack, Words n Blox, No Time To Explain, Time Surfer

As an older (ish) games lover, there’s nothing I love more than to see an independent game developer take hold of an old fan favourite classic game type, rework it and deliver something new.

One such developer to do precisely that is Cataclysmic Games, who recently released When Astroids Attack! It’s an insanely addictive and utterly enjoyable arcade shooter.

When Asteroids Attack Review

You won’t be surprised to hear that in When Asteroids Attack you control a ship by using the arrow keys and space to fire to fly around space blowing up asteroids and enemies.

When Asteroids attack is simple in premise yet holds a brilliant amount of challenge. A large part of the challenge comes from the need to meet certain requirements in order to earn stars. The requirements are pretty hard, with a favourite being the “Don[t die once” challenge.

Completing those challenges gives you stars that you can buy upgrades with. You can choose from upgrading your health and firepower, though you will definitely need a lot of both before long.

One single music track loops throughout the game, which is somewhat limited, but to be fair to Cataclysm, it is a good piece of music and besides, you’ll be so busy shooting stuff you won’t notice anyway. There’s also a narrative, but really it just serves as a thin layer of icing on an already scrumptious cake.

For gamers old enough to remember the original asteroids games and even for younger players who couldn’t care less about them, there’s a heck of a lot of game here on offer. Not only is When Asteroids Attack a fantastically playable title, it’s also long, with lots of achievements and levels.

Do yourself a favour,  pick up a copy of When Asteroids Attack today. It won’t disappoint.

OVERALL 4.5 out of 5 

Being a site all about using entertainment for positivity and self growth, we’re naturally very fond of puzzle games. After all, puzzles are the best types of games for training your brain. Being a writer myself, I’m also fond of any game that involves using words.

. . . You can probably guess precisely how excited I am about Greenlit Games’ Words ‘N’ Blox, a game that combines block sliding puzzle games with words and spelling.

A large portion of Words ‘N’ Blox’s game design revolves around the old school block sliding mechanics that regular gamers will recall were seriously popular a few years back. Essentially, you have to manage the surroundings to get the blocks into place, but—making the game really super awesome cool (at least for words nerds like me)—you’ll be spelling out words using the blocks. Oh, and you’ll need to do all that in as few moves as possible.


Does Words ‘N’ Blox pass video game design school?


I’m going to just go right ahead and admit to liking most of the design of Words ‘N’ Blox. The visual design is adorably cute, bright and colourful and makes you want to get into the gameplay. And speaking of the gameplay, it’s simple to play and enjoyable. Probably the biggest gripe I have with the game is that it isn’t particularly challenging. It would also be good if there were more players online to play with. Still, hopefully this will quickly change.

If you have a general appreciation for words and a solid love for puzzle games, grab yourself a copy of Words ‘N’ Blox today.




No Time To Explain is indie game developer TinyBuilds first title. A time travel platformer that began life as a flash game but, thanks to staggering popularity and a Kickstarter campaign that raised $26,068, tinyBuild has now been revamped to produce this, the final game.

In a whacky story, No Time To Explain starts off with a character from the future bursting in on his present day self to reveal a threat of which he has too little time to explain. He’s soon captured by a massive crab, though, so it’s up to you to rescue him, then save the world. . . see, makes perfect sense.

The gameplay of No Time To Explain is intuitive and easy. WASD moves while left click controls your weapon, an energy cannon.

You’ll be journeying through time and space over all manner of terrain and environments as No Time To Explain progresses. You’ll also welcome a ton of different skills, from fire to a slingshot to a beam. You’ll have to look out for pitfalls, walls, liquids and more obstacles that will do you harm.

Throughout the game you’ll find 60 hats, ranging from big head to a pirate’s hat, you’ll also welcome many brilliant game references and, once you’ve finished the game, you can build community levels too.

There’s a reason why this game has caused such a storm: it’s flipping brilliant. It’s only $10 too, which, for the quality of the title, can surely only be called a bargain.

OVERALL: 4.5 out of 5

Hop over to tinyBuild and nab yourself a copy of No Time To Explain today.

Let’s face it, the idea of being a time surfer is pretty freaking cool. I mean just think about the prospect of surfing through space. .  .awesome. And that’s precisely what indie game developer / app developer Kumobius is having you do in their new game Time Surfer, a title beautifully presented in a science fiction style.

So, what is Time Surfer? Well, if you take Braid and add surfing, smashing, items creative challenge missions, you’ll be in the right neck of the woods.

You tap the on-screen arrow to speed up and ascend, aiming to land on a downward slope so you can glide like the coolest of boarders, but oops, you soon cock up and smack into an enemy. Thank goodness you’re able to hit an hourglass icon to turn back time and give yourself a second chance.

The gameplay in Time Surfer is familiar but nevertheless utterly enjoyable. The one-touch gameplay mechanics are intuitive and all in all, the game is easy to pick up and play (which surely is the diadem of good video game design).

New meets old in Time Surfer, and both the modern and the antiquated aspects of the game are a thrill to play. Head over to Kumobius (the game developer) or grab yourself a copy of Time Surfer using the iTunes box below.

 overall: 4 out of 5


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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