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Inside Scoop: Freaky Creatures

Posted by ptcgaming on October 7, 2008

You’ve got to love it when dragons and mutant birds collide. (Screenshot courtesy of Sinuate Media)

I don’t usually write about newer-generation games with enhanced graphics, but today I’m going to break tradition. So sit back for a minute while I introduce you to Freaky Creatures.
What is Freaky Creatures you ask? Freaky Creatures is a cross-platform, massively multiplayer online game set to hit stores in early 2009. The game will come on a reusable USB flash drive bundled with collectible action figures, according to the folks at Sinuate Media. By checking out the screenshot featured above, the game looks like a cross between Mortal Kombat and Final Fantasy, though it’ll be rated “E” for “Everyone” upon its release.
But there’s more to this Abandon Interactive Entertainment release than just picking a fighter and going toe-to-toe with another: Freaky Creatures will open up an entire universe. For starters, players will have the opportunity to build and customize their creatures to battle friends with. More than 3 billion combinations of parts, powers and objects for your creature will be available. From there, you’ll interact with your creature to grow a strong bond between the two of you. Of course though, the battle aspect of Freaky Creatures is what helps you achieve dominance.
But the Freaky Creatures universe goes far beyond just creature creations and battle. You’ll have the chance to interact with other gamers through character blogs, leader boards, mini-games, member contests, tournaments and polls. There’s also going to be an online comic! And the game will work on both PC and mobile platforms, so you can take Freaky Creatures on the go.
Want to get in on the action before 2009? By signing up on http://www.myfreakycreatures.com/, you can receive access to the Beta version of the game (Note: The required download is nearly half of a gigabyte). There, you’ll meet numerous other users who are already giving Freaky Creatures a try. Even if you don’t want to sign up for the Beta version, you can still check out the Web site for additional info regarding the game.

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Take Tecmo Bowl with you

Posted by ptcgaming on October 6, 2008

It’s the Tecmo Bowl that fits in your pocket…

So let’s pretend you’re sitting in an airport, waiting for a flight that, er, three hours late. The TV has some news program you’re not even interested in on, and you’ve finished thumbing through the magazine you picked up in the terminal. So you turn to your beloved cell phone and one of the games that was preloaded on it (I know these days some phones either have demos or none at all). Now, football fans, which would you rather play: Some no-name Tetris clone, or a version of Tecmo Bowl that fits in your pocket?

That’s what I thought. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, it’s true. Tecmo Bowl is available on your mobile phone.

Now before you hurry up and log on to your mobile gaming Web site and download this game, let me give you some details on it. First of all, it’s basically a barebones version of the original Tecmo Bowl (late ’80s version) that only allows you to play the equivalent of an exhibition game. Plus, you can only choose from four teams – San Francisco, Dallas, New York and Green Bay – who don’t have nicknames and don’t feature player names (Thanks, EA Sports). The classic music and sounds from the original are missing as well.

Now that I’ve given you the negative sell, let me tell you what I really like about this game. For starters, it’s classic Tecmo Bowl, so it would be hard to screw it up. The gameplay is exactly the same: Four offensive plays to choose from, with the defense trying to guess which play the offense picked. All of the gameplay elements are there, down to the automatic cycling between receivers, shaking off blockers and tacklers, diving and choosing your defender before a play. There are also some good-looking still-frame cut scenes that pop up during the game.

If I were doing an official “review” of this game, I’d probably give it a 2.5 or 3 out of 5 overall. While this version is perfect for getting your Tecmo Bowl fix on the go, you probably won’t want to stare at such a small screen for so long. But if you want a version of the game that can go wherever you do, then it’s definitely worth the few bucks it costs to download it.

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