Reviews by penfold82


Excellent JRPG

penfold82 | Dec. 24, 2014 | Review of The Book of Legends

I've only played a few of JRPGs but I quite like them. The Book of Legends has a similar style and feel to the others as you would expect. What is different about The Book of Legends is how big it is. There is so much to do in this game. There is plenty of exploration and interaction that you can do while trying to achieve the goals of the storyline. I've played for a few hours and have barely made a dent on it.

The combat, which is frequent, can feel quite repetitive as there is little variation in combat as you wander around in a particular area. If this sort of thing doesn't bother you, you'll have no trouble sinking many hours into this game.


A great little game (limited multi-player)

penfold82 | Dec. 24, 2014 | Review of Age of Booty

This game is great in short bursts. Basically you sail around capturing towns, picking up floating crates and destroying other boats to pick up materials for upgrades and special bonuses. It's easy to pick up but it can get pretty hard. The graphics are fine and the music is okay (very piratey) but the controls feel a little clumsy at times (probably quite suitable for a boat).

The multi-player option is restricted to LAN (original online multi-player is broken) and requires a fix, which can be found on forums if you're keen to play LAN. Overall it is a good game. It's very simple and fun but it will only last a few hours in single player mode as it was originally aimed at being a multi-player game.


Not worth the pain

penfold82 | Dec. 17, 2014 | Review of Farming World

Although I've only played this game a few hours, I've decided to give up. There is just too much that is not explained in this game. The only guide or manual of any kind is on Steam (it's too short to be a guide really) and is not in English. There are bits and pieces of useful information around but not enough to help you get into the game. The tutorial has a few bugs and it seems to be random as to which one you will encounter. Although there is heaps of information available in-game concerning the requirement of crops and the current conditions you have, it is difficult to see how these come into play. I've found the campaign mode frustrating because of the lack of useful information or useful information in hard to find places. This game has heaps of potential but until there is a manual or a comprehensive guide, I feel that it is not worth the time as there is nothing to encourage you to keep playing. The music and sound is okay and there's nothing wrong with the graphics but there is nothing that makes you want to plough through the painful task of working out if you've done something wrong or if it's just a bug. I recommend passing on this game. For me it scores 40 until there is some comprehensive help or guide.


Great idea but limited

penfold82 | Dec. 5, 2014 | Review of Pressured

Pressured is a game based on simple maths. Your given a goal number that you must reach and 9 TV screens with smaller numbers (constantly changing) that you must click on to add up to goal number within a time limit. As you progress, the goal number gets higher and your time limit decreases. It's great brain training and surprisingly fun. The problem for me is that there really is nothing else to it. I can't play for more than about 20 minutes at a time and the lack of variety means that I rarely play it. But still, it is hard to beat for fun brain training.


Solid hidden object game

penfold82 | Dec. 4, 2014 | Review of Crystals of Time

his is first hidden object/puzzle game I've played and I quite enjoyed it. The storyline is okay, the music is suitable and I quite liked the graphics. It took me about 5 hours to complete (I am new to the genre) and I found the game engaging. If you're getting stuck and frustrated, there's a hint button that gives you a general idea where to find what you need for the current puzzle. I tried to avoid this as it's more satisfying working it out yourself. The main disappointment for me was that the game seemed to finish quite quickly. I thought I was about 2/3-3/4 of the way through game when I was on the last couple of puzzles. Overall, this game is great for anyone who is a fan of this genre, but has little to offer anyone else (apart from Steam trading cards).


Good retro game but no "special" feeling

penfold82 | July 22, 2014 | Review of Canyon Capers

I'm not a platform expert but I thought I would give it a try. I really enjoyed it to start with. The colours are bright and fun and have that retro platform feel to them. Music and sounds fit in nicely. Controls are simple and you can get straight into it. But for some reason, I just wasn't drawn into it and found that the novelty soon wore off.. It may just be that my fond memories of these games cannot be matched today, especially with all the fancy new games out there. If you're a big fan of platforms or a hardcore retro fan, this game should suit you quite well. As for me, I'll see how far I get but I don't think it will hold my interest long enough for me to finish it.


A much neglected game

penfold82 | July 14, 2014 | Review of Warlords Battlecry 3

I bought this game ages ago and really enjoyed it. I have probably sunk more hours into it than any other game. The RTS is done well but as others have noted it is not the best. What is good is the variety of races and the way that they all work quite differently from each other. This alone would make for a fun game.

The storyline is okay and does provide some interest although nothing special. The RPG element of having a hero that can be highly specialised is probably the best feature. The variety of skills and how they combine together provides for quite a bit of fun experimenting and each class will have different strengths depending on what race you are using. This RPG feature alone also make for a fun game.

Put RPG and RTS together; fantastic! Resource management, in game quests, retinue of champions that can gain experience and be used again and again until they die; all great features. What I love about this game is how all of these come together for a fun and unique experience (even if it is a bit dated).