Monument Builders: Alcatraz

A casual game by Little World Studio, Monument Builders Alcatraz takes you through various levels in which you have to build things and clear roads on your path to the main goal, which is building Alcatraz.

The game seems simple, but like typical games of the style it’s timed, and not doing things within the allotted time can mean either failure or a lesser score. And we all know you want to get the 3/3 star rating, don’t you? Don’t deny it now.

Monument Builders takes you through various levels in which you have to dispatch your construction workers: bring down trees to gather resources, purchase materials and build stores: shops to keep the people and constructors fed and earn money with shops, material factories and more. Your construction workers will also need to be dispatched to clear out and repair roads, kick out thugs blocking them or… feed pelicans that will refuse to move otherwise.

Manage your resources and time wisely, and you will be able to get that 3 star rating and move on to the next map. Like other casual games of the sort, this one has several power ups, most of which are purchasable with in-game gems that, for once, you don’t need to pay for with real cash (you already paid for the game after all if you bought it on steam), but you do need to earn them by getting 3 stars in previous levels.

As a little added extra, in between the levels you will find a bit of tidbits about Alcatraz, which is rather interesting.

The story is nothing grand, as it never is with these casual games, but it is strangely addictive and I had a lot of fun playing it. Plus, it’s quick to pick up, play a single level and then move on with your day, something I always love. It’s fun to kill a bit of time with.

On the other hand, you might find that after playing a few levels, you’re merely repeating the same thing over and over, and might get just a little bored if you didn’t find the gaming style particularly exciting.

The game is not particularly striking in art or music, but it’s not unpleasant either, and I rather liked the looks of the maps.

Recommended if you’re into casual time-wasters, particularly if it’s on sale!

4/5

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Racer 8

 

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Game: Racer 8
Genre: Casual, Racing
Developer: 30.06 Studios Ltd
Publisher: KISS ltd
Release Date: Jun 6, 2014
Platform: PC / Played on Windows 7
Overall rating:  2/10
Graphics: 7/10
Controls: 8/10
Level/Puzzle Design:2/10
Sound: 2/10
Story: N/A
Replay Value: 0/10
Community: N/A

 

Review

Racer 8 is a mobile-port puzzle game. The basic premise is this “puzzle” – a racing track – where the car moves around and you turn tiles to make a path to the finish line: not overly exciting, but a good time waster to have on your phone and are somewhere, waiting, and terribly bored.
But that’s about all this game is, and it should have stayed as a phone game.

The game’s graphics are decent, kinda cuteish, but definitely… generic. There’s nothing special about them, and it looks exactly like every other mobile game with cars.

The splash screen forces you through the tutorial even when you’ve already played the game and clearly don’t need it (there is a skip button, but in mine it wouldn’t work at all). So you go through the tutorial, start playing, and then get 100 pop ups telling you the exact same thing the tutorial screen just did. Ugh! Interrupt my gameplay why don’t you?

After the first round alone it gets boring and repetitive, which you could have kind of guessed it was, though I had somehow hoped it might be a bit more exciting and that the levels would provide a bit of a challenge further on. Not quite so.

There are no graphic options, no sound options, not even volume options. In fact, there are NO options whatsoever. Even if it were to be a basic hi/low, on/off setting, you HAVE to have options in your game!
To top it off, the music was pretty awful (and it was super loud), so I had to mute my entire computer to play. Way to go.

Definitely steer clear from this one, unless it’s free again.