Knack - Completed

It's taken a while to complete, my original co-op partner has now moved on to build her dream castle in Minecraft leaving me to ask for the assistance of my son to complete the last few levels.

We tracked down Vicktor who used the key to transform which backfired on him & transformed him into himself into a guardian.

Having a much older & more experienced gamer as my co-op partner made the last few levels very easy to complete.

The ending credits to the game are slightly enjoyable which show Knack dancing around the screen.

Overall it's not a bad game just needed to be fine-tuned in a few areas.
Back to Shadow of Mordor.


Words on Tour - Level 51 Three Stars

I have managed to three star all the levels I have played so far but level 51 must have a bug because even getting a high score of 11,000 on that level I only got a one star.

Videos on youtube show gamers getting three stars with just over 8,000.

Hopefully this will be fixed in a future update for now I have carried on past this level.


New Game - Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare

I'm bored of Borderlands so we decided to try Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare on the PS4 instead.

The Garden Ops mode is a 4-player wave attack in which you choose one of four character types & shoot zombies.

I went with the peashooter class to try and do most damage. You start the stage by choosing a garden you want to defend from zombies. There are empty plant pots dotted around the level you can use these to plant a 'Plant' that will help you attack the zombies or heal your characters.

The first few waves are easy but at level 5 you will get a mini-boss wave and after this you get more difficult zombies on the later waves. The final wave 10 is very difficult and once you have defeated the bosses you have to reach a checkpoint to exit the stage whilst surviving a zombie onslaught.

Your character levels up by completing various challenges to unlock new skills & the coins you are awarded can be used to purchase sticker packs which give you plants you can use in the various modes or upgrades to your character class.

It makes a nice change from Borderlands.


Shadow of Mordor - The Hammer

The Hammer is quite a tough boss fight, it took me a few attempts.
Just make sure you use counter & make use of your range attacks.


Shadow of Mordor - Avenge Mission

Avenge Missions are given to you throughout the game & these involve you taking out captain who have killed players on your friends list. In the video I have avenged Trooper Looper.



Destiny - Noob

Another Destiny moment I captured, this time helping out a  lvl 3 noob kill a captain.


New Game - Words on Tour

I do enjoy my letter/words games especially on the mobile. Words on Tour is the latest game from Zynga, the game starts in Paris & each level gives you a target you have to achieve to advance.

This target can be simple in play x number of letters to guess the phrase or play a certain block of letters. There are various power ups you can use along the way to help you complete your target & try to three star the levels.

I've nearly completed the Paris stage (currently on stage 27 out of 35) before I travel to London. It is a 'free to play' game but I've felt no need yet to purchase any of the in-app purchases to advance.

Brave Knight - Completed

I've not had much time for gaming lately too busy with other time-consuming activities. I did however spend fifteen minutes with my daughter playing Brave Knight which is really a story with very limited interaction.

You just write out the missing word to continue the story.

My daughter enjoyed spelling out the words & I had to explain the story in places.

Shadow of Mordor - Kill Streak

Showing off my combat skills in x37 attack streak


Destiny - Sparrow Surfing

I'm not playing Destiny that much lately but I had this video on the PS4 which shows me sparrow surfing.


Lost Cities - 200 Games !!

Since August 2014 we have completed another 100 games.

Easily my most played game on iOS & possibly my most game played ever. It's a shame the game does not offer you more player stats information.

Against the computer I've scored 9,693 points and taking an average of 30 points per game that is 323 games. Online I have a staggering 40,149 which is nearly 35K above the next UGVM player (Carl on 5K), taking my 30 points average I have played 1,338 games !!

Total together I'm looking at approx nearly 1,661 games, if I take an average of 10mins per game that is an amazing 276 hours !!

If that is correct then that beats the 250+ hours I have spent playing Destiny.
I've moved on from Destiny for now but thanks to the iOS platform my love of board games is growing with the recent Fluxx taking it's place along side Lost Cities, Ticket to Ride, Carcassonne & Words with Friends.

Thoroughly enjoy playing with Carl on these board games, "Cheers" and look forward to the next 100 games.

Framed - Completed

iOS gaming is at it's best when it offers you that new gaming experience like the brilliant Monument Valley, addictive Game Dev Story or the simple pleasures of any of the Angry Bird games.

Framed has you re-ordering comic book style frames to decide the outcome of the story. There are some scenes that alter the game but most have you trying to get over an obstacle or make your way whilst avoiding enemies.

The lovely music plays in the background whilst you figure out the best sequence of the frames to complete the scene.

It is a short game about an hour which suits my stop/go gaming time just fine.


January Update - Steam is back !!

There is only one TV for console gaming so when the kids are playing & I have some free time I usually end up playing iOS turn-based games.

At the weekend I decided to reinstall Steam onto the laptop & I installed Thomas Was Alone & Back to the Future (Telltale Series). Two games that I started in the past but either got bored or more likely went back to console gaming.

I also downloaded an iOS game called Framed which has a lovely comic book style & you have to move the framed images around to complete the puzzle.

When the kids were tucked in bed & if I was not watching another movie on Netflix I did manage to spend a few hours with Shadow of Mordor last week & have now unlocked the tier 2 abilities. I've killed quite a few Captains now and have done quite a few sidequests. Thankfully the world map is not full of icons like the AC games and there are really only two collectibles. I'm enjoying the hunting challenges but need to play the main quest further to unlock more.

I've gone off playing Destiny for now, I think finally getting IceBreaker was enough for me & the grind to collect yet more shards/energy has just dampen my enjoyment. I'll still however jump on and give Gus, Hakk, Orrah or Zo a hand if they want to complete a weekly strike but I've given up spending all my console gaming time on just one game. I do however have a couple of funny Destiny videos on the PS4 which I need to crop & upload at some point.


Destiny - Public Event Earth

Gameplay over the weekend showing Hakk & I on a public event where I think the enemy ship explodes at the end?