Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Gaming Notes

I've been playing a terrific game called "Rebuild," and here's the game description from their website:
Humanity is suffering another Apocalypse.

The city is not recognizable anymore: the streets are full of roaming zombies who are catching live people and attacking their refuge.

You need to search for survivors in this apocalyptic turn based strategy game (TBS). Create a detachment of soldiers, scavengers, builders, scientists and combine their efforts for city rebuilding and defense.

Manage food supplies, housing and morale while defending against undead attacks. Reclaim the city one square at a time and put your survivors to work scavenging for food, building houses, rediscovering technology and of course killing zombies. Beware of rival gangs, wild dogs, food thieves and even riots as you manage a city. Your fort should be growing constantly.

Humanity anchors its hope on you.

Yes, I know there are quite a few zombie games out there now, but this one is entirely addictive. Like all good games, it forces you to make difficult choices, and when one of your survivors dies (in all likelihood, because you sent him or her into a dangerous situation), you'll feel a tinge of guilt when you see a little tombstone by their name in the survivor list.

Plus, and I think this is usually underrated in indie games, the graphics are absolutely fantastic--they have a colorful, cartoonish feel to them, which is a wonderful contrast to the subject matter. Yes, you're trying to save humanity from zombies, but you'll be doing it in a cartoon.

The visual style is just one of many excellent design decisions. This is a very, very slick game, highly polished, and like I said, it's addictive.

In fact, I have a game open in my browser right now, and I'd like to get back to it, thank you very much. That should work out fine, because you should be heading over to check it out. First, though, please cancel any meetings you might be involved in for the next hour or so, because you won't be going anywhere.

Enjoy: Rebuild.

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