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Haven Review: The World To The West

Haven Reviews: The World to the West

A fantastic adventure with four fabulous heroes, whom brings unique skills and personalities to the table. Clonington is a big hunk of muscles an unrivaled force of nature, whom strong-arm his way through boulders and beast alike.

He’s joined by the timid but brave kid whom can dig circles around his enemies while, skating across ice and lobbing dynamite at foul fiends. While the mesmerizing mercenary, dazzles her enemies with a scarf and fancy goggles, forcing them to do her bidding.

At lastly we’ve got the electric red haired teslamancer, whom can dart around the place like a bolt of lightning and much much more. Each hero is needed to complete the game and to unlock the secrets of The world to the West. Believe me it is not an easy feat, with puzzles and dangers around very twist and turn. Unlike Teslagrad, the Unity physics are less pronounced and much more solid. In turn this makes the game a lot more easy going and accessible to virtually anyone. Not to mention that the controls are fully customization, for both the gamepad and the keyboard.

Especially the monsters and colorful people inhabiting the world makes the whole experience so much more engaging. Unlike Teslagrad, which The world to the west is a sequel of, there is a lot of dialogue, that carry the story in interesting directions, with some quirky plot twists on top of it all.

The sound effects are fantastic and fits the game exceedingly well. The same can be said for the fitting music. Unless you’re struggling with that one mecha boss in the cave. That one track is rather rubbish I dare say and drove me nutters. However that is the only negative thing I can comment on, when it comes to the lovely score. Naturally the music in The World to the west can be bought separately as well, which is quite nice indeed. 

The World to the West is also littered with hidden treasure chests which require the characters unique skills to nab and grab those shiny bits. Which can be used to buy various knickknacks , from a seller in a shady pub.

Graphically the game delivers a wonderfully crafted art direction. With a lot of animations for such a stylistic game.All the Steam Achievements are linked to the secret lore scrolls within the game, making it tricky for those that likes to collect them. That being said World to the West is one of the few games that has sensible ones. After all completing a chapter is not that special in the long run. Which is way too common these days. All in all a very nicely presented package, which carries it’s inspiration on its sleeves and does something new and exiting with it. 

The price point is quite satisfactory as well, not to mention it can be bought on the Nintendo switch. I’ve not tried that port so I can’t say anything other than it makes for a lovely on the go title, with the system. Especially when sitting on a plane or a train.

Njål Sand

Haven Review: Revolution Ace

2015-05-08_00002First up is our disclaimer. We received this game for review purposes only. All opinions in this article our are own and no monies have been exchanged for this review.

1983 was a milestone year in video arcades worldwide. Games like Mario Bros. (Nintendo) and Dragon’s Lair (Cinematronics) set precedents that echo to this day. That same year, one of the greatest forward-scrolling airplane shoot-’em-ups jetted in from Japan: Atari‘s Xevious.

I spent countless coins fighting off waves of oncoming aircraft, boats and tanks, all the while dodging their perfectly round homing bullets! At the end of each wave was a boss fight, and each successive level got harder until only the Guinness Book ranked players were left standing…in the arcade…for days.2015-05-08_000042015-05-09_00007

Now, ⅓ century later, we have Revolution Ace from Laser Guided Games; a Xevious-like jet fighter with enhancements such as inventory, multiplayer and varying difficulty levels.

As you advance through waves of enemies, you earn new types of weapons and armor, as well as special-use items that require a recharge period before they can be re-deployed. There are also elusive “perks”, which bestow permanent upgrades to your jet…everything from extra shields to additional missile slots. When you deem items obsolete, you can salvage them and use the scrap to improve your inventory.2015-05-09_00009

Enemies come at you from all venues…land, sea and air. There are also stationary ground targets to destroy. A great feature is that you can return at any time to maps you have already beaten. This lets you farm for resources, as well as go back and take that awesome screenshot you missed earlier!2015-05-09_00004

Multiplayer modes are fun, but non-cooperative. You can play split-screen “versus” to see who scores higher, or you can record your play and compare it to your opponents’ recordings…very avant-garde.

Eventually, you will amass an impressive arsenal of offensive and defensive items with which to equip your fighter. There’s something very satisfying about dragging and dropping missiles into position under the wings, and adding homing capabilities to an otherwise basic pellet gun.

Overall, I recommend Revolution Ace to anyone who has considered playing a game of this genre. The “easy” mode is truly easy with plenty of shields and armor to get you started. Through perks you can further increase these protective forces.
2015-05-09_00012When your skills improve and you think you’re ready, select one of the tougher modes. The AI there is smarter and the game becomes less generous with the perky handouts! So go ahead and give Revolution Ace a test flight. We’ll see you at 40K feet.

-Chris Roberts-
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