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Haven Reviwes: Fortnite Early Acess

 Fortnite is a fun, fast and very addictive game, From green rabbits with guns, to grumpy muscle men cutting their way out of a city eating worm. Epic games knows how to deliver a quality experience. 3rd person action, unique abilities, looting, crafting, a plot, zombies, exploration, base building, a skill three, traps and tower defense. Topped of by the ability to play with 3 other people in glorious cooperation. If you got through all of that you’re probably a tad confused. Fortnite is one of those games that combine many great game play elements into one polished and mostly bug free package. The graphics are colorful, with a cartoon like art direction and over exaggerated features. Which makes for an exceedingly nice combination. The music is fairly a fairly okay fare, with several dynamic tunes, depending on the action. They’re there and they sound okay, but ultimately they are very forgettable. For some reason Fortnite is very found of whooping the butt of various loot pinata llamas. Which talks a lot and is brutally decapitated in a shower of candy and schematics.  The most efficient and best way to unlock new heroes and weapons that can bu build during the missions. Unfortunately this is quite much luck based. Normally I loathe zombies, as they are the most bland, rotten and boring enemy imaginable aside from annoying bats. However this game fixes that by throwing a lot of variation and special enemies that will rip you a new orifice. Plus that they gain various nasty elements later on. That being said, the game does contain a quite bit of grinding. Which will drag out the game a lot, so that is something to keep in mind. It is a time sink, a very addictive time sink. That being said many missions brings a lot of new elements and modifiers to keep things fresh. 

Combined with a randomly generated terrain. As I mentioned earlier tower defense is an important aspect of Fortnite. Most maps have an objective to defend, other wise the relentless horde will destroy it. That’s why manufactured traps and walls can be built all over the place to stop the scourge from getting through too fast. Buildings can be built anywhere as long as one have enough materials. Not to mention the storm shield, which is the main base of operation, that can be built up any way you like. An arena that has to be defended at least 10 times during the story mode. Which is another nice thing about the game, it has a fully voiced story mode with quirky characters and an over enthusiastic robot. In conclusion a good game, with many nice qualities, with quite a bit of grinding. The most negative aspect of the game thus far is that most ability powers are way too weak or short lived.

https://www.epicgames.com/fortnite/en-US/home

Njål Sand

Haven Review: Mr Nibbles Forever

20160529144952_1Mr Nibbles is a hamster; a very tiny hamster who’s nothing but a tasty treat for vicious spiders in his path, as he traverse a deadly labyrinth, one centimeter at the time. This little fellow enjoys tasty treats, jumping really high, dressing up in flashy costumes and breaking the laws of physics.

There is much to say, yet there is almost nothing to say. Mr Nibbles is a hamster that can run and jump, and that is all he does (until I fail to make the jump). As I run through the labyrinth I can collect fruit that can be sold in order to spin a wheel of fortune, which will grant one-time bonuses and some skins to unlock.

The spiders gonna get you!
The spiders gonna get you!

 

Aside from getting a really mean and insanely high score, there is not much to be said about the game. Other than that, the vector graphics looks fantastic and the art direction is very well drawn and thought out. I truly adore the attention to detail and wacky skin effects, such as the moon walker, where Nibbles runs backwards to a different beat than the basic music. Costumes are unlocked by doing challenges, such as running a set distance or collecting fruit. The further into the weird labyrinth I went, the more the environment changed.

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Far out man!

The music is fairly enjoyable and straightforward, unless you’re a sadistic fool who likes the “Nyancat” meme. Yes, there is a skin where the pesky hamster farts a rainbow while a terrible beat runs in the background…fair warning! The biggest issue with the game is that there is not much to do, no end goal and no real plot, as far as I can see. This makes this game a brilliant time-killer and ideally something to put on a low spec laptop when traveling; a game that would work very well and fit right at home on a PS Vita, or other hand-held console. Mr Nibbles Forever is just that, a game that can go on forever, it’s a prime candidate for getting Steam achievements, however. It works with a controller, which is always a good thing. If only the menu cursor were a bit easier to see and use.

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I told you to run you fool!

Everything is not perfect in the garden though. I came across some bugs around the time this article posted. For example, pressing “A” on the controller too soon at the fortune wheel screws everything up. The only option then is to quit.

Steam store page:
http://store.steampowered.com/app/448050/?l=norwegian

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Disclaimer:  We received this game for review purposes only. As such, all views in this article are our own. No money has been exchanged for this review.

Njål H Sand

Haven Review: Teslagrad

Teslagrad

In a Steampunk world, Science a boy is on the run, escaping into a mighty tower full of perils and wonder, where the story is told without a word. This is a very impressive undertaking, since games are usually an audio/visual medium. I review it because I find it enjoyable. In this Nordic-inspired world, the terrors of the tower are many and the secrets are hard to find. The platforming is solid and your powers are based around electricity; hence the title. Throughout the game there are various murals that depict the story of the land and stages where automatons preform a play.

Now i know how being a Gerbil feels like!
Now i know how being a Gerbil feels like!

I think most people would classify this as a “Metroidvania” game, but that wouldn’t be entirely accurate. There’s a lot of exploration going on, but that’s purely for unlocking secrets.

The path ahead is quite linear and follows a clear, defined line. However it’s totally possible to backtrack. Throughout the game you’ll find various useful items that are required to solve the puzzles and traverse the rooms of the tower. These include a glove that can change the polarity of various objects and boots that zap the player through metal bars, into enemies and across chasms. Overall, it’s an easy control scheme and a simple concept done right. Graphics are nice and colorful, and at times moody. The bright eyed pint-sized boy fits well into the world of hand drawn sprites, where every enemy and boss looks unique.

Touch the electric current and die
Touch the electric current and die

Yes, there are some epic and fun boss battles with dramatic music and intense action. This brings me to the sound design that is very well done and fits into the theme of the world. It never got on my nerves. Since this is a very adorable platformer, there’s no blood and gore. Players of all ages can enjoy it. However, it can be a bit hard if players aren’t familiar with such games, or are very young.

Big bird boss beating!
Big bird boss beating!

All in all, Teslagrad is a solid game from a solid Norwegian game company, and was made using the Unity engine . The game can be bought on Steam, GOG and Wii U.

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Steam store page.
http://store.steampowered.com/app/249590/

Disclaimer:  We received this game for review purposes only. As such, all views in this article are our own. No money has been exchanged for this review.

Njål H Sand