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Haven Review: Super Mario Bros: Crossover

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Mario, Luigi, Link, Samus, Simon, Rockman, Forte, Bill, Ryu, Sophia.

Super Mario Bros: Crossover

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An alternate Megaman skin

Everyone has heard of Super Mario, that red plump plumber who stomps on different animals in his quest to save a princess that might be in another castle. It is a true and tested formula that’s still quite popular. This might sound like the idea from a weird fan-fiction, or just Nintendo doing their stuff again. But this crossover is no half-baked fever fantasy from an enraged fanboy. It’s an actual game. Take the first Super Mario game, add a slew of other characters from the same age and system, then import their respective powerups and physics. The only real changed is that some characters now have a double jump to traverse the world of Super Mario Bros.

A different skin and a different dead hero”

Yes, you heard me right. In this very game, Bill (from Contra), Link, Megaman and more can run around making a mess of the Mushroom Kingdom. Very few things can stand up to the spreadshot as it tears Bowser…and every hidden powerup block…a new one. The guys behind this game have done a fantastic and very impressive job of importing and implementing all of the most important elements into Super Mario Bros. Aside from several characters, there are also different themes, skins, music and a lot of cheats. Interestingly, the lost levels are included in this game, as well. Too bad that it’s a flash game; it really makes it a bit troublesome. Luckily, controls can be changed and there is a fullscreen mode. Using the arrow keys has never been a pleasant or practical experience, in my view. They’re just too far down on the keyboard to be comfortable. Fortunately, such things can be rectified with software and a gamepad!

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Samus in the house!
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Spread shot destroys everything!

After playing it for a while it occurred to me that the iconic sound effect of picking up coins is really terrible and too high pitched, just as with the Nintendo console. Since each character comes from a different game, their respective music and graphics were brought over, as well. Apparently NES graphics were not good enough, so they also took the ones from SNES, as well. This gave me the option to pick a tile set to go with, or just make a garbled mix of random tiles. The choice is there and that’s all that matters. There’s only one very big problem with this game: it can never be legally sold online since certain people and companies own the various trademarks. Since it’s free in a browser, anyone can play it and everyone who likes Mario can enjoy it.

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.

http://supermariobroscrossover.com/resources/super-mario-bros-crossover.84/

Njål H Sand

Haven Review: The Deepest Sleep

I can't show more, since that would spoil the game.
I can’t show more, since that would spoil the game.

An amnesiac person wakes up in a dark dank room, stuck in a bed as a dark thing with glowing eyes attacks. This is a short, self-contained point-and-click game that oozes with an oppressive aura, a horrid noise filter and much atmosphere. The noise filter does not get any better when it starts to swarm on the screen, followed by an ear piercing ambiance. By walking though the place, you’ll find items and cryptic clues that might help. There are some weird creatures about, and the shoddy flashlight does not help much. With the aid of limited sound effects and a moody score, the game puts you on edge and keeps you there. The controls are very simple. Every room is a scene and then the pointer is moved around until something clickable gets highlighted. This either adds it to the inventory, so that it can be used in another room, or activates some machinery. The puzzles are not overly hard or intrusive, and for the most part are perfectly sensible (despite the premise of using “object one” on “object two” to see if it works). Unfortunately, it is a bit annoying when trying to figure out if you can click on something, since the only indication is a change of cursor color.

Aside from this, the hanged clown does not fit well with the art direction. What puzzles me a bit is that Part 1 is featured in full-screen, yet in Part 2 the Armored Games site claims it does not support such a feature. As the consuming darkness envelops you, be prepared to die a lot. Luckily there are checkpoints; otherwise it would be a rather harrowing experience. It’s short, simple and very rewarding. I just had to know the resolution to the story. Personally, I found it quite enjoyable; The Deepest Sleep delivers.

There is only so much I can say, since I don’t want to spoil the fun. It’s the kind of narrative that requires a low-light environment and a good audio setup for maximum impact.

If you like to be scared, feel oppressed and stumble around in the darkness with creepy things about, whilst looking for a short game to kill some time, then it’s certainly worth a try. Since it’s playable in a web browser at the site below, there is no reason not to try it out.

For those that want more, Scripwelder has more games in store.

First up is our disclaimer. We received this game for review purposes only, and as such all opinions in this review are our own. No money has been exchanged for this review.

http://scriptwelder.com/blog/

Njål Sand

http://armorgames.com/play/16018/the-deepest-sleep

Haven Review: Tree of Savior

Our world is in peril and the goddesses are missing. But one night I had a dream; a revelation. It told me that it’s my job to cleanse the world of evil and save the holy ones. Now I just have to smash 20160515161236_1several hundred oversized onions to get some experience under my belt!

Tree of Savior is a free to play, Korean online game with a lot of charm, a ton of enemies and many, many classes. Since I’m talking about an online game, grinding and monotonous quests are a dime-a-dozen. As the mystery of the missing goddesses unravels, the story gets much more involved.

At the time of this review there’s a lot of lag, and the usual collection of underpaid workers wants your dollar for in-game items and gear. The NPCs and important people in town have this rather odd brown tint to them, which looks really boring, uninspired and downright creepy.

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Here be a boss, beat it to a pulp with friends!

But make no mistake Tree of Savior is addictive as all hell and the more people in the party, the more experience you gain. The serious amount of awesome bosses and sheer number of daily instances does make it more interesting than most other games in the genre. In many ways the game reminds me of Seiken Densetsu and the other games in the Legend of Mana series.
Since places are quite small and self-contained, there are always people around the various farming spots, hogging the place for themselves. Luckily, this is

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Just like any other market place on or off line.

rectified by switching between channels. Thankfully, the loading time is fast.  Leveling is mostly a speedy affair…mostly. Some levels do have a serious gap in them, which makes little or no sense, as the level cap is quite high. The cash store hardly contains any pay-to-win items, such as extra movement speed and more characters slots. This brings me to one of the biggest problems I have with the game; you only have 4 slots. Pets take one slot, and with all these classes there are at least 12 variations on each archetype.  Tree of Savior encourages team play and being in a party,

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Those red flowers are all enemy mobs, chain them up and grind them down!

since the experience boost is much increased when helping others. This in turn makes grinding a whole lot easier (not that people have caught on to it yet!) The number of high-level characters you’ve got also further increases the passive experience gain. Combat is based around using skills with a set cooldown. While this is run-of-the-mill these days, bosses and such have clearly defined “area of effect” (AoE) attacks that are dodgeable, unless the boss locks up and never stops.

Each class can pick

between male or female. As the class reached a certain level, I got to choose from two paths. Along with the levels I got skill points to increase my skills and stat points

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The Koreans have a thing for gorgeous artwork

. You can put these points anywhere you please, so be sure to have a clear build path in mind. I would not recommend the homepage. It is slow; SLOW, I tell you. The wonderful and charming graphics and the isometric camera makes Tree of Savior a pleasant looking experience. However, the music feels a bit off and odd at places. It’s composed of rave-like songs…not that this is a bad thing…just unusual. Personally I like it, and in the end that’s the important thing. It’s the kind of game I’d be very careful to whom I introduce, due to its addictive nature. There is also a video recording function built into the game, which triggers on hitting F12, the Steam screenshot key.

 

 

20160515164739_1Keep in mind, if you hate hearing people shout about gold for sale, cramped areas with people waiting for the farm to respawn, random kill steals, a lot of lag or suffer from MMO withdrawal, stay the hell away. There is one thing every online game succeeds at, and that is capturing the spirit of a middle-eastern bazaar, where everyone is peddling wares and screaming loudly at each other.

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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.

Steam store page :
http://store.steampowered.com/app/372000/
H
ome page:
https://treeofsavior.com/

Njål H Sand