Suburban Timewaster

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Archive for the month “May, 2013”

Turbo Pizza (Bigfishgames.com)

When Rebecca and Robert purchase an abandoned castle, they turn it into a pizza parlor.  Can such a ridiculous concept do well in business?

The game really has no plot except for a few funny scenes between Robert and Rebecca.  As for the game play, you cook pizza, deliver it and then take the cash.  You can also serve chips, sodas and sweets.  You won’t be able to advance through the game unless you meet the minimum goal but try for expert if you feel lucky.

This game is fun and amusing.  I give it 6 out of 10; not a bad waste of your time.

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Soap Opera Dash (Bigfishgames.com)

Rosie wants to air a new soap opera but the executive managers won’t air it.  Fortunately, Flo helps Rosie film it by setting up the studio in her garage.  Can she make the big time with such little equipment?

The plot is simple yet funny.  Not only is Rosie trying to film her own soap opera, she wants to win the heart of Simon the celebrity.  Meanwhile, Simon and Quinn are having a popularity contest.

During the game, you assign citizens of DinerTown roles in your soap.  The further you get in the game, the more your cast expands.  You bring each star a script.  Then you do their hair, costume and makeup.  When you’re done, you put the required props on the set and roll the camera.  In between levels, you can purchase upgrades to make the game easier.  You won’t be able to play the next level until you reach the minimum goal.  Try for expert if you feel lucky.

This game is addictive and amusing.  I give it 6 out of 10; not a bad waste of your time.

Samantha Swift and the Mystery from Atlantis (Bigfishgames.com)

Markus Payne’s back and this time he has a plan to enslave the world.  Unfortunately, for him, Samantha Swift is assembling the one item that can stop him.  Will she be able to complete the weapon before Payne’s diabolical scheme reaches its peak?

The plot is just like the last two.  Samantha goes in search of an artifact and someone else takes it.  Now she has to form a different item in order to stop an evil scheme.  The same characters from the last game make an appearance with the exception of Markus Payne’s new helper.

The game play is the same as the last two games.  You go from location to location collecting a list of objects.  The game will add some items to your inventory so you can complete the list.  You can collect hints in the form of lightning bolts and take part in mini-games in order to advance through the story.  The only difference this game has from the last two is that you can collect two swift birds in every scene and some objects you have to collect come in the form of riddles.

This game is addictive and entertaining.  I give it 7 out of 10; don’t come to this series looking for a deep plot.

Samantha Swift and the Golden Touch (Bigfishgames.com)

Chess Geber hires Samantha Swift to find Alexander’s Scroll of Wealth.  Unfortunately, Chess isn’t as innocent as she seems.  Can Samantha stop her former employer from acquiring the Midas touch?

The plot is similar to the last one with a different target in mind.  This time, Samantha Swift has to reassemble the heart of Midas and find each one of his desires.  The same characters from the last game help her out along with a few new ones.  One of the new characters comes with a scene that references the movie Casablanca.

The game play is just like the last one.  You go from scene to scene collecting objects. 

The game will add some objects to your inventory so you have an easier time completing the list.  You can also collect hints in the form of lightning bolts.  Oh, and advancing through the game will require you to complete some mini-games.

This game is not deep and yet fun.  I give it 6 out of 10; a good way to spend your time.

Samantha Swift and the Hidden Roses of Athena (Bigfishgames.com)

After losing the Scepter of Zeus to Ravena Stryker, archeologist Samantha Swift discovers the lost shield of Athena.  Her quest, find each rose and unlock its hidden power.

The plot is similar to Indiana Jones with Samantha Swift collecting artifacts to donate to the local museum while in search of the ultimate one.  The plot’s not exactly deep but the references to mythology are interesting.  The same could be said about the characters, who follow the typical archetypes.

The game play is hidden object.  You go from scene to scene to collect them.  Some objects can be used to find hidden items.  You can also collect hints in the form of lightning bolts.  Not only can you use them to find items, you can also click on an item in your list to see its shape in the scanner.  In some scenes, you can participate in a mini-game in order to advance the story.

This game is fun yet simplistic.  I give it 6 out of 10; a good beginning to a fun series.

DinerTown Detective Agency (Bigfishgames.com)

Bernie the bookworm loves detective fiction more than anything.  Therefore, when he comes across an ad to become one, he teams up with Flo to solve fifty crimes to send in.

The plot’s not as serious as you would think.  Instead of solving murders, you have to figure out who’s sticking gum all over Flo’s diner or who’s partying with animals late at night.  Some scenes hint that there’s a much bigger plot in DinerTown but it’s not anything serious.  The only issue I really have is that in one scene, Mr. Smith said he didn’t know Flo when in Diary Dash we learn that The Smiths wouldn’t have their farm if it weren’t for her.

The game is not your typical hidden object.  You go from scene to scene solving individual mysteries.  First, you collect the objects in the room.  Some require a magnifying glass, an eyedropper, or a fingerprint brush to find them all.  Then you participate in a mini-game to eliminate three of the six suspects.  Finally, you ask people questions about the last three suspects to find out who the culprit is.  In some scenes, you take part in a mini-game that helps you solve the actual mystery.

This game is addictive and amusing.  I give it 9 out of 10; I snickered in some scenes but I wasn’t laughing aloud.

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