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October 2005 Indie Game Monthly Round-Up

(by The Illustrious Panel - TIP)

Scoring Scale:

10 - Perfection 5 - Below Average
9 - Nearly Flawless 4 - Way Below Average
8 - Way Above Average 3 - Quite Poor
7 - Above Average 2 - Terrible
6 - Average 1 - Just Unbelievably Bad
Game of the Month
Weird Worlds: Return To Infinite Space
Award Winners This Month:

Average score of 9+

Average score of 8+

Average score of 7+
Weird Worlds: Return To Infinite Space Thomas and the Magical Words Cute Knight
Magic Match

Snowy: Fish Frenzy
(September 26)



by Alawar


6.5

AVERAGE SCORE


Mike Hommel: 6

This is a case of a very well made game that just isn't very fun. There's so little to do in this game, and what you do isn't even exciting. It's sort of like playing Whack-a-mole, except that you have to crank the hammer up for a couple seconds before each whack. That's tedious. It's kind of fun just for the sake of slapping cats (not just a euphemism anymore!), but the fun wears thin about 10 levels into the 80 offered.

Seth Robinson: 7

This game has a very simple underlying mechanic - you need to click enemies before they run off-screen with your fish. This could have gotten old very quickly but a number of variants are introduced as you progress to keep things fresh, although, the base gameplay doesn't change much. Beautiful art and silky smooth animation. Is there anything Snowy the bear can't do?!

Mike Kasprzak: 7

The big white bear franchise is back. In this one, you protect Snowy's fish piles from cats, by slapping them, or with items like pumps. Yeah, I don't really have much more to say about that. It's a neat game.

Russ Carroll: 6

Slap-Slap-Slappy! Snowy is probably the closest thing Indie games has to Mario and seeing Snowy in an isometric title was great! I was very enthused about playing this game just to see the graphics and I was happy with what I saw. In this game you slap cats as they try to steal your fish. Using the mouse you move your hand and then left-click to slap them silly. There are a bunch of power-ups and some interesting ideas here, but it was more of a one-trick pony unfortunately. My kids didn't really get into it either beyond the music and sound, both of which deserve a better game attached to them.

Cute Knight (Kishi Kawaii)
(October 15)



by Hanako Games