Jun 2, 2010

All-In-1 GameBox

I'm not a fan of the 'all in one' game collections as they generally consist of a bunch of games that can't make it on their own all cobbled together as if a big pile of crap is better than a small pile. Suffice it to say that when I decided I'd give this title a try it was for two reasons: a) it's cheap and b) I was looking forward to writing a scathing review filled with wit and cheap shots.

First, the games... All-In-1 GameBox includes:
  • Fruit
  • Reversi
  • Memory
  • Sokoban (50 levels worth)
  • Solitaire (Klondike, Spider, FreeCell, and Forty Thieves)
  • Flip-Flip!
  • Lights Out (100 levels worth)
  • Fireman (100 levels worth)
  • DoDo Go Home
  • 15s Survival
Many of these are pretty well known staples of entertainment such as Reversi, Memory (i.e. Memory Match with anime characters... Naruto, I think), Sokoban, and Lights Out. If you're not familiar then fortunately the games all appear to have built in instructions. Fireman is slightly different take on Sokoban... instead of pushing blocks you're pushing water droplets to put out fires, but once a fire is out it is no longer an obstacle (unlike Sokoban).

All of the games have fair graphics and little sound to report on. The controls are touch screen friendly, but also take advantage of the Droid's DPad (and I'd suspect work with trackballs too). In all fairness, many of these you can get separately for free so if all you want is a Sokoban game then this is probably a waste of a buck. But the game's as a package are of decent quality with a game like Reversi actually offering some challenge during play that I think this is easily worth my dollar. Again, nothing is going to stand out or wow anyone... this package is all about decent version of classic games, the convenience of having them in a single package, and the value it provides for a dollar. It also appears that the author adds games to it occasionally as it's still listed on their website with just 8 games. 3.5/5 stars.

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