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Cottage of Doom reviewed on Destructoid:

Cottage of Doom, winner of TIGSource’s B-Game Competition, is one part shooter, one part tower defense, and one part survival horror. It is, in other words, totally addictive and awesome.

Cottage of Doom’s most interesting mechanic, by far, is the player’s ability to block windows, doors, and entire areas off by moving furniture. Though it sounds like a small thing, there’s literally no other zombie game I can think of (heck, maybe no other game, period) which allows you to dynamically barricade certain parts of a house.

In most zombie games, barricading is a binary thing: you either do it, or you don’t. In Cottage of Doom, barricading is an integral, strategic part of the game. If you don’t keep the right parts of the cottage defended, you’ll get overwhelmed quickly. If you don’t destroy certain barricades ot get ammo from them, you won’t be able to take out the encroaching zombies. If you can’t strategize and find a good balance between blasting the undead and maintaining your barricades and doors, you’ll be screwed.

The barricading system almost makes Cottage of Doom more of a strategy game than an action title. Blasting zombies is fun, of course, but the gunplay never gets any more complicated than “click on this zombie a few times to kill it,” while the barricading gameplay has an incredible amount of depth and nuance. I’m not typically one to enjoy thinking in my zombie games, but Cottage of Doom tricked me into loving every minute of strategic, furniture-moving glory.

Thanks Anthony! Glad you liked it 🙂

Patapon review (PSP)

I recently finished Patapon and decided to employ the new review style in reviewing it. The review contains some minor spoilers and also assumes that you know a little about the game and maybe even have played the demo.

Creativity
Some nice creativity in here. One is encouraged to experiment with different army configurations, and different sets of weapons / hats / pies / whatever. It can make the difference between passing a level without even breaking a sweat and losing a few caps and coming home with only 4 surviving patapons. Blending different materials to find new types of rare patapons is fun. Grinding to build up the army, which you’ll do a lot (there’s even an advice screen telling you to grind if you can’t pass a level), detracts somewhat from this creativity. The mini-games you have to do to get the good stuff become extremely tiresome after only a few goes; some are downright unfair.

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