Thursday, 21 May 2015

Gamer Girl Giveaways - Week of May 21


There will be an ongoing linky, but will be published each Thursday. Stop in weekly and link up any gaming related giveaways. Or come on by and browse for gaming giveaways to enter!

Wondering how to participate? It's easy!

Under Your name: put the name of your giveaway prize and the end date. For example something like this "My Cool Blog - Excellent Prize (Can/US 3/12)" or  this "Awesome Prize, 4/16".

Under Your URL: copy and paste a direct link to your giveaway, not to the main page of your blog.




If you're looking for more places to list your giveaways   
check out our lists: Giant Linky List, and Giveaway Listings.

And finally... if you link up, please help spread the word about the Gamer Girl Giveaway Link-Up. Grab our button or send out a quick tweet. The more folks that know, the more exposure your giveaway will receive!

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Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Lost Games: Beneath a Steel Sky

 

I have been a long time video game player, and love discovering games I had never heard of before.  Beneath a Steel Sky seems like a really cool game that I would've loved.

Beneath a Steel Sky is a 1994 cyberpunk science-fiction point-and-click adventure game. The game was made available as freeware for PC platforms in 2003.

You are Robert Foster, who was stranded in a wasteland known as "the Gap" as a child and adopted by a group of local Aboriginals, gradually adjusting to his life in the wilderness. After many years, armed security officers arrive, killing the locals and taking Robert back to Union City. He escapes and soon uncovers the corruption which lies at the heart of society.

It is viewed as a cult classic.


Robert Foster lived in peace in a small tribal village until one fateful day. For an unknown reason the Security forces of the great Union City arrived to the village and made Robert come to the city with them. Robert fought back but had no chance against them. But Robert was lucky. Something happened on the helicopter ride back to the city and it crash landed in the middle of the giant city. Robert survived the crash and managed to escape from the security. Now his only goal is to reach the ground level so he can get back to his village. But why was he abducted and who is Robert Overmann?

In Beneath a Steel Sky you take the role of Robert Foster, abducted by brutal Security forces and brought to Union City. Foster's fate is in your hands as he talks to people and explores the area around him in an attempt to discover why he was brought to the City. At the start of the game Foster has escaped from the wreck of the helicopter in which he was kidnapped. Now it is up to you to ensure that he eludes Security in order to discover his past and his destiny. In a place called Union City all of man's social problems are coming to a boil under the claustrophobic lid of a cold steel sky. From the pit of the industrial sector to the spheres where the powerful play - it's Man against Machine, Man against Man, Man against Time. In an urban hell only you can liberate. Maybe.

Monday, 18 May 2015

Beavis and Butt-Head in Virtual Stupidity

 

Sometimes I feel like I am the only one who never understood that appeal of Beavis and Butt-Head.  One of those times is now, when I discovered their was a computer game called  Beavis and Butthead in Virtual Stupidity.

Beavis and Butt-head in Virtual Stupidity is a point and click adventure computer game.

The game starts with Beavis and Butt-head working at Burger World. They are met by Todd, who threatens them. Despite this, Beavis and Butt-head like Todd because of his power and consider him "cool." They decide to try to join Todd's gang.

At Highland High, the duo are forced to stay in Science Class and dissect a frog. Eventually, they manage to skip class after lying to the science teacher that they are going to the bathroom. They manage to slip from school after spitting on Principal McVicker from the school rooftop, causing him to leave the school entrance.

From then on, Beavis and Butt-head explore various areas from Highland, including their house, BurgerWorld, the park, and Maxi-Mart, completing various tasks, in order to get closer to Todd and his gang.

This is not really a game that would interest me in the least, but I am sure back in the day my hubby would've been all over it.

So, did you play?

Thursday, 14 May 2015

Gamer Girl Giveaways - Week of May 14


There will be an ongoing linky, but will be published each Thursday. Stop in weekly and link up any gaming related giveaways. Or come on by and browse for gaming giveaways to enter!

Wondering how to participate? It's easy!

Under Your name: put the name of your giveaway prize and the end date. For example something like this "My Cool Blog - Excellent Prize (Can/US 3/12)" or  this "Awesome Prize, 4/16".

Under Your URL: copy and paste a direct link to your giveaway, not to the main page of your blog.




If you're looking for more places to list your giveaways   
check out our lists: Giant Linky List, and Giveaway Listings.

And finally... if you link up, please help spread the word about the Gamer Girl Giveaway Link-Up. Grab our button or send out a quick tweet. The more folks that know, the more exposure your giveaway will receive!

Gamer Girls Giveaways Link-Up


Sunday, 10 May 2015

Board Games that will lure Race Car Lovers to the Table...

You know there's two of us behind this blog right? Well there is also a supporting cast of characters, a.k.a. our awesome guest posters, but mainly it's Shari and I. We both love games in all their incarnations, however Shari is more into the mainstream stuff, while I'm into more "heavy" gaming. Particularly when it comes to board games. 

For a while now I've been plotting, trying to devise ways to lure Shari deeper into board games. Then last week she reviewed a copy of GMT's stock car racing game, Thunder Alley. This might have been a bit of a deep jump for a first dip into euro-style board games. But it got me thinking. Shari loves two things above all others, knitting and NASCAR. I've yet to see a board game based on knitting (though heaven help us there IS a knitting video game). However over the years I've tried a few other racing games, while they weren't my personal all time favourite board games I could see Shari digging these. So I concocted this list and figured I'd share it with you all:



First, Monza by HABA. Now this one is admittedly a kids game, but I could see Shari enjoying playing it with her boys.



Monza. Adorable race car pieces and colourful track.




The general idea is you role coloured dice and decide what route to take on the colour coded race track. Aside from colour matching, there's some deductive thinking, as often there is more than once possible way to go and you need to figure out which path will get you around the track quicker. My daughters love playing Monza. It's also on that rather short list of kids board games that I actually don't mind playing along with them.








Next up is PitchCar. To be honest I despise playing this game because it is dexterity based. However it's a frequent favourite at the local public play events my husband and I help to organize and run. The basic idea is flick your little round wooden disc (aka your race car) around the track without crashing or flying off the board. 


That's an 8-foot table. PitchCar takes up SPACE

The game is a bit on the pricey side. That's because the track pieces are made of wood. I don't have to enjoy playing the game to be able to appreciate the fact that it's sturdy, well crafted, and allows for all kinds of interesting track layouts. If you add in a few PitchCar extension packs you can end up with some pretty elaborate tracks. Even with just the base game you end up with a surprisingly large track, up to 12 feet long, which means you need a big play space to accommodate this one. (There's a mini version of PitchCar out as well, but I have yet to see it in person. From what I've seen online I suspect the quality is the same as the full size game.)




Now on to my favourite racing themed board game, Formula D. The game simulates racing Formula One style cars on both official F1 track and street tracks. It's a strategic game with a fairly high luck factor. As a player you are in charge of your race car. You need to decide which gears to shift into and when, with each gear providing a different range of speed (aka you roll different dice based on which gear you're in). 

Formula D, nifty player board with neat gear shift mechanic.


Your car also has a sort of hit point system you need to track. You take penalties for things like bumping into other cars or having to suddenly downshift multiple gears. Flip the board to the street track and you switch to the thrill of illegal racing, with new elements like nitro acceleration and gun battles.





Finally, honourable mention goes to Daytona 500. While I've never played it, I couldn't pass up on mentioning this specifically NASCAR themed board game which was put out by Milton Bradley in 1990. It rates reasonably well on Board Game Geek and the photos I've seen make it look like an interesting game, but as far as I can tell it's out of print. Is it worth the after market price of $90 and up that I see it going for on Amazon and eBay? I'm not sure.

What other racing themed games have you folks tried? What would you recommend?
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