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[March 15, 2014]
The Guide: games: Dead Nation: Apocalypse Edition PS4: Here Be Monsters iOS: Yoshi's New Island Nintendo 3DS, 2DS
(Guardian (UK) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Dead Nation: Apocalypse Edition PS4: Another week, another zombie outbreak. This time the zombies come in fast, slow and exploding varieties, to be dealt with using an arsenal which you upgrade at fenced-off shopping areas in each level. Taking on the infected involves caution and judicious use of parked cars, which can be shot so that their alarms go off, attracting zombies, before blowing up and taking them all out. Dead Nation's beautifully detailed levels are like looking into tiny, gore-soaked dioramas of hell, in which there's absolutely nothing going on except mowing down zombies. nick gillett Sony, pounds 11.99 Here Be Monsters iOS: Originally a Facebook game, Here Be Monsters has you touring the world, hunting mythical beasts. Catching them involves traps and bait that demand multiple levels of farming, building and crafting to produce, requiring boring waits you can bypass with time potions. Typically, "free" games take this as an opportunity to ruin all your fun by begging for change but Here Be Monsters shows admirable restraint in this regard. It doesn't involve much skill, although it will stealthily extend your knowledge of geography and each country's peculiar cryptozoological beliefs. ng Gamesys, free Yoshi's New Island Nintendo 3DS, 2DSony, pounds 11.99 Gamesys, free Mario's dinosaur pal hogs the limelight in this origin story in which Mario and Luigi are still babies, reduced to riding about on Yoshi's back. As in previous Yoshi's Island games, the hand-drawn graphics and chalk-on-blackboard menus give it a childlike feel, which is misleading given its surprisingly steep learning curve. Although spiced up with mine cart and helicopter levels controlled by tilting your 3DS, this is religiously faithful to the 16-bit original, stripping away the extra characters and distractions that cluttered more recent outings in the series. It's well made and pretty but lacks the Mario magic. ng Nintendo, pounds 29.99-pounds 34.99 (c) 2014 Guardian Newspapers Limited.
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