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Super Hexagon mini review

super hexagon is evil!

Update: I apologize if this post shows up in your reader more then once. Wordpres went crazy on me.

To make my little review a little less boring, I sketched this cartoon so you can see what happens to you 99% of the time in this game. You die.. A lot. Super Hexagon is a deceptively simple ‘tunnel’ game in which you guide a arrow circling around a giant hexagon. Walls are constantly coming toward you. If you hit a wall, its ‘game over’. There is six levels in this game. Your goal in each level is to survive the entourage of walls for 60 seconds. Sound simple, right? Ha! With the world constantly rotating, pulsating, and throwing out deviant patterns in your way. On your first try you will be fortunate if you survive for 5 seconds. It’s a hard game. But the more you play, the farther down the level you will get. Making it to the 60 second mark felt more rewarding to me then completing a 60 hour RPG. That says a lot. Right now (til January 2,2014)  it’s on sale at steam for a mere 59 cents. Since it takes a couple hours per level, it’s a great value. http://store.steampowered.com/app/221640/

The verdict

Five out of Five ‘Agains’

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Portrait of The Heavy Weapons Guy

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I was in the mood to paint a game character. What better character face to paint then the ‘sandvich’ loving Heavy from Team Fortress 2? My first portrait painting in the series that I experimented with two light sources, the main light from above, and a softer neon light on the right side. Since I made up the lighting, if you see anything I missed, ex a shadow or highlight, let me know. In the future I will paint the remaining eight characters. I used to play TF2 before it was invaded with silly hats. speaking of silly hats..

I didn’t use a single photo ref this time for the heavy but just typed “heavy weapons guy’ in Google Images (gasp) and looked at the bunch of thumbnails to get a idea how he looked. I made up the pose and lighting for this painting entirely by myself and kept it somewhat simple.

Update: Fixed eyes

I painted it in Artrage 4Time Spent: A little over a hour
The Heavy Weapons Guy belongs to Valve and is copyright 2007
This painting is copyright 2013 Maugryph

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“Trauma” Game Review – New tier for adventures? Or just a photo gallery?

moon like spheres trauma artwork moon spheres
Get ready to move moon like spheres for 2 hours.

As stated in earlier posts, starting today I will write some short reviews with accompanying artwork. This artwork would focus on what the game is all about. It’s basically just a excuse for me to draw more and to make me feel like I haven’t wasted all my money on that money pit called Steam.

Saying that Trauma is a unique game is a understatement, part Riven mixed in with a hidden object hunt and a touch of Instagram thrown in for good measure. It is a point and click adventure game with no bothersome things like a inventory or brain bending puzzles. In fact Trauma might be the easiest and shortest adventure game I have played so far. Clocking in at a mere 30 minutes first play and about 2 hours to complete everything.

In Trauma you play as a woman who is recovering from a car accident. Confined in the hospital she has these strange dreams. You navigate these dreams while trying to figure out what the heck is going on.

There are four small ‘zones’ in the game, each zone is composed of a bunch of photographs you navigate through via Google maps style in your quest to find hidden endings and Polaroid snap shots. This photo atheistic is the best aspect of the game and feels utterly original. The main weakness of the game is the puzzles and how you solve them in the game. The puzzle solutions themselves are practically handed to you by the narrator, there is no feeling of accomplishment as the game does everything but automatically solve it for you. The game guides you like a dog on a leash.

It’s not that I didn’t enjoy playing though Trauma,  the visual style is fantastic, but the hand holding and short length detracts from the experience.

… Oh and be prepared to move spheres for 2 hours.

The game can be purchased with Steam: “http://store.steampowered.com/app/98100/

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Valve’s Steam holiday sale loves you.. and your wallet

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This years Steam holiday sale has been going on for little over a week now. This year i’ve actually stashed some cash for the sale this year, as it is the only time I purchase games on steam is on the summer and holiday sales. Prices are so low at these times as I can purchase 20 games (I counted them, I’m not exaggerating) for the price of a new game ($60 bucks), so I always wait  no matter how tempting it is to buy a brand new game. Bundles are my weakness, I have 120 or so games on steam, 75% of those where bough in bundles . Although I get great deals from steam every year, I still feel violated and dirty.

I’ve had a steam account since it’s creation in 2005, I was forced to join to play my copy of Half-Life 2- it’s the same tactic EA used with Battlefield 3 to sign people up with Origin)the biggest problem I have is that since I buy in bulk, I haven’t even played half the games in my library.

To feel like I haven’t wasted my money using Steam for 7 years, I will start writing short reviews with a accommodating vector artwork drawn by moi.

The artwork featured in this post is vector art and show the three Steam mascots taking my money. But instead of drawing myself, I drew a dragon, ’cause dragons are cooler.