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Achievement Unlocked 2

Posted by Tracy Poff on April 4, 2013

Achievement Unlocked 2 is a 2010 platformer by Armor Games.

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Much like its predecessorAchievement Unlocked 2 is a commentary on metagaming. The player controls once again a small, blue elephant, and has no other goals than to unlock all of the achievements. Here, Achievement Unlocked 2 tops the original, featuring 250 absurd achievements, more than double Achievement Unlocked‘s 100.

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Of course, it wouldn’t be a worthy sequel if you couldn’t unlock achievements just by starting the game, and this once again sets the tone for the whole game. There are plenty of achievements for things like clicking on interface elements, as well as the more ‘traditional’ sort for standing on certain squares or collecting all the coins in the game.

The main thing that sets Achievement Unlocked 2 apart from its predecessor is that it features multiple rooms. In a parody of the current DLC craze, though, you’ve got to buy the DLC to unlock the extra rooms, using the coins you collect in the game. In addition to the initial room, ‘Floor 1’, you have access to the elephant’s home, as well as four more floors and the roof of the building you’re in.

If you unlock all 250 achievements, you can see the ending… but is it really worth it?

One of the title screen’s messages is “Why risk it when you can just create a sequel?”, and the fake review quote in the shop for the second floor reads “If you like the first floor you’ll probably like the second.” These are certainly intended as parody, but they sum it all up pretty well. The second game in the Achievement Unlocked series is more of the same. If you’ve played the original, there’s probably no reason to bother with this one. If you’ve never played the first, you can take your pick; either game will do.

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Posted in 2010, Decent, Flash, Freeware, Full Review, Platformer | Tagged: , , , | Leave a Comment »

Phage Wars 2

Posted by Tracy Poff on August 22, 2009

Phage Wars 2 by Armor Games is a fun little flash game, though not a terribly difficult one.

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In Phage Wars 2, the player is a lab tech whose goal is to create the most powerful virus ever. This is accomplished by playing through the 32 stages (called ‘experiments’) and adding the gene proteins you discover to your virus in order to improve its strength, speed, defense, agility, and ability to reproduce.

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Each of the 32 experiments contains a number of cells and enemy viruses. The player can choose to infect cells or attack cells which are already infected by an enemy virus in order to take them over. Once a cell is infected, the virus inside begins to reproduce, so the player can then attack other cells. The stage is won when no enemy viruses remain. A new gene protein is discovered after beating each stage for the first time.

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Between experiments, the player has the opportunity to add the gene proteins to his virus. The proteins have varying effects, and can increase some statistics while decreasing others. Additionally, each protein takes up a certain amount of space in the virus’s genetic code, so the player must choose between them to create the strongest virus.

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The controls are pretty simple: click and drag from a source cell to a destination cell to send your viruses to infect or attack. To send viruses from multiple cells to a single destination, just drag over all the desired source cells. The best strategy I found was to infect as many cells as possible as quickly as possible, and then to attack the enemy viruses once all the empty cells had been claimed. To support this, I improved the attack, defense, and reproductive ability of my virus, though I understand that improving speed and agility is also a valid strategy.

Here lies the problem with the game: it’s really much too easy. With a decent bonus to reproduction, the viruses will fill a cell quite quickly, and with a decent bonus to attack, it’s not hard to destroy any enemy virus given a mostly-full source cell. The game requires a little juggling to make sure you maintain control of your cells, but it’s not really hard to do, and by improving defense even that becomes very easy.

Phage Wars 2 has basically identical gameplay to its predecessor, with the exception of the ability to add proteins to improve your virus rather than simply choosing a virus at the beginning. The idea isn’t totally original to this series, either–the concept is basically just Risk, and the game’s particulars are rather reminiscent, to me, of the primordial soup subgame in The Time Warp of Dr. Brain.

The lack of difficulty and originality aren’t really so bad that they ruin the game; it still pretty fun. To be honest, I’m not sure I know any way to make the game more difficult without also making it frustrating or otherwise less fun. As for the originality–well, some ideas are reused because they work, and I’d say this is one of them. Give the game a shot if you’ve got the time to spare.

Gameplay: 7/10
The controls are nice, the mechanics are understandable, the concept is solid. It’s a little too easy, though, and the main skill required, I think, is clicking and dragging very quickly at the beginning.
Story: 2/5
The story’s just an excuse for the gameplay, so this only counts half. On the other hand, the story’s obviously just an excuse, so minus some points.
Graphics: 9/10
The graphics are polished and lovely. Minus a point since the foreground and background were sometimes hard to distinguish, and there was nothing that really impressed me.
Audio: 5/10
There’s nothing really wrong with the audio, but it didn’t stand out in any way. Some more interesting audio might have made my interest in the game last a bit longer.
Personal Slant: 6/10
I enjoyed the game, though I think the sequencing part was a little dull, and the lack of difficulty made it drag on a little by the end.
Total: 6.4/10
Phage Wars 2 is worth a play, though not a replay. In fact, I’d say that the moment you begin to become bored with it, you should abandon it–it’s just more of the same, and the ending isn’t worth plodding through the game if you’re not enjoying it. It only takes a few minutes to play through the first few levels, though, and those few minutes are worth it.

Posted in 2009, Decent, Flash, Freeware, Full Review, Strategy | Tagged: , | 1 Comment »

Achievement Unlocked

Posted by Tracy Poff on February 15, 2009

Achievement Unlocked by Armor Games, published in 2008, is a flash platform game and parody of metagaming.

The player controls a small blue elephant on a single screen, which can run and jump and fall and die and not much else. The goal of the game is to unlock the achievements listed on the right, for which only the titles can be seen until they are unlocked.

By my count, 15 of these achievements can be unlocked simply by starting the game and standing still, although it looks like one of them shouldn’t be unlocked that way and is a bug. Most of the achievements can be unlocked just by stumbling around, and the way to unlock most of those that remain can be divined pretty easily from their titles and the nearby achievements. The last few that I got I had to look at the hint page for, but fortunately that’s an achievement, too.

The game ends when all 100 achievements have been unlocked.

Achievement Unlocked can be played here.

Gameplay: 8/10
The controls do what you’d expect. More importantly, achieving the achievements is pretty nice. I spent about fifteen minutes on it, which wasn’t long enough for me to get bored with it, so I’d say that the game is a success.
Graphics: 3/5
Even as flash games go, the graphics aren’t so good, but since that’s not really the point, only half weight.
Sound: 7/10
The music isn’t really annoying, but it is a bit repetitive. The sound effects are okay.
Personal Slant: 8/10
I enjoyed this, especially since I’m a spade, and it didn’t go on too long. Nice.
Total: 7.4/10
This game doesn’t take long, and it’s pretty amusing. We need to laugh at ourselves, so why not give it a shot?

Posted in 2008, Flash, Freeware, Full Review, Good, Platformer | Tagged: , , , | 1 Comment »