P.O.W. – Prisoners of War (PlayStation Minis) Review—Should Have Stayed Imprisoned

No matter how much I want not to sound like a broken record, I just can’t help it. The SNK Minis do not have the best value for the price. Well, they are not expensive and are often offered with a discount or as a freebie in the PlayStation Plus program anyway. Still, direct emulations…

Tiny Hawk (PlayStation Minis) Review—Super Fun but Super Duper Short

I sort of wrote a warning in my Karoshi review to the Flash-based browser games developers: portability is not a feature worthy of a price. No matter how great a game is, I can’t find any reason to purchase it when you can play it on other platforms free of charge. It should have additional…

Stick Man Rescue (PlayStation Minis) Review—Bare

I absolutely have no problems with games which are graphically, um, underwhelming. I would choose gameplay a million times over graphics. Stick Man Rescue is one of those unimpressive-looking games that the Minis program offers. This game is a modern clone of Choplifter, and there’s nothing much added to the core gameplay of the classic…

Trailblazer (PlayStation Minis) Review—Setting the Trail Ablaze

This game requires superhuman memorization skills. Still, it’s a fun, simple and colorful Mini. There is not much to complain about, except for its punishing difficulty and psychedelically nauseating graphics. Trailblazer was originally a Commodore 64, Atari 8-bit and Amstrad CPC game, subsequently ported, in an unrevised form, to the Atari ST and Amiga. And…

Hungry Giraffe (PlayStation Minis) Review—Insatiable

This review originally appeared on PSPMinis.com back on February 28, 2012. Read my Postmortem about that website, soon. There are lots of free Flash-based browser games that have similar gameplay elements to Hungry Giraffe’s. The core gameplay of this Mini is reminiscent of runners like I Must Run! and One Epic Game, only in this…

I Kill Zombies (PlayStation Minis) Review—Mature but Still Raw

This review originally appeared on PSPMinis.com back on April 17, 2012. Read my Postmortem about that website, soon. This is the first time that Open Emotion Studios has released a mature-themed game. As soon as you fire up I Kill Zombies, those cute blocks from Mad Blocker Alpha show up on screen bathed in blood.…

Free Shot Frenzy (PlayStation Minis) Review—Offensive, Foul

This review originally appeared on PSPMinis.com back on April 30, 2012. Read my Postmortem about that website, soon. This Mini is a digital version of the hoop machine in arcades. Even if you don’t like basketball, I am pretty sure you’ve played it at least once in your lifetime for various reasons. One of those…