Halloween Horrorween Special Report! (Part 1)


Here at GameTwonk we love Halloween, we love gaming and we love sales, so what better way to spend the day before Halloween than playing some dirt cheap spooky games? None at all is the answer.

Fortunately, a few digital download services agree with this opinion and have some groovy Halloween sales in effect RIGHT NOW!

Steam, as usual, have a decent Halloween sale, so do GamersGate, Direct2Drive, GreenManGaming, etc etc…..they all do, ok!

So, my mission is to take advantage of the sales, buy the cheapest spooky titles I can find, spend a few hours playing the blighters, work myself into a fright filled mess and report back.

Here we go, time to close the curtains, turn out the lights, adorn headphones and hold on to my bladder……

First on our tour of terror is ……. from the Steam sale…..Zombie Bowl-O-Rama! (Please note how I hilariously placed the bony, pointy finger cursor up the zombie’s nose)

Aaaaaaaaaaargh it’s bowling, only instead of pins, it’s zombies and instead of a bowling ball, it’s a spooky head!

I played the whole single player campaign, which took about an hour, and must say I had a bloody good time mwaaaaahaaahaaaaa.

The graphics are cool, cartoony and crisp and  the sounds are fittingly spooky – lots of wailing, screams, church bells etc.

The game itself is good fun – there are similar games that most probably use the same engine, and it doesn’t take long to get used to the physics and controls.

It’s fun to use the ‘tricks’ and ‘treats’, that provide, as you probably guess, bonuses and offensive power-ups, such as a massive bowling ball, sorry decapitated head ball.

Zombie Bowl-O-Rama uses Steamworks, so there are achievements, stats and leaderboards, which is always good.

As far as a multiplayer aspect goes, it’s old skool local multiplayer – i.e, 2 people on the same computer, so for me that means this is a single player game.

It’s good fun and exactly what you want from this type of game – a casual distraction from the police hammering on your front door, wanting to talk about that “misunderstanding” at the beauty salon yesterday – surely I’m not the only person to misunderstand the term ‘facial’?

There are a lot more lanes, balls, tricks and treats to explore, and from here this looks like great value for money.

Time for GameTwonk to cast it’s judicial and unfaltering opinion on ye Zombie Bowl-O-Rama……

Game Rating: 8/10

Fear Factor: 6/10 – (Not Really Scary At All)  

Zombie Bowl-O-Rama is developed and published by MumboJumbo

What’s next on the worrisome walk-through of today’s low price liver eaters? ……. Why, it’s Ghost Master, also from the Steam sale….. Let’s do it!

Ghost Master cost me 0.74p in the Steam sale, hence, I won’t be too hard on it. Too hard on the fact that it crashed on start up every time, I mean.

15 minutes of forum searching and I found a fix – a no cd crack to replace the original EXE. Not the best start for a game and quite sad really, considering there are Steam forum posts about the problem dating back a year or so. 

Once I got it working, I actually quite enjoyed playing Ghost Master. In it you take control of a group of spooky spirits and your goal is to frighten the living daylights out of innocent humans trying to enjoy their lives.

I played the first mission – a tutorial, and found harassing the young, female residents a lot of fun. The ghosts all have unique powers to use and they improve the more experience they get.

It’s a unique game, as far as my experience goes, which is a positive, and I expect I’ll go back for more. 

Right now I’m gonna eat my dinner though. Judgement time.

Game Rating: 5/10 (for not fixing it)

Fear Factor: 5/10 (that’s being generous)

Ghost Master is developed by Sick Puppies and published by Strategy First

Coming up next……….Cthulhu Saves the World

Cthulhu Saves the World is a “parody RPG”. That description made me a little worried. It struck fear in to my soul for all the wrong reasons.

Too many times a game tries desperately to funny, ironic or edgy and fails miserably. It’s like going to a comedy club and watching a little known and unfunny comedian die on stage – painful.

So, that was my main fear before playing Cthulhu Saves the World. But guess what? It’s actually funny! The humour is dry and full of references to the genre it’s sending up – it’s clear this game was created by a pc gaming fan.

You play the protagonist, Cthulhu, and you’ve guessed it, your task is to save the world. I won’t go in to detail re: the story, as spoilers aren’t my bag, baby. Suffice to say, it’s a compelling tale.

The gameplay is pure retro 20 years ago RPG and so are the graphics and soundtrack. It’s great fun and an enjoyable break from the norm. 

I played until dying 3 times in a row and will return to it later. You might be interested to know that you can use controller or keyboard and these can be customised. 

I downloaded Cthulhu Saves the World from Steam, you won’t be surprised to know.

Game Rating: 9/10

Fear Factor: 7/10 (The giant crab really freaked me out)

Cthulhu Saves the World is developed and published by Zeboyd Games

That’s it for part 1 of our Halloween Horrorween Special Report. It’s been a roller-coaster ride of emotion, but I must admit, I’m not in the slightest bit scared. Think I’m gonna have to raise stakes in part 2.

Let’s have a visual recap of the festivities so far, shall we? Yes, we shall…..

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PC Used:

AMD 4200+ X2 2233 MHz CPU

ATI HD4670 512mb GPU

Windows XP SP3

This entry was posted by Ian Brown.

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