As we turn the corner into fall, let's finish off the Games for Lazy Summer Days with some classic-style games that have been updated for today's market. I hope you've enjoyed this series and have found a new game or two to add to your collection. Here are my last few suggestions, great for some Labor Day Weekend fun.
Many of us children of the 1970's and '80s fondly remember playing pinball in the local arcade, Pizza Hut, or Chuck E. Cheese. Although it's hard to find a real pinball machine these days, Pinball FX 2 does a good job of recreating the experience in an attractive package. The core game engine is free to download, and all available tables can be sampled before they're purchased. Tables are available either as part of a package of four or individually (though unfortunately, packaged tables can't be bought on their own.) The best overall package is the Pinball FX 2 pack that comes with four tables featuring deep-sea, Arabian Nights-style, Roman, and Mad Science themes. Players can also buy a pack of updated tables from Pinball FX 1 and a package of Marvel Superhero tables, along with numerous single tables.
There is plenty of variety in the Pinball FX 2 library, and the physics are pretty satisfying. The graphics are gorgeous, and most of the tables are fun to play but difficult to master. Earning achievements in this game is an actual achievement, something that seems rare these days. It can be particularly fun to go into the experience with a few Xbox Live friends, as the game features leaderboards that encourage friends to try to beat each others' scores. Overall, Pinball FX 2 is a great investment for any pinball lover.
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D is known as one of the greatest video games of all time for a reason. There's just something about this simple—yet epic—adventure that brings a smile to the face of gamers all around the world. Rest assured, this 3DS remake of the classic Zelda game is far more than a simple port. For starters, the graphics look fabulous. The character models from the original game have been smoothed out and given the appropriate number of polys to appeal to the modern gamer. Link and Zelda look fantastic, and the extended cast now appears merely eccentric instead of downright creepy.
Beyond the game's good looks (which work well in both 3D and 2D viewing modes), the touchscreen menu and gyroscope aiming are worth the price of admission for Ocarina of Time fans. The touchscreen menu helps keep the player in the action with quick and easy inventory selection and button mapping. The gyroscope aiming, though it works best in 2D viewing mode, makes aiming the bow and slingshot a breeze.
If you're a 3DS owner who has never played The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time before, go get this game. If you're a fan and feel a hankering to play the game again, this is absolutely the best version to play. While the story and puzzles remain unchanged, the graphic and interface improvements along with the additional Master Quest and Boss Rush modes put this one head and shoulders above the usual port/remake crowd.
At the risk of sounding like a television commercial, nothing says childhood fun quite like LEGO. Starting with LEGO Star Wars: The Video Game in 2005, the plastic building block company has been translating its simple fun and family-friendly sense of humor into a series of action adventure video games. The games feature popular franchises such as Star Wars, Harry Potter, Batman, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Indiana Jones, retelling stories from various movies via LEGO figurines.
Although the games don't tend to feature free building, they offer simple platforming and puzzle-solving challenges and plenty of optional collection goals. They're all right as single-player experiences, but they really shine as co-operative games. It's simply fun to run around LEGO worlds with a friend, causing mayhem, solving puzzles, and occasionally killing each other either accidentally or on purpose. As the games are mostly pretty similar, it's not a series most people will want to completely collect. Rather, gamers should select their franchise and platform of choice and enjoy the silly LEGO re-enactments. Just be prepared for pillow fights over who gets to play as Indiana Jones or Jack Sparrow.
By Becky Cunningham
CCC Contributing Writer
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