Gaming Reviews

SlashGear Review: Say What? electronic memory game

Generally I leave matters of gaming to my play-obsessed colleague Chris Scott Barr – seriously, the guy has control pads grafted to his fingers – but occasionally along comes a gadget that is so cool even I get caught up in it.  Being doubly fun when everyone involved has had a couple of glasses of the proverbial is a major bonus too, and so Radica Games’ Say What? comfortably takes top-spot in my own personal gaming league.

Like criminal pathology or Steve Martin films, the idea is to unravel a mixed up situation; in this case, it’s a phrase from popular culture that has been sliced up into five different segments.  Each of the coloured domes on top of the crescent-shaped game deck represents one of these segments, and it’s your job to rearrange them from their initial, muddled positions to the correct phrase.

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SlashGear Review – The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass

I’ve been in need of a new game to carry around with my DS, and I think I may have found the perfect one to fill those voids of time where I’m away from home and bored out of my brain. The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass hit stores this past week, so being a fan of the series, I grabbed a copy.

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SlashGear Review: Khet, the laser strategy game

Sometime back in 2005 I came across a game called Deflexion. I can’t remember where I saw it, I can’t remember exactly when, but I do remember thinking “Wow, I really have to own this game!” Deflexion was all about lasers and mirrors – bouncing a beam of light around a chequers-style board using mirrored pieces, trying to plan the best pathway so as to hit your opponents king. I emailed its makers – Del Segura and Luke Hooper, together with their tutor Dr Michael Larson – to see whether it was available here in the UK, only to find that they were still looking for a distributor.

Fast forward to a couple of weeks ago, and imagine my coquettish excitement at seeing the game – now called Khet – on UK site Firebox.com. A few emails later and I had a copy of the original Deflexion game in my freshly-washed hands. Deflexion, as my sample is branded, is now Khet on both sides of the Atlantic; I’ll point out any minor differences as necessary.

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