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Game Journal March 25: Meteos and Nanostray, 2X1space game review special!

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Since I don't know when I'll have time to play games, and therefore reveiw them, I've been playing a few I will review now...

Oh, also, does anyone think I should just LJ-cut all my reviews?

Anyway on to the games!

Meteos is a puzzle game for the Nintendo DS, planets are throwing Meteos (meteors) at each other and a war is raging! You must prevent your planet from being destroyed and stop this menace!

This game is meant for the stylus, but it can be played with the buttons, not that I'd recommend it, the stylus is just perfect for this game!

How do you play this? Easy, you tap on a Meteos and you can drag it down and up, but not sideways, until you match 3 or more in a row or column. At that moment they ignite and here is where the planet where the battle takes place is important...

You see, once ignited they fly off, but depending on the gravity of the planet if might not be enough! Some planet have low gravity, and once ignited, the Meteos blast off so fast you can see them, but on others you need to make a combo ignition, and on some planets ignited Meteos are heavier than normal ones... Well, you get the idea, each planet has it's own rules, not to mention some are bigger than others and some have different elemental Meteos too...

Yes, Meteos have elements, some represent water, some fire, and these have no importance in the game per se, but you can use them in fusions to "buy" music, planets (characters), items and such...

These elementals look different on each planet, on some they look like Space Invaders, on other they look like Kanji, and and others they look like spheres...

For the single player there are several modes, Star Trip, which is Story Mode, where you can chose several paths to reach different ending, Deluge (play till you fail) and others that will keep you occupied, specially if you want to "buy" all the items, you'll have to play a lot to unlock them all!

Unfortunately, you have to play on multiplayer to unlock everything...

I must say this game is addictive as Tetris! It's a blast!

On to Nanostray!

Nanostray is "shump", or Shoot Em Up, with the typical plot of one ship against and army of evil aliens...

Instead of having to pick up powerups, you have all the different types of lasers from the beginning and you chose which to use on the touch screen, where you also see all your other info status and a radar too...

You have a bar which fill ups with blue coins ships drop, which give you powered up shots of which ever laser you have selected, and also you have the obligatory bomb, which is limited to three per life, and destroys all shots on the screen...

The game is easy to play but hard to master, specially if you want a highscore, you can beat the game with some effort, but high scores are a much harder...

You see, several thing will lower your score, if you shoot too many unnecasry shots, or use a button that sucks up coins too much, you lose points... In other words you have to make every shot count if you want to master the game...

But why would you bother to get a highscore if you can just beat it? Well, you don't have to but there is a challenge mode that unlocks a gallery and you must master the game if you ever want to unlock them all!

If you like these kind of games you'll enjoy Nanostray, but it is a bit hard for the casual shump fan...
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