About This Place

First started in late 2007, Kasey's Mobile Game Review (then just a regular feature of Kasey's Korner) started as a simul-post between here and IGN. Later I realized there's no reason to post it twice, when I can use the traffic on my own site. so, here we are, in 2010, and the mobile game industry has grown a bit. What do you think?

Review of Emergency Mayhem (mobile)

Police Car LightsImage by davidsonscott15 via Flickr
Emergency Mayhem lets you drive one of three emergency vehicles (police, fire, ambulance) around the city, responding to emergencies, which is basically 2D driving game, leading up to a minigame as the emergency. There are only six minigames total, so you can be sure you'll get bored VERY quickly.The result is boring, boring, boring.

The premise is fine: driving around the city with one of the 3 emergency vehicles, and respond to various crises. This port of the hit on Wii felt just too easy, too lazy. Part of the charm on the Wii and other consoles is the variety of minigames (hunt the escaped monkey in a toy store, any one?) and the city to explore. The transition from 3D driving to 2D lost all the charm, esp. when the streets are reduced as well. However, the difficulty have not decreased: you still get outages on certain streets (randomly from day to day) which will affect your route planning. So should I drive the fire engine to this next fire, or should I take care of some OTHER emergency, letting the truck go back to the station, and leave the fire for a while? Same decision and tension still applies, but the "reward" is severely reduced.

Review of "Scarface: Money, Power, Respect"

Tony Montana.Image via Wikipedia
This is a mobile game review, based on my play of Verizon V.Cast version on LG VX8300 (BREW phone).

Scarface, the movie that made "Tony Montana" a household name, recently enjoyed a revival. PC and consoles got the game Scarface: The World Is Yours, and smaller handheld consoles got Scarface: Money, Power, Respect. Mobile recently got the latter.

Before this, the only Scarface game for mobile was "Scarface: Rise of Tony Montana", and I hate to say this, but that's a pretty lousy game. It's as if two separate teams worked on different parts of the game, which makes no sense. The "car driving" section just have you punch whatever keys displayed when prompted for. It's almost like typing tutor than an action game. The house-to-house section fared better, but the level design makes no sense as a real house, and you basically mow down anyone in your path what whatever weapons you got in your hand. This one one of the few games where I do NOT want to touch a powerup, as the powerup makes it HARDER to fight. One of the powerup is a 360 spin. As the spin is too slow, this move is NOT useful in close quarters, and actually HURTS you as you can't dodge while it's in play. All in all, it's a sad game to watch.