Whilst attending EGX this year I tried out a few games made by Pocket Money Games and they are frustratingly brilliant to play. In this review I’m going to be going over a few of the titles I tried out. The 4 games on trial at EGX were SPD, Twister Tower, O-Boy and Dimension Hunter 2.
The first title and my personal favourite was SPD. The title giving away the setting quite easily, in that you are a member of the SPD (Police Department) and through each level you have to chase and catch criminals to then lock them up. Seems quite straight forward right – God, how I was wrong. You are a slightly overweight police officer (no disrespect meant here) chasing criminals and making your stamina stays full is the most important part of each level. You will have to jump over multiple cars and drain covers.
Now, I’m not one for promoting energy drinks and drinking them straight after each other but in order to maintain fitness and stamina you need to collect them as quickly as possible and as many as possible. As well as adding in the odd occasion donuts you need to grab.
Best part is you need to catch up to each criminal 3 times per level to complete it but what turns this into utter chaos is that when you do eventually catch up to one, they somehow turn into a newer version of usual bolt. The speeds will increase each level and with each level you move onto, the amount of catching up you have to do increases.
The controls themselves were really easy to get on with and made it that bit more enjoyable as I didn’t have to spend ages getting my head round confusing control lists.
The second game was Twister Tower, this is a horror based banshee doodle jump type game in that you need to jump from platform to platform. The only different with this is that there is an objective you need to complete before moving onto the second level. You basically need to collect so many gems before moving onto the next part of the tower.
Now, there are some nice guests that join you along the way in some weird type ghost/ghoul creatures. One thing that did cross my mind whilst playing this game was how amazing it would be if they could include some Ghostbuster music and a costume for your character as this would be my childhood dream completed. They did include some magic to help you along the way so you’re not completely helpless to the ghastly onslaught you have to face whilst running around like a headless chicken.
One thing I thought made it quite an interesting mix was that once you collected a gem some of the level would almost flip itself into reverse, by this I mean you have to run in the complete opposite direction. What made this quite difficult but very enjoyable was how bad I am at looking at a compass for direction, once you’ve been doing it for so long one direction to then really put your mind to the test and think I have to do this in a different way is something I personally struggled with and still struggle to get to the concept with. All I can though is that I loved it despite it confusing the hell out of me and making me feel about as smart as 5 year old me.
Sadly I did not get to try out the other two games but all I can say is that UK based developing company are onto some fantastic titles with the ones I did try out and be sure to keep an eye out as I imagine from their twitter activity, these games aren’t a million miles away from their switch release dates. The games themselves are fun and action packed and with them being on the switch they’re easy to play whilst on the go.