Free Bytes: Seven

“The planetary balance is all out of whack. You’ll feel the same too, by the time the time you collect all of the seven starts located in the seven levels in Seven. Once again, we bring you one of those fun-filled games that will blow your mind with its sheer weirdness. Don’t be afraid though; it’s a pleasant kind of mental warping that goes on ‘round these parts.”

Check out the full column here at IGN’s  Green Pixels.

Free Bytes: Walkie Tonky

“Humans build robots for various reasons. Usually those reasons involve a functional purpose designed to make life easier for us squishies. Other times we design them to provide amusement. But visitors from another galaxy might have their own ideas about the best use for robotic entities — like exterminating life on our inferior planet. So why not drop a giant, sentient, mechanical behemoth the size of a skyscraper onto Earth and see what happens? Walkie Tonky is on the loose, and crushing the humans is its prime directive.”

Check out the full column here at IGN’s Green Pixels.

Free Bytes August Medley: Getting Schooled

“Some people seem to have an aversion to anything involving learning and studiousness, but there’s a way around that. Education can be delivered under the guise of fun, if it’s packaged correctly. Whether it’s math, English, or another useful pursuit, some sneaky developers have managed to make honing important skills enjoyable. This month’s Free Byte’s medley looks at some brainy freebie games that just might exercise your noggin without you even noticing it.”

Check out the full article here at IGN’s Green Pixels.

Free Bytes: Learn To Fly

“Penguins can’t fly, but don’t try telling that to this particular little guy. Equipped with a serious case of denial and a toolbox full of helpful mechanical goodies, this black and white arctic bird sets out to prove to the world he’s got what it takes to reach the sky. Come hell or high water, this persistent penguin is not going to give up without a fight. Through repetition, smart use of technological resources, and a little gumption, you can help the poor fellow eventually attain his lofty goal.”

Check out the full column here at IGN’s Green Pixels.

Download Picks: August

“Downloadable games are a great, low-cost alternative to their physical counterparts and offer instant gaming gratification when you just can’t be bothered to trek out to the mall. With the flood of digital releases each month making the prospect of wading through the muck to find the hidden pearls a daunting one, we’ve taken the liberty of highlighting a few of the best monthly download gaming picks for you. Welcome to the debut edition of Download Picks.”

Check out the first installment of my new monthly download gaming column here at IGN’s Green Pixels.

Free Bytes: Upgrade Complete

“Now here’s a game that challenges the very notion of what a game can or should be about. Forgive me if I sound a bit spoiled, but I’m pretty sure most of the games I’m used to delving into are generally finished when I start playing them. That’s not the case in Upgrade Complete — a very basic shooter that forces you to wrack up cash in order to upgrade the actual basic elements of the game itself in order to play it. However, that’s oddly what makes it such a fun experiment to mess around with.”

Check out the full column here at IGN’s Green Pixels.

Review: Osmos

“Playing Osmos is like gazing into a petri dish full of living microorganisms through the lens of a high-powered microscope. You control one single mote amongst many in a low-key cage-match to see who can grow the biggest. As a single-celled organism, your main objective in most levels is to absorb enough matter to dwarf — and ultimately consume — the bulk of the other motes in your microcosm. Any smaller motes you come in contact with are absorbed and make you increase in size. But accidentally bump up against motes that are larger than you, and they’ll suck you up like the last drop of a frosty milkshake.”

Check out the full review here at IGN’s Green Pixels.