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Game du Jour Deals: April 23 through April 29

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Game du Jour is a "One Deal a Day" website for casual PC games. Every day of the week, GameDuJour.com sells one downloadable game at a steep discount.

Every week Blogcritics Magazine will bring you a look of those games, so you know what to expect when the featured game gets its 24 hours in the spotlight.

We aim to publish reviews at least one day before the game goes on sale at GameDuJour.com, so please check back regularly. But we will admit, as much as we love casual games here at Blogcritics, we won't be able to get to every title.

This Week's Deals

4/23/2007 Devastro — 60% discount
4/24/2007 Jewel Match — 50% discount
4/25/2007 Grimbo — 60% discount
4/26/2007 Living Scenes Jigsaw Puzzles — 66% discount
4/27/2007 Sudoku 9981 — 57% discount
4/28/2007 The Egg Files — 60% discount
4/29/2007 Rimbalzoid — 44% discount

Devastro
Writer: Kaonashi

If you like silly comic book violence and 1950s sci-fi movies, you'll enjoy Devastro. The story and premise is very simple: You're controlling a soldier (or small group of soldiers) sent to kill alien invaders by any means necessary. This includes shooting them, blowing them up, and running them over. If you see their flying saucer, destroy it with grenades you find along the way. Be careful of those mine fields though, or you go boom!

The game itself is like a 3-D comic book. The graphics look great, as if they were little figurines on a felt playing field. The characters have silly names like Lt. Kickass English, and when they talk a little speech bubble forms near their heads. The aliens look like your textbook creatures with green skin and large oval heads, straight from old sci-fi movies. When something explodes, a large, comic book-style "BOOM!" flashes on screen. It's hilarious.

I have few complaints about Devastro. The one thing that bugs me is that if you're controlling multiple units, they don't move at the same time when you give them an order. Some are delayed in reaching their destination, which is bad since they can be left behind and killed. Although there are some challenging levels (I'm actually stuck on a level right now), the objectives in each level are easy. I love the tongue-in-cheek humor in this game, as it pays homage to (or perhaps mocks?) those cheesy, 1950s sci-fi B movies. If you're interested in this game, check it out.

Jewel Match

Swap and slide sparkling jewels in this dazzling puzzler that's full of mesmerizing fun. Arrange colorful gems into matching groups of three or more to shatter the gold boxes that fill the game board.

Grimbo

Things are not going well for young Grinbo. He is trapped in a strange world and he needs your help to return to his Guffyland. This is a fun adventure game powered with puzzles.

Living Scenes Jigsaw Puzzles
Writer: Kaonashi

If you're a fan of jigsaw puzzles, you'll enjoy Living Scene Jigsaw Puzzles. You start off by picking the number of pieces to work with, ranging from a measly six to a mind-boggling 1500. Choose how many hints to use to help you out, from one (if you're really good) to unlimited (which I'm sure you'd need if you work with over a thousand pieces!) Finally, decide which puzzle to put together.

Living Scene Jigsaw Puzzles gets its name from the fact that some of their puzzles are in essence large .gif files, but with sound. For example, the "Linville Falls" puzzle features the sound and image of water moving, even in the individual pieces. It's pretty cool. And if you tire of the pre-packaged puzzles, you can even turn any of your own images located on your computer into a puzzle.

The playing field itself is designed to look as if you're actually assembling the puzzle on a vinyl mat resting on a table, which is a nice touch. There's a handy toolbar at the bottom of the playing field with a number of features that offer puzzle solvers more help. For example, if you forget what the end result should look like, a small image is available for reference. Also, there's an LED indicator that flashes if a selected puzzle piece is near a matching piece.

Sudoku 9981

Sudoku 9981 is one of the most amazing, challenging, intriguing, and entertaining puzzles. It has a unique solution that can be reached logically without guessing. Enter digits from 1 to 9 into the blank spaces. Every row must contain one of each digit. So must every column, as must every 3×3 square.

The Egg Files
Writer: Kaonashi

The Egg Files is a cute little game, provided you’re not the type who gets dizzy easily. You play a rooster (who looks slightly similar to Walt Disney’s version of Chicken Little), and you’ve been entrusted to protect the hens from being kidnapped by aliens. Yes, you heard me right. I have no idea why the aliens want the hens, but bear with me here. A spaceship flies around the henhouses, dropping blue eggs. Once they hatch, the alien starts to attack the nearest henhouse. Once it breaks, the alien absconds with the ladies.

To save your women, there are two main ways of defeating these dastardly creatures. One is to destroy the alien egg (by simply walking over it) before it hatches. If the alien is loose, use your “Rooster Booster” (a jet pack) and run around the alien. The surrounding flames incinerate the alien inside it. Be careful though – your Rooster Booster eats fuel, so keep an eye on the fuel gauge on the lower left-hand of the screen. But to really stick it to them (and proceed to the next level), collect eggs from the henhouses and use them as grenades, firing them at the spaceship. There are little power-ups that you can occasionally pick up after disposing of an alien. They include extra fuel, health boosts, and shields.

Overall, The Egg Files isn’t bad. The 3-D graphics are nice and colorful, and the premise is amusing. Controlling your rooster is a bit awkward, but you get used to it. However, my main concern is as I mentioned earlier – running around in circles is dizzying. I’m sure this only affects some people with sensitive equilibrium like me, but it’s enough to prevent me from wanting to play further. If you don’t have a dizziness problem, then by all means check out this game.

Rimbalzoid

Rimbalzoid is a little ball that bounces into a maze of colored tiles, it moves with the keys arrow. Its scope is to collect gems. But these can be encircled from an energy field that must be neutralized.

Check back for more reviews during the week!

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