Lock's Quest - A Retrospective

Got The: Sniffles.

I recently purchased and completed the game Lock's Quest for the Nintendo DS. The game is basically Desktop Tower Defense + Rampart with an actual cohesive story, characters you are willing to care about and the charm you've come to enjoy and love from the 5th Cell team. I really love the pixel work that they do for these games.

It's actually quite a good game. If you're a fan of the previously mentioned games, it's worth picking it up or at least borrowing from a friend. You may, however, hit a period of time during the halfway point where you're saying to yourself, "Really? How much more of this do I have to play?" The game eventually picks up again as the story pushes forward, driving you to want to find out what happens next.

The game is split up into two different phases: Build and Battle. The Build portion is basically setting up your defenses (turrets, walls, traps, etc.) and the Battle portion is when the CPU starts attacking you with hordes of enemies. The only tip I have for you is that as soon as you learn how to build the "Ice Trap", it will become your best friend. What can stop an enemy boss better from attacking than three Ice Traps in front of their path? Cake, probably... but that's not a weapon in this game.

You can try out a Flash version of that over at the official website.

In other news, the Mr. Goh comic book is now being printed over at Lulu.com. Personally, I'd wait until I get my personal shipment as I'll probably be charging less for shipping and including some swanky thing like, I dunno, a button or maybe a sticker. But if you just can't wait, you can head over now and buy it for you or your loved ones.

I've also signed up with their little distribution service and have an ISBN attached to it. It should be available for sale on amazon.com in a few weeks.

Oh! And I forgot to mention, but I'm starting to pick games I see at work and put them on my little "side project" website. It's still all being done manually, but I'll have an automated system setup soon.