Posted: March 2
Penguin arena was somewhat of a pleasant surprise, as I was expecting some simple indie game.
There is minimal story to the game. Basically, global warming has made it difficult for penguins to gether enough resources to survive. A godess arrives and states that only one tribe can survive and the others will have to pass away for the greater good. IN order to decide which tribe survives, the penguins battle it out on the remaining icebergs...
Gameplay revolves simple FPS mechanics and sliding. Each match sets you up as one of the tribes of penguins and you basically have to push the other tribes off the iceberg without being pushed off yourself. There are basically three game modes which are team (16 players/bots), duel (each tribe has one player and multiple lives) and unlimited ammo duel (like duel except you have unlimited ammo for weapons). You can play these modes against three/two/one team depending on your preferences. You start off with a basic snowball as a weapon, but you can find other weapons such as rapid fire fish, bombs and mines. Every time someone gets hit, they will be pushed back and slide all over the place (due to the slippery surface). this makes gameplay surprisingly fun and challenging (if somewhat unpredictable) as players will be sliding all over the place (which is similar to quake/UT where characters bounce arond after being shot). After falling off the iceberg, you take control of one of your surviving team members (if they are a bot). After all memebrs are dead you will become an immovable ghost towering above the arena, where you can launch explosives at the guuys below. Multiplayer is dead, but you can still play against bots.
There isn't much audio to the game. Weapons sound decent as well as the music. There is no voice acting.
Graphics are appealing. Everything looks cartoony which adds to a light hearted atmosphere. The penguin models look alright, but I keep being reminded of 'Firbies' (the toy) when ever I look at them (due to their short nature and beak).
If you want a cartoony and simplified quake-like game, this game has you covered.