Here’s a pleasant surprise, and not just because chickens are unlikely action heroes. A product of indie developers Ratloope Asia,
Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken is an eccentric and fun little shooter. Under the (ahem) yoke of oppression, you play a rebellious commando chicken who’s caught behind enemy lines. The villains are other breeds of birds, training a penguin army. This is a 2D platform-puzzle affair that echoes Shank and retroclassic Contra. As well as shooting and jumping, you can duck in and out of hiding places and even use some nifty gadgets (rocket packs, mindcontrol grenades).The character design looks hand-drawn and cute, while the posters, uniforms and story suggest communist Russia. It is all complemented by a funky indie soundtrack from New World Revolution. Originally on PS3, the Vita version has more co-operative multiplayer options, added characters and extra Vita controls. Acquire Corp, PS Vita, Android Sumioni Demon Arts has been a long time coming to Europe. It’s now here and has brought some rather nice art with it. In fact, the visuals are the best part of the game. It’s based on Japanese ink ash art, or sumi-e, and certainly stands out from the crowd of Vita titles. It’s more memorable than the plot, which is a run-of-themill battle against the usual bad guy. You control ink demon Agura, who is tasked with defeating evil. You’ll probably be too busy gawping at the visuals to criticise the plot too much. The game also uses the Vita controls really well. The touch screen is a far more intuitive way to control Agura than the physical controls on the Vita. You draw on the screen to cast spells to defeat enemies and, in general, manipulate the world around you. Some levels are more challenging than others, but the game gets a lot of leeway because of the visuals and the controls. Take those away and it’s fairly mediocre, though playable. 4 cert, Notabli Inc Digital technology has made capturing and storing precious family moments that bit easier. But what do you do with the vast amount of information being generated? And how do you turn it into something you can actually use rather than a a jumble of photos, notes and videos? Notabli hopes you’ll choose its app. The software allows you to capture images, video and audio, adding quotes and stories to memories as you go along. This starts from birth, with the capacity to add the length of a delivery (just in case you happen to forget that). Up to two people can add to notes and memories created for a child, with details such as location and whether a parent considers the moment a milestone also included in the “memory” capture. The app links in with Facebook, but all “memories” created on Notabli are private by default until you tell it otherwise, so you have control over it. It’s a nice way to keep track of special moments, especially if you are not keen on Facebook.