The Observer

CWRU students to make betting on video games possible

Brian Sherman, Staff Reporter

March 22, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Features, Games

In the era of smartphones and tablets, mobile gaming is becoming increasingly widespread, and the campus of Case Western Reserve University is no exception. Whether between classes, in line at Grab-It or waiting for a greenie, a large percent of the campus can be found playing games on a mobile device....

Spend some of your alone time playing “Thomas Was Alone.”

Josie Krome, Staff Reporter

March 22, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Games

Sometimes the simpler the premise of a game, the more vast and expansive it can be made for the player. This is the case for the 2012 indie puzzle game “Thomas Was Alone.” The foundation of the game is about as simple as it gets; you play as a block and the aim is to go through the ‘door.’ The...

Pent up anger at Mom? Let it out in “Binding of Isaac”

Josie Krome, Staff Reporter

February 28, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Games

As with many indie games, “The Binding of Isaac” may have flown under your gaming radar. In this case, that would be quite the tragedy. “The Binding of Isaac” is a 2011 randomly generated role playing game shooter with heavy rougelike elements. Rougelike sub-genre games are characterized by random...

“Clash of Clans” won’t clash with your smartphone

Josie Krome, Contributing Reporter

February 14, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Games

As smartphones get smarter and smarter, more and more apps pop up on the market. Free apps, in particular, run rampant in the Case Western population. One such game is “Clash of Clans,” a huge multiplayer combat strategy game. “Clash of Clans” has topped the charts in 122 countries, so of course...

“Loadout” puts the load out there

Brian Sherman, Staff Reporter

February 14, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Games

Thanks to the efforts of companies like Electronic Arts, one could be forgiven for thinking that free-to-play games are anything but free to play, existing only to frustrate players and take their money. However, there are fine examples of games that aren’t secretly cash grabs. “Loadout,” a third-person...

Review: Papers, Please

Brian Sherman, Staff Reporter

January 31, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Games

Player engagement is a major factor in video games. Whether pushing the limits of graphics hardware or challenging players with overly complicated gameplay, games always try to engage the player. “Papers, Please” succeeds in engaging the player without doing either. Described as a “dystopian...

Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag

Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag

Brian Sherman, Staff Reporter

January 23, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Games

When “Assassin’s Creed III” came out last year, regardless of the overall opinion of reviewers, many agreed that the sailing was an amazing part of the game. Taking those lessons to heart, Ubisoft has successfully made not only an excellent addition to the franchise, but a great game overall. “Assassin’s...

Graphic t-shirts for the graphic gamer

Allison Duchin, Staff Reporter

September 6, 2013


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Features, Games

Gamers and non-gamers unite! Pull out your t-shirts featuring Mario, Yoshi and your favorite superheroes. These highly recognizable characters have taken over graphic t-shirt designs in many stores. Now geeks can proudly wear apparel with comic book and video game characters without worrying about fashion’s...

Kentucky Route Zero: entrancingly simple, engrossingly atmospheric

Sheehan Hannan, A&E Editor

February 22, 2013


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Games

Developer: Cardboard Computer Platform: Windows, Mac. Price: $7 (Act I), $25 (Act I-V) Some games fit nicely into square little boxes. They’re easy to describe, even easier to grasp, and disappear from the mind just as quickly as they come. There’s no mystery, nothing compelling that sticks in ...

App of the Week: Temple Run 2

Sheehan Hannan, Arts & Entertainment Editor

January 28, 2013


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Games

Publisher: Imangi Studios Platform: iOS, Android, Amazone App Store Price: Free When it was initially released, the first Temple Run was an instant success, racking up 170 million downloads. It was something of a mainstream hit, with easily accessible gameplay that, after several tries, proved...

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