Game Review: Velvet Sundown

Name: Velvet Sundown

Developer: Tribe Studios

Website: www.velvetsundown.com

Platform: Windows/Mac

Price: Free (with scenarios that can be purchased)

Download: Steam

Although I’m late to finding this game, it doesn’t matter much because I had to wait anyway to play it. All jokes aside, I was filled with anticipation. The start screen is equipped with a chat, a log filled with the players online and the playable scenarios off to the side.

The start screen is equipped with a chat, a log filled with the players that are currently online and the playable scenarios off to the side. To start you off and get you familiar with the controls, the game puts you into the tutorial. Here you learn the basics, which is estimated to take 10 minutes but it should presumably take less (I took less than 5 minutes).

Then you’re brought back out to the loading screen where you now get to fend for yourself.

One thing I love about this game is that all of the scenarios, both free and paid rotate every two and a half hours. This gives you the chance to try them all out before you buy.

I wouldn’t buy them just yet, though. Even if you LOVE the scenarios, I wouldn’t recommend buying them until you seen the demand. At the time of writing this, there are five players in game. Every one of these players is playing the free version. The other three (including me) are waiting patiently for enough players to join our round of the free scenario that has spun around this time.

This for me is one of the downfalls of the game. It truthfully isn’t that fun to wait for an undisclosed amount of time to play a game, but it is easier to overcome once you really get into the gameplay.

So finally. Into the overall gameplay. You’re thrown into the scenario with around four other players (three for me because I dragged my friend along) and you take over the body of a random character. You get a quick overview of the character and their place on the boat. Next, you’re given objectives and an inventory with supplies. Then you’re free to roam the boat!

I’ve played all of the scenarios and the objectives in each scenario are different. Most scenarios take around half an hour to play. For the most part the roles of the characters are similar. The layout of the yacht is the same. There are items like tasers, important data, business cards and passports. There are devices that can identify you. Pens to write down the name of who you’re accusing as the murderer. And the items are only part of the fun.

The online multiplayer experience in this game can be a hit or miss. For myself, I get a kick out of behaviour triggered by anonymity. I found the experience to be interesting and unpredictable. This also makes for a whole new experience each time you play. I’ve noticed a few regulars on the game, but they always make for a great time.

Next you do what you please. None of the story is revealed to you. You’re left to figure it out. Walk up to Matt and tase him.

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Game Review: Velvet Sundown

The Many Snakes of Slither.io

It’s the reincarnation of Snake, that game that our parents used to play way back before we were even a thought in their mind. But now, we get to enjoy it in the form of slither.io, an addictive online multi-player game that has been revamped to make the game even more fun.

I’ve played this game. A lot actually. So much that I think that I have went through a transition of all of these types of players. There are some that you’ll hate, and there are some that you’ll love. You’ll have to try it out to see which player you are, and how to avoid being targeted by the other players in the game. Good luck, it’s a snake-eat-snake world out there.

1. The Trapper

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Photo by Lowtech Studios on the Google Play Store

This player feels no remorse in making you squirm and squeal as they trap you in their spinning terror of a body. If you’re smaller than them, but big enough to provide enough food in exchange for their risk of being killed accidentally, they will hunt you down. They’ll surround you. And once you’re surrounded, there’s no getting out. Unless they let you go. But this is pretty much a guarantee that you’re fresh meat.

(There’s also a trapper that traps the trapper. Your small position makes you more vulnerable to being trapped as well. But you’ll see this snake coming and have the chance to get out before it’s too late.)

2. The Follower

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This player has probably died an excessive amount of times on slither.io. They are most likely smaller snakes following larger ones to either, feed on their prey, or try to sneak attack the larger snakes. They are likely to get caught up in “feeding frenzies” where a large amount of snakes have disintegrated. The blood bath is caused by snakes hitting each other when struggling to eat the remains of the deceased snakes. Sounds pretty wild when it’s put that way, but that is really what it feels like. These snakes can be found in any high-volume areas on the map where they try to get big as quick as possible.

3. The Sneaky Snake

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You’ll find these players staying as far as possible from the hustle and bustle of the other slither.io inhabitants. They’re at the far sides of the map. Eating the sparse particles that appear and hoping for the occasional disintegrated snake, they stay away from the drama and try to eat enough to become more dominant before mustering up the confidence to move closer in on the map.

4. The Targeter

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This snake doesn’t care what size you are. It will do whatever it has to in order to take you out. These snakes typically stay close to you and act like they are hovering around and picking up food. Then before you know it, they take the plunge. They speed ahead of you and make you run into them. AVOID THESE SNAKES AT ALL COSTS. THEY REFUSE TO GIVE UP. You have been warned.

5. The Giants

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These guys are usually on the top of the leaderboard, or close to making it. They do whatever they can to avoid the little nub snakes that make useless attempts at killing them. They have technique, and you have to figure them out. They’ll turn into themselves, avoiding your measly attack. They’ll turn in front of you, killing you before you can even speed away. Be cautious when attacking these snakes, they are pros at catching their prey and staying on top.

6. The Scaredy-Snake

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This snake will hover around you, and when you try to kill it, it cowers off never to be seen again. These snakes are usually VERY small. They will make one attempt at killing you, but if they miss or you make an attempt at killing them they get away as fast as they can, often using up all of their speed powers.

Wouldn’t it be great if players used these nicknames for their snakes so that we didn’t have to figure out motives and tactics? Sure, but that’s all part of the fun. The nicknames, the gameplay and the players themselves give this game it’s sugar and spice, and make it addictive and fun.

By the way, if you see me around on the slither.io server, please don’t kill me. My username is usually “brandylovesfood22”. I’m usually pretty fearless on the server though. 🙂

Which snake are you? Which snake do you hate? Do you think you have all of these snakes figured out? Leave a comment below and let me know what you think!

The Many Snakes of Slither.io