This marble popper had some graphic problems. The text was hard to read, and it seemed rather blurred when played at full screen. Maybe Bird Pirates was supposed to be played in Windowed mode only, but I played it at full screen anyway. In this game, instead of launching your “marbles”, in this case, birds, into the chain to make a match 3 or bigger along the chute, you launch the bird to replace another on the chute. The dread blue jay bird pirate, Sparrow, and his crew are taking over a busy port and looking for treasure just outside of town. So, Bird Pirates has a storyline, along with many challenging puzzles that will make you giggle as you shoot the birds from the chutes using various tools, like bombs and shooting cannons. The score for the fun factor is accurate, and if you can get past the bad graphics, this is a really cute game. When the birds are on slow mode they slow down to a crawl. On stop mode, they fall asleep, until the get a rude awakening from another bird knocking them off the wire. This game was listed as a marble popper, but might have been great also as a kid’s game, because it will keep the little ones in giggling fits for quite some time, not unlike the scene from Dude, Where’s My Car? when they are ordering food from the drive-thru at the Chinese restaurant. Bird Pirates is pretty cute, and those chutes that weave in and out along the screen make for a great challenge, too. Take a chance for some swashbuckling fun with Sparrow’s crew in the marble-popping game, Bird Pirates.
There is an unknown town at the bottom of the sea known as Coral Bay, and the New Anemone Orphanage is in danger of being torn down due to some “beautification projects” by some local fatcats that look like sharks and barracudas. That is the main story and challenge of Tales of Lagoona: Orphans of the Ocean. It is up to us to help Islabelle, the mermaid director of the orphanage to find items in the place to sell to spruce up the place so it can stay open. We get challenges from all kinds of sea creatures in puzzles to find even more items to sell, and in searching for gems, we can open up old rooms in the orphanage and even more items to sell. The old place starts to look like its name soon, and the sharks and barracudas will find their way barred by the old residents of the orphanage and Islabelle. The logic puzzle challenges range from easy to difficult, typical puzzles we find most of these hidden object mysteries. The only true flaw I found with this cute game was the sound. It was very lacking, and what little music there was was dreamy and too relaxing. It was hard to concentrate due to the overly easy listening nature of the music, and if it were not for the thunderstorms booming over my house when I was playing this game, I might have not bothered with it. So, keep some rockin tunes going behind you when you play Tales of Lagoona: Orphans of the Ocean, and you should do just fine.
This is one of the cutest, but most frustrating brain-teasing games I have come across in a long time. The story is about two funny animal friends, Scratch, a cute kitten, and her big, protective bulldog friend, Bruiser. While on a picnic, they get transported to a world where they must solve slide puzzles to get back home. These puzzles may look simple, but they are not. You may find yourself trying out several different solutions when trying to slide items together so they merge properly. The cat and dog interact with other animals in this world, talking in their own barks and meows, and the other animals in their own language, but we are given subtitles to figure out what they are up to. The quicker Scratch and Bruiser can solve the puzzles, the quicker they can find the parts to a machine that will take them home, but that is up to the player and how quickly they can figure out which items to slide and how to do it so they don’t hit a dead end. Even then Bruiser and Scratch will shake their heads and slump their shoulders knowing they have to try again. Puzzling Paws is a very cute game, and if you have the patience to take on these brain-teasing slide puzzles, you will really enjoy it.