Teen Gamer (WEB)
56 Sage Street has been released on Web Site and been provided for us to preview/review by the publisher.
Believe it or not we are still playing it. Here are some extracts of what we made of it in chronological order:
"56 Sage Street's endearing point and click world was great fun to explore. Balancing work, rest and play was no mean feat, but the cute graphics meant I didn't mind a bit of educational play..."
- Teen Gamer (Thu, 14 Oct 2010)
56 Sage Street's endearing point and click world is still good fun, but now you can win real world prizes as you play.
Having enjoyed 56 Sage Street (Web) earlier in the year, we were interested to see there is now another reason to play in the form of a LG 42LE4900 42" television.
From 22nd December 2010 all you have to do is find the hidden object in the game and unlock a secret mini-game. Complete the mini-game to enter a prize draw and get a chance at the TV. Other prizes include a LG Home cinema system, five Apple iPod 8GB Nanos and four Nintendo Wiis.
Because you can play the game in any web browser there's nothing to download and install. This means you can play the free game anywhere, anywhere I could use the Internet anyway. This meant I could drop in for a go at lunchtime in the computer lab at school as well as passing time visiting my grandparents. You login with Facebook and can also share achievements with your friends via this account or Twitter. In fact my mates have started something of a race to be first to get the full set of trophies.
Although 56 Sage Street is provided by Barclays bank, and has their branding running through it, it's never heavy handed in its advice - although you are encouraged to save money in your bank account - and the focus seems to be on an enjoyable game rather than encouraging players to shop and save.
With so many different perspectives it can be hard to know where to start - a little like walking into a crowded pub. Sorry about that.
But so far we've not found a way to streamline our review output - there's basically too much of it. So, rather than dilute things for newcomers we have decided to live with the hubbub while helping new readers find the columnists they will enjoy.
Our columnists each focus on a particular perspective and fall into one of the following types of gamers: