Playing Through Soul Fjord


Not too long ago, the OUYA Kickstarter had been opened to the public and every indie developer was beside themselves with excitement. This system allows you to play the way you want, hack and build, share and start the revolution. One game I was particularly excited about was an OUYA exclusive, Soul Fjord. And, now that I have bought the system from Target, it’s time to delve into my Magnus experience.

Stay on beat, seriously. It’s an unusual way to play, but you need to listen to the soundtrack as you’re fighting or blocking to complete the actions and reach desired combos. I found it a little annoying at first (mostly because my accuracy was only 56%), but once I realized I needed to subconsciously stay with the music, the game play improved.

This is a free download that features in game “platinum hits” to access extras, such as equipment or consumables. Personally, this doesn’t bother me. There are a lot of mobile games I played because they were freebies, and if I felt like making an additional purchase I could at my own discretion. However, they do give you 10 “platinum hits” to get you started, which allows you to open three chests at 3 hits apiece. I also noticed after a few levels I had gained 7 more hits, so you do gain more hits slowly.

One problem I ran into, which is a little embarrassing to admit, was accessing Magnus’ inventory. After a quick look at the control setup I realized it’s just up on the d-pad. After I had purchased a helm and cool hammerhead shark hammer, I really wanted to equip them and get rolling. One thing I really liked was the ability to sell my unused equipment to the man in the over-sized fur coat (yes, he has pants under there). Simply walk up to the character and press the A button.

If there is one free game you decide to try on your OUYA, definitely consider this out-of-the-ordinary pick. Not only is it something that hasn’t been done before, it is one that will have you head bobbing to the beat from boss to boss. Get ready to ragna-rock!


Ouya’s Soul Fjord


When it comes to the Ouya, you’re either in or you’re out. While many consumers are turning their nose up at something new, and possibly “scary”, several die hard Microsoft fans are waiting with baited breath to receive their $99 Android based gaming console. So, which are you?

It would be hard to miss the gaming headliners as of late. Nintendo possibly discontinuing the Wii U Basic, Xbox One‘s questionable in-house monitoring and, well, PlayStation was kind of waiting for their moment. However, it seems as though PlayStation has blown away the competition, completely embarrassing One’s price and policies at E3 (especially with the announcement of how they love indie developers).

Why wouldn’t Ouya and PlayStation look great together under your television set? They would! And even though PlayStation is planning to charge for Plus ($50/yr), you could still enjoy playing used games. Ouya will offer a different set of games, Apps and “hack-ability” than any other console known to man (thus far), without voiding your warranty. But many individuals still hold fear of this new introduction.

Without an out-of-the-box idea such as Ouya, we wouldn’t have the capabilities offered by Linux, Mac, etc. that help us break free of Microsoft’s bonds. Sure, for those who don’t know their way around a computer, Windows offers tools to get you started. Once you realize the chains that bind you, and take a leap of faith with something revolutionary, you’ll feel a new sense of freedom. Ouya is something that allows little people, like you and me, to offer a big idea – and it’s going to be awesome. Just check out a game like Soul Fjord and you’ll see what I mean.