Game Reviews and Hardware Tests by Zap Zockt
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Zap Zockt Game Test and Hardware Reviews – FAQ
Moin, this post collects the previously published posts from the categories Game Reviews and Hardware Reviews. First of all, I would like to tell you a bit about how my philosophy looks like in testing and review writing. I think if you understand more, how I think, maybe you can also better judge how to judge my tests and reviews. If you have questions about my review process or any other related topics, feel free to ask in the comments.
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- Zap Zockt Game Test and Hardware Reviews – FAQ
- ► Tests and Reviews by Zap Zockt – FAQ
- ► What kind of game reviews and hardware reviews and tests are there?
- ► Zap zockt – Who is this?
- ► How do I test and rate? Do bad things really get beaten hard?
- ► How do I create Game Reviews?
- ► I am working for a publisher/developer/tech company. Can I send you my game or tech product to be reviewed on zapzockt.de?
- ► Zap, do you also do QA Testing or Feedback reports or similar for games or tech products?
- ► Previous Game Reviews:
- Fort Triumph Review / Test
- Planet Zoo South America DLC Pack Review / Test
- Two Point Hospital Off the Grid Review – Test
- Iron Danger Review – Test
- Conglomerate 451 Review – Test
- Through the Darkest of Times Test / Review
- Empires in Ruins Review / Test
- A Long Way Down Game Review / Test
- Tropico 6 DLC Review – The Llama of Wall Street
- Tropico Mobile Test – Review
- Crossroads Inn Review
- Little Big Workshop Review – Test
- Pine Review
- Legend of Keepers Prologue (p)Review
- Two Point Hospital DLC Test-Review
- Die Young Review/Test [English]
- Founders Fortune Review / Test
- Decay of Logos Review
- Immortal Realms: Vampire War Beta (p)Review
- Tech Corp Review
- The Cycle Review Deutsch (Alpha) Is the upcoming Free2Play shooter worth a play – pure zapped & playtested
- Esports Life Tycoon Deutsch/English Review – The MOBA ESL team manager game in the test [Gameplay German]
- Conan Unconquered Review ( Deutsch-English) Barbarische Echtzeitstrategie im Test
- Rescue HQ – The Tycoon / Rescue HQ Review Deutsch / English
- CryoFall Review Deutsch / English
- Anno 1800 Review – Beta
- Swag And Sorcery Review (Deutsch-English) Test of the Pixelart Retro Hero Simulator + Explanation + Tips
- Anthem Review – VIP Demo (Closed Beta)
- Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 Review:
- Railway Empire DLC – The Great Andes / Über die Anden
- Volcanoids Review (German-Deutsch) Steampunk Survival in Early Access Test
- World War Z Review [Deutsch – English] – 3rd person co-op shooter with swarm zombies in test
- ► Hardware Reviews
► Tests and Reviews by Zap Zockt – FAQ
► What kind of game reviews and hardware reviews and tests are there?
I create game reviews, games tests and analysis texts for new releases in the gaming area, sometimes also hardware or other software is reviewed. Mostly these are tests and reviews that I do because these games and products just interest me personally. Sometimes I also get free samples provided.
Free test pattern gets with me no free ticket for a good rating or special bonus rating. If something is not good, that is honestly mentioned, and a rating is always created from the point of view, how would I feel if I had paid the full price for it? Well, and usually I have that too, the proportion of free samples is still pretty low at the moment.
All tests, game reviews, and other posts can always be found on my various channels, which you can look up in social media. I am also always looking forward to a follow-up.
► Zap zockt – Who is this?
(Video with German Voice Over and subtitles in many different languages)
I’ve been a gamer since about 1980, and have been playing ever since. I have been using computers for almost all my life. Starting with Atari console, C16, C64, Amiga and first 286 and 386 PCs, up to the latest machines. But consoles were never my thing.
Not only did I play all the time, but I also worked as a programmer, I was several years in training as a system and network administrator, and have working practices for several more years in that field.
As a gamer, I probably played more than 1000 games during this time and spent tens of thousands of hours playing computer games, but also board games, table-top games, LARP and everything else in the field of games. So I’m a full-time nerd, geek, and freak, the way you imagine.
I try to incorporate this experience in my tests and reviews, but without the “formerly everything was better” approach. I am a human of the now, today is the best day for me. I do not complain about the past and rarely dream about a better future, but I always try to make the best of today.
► How do I test and rate? Do bad things really get beaten hard?
My approach is more that I just do not touch the really bad stuff. I do not even write reports, tests or reviews about the right trash. That’s because I really only want to make content about things that I enjoy myself as well. If I had to force myself to test something because the theme or the nature of the game would simply not appeal to me, I would not enjoy testing. And you probably will not enjoy reading this test or watching the video or listening to the podcast afterward.
The old saying that my grandmother always said to me (until I understood it): “If you can not say anything good about a topic, do not say anything about it”.
And grandma was absolutely right. Because every report is somehow an increase in relevance to a topic, and if you talk about it, writes or makes videos, then the thing is upgraded, even if you would speak badly of it in the end. So the worst rating that you can give is, in my opinion, to make any rating.
► How do I create Game Reviews?
My reviews are always a mix of presentation and testing, all the important parts of the game are considered, shown and explained. I try to look at the products as comprehensively as possible. So in each test, there is also a reasonable number of hours that I spent with it. I do not create “look an hour and then rate” tests, as some press/websites sometimes do. I also try to avoid reading or looking at other tests before creating my own test. It just seduces you to take the opinion of others, and I do not want that.
And finally, there is also my opinion about it, but it doesn’t have to be the right one for you. Even though I hope that it will fit for you as often as possible. In any case, I always try to analyze and present a product so comprehensively that you as a reader or viewer can get an idea of whether a product is suitable for you or not. This is an important aspect for me. My opinion does not have to be the right one for you. But at least you should get all the information you need to form your own opinion in my review.
Soon there will be a rating system for me, with grades in certain categories and final scores. More soon. I hope you will like my reviews.
► I am working for a publisher/developer/tech company. Can I send you my game or tech product to be reviewed on zapzockt.de?
Sure, I would appreciate any review sample, that you want to send to me. My contact email and my physical address can both be found in the imprint of this website. I am happy about every mailing and every key.
But be aware, I do not promise you a review or any content. If your product is not matching my minimum quality rates or is simply not in context with my site, I maybe will not do any content about your product. But in most cases I will do at least a written article, video reviews are reserved for products, that really catch my interest, bring me some special entertainment or that I find extraordinarily helpful.
► Zap, do you also do QA Testing or Feedback reports or similar for games or tech products?
If you have a new game or product, that is still in development and you seek detailed and informed feedback in a professional manner, I can help you too. I have several decades of experience with software and hardware, I have knowledge as a programmer as well as a hardware technician. I will certainly respect any NDA or other agreement and test your game or product and give you very detailed feedback, bug reports, user experience analysis or whatever you are looking for. Feel free to contact me, via email (see imprint). If the time needed is less then one hour or your game/product is very interesting for me, it even might be a free consultation, otherwise, we can talk about the financial side personally.
► Previous Game Reviews:
Fantasy XCOM meets Heroes of Might and Magic in the new turn-based tactical strategy game Fort Triumph
The Zap Zockt Fort Triumph Review (English) – In this review I introduce the indie strategy roleplaying game Fort Triumph. It is a turn-based tactical fantasy roleplaying game that mixes elements from XCOM with Heroes of Might and Magic RPG, turn-based tactics and board game elements.
Planet Zoo gets plenty of new content with the South America Pack DLC
The new Planet Zoo South America Pack has arrived and I’m showing what’s inside, all the animals and many of the objects to look at beforehand so you can decide if the Planet Zoo South America Pack could be something for you.
New Two Point Hospital DLC Off The Grid brings hippies and ecology to the hospital
At Two Point Hospital, the eco-DLC Off The Grid is all about nature-based living, vegan nutrition, ecological power supply and life off the grid in general. In my Two Point Hospital Off The Grid Review, I’ll show you everything that’s in the new DLC and tell you if it could be worth your while.
Iron Danger – fancy tactical story RPG with a time loop
Iron Danger is a tactical RPG in a fantasy world, lets us play a heroine who controls not only magic but also time. The game is released for PC, PS4, XBox, Linux, and Mac. In this review, you will be introduced to everything you need to know about Iron Danger, get a complete overview of all features & an analysis of the game.
The Roguelike Dungeoncrawler Conglomerate 451 Review – Cyberpunk Round Tactics Roleplay
Zap Zockt Conglomerate 451 Review and Test – Conglomerate 451 brings the roguelike dungeon-crawler RPG genre into the future. In the year 2099 in a dystopian cyberpunk world, we send out DNA-enhanced clone agents to defeat the gangs of sinister corporations. Cyberware, armor, weapons need to be researched and our base, reputation, and sphere of influence need to be expanded.
In the Through the darkest of Times Test and Review, I show the important details of the historic turn-based strategy Pearl
The Zap Zockt Through the darkest of Times Review / Test – Through the Darkest of Times is a 3rd Reich strategy game in which you lead a resistance group against the Nazi regime. In a turn-based strategy and with a lot of historical background, you are introduced very emotionally into the events and the thinking of different groups of the time. In the analysis, I show you how the game is played, how it feels and give you all the information you need to decide whether the game could be interesting for you or not.
Empires in Ruins, the turn-based 4X strategy and real-time strategy tower defense crossover in the Dark Ages in test/review
Zap Zockt Empires in Ruins Review / Test – In this post I test the humorous medieval 4X Strategy Tower-Defense Indie game Empires in Ruins by Hammer & Ravens from Estonia. Turn-based strategy, empire management and tower defense mixed with a lot of rough humor and dark ambiance.
Turn-based Strategy Dungeon with Cards
A Long Way Down is a mix of a dungeon crawler and a deck-building card game, with a little board game and roguelike elements and a lot of turn-based strategy. If this sounds interesting to you, then you’ve come to the right place. If you didn’t understand the meaning of the terms, I will explain it in more detail in a moment.
The Zap zockt Review of the Tropico 6 DLC The Llama of Wall Street
In this article, I show you all the info and details about the new Tropico 6 DLC called The Llama of Wall Street and some new features for the popular economic strategy game around a Caribbean island dictatorship and the famous dictator El Presidente and his assistant Penultimo.
Tropico Mobile Test – One Tropico 3 to go, please… – Review – The Tropico Game App for iOS and Android
The Tropico Mobile Test – The Tropico Mobile Game App for Android and iOS in Review (German/English, Video with many subtitles). Feral Interactive has converted Tropico 3 for mobile devices like mobile phones and tablets, iPhone and iPad. In this video we watch the app, I introduce the game and tell you something about my opinion.
Crossroads Inn Review – The RPG economic simulation in the test
Zap zockt Crossroads Inn Review (English – German, many subtitles) The Medieval Tavern Crossroads Inn is our new home. In the economic simulation with role-playing elements we guide our hostel, build and manage us through difficult business times and at the same time have to enlighten intrigues and betrayals around the murder of the king. I introduce the game and show Crossroads Inn PC gameplay in German.
Little Big Workshop Review – Test the hardcore economic simulation in cute
Zap Zockt Little Big Workshop Review (English / German) – Little Big Workshop is a tangible and complex business simulation in which you build your own production factory. The gameplay and graphics look cute, but you should not be fooled. Everything worth knowing about the game, detailed analysis, and evaluation you get in the following.
Pine Review – Test of the Open World Action Adventures with dynamic tribes
The ZapZockt.de Pine Review. In this post, I would like to introduce you to the game Pine. Pine is an action-adventure for single players in a 3D Open World. You play a fixed character, the young Hue, who is a member of a small human tribe in a fantasy world. Everything worth knowing about the game, detailed analysis, and evaluation you get in the following.
Legend of Keepers Prologue (p)Review [English] Pixelart Dungeon-RPG Strategy Test
Legend of Keepers Review English – Legend of Keepers Career of a Dungeon Master Prologue is a role-playing tactical strategy mix with turn-based fighting and dungeon management. Shown is Legend of Keepers Gameplay German for PC (Steam). Designed in pixel style, it features tactical strategy game depth, chic animated monsters, and recreates the life of a wicked dungeon lord.
Two Point Hospital DLC Test (Review Deutsch) Bigfoot – Pebberley Island – Close Encounters
In this post, I introduce the three big Two Point Hospital DLCs Bigfoot, Pebberley Island, and Close Encounters. All information and details in the Two Point Hospital DLC Test and Review. We travel to the tropics, into the winter to the Yeti and into the desert to the aliens.
Die Young Review PC Game [English-German] Survival Parkour Action Adventure in Test
Zap zockt Die Young (Review German / English) – In Die Young we play a young woman who was kidnapped and abandoned on a desert island. A rough world that threatens our life and we need to find out why we were kidnapped and how we can escape. The test shows Die Young Gameplay in German and English.
Founders Fortune Test (Deutsch/English) The fun Survival Build Sims Mix in Review
Zap Zockt Founder’s Fortune (Test / Review, German / English) Founders’ Fortune is a building strategy Siedel mix with some sims and a bit of survival in the blood. We build a colony on a foreign island. We must survive, gather resources, build a home, and build a new home through research, trade, diplomacy, and possibly even war against the locals.
Decay of Logos Review (Deutsch/English) – Action RPG with Zelda and Souls elements in the test
Zap Zockt Decay of Logos (English) A singleplayer action roleplaying game with dark soul elements (soulslike) & a touch of Zelda, it will be released for PC, PS4 & Xbox. I show you how smart the ARPG is, how well it plays & helps you in your decision, buy or not?
Zap Zockt Immortal Realms Vampire Wars English (Beta Preview)- Immortal Realms: Vampire Wars is a tactical strategy game featuring turn-based combat in the vampire setting. The new strategy game will be released for PC (Steam), PS4, Xbox, Nintendo Switch. It offers bloodsuckers and medieval bloodthirsty kind of very special mix.
Tech Corp Review – Test – We are building up a company like Apple, Microsoft, Sony – Management Wirtschaftssim
TechCorp is an economic simulation in which the technical development of a hardware and software company is replayed. Roughly speaking, it’s sort of like the pretty popular Game Dev Tycoon.
The Cycle Review Deutsch (Alpha) Is the upcoming Free2Play shooter worth a play – pure zapped & playtested
Zap Zockt The Cycle Review English (Alpha) – Yager’s new multiplayer shooter The Cycle is in the Open Alpha Test at Epic Store. I’ve tested the game for you and collected all the info and here’s my opinion on the sci-fi shooter.
The game is a 20-player map-based shooter. In a 20-minute round, 20 players compete to see who has survived and gained the most resources in the end. This can get in the way of a monster, but you can also form a squad with up to 4 players and collect and fight as a team.
Esports Life Tycoon Deutsch/English Review – The MOBA ESL team manager game in the test [Gameplay German]
Zap Zockt eSports Life Tycoon English (Review) – The eSports MOBA Team Manager Tycoon in the test. Build your team, manage player house & training, solve all problems with players, sponsors, opponents, and fans & victories in the ESL competition. If that works well, I’ll tell you in the test
Conan Unconquered Review ( Deutsch-English) Barbarische Echtzeitstrategie im Test
Zap taps Conan Unconquered Review (English / German) – In this test episode, I introduce the real-time strategy game Conan Unconquered, with all the strengths and weaknesses, tell you my opinion and give a rating for who the game is and for whom not.
Rescue HQ – The Tycoon / Rescue HQ Review Deutsch / English
Zap Zockt Rescue HQ -The Tycoon – My Rescue HQ Review (German / English) – Rescue HQ is an economic simulation of a rescue station that simultaneously houses the police, fire and rescue services. I’ll show you the game and tell you my opinion.
CryoFall Review Deutsch / English
Zap zockt CryoFall Review (English) – What is CryoFall? The game is still in early access. I introduce CryoFall and tell you my opinion. CryoFall is a 2D survival MMORPG in a post-apocalyptic world. It offers PvE & PvP worlds as well as extensive crafting.
Anno 1800 Review – Beta
This review is based on the beta, but my positive impression has not changed. 2 of my criticisms were even fixed in the final version. There is also an Anno 1800 Tips & Tricks video for a very funny Anno 1800 Easteregg
Swag And Sorcery Review (Deutsch-English) Test of the Pixelart Retro Hero Simulator + Explanation + Tips
Swap and Sorcery Review (Deutsch/English) – Swag and Sorcery is the new game by Uroboros Games & Lazy Bear Games, successor to Punch Club & Graveyard Keeper. In Swag and Sorcery, we build a village, train heroes & send them on adventures to save the kingdom.
Anthem Review – VIP Demo (Closed Beta)
Special Approach: How much is Anthem still a Bioware game and how does it affect fans of recent BioWare titles like Mass Effect, Dragon Age, Neverwinter or Baldur’s Gate?
Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 Review:
I created this test and the associated game review as a non-division 1 player. This opens up a slightly different perspective than many tests, reviews, and reports that compare it steadily with its predecessor. Among other things, there is a very popular division 2 tips and tricks post to this title.
Railway Empire DLC – The Great Andes / Über die Anden
A Game Review on a free trial that I kindly received from Kalypso Media. I played the main game and other DLCs for more than 100 hours. I also created a detailed Let’s Play series for the main game, the Great Lakes DLC and a comprehensive Tips & Tricks video.
Volcanoids Review (German-Deutsch) Steampunk Survival in Early Access Test
Steampunk Survival of a special kind. Volcanoids takes us to an island with steampunk robots and we try to conquer our homeland again. But the volcano is constantly erupting, can we defeat the robots and calm the volcano?
World War Z Review [Deutsch – English] – 3rd person co-op shooter with swarm zombies in test
A World War Z Review (German – English) – The new 3rd person co-op shooter from Saber Interactive in the test. I’ll show some World War Z gameplay English and tell you how the game feels, whether it’s fun and whether you should buy World War Z (Xbox, PS4, PC).
► Hardware Reviews
Benq Screenbar e-Reading Lamp Review – USB Lamp Dimmable
Let there be light – product presentation and test
Almost everyone knows the problem: You are sitting at home in the evening, in the dark in front of the monitor, and then have to quickly read a note, read a password from the note, or type in the e-mail address of the authority from the letter from the office. Oh dear, the big room lighting is far away. And when you turn it on, there is also a big shadow, because the lamp is usually placed behind you. And the normal desk lamp always hides so much that you can not see anything on the monitor at all. Good would be a USB lamp, dimmable and flexible, without much space.
to be continued….
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