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FWD Progress: Sick Leave, Chipping Away

Game Forward LogoAfter a whole week off, I was pretty excited to get back to work. However, my body doesn’t feel like co-operating today at all. I’m finally getting over a pesky chest cold, but every joint in my body is flared up and I can barely move because of pain and stiff muscles.

I get pretty miserable when this happens, especially when I’ve got my week all planned out, but I’m learning to accept my limitations and work within them. Thanks to our recent netbook purchase, I should be able to work on some review notes this week at the very least, but my wrist and elbow will prevent me from any significant typing for the next few days. Read More…

Luckily, I have Nathalie as my partner and she usually does a great job of picking up slack for me in times like this. I’m expecting a news round-up from her today or tomorrow and I’ve got her working on a review of Number Battle on DSiWare for me. She’s put quite a few hours into it so it must be pretty good. From what I can tell, it’s a turn-based number strategy game that somewhat resembles Puzzle Quest or Gyromancer.

On my end, I’m hoping to finish up Vandal Hearts: Flames of Judgement on XBLA today and get cracking on a review. I’m also reviewing a casual game for the iPhone/iPod Touch called Manic Monkey Mayhem this week. Besides that, I’ve got a rather large edition of The FWD Download in the works featuring some of the best Xbox LIVE Indie Games from the past few months and another edition highlighting some health & fitness apps.

Lastly, I’m going to be reviewing Hustle Kings on the PS3. It’s a great billiards simulation, but the title has a lot of things that keep it from being a fun video game.

I still have a ton of work to do on the site itself as well and may chip away at that this week, so Game Forward might be offline intermittently. I can’t wait to get back up to speed and see some real forward progress around here.