COMIC REVIEW: Ghost Stories of an Antiquary II

COMIC REVIEW: Ghost Stories of an Antiquary II

30 Oct, 2017

MR James is arguably one of the greatest writers of the spooky short story that there has ever been, so how do you update James’ shorts for the modern audience?

GAME REVIEW: Samurai Riot [PC- Steam]

GAME REVIEW: Samurai Riot [PC- Steam]

26 Oct, 2017

We take a look at Samurai Riot a new steam game based on the classic arcade brawlers of the 80s.

COMIC REVIEW: Mr Higgins Comes Home

COMIC REVIEW: Mr Higgins Comes Home

16 Oct, 2017

Mike Mignola’s latest horror one-shot is a rather charming affair. Drawn by Warwick Johnson- Cadwell (Lovecraft Anthology 2, Sold State Tank Girl) and written by Mignola, Mr Higgins Comes Home plays with genre conventions in a nod to Hammer Horror from the 1970s.

GAME REVIEW: Necrosphere (PC)

GAME REVIEW: Necrosphere (PC)

12 Oct, 2017

Some gamers are just sadists. Maybe those folk would enjoy Necrosphere, a very challenging side-scrolling platformer. There is a “story” to Necrosphere: You are- or were- a cop who has died. You are now trying to find your way out of the afterlife, out of the Necrosphere and into a portal, back to the Normalsphere. The big twist of Necrosphere is that you only use two buttons: left and right. There is no jump button. This is where the challenge of Necrosphere comes in. Without the ability to jump, easily advancing is more difficult. To “jump” there are bubbles found around the area, and the only control you have is the timing of your bounce and fall. If my brain had a mouth, I think it would’ve vomited a dozen times from the nerves Necrosphere has caused. As you can see in the trailer, the way home is filled with fire and spikes. There is no health. If you die, you are taken back to the latest checkpoint. Luckily, the cats at Cat Nigiri are very generous with checkpoints, so you don’t have to travel 2 minutes to your furthest point, only to die again. Necrosphere is still too mean, even though they give you checkpoints so close to each other, and even though you can save at any point in the game. In the game, they say that this is not Hell, but Necrosphere feels that way sometimes. The world is mapped out into a crafty, interconnected maze, so you will often backtrack after you’ve unlocked areas, and you will find yourself being led back to certain points. This is the Metroidvania system of level design, which is popular with a lot of PC game developers. Why do we continue to get so many of these games with interconnected levels? Probably because it works in those games, and people cannot get enough. Using Metroidvania design works here was well. As much as I have been frustrated, the puzzle solver in me wants to know how I unlock parts of the world. This slideshow requires JavaScript.   I have played the game for only two hours, so I don’t know when I will get...

TV REVIEW: Rick And Morty S3E7 ‘The Ricklantis Mixup’ (Contains Spoilers)

TV REVIEW: Rick And Morty S3E7 ‘The Ricklantis Mixup’ (Contains Spoilers)

11 Oct, 2017

Rick and Morty are off to Atlantis, and we’re off to the Citadel in ‘The Ricklantis Mixup’!

TV REVIEW: Rick And Morty S3E6 ‘Rest And Ricklaxation’ (Contains Spoilers)

TV REVIEW: Rick And Morty S3E6 ‘Rest And Ricklaxation’ (Contains Spoilers)

28 Sep, 2017

Well, this is it, they’ve done it; Harmon, Roiland and co. have made 2 five-star episodes in one series! This episode is, simply put, just stunning.

BOOK REVIEW: Infinity Wars

BOOK REVIEW: Infinity Wars

15 Sep, 2017

A very strong collection with something in it for everyone. This does indeed showcase some of the best writers in the business looking at an old trope in a new way, as such proving once again the great value of this series.

TV REVIEW: Rick and Morty S3 E5 ‘The Whirly Dirly Conspiracy’ (Contains Spoilers)

TV REVIEW: Rick and Morty S3 E5 ‘The Whirly Dirly Conspiracy’ (Contains Spoilers)

14 Sep, 2017

Jerry gets to go on an adventure as Beth learns a huge parenting lesson in the latest Rick and Morty instalment.

BOOK REVIEW: Warlock Holmes and the Hellhound of the Baskervilles

BOOK REVIEW: Warlock Holmes and the Hellhound of the Baskervilles

10 Sep, 2017

Warlock Holmes is an idiot. A font of arcane power, certainly, but he’s brilliantly dim. Frankly, he couldn’t deduce his way out of a paper bag. Warlock Holmes and the Hellhound of the Baskervilles is the new book from G.S. Denning

BOOK REVIEW: Crosstalk

BOOK REVIEW: Crosstalk

5 Sep, 2017

Connie Willis is an exceptional genre writer. Her 17 novels and numerous awards testify as much. In Crosstalk she puts her considerable talents to the test in what is described on the cover as a sci-fi rom-com. Wait. For those put off by that tag, let’s examine the evidence.