Category: Reviews

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Five Nights at Freddy’s

For this instalment of my ‘Horror Show’, let’s look at a game in which you play as a security guard tasked with spending five nights watching over a pizza restaurant populated by beloved mascots. I know what you’re thinking, but it’s not Night Watchmen Simulator 2014. It’s Five Nights at Freddy’s, an indie point-and-click horror title developed solely by Scott Cawthon. Read more …

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Underworld: Drug Lords

When trying to catch a break in the highly competitive games journalist industry you gotta pay your dues. This includes writing about either free android/ios games, old games or games that can only be loosely described as dreadfull. If you’re really lucky you’ll have one that meets all three criteria. This one definitely fits the first, doesn’t fit the second and may or may not fit the third, depending on your tastes. The powers that be, at Z1G towers, thought that my being half-Colombian would make me the ideal candidate to review a game based solely on the purchase and resale of various narcotics. Kids, don’t do drugs! Read more …

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Defense Grid 2

Tower defense games can prove to be a bit divisive; some find them an enjoyable strategic distraction from the high octane adrenaline fuelled world of first person shooters, whilst some view them as tedious drudgery barley scraping above being a marginally interactive screensaver. I however, fall into the first category. I find a good tower defence game to be something quite aesthetically pleasing; there is an idle joy to be had in watching strings of enemy units wind their way through a maze of laser beams and artillery fire, slowly dwindling down to being extinguished. As a fan then, when I saw the release of Defense Grid 2 on the Xbox One I felt that it might well be my sort of game. Read more …

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How To Build A successful Arcade

We all have our own happy memories of time spent in an arcade. When once so prevalent, they’re now confined to seaside towns, motorway service stations and the garages and basements of the congenitally nerdy. They’re a shadow of their former selves; slowly dying away under an ever increasing mound of ‘£2.00 a go’ signs and Dance Central machines. The death knell for the amusement arcade has in no small part been brought about by the rise of the smart phone and the convenience of app based gaming. Why bother going out for steak when you can have a slightly smaller steak at home? So we sit at home, staring at tiny screens and eating Doritio’s whilst House of the Dead and Time Crisis 3 are left with no one to entertain except the occasion northerner who’s stopped off at South Mimms for a poo on his way home from a plumbing convention. It’s sad, it’s not right, and someone needs to do something about it. Due to a lack of funds it’s unlikely to be me, however I will provide someone with the blueprint on how to build a successful amusement arcade and get rich bringing joy to the world. Read more …

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The Waste Land – Review

Nostalgia is a funny thing among gamers. Steam is littered with games that claim to be “old school” and “retro-style” as though this were a genre. Most often these are games are platformers with a simple “save the princess” type plots, with pixelated graphics and a bit of tongue in cheek humour to make those who play them not take them so seriously. After all, how seriously did any game back then take itself? Read more …