21/09/2017

☆ Review: Aftergrinder – “If at first you don’t succeed, die, die, die again” ☆ #GameDev

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Aftergrinder - PC

Balancing difficulty in a game is no mean feat. Make it too easy, and all the challenge is lost, as is all the point in playing.

Make it too difficult, and you’ll drive your players to rage quits, broken controllers and the unshakeable belief that your game is unfair. 

In an industry awash with titles on the easy side of the spectrum, it takes some balls to intentionally set out to make a game that’s hard as nails.

Aftergrinder from Grave Danger Games is one such title.

20/09/2017

☆ DOOM NOOB - THE FINAL EPISODE - "Spider MasterMind is a PAIN in my A***E!" ☆

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"It's taken me about 150 goes at Mr Spider Mastermind BUT finally I've worked out how to squash this little sucker!"

19/09/2017

☆ Hitman Hits - "Evan Holden With A Kitchen Knife" ☆

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"I'm a trainee Hitman and i'm just earning my stripes with a quick hit on Evan Holden using the trusty kitchen knife"

18/09/2017

☆ 8 Player ClusterPuck99 is on its way to Nintendo Switch! ☆

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This is mega exciting news for all of us SWITCH owners......

ClusterPuck99 is on its way to Nintendo Switch!

☆ Review: Little Nightmares Comic #1 & #2 "Discover The Maw At Your Own Risk..." ☆

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Title: Little Nightmares - Publisher: Titan Comics

Imagine something dark and dank. Imagine a world filled with grotesque individuals who prey on the weak and small. Now imagine a little girl in a bright yellow raincoat who resides in this world and must face her greatest fears in order to survive.

17/09/2017

☆ Video Game Hardware Timelines - Atari: 1979 to 1995 ☆ #Retrogaming

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I'm a sucker for video games related infographics and recently I have been messing around Inkscape to work out a way to display timelines for Video Games Hardware from the legendary video games companies such as Atari, Nintendo and SEGA.

16/09/2017

☆ Ten Minute Taster - Absolver - PS4 ☆

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"Become an Absolver with me as I take my first steps to proving my worth as a BUTTON MASHER!"

15/09/2017

☆ Things That Go Into The Back Of The TV ☆ #Retrogaming

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Recently I stumbled across a picture of an Atari TV Switch Box on Twitter. 
That picture brought back many of the memories of connecting various consoles to my old CRT TV that I had in my bedroom for many years. I always thought the switch boxes looked pretty cool and were an elegant solution to switching between the console of choice and the TV picture.

14/09/2017

☆ Thoughts From The Freezer - #1 "Super Play Issue 48 is REAL!" ☆ #Retrogaming

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Join me for a chin wag about all the things in the world of video games that I have found interesting over the last few weeks.

13/09/2017

☆ Review: Blood Bowl II - "A Beast Of A Game!" ☆ #GameDev

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Blood Bowl II - PC

Digital conversions of board games are a welcome part of current generation video gaming trends for me as it has allowed me to experience certain games that I would never have experienced in board game form.

12/09/2017

☆ Masquerada Songs and Shadows - Ten Minute Taster ☆

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Watch me play an awesome taster of this video game of masks, magic and mystery...

11/09/2017

☆ My Nintendo Switch Has Arrived! ☆

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Well i'm excited to join the Nintendo Switch Video Games Revolution so I thought i'd record a rough n ready un-boxing video.

Watch out for my joyful face at the end!

10/09/2017

☆ Review: Rezrog "Crawl Your Way To Victory" ☆ #GameDev

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Rezrog is a turn based role playing game with a wonderful art style putting you in control of tabletop game pieces as you traverse dungeons, fight monsters and discover treasures to help you on your way.

09/09/2017

☆ Ten Minute Taster - WindJammers "I hope you like Jammin' too!" ☆ #PS4

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"Now I've never played the original Windjammers but this is as close as it gets to the Neo Geo original without playing the Neo Geo original."

Dot Emu have done it again with a beautiful conversion to PS4 of a retro gamng legend"

08/09/2017

☆ Ten Minute Taster - Graceful Explosion Machine "Beautiful with lots of Explosions!" ☆ #GameDev

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"It's Beautifully Graceful and There Are Lots Of Explosions.....
Watch as I show off my divine ability to be not very good at SHMUPS"

07/09/2017

☆ Sun, Sea & Arcade Games Part IV - Back To The Islands ☆ #Arcade #Retrogaming

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For me, a trip to the seaside/beach means 3 things....

1. Fish

2. Chips

3. Arcade Games

1&2 were consumed heavily

06/09/2017

☆ Review: Nidhogg 2 "There will be (multi-coloured) blood" ☆ #Nidhogg2

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Nidhogg 2 - PC

I played the first Nidhogg game a couple of years ago at a friend’s house whilst drunk and had a good time with it.

It was only when I was sent this review copy that I remembered how much fun it actually was and cursed myself for forgetting to buy it and smash into it some more at the time.

I’m pleased to say that Nidhogg 2 does what the sequel should in this case and stays true to the original’s roots whilst improving on every aspect.

05/09/2017

☆ Pang Man Part 30 - "The SNES Mini and Other Random Thoughts" ☆ #Retrogaming

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When the NES mini came out last Christmas I admit I didn’t anticipate the demand. I didn’t pre-order and missed out. Before I knew it, they were all sold out and I was gutted.
Part of me is tempted to get one off eBay, but I just can’t justify to myself paying £150+ for something that was sold for £70 odd pounds a short time before!

04/09/2017

☆ Review: Super Blood Hockey - "a strong focus on hitting people in the face" ☆ #GameDev

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Super Blood Hockey - PC

Let’s get it out of the way, Super Blood Hockey is a pure blast of arcade action.

Loren Lemcke has managed to capture the arcade feel of some classic games and distill it into a modern formula. Super Blood Hockey is pretty much summed up in its title; this is an arcade style ice hockey game with a strong focus on hitting people in the face, bereft of any repercussions.

03/09/2017

☆ Review: Ironcast - "Ironcast, The Thinking Person's Toilet Game" ☆

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Ironcast - Nintendo Switch


There is a structure to a certain kind of videogame review whereby you try to describe a new release as an amalgamation of a number of other popular titles.  


For instance, 'game A plays like a cross between Frogger and No Man's Sky'.


To this end, Ironcast could effectively be described as a turn-based, steampunk combat strategy game that serves as a mash up of Candy Crush Saga, Pokemon, and Front Mission.

02/09/2017

☆ Retro Review: Darkwing Duck - “When there’s trouble, you call DW!” ☆ #Retrogaming

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I hate that I never knew about this game when I was a kid, because it might have rivaled Duck Tales for me as a top platformer.
The show only ran from 1991-1992, but it remains the cartoon I revisit the most from the Disney Afternoon—other than Gargoyles possibly—to this day.
I didn’t actually find out about Drake Mallard starring in his own game until looking into emulation many years later, and I just recently acquired my own physical copy of this game after some searching and patience.
There were rumors of a new version of the duck defender for years, but he will finally make his triumphant return in the new DuckTales cartoon it seems, which means it is as good a time as any to type this one up!

01/09/2017

☆ Review: Pauli’s Adventure Island "Good From Far..." ☆

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Pauli's Adventure Island - PC
Founded in 2015, HEJVISJ (“to go home” in local Dutch) is a small, indie-game studio based in the Netherlands.
The studio focuses on creating beautiful games with an emphasis on non-violence and accessibility – and with roots as far back as the early 8-bit days. Always forward-thinking, the team at HEJVISJ has already started working on their next game.

31/08/2017

☆ My Kick Off Revival Wishlist ☆ #PS4

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KICK OFF is a legendary series among those retro gamers who love their football video games.

It was the time of Kick Off 2 and Sensible Soccer in the early 90’s that us football gamers were being treated to some of the best sports games that video games had to offer.

30/08/2017

☆ 15 Video Game Movie Tie Ins That Are Actually Good! ☆ #Retrogaming

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You know the drill. 

Video Games Movie Tie Ins are always crap right?

Well you'd be forgiven for thinking that this assumption is correct as a lot of the time over the years video games that were created from Movie IP have been an excuse to slap the movie name onto a game cartridge and create some kind of shovel-ware title that doesn't really add anything to the video games world other than another generic platform / shooter game.

29/08/2017

☆ Beautiful PODD and My School's BBC Micro ☆ #Retrogaming

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"Strategically placed roses will definitely sell this beautiful BBC Micro!"
A lot of the time when we cast our minds back to the first video games experiences that we had as kids we think back to a visit to a friends house to play the latest console or computer.

A lot of the time we actually fail to remember that the school classroom gave us our first taste of video games.

 Whether it was the school class room or the school computer room you can bet that as a kid growing up in the 80’s the one computer that was owned by the school was actually most peoples introduction to the wonderful world of computer games.

28/08/2017

☆ "Kopanito All-Stars Soccer" - Alternatives To PES & FIFA - No.2 ☆ #FIFA #PES

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Kopanito All – Stars Soccer is developed by Merixgames which is a brand of Merixstudio from Poland who have 15 years of experience in the digital business arena.
Skytte is another game they have developed and is really worth checking out if you like fast paced side scrolling shoot’em ups.

27/08/2017

☆ Doom Noob Episode 12 "This Is Hell My Friends!" ☆

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So you think you've played some tough levels in video games? 
I'm putting this one up there with Gonarch's Lair! 

26/08/2017

☆ Preview:Stonewall Penitentiary - Would you like to play a game? ☆ #GameDev

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Stonewall Penitentiary is an upcoming point and click adventure horror video game. 
The demo offered the basic tutorial of the game as well as a tiny bit more of the story. 

25/08/2017

☆ Review: The Lion's Song - "A Study in Sepia" ☆

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The Lion's Song - PC
The Lion’s Song is a story-based video game adventure presented in a pixel-art graphical style. 
Split into four separate chapters each of which is around thirty to forty minutes in length and tied together through links in the narrative, it is a neat addition to any drama lover’s steam library.

24/08/2017

☆ Review: Hello Neighbor - "If this game was my neighbour…I’d move." ☆

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Hello Neighbor - PC (BETA VERSION)

Hello Neighbor is a stealth-horror game from developer Dynamic Pixels, it has a promising setup and great cartoonish visuals but is ultimately let down by broken physics and tedious puzzle elements.

23/08/2017

☆ Some Of The Best PS4 Video Game Bargains ☆ #PS4

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I've just been looking on the Playstation Store for some bargains and I've managed to uncover some absolutely beautiful games for beautiful prices!

Take a look at what's on my list to download this August on my lovely PS4

22/08/2017

☆ Review: Conarium - "A game crafted with love for Lovecraft" ☆ #GameDev

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Conarium - PC
I am familiar with Zoetrope Interactive’s previous titles, namely the ‘Darkness Within’ series, which I enjoyed some years back.
I am a big fan of their approach to horror, with their style more chilling and creepy than gory or horrific and the solid pace of their games appeals to me, I played Darkness Within around about the same time that I played other horror titles that stick in my memory such as Scratches and The Lost Crown (speaking of which, come on Jonathan Boakes, stop teasing us and release the sequel, you fiend! Ten years, TEN YEARS!)
It’s been a fair old while since their last game was released in 2010 and I’m pleased to say that Conarium was definitely worth the wait.

21/08/2017

☆ Surf World Series - Ten Minute Taster ☆

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"It's been a while since I played any form of video game surfing...30 years in fact! 

California Games surfing is my only surfing video game reference point, so i'm guessing things have changed since then?!"

20/08/2017

☆ Review: MINT - "Hero Toothpaste Alien To The Rescue!?" ☆

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Mint.
The word is evocative of freshness.
Mint flavour is used as a palate-cleanser.
To be minted is to be loaded with cash money – rich, in other words.
A mint-in-box video game is brand new and most likely sealed, as if it just left the factory: minty-fresh.

19/08/2017

☆ "Kick Off Revival" - GOALS REEL #1 ☆

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As I learn how to play KICK OFF REVIVAL I savour each and every goal I score as it takes blood sweat and tears to earn those precious goals in each match.

18/08/2017

☆ PREVIEW: Party Hard 2 (Alpha release) - "Jason Vorhees with Tony Manero moves" ☆ #GameDev

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Party Hard 2 (ALPHA RELEASE) - PC
Pinoki games released Party Hard back in 2015 and it quickly became an Indie darling, having not played the first game (but having a lot of friends who did, and loved it) I was quite excited to get my hands on this Alpha release and see what the fuss was about. 

17/08/2017

☆ "Kick Off Revival" - Alternatives To PES & FIFA - No.1 ☆ #FIFA #PES

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In a world dominated by PES & FIFA I thought that I would take a look to see what other football (soccer) video games exist out there and if they are any good.

☆ Headset Review: Venom Marauder 7.1 Gaming Headset "Nice Price & Great Sound!" ☆

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Marauder Universal 7.1 Virtual Surround Gaming Headset - £49.99

Watch as I give these black and red beauties a once over and enjoy some Deep Bass, 7.1 Virtual Surround and cool Vibration Technology.

Are they worth the money?

Let's find out, shall we?

16/08/2017

☆ Review: Tangledeep - "Beautiful but hard, like Jessica Rabbit with a machine-gun" ☆ #GameDev

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Tangledeep - PC - EARLY ACCESS REVIEW

Tangledeep is a rogue-like procedurally-generated dungeon crawler video game from Impact Gameworks and whilst it has fantastic potential, for me in its current state it does fall short of greatness.

15/08/2017

☆ Review: Original Journey – “It’s a bit of this, and a bit of that” ☆ #GameDev

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Original Journey - PC


Genres can be a bit of grey area in video games. I think it’s safe to say that a game’s genre is generally the first point of call for most gamers looking to invest in a new title. While these genres are generally more clear-cut within the AAA gaming market, the rampant innovation and experimentation of the indie gaming market mean that often hybrids arise that aren’t easy to fit into a single genre category. It is this conundrum that I am faced now as I write this review for Bonfire Entertainment’s genre-morphing Original Journey.

14/08/2017

☆ Cheat Sheet #1 : Alex Kidd In Miracle World ☆ #Retrogaming

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It’s been an idea of mine now for some time. I’ve been wanting to combine story, controls and tips n cheats into a graphic presentation for a series of video games. A cross between an infographic, a cheat sheet and a one-page video game manual.

13/08/2017

☆ Games Freezer Video Game Ideas - #1 - "Stadium Architect" ☆ #GameDev

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Normally whilst showering in the morning I think of video games related ideas. 
These range from articles to write for Games freezer to Video Games that I’d love to see get made.

In today's world of Indie Devs, the impossible is now possible as the indie devs are always bringing out games that you never thought would ever get a chance in the world of AAA big budget games. 

The indie Devs are creating new genres and genre mashups that delight niche audiences and wider audiences alike.

12/08/2017

☆ Review: Aporia - Beyond The Valley - "Investigate North? Investigate EVERYWHERE!" ☆ #GameDev

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Aporia: Beyond The Valley - PC
Aporia: Beyond the Valley is a first-person adventure puzzle video game from Nordic development team Investigate North.
I’ve seen a few descriptions of the game as a ‘walking simulator’ but this really isn’t the case, if anything it’s more of an open-world puzzle game, far larger than any game in this genre that I’ve played in recent memory.

11/08/2017

☆ Review: Chess Ultra "Almost As Old As Time" ☆ @16bitnostalgia

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Chess, a game that seems as old as time, in fact, it originated in India in the 6th Century and is played by millions of people the world over.

My experience with the game is very limited having played a bit at school and these electronic Chess games you could get in the 1980’s with the red LED lights around the board, but I still retained a little bit of knowledge from the game so I was excited to be given the opportunity to play Chess a whole 16 centuries since its inception, in a 21st century style way.

10/08/2017

☆ Review: Fire Pro Wrestling World - "Wrestling is slightly erotic for some..." ☆

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Fire Pro Wrestling World - PC

For all of the numerous wrestling games I’ve played in my time, this is only the second title in the Fire Pro series I’ve ever put any real time into.
There is an interesting history with the release of the games that follows the ebb and flow of actual professional wrestling, but the series has been gone for some time, especially since everyone wants to forget that entry on the Xbox 360 exists (I only played it briefly, I swear).
Years after the return though, once crowds had grown quiet and the smell of sweat had left the arenas, it was time to bring a beloved franchise into the new world (order).

09/08/2017

☆ SEGA Forever Keeps Rolling ☆ #Retrogaming

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So the SEGA Forever Service is alive and kinda kicking.

It’s had its detractors but you can’t deny that it’s exciting to see which titles that SEGA will release next.

So far the list is quite impressive and not just Megadrive games either!

08/08/2017

☆ 8-BIT Nintendo Music Video Tells The True Story Of A Hi-Score On NARC ☆

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We stumbled across this awesome 8 Bit Chip Tune inspired Rap Song by Wordburglar and we thought you might just like to take a listen and read all about the back story to this awesome tune!

It’s the true story of how Wordburglar got a Nintendo Power Hi-Score for NARC when he was a kid (Issue 23, Page 77).

07/08/2017

☆ Review: Dig Or Die - "Bring an umbrella, wellies and a plasma shotgun" ☆

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Dig Or Die - PC
Welcome to the world of Gaddy Games’ Video Game Dig or Die!
The story is that you are an intergalactic salesman who unfortunately crash-lands on a very wet planet, in order to escape you need to gather all of the relevant materials in order to build a rocket ship to blast off-world to safety, or at least somewhere dryer…..like Snowdonia.

06/08/2017

☆ DOOM NOOB EPISODE 11 - "Say Hello To B.O.B" ☆ #DOOM

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"Watch as I take a stroll with the B.F.G to fight the B.O.B in Doom Noob  Episode 11"

05/08/2017

☆ My Most Memorable Video Game Level Types - Water, Ice, Desert & Sky ☆ #Retrogaming

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In all of video gaming history, there has been an unwritten rule that every video game known to man must contain a Water Level, An Ice/Snow/Winter Level, A Desert Level and A Sky Level.

I've played many games over the years and for each of these level types I have experienced a fair few variants of these levels.


Today I'd like to present to you my most memorable versions of each of these level types.

04/08/2017

☆ The Beauty Of The Video Game Code Wheel - "Dial A Pirate" ☆ #Retrogaming

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Do you remember the times of video game copyright protection that came packaged with the video game?

The media of the time was floppy disks and cassette tapes which were mega easy to copy. 

This obviously led to a playground culture of disk and tape swapping as one kid would have the latest video game and would be willing to sell copies for a quid.

03/08/2017

☆ Yonder Cloud Catcher Chronicles - Ten Minute Taster ☆

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"Watch me frolic in the fields as I take my first steps in 
Yonder: Cloud Catcher Chronicles"

02/08/2017

☆ Review: Heavy Metal Machines "Imagine Rock N Roll Racing Online!" ☆ #GameDev

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Heavy Metal Machines - PC

Developed by Hoplon which is a Brazilian company located in Florianópolis which is at the forefront of the Brazilian gaming industry. They have had success with their previous titles Taikodom and Apocalypse Party's over.

As soon as you start the game you get a feel of the heavy metal undertones with the soundtrack, overlook and feel of the game being almost demonic like. The menus look good and are easy to navigate around.

01/08/2017

☆ Review: NO.70: Eye Of Basir - "A Turkish Delight" ☆ #GameDev

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NO.70: Eye of Basir - PC

NO.70: Eye of Basir is a first-person video game horror title from Turkish developer Oldmoustache Gameworks. From what I can see this is the studio’s first game and whilst it is an enjoyable experience and a laudable first release, it’s not without flaws.

31/07/2017

☆ Review: Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star - "Exposition & Supposition" ☆

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Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star - PC


Originally released on PS4 and PS Vita last year, it’s time for The Umbral Star video game to hit PC (alongside Switch). Fate is a fantasy universe that encompasses manga comics, anime TV series, visual novels, prequel novels, and various home console and arcade games. An epic brawler in the tradition of Dynasty Warriors, this latest incarnation is a bright, enjoyable action RPG let down by poor storytelling, minor presentation issues, and some grinding gameplay.

30/07/2017

☆ This Mario Kart VR Looks Awesome! ☆

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You gotta check this Mario Kart VR out. 
This is one VR Project that has got me salivating.

29/07/2017

☆ DOOM NOOB EPISODE 10 "LOST" ☆

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"Being LOST in living hell can never be fun right? Plus I have got a tram to catch and an iPad to find! Tune into my DOOM NOOB Adventures to see how I get on in 
Episode 10..!"

28/07/2017

☆Chess Ultra - Ten Minute Taster ☆

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"Come and relax as I play my through a quick game of Chess Ultra...."

27/07/2017

☆ Retro Review: Incredible Crash Dummies "You could learn a lot from a dummy" ☆ #Retrogaming

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This is one of those video games that I remember seeing at Blockbuster as a kid for rental. I never tried it then, but the subject matter alone left enough of an impression that I remembered it years later and wondered: how did that get a game?
Sure, that’s a thought I have often, but this one stood out for some reason. For many, this will strike some memories of the old PSAs (public service announcements) that proclaimed,
“You could learn a lot from a dummy. Buckle your safety belt.”

☆ Imraan On Instagram - His Video Games Story ☆

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On 28th May 2017 I reached 1000 followers on Instagram.

I was shocked by this as I thought that this would not happen. So I would like to thank the followers for their help and support.

To mark this achievement I would like to tell my story for how I got into Instagram.

26/07/2017

☆ Review: Death Squared "The Cubes Will Die!" ☆

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Death Squared - Nintendo Switch
Death Squared is not an exclusive Switch title, having already been released for PC and its more powerful console rivals earlier this year.


Yet much like the Switch launch title SnipperClips, in an ideal world, it would be the type of game that Nintendo 's portable/home console hybrid system is renowned for by the end of its lifespan.

25/07/2017

☆Review: Caromble! "Aye Caromble!"☆

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Caromble! - PC
Caromble is the first video game from Crimson Owl Studios, at its heart it’s a modernised version of the classic block-busting bonanza ‘Breakout’, but packed with features and a very cool style that sets it apart from the crowd.

24/07/2017

☆ A Brief History of Videogames - Part 5 "The 7th Gen" ☆ #Retrogaming

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This is a cool series on YouTube from our very own Britt who looks to deliver a straight forward and informative discussion about the history of video games, from Spacewar to Star Citizen.

23/07/2017

☆ The Video Game Arcades Of The People "Chip Shops, Video Shops , Newsagents & Taxi Ranks" ☆ #Arcade #Retrogaming

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If like me you only ever went to the seaside once a year then your experiences of a true video game arcade were limited to these holiday visits. Those arcade visits are the ones that shaped the way I feel about arcade video games to this very day.

The thing is the unsung heroes of the arcade world for the other 52 weeks of the year were the arcade cabinet pioneers on our local high streets. 

These local shops who would have one or two arcade cabinets on their premises so we could get our fix of Street Fighter II, Altered Beast, Golden Axe and Bad Dudes even if we lived nowhere near Southend On Sea.

22/07/2017

☆ Review: Bouncy Hoops "Feel The Rush Of A Buzzer Beater!" ☆

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I don’t usually do reviews for mobile video games but this one has got me hooked and it is done so well that I feel that I need to talk about it.