Gumshoe

Posted: March 23, 2011 in Games
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Platform: NES

Remember that awful, unresponsive red gun Nintendo released for the NES?  Well, you rely on it fully for this game, and boy…don’t ya know it.

Without the gun, you can’t play this game.  With the gun, you can’t play this game.  The gun is unresponsive and it is almost impossible to shoot the enemies as they enter the screen.  You don’t just have to shoot the enemies though, you also have to shoot Mr Stevenson, who walks continuously to the right.  You have to shoot him to make him jump…but as you can imagine, this is a task and a half!  If you miss him, he will end up falling down a hole, or walking into a monster or obstacle of some sort.  The gun has bullets (not in reality of course, in the game) and you collect even more bullets as you shoot the red balloons.  Run out of bullets however, and it’s game over.  Kill Mr Stevenson (yes please), and it’s game over. Read the rest of this entry »

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Gun Smoke – YeeHaw!

Posted: March 23, 2011 in Games
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Platform: NES

When I was a nipper, I came downstairs ready for bed in my cozy pj’s, to find my mum on the last level of Gun Smoke.  The LAST level!  My mum is hardcore.  It was also the same night that our house got invaded by wasps…but that’s another story entirely. 

My mum loved this game, and she still speaks fondly of it – and rightly so.  It’s a game about cowboys and Indians, with some ninjas thrown in.  It’s a vertical scrolling shoot-em up, where you play as Billy Bob, a bounty hunter whose task is to go after the crime lords of the Wild West.  Each mission starts with a wanted poster, and it is Bob’s job to go through each level to reach the wanted man.  It’s not easy, and it gets harder as the game goes on.  You must complete each stage to be able to progress. Read the rest of this entry »

Starring: Marlon Brando, Mary Murphy, Lee Marvin

Director: Laszlo Benedek

Year: 1953

The Wild One was slated as being a somewhat crude movie back in the early 1950’s, and whilst it was released in 1953 in the USA, in the United Kingdom it was banned for a remarkable fourteen years.  It finally saw the light of day in the UK in 1967.  The Wild One is now seen as an iconic movie, with Marlon Brando’s biker image found on many postcards and poster prints. Read the rest of this entry »

Platform: Nintendo DS

I have had this game for a while now, but I have only just unburied my DS out of the back of my sock drawer and started playing it.  Why on earth did it take me so long to pick this game up and play?!  I really have been missing out – until now.

It is by far one of the best Nintendo DS games out there.  The setting is based inside a hotel, and the aim of the game is to find your missing ex colleague Bradley who seems to have gone off the straight and narrow a bit.  You play Kyle Hyde, a salesman who has visited the hotel to pick up a package.  During your stay, you meet various types of people who are all linked in some way to certain mysteries that have been happening around the place.  Your task of finding Bradley and simply collecting a package turns into a bit more than that as you try to find answers to just what the hell is going on around here. Read the rest of this entry »

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Platform: NES

Remember when computer games were simple?  Remember when joypads only had two buttons?  Super Mario Bros was a great platformer, and helped turn Nintendo into the big gaming industry that it is today. 

Super Mario Bros was very simple to play, as you controlled Mario (a plumber, in case you didn’t know) across each level, dodging enemies, collecting coins and going down tunnels.  It revolutionised the platform genre, and it is still as successful today as it was back then in the good old 1980’s.  Read the rest of this entry »

Starring: Seth Rogen, Cameron Diaz, Christoph Waltz, Jay Chou

Director: Michel Gondry

Year: 2011

I have never had the pleasure of reading The Green Hornet comics, but it is something I would like to get around to doing.  The majority claim that this film sucks in comparison with the comics and that it is basically just another cheesy, rushed, comic book/superhero cash-in.  I personally feel that it could have been better if it was more serious and cut the crap humour out.  Why do these writers feel as though all superhero movies have to be funny?  It just doesn’t work.  To the comic world, superheroes are serious, kick ass people whom you don’t want to mess with!  Not these dorky idiots we often see in the films that crack lame ass jokes and have cheesy dialogue.

The special effects however are top-notch, and that’s what helps this film along.  The Hornet car is a really good-looking model, and I really enjoyed the way they allowed it to transform into different shapes. Read the rest of this entry »

Maniac Mansion

Posted: March 2, 2011 in Games
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Platform: NES, Commordore 64, Apple II, IBM PC, Amiga, Atari ST

A fun and eerie adventure.  This is how I would describe this classic game from LucasArts.  You choose a gang of kids to join the main character Dave in sneaking around the spooky mansion to try to find Dave’s missing girlfriend, Sandy.

It’s a point and click adventure, and was my favourite game for the NES.  You use an arrow to basically click different areas on the screen, with the commands being across the bottom.  The cursor did often feel slow, but it never used to take the enjoyment away.  The game consisted of lots of hidden objects and clues to find whilst you progressed through the mansion in search of Sandy. Read the rest of this entry »

Buried

Posted: March 1, 2011 in Films
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Starring: Ryan Reynolds

Director: Rodrigo Cortes

Year: 2010

This film is about a man in a box.  Okay, there is more to it than that…or is there?  I saw the advertisement for this film on Facebook of all places, so I made the mistake of giving it a go.  When it started, I thought I had a faulty disk or something because the screen was just black, like the tv was turned off.  Then I heard some grunting, lots of heavy breathing and a few girly squeals – then no other than Ryan Reynolds’ face appeared as he flicked on his cigarette lighter.  Well, at least THAT explained the girly squeals!  No, I actually don’t think Ryan is that bad of an actor, despite some of the bad attention he often receives, mainly from comic book fans who seem to not want him as their Green Lantern hero in the upcoming Green Lantern movie out this Summer for one reason or another. Read the rest of this entry »

Platform: PC

Remember some time ago I reviewed this game and gave it quite  a low score for its glitches?  Well, I have changed my mind.  This is allowed, because it is my blog!  (Sticky-out tongue).  The reason I have changed my mind, is because the game now works fine and is so bloody fantastic!  It seriously is one of the best RPG’s I have played in recent years, and I am happy to report that is also a PC exclusive.  The storyline is enthralling, with surprising twists and turns along the way that just leave you wanting more and leaves you not being able to stop playing for eight hours straight, sometimes longer. Read the rest of this entry »