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Board Game Review – Hack Trick: It’s Hacking Time

In a world filled with dangerous hackers, the board game Hack Trick: It’s Hacking Time puts us in the position of power. Designed by József Dorsonczky and published by Mind Fitness Games, Hack Trick paints a picture of two hackers looking for world domination… Or at least, cyber domination. But this cyberspace isn’t big enough for the two of us, as we have to deal with our opponents, as well as taking over servers all across the world. Make sure you’ve got a secure connection, as we’re about to check out this simple, easy to understand board game.

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Mobile Game Review: Infinitode

Tower Defense is a genre that blends strategy, fast-paced gameplay and general clicking around. I’ve always enjoyed a good tower defense title, which is actually pretty hard to come by. I mean, there are games like the Bloons series, but I’ve always wanted a good strategy on my phone. Lo and behold, I end up finding Infinitode, which I read a lot of good things about. It’s only fitting therefore that I got around to trying the Android based tower defense title. Would I be knocking out towers like nobodies business, or would I be falling to the hordes of enemies I was to encounter?

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Mobile Game Review: Scribblenauts Remix

The highly acclaimed Scribblenauts is a unique puzzle-sandbox, which allows you to type in anything you want and get that item (within reason). Of course, this was a match made in heaven for smartphones! Released on iPhone in 2011 and Android in 2013, Scribblenauts Remix takes the format of the original Scribblenauts and condenses it down to a simpler play. But does this condensed version contain mundane gameplay, or is it a hidden gem in the Apple and Google stores?

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Review – Hidden Folks

Here’s an old idea made new, another game derived from a series of puzzle-books, but this time instead of choose-your-own-adventure games, this time it’s a hidden object game a-la Where’s Wally (that’s Waldo if you’re across the Atlantic), the classic red and white master of hiding in plain sight, the must-have test of your children’s observation skills and patience.

Hidden Folks seizes the concept and turns it into something that is both addictive and strangely adorable. Layers of interactivity, vast scenes in which to seek tiny details with dozens of similar-looking items scattered everywhere, it’s wonderfully simple, and drives you back day after day for just one more game. (more…)


Review – The Warlock Of Firetop Mountain

Fighting Fantasy, the very paragon of the “Choose Your Own Adventure” book genre by Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone, is brought to life in this crowd-funded project by Tin Man Games that was released a couple of years ago, The Warlock Of Firetop Mountain. I picked it up recently during a Steam sale, I’ve had a recent Fighting Fantasy book (The Gates of Death) sitting on my to-do list for about a month or two now, alongside another book that’s had me pretty engaged for now (I’ll tell you about that soon), so I was curious to try an intermediary step between video and book games while I’m working on similar projects. Here were some of my impressions: (more…)


Video Game Review: The Curse of Monkey Island

A LucasArts classic, before the company were dismantled, The Curse of Monkey Island is one of their most iconic titles. Whether you’re a long-time fan of the franchise, or just observing it for the first time, it’s fair to say that if you’re a gamer, you’ve probably heard of it! In this instalment of the Point and Click series, we join Guybrush Threepwood on his quest to save his fiancee, Elaine Marley. Will Guybrush be able to save her, or will she be a solid gold statue forever?

Source: Steam

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Mobile Game Review – Magic: the Gathering Puzzle Quest

Typically speaking, I’m not a massive fan of these games which mismash two games together. When you get a game as deeply enriched in story and trading card gameplay, then you just stick the gameplay of a match-three puzzle game, it doesn’t sound particularly deep or interesting. However, Magic: the Gathering Puzzle Quest looks to bring about a much more interesting mix of the card game we’ve all grown to love, with simple, easy gameplay. If you’re looking for a game that brings two genres together, then this may be the one for you – So stick with us as we check out this Puzzle Quest.

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Mobile Game Review: Knightmare Tower

When towers reach dizzying heights, there is only one type of hero with the thrust to be able to reach the top. With the princesses of the land all captured and cooped up in one tower, separated by easily breakable wooden ceilings, one knight, equipped with sword, armour and a comically oversized cannon looks to save them all. Will our knight break through the ceiling in the Knightmare Tower?

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Video Game Review: The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings

Geralt, one of the most popular characters in RPG history, is a Witcher. A mutant of sorts, whom possesses powers far greater than that of most humans; a deciding factor in wars, able to use runes and two different types of swords for fighting. The Witcher is a franchise wrought with gratuitous violence, sex scenes and long, epic quests. Naturally then, it was a fitting game for me to try, as I do love a good RPG! But, as this was the first Witcher game I tried, what did I make of my introduction to the franchise as a whole?

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Video Game Review: Turmoil – The Heat Is On

We’re coming back to the oil-grabbing game, which sees you playing as an oil tycoon trying to make some quick cash off digging up precious oil reserves. Last time we played Turmoil, we had oil, gas and stone, along with Diamonds. This time however, we’re back and we’ve now got to contend with magma and precious stones of different kinds, all in the name of earning plenty of dosh. However, will our oil barons be able to handle the heat, as we’re back with the first DLC for the game, simply called ‘The Heat Is On’.

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