Alive Inside

Zombies really are the in thing at the moment, so it’s hardly surprising that this is already the second review of a game featuring the living undead on this website. I picked up all five parts of Telltale Games’ latest episodic adventure, based on the comic book turned TV show turned video game, ‘The Walking Dead’. Read on to find out if it’s a survivor, or just another brain-dead zombie.

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Competition Entry: Intense Serious Fun


A review of Tyrian, a winning entry for the July 2013 Monaco competition by Andy Burn

Tryian Box Art

Epic Games, Inc. You might have heard of them. Back when they were Epic MegaGames they enjoyed some moderate success with a game called Unreal, and later as Epic Games they made a bit of a name for themselves with the Gears of War series. But obviously, like all right thinking people, you remember them best for the 1995 masterpiece Tyrian.

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Competition Entry: In Case Of Trouble


A review of Bastion, a winning entry for the July 2013 Monaco competition by Sam Hogarth

Once in a while you experience a moment of serendipity while engaging in an activity. Something is so fresh, so novel, that you proclaim (in your head) “YES! This is why I play video games / read books / read comics!” It’s happened twice for me with comics (Watchmen and When the Wind Blows), it happened with Majora’s Mask and Arkham Asylum. Recently, it happened too with Bastion.

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Scalpel… Suction… Hammer?!

The Steam Summer Sale has descended upon us once again, offering the usual massive discounts on triple-A titles and indie games that we all love. I managed to last until day 2 before I caved and bought Surgeon Simulator 2013 – an indie game created in just 48 hours for Global Game Jam 2013 and released by Bossa Studios.

It’s hard to define what genre the game fits into, but it doesn’t quite fit into ‘simulation’ despite the title. I would probably classify it as ‘educational’, as it has taught me one thing and one thing only… that I should never be allowed near an operating theatre.

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