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There have been a lot of games based on Ghostbusters over the years, both the movies and the cartoon spin-offs, and in the last 10 years or so there's been a particular surge in computerized ectoplasmic activity. Some have been well received, such as the multi-platform GhostbustersThe Video Game, a truly great game released in 2009 that basically acts as Ghostbusters III. Others haven't been so popular, such as the wonky 2011 sequel Sanctum of Slime and the enjoyable but limited 2013 Ghostbusters mobile game from Beeline. Games based on the 2016 movie have been especially poorly received, with FireForge Games' Ghostbusters being so bad that it bankrupted the company. Ghostbusters World isn't even the first Augmented Reality game, following the 2012 experiment with Ghostbusters: Paranormal Blast.
REVIEW: 'Doctor Who' (11:6) "Demons of the Punjab"
"Demons of the Punjab," is by far, the strongest episode of the season so far. The only episode to rival it is "Rosa," and there's a clear indication that this new version of Doctor Who is strongest when presenting historical, socially aware stories rather than escapist adventures. More cynically, I might point out that these two episodes are the ones with the least involvement from show-runner Chris Chibnall. "Rosa" was co-written by Malorie Blackman, while this has a sole writing credit for Vinay Patel. On the other hand, the episode feels very much a part of the new Who. While there has been quite a variety of stories in just these six episodes, series 11 still feels consistently part of one vision for the programme. Chibnall has stated he's using the open writing room approach to brainstorm ideas, and while this episode seems very much the work of Patel, others doubtless had influence.
Review: "Calypso" - 'Star Trek: Short Treks' Episode Two
As much as I found to enjoy with the first Short Treksepisode "Runaway," this is so far beyond in terms of quality and content it scarcely seems to be part of the same series. A two-hander set centuries after Discovery, yet still strongly linked to the primary series, "Calypso" benefits from some excellent acting, stylish direction, and a compact and effective script.
Review: 'Slaughterhouse Rulez'
It's a strange one, this. The first film to come from Stolen Picture, the new production company created by Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, Slaughterhouse Rulez is very much channelling the spirit of the Cornetto Trilogy. Shaun of the Dead came out a whole fourteen years ago and the belated third movie The World's End was back in 2013, and so a relaunch of the skewed universe of Pegg and Frost is perhaps overdue.
The Thirteen Most Terrifying Ghosts of the Ghostbusters Cartoons
Originally broadcast from 1986 to 1992, The Real Ghostbusters is one of the most fondly remembered and beloved children's cartoon series ever. Based on the original 1984 movie, Ghostbusters, it reworked the characters and concepts to make them more acceptable for impressionable young minds. Well, in theory at least... In reality, The Real Ghostbusters featured an array of phantasms and nightmare scenarios that would chill a generation of kids and stick in their minds forever. The early years of the series (the original thirteen-episode season and the very long syndicated run that followed, here referred to as season two) in particular pulled no punched when presenting children with genuinely chilling monsters and stories. While the series became more overtly aimed at younger children as it went on, even some of the later episodes featured memorable unsettling baddies. In 1997, the sequel series Extreme Ghostbusters arrived, and its creators seemed to be on a mission to make the most gruesome horror material that they could legally get away with on children's television.