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  • Max Brooks
    Published 5 months ago
    "It's Little Inferno Just for Me!"

    "It's Little Inferno Just for Me!"

    SPOILERS: This game is gonna have some pretty major spoilers for Little Inferno! Don't read if that's the sort of thing that bothers you!!So, I checked my Humble Bundle library recently. I'm sure like many of you you've bought more games than you're comfortable counting and end up forgetting about most of them. Hell, I bought my first Humble Bundle purely because I wanted to play Hotline Miami.I'd actually forgotten that there were other games in there when I bought it. Including the oddly named Little Inferno.Feeling that I should be getting my full money's worth I downloaded Little Inferno expecting a cute little game about some kind of fire sprite trying to escape a chimney, or maybe making himself bigger by finding more sources of flame to eat. I don't know why this assumption was in my head but I was certainly surprised when the game turned out to be about burning your most treasured possessions, and other people's most treasured possessions.Sounds fun right?It's actually incredibly fun and addictive, we get a catalogue full of items we can order (so we can burn them in the fireplace) and as we unlock more items with the money we get from burning we get more catalogues with more items. One feature of it, that encourages us to burn items together to see how they interact, is the Combo System, that awards us stamps (that speed up how long items take to arrive from the catalogue to us). The Combo system gives you a hint such as "Cold War" or "Pirate Bike" and you have to figure out which two or three items it's asking you to burn together.Right off the bat, I got a bit of a Doodle God vibe from that, combine two things and you get a reward for being creative or figuring stuff out. The big difference, in my eyes at least, is that it's a little more fun. Doodle God, for those of you who haven't played it, gives you a bunch of elements and you combine them to make more elements. The big difference to me is that Little Inferno handles it in a slightly more engaging way. Now part of that's down to the fact that Doodle God, brilliant as it is, just gives you the two elements spinning and a "Hallelujah!" as you get a new element. Little Inferno is a tad more visceral. Many items react in fun ways; corn on the cob explodes into popcorn, dragon toys breathe fire, bugs explode into brightly coloured flames, marshmallows scream (don't ask). It makes the Combos more like a reward than a goal, if that makes sense. This is helped by the stamps we get expediting the gameplay whereas in Doodle God I did end up waiting for the hints to time in.The soundtrack is absolutely gorgeous, by the way, if the game doesn't sound like it's your thing, then at least download the OST, because it's so atmospheric and really makes you feel calm and secure, or scared and nervous. Kyle Gabler did a stand out job on making a set of tunes that sound eerie and uplifting at the same time, there's a dreamlike quality to the music and it gives you a feeling that something's watching you out of the corner of your eye.The story of Little Inferno starts off silly: "Burn your things! Because fire is fun!" and indeed the other main character, Sugar Plumps (who writes letters to you in the embarrassing "Lol, I am so random" way that I did when I was 14 and still fills me with a deep, deep shame), seems like a Burton-esque little girl who likes burning things and making new friends. (Even if she does say things like "It's not a face! But it still watches youuuuuuu!")And then (Oh, here's where the spoilers come in by the way) she burns to death in her house.Surprise, surprise there IS a plot! There had been letters and bits and pieces about the Earth getting colder and colder while the Tomorrow Corporation pumps out more and more stuff to just incinerate. And I thought that I could spend a late night pumping out the rest of the combos I needed to put the game out and then that absolutely incredible music got dark and angsty and the screen started shaking and I thought to myself "Maybe I should play this game when it's light outside..."I'm far from done with Little Inferno, because what I thought was going to be a strange little widget has got me entirely invested in what happens next. It's a wonderful little game with a lot of imagination ...... Also a good outlet for any firebug tendencies we may or may not be hiding.——
  • Crystal Heart
    Published 5 months ago
    Crimson's 'Fallout Shelter' Review

    Crimson's 'Fallout Shelter' Review

    Most mobile games are just a grind fest of mindless gathering of resources and this game isn't really that much of an exception. Figuring out the strategy to keep the vault running is pretty fun, but once you do you may end up getting bored of it. If you want a more successful vault you don't want to really play it all the time, but rather come back to it once it a while to touch it up. You also need to balance the growth of the vault by how many resources you have available. If you have too many dwellers, you may find them going hungry and dying of radiation poisoning. If you have too many rooms you might find you don't have enough man power to run them all sufficiently. You go on missions and gather resources. It's a mobile game so yes, more mind numbing resource gathering. The survival mode adds a bit more challenge, but the game mechanics stay the same. It's good for a mobile game and I'd recommend it for anyone who likes the Fallout franchise and mobile gaming. Personally not my favorite of the franchise, but it is free, so giving it a try won't hurt your wallet.
  • Brian Anonymous
    Published 5 months ago
    My Review of 'Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown'

    My Review of 'Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown'

    I didn't get into Ace Combat until I discovered Ace Combat 4 on the PlayStation 2. That game had me hooked. It had a nice variety of missions and the gradual difficulty was just about right. I had a great sense of satisfaction when I finally completed that final mission.
  • Roy Jones
    Published 6 months ago
    Retro Review

    Retro Review

    I'll be honest when I say that when I picked up Max Payne 3 for X Box 360 for around £12.50, I didn't expect to play it for long. About four years later and I'm actually on to my eighth play through. Needless to say I got my money's worth when I purchased this title. For those of you who haven't heard of Max Payne it was a franchise that began on PC. The game is an action shooter, which uses 'Matrix like' slow motion action sequences as a cool gameplay gimmick. Basically you'll be in the middle of a shoot out with a bunch of baddies, and you can slow down time to pick them off one by one. This third installment of the series is probably the best, with it's ridiculously detailed graphics and tactical gameplay. Max Payne is the tragic story of a talented police officer who's wife and baby daughter were murdered. While the previous games have Max chasing drug cartels and secret society members, this game has him doing bodyguard work for the rich elite in Brazil.
  • Leigh Hooper
    Published 6 months ago
    'Spyro: Reignited' Trilogy

    'Spyro: Reignited' Trilogy

    At the end of 2018 a thousand childhood memories came rushing back to me when I heard the news: Spyro was coming back! The reignited trilogy was going to enable me to play the games I loved as a kid and I was so excited. I got the game for Christmas but only started playing it this last month and it’s safe to say that I am in LOVE.
  • Brandon Lee
    Published 6 months ago
    'APEX' Could Mark the End of 'Fortnite'

    'APEX' Could Mark the End of 'Fortnite'

    We all know Fortnite is the most popular game almost ever! At least in pop culture. I never saw a game blow up like Fortnite and I believe Fortnite helped advance the gaming industry years in advance. Yes, you can say MindCraft was one of the first games to be really big and make gaming a norm in today's society. However, Fortnite is different in many ways. I have never seen a game that created more successful streamers like Ninja, Tfue, and TSM_Myth, just to name a few. Before, they were not highly recognizable names, but because of Fortnite, that completely changed they are now some of the biggest names not only on Twitch but even YouTube and Twitter. For example, Ninja has about 21 million followers on YouTube, Tfue has about close to 10 million, and TSM_Myth has about 4 million. I only named three people, but I can probably name you about fifty more people who became insanely successful just from Fortnite alone.
  • Mimo le Singe
    Published 6 months ago
    My Old Editorial Stash (Pt. 2)
  • Charna Sanson
    Published 7 months ago
    Season 8 Pilot Review

    Season 8 Pilot Review

    The time has come again for me to do my official review of Fortnite's latest season. I did one for Season 7 and now Season 8 gets its turn. In this review I shall be looking at the Map Changes, Battle Pass and the newly added Canons. This season has had mixed thoughts and opinions, some saying it is the best season yet and some replying with "Are you mad? It's ****." This review will cover both the Positives and Negatives!
  • Austin Wilson
    Published 7 months ago
    'Far Cry: New Dawn'

    'Far Cry: New Dawn'

    Ubisoft has decided to change things up with their Far Cry series, this time by releasing a direct sequel. Some may argue that Far Cry Primal, or Far Cry Predator where their first sequels. Really though, Predator was more of a DLC, and Primal was a prequel at the most. New Dawn, though chronological, falls in place seventeen years after the ending events of Far Cry 5 (spoilers ahead). So after the bombs dropped, everyone went underground to live for six years, then finally pop up to find a vibrant and colorful post-apocalyptic future. Let’s get into the meat and potatoes of the game, though.
  • Mimo le Singe
    Published 7 months ago
    My Thoughts on 'Doki Doki Literature Club' (2017)
  • Joseline Burns
    Published 7 months ago
    'Division 2:' Beta Impressions

    'Division 2:' Beta Impressions

    This past weekend saw the private beta of Tom Clancy's Division 2, and there was a fair bit of content on offer. Between two main story missions, the Dark Zone, a handful of side missions, side activities, and random world events, we got a good taste of what the full release could have in store. In something of a counter to the Anthem beta and Anthem's marketing in general, the look we got at Division 2 even gave us some of the endgame.
  • Mimo le Singe
    Published 8 months ago
    My Thoughts on 'Dream Daddy' (2017)

    My Thoughts on 'Dream Daddy' (2017)

    It has been well over a year since I last played this wonderful little game, and I still remember everything that made it so endearing to play with one of my closest friends who recommended it to and bought for me as a birthday gift. I'm forever grateful that he did (as a side note, he's an artist, and the beautiful art style in this game is coincidently so similar to his! Check out his page to see what I mean).