Sunday, 18 October 2020

HIDDEN GEMS - TOP 10 SPOOKY GAMES FOR KIDS

 

This one took a while to compile, but it wouldn't be the Halloween without a swathe of spooky retro titles for you to game to. This time, I present my personal, completely biased Top 10 list the best 90s kids games best played in the Halloween season. I've limited myself to games that are no longer sold, so no Maniac Mansion, Hocus Pocus or MediEvil, and those specifically aimed at the younger critters infesting households the world over.
 
From the list, there are 4 titles new to the Chamber, and another 2 that have been updated. That's Are You Afraid of the Dark, an adventure game based on the classic Nickelodeon show, I.M. Meen, and excuse to learn grammar while playing a Doom clone, Jan Pienkowski's Haunted House, based on the still-impressive pop up book and Nightmare Ned, of the best Disney show no-one remembers. Check them out after the jump by following the links below, but not before you catch my video on the subject!


 

Saturday, 3 October 2020

THE DARK EYE - Video Review




Let's kick off the month of October with a few chilling tales from Edgar Allen Poe, a game I tend to revisit often this time of year. Watch the video review above, then check out the full review and game by heading to the link below.

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Friday, 25 September 2020

MONTHLY 5 - September 2020

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Ok, so I went on holiday and missed August's back of mini-reviews, but it's back for the last Friday of September! Puzzle your way around some train tracks in 3D Ultra Lionel TrainTown (1999, Sierra On-Line), play as a cartoon Bond in the animated action game Guy Spy and the Crystals of Armageddon (1992, ReadySoft), act on that urge to go a bit faster in the original racing game The Need for Speed (1995, Electronic Arts), fix time by way of educational mini-games in The Time Warp of Dr. Brain (1996, Sierra On-Line) and lastly shoot up the place in the 360° schmup Zone 66 (1993 Epic MegaGames).

Don't forget that on top of all this, the last two months have brought us a number of new reviews and videos including my Top 10 Underrated FMV Adventures. I've also updated the package for RAMA to version 2, so check that out if you're interested.

Before you head on over, see them in motion by watching my YouTube video below! If you like it, you may want to subscribe to my channel and if you really want to show some support, consider becoming a Patreon.




Friday, 18 September 2020

THE ADVENTURES OF DOWN UNDER DAN


In the 90s, point and click games were in their prime. We had classics such as Grim Fandango, Monkey Island, I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream, Myst, and many others.  While yes, the genre was flawed, good things did come out of it. One game that really flew under the radar was The Adventures of Down Under Dan, releasing in 1995 to the Australian and United Kingdom markets only. The game even takes place in Australia, if the title didn’t give it away. It boasted full voiceover, real videos, and digitized actors, which was still a selling point at that time.

Friday, 11 September 2020

HIDDEN GEMS - TOP 10 FORGETTEN FMV ADVENTURES


I'm back from a little holiday with another TOP 10 list! This time we're looking at the oft-maligned FMV adventure, complete with over-the-top acting and CD count! Not all of them deserve the bad reputation associated with the genre so I've collated some of the absolute best. Don't expect the revered likes of Gabriel Knight or The 7th Guest which are easily available to buy online. These are the forgotten gems that no-one seems to talk about anymore (if they ever did).

There's even a number of games not previously featured on the site (including QUANTUM GATE and THE CASSANDRA GALLERIES), so go check them out too!


Friday, 21 August 2020

SPACE HULK: VENGEANCE OF THE BLOOD ANGELS


Game Workshop's Warhammer series of tabletop strategy games spawned a bunch of spin-offs and spin-offs of spin-offs. First launching in 1989, Space Hulk took the sprawling sci-fi setting of Warhammer 40K and shrunk it down to the small claustrophobic corridors of many a derelict spacecraft. These were known as Space Hulks, and that premise begat a rather successful videogame franchise, including this second entry from Electronic Arts; Space Hulk: Vengeance of the Blood Angels.

Friday, 14 August 2020

URBAN RUNNER


I've played a fair few FMV games in my time and regardless of their overall quality, they all tend to share the same problem - a conflict between the game's design and the rigid nature of moviemaking. Published by Sierra in 1996, Coktel Vision's Urban Runner epitomises all that can go wrong when the two art forms collide.