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You're currently browsing old newsposts. Since the site's directory and file structure has changed several times over the years, the more you get into the past, the more likely it is you'll find the links on these pages not working. Use the regular navigation to find the respective contents in this case.

2019-06-01

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There we are at the zoo… not exactly a stereotypical setting for a cyberpunk game, is it? Yet if you decide to play Nightlong: Union City Conspiracy, it is where you will spend quite a bit of overall game time. LostInSpace complains quite bitterly about this. One such aspect doesn't necessarily break a whole game, though, does it? Read for yourself - and what do you think?
Mr Creosote

2019-05-25

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Yup: it's Wings of Glory! telecommand goes back to the times Origin tried to extend their market from space action towards other genres by applying the same soap opera formula to historical scenarios involving flight. Some years back, this game was a prime candidate on my own list to be reviewed, as it is set in 1916, and the challenge at the time was to find a review a game exactly with that parameter. Things went differently back then, and poor Wings of Glory went back to the drawer. Thanks for digging it out!
Mr Creosote

2019-05-19

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LostInSpace dared to enter The Forest of Doom all alone. My own recollection of this forest is indeed that it was quite a horrible experience. So I'm extremely grateful I didn't have to enter it with him again. Surprisingly, he survived. His testimony even talks of minimum danger, the thrills of adventure and enjoyment of the overall experience. That was unexpected for sure!
Mr Creosote

2019-05-06

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Extreme Assault is a game I have nothing to say about really. I guess I've been periphally aware of its existence in the past, as those screenshots don't look completely unfamiliar, but I neither played it ever, nor did I actively follow reports on it at the time.

Good that there are other knowledgable people able and willing to fill such gaps. RetroBunny will be our guide to discover uncharted territory today. Or is it even re-discovery for some of you?

Mr Creosote

2019-05-04

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The expected follow-up to the last update is here: the computer adaption of Temple of Terror. It is actually the final computer game adaption of a Fighting Fantasy book made during the original run of the line of books. Sales were too low, so the remaining games already announced never saw the light of day. Looking at the game today and also back then, it is not hard to see why this one didn't sell.

Nevertheless, it is not the end of the line for our coverage of this series. It's just that we picked the books/games out of order. So there is actually one more to go…

Mr Creosote

2019-04-26

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Slightly slower days than usual around these shores. Nevertheless, we are getting where we planned to go. Slowly, but surely. Several years ago, but nevermind that ;)

Temple of Terror comes from the pen of one of the founders of the most successful gamebook line of all time. So it must be a great one, right? LostInSpace and me can't quite agree. Which is funny, because although our observation about what is noteworthy about this book match almost exactly, they lead us to different conclusions.

Mr Creosote

2019-03-27

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SB1988 reminds us King's Quest IV: The Perils of Rosella used to be one of the first games to feature a female protagonist. Well, not counting text adventures, I guess. Though if you go graphical, isn't it a bit of a pity that this first female protagonist has to be… Barbie? Not exactly empowering towards female audiences, is it? Though for sure, it is interesting that the game applies the same strategy of today's Barbie animated movies: simply featuring the same base character in all roles, with just the hair exchanged.

All kidding aside, this is a beloved installment of probably the most iconic graphic adventure series ever. Sorely missing in our collection this far. Thank you, SB1988!

Mr Creosote

2019-03-23

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Wait, didn't we forget something there? Almost… indeed, the plan was to cover those gamebooks and their respective computer game conversions. Even if most of these haven't been all that amazing this far. So here we are, let's go swashbuckling in Seas of Blood once more!
Mr Creosote

2019-03-22

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Now is the moment of the real experts. Surely, those will notice: isn't this the same game all over again? Indeed, The Colonel's Bequest. Obviously a huge Sierra fan such as SB1988 has been just waiting for this game to be added to our small database. Lurking in the shadows to jump on the opportunity to add his own view on top of the first review. Thanks for your comprehensive write-up – and why not consider just adding those other "missing" games yourself? ;)
Mr Creosote

2019-03-19

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For sure, it is a bit funny to have this game appear on the site now, so many years after its sequel. Though that's the nature of a platform which allows for personal preference to dictate programme. It even makes some amount of sense. The Colonel's Bequest is the much less accessible game compared to the second one featuring the same main character. For those who want to know where and how it all started, here we go – thanks to beranmuden.
Mr Creosote

2019-03-16

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Ouch, that didn't go as planned! Instead of boarding unsuspecting merchant ships and slaughtering their unarmed crews, we have been surprised by a sea monster which is now in the middle of eating some of my own men. Well, thinking about it, it doesn't need to be for the worse. After all, if we survive, there will be fewer mouths left to feed and even more importantly, fewer greedy hands to share the gold with.

Everybody loves pirates, obviously. The book Seas of Blood lead to some controversy between LostInSpace and me, however.

Mr Creosote

2019-02-26

Happy birthday to us!

Celebrating our 19th anniversary, the site is now well into its adult phase. Some traditions never change, however. One of them, if you browse our news archive, is delays in redesigns.

So, yes, I've been working on and off on a visual and functional refreshment of the site over most of last year. Unlike the 2015 attempt which never went beyond concept stage, this one is actually going to happen. Although not finished, it's all well advanced. Far too advanced to abandon now. Basically, to summarize, it's already done from a pure browsing perspective, but all interactions, like entering new contents or editing existing ones, are still missing.

It's done when it's done is a sensibile concept in our case, I believe. So no big promises. We'll get back to this topic later this year – in the meantime, we'll continue providing some fresh contents, of course.

Mr Creosote

2019-02-24

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zodiac's next review concerns that game which everybody mistakes for a sequel. Millennium 2.2, however, only uses the number in its title as a plot point. Making it the Genesis II of the computer gaming world, in a way.
Mr Creosote

2019-02-22

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Oh no, the Joker is lose! Get the Shark-Repellent Bat-Spray!

Actually, Tim Burtons movie was as far from 1960s silliness as could possibly be imagined, and beyond. The mixture of film noir characters meeting a futuristic city design, a world fallen out of time (well, until those awful Prince songs start to play at least) was an artistic triumph. And it made a shitload of money, so the merchandising machine started running quickly as well. Ocean (who else?) snatched the computer game licence. How did their Batman: The Movie turn out? zodiac gives us his account.

Mr Creosote

2019-02-09

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Still in vertical mode, but this time for another reason. It just happens to be the regular format of printed books as well. As if nothing has happened, we just pick it up where we left off in 2015 with our coverage of gamebooks. Rebel Planet was the logical choice after recently reviewing the computer game conversion. This makes it our first non-fantasy gamebook. Let's see how far we get this time!
Mr Creosote

2019-02-02

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Back in the vertical dimension, but otherwise in familiar waters. Shattered Pixel Dungeon takes long established gameplay patterns and a likewise familiar graphical style, but translates it onto a modern-day platform to make it available on the move. Adaptions sure are necessary, especially in a genre which is basically known for being controlled through 100 and more different key combinations. How did this turn out?
Mr Creosote

2019-01-18

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Going boldly where no man has gone before… well, not quite. Many people have played Buck Rogers: Countdown to Doomsday before me. Nevertheless, it was quite a step to put this on my list of games to be reviewed, as I have a longstanding love-hate relationship with it. The reason being that thematically, it has always strongly appealed to me, but genre-wise, I'm practically repulsed. I've thrown the game into a corner in anger, frustration and disgust quite frequently, but in the same way, I've reliable picked it up again every time. Maybe pouring some of my thoughts on it will finally break that circle.
Mr Creosote

2019-01-08

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A happy new year, everyone! I'm sure everybody's full of energy to fulfil all those new year's resolutions, I'm sure. Like giving something back to the community by putting a lot of time into this website ;)

Ironically, we begin the new year with something hanging over from the last. LostInSpace submitted this review right on New Year's Eve. My own unavailability to do the finishing editing touches led to this delay of a week. Rebel Planet sort of picks up the grand plans some of us had a couple of years ago concerning the coverage of game books. Hm, maybe there is a new new year's resolution in there?

Mr Creosote
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