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Review: Shmubedi Boo

Don’t be fooled by the cutesy name and visuals of Shmubedi Boo – it’s an extremely challenging single screen platformer with incredibly devious level design, not unlike a non-scrolling Super Meat Boy, though far more colourful and kawaii than that game ever was. The plot – which is largely irrelevant – sees an evil rabbit stealing apples from the inhabitants […]

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Review: Umihara Kawase BaZooKa!

Available on: Switch, PS4 and PC – Version Played: Switch – Physical Versions for Switch and PS4 available from Strictly Limited As I’ve mentioned in recent reviews, local multiplayer arena games seem to be undergoing quite a renaissance recently. Umihara Kawase BaZooKa! is another to add to the list, with a sizable cast of appealingly kawaii characters and some unusual […]

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Review: Hot Shot Burn

Available from 1st October 2020 on Nintendo Switch – Published by: Forever Entertainment Local multiplayer games have been making a resurgence after a good few years in the wilderness and the Switch, with its portability and bundled Joy-Con controllers that guarantee instant two player action with so many games, is the perfect home for local multiplayer fun. Hot Shot Burn […]

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Review: Sounds of Eden

Back in the early 90s – when I was in my mid-teens – my peer group and I were having our minds expanded by all of the non-mainstream music we were discovering – we started by finding decidedly non-chart friendly alternative rock and electronic music; genres such as industrial for example. We all ended up going in different directions in […]

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TV Review: The Toys That Made Us

I reviewed a single episode of Netflix series The Toys That Made Us recently (the one covering Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) and found it to be full of interesting details about how the turtles became such a phenomenon. What I found most intriguing was just how much of what we know about the franchise – what we perhaps take as […]

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Comic Book Review: Battle Special (2020)

The Battle special – or, as it seems to be called on the cover, the Battle ‘of Britain’ Special – is the latest in Rebellion’s series of specials to revive classic British comics. Battle Picture Weekly went through a number of name changes in its original run from 1975-1988, at which point it merged with Eagle. Battle Action, Battle Action […]

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Comic Book Review: Judge Dredd Megazine #424

2000AD’s sister title, the Judge Dredd Megazine, reaches an incredible milestone this month with the release of issue 424, which celebrates the publication’s 30th anniversary. It’s incredibly impressive considering how much the British comic book landscape has changed in the years since the first issue hit newsagents in 1990. Back then, there was a pretty healthy and vibrant selection of […]

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Review: Bomber Fox (Switch)

Available now on Switch (£4.49/$4.99) – Published by Forever Entertainment One area in which the brilliant Bomberman games has always felt lacking is with the single player modes; there’s simply not enough variety or unpredictability with the enemy AI to give the game the same addictive spark that powers the near-peerless multiplayer action. However, an addictive, varied and surprisingly expansive […]

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Comic Book Review: Aquila: Blood of the Iceni

2000AD has a reputation for hard-hitting, violent stories that pull no punches, though these are often dressed up in fantasy or futuristic clothes. Aquila is a little different, given that it takes place in a historical setting that takes its cues from real events and even features genuine historical and religious figures. That’s not to say that the fantastical elements […]

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Book Review: Judges: The Avalanche by Michael Carroll

The first in a series of novellas covering the origins of the world seen in 2000AD’s Judge Dredd, Michael Carroll’s novella is currently available in a digital edition or in an Omnibus containing the first three novellas in the series. Set a little over a decade into the future from now against a backdrop of worsening poverty, inequality and political […]

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Comic Book Review: Old Haunts #3

The story of three made men with some dark secrets that are literally coming back to haunt them, Old Haunts continues building tension in its third issue, with a flashback to the childhood of our protagonists and some much more personal insights into the events that have led to the present day. There’s a single panel here that blew me […]

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Music Review: Chromeo – Quarantine Casanova EP

I first became aware of cheeky retro-electro funk duo Chromeo in 2007 at a British festival called The Big Chill. For a number of years back then, I used to attend that particular festival with a group of close friends; it was small but grew to a decent enough size that it attracted some phenomenal acts – and it was […]

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Comic Book Review: 2000AD Regened

Regular readers of the blog – and my Twitter followers – can’t have failed to notice that I’ve been covering an awful lot of 2000AD-related material over the past few months. It started on my birthday, when I purchased a copy of the latest Judge Dredd Megazine as a treat to myself; it wasn’t long before thrill-power took over once […]