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Tag: Surreal

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Film Review: Mandy (2018)

You can often judge a Nicolas Cage movie purely on the basis of how frequent and intense his freakout scenes are – as well as how well they fit with the tone of the film in general. In that sense – as well as in many others – Mandy is an unqualified success. It’s a pretty extreme film from a […]

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Review: Donut County

I find myself increasingly bored by big scale, so-called triple-A open world collectathons in which the entire experience is diluted by endless icons dotted around gargantuan, intimidating maps. Most of what you end up doing in so many big open world games these days just ends up feeling like completely pointless busywork, there to pad out the running time of […]

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Review: Sewer Rave

Available on itch.io Is it ok to post a review if you’ve played a game for ages and still don’t know what you’re doing? Is it ok to write a review if you’ve spent a decent amount of time on a game and you don’t even know what’s going on? I pondered these questions – and others – after sinking […]

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Review: Windosill

Another title that’s part of the itch.io Bundle for Racial Justice and Equality (which now contains over 1700 items for a $5 minimum – and ends tomorrow), Windosill is a gentle puzzle game that sees you poking, pulling, pushing, twisting and prodding different objects in order to open the way for a car to move to the next of the […]

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TV Review: Vic & Bob’s Big Night Out

Though I didn’t quite get the scattershot, mile-a-minute surrealism of Vic Reeves Big Night Out immediately – in my defence, I was a young lad, aged about 12 – by the time that Vic and Bob switched from late night Channel 4 to the BBC with their second series, The Smell of Reeves and Mortimer, I was completely converted. A […]

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Review: Bug Academy

Version Played: Switch (also available on PC) – Price: £11.69/$12.99 – Published by: Ultimate Games Every now and then, a game comes along which really surprises you. Not always in a good way of course. Thankfully, Bug Academy is a game that surprises for the right reasons. A game about different types of insects working their way through lessons at […]

Indie Games

Preview Update: Pecaminosa

I’ve covered Pecaminosa before, but wanted to spotlight it again; it’s a hugely promising indie title that’s coming to PC this year. Described as a pixel noir RPG, it’s got a wonderful sense of style, with a wide range of influences including LA Noire, Fallout and Grim Fandango. It looks like a great mix of noir, RPG mechanics and surrealism […]

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First Impressions: Bloody Trains

A phrase I can be heard muttering to myself quite often on the commute home from work, Bloody Trains is another game from indie developer and purveyor of very odd experiences, Marginal Act. I’ve looked at two of their games before – baffling tea delivery simulator TUTUTUTU Tea Party and Vasilis. The former seems to share quite a lot of […]

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Clustertruck

I haven’t got far enough in Clustertruck to give it a full review, but I’ve played it enough to tell you that it’s really, really good. A surreal variation on […]

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TUTUTUTU Tea Party – Steam

TUTUTUTU Tea Party – Available now on Steam (£4.19) – Published by Marginal Act Marginal Act seem to specialise in bringing nightmarish and surreal settings to life; just as they did with monochromatic, dark PC adventure title Vasilis, so too they do with TUTUTUTU Tea Party. I must confess that I didn’t have the faintest idea of what was going […]