Saturday, 7 October 2017

GOOSEBUMPS: ESCAPE FROM HORRORLAND


Between 1992 and 1997 over 60 books were released in R.L. Stine's Goosebumps series. During this time, a television show, a board game, several game books and as much merchandise as a Disney movie came to market. In 1996 at the height of that media blitz, Dreamworks Interactive in partnership with Microsoft gained the rights to develop a video game for Windows. The result is Escape to Horrorland, an FMV adventure that boasts Hollywood production value and the involvement of Steven Spielberg.

Monday, 2 October 2017

PSYCHO


It is now officially Halloween season, it's time to indulge in the horrors video games can bestow upon us. One of cinema's greatest scare-fests is Alfred Hitcock's 1960 thriller Psycho. The film remains evergreen, but what of the 1988 computer game adaptation by Starsoft Development Laboratories?

Saturday, 30 September 2017

UPDATES - SEPTEMBER 2017


It's been a while since I've posted an update, so before October creeps up on us (literally and figuratively), I thought I'd take the time to tell you what's new around here. Read on to see what games have had updates, what's been added, and what's been changed.

Monday, 25 September 2017

MONSTER TRUCK MADNESS


Other than the sport of Football that's such a misnomer the rest of the world puts the country of origin in the name, there's nothing as quintessentially American as monster trucks. It's loud, supersized and full of competitive spectacle. In 1996, Terminal Reality in partnership with Microsoft developed Monster Truck Madness for Windows '95. If you though world of trucks with really big wheels couldn't get any crazier, you've not seen nothin' yet.

Saturday, 23 September 2017

THE ORION CONSPIRACY


To my developing young mind in the 90s, there was something alluring when a game proclaims itself as being 'adult', and not in the Lula: The Sexy Empire kind of way. With its adult themes, dark subject matter and propensity for swearing, the sci-fi meanderings of Divide by Zero's The Orion Conspiracy peaked my pre-pubescent interests when I saw the adverts around its release in 1995. As a fully formed adult, I can now get my hands on the adventure game without the threat of warping my mind. So is it any good?

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

MAGESLAYER


With the rise of indie developers we are all used to a release that thrives on nostalgia, but the 90s was a different matter. If a game took inspiration from an old classic, it was often seen as derivative. Case in point: Mageslayer. This top-down action-fest from Raven Software was an obvious retro throwback to the likes of Gauntlet but reviews at the time tended to see this as the game's biggest flaw. Would we be kinder to it in 2017 than we were in 1997?

Thursday, 7 September 2017

VILLAINOUS GAMES FROM DISNEY


Disney's gaggle of villains are probably just as memorable as their heroes. Or princesses. At around the turn of the millennium, the entertainment giant tried to morph them into their very own brand. And with their need for cross-promotion, a few games came along too. Among them were Disney's Villains' Revenge, Disney's Hades Challenge & Disney's Arcade Frenzy! Check them out after the jump.