Review: August 2010 Archives

Sam & Max: The Devil's Playhouse - The City That Dares Not Sleep Publisher: Telltale Games
Developer: Telltale Games


Platforms: PlayStation 3, PC and Mac
Reviewed on PC

Windows System Requirements: 2 GHz Processor, 1 GB RAM, DirectX 8.1 compatible video card, Windows XP or more recent operating system

Following the events of Sam & Max: The Devil's Playhouse - Beyond the Alley of the Dolls, Max has been transformed into a colossal Cthulhoid monster rampaging through New York City. Rather than his usual diminutive, excessively violent, hyperkinetic, rabbit-thing self, Max is a tentacled monstrosity the size of a skyscraper rampaging through the city in search of gratuitous violence and oversized corn dogs. If doggie detective Sam can't return to normal his little buddy and Freelance Police partner, Max will find himself at ground zero of a nuclear attack.

Sam & Max: The Devil's Playhouse - Beyond the Alley of the Dolls Publisher: Telltale Games
Developer: Telltale Games


Platforms: PlayStation 3, PC and Mac
Reviewed on PC

Windows System Requirements: 2 GHz Processor, 1 GB RAM, DirectX 8.1 compatible video card, Windows XP or more recent operating system

What could be worse than having the Freelance Police on the case? Having seemingly endless clones of the Freelance Police on the case? Someone sinister has been cloning portly man-dog detective hybrid Sam, and sending those clones to scour the city for the Toys of Power. Who is better suited to investigate the source of these clones than Sam himself and his hyperkinetic lagomorphic sidekick Max? Well... lots of folks would be better candidates, but at least Sam is wearing a suit, unlike his nearly naked clones.

Sam & Max: The Devil's Playhouse - They Stole Max's Brain Publisher: Telltale Games
Developer: Telltale Games


Platforms: PlayStation 3, PC and Mac
Reviewed on PC

Windows System Requirements: 2 GHz Processor, 1 GB RAM, DirectX 8.1 compatible video card, Windows XP or more recent operating system

One of the hardest things about freelance police work is when your partner's skullcap is flapping in the breeze like a paperback cover hanging out a car's side window. The portly man-dog detective Sam always did most of the talking, but now that the lagomorphic Max is a little short in the "Brains" department, it's up to Sam to ride hard and roughshod over potential perps.

Doing a wheelie
off the roof of the U.N.
is simpler than paying tolls
 
Grand Theft Auto IV for the Xbox 360
- Malthus

Haiku Review: Singularity

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In multiplayer,
The height of perfection is
Puking on your foes
 
Singularity for the Xbox 360
- Malthus

Singularity Review

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Singularity Publisher: Activision
Developer: Raven


Platforms: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC
Reviewed on Xbox 360

If you encounter a man clinging to a ledge in a burning building, don't save him. At least, if you encounter a crazed Soviet scientist with plans to usurp Khrushchev clinging to a ledge in a burning building, don't save him lest you disrupt the balance of power, ending the Cold War and altering history itself. Just in case you end up in that kind of situation.

Max and the Magic Marker Publisher: Press Play
Developer: Press Play


Platforms: Wii and PC
Reviewed on PC

Windows System Requirements: Pentium III processor, 512 MB RAM, DirectX 9 compatible video card, 200 MB HD space, internet connection

Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson is easily one of the best children's books of all time. Harold, a small child in his sleeper, creates his own world with only a purple crayon. Everything he can imagine, he draws and it comes to life (whether in his imagination or real life, just doesn't matter). It's a lovely book, both entertaining and inspiring in its exploration of the imagination. Max and the Magic Marker is essentially the same, except the boy is named Max, his drawing implement is orange, and in the world of his imagination, he only draws staircases and teeter-totters to jump up high enough to gather irrelevant collectibles.

Ancients of Ooga Review

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Ancients of Ooga Publisher: J. Kenworthy Entertainment
Developer: NinjaBee


Platform: Xbox 360
Reviewed on Xbox 360

I've never been so hungry in all my life. That's because if Ancients of Ooga has taught me anything, it's that everything is edible, if you just add enough spices. The Ooganis are fond of eating just about everything, so when a group of hulking Boolis offered them a bunch of intoxicating slugs, the seven tribes of Ooganis happily locked their own chiefs in cages while they tripped. When the Boolis burned the chiefs and enslaved the Ooganis, the Ooganis were too far gone to do anything about it. Finally, enough of the Ooganis have sobered up to summon the Great Spirit of Ooga, capable of possessing individual Ooganis to restore the great chiefs of the tribes and end the reign of the Boolis once and for all.

Limbo Review

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Limbo Publisher: Microsoft
Developer: Playdead


Platform: Xbox 360
Reviewed on Xbox 360

"Uncertain of his sister's fate, a boy enters Limbo." That's all the plot synopsis there is for Limbo, and even that seems strange and irrelevant after playing Limbo. In truth, Limbo is a horrifying place where life is separated from a gruesome death by a mere shuffling step, and even death isn't enough to escape from horrifying machines, weapons of war, giant arachnids and lucifugous brain parasites.

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