By now, it must be ever so obvious that the Duck is a big fan of Disney’s Haunted Mansion. I’ve got Haunted Mansion pins and figures and all manner of other cool goodies. Heck, I even attended the 50th anniversary! More recently, my obsession has leaked over into books, more specifically the four-part Tales from the Haunted Mansion series. I bought them for the obvious reasons…and because they are an exceptionally attractive set of books, and I’ve always fantasized about having a grand library filled with beautiful tomes.(Now I just need about a bijillion more.) Continue reading Tales from the Haunted Mansion Book Review
The Duck doesn’t normally do movie reviews…or watch that many modern movies in general. (I don’t even have cable anymore. Why was I paying to watch TV with commercials anyway?) But last Friday, something very special came to Netflix…Invader ZiM: Enter the Florpus. Below, I’d like to indulge in a brief moment of nostalgia, followed by a little review summarizing my thoughts on this momentous occasion in human history. Continue reading Invader ZiM: Enter the Florpus is Better Than Chicken and Rice
Mother Duck and I arrived back outside Disneyland at 11:30 PM on August 8, a mere half hour before the Haunted Mansion’s 50th anniversary. The space between Disneyland and DCA was practically packed with row after row of people, many in attire ranging from Haunted Mansion t-shirts to full costumes and face paint and all of them wearing their purple lanyards signifying them as attendees of the event to come. Waiting outside the park many hours after sundown as a half-moon shone down on us, while a variety of Disney songs played over the speakers, including the Pirates of the Caribbean theme song (both the movie and the ride version) and the theme from the Electrical Parade, was a truly surreal experience indeed. Continue reading Disneyland 2019 Part 2: Haunted Mansion 50th Anniversary
Christmas is always the best time for catching up on all the games I missed, and one such game that I was able to obtain thanks to Christmas of 2018 was Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom. Though I was a big fan of the first game on the PS3, I’ll admit I was rather doubtful as to how the newest entry in the series would turn out. As far as I could tell, none of the first game’s original cast of characters was returning, leading me to believe from the start that this game would be a bit…different. Continue reading Ni no Kuni II: A Review
The Duck’s mission to experience all the classic games I possibly can has been mighty successful these past several years. I’ve played such beloved SNES titles as Super Metroid, EarthBound, and Super Mario RPG. I’ve even caught up on Squaresoft’s Final Fantasy 4-9 and Chrono Trigger. The next set of games I had set my sights on was Naughty Dog’s Crash Bandicoot series from the PS1, a feat that became much easier with the release of the N. Sane Trilogy on the PS4. As of writing this review, I have just managed to complete the very first Crash Bandicoot game, and here are my very interesting (hopefully) thoughts. Continue reading The Duck Finally Plays Crash Bandicoot
Fans of the Banjo-Kazooie series have long-awaited a true sequel since Banjo-Tooie’s release on the Nintendo 64 in 2000. When Yooka-Laylee was finally announced as a spiritual successor to the much-beloved pair of platformers, I’m sure every Banjo-Kazooie fan jumped for joy. Many people, like myself, hoped that Yooka-Laylee would harken in a new era of great platformers in the style of those we had grown up with during the late 90’s. Now that I have completed the game, what is my verdict?
Honestly, I don’t think we’re quite there yet. Nevertheless, it’s a big, big step in the right direction. Continue reading Yooka-Laylee: A Game with Good Intentions