When I initially saw a partial playthrough of the original 3DS release of Miitopia on YouTube, my expectations were low. You see, I’ve never been a big fan of Mii’s. For me, these simple, customizable characters were just not very appealing, and so I expected Miitopia to be a shallow and dull experience. I was quickly surprised by how charming and quirky the game ended up being, and I found myself toying with the idea of playing Miitopia for myself. I finally gave the game a try after the demo was released for the Switch, and it wasn’t long before a full copy of the game was added to my library. I had been writing about my experiences with the game over the last few months, and today, it’s finally time for a full review.Continue reading Miitopia is Way Better Than It Has Any Right to Be
I’m always on the hunt for horror games that aren’t filled with gore and ghouls. One such game is Silt, where you play as a mysterious scuba diver with the power to possess other creatures. The game is more eerie than outright scary, making for an experience that is both unsettling and relaxing.Continue reading Silt is a Delightfully Unsettling Experience
Raji: An Ancient Epic is one of those intriguing looking games I had my eye on for a while. Set in ancient India and based on Hindu mythology, the game follows Raji’s adventure to rescue her little brother Golu, who was kidnapped by demons. The unique setting and theme of the game really helps it to stand out from countless other demos I’ve played, and from what I’ve seen from the screenshots, Raji also looks like it could be a rather beautiful game. Not to mention the cut scenes take the form of a puppet show, which is super interesting, as well. Subject matter and aesthetics aside, this is still a game, and so gameplay is inevitably going to be a vital part of the experience.Continue reading Raji: An Ancient Epic: Demo Review
Nelly Rapp: Monster Agent is a Swedish movie from 2020 where a young girl named Nelly spends fall break with her uncle Hannibal and learns that he’s actually a Monster Agent, someone who hunts down monsters. Perhaps it’s a bit of a spoiler, but this is another one of those stories where the monsters aren’t quite as monstrous as they initially appear. Although the English dubbing isn’t really the best (especially for the adult characters, most of whom speak in a rather stiff fashion), the movie was otherwise pretty entertaining, and I really liked Nelly’s new monster friend. I’d definitely recommend checking this one out if you’re looking for a family-friendly, atmospheric movie for Halloween. It can even be found for free on Youtube!
When Good Ghouls Go Bad is a 2001 movie based on a book by Goosebumps author R.L. Stine. A kid named Danny recently moved to a new town where it’s forbidden to celebrate Halloween because of a curse caused by the tragic death of loner Curtis Danko 20 years prior. As us movie viewers all saw coming from a mile away, the curse is inevitably unleashed upon the town, and zombies rise from the grave to wreak havoc.
The movie has some pretty good humor, along with some rather spooky stuff, for a kid’s movie, but there are some decidedly…stupid moments, as well. Fortunately, the good outweighs the bad, making this a pretty good choice for Halloween. It even features Christopher Lloyd as Danny’s recently zombified grandfather! If you’re interested, the movie can be watched for free on Youtube.
A Monster in Paris is a French animated movie from 2011 that was inspired by The Phantom of the Opera. I originally assumed this would be a good choice for October based on the titular monster, but it turned out the insectoid creature was not really as dangerous as initially believed. The animation in this movie looks great, the humor might make you smile, but not outright laugh, and the songs are okay. Generally, it was a pretty fun little tale with a wholesome message that I would recommend checking out if you’re a fan of animated movies. As of writing this review, YouTube was offering the movie for free with ads.Continue reading Random Mini-Review #1: A Monster in Paris Plus Bonus Story
Yesterday, I wrote a very brief review about one of our favorite versions of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, the 1999 version made by Hallmark. Well, we were blessed with a delightfully stormy night and decided we’d watch another version of the famous ghost story, considering we had the perfect ambiance to accompany it. This version can be found for free on Youtube and stars Jeff Goldblum as Ichabod Crane.Continue reading Spooky Mini-Review #6: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (1980)
Figment 2: Creed Valley is an upcoming adventure game that takes place in the human mind. It is scheduled for release on October 15, 2022, but if you’re not inclined to wait, there is a demo on the Switch that grants players access to the game’s first level (though I saw videos online that showed an additional location available in the PC demo…). The main character is Dusty, who represents the Mind’s courage, and he is accompanied by a little red bird named Piper that I hear will be playable in co-op. While the main story involves restoring order after the Mind’s Moral Compass is damaged, our goal in the demo is to vanquish the Mind’s fear of the dark, a large and hulking creature called the Black Hog.Continue reading Figment 2: Creed Valley: Demo Review
In recent years, I’ve grown rather fond of casual puzzle games that don’t require quick thinking and reflexes. One such game for which I decided to try the demo was The Almost Gone, during which you explore the house of a broken family, each room serving as a diorama that hides items and clues to progress.Continue reading The Almost Gone: Demo Review
A while back, I reviewed the demo for a casual puzzle game called When the Past Was Around, which tells the story of Eda and a man known simply as the Owl. The story is told without any words and reveals the tragic twist right from the start, though it is the way in which the story is told that makes it both beautiful and heartbreaking even if we already know where it’s going.Continue reading When the Past Was Around: A Tale of Love and Loss