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Modern adventures (which aren’t Monkey Island)

Thanks to a Sunshine Blogger award from TriformTrinity last month, yesterday I got to talk about some of my favourite classic point-and-clicks. Surprisingly, the list I offered didn’t feature The Secret of Monkey Island – although regular Later Levels will clearly recognise this as, quite simply, one of the finest titles ever made and the yardstick against which all future games shall be measured (he … Continue reading Modern adventures (which aren’t Monkey Island)

Classic adventures (which aren’t Monkey Island)

Ever since playing The Secret of Monkey Island as a kid and realising that stories can come alive through pixels, I’ve loved adventure games in all their forms. There’s nothing quite like having a lazy afternoon with nothing else to do except put on a video game, get lost in a narrative and overcome a few challenging puzzles. Throw in a couple of bars of … Continue reading Classic adventures (which aren’t Monkey Island)

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The real ‘horrifying discovery’

On Sunday mornings, my other-half and I tend to sit in the kitchen with a cup of tea while looking through the news headlines. Yesterday our conversation centred around how Israel could have possibly won this year’s Eurovision contest with Toy and the effect of Brexit on the UK’s poor placing (yes, I’m a fan). But then Pete came across a story with the headline … Continue reading The real ‘horrifying discovery’

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Conversation and critique: worst-rated games

Every gamer has at least one story of the worst video game they’ve ever played. Perhaps it was an experimental release from a favourite developer; a really bad sequel to a much-loved title; a rushed tie-in with a great movie; or a mess of pixels so broken that it was almost unplayable. We’ve all had that moment of excitedly purchasing a game before coming to … Continue reading Conversation and critique: worst-rated games