A new thing for our good friends Gamersyndrome: this time the start of (what I hope will be) a beautiful new feature: THE MONEYLESS GAMER. Basically, I have taken the realisation that I’m someone with very little money to buy games and spun this into (what I hope will be) a good thing. Flash games, demos, deals, everything. All in one handy corner, with lengthy discourse attached. For #001 I do Time Fcuk. Example quote: “It takes the head-against-wall element of trying to grasp at the logic of a puzzle game and makes its key motif. Where Braid used this brain-crunching confusion to hint at a higher meaning, here it is transformed into a masochistic and – not unlike, say, the game version of certain Nine Inch Nails songs.” It’s… well, it’s better if you play it, really. That Edmund McMillen knows how to mess with people.
Today is a very Alex Spencer-heavy day on the internet. Rejoice! Part I.In which I write a (not to give too much away, but completely loving) review of PC pointy-clicky game Time Gentlemen Please for good ol’ Gamersyndrome. In it, I say witty things like: “Time Gentlemen, Please is a point-and-click adventure game where your inventory will simultaneously feature a skeleton arm dipped in Hitler’s bloody fetal matter, glasses stolen from a Neanderthal geek, and some condoms. It follows (very closely) in the grand tradition of the classic Lucasarts adventure games now seeing a resurgence.” Read the rest here to see how much of the game I resist giving away. If you’re looking for a walkthrough (avast, intrepid Googler), this review features some very, very soft hints. Part II.I which I write a (similarly loving) review of the forthcoming Image graphic novel Beast for sexy, sexy Comicsnexus. “At its heart, Beast is both indie-as-can-be slice of life and classic genre story. The two meet and touch, but its not a mash-up in the way, say, Jamie McKelvie’s urban fairytale Suburban Glamour is.The story moves along leisurely, letting the actions of Colette, our protagonist, set the pace.” And read the rest here, to find out whether I can resist stealing this joke from Penny Arcade. For those of you counting at home, the scores are probably 8, and 9. Which way round? YOU DECIDE!