FEATURE ARTICLE – BLADERUNNING Some Reflections on Blade Runner ’97: The Final Cut

By Marty Mulrooney

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Way back when in 2010, I was lucky enough to have Mark Benninghofen – the voice actor of Ray McCoy in the groundbreaking point-and-click adventure game Blade Runner – write a guest post for Alternative Magazine Online about his experience working on the project. Seven years later, following the release of Blade Runner 2049 – be sure to check out my review here – I decided to reread Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K. Dick and replay the video game from 1997. Little did I know I was about to discover a forgotten article that was very nearly lost in time, like tears in rain…

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FILM REVIEW – Blade Runner 2049

By Marty Mulrooney

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Blade Runner 2049 is a neo-noir science fiction film directed by Denis Villeneuve (Sicario, Arrival). The sequel to the classic film Blade Runner (with director Ridley Scott serving as Executive Producer here), this new story – set 30 years after the 1982 original – stars Ryan Gosling (Drive, La La Land) as Officer K, a Blade Runner hunting down replicants – artificial humans – for the LAPD in the year 2049.

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GAME REVIEW – Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series – Episode 4: Who Needs You (PC)

By Marty Mulrooney

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Who Needs You is the fourth and penultimate episode of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series, a five-part episodic adventure game from Telltale Games (Batman: The Enemy Within). In Episode 4, Star Lord must find a way out of a deep, dark cavern full of space worms while trying to hold the Guardians together.

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GAME REVIEW – Batman: The Enemy Within – Episode 2: The Pact (PC)

By Marty Mulrooney

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The Pact is the second episode of Batman: The Enemy Within, a new five-episode adventure game from Telltale Games (Tales from the Borderlands, Guardians of the Galaxy), DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. Continuing directly on from the previous episode, players must track down the remaining members of the Riddler’s group as both Batman and Bruce Wayne while trying to keep Jim Gordon and Amanda Wallace happy.

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GAME REVIEW – The Journey Down: Chapter Three (PC, iOS)

By Marty Mulrooney

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The Journey Down: Chapter Three is the third and final chapter of the wonderful African art inspired point-and-click adventure game The Journey Down, created by independent Swedish studio SkyGoblin. Its release marks the end of an epic journey that began with the original free (low-res retro) version in 2010 (“there is artistry amidst its pixels, beauty within the world portrayed”), continuing with The Journey Down: Chapter One in 2012 (“any self-respecting adventure gamer owes it to themselves to experience this game”) and The Journey Down: Chapter Two in 2014 (“an indie endeavour that successfully captures the soul and spirit of the 90s adventure game”). In short, Chapter Three had two (or three) tough acts to follow.

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GAME REVIEW – The Adventures of Bertram Fiddle: Episode 2 – A Bleaker Predicklement (PC)

By Marty Mulrooney

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The Adventures of Bertram Fiddle: Episode 2 – A Bleaker Predicklement is a comedy 2D point-and-click adventure game set in Victorian London, created by Seb Burnett and Rumpus Animation in collaboration with German game developer Deck13. In Episode 2, Bertram has been forced to take a job at Dulsworth’s Soap Factory and leave behind his exciting life of adventuring. However, it isn’t long before he becomes embroiled in yet another mystery involving the ever-elusive Geoff the Murderer…

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GAME REVIEW – Technobabylon (iOS)

By Marty Mulrooney

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Technobabylon is a cyberpunk adventure game created by indie developer James Dearden (Technocrat Games), published by Wadjet Eye Games. The city is Newton and the year is 2087. Players take control of Charlie Regis and his partner Max Lao, CEL agents hot on the trail of a serial Mindjacker – a criminal who steals people’s knowledge before leaving them dead. Originally released on PC in 2015 to critical acclaim, Technobabylon was released as a Universal App for iPhone and iPad on 16th August 2017.

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