GAME REVIEW – Shadow of the Colossus (PlayStation 4)

By Marty Mulrooney

Shadow of the Colossus PlayStation 4

Shadow of the Colossus on PlayStation 4 is a modern remake of the classic 2005/2006 PlayStation 2 game of the same name created by the now defunct Team Ico and legendary game designer Fumito Ueda. Developed by Bluepoint Games – the studio that previously ported the original game across to PlayStation 3 along with its spiritual predecessor Ico in 2011and published by Sony Interactive Entertainment, Shadow of the Colossus 2018 is a familiar beast that nonetheless manages to evoke an appropriate air of mystery. Raise thy sword by the light, and head to the place where the sword’s light gathers…

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GAME REVIEW – Finding Paradise (PC)

By Marty Mulrooney

Finding Paradise

Finding Paradise is an indie adventure RPG created by hugely talented game designer Kan Gao and his development studio Freebird Games. Creating a follow-up to To The Moon – which Alternative Magazine Online’s 2011 review described as “yet another shining example of an indie developer, free from the shackles of a mainstream gaming studio, weaving pure magic” – was never going to be an easy task. Finding Paradise arrives with the weight of expectation upon its shoulders then; but can it step out of the shadow of its beloved predecessor?

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BOOK REVIEW – Unhinged: A Danny Cleary Novel by Barbra Leslie

By Marty Mulrooney

Unhinged A Danny Cleary Novel by Barbra Leslie

Unhinged: A Danny Cleary Novel is the final instalment of a thriller trilogy that began with Cracked in 2015 – “a cracking good read, mixing the violence and dark laughs of a Tarantino film with the conspiracy-fuelled page turning of a Michael Marshall mystery thriller and the neo-noir of James Sallis” – and continued with Rehab Run – “an often shocking, hilarious and scary novel” – in 2016. Unhinged is Danny Cleary’s grand finale; but will she make it to the very end?

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INTERVIEW – In Conversation With Ron Watt and Dave Scotch (The Adventures of Nick & Willikins, Pinhead Games)

By Marty Mulrooney

The Adventures of Nick & Willikins Interview

The Adventures of Nick & Willikins is a FREE point-and-click adventure game recently released by Pinhead Games (Nick Bounty). Following a fruitful chat with Pinhead Games founder and all-round nice guy Mark Darin (Telltale Games), Alternative Magazine Online is delighted to present an exclusive online interview with the project’s Lead Writer and Puzzle Designer, Ron Watt (pictured above), and its Programmer and Content Designer, Dave Scotch (who prefers to keep his face off the internet)!

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INTERVIEW – In Conversation With Mike French (Author & Illustrator, Fictional Alignment)

By Marty Mulrooney

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Fictional Alignment is the highly anticipated sequel to An Android Awakes, which AMO described in its 2016 review as “a science fiction novel filled to the brim with humour, violence, thought-provoking content and great imagination.” Promising a satire exploring a future in which androids control culture, Fictional Alignment looks set to be just as imaginative and memorable as its predecessor. It is therefore with great pleasure that Alternative Magazine Online presents an exclusive online interview with the book’s hugely talented author and illustrator, Mike French!

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GAME REVIEW – Bridge Constructor Portal (iOS)

By Marty Mulrooney

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Bridge Constructor Portal merges the classic Portal games (Valve Corporation) with the popular Bridge Constructor (ClockStone) series of games. Developed by ClockStone (under licence from Valve) and published by Headup Games, Bridge Constructor Portal returns players to the Aperture Science Enrichment Center to tackle 60 test chambers of ever-increasing difficulty, under the watchful eye of GLaDOS…

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GAME REVIEW – Batman: The Enemy Within – Episode 4: What Ails You (PC)

By Marty Mulrooney

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What Ails You is the fourth and penultimate episode of Batman: The Enemy Within, a new five-episode adventure game from Telltale Games (The Walking Dead: A New Frontier, Guardians of the Galaxy), DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. With Bruce’s cover nearly blown and the Pact dead set on putting its dangerous plan into motion, the clock is ticking for Batman and the fate of Gotham City hangs in the balance…

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