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GAME REVIEW – Batman: The Telltale Series – Episode 4: Guardian of Gotham (PC)

By Marty Mulrooney

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Guardian of Gotham is the penultimate episode of Batman: The Telltale Series, a five-episode adventure game from Telltale Games (Tales from the Borderlands, The Walking Dead). Following Bruce’s complete mental breakdown at the end of the previous episode, the disgraced millionaire playboy wakes to find himself an inmate of the infamous Arkham Asylum. Luckily for him, he’s about to make a new friend…

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MUSIC REVIEW – Closer Than You Know by The Changes

By Marty Mulrooney

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Closer Than You Know is the third album from The Changes, a band formed in 2002 in Chicago. Since then, the four band members have spread out considerably across the globe. Darren Spitzer (lead singer) and Jonny Basofin (drums) are still living in Chicago, while Rob Kallick (bass) has moved to LA and Dave Rothblatt (guitar/songwriter) is living in Taiwan. That’s what made the 2013 release of their second album – American Master – such a pleasant surprise, with AMO describing it as “a worthy follow-up that quickly proves to be a real grower” and “sadness delivered with a smile.” Closer Than You Know offers fans old and new alike 10 fresh tracks to listen to and enjoy, but has their “trademark wistful lyrics and permeating sense of joyful, exuberant damp” remained intact?

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GAME REVIEW – Nelly Cootalot: The Fowl Fleet (PC)

By Marty Mulrooney

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Nelly Cootalot: The Fowl Fleet is an indie point-and-click adventure game created by award-winning comedian and filmmaker Alasdair Beckett-King (read AMO’s 2013 interview with Alasdair here). A standalone sequel to the 2008 freeware adventure game Nelly Cootalot: Spoonbeaks Ahoy!, players take control of Nelly as she tries to save a group of adorable birds that have been hypnotised by the villainous Baron Widebeard. Her adventure will take her from Port Rubicund in the South Seas, to the icy northern isle of Gloomholm. She may even discover the Treasure of the Seventh Sea along the way…

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BOOK REVIEW – Aliens: The Set Photography by Simon Ward

By Marty Mulrooney

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Aliens: The Set Photography is a new hardback photography book that documents the making of director James Cameron’s 1986 science fiction classic Aliens. Released today in the UK (9th August 2016) by Titan Books to coincide with the film’s thirtieth anniversary, this beautiful tome takes fans behind-the-scenes for a ‘visual celebration’ that includes a wealth of never-before-seen pictures, along with a new interview with Carrie Henn (Newt) and new quotes from Jenette Goldstein (Vasquez).

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GAME REVIEW – Batman: The Telltale Series – Episode 1: Realm of Shadows (PC)

By Marty Mulrooney

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Batman: The Telltale Series is a new five-episode adventure game from Telltale Games (Tales from the BorderlandsThe Wolf Among Us) based on the Batman comic book series created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger. Rendered to look like a living, breathing comic book, Episode 1: Realm of Shadows sees Batman/Bruce Wayne taking on the mob (and Catwoman/Selina Kyle) as Harvey Dent runs for mayor of Gotham City.

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GAME REVIEW – Inside (PC)

By Marty Mulrooney

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Inside is a puzzle-platformer created by independent video game developer Playdead. In 2011 Alternative Magazine Online reviewed their first game Limbo, describing it as “an unforgettable, game-changing experience” and “a masterpiece.” The premise of follow-up Inside is simple: Hunted and alone, a boy finds himself drawn into the center of a dark project.

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GAME REVIEW – Day of the Tentacle Remastered (PC)

By Marty Mulrooney

Day of the Tentacle Remastered

Day of the Tentacle is a LucasArts point-and-click adventure game originally released in 1993. Day of the Tentacle Remastered sees original co-project lead Tim Schafer and his studio Double Fine Productions (Grim Fandango Remastered) taking the original and updating it over 20 years later to feature all new hand-drawn, high-resolution artwork, remastered audio, music and sound effects, and the ability to switch back and forth between classic and remastered modes. They’ve also included a concept art browser and a commentary track with the game’s original creators.

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