Michael Irving

Gaming since the days of Lemmings and Wolfenstein, and writing since Scamper the mouse in Grade Three.

Kinect Sports Season Two Details

Sports games seem to be the best way for companies to show off their motion-sensing controls, and with the first Kinect Sports game holding the title of top-selling Kinect game to date, a second was all but inevitable. Kinect Sports Season Two features six new sports – baseball, skiing, golf, darts, tennis and football – and by not including the sports from the original Kinect Sports, it doe...

Let’s Jump! Review

Let’s Jump! Developer: No Monkeys Publisher: Chillingo Ltd Genre: Platformer Platform: iPhone (reviewed)/iPad Release: June 2, 2011 Price: $1.19 (AU), $0.99 (US)   Overview Have you played Doodle Jump? Then you’ve played Let’s Jump. Simple as that. Oh, fine. I guess I should elaborate on that. Let’s Jump functions as a decent enough iPhone app, and has the potential to...

Undead Review

  Genre: Horror/Comedy/Sci Fi/”Ozploitation” Directed by: Michael & Peter Spierig Starring: Felicity Mason, Mungo McKay, Rob Jenkins Year of production: 2003 Running Time: 100 min Available at the Madman Online Store (DVD $19, Blu Ray $34.95) Overview Not sure if you’d like Undead? Well, there’s an easy, effective way to tell – put the disc in and watch the menu. If the...

Five Post-Apocalyptic Games

Well, it’s May 22, and I for one am a little disappointed with the apocalypse yesterday. Movies, books, comics and games have been telling us what the end would look like for decades, and now that it’s here, it’s pretty dull. So rather than admit that, maybe, Judgement Day didn’t occur yesterday, I’ll present my list of games with much more interesting post-apocalypti...

Chucky Game Announced

There’s been a flood of games recently based on movies from the 80s and 90s, such as Ghostbusters, Back to the Future and Jurassic Park. And now TikGames have announced they are currently developing a game based on a film franchise that has never been adapted to this medium: Chucky. The game will be released onto PC and console for digital distribution in fall (September/October/November), a...

New Wrecked Gameplay Trailer

Now kiddies, do you remember your three R’s? What? Reading, writing, arithmetic? Uuh, no! Only one of those actually starts with R! Jeez. No, obviously, the three R’s refer to Wrecked: Revenge Revisited, the new Mario Kart-cross-Destruction Derby game from 505 Games. Ignore the clunky name, and endure the cringe-inducing taunts of the characters, and the game looks solid and fun. And c...

Real-Life Angry Birds

I found this video in the course of my regular browsing, and it’s such an awesome idea I thought I’d share it. As a promotion for a version of Angry Birds being released onto the Google Chrome app store this week, developer Rovio set up a giant, playable real-life Angry Birds set in a city in Spain. It sounds cooler in theory, and doesn’t quite pan out as well as my unrealistic e...

Orcs Must Die Details

Although it was first announced in February, Robot Entertainment’s upcoming title Orcs Must Die! has only just caught my attention, due to the regular videos on their YouTube channel showcasing each weapon. Founded by developers from Ensemble Studios, the people behind Halo Wars and the classic Age of Empires franchise, this is their first original game as Robot Entertainment, and it looks a...

Popcap’s Crazy Dave Deals

“You know that song, “There’s a zombie on your lawn”? Well there are zombies on your lawn. Stop singing! You need powerful plants to stop ’em. Play now to save your brains.” Luckily, Popcap are giving you the chance to save your brains at a third of the usual price! Be quick though, the offer only lasts another couple hours, after which, you have to pay full price to spring your brains...

Why So Serious? – Games With a Sense of Humour

Sick of the no-nonsense macho attitude of CoD, Homefront, and Generic War-Themed Shooter #37? Well, the long-retired Duke of exaggerated manliness is on his way to fix that, but if you can’t wait until June for some comic relief in your gaming, here’s our list of games with a sense of humour. Portal (2007, PC)/Portal 2 (2011, PC, PS3, Xbox360) No combat. A female protagonist. A bland laboratory se...

Brink – Exclusive Hands-on at Mana Bar Brisbane

Bethesda’s new FPS Brink is released in Australia on Thursday, but if you live in the Brisbane area (or are really keen to travel), Mana Bar is hosting an exclusive hands-on session with the game on Wednesday night. The Xbox 360 version of Brink will be playable on all five screens in the venue, from 5pm Wednesday 11th May. Not only do you get to try the game before the rest of the country, ...

New Oddworld Projects Announced

Looks like I can cross one game of my list of Five Games That Need a Revival: the long dormant Oddworld series is getting a lot of attention lately, with several projects in development – including a new game! Oddworld Inhabitants, the original developers, may have migrated to film, but they’ve handed the reigns over to Just Add Water, who are busying themselves on several new Oddworld proje...

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