Michael Irving

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

Blast A-Way Review

Blast A-Way Developer: Illusion Labs Publisher: Illusion Labs Platform: iPhone (reviewed), iPad Release Date: 5th September, 2012 Price: $5.49 Available Here   Overview Blast A-Way is an indie physics-based puzzle game with some interesting concepts, hidden collectables aplenty and a cute visual style. Sound familiar? Indie ideas often seem to sprout from similar seeds, but the results usuall...

Bad Piggies! Angry Birds Spinoff Announced

One flimsy structure at a time, those Angry Birds have done a commendable job of tackling the green pig menace. Their arsenal includes just about every platform known to gamers. They work all year round – in fact, they seem to work harder around key seasons and holidays. And they’ve even tracked the damn things into outer space! That’s dedication. Do the math: with over a billion...

ToyBox Review

ToyBox Developer: Barrel of Donkeys Publisher: Surprise Attack Platform: iPhone (reviewed), iPad Release Date: August 23 Price: 99c Available Here Overview Are you the kind of person that will play a game while waiting for another game to load? Well, now there’s an app for that. ToyBox, from Melbourne indie studio Barrel of Donkeys, is a bullet-hell shooter. It’s also a match-three puz...

Com2uS and HitFox in Promo Deal

In case you were having any trouble finding games from Korean powerhouse developer, Com2uS, they’ve now joined forces with German app developer HitFox. HitFox’s debut app, Game Finder, tests, filters and recommends games for its users, as well as offering them exclusive deals. Joining the ranks of Gameloft, Kabam and TinyCo, Com2uS’ sizeable catalogue of popular games will now be...

Survival Penguin Currently Free

I had to double check that this wasn’t a parody of a Japanese game, but no: Survival Penguin: Battle Royal is the real deal, the stuff that satirists hate, because it does their work for them. Survival Penguin: Battle Royal casts players as penguins and other icy characters, aiming to knock each other off a glacier, into the freezing waters below. As the screenshots indicate, It’s unas...

Darksiders II Review

Darksiders II Developer: Vigil Games Publisher: THQ Platform: Xbox 360 (reviewed), PS3, PC, Wii U (eventually) Release Date:  August 14 (US), August 16 (Aus), August 21 (Europe) Price: $64.95 Available Here Overview Quick! Name me one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. You said Death, didn’t you? Knew it. Death is the Paul McCartney of the Four Horsemen, the one who’s broken free ...

The Simpsons: Tapped Out Released (Again)

I’m the kind of guy who listens to the audio commentary on things I love, and The Simpsons is right up there. One concept I’ve heard come up regularly in those commentaries is what they call “rubber-band reality”: the way that the creators can move bits of Springfield around at will, to serve a story or an individual joke. That’s why in one episode, the Power Plant pa...

Family Guy: Back to the Multiverse Screenshots

After Amazon ruined the surprise with a pre-announcement listing for the game, we haven’t heard a lot regarding Back to the Multiverse. But several screenshots were released during Gamescom this week, finally giving us a look at the latest Family Guy adventure. The game is based on the similarly-named episode, Road to the Multiverse, in which Stewie and Brian get lost between parallel univer...

Day Ztories: Without A Leg To Last Stand On

ToDay’Z lesson: safety is an illusion. No danger in sight only means that danger is hiding. Sometimes it’s in really obvious places: the world is crawling with flesh-eating zombies, after all. Other times it’s less conspicuous: I once broke my legs by opening a door too fast. But just don’t believe for a second that you’re ever really safe. My brothers and I got a lit...

Indie Game: The Movie Screenings in Melbourne & Sydney

If you’re a gamer – and I know you are, because why the hell else would you be reading this? – you owe it to yourself to check out the Sundance award-winning documentary, Indie Game: The Movie. Due to sell-out sessions in June, the film is again being screened in Melbourne and Sydney in the coming weeks. Sydney-siders, your only chance is Friday 17th August, at Dendy Cinemas, New...

Arma 2: Combined Ops Gets Retail Release

Hey, you know that awesome zombie game, DayZ? Well, someone’s taken that and turned it into a hardcore military simulator! Wait, maybe that’s the other way around. Regardless, Bohemia Interactive today released a retail version of Arma 2: Combined Operations, which is available in stores for the first time in Australia and New Zealand. It’s been available on Steam for a while now...

Day Ztories: Cut to the Chase

A mate summed up DayZ pretty well: “it’s half boring grind, half exhilarating nightmare.” There’s no avoiding either element, but to get the best of both worlds, play with friends. That way, they can keep you entertained, narrating their adventures while you spend ten minutes crawling through a paddock. While I was (again) hopelessly lost in the woods somewhere near Kamenka...

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