Michael Irving

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

E3 Trailer: South Park: Stick of Truth

I’m still a little bitter about it being pushed back to March 2013, but a new trailer for South Park: Stick Of Truth will tide me over. For now. Just as our attention was wavering from all the sports, music and Kinect intergration, Microsoft regained some lost ground in their E3 conference by pulling out one of television’s greatest comedy teams (and long time video game fans), Trey Pa...

Nintendo Wii U’s Miiverse Revealed

Nintendo’s self-imposed goal of getting players to connect in different ways was always going to be a key feature of the Wii U, but today they’ve revealed exactly how this will be implemented. In a Pre-E3 Nintendo Direct video, Satoru Iwata described the Miiverse (an obvious amalgamation of “Mii” and “Universe”), which looks to be a deep and intuitive system for...

Little Caves Review

Little Caves Developer: Record Set Shed Publisher: Lightman Cybernetics Platform: iPad, iPhone (reviewed) Release Date:  May 23, 2012 Price: $1.99 Available Here Overview In the wake of Minecraft, Cave Story and Spelunky, caves are quite a popular setting for indie games lately. They’re fascinating places to explore, brimming with mystery, danger and surprises, and these games capture that f...

Space Quest Creators Reunite for New Game

Have you heard? An old adventure game developer is using Kickstarter to fund a brand new point-and-click adventure game! Tim who? Double what? No, I’m talking about the Two Guys From Andromeda, creators of the classic Space Quest series of the eighties and nineties. In case you haven’t donated to enough Kickstarter projects lately, Scott Murphy and Mark Crowe, the aforementioned Two Gu...

Toki Tori 2 to Ship with Level Editor

Two Tribes’ puzzle/platformer Toki Tori seemed like a great game for fans to get their hands dirty designing their own levels. While an editor for the first game was eventually released, it was still a little user unfriendly. But with the release of Toki Tori 2, a level editor will be available from day one. This is thanks to the Steam Workshop, which provides a solid platform for browsing a...

Adventures of Shuggy Coming to PC

Most press releases we read are straight-forward, robotically delivering information about a game. But I came across one today that had a hint of self-pity to it. Smudged Cat Games released The Adventures of Shuggy, a frankly fantastic puzzle-platformer last year, and it seems not many people discovered this gem. “The Adventures of Shuggy was released on XBLA in June of last year to be large...

Reflexio Review

Reflexio Developer: Box Jellyfish Studios Publisher: Box Jellyfish Studios Platform: PC Release Date:  May 9 Price: $4.99 Available Here Overview The best indie or small-scale games are built around one or two basic ideas, feature a directed visual style and a catchy soundtrack. Reflexio’s central mechanic is ingenious, but how does its execution hold up?   Gameplay You play as a koala ...

Interview – Cosplay World Record Attempt

If you were wandering through Melbourne on Saturday, you might have been pickpocketed by a hooded assassin, noticed an unusual amount of plumbers in red and green, or heard the disturbing hiss of a Creeper. Characters from video games were spotted all over the city, but they were concentrated in Federation Square, where an attempt to break a Guinness World Record was underway. The previous record ...

Huge Binding of Isaac DLC Coming

It’s no secret I’ve been addicted to The Binding of Isaac. It started during Steam’s huge Christmas sale, when I picked up the game for $1.50 – and then spent 75+ hours on it over the following months. At 2 cents per hour of entertainment I’ve gotten out of it, you simply won’t find a better deal than that. Except, you will. Come May 28, a measly three dollars w...

Hell Yeah! A Gameplay Trailer!

There are some that say that video games need to tone it down a bit. And there are some who respond by shouting obscenities, chainsawing the naysayers in half and speeding off on a jetpack drill. Sega and Arkedo Studio’s upcoming title, Hell Yeah! Wrath of the Dead Rabbit, looks set to feature all that. And blood. Lots of blood. Little was known about the game besides its obsession with exce...

Indie Games on Display at ACMI Melbourne

As my Steam stats will confirm, indie games are filling a larger role than ever in the current industry. I clocked in a measly 3 hours in the AAA zombiefest Dead Island, while  Edmund McMillen’s The Binding of Isaac has claimed more than 50 hours of my time. Despite being generally smaller titles, they usually seem to hold my attention for much longer. If you’re the same way, or are si...

Worms Revolution to Feature Classes

Team 17 have revealed what makes Worms Revolution so revolutionary. It originally seemed that the upcoming game was little more than a graphical update, but Team 17 announced this week that Worms Revolution will contain a class system. It was hinted at in the logo for the game, and we finally have more details: players will be able to build their teams out of a set of four types of worms, each wit...

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