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Review – Crash Bandicoot: The Big Adventure

Author: Gabrielle Linnett

Back in 2002 Crash Bandicoot made his GBA debut in Crash Bandicoot: The Huge Adventure and the console wasn’t the only thing to get smaller. This time round evil Dr Cortex and Uka Uka want to take over the world and use a shrinking machine to reduce the world to the size of a grapefruit, while Crash and everyone are still on it. The machine is said to be powered by crystals, so it is Crash’s duty to work through the levels and collect crystals for a counter machine to be built.» >

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The Flappy Bird Phenomena

Author: Gabrielle Linnett

The last couple of weeks have seen the game Flappy Bird turn into a full blown trend. For those who aren’t aware, Flappy Bird has players furiously tapping their smartphone screens trying to avoid Mario-styled green pipes. At first instance it seems like a colourful version of the helicopter game we all played on the internet. The Mario-style background creates a charming game, added by the colour changing ‘bird’.» >

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Review: Lego The Lord of the Rings

Author: Gabrielle Linnett

Lego is something that most people will recognise as building blocks, providing hours of fun, either alone or with others. However the joy does not have to end when you have lost all of the little pieces somewhere in the cupboard under the stairs. Gamers are also able to enjoy the franchise, with similar perks, all from their games console. Lego games have a standardised designed and expectation; Lego Lord of the Rings is no exception.» >

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Review: Batman Arkham Origins

Author: Elliott Bear

Batman: Arkham Origins is the latest instalment in the Arkham series of videogames; serving as a prequel to the critical acclaimed Arkham Asylum and Arkham City games, Origins offers gamers the biggest Batman game to date.

Set in Gotham City on Christmas Eve, a young, less experienced Batman is on a mission to track down mob-boss Black Mask, who has put a $50,000,000 bounty on his head, attracting the attention of 8 deadly assassins.» >

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Ticket To Ride

Author: Gabrielle Linnett

As an online adaptation of a train themed board game, Ticket to Ride runs the risk of feeling out of place amongst other games; however it succeeds in blending the two formats to form an enjoyable and simple experience.

It is a game based on the single goal of attaining the most points, by claiming rail tracks to connect the destinations on your tickets and by forming the longest route.» >

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Review: Super Mario 3D World

Author: Aaron Hall

It’s a weird one, describing a new Mario game. Those who are interested will likely know all about it already – such is their devotion to Nintendo’s persistent mascot. Those who don’t, however, likely won’t look up from yet another explosion in Call of Duty 5748 to pay Super Mario 3D World any attention. Maybe they’ll yell ‘LOLZ, yet another kiddy Mario game AGAIN #YOLO’, but that’s as much recognition as any game featuring the portly plumber will prompt from them.» >

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Comic Jumper: The Adventures of Captain Smiley

Author: Alex Lawler

While a title like “Comic Jumper: The Adventures of Captain Smiley” might sound like the half-assed hack job of some overly sappy education tool focused on positive thinking, it’s actually an XBLA title from a well-regarded studio. Twisted Pixel have had a few titles behind them; if you remember ‘Splosion man, an entertaining, if bare bones, platformer half lifted from Portal and half from Super Meat Boy; and The Maw, an action-adventure game half lifted from Katamari and half from Pikmin; then you remember Twisted Pixel’s output prior to Comic Jumper, a game half lifted from Contra and half from Spider Man: Web of Shadows.» >

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Nintendo unveil 2 New 3DS Designs

Author: Gabrielle Linnett

Remember, remember the DS of November…make that two 3DS XLs. This month Nintendo are set to release two limited edition 3DS XLs in the run up to Christmas. The first, released on the 1st of November, celebrates one of Nintendo’s most loved characters, Luigi. The second, which is available to the public towards the end of the month, adopts an iconic Zelda theme.

The Luigi themed console has a white background decorated by block coloured prints of Luigi in three shades of green, paying tribute to his well-known green ensemble.» >

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