Column: A Pistol and a Flashlight: Gregory Weir

By B.A. Campbell

 (I Fell In Love With) The Majesty of Colors (2008). Company: Kongregate. Developer: Gregory Weir. Platform: Web.

Silent Conversation (2009). Company: Armor Games. Developer: Gregory Weir. Platform: Web.

Babies Dream of Dead Worlds (2010). Company: Newgrounds. Developer: Gregory Weir. Platform: Web.

Looming (2010). Company: Newgrounds. Developer: Gregory Weir. Platform: Web.

Organising the half-shattered china dolls in the attic of my ancestral home, I came upon yet another antiquated handbill, identical in nearly all particulars to the first

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Column: A Pistol and a Flashlight: Siren

By B.A. Campbell

Siren (2004). Company: Sony Computer Entertainment. Developer: SCE Japan Studio. Platform: Playstation 2. Rating: Mature.

“The Japanese village of Hanuda teeters between two worlds – the world of the living, and a nightmarish world where the buildings have been ruined, the land has been distorted, and the mountains have been replaced by an unending sea.”

In XX prefecture, there are tales of a village lost in time. A village buried by a landslide 27 years ago, yet …

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Column: A Pistol and a Flashlight: Alone in the Dark: Inferno

By B.A. Campbell

Alone in the Dark: Inferno(2008). Company: Atari. Developer: Eden Games/Hydravision. Platform: PC, Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Playstation 2, Wii. Rating: M.

“Magical stones, monsters, prophecies…none of that means shit when you’ve got a bullet in the head.”

It’s a funny thing about Lucifer. For most of my childhood, I thought it was simply another pen name of the Prince of Darkness, interchangeable with “Satan”, “Beelzebub”, and that all-time favourite, “Devil” with a capital D. To …

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Review: Scratches: Director’s Cut

By Andrew Dombalagian

Scratches: Directors Cut (2007). Company: Got Game Entertainment. Developer: Nucleosys. Platform: PC. Rating: Teen.

“Is someone there?”

That is the question plaguing Michael Arthate as he moves into his new home: a genuine Victorian manor in the remote, northern reaches of England. Following the smashing success of his first novel, Vanishing Town, Arthate uses his gains to purchase Blackwood Manor in Northumberland, intending to write his hotly anticipated follow-up novel, using the mansion’s …

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Column: A Pistol and a Flashlight: The Lurking Horror (1987)

By B.A. Campbell

The Lurking Horror (1987). Company: Infocom. Developer: Infocom. Platform: PC. Rating: Unrated.

“People’s names for their nodes are getting weird. This one is called ‘Lovecraft’.”

If there were ever an appropriate analogue for the Great Old Ones in the realm of computer entertainment, it would be interactive fiction. For half a decade, starting in the late 70s, before sinking into obscurity under the rising tides of colour graphics and moving animations, IF was the undisputed god-king of …

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Column: A Pistol and a Flashlight: Clock Tower: The First Fear

By B.A. Campbell

Clock Tower: The First Fear (1995). Company: Human Entertainment. Developer: Human Entertainment. Platform: Super Nintendo, Playstation, WonderSwan, PC. Rating: Unrated.

“There are twin children who are a blemish on this world.”

Sibling rivalry is, unfortunately, a common source of familial strife. Things can get particularly strained when one of the siblings is newly adopted, like 14-year-old Jennifer Simpson, and the other is a 9-year-old, half-demon serial killer with an unusual fondness for garden shears.

Sadly for Jennifer, …

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Column: A Pistol And a Flashlight: Silent Hill: Shattered Memories

By B.A. Campbell

Silent Hill: Shattered Memories (2009). Company: Konami. Developer: Climax Studios. Platform: Wii, Playstation 2, Playstation Portable. Rating: Mature.

“I love my daddy!”

It feels like only yesterday that I finally put into words the thoughts that had been cycling through my head for nearly ten years: how the original Silent Hill managed to evade time’s inevitable toll and remain, in 2011, as essential a horror experience as it was in 1999. Today, I return my gaze to …

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Column: A Pistol and a Flashlight: Deadly Premonition (2010)

By B.A. Campbell

Deadly Premonition (2010). Company: Ignition Entertainment. Developer: Access Games. System: Xbox 360. Rating: Mature (17+).

“Did you see that, Zach!? Clear as a crisp spring morning! ‘F K’…in the coffee!”

Yes, Special Agent Francis York Morgan. “F K” to you too. You and your strangely feline smile, your jaunty whistle of a theme song, your thoughtful chest-tapping, your illuminating in-car solo lectures on 80s B-movies, your eerily puppet-like supporting cast, and your unbelievably delicious turkey sandwiches.

And …

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Found on the Net: Cthulhu Saves the World… Again

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Remember the indie game Cthulhu Saves the World? We talked about a little while back. Well, if you didn’t play it then, you can play it now…in its brand, spanking-new edition.

Cthulhu Saves the World: Super Hyper Enhanced Championship Edition Alpha Diamond DX Plus Alpha FES HD – Premium Enhanced Game of the Year Collector’s Edition (without Avatars!) is available from those crazy cats at Zeboyd Games.

The new edition features:

  • Cthulhu’s Angels game
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Review: Arcane: The Stone Circle (2010)

By Byron Campbell

Arcane: The Stone Circle (2010). Company: Warner Bros. Studios. Developer: Sarbakan Game Studio. Platform: Web. Rating: Unrated (appropriate for most ages).

On the surface, Warner Bros’ “Online Mystery Serial” Arcane: The Stone Circle sounds like a marriage made in some sort of fantastic dimension outside of time and space: an admixture of Scooby Doo-styled creepy cartoon mystery, Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos, and the well-loved point-and-click adventure genre, thought in many circles to be long extinct. All …

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