Daffy Duck’s Fantastic Island Review

Fantastic Island is a 1983 Looney Tunes anthology movie, it was the first movie to star Daffy Duck pushing Bugs Bunny to a supporting role, the movie was loosely based on Gilligans Island but with a Looney Tunes twist.

In the film Daffy Duck and Speedy Gonzala are both trapped on an island surviving on only coconuts, Daffy happens to accidently find a treasure map and follows it to a magic well that grant the wishes of anyone that throws a penny into its water.

Word of the magic well quickly reaches the other Looney Tunes characters who come to visit the island and have their wishes granted.

Daffy sees an opportunity here to make a lot of money very quickly and begins charging $500 for a single penny, a ridiculous deal but of course the thought of having wishes granted seems worth a gamble, unfortunately no one realises that the well is a bit of a scam artist himself until it is too late.

The most memorable part of the film is obviously the shorts they play, in this movie each wish becomes a short and there a few which happen during other areas of the film but I will make it clear where each short takes place.

Captain Hareblower (intro to the movie)

A very small segment of this movie was shown here, skipping over a lot of the context but what they did keep was the best part, the battle at the end of the short between Bugs Bunny and Yosemite Sam is very funny and well directed slapstick. It is a shame they cut the battle short though but they really couldn’t have left the ending in otherwise it would not have fitted in well with movie and we did get was good enough.

Stupor Duck (Daffy’s Wish)

Stupor Duck is a parody of the popular comic book series Super Man. In this short bumbling idiot Cluck Trent mistakes a TV show for a police crime radio, this triggers him to put on his Stupor Duck costume and find the bad guys. This leads to Stupor Duck causing all sorts of trouble for the general public and himself. A very funny short which is in full so no complaints with this one, its cool to see Super Man get spoofed by Looney Tunes and I hope more shorts like this are shown in these anthology films.

Greedy for Tweety (Granny’s Wish)

Sylvester, Hector and Tweety are all chasing each other in the streets but are unfortunately hit by a car and sent to an animal hospital. Tweety tries to rest but Sylvester is still eager to eat him while Hector has plans to torment Sylvester meaning that even from hospital beds the three of them are still causing trouble for eachother.

A very fun short but not as funny as the two previous ones, I liked this but I wish they picked a different short for granny.

Banty Raids (Foghorn’s Wish)

I feel a little biased with this one as Foghorn Leghorn is my favourite Looney Tunes character but I absolutely love this cartoon, a charming young rooster has got his eyes set on a set of hens and tries to make his way into their pen, he cant walk in however as Foghorn Leghorn is in charge of security. The young rooster pretends to be a baby to get in and then has to play a mrs doubtfire role of playing an infant and making love to the ladies in this classic Looney Tunes short.

Louvre come back to me (Pepe’s Wish)

Pepe Le Pew is in Paris and looking for Romance, his bad smell is causing him trouble however and the poor fella doesn’t have much luck. A young female cat who accidently gets a white stripe of paint on her back becomes his next target when he mistakes her for another Skunk.

A lot of the same jokes in this and while they do work and is ultimately still a funny short I am not a massive fan of the character, he does only have one short here though and while it is one of the weaker ones its good enough that I would watch it again.

Tree for Two (Chester and Spikes wish)

My second favourite short in the film is Tree for Two its a very funny short about a tough dog named Spike smacking about his chirpy comrade Chester, they both spot Sylvester the cat and Spike decides to teach Chester how to beat up a cat not realising that an escaped panther begins to beat him up instead. The role reversal of the two dogs in the end was very funny as well. Great short.

Curtain Razor (Porky’s Wish)

Porky Pig is a big Hollywood producer looking for fresh talent, lots of great comedy moments especially with all of the crazy auditions but the best part of the original short was the fox character, he keeps pushing in line promising the best act of all time, after many attempts Porky gives him his shot and he accidently kills himself, great Looney tunes humour but the issue here is that the fox and another good chunk was cut from this short in the movie so one of the weaker ones because of this.

A mouse divided (Sylvester’s girlfriends wish)

Another Sylvester Cartoon (he seems popular in this movie !) and a great short at that. A young female cat is desperate for a baby and when a stork accidently delivers a baby mouse to them, she is ready to be a mother but Sylvester doesn’t quite feel the same way and goes out of his way to try and eat the baby. A really fun short and another good pick for the movie.

Of Rice and Hen and Lovelorn Leghorn (Chickens wish)

This one is a combination of scenes from two cartoons but to be honest both are much better as their whole selves.

I will briefly discuss both now

Of Rice and Hen

After preventing a lonely young hen from an attempted suicide, she falls head over heels for Leghorn Foghorn, unfortunately he doesn’t quite feel the same way but she does not give up.

A fun one but lacks in laughs I would say one of the weaker Leghorn cartoons.

Lovelorn Leghorn

This is a great short and is very funny, the same young hen from the last cartoon is looking for a husband, Leghorn convinces her that the dog is a rooster and she tries to capture him but he soon sets her straight and helps her set an elaborate plan to once again get hitched to Leghorn.

Great short and very memorable I don’t know why they didn’t just put this one in the movie instead of combining two, I feel this would have been a better choice and it would have fitted into the film just as well.

From Hare to Heir

Best short in the entire film by far. From Hare to Heir is about Yosemite Sam being left One million dollars by a deceased relative. However the catch is every time he shows signs of anger some of that money is taken away and he is put to the test by none other than Bugs Bunny who cruelly goes out of his way to make Sam furious. Its an hilarious short and one of the best Bugs Bunny and Yosemite Sam shorts.

I think I like Daffy Duck’s: Fantastic Island more than the Bugs Bunny and Road Runner movie. I think this one stands out because it has a ongoing narrative around the shorts, not many of them were cut down and the ones that were are done in a way that almost benefits the film, the only issue was the combination of those last two Leghorn films and even that wasn’t so bad.

I really enjoyed this movie and I genuinely could recommend it as a film to any one. not just for Looney Tunes fans but generally I think this can be enjoyed as a stand alone film and I can happily say its my favourite so far. I just hope that the next movie Quack Busters surpasses my expectations.

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Daffy Duck: The Marvin Missions (SNES) Review

Daffy Duck: The ‘Marvin Missions is an Action, Maze Platformer for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System, a Gameboy version was also made but today we are primarily looking at the Home Console version.

In the game Duck Dodgers (Daffy Duck) is sent on a mission to stop the plans of Marvin the Martian who is causing trouble on the Resort Planet by taking over with an army of meddling Martians.

The main gameplay style is Action platforming, the game is quite fun as Daffy needs to use various weapons and use some strategy to get through stages and beat the mini boss. The only real issue with the platforming is the Maze style they use, this can be pulled off really well if done correctly, games like Super Metroid or Castle Vania Symphony of night do this phenomenally because the entire game is one large map, there are goals you need to reach but every path you take leads to something and the paths you cant cross can be returned to later on when you find upgrades. The Marvin Missions uses a level system and while the stages are complicated there is only one true path you should take on each level which only makes it frustrating when you go the wrong way. I think this would have been much better if it was just a simple action platformer with guns instead of trying to be a style which does not work unless it is very carefully planned out.

A very impressive aspect to the game is how well animated Daffy Duck, his sprite is very flexible and looks like a cartoon, don’t get me wrong the limitations of the Super Nintendo make it obvious that this is only a video game so your not getting visuals a kin to Hercules on Ps1 but more like Aladdin on Sega Genesis which is definitely a benefit in my book with Aladdin being one of my favourite games.

I do really like the gun system though, you get access to most of these from the get go but with limited ammunition, in the game you earn money and can spend that on upgrading the guns so they can hold more ammunition.

The boss fights are great in this game, none of them feel the same and each has a unique way of defeating them, none of it feels as repetetive as some of the stages do and its nice to have some variety, considering that there is only one Looney Tunes Villain you may think the developers would cut some corners, but with Marvin using robots its about as creative as some of the old Sonic games boss fights and as a big Sonic fan you cant wrong pick a better series to inspire your battles.

The music is awful, I’m sorry because some people praise this soundtrack but honestly to me it’s just noise, I found it annoying and very uncreative, I had to mute the tv at times because the music just got so infuriatingly bad and this sucks because the SNES is home some of the best video game music of all time and I know Sun Soft can do much better than this, their game Batman on the NES has an amazing soundtrack so its not like they couldn’t have done more here.

Daffy Duck: The Marvin Missions was disappointing, I think the biggest issue it has is that the developers tried way to hard to make this better than it is, sometimes simplicity is best and this is a great example of how trying to do to many things can really ruin a game, the badly designed maze style levels, the wacky soundtrack which is extremely annoying and the fairly uninspired plot really take away from this one. It does have great animation and very well designed boss fights but that is not enough to redeem this for me. I don’t think its terrible I have reviewed much worse games than this and I feel that with enough practise you could find enjoyment here but from a first playthrough I can only award a a below average score of 4.6/10 because honestly I would rather be playing Porky Pigs: Haunted Holiday and even that game isn’t very good !

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Bugs Bunny’s Third Movie: 1001 Rabbit Tales Review

Welcome to the first Edition of Looney Tunes Month 2, throughout this month I will be looking at the next 3 Looney Tunes films, and 3 more video games.

If you missed the first Looney Tunes Month here are links to each review in their release order

Looney Tunes Month 1

Bugs Bunny’s Third Movie: 1001 Rabbit Tales is a 1982 Looney Tunes Anthology film, the movie contained animated shorts which had been abridged with new scenes to help sell the narrative of an original story. It was directed by Friz Freleng who did the new scenes and added in cartoons by Himself, Chuck Jones and Robert McKimson.

The films main plot involves both Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck having been assigned a job selling Story Books for the Rambling House Book Company. Both Characters are sent to different locations but antics from the various animated shorts eventually has them meeting up more than once before they both wind up at the Palace of the Sadistic Yosemiti Sam and his Son Prince Abba Dabba where the Fairytale shorts playout.

The Main plot works well enough and is very cleverly written so that the shorts blend in extremely well, in fact before writing this I actually assumed that most of the film was an original movie.

As for the Animated shorts I will go over each of them briefly and give my thoughts.

Cracked Quack

This a great short from Friz Freleng, it stars Daffy Duck who replaces a stuffed Duck in posh house in order to get free room and board for the winter.

Of course the family dog begins to catch on and tries to kill Daffy but unfortunately his owner Porky Pig still thinks this is his prized Stuffed Duck

Over all this a very funny cartoon with some great gags and is one of the highlights of this movie.

Apes of Wrath

Another Friz Freleng short Apes of Wrath is included here, in this cartoon Bugs is delivered to gorillas in disguise of a baby. Bugs takes advantage of the situation and causes hell for the father who has caught onto him and keeps running to the mother who is none the wiser. Fun short but I didn’t like how this one was shortened here even though it makes sense the original ending is very funny and this doesn’t quite feel right without it.

Wise Quackers

I was bit gutted about this one because the original short about Daffy Duck becoming Elmer Fudd’s slave to avoid being eaten is hilarious and is a classic Looney Tunes short but because the entire middle part was cut out of this it makes this section the most forgettable part of the film which is a shame because I don’t understand why they cut it down so much.

Ali Baba Bunny

Ali Baba Bunny is considered one of the greatest animated shorts of all time so it is only fitting that it was included, in the short Bugs and Daffy accidently take a wrong turn and end up in the Cave of Ali Baba, a treasure room which holds many riches and the Genie of the Lamp, Daffy gets greedy and wants all of the treasure for himself and keeps getting himself in bad situations which Bugs has to help him get out of.

This is a great short but again a good chunk of it is missing and while this is not as bad the previous cuts the most memorable scene is gone and of course the ending had to be cut as well to fit the narrative of this movie. This one is still good though with the few parts they left in so this Chuck Jones Cartoon still has a lot of charm.

Tweety and the Beanstalk

This cartoon has a really unique take on Jack and the beanstalk, I liked that Tweety was the bigger character here and Sylvester small it was a nice change to the usual flow of these cartoons. Nothing much was changed here apart from the removal of a racist sterotype at the end and in my book that is a change I can support.

Goldimouse and the Three Cats

A retelling of the Goldilocks story with Sylvester and his family, Im not a fan of this one I found the child character annoying and none of the jokes really worked for me so I found this one a little boring and uninspired.

Bewitched Bunny

I adore this short so much, its one of my favourite Chuck Jones Cartoons, its based on Hansel and Gretel and has so many great gags that land flawlessly, the ending was cut out of this version which is a shame because the last line of the cartoon while a little dated had me in stiches.

Red Riding Hoodwinked

A wacky take on the Red Riding Hood story, the main difference here is while the Wolf is chasing down Red, Sylvester the Cat is after her pet Tweety Bird, so the cat and the wolf end up in competition which ultimately ends with a really fun chase sequence at the end, I like this one but it isnt very memorable to me and generally I didn’t find it that funny but it is far from a bad cartoon.

The Pied Piper of Guadalpe and Mexican Borders

This next cartoon is a combination of two Speedy Gonzales Cartoons that were cut up and stitched together creating a very unique telling of both of these, it works surprisingly well and to be honest I prefer watching both of these cartoons this way because while alone they are each excellent, this is another fun way to see some of their best parts without you even knowing they were edited or even separate stories.

One Froggy Evening

Easily one of the best Cartoons ever made, One Froggy Evening is the hilarious tale of a man who finds a singing and dancing frog which only sings when they are alone and remains normal among other people, this gets the man in all sorts of trouble including being sent a mental intuition, the short is very well made with good timing on the jokes, they did cut the ending but it hardly makes much difference and honestly I think this works a little better without it.

Aqua Duck

A very small clip was used from this Cartoon and the rest was not in the movie, I feel it worth mentioning this as it was included but was a such a small part that it doesn’t really count as part of the compilation.

1001 Rabbit Tales is a good movie but its not as good as the likes of the Bugs Bunny/ Road Runner film, I think where this one falls short is all of the cuts it made to otherwise perfect cartoons but If you can appreciate how well Director Friz Freleng did to stitch this all of this together to make one long movie it is honestly quite impressive.

Is this one of my favourite Looney Tunes movies? I want to say no but I can see myself returning to this one again, I liked the majority of it and while I was little upset with the edits as long as you watch the original cartoons as well this movie is one I can definitely recommend.

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New Pokemon Snap (2021) Review

New Pokemon Snap is the highly anticipated and unexpected sequel to 1999’s Pokemon Snap.

It was developed by Bandai-Namco and was published by Nintendo for the Nintendo Switch family of systems. In a similar manner to the original this game is an on-rails photography puzzle game where the main goal is to capture photographs on Pokémon in their natural environments with bonus points awarded for special moments such as rare encounters or reactions.

In the game you play as yourself, you pick an avatar and are a Pokemon photographer, I liked this more than the game just giving you a pre designed and named character like they did previously.

This time you are guided by Professor Mirror of the Lental Region and are tasked with photographing Pokemon but now your main goal is to capture images of illumina Pokemon, these are extremely rare Pokemon that are only known from legend and have never been seen or photographed before.

I think this games best feature is its visuals, it is absolutely gorgeous and feels so real because of how naturally the Pokemon AI move and interreact with the environments, this was handled much better than the first game and I really appreciate that because this game is very relaxing and a chill out experience to hop on to when taking breaks during more stress enduring games.

There are way more islands to explore in this game and each one has a day and a night cycle. this is awesome because it means you can get access to Nocturnal Pokemon whish was not possible in the original.

I also really like that you can be awarded stickers and filters to help create unique and funny pictures which you can share with your friends using the online services of the game.

Throughout the game you will unlock new items you can use to interact with Pokemon and the environment, some of these have been carried over from the original game but the majority are new.

All together we have

Fluff Fruit – These can be thrown at Pokemon or used to entice certain Poke creatures to draw closer to your camera.

Illumina Orbs – These can be used to help interact with specific environmental items and to help some Pokemon perform rare actions.

Melody Player – Very similar to Illumina Orbs, the Melody Player can be used to encourage Pokemon to perform calming actions such as sleeping, Dancing or showing genuine happiness.

Neo One Turbo – This is a boost for your vehicle allowing you to speed through courses, great for getting specific shots near the end of courses.

The Soundtrack is not great in my opinion, the original game had a very simple soundtrack that worked well for the game and each section had a theme that seemed to fit in well with its environment, I feel the same here but it doesn’t quite hit the mark for me, I ironically I feel this one is a little too simple, it doesn’t quite have that Nintendo charm and none of these tracks are that memorable, its not bad by any means It’s just not for me.

New Pokemon Snap is a game that I was very excited to play when it got announced, I had not long beat the original game and I did that over a weekend, that first game is very charming, its addictive and full of great puzzles. I really enjoyed this version as well, it looks a lot better and having a compelling story, voice acting and realism adds a whole new experience to the series that works very well.

However I dont like this game quite as much as the first, dont get me wrong I think this is a great new version of Pokemon Snap but it feels different to that first game, I couldn’t bring my self to keep playing this, some times it felt like a chore and other times I just wanted to play something else, I think this game works great in 45 minutes bursts with other games being played in between.

I believe my opinion is purely just a personal thing because the game is very good, it has a lot going for it and if you want a relaxing experience then this just may be the game for you, but personally I will just boot up the N64 again myself.

With all my opinions put aside New Pokemon Snap gets a very good score of 8.8/10

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Shrek Extra Large (2001) Review

With Shrek’s’ 20th Anniversary this year I figured I would look back at the four video games based on his movies, the first game simply titled Shrek in it’s original Xbox release or Shrek Extra Large in the Gamecube remake. The Nintendo version developed by Digital illusions is the version I am taking a look back at today.

In the game Princess Fiona has been kidnapped by the evil wizard Merlin and locked in his dark tower, Shrek the lovable ogre he is must travel the land doing good deeds for fairy tale creatures to help in his quest to rescue his true love.

As you can tell this movie tie in game has nothing to do with the film in fact the game is so weird I think it was developed before the films release as in the movie Shrek is far from a kind and friendly individual and while on the cover, Donkey makes no appearance and of course the films villain Lord Farquad is nowhere in sight either.

In the game Shrek’s main means of attack are punching and kicking but he can also use his advanced flatulence techniques and burps to stun enemies and by lighting his farts of fire he can even cause explosions. throughout the game you also discover two new techniques the super punch and ground slam, both I hardly used but were useful in very rare occasions.

The game has ten unique levels and its quite creative to say the least because every level has different themes, enemies and a compelling story narration. The use of various fairy tale characters also helps to make game feel different at every turn, in one level you will be fighting witches, in another helping Red Riding Hood find her candy basket or perhaps lighting fires to attract a Dragon.

However its not all good because the majority of missions are very repetetive there are basically three types in the game, collecting all of the eggs and fairies, transporting characters to a destination or defeating enemies with fists or fire.

While these missions do vary in theming it is hard to look past the fact that they are essentially all the same.

The game controls pretty terribly as well, they decided against a double jump in exchange for wall jumping but the slippery controls makes this very hard, Shrek’s jumps are floaty and hard to land, the platforming can be extremely challenging because of this. Also there are parts where you need to kick enemies into specific areas but the kick seems to have a mind of its own at times because if you are not 100 percent precise you will likely miss, I can see younger players turning the game off because of these controls which is shame because the game is fairly ambitious in its story telling.

Surprisingly for a licenced game the music is actually ok. it not the best video game music I have ever heard but you can tell some effort was put into it, each area has a unique soundtrack which mostly fits in well enough and none of the music in the game is repetitive or feels like a rushed job.

So what can I say about Shrek Extra Large?

Its ok, the game is far from being considered good but I think it could have been if those controls were better and more ambition was put into the mission structure, every else is ok, the worlds are each unique as well as the music and even the voice acting is pretty good, I really like the narration of the story before and after each mission. I will play this game again as I actually did enjoy playing it but I cant really give it a better than average score because it does have some serious problems and its good qualities are not even that great to begin with and so a 5/10 seems the fairest a score I can give.

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Ranking every Sneak flavour in the starter pack

Sneak is a fairly new brand of Sugar Free energy drink equivalents which have essential vitamins in to help give users a mental energy boost, I exercise regularly and thought it would be fun to rank all nine flavours that you get in the starter pack and see if it does actually boost my energy.

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https://sneakenergy.com/

In the box you get a shaker and drinks holder, I really like the design and the logo, I cant vouch for the quality yet as I haven’t tested it but it does feel sturdy and secure.

I also received one of each of the nine flavours available there is a new flavour called Blizzard which is not included in the package, the whole package was £18 with a choice of either £3.99 standard delivery or £5.99 next day delivery.

without further ado lets hope right in, obviously I’m not drinking these in one go so each flavour will be tried just before a daily workout.

Each powered packet must be mixed with 300-400ml of water and shaken well inside of the Sneak container.

Tropikilla

Tropikilla is really nice, tasted like a tropical squash which I suppose is to be expected, its delicious and tasted just as its sounds, big fan of this one. 10/10

Strawberry Watermelon

Strawberry Watermelon was very sweet, I’m not a huge fan of it to be honest, very strong artificial watermelon flavour, not horrible but not one I will be getting in the future. 4.2/10

Stealth

So I accidently made this before photographing so apologies for that, Stealth is a really popular flavour of Sneak so I am surprised that I really dislike it, it reminds me of Monster Energy Drinks which I have never enjoyed and its a shame but I think this is one of my least favourites. 3/10

Purple Storm

Purple Storm tastes amazing and has close similarities to the drink Vimto, its sweet but overly strong and has just the right balance of a great taste that doesn’t leave you with cravings for it afterwards, it is an easy win for me 10/10

Cherry Bomb

Cherry Bomb is another very sweet flavour, it has a taste of artificial cherries like those you would find on a cupcake, not a favourite of mine but I would drink this again if it was given to me however I would avoid purchasing this one myself. 5.8/10

Bubblegum Millions

Great candy but not such a great flavour of energy drink, Drinking Bubble Gum Millions I found pretty gross, way too sweet and just a really odd idea for an Energy Drink, I appreciate the creativity but no so much this taste 2/10

Sour Apple

Sour Apple is really tasty, it has a very similar flavour to apple juice and is quite sweet, I don’t understand the sour part because nothing about this is really sour, either way I will be getting this flavour again 8.5/10

Strawberry Millions

Again very sweet and an odd choice for energy drink flavour but its no where near as sweet as the bubble gum and has a more bearable artificial strawberry flavour, I still would not go out of my way for it but I would take this over the Bubble Gum any day 4/10

Blue Rasberry

Ending things on Blue Raspberry and unfortunately again I’m not a big fan of this, its still quite sweet although not overly strong, I think its the artificial flavour that’s put me off so I probably wont be buying this one again 6.3/10

Sneak is a really fun brand and im really pleased I was able to check them out, Its a shame the majority of flavours were way to sweet for me but overall the ones I enjoyed I really enjoyed so I can’t say I won’t be using them again.

When it comes to an official ranking from my least favourite to most enjoyed we have Stealth

Bubblegum Millions

Strawberry Watermelon

Cherry Bomb

Blue Rasberry

Strawberry Millions

Sour Apple

Tropikilla

Purple Storm

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Guacamelee (2014) Review

Guacamelee is a game that I avoided for a very long time as the advertisements never really appealed to me but now I feel a little silly that I left it for so long.

Guacamelee was developed and published by Drinkbox Studios, its a metroidvania style game based in Mexixo and was released in 2014 for the PS3, PC, PS4,PS VITA XBOX 360, XBOX ONE and the Wii U, the game was later released in 2018 for the Nintendo Switch which is the version I played.

A young Mexican named Juan is about to propose to his childhood love interest the El Presidente’s daughter, however she is unfortunately kidnapped by a Charro Skeleton named Carlos who kills Juan sending him down to the underworld, he is given a luchador mask which gives him the powers of a Mexican warrior and he is brought back to the land of the living to rescue and reunite with his true love.

As a metroidvania style game, players are immediately able to explore the majority of the large in game map and areas. In the game you can find Chozo statues which grant Juan new abilities such as wall jumping, smashing through specialist blocks, flying across large spaces and a temporary increase in strength.

Later on the ability to swap between the world of the living and the world of the dead as well turn into a chicken will allow you to platform further and explore tight areas.

There is also an in game store which allows players to purchase new costumes which each have unique advantages, you can also change characters to other in game NPC’s for new and unique ways to play. New abilities can also be bought along with health and power upgrades.

I also think it is important to make it clear that up to four players can play simultaneously in the campaign.

The visuals of the game are very impressive for what can only be considered an indie game. Im not saying that independent developers cant make beautiful visuals because in many cases indie do this better than triple A titles but there is something about Guacamelee’s style that really drew me in. The game is very well animated and during gameplay enemies look and appear in a modern cartoon style. Don’t get me wrong this not as good in visual style as a game like Cuphead but it is still very impressive.

I am lost for words on just how amazing this soundtrack is, it was composed by Rom Di Prisco and Peter Chapman, it uses a mixture of mariachi band music and remixed dance music for a beautiful collaboration which is absolutely perfect in every sense, I love every track in this game and have downloaded the official soundtrack to my phone and honestly its not often that an indie game can encourage me to do that.

Guacamelee is a massive surprise to me because I didn’t think I would like it because original trailers for the game failed to pull me in. Now I wish I did play this back in 2014 because it really is an almost perfect game, it has an decent plot, great visuals, excellent and challenging gameplay and an insanely good soundtrack. Unfortunately it does fall short of full marks for me because there are two things that really bother me about it.

The first is the side quests, there are not many in the game and they all feel a little bit pointless as they are mainly only in one or two areas of the game.

The other issue really takes away from metroidvania style this was going for because the game tells the player where they need to go for the main quest, there is no part of this game that makes you feel lost or confused which may sound like a good thing but is the polar opposite of what can considered a metroidvania style game, this feels a lot more like a 2d platformer with some secret passages and upgrades to find.

But I think if you only focus on the main quest then this is a phenomenal game its just for me I have to look at everything and its these tiny little setbacks which are going to leave Guacamelee at a 9.8/10

With that go and download this game if you haven’t played it, it really is fantastic and I am looking forward to eventually covering the sequel.

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Every video game version of the Philosophers Stone

The Harry Potter video games stand out surprisingly well when compared to other licenced properties, not only by quality but that almost every console had a unique version of the game, I have already reviewed the PC version on this website and I feel its time we take a look at all of other versions of Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone, these wont be full on reviews but I will discuss what I like and dislike about each version, I own all of them apart from the PS2 game mainly due to the fact that it costs and arm and leg to purchase but I have managed to at least lend a copy from a close friend so without further ado lets get into this.

PC version

The PC game was developed by Knowwonder and was released in 2001, it followed the plot line of the book and had a linear level based system.

The game stands out for heavy use of the computer mouse, in order to learn spells you needed to trace shapes representing them and you would even use your mouse to aim and fire your magic, I feel this gave the game a unique although very slight realism which only the PC port could offer.

You moved and flew using the WASD keys which also work very well and I feel that this version controls a lot more smoothly to the PS1 game which I will cover next.

My biggest complaint with this version is that the collectibles are pretty lame, you can collect different coloured beans that can be traded with Fred and George to buy Wizard cards, some of the cards are also hidden throughout the game, the fact that all the twins do here is sell you cards it is a bit disappointing compared to other versions.

The PS1 version

This is the version I have most recently finished so I am going into this with a fresh mind.

Again this game follows a linear path however it does differ in its collectibles, you still grab beans but this time not only can you get wizard cards but you can also unlock a more powerful knockback jinx as well as the nimbus 2000 and better quidditch armour. I will say that the areas are very guided as there is very little room for exploration, the enemies can be interesting but the game auto selects spells for you so defeating them requires very little skill.

Flying really takes some time to learn here, I found it very difficult to control, the broom stick feels very slippery and trying to get all of the hoops takes some proper skills, there is a part in the final challenge rooms that really had me struggling at times. The actual quidditch matches in the game are quite boring as you simply follow the rings and grab the snitch, I wish there was a little more to it but the I suppose that’s what the quidditch world cup video game is for.

There are a few different types of gameplay here including sections similar to games likes Crash Bandicoot, other areas needed stealth gameplay as well even racing, there is really something here for every gamer although at times I did feel like there was a few too many different game types.

GB Version

I will be honest with this one and say that I cant really give a proper opinion here because I have never got far enough in this version to even get into Hogwarts.

But what I can tell you is that it is a traditional turn based RPG which is very challenging and follows the events of the book rather than the movie, I would like to finish the game one day and I think its is deserving of its own full review but that is for another day.

So apologies if this one was brief but I just haven’t experienced this game enough to go into more detail or fairly critique it.

GBA version

This is my personal favourite version of the Philosophers Stone.

This game is very challenging for new players because unlike other Harry Potter games, in this version you can actually lose the house cup! yes that’s right at the end of the game you may not actually beat Slytherin, you gain and lose house points based on your performance in the games tasks.

The main game requires Harry to learn new spells and successfully complete tasks from the book, a lot of the time puzzle solving is required to complete the areas, some inspiration from 2D Zelda games was definitely used here as this has a very knock off feel of those games. Of course this is no where near as good as a AAA title but it has a lot of charm and is very difficult the part where you have to sneak around Hogwarts castle avoiding the prefects always has me puling out my hair but trying to beat your house points score every time you beat the game will keep you coming back. I highly recommend picking this one up if you get the chance.

And here we are at the very expensive one, the reason this game costs so much is because it was released after the Chamber of Secrets video game so not many people bought this assuming it was an older game and now its worth quite a bit and is a game I am desperate to add to my personal PS2 collection.

The first thing I want to point out with this game is that it looks great, Hogwarts is huge and is full of colours and things to see, I love that you can explore the castle after bed time to find secret passages and collect hidden wizard cards, there is a lot to do in this game and most of the time its more fun to explore than stick with the main campaign.

You can now set spells to specific buttons for quick uses and thankfully the game controls very well, this made flying a lot of fun, due to the advanced technology of the PS2 when you were flying you could see far beneath your broom and flying around the castle was really satisfying as it helped to show how large the in game maps actually are.

The Bertie Botts beans are back and this time they are used as currency in Fred and Georges shop, the only complaint I have with the game is Harry shouting the beans flavour every time he picks one up as it gets annoying very fast.

And that’s all of the video game adaptions of the Philosophers Stone, which one is your favourite? I think mine will always be the GBA game but the PS2/ XBOX/ Gamecube version is a close second !

Perhaps one day I should go over all versions of the Chamber of Secrets as well 🙂

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Pokemon Snap (1999) Review

With New Pokemon Snap releasing in less than 30 days I figured this was the right time for me look at back at the original game which inspired it.

Pokemon Snap was developed by Hal Laboratories and was originally going to be a Jack and the Beanstalk videogame which focused on photographing plants and animals, the developers really struggled to convince Nintendo of this idea for the N64 Disk Drive and it was instead requested by the late Satoru Iwata that due to the success of Pokemon Red and Blue all of the animals were to be changed to Pokemon and the environments and story adjusted to make the world feel natural and realistic to contain Pokemon monsters. This genius idea for a change was much more than just relying on the success of another franchise but a way of expanding the Pokemon universe to express it self in a non violent and natural way with some puzzle elements thrown into the mix and I think everyone will agree that this is exactly what Pokemon Snap brought to the table.

In the game you play as a talented young photographer named Todd Snap, Todd begins the game chasing the rare Pokemon Mew trying to be the first person to ever get a clear photograph of it, unfortunately the creature escapes into the clouds and Todd feels defeated and in need to regain his confidence and refine his skills in Photography. He becomes an apprentice for Professor Oak who asks Todd to photograph Pokemon and landmarks which represent them.

There are 63 Pokemon’s you can can discover and Photograph in the game, the majority of these are quite easy to find but getting the best possible photo is the real challenge of the game, some times you may need to interact with a Pokémon to make it emotionally react in order to get a great photograph, this can be achieved using the in game items.

There are three items in the game and later on you can move through the courses faster as well.

The apples can be used to attract a Pokemon to a specific spot, a very popular thing you can do is in the beach level use the apples to encourage Pikachu to climb a surfboard in order to get the amazing Surfing Pikachu shot.

You can also use the apples to knock over items and Pokemon while this may seem a little cruel, and in reality it is a little bit but by knocking Pokemon or eggs into certain elements you can evolve them, for example knocking a Charmeleon into the volcano is the only way to get a Charizard shot.

Some of the evolutions are a lot more difficult and require more puzzle solving, in the valley stage you need to hit a jumping Magicarp with a number of apples in order to hit it so hard that it fly’s to other end of the trail. Here it will land on some rocky terrain, hit it with another apple to knock it into the water bouncing it inside of a waterfall, this will evolve the Magicarp and is the only way to get a shot of Gyrados.

The pester balls can be used to make Pokémon dizzy but more importantly it can bring camouflaged Pokémon out of hiding, you need to do this in order get a shot of Porygon.

The Final Item is the Pokemon Flute this can be used to encourage Pokemon to show off secret poses, these photographs will give players extra points, it is also the only way to wake up Vileplume in the River level.

The items are also needed so that you can interact with secrets in the environment to open up new paths and levels.

I was a little disappointed with how short the game was and its difficulty, while I agree its creativity is outstanding and overall the game is tons of fun, this was my first playthrough and I managed to do everything in under six hours, the main Pokemon were a little challenging to find especially the evolutions but the Pokemon signs I found straight away when I began seeking them out, this was fine but I think it would have been better to make them a little more difficult to discover considering that finding all six of them gives you access to Mew and the games credits.

I thought that while fairly simple the music actually suits this game very well, this is not an epic role playing adventure game but is in fact a relaxing and fun experience for the whole family, the music gets you pumped to go and discover secrets and genuinely has a really good feel to it, I never grew up with this game so I don’t have nostalgia for it, but my friends that do have all said that they think opening theme is an easily recognisable and iconic video game composition and I will admit that if I heard it in the future I think I could easily match it with this game, it is unique and fits the tone of the game perfectly.

I have very few complaints with this game, I think it could been a little longer with some more levels, this came out in gen 1 but only used 63 of the then 151 Pokemon and lets be honest they could have put all of the Pokemon in this game.

I think the Pokemon signs should have been really hard to discover, there was no internet back then so it could have made easy playground brags especially since you could print the photographs off in certain stores.

If I made the game myself I would have made no mention of Mew at all and instead had the final level unlock only to players who got every photograph in the game, beat all of the high scores and found all of the Pokemon signs, I think leaving Mew a secret would have been a fantastic completionist bonus for players.

I realise these complaints are more on the lines of what I would do differently so please don’t let what I have said put you off this fantastic experience, Pokemon Snap as a concept is great and the final product is a wonderful game which anyone can get into, graphically while these days outdated back then this is some of the best visuals on the N64, the music is perfect for the game and its tone, it controls well, has a good story which does not overshadow the gameplay and while I would have liked it to be just a little bit longer I cannot wait to replay this and I am even more excited to see what directions the new game takes but until then I give Pokemon Snap a very high score of 9.6/10

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The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess 2006 – 2016 Review

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess is the 13th instalment in the Legend of Zelda videogame series, it was both developed and published by Nintendo for the Gamecube and the Wii.

It is a much darker and serious take on the series compared to its predecessors and can technically be considered the third game in the Hero of Time trilogy.

The game was remade in HD for the Wii U in 2016, the three different versions vary, both the GameCube and Wii games are mirrored while the HD remake follows the maps of the GameCube and has slightly improved visuals and Gameplay, the mirrored maps are instead included in Hero Mode in the HD version. I tend to play the Wii version myself but all are so similar any will do nicely just note the original GameCube game can fetch a high price these days.

The plot follows the adventures of a young farm boy named Link who is dragged into a twilight realm after trying to rescue the village children from goblins.

Since he is no longer in the light world Link is transformed into his spiritual counterpart, he takes the form of a wolf and is rescued by a cursed princess of the spirit realm Midna, they escape his prison cell and find Princes Zelda who explains that her kingdom had been taken over by Zant the King of the Twilli and she tasks the two heroes with restoring the light guardians and bringing peace back to the realm.

One thing this game does incredibly well is how after the main tutorial area you have free reign to explore Hyrule to your liking, the Kingdom is quite expansive in this game so the fact that you are given a horse immediately is great, I love unlocking the horse in previous games but I think it was a good decision to just let the players use her immediately to traverse the larger areas.

The game does help you a little bit by trying to point you in the right direction but you are not expected to just follow a linear path, the majority of secrets, upgrades and even additional moves are hidden throughout the world with no hints of their whereabouts, if you want to find them “without reading them up online” then you will have to explore and that is exactly how a Zelda game should be.

The temples and dungeons are very challenging as well, this game takes second place for most annoying water temple in my opinion but that’s not a bad thing, you want to get lost and have to figure out where you went wrong in games like this, the previous title Wind Waker had very linear dungeons and in my opinion that took away from the Zelda experience for me.

For me the issues with game begin with the wolf sections, the majority of time as the wolf is ok, you are able to see spirits that cannot be seen in human form and you able to wipe out groups of enemies in as little as one attack but what I really dislike is when you are forced to collect the light of spirits, while this only needed to access three of the in game temples, the sections feel unnecessary and can affect the games pace, a similar issue can be extended to the entire world map, while it is large and impressive large portions of it are empty and can take a while to traverse.

The temples in this game really stand out not for just being challenging like earlier titles in the series but they are some of the best in terms of creativity, while the majority are quite standard with the themes of forest, fire and water the second half are really memorable for taking place inside of a giant mansion, a city in the sky and an ancient tomb.

The new items in this game are fantastic and in my opinion some of the best in the series, highlights are the ball and chain which can take out some larger and armoured enemies in a single hit, the dominion rod which can control statues for puzzle solving and finally the double hookshot allowing you to easily traverse across large and expansive areas.

The 3D Zelda games are known for having great side content along side the main plot and this is no exception, I never did everything in the game and to be honest I never do with Zelda, I only really stick with what I enjoy and in this one it was collecting all of the bugs, discovering the howling stones to get new moves and funding Malo’s shop. You can also collect all of the Poe spirits but I found this a little tedious so I didn’t bother doing this myself.

I have mixed feelings on the visuals here because while it really cool to see a realistic Legend of Zelda game I feel they could have added more colours while still keeping the realism, the game mostly looks depressing with its muddy colours and dark atmosphere and by giving it a little more life I feel it could make it more pleasant to look at and in turn more fun to see and explore.

The music is outstanding even for Zelda which has always been known to have fantastic melodies for each part of the game, the composer Tori Minegishi did a phenomenal job creating such an atmosphere and choosing to use a variety of different instruments to suit various environments and scenes, my favourite track in the game is near the beginning when Link meets Llia at the water, its a very beautiful song which lifts my heart every time I hear it.

So with all of the praise I have given Twilight Princess it might surprise you to know that it is my second least favourite game in the franchise, don’t get me wrong I do think this is a very good game but I think it takes itself a little bit too seriously, the realism actually takes away from the experience for me because there just isn’t much in the game that is memorable outside of the main quest. Apart from the bugs there are no side quests that really stand out when compared to its predecessors even the characters are quite boring with the exception of Malo and the guy who runs the cannon, everyone else is just cookie cutter normal people, The Goron elders are fairly interesting and of course the Yeti couple at the mansion stand out as some of the best in the game but they are part of the main quest, its everything else which I feel is missing a lot of the charm the series is known for. Apart from this it has an outstanding soundtrack, very cool visuals and a great plot, I do like this game but I don’t ever feel like I cannot wait replay it and that really sucks for me. 6/10

I realise my opinions here are controversial considering how beloved this game is but please remember it only my opinion and is not fact, the amount of fans this game has goes to show that many feel differently than I do so please don’t let my feeling put you off trying the game for yourself.

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