Detective Pikachu (2019) Movie Review

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Last night I managed catch a viewing of the Detective Pikachu movie in my local movie theate and it only seems right to talk about it. I am going to do my best to avoid spoilers but one or two small spoilers may slip through the cracks so this is your warning if you want to watch the movie.

Detective Pikachu is a mystery-fantasy film which takes place in the world of Pokemon, it was directed by Rob Letterman, Letterman co-wrote the script with Dan Hernandez and Benji Samit.

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Tim Goodman (Justice Smith) is a young man who has given up on his dreams of becoming a Pokemon trainer, this is due to the unfortunate passing of his mother and also because his father had been neglectful towards him through out most of his life.

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After his father dies in a mysterious car accident Tim travels to Rhyme city in order to collect his fathers assets and while at his fathers apartment Tim meets a Pikachu that he can fully understand, the Pikachu is played by Ryan Reynolds. Detective Pikachu believes that Tims dad survived the crash and that a larger mystery is behind the accident, Detective Pikachu and Tim work together to try and solve the mystery of what really happened to Tims Dad, while meeting other Pokemon and discovering more pieces to the puzzle along the way.

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The cast was ok in this movie although I wouldn’t say it was anything special apart from Ryan Reynolds as Pikachu, the only three major roles worth mentioning are Ryan Reynolds as Pikachu, Justice Smith as Tim and Kathryn Newton as Lucy who helps our two main actors with solving the mystery of Tims Dad.

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The visual effects and design of the various Pokemon is the highlight of the film. The Pokemon look absolutely fantastic, They went for a realistic approach instead of trying to make the creatures look more animated and in this case its worked out extremely well, if Pokemon were real this is how I imagine them to look and the environments I imagine they would reside.

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The movie is really funny and can be enjoyed by the entire family although in my personal opinion some scenes might be a little scary for younger children, as I have already stated the realistic designs work really well but that also means that in some action scenes the realistic Pokemon can come across as a little bit too real and I feel that it could make the experience rather unpleasant for some people.

This a really good movie, it has a nice cast of Pokemon and human actors, it has some excellent CGI that can be a little scary at times but the film is very funny and filled to the brim with jokes that both adults and children can get a laugh from. You dont need to be a Pokemon fan to enjoy the film so even if you dont know what a Pokemon is I would still recommend giving it a viewing.

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Sam and Max Hit the Road (1993) PC Review

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Sam and Max Hit the Road is the first release of the popular point and click adventure series which follow two anthropomorphic animal detectives as they try to solve various wacky crimes, the games are based on the original comic book series Sam and Max: Freelance Police which was created by Steve Purcell in 1987.

12333 The game is based on a 1989 comic book release where Sam and Max need to travel to various tourist locations spread across America in order to find a Bigfoot that has gone missing from a local carnival.

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The game play is similar to any-other game of the genre you will need to collect random objects throughout the game and then either give those objects to those who may desire them or they can be used to solve puzzles, the game does add the ability to question suspects in order to gain clues about where the player should head next or how the player can get past some of the more difficult challenges the game has to offer.

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For me although the game was a lot of fun like most point and click adventure games, the best part was the characters and dialogue, the game is filled to the brim with dry humour which coincidentally is one of the only types of humour I genuinely find funny ¬† and let me just say that I was laughing my ass off throughout the majority of this game, I know a lot of people really like max for his psychotic personality and genuinely random moments but I have to admit that it was actually Sams character that I enjoyed the most, I found that Sam provided the majority of that witty dry humour that I love and although Max did this occasionally as well I just found it was funnier coming from Sam, ¬†I don’t think it really helped that for the most part Max was fairy useless in this game, some of the puzzles require you to use Max in order to solve them but honestly this hardly ever happened and for the rest of the game play you take control of Sam which is a shame because I feel that Max would have been useful for a lot more puzzles that he actually was.

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The Dialogue actually uses voice acting which really surprised me and the best part of this is that it was actually quite impressive, of course Sam and Max sound great Max has a more energetic voice which really suits his character and Sam has a more calm and serious voice which really works for him, everyone you speak too also has a unique voice and not one single character sounds the same as another.

Apart from pausing and a few other commands the game completely uses the mouse and I had no issues at all with the general game-play however I did not like the few keyboard keys that were chosen for smaller things, for some reason you need to press F5 to go to the save menu and if I didn’t look up the manual I never would have figured this out, another key that I hated was pressing full stop to skip dialogue, its a really random choice¬†when the developers could have easily chosen a much easier key that wasn’t in use, this wouldn’t be such an issue but when you keep having to speak to characters over and over again it can really get annoying having to keep listening to them repeat¬†the same sentences.

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The art style and visual choices in the game are absolutely outstanding, the colours are bright, the art is smooth and the many smaller details such as the use of shadows, creases in clothes and the density of different materials such as fur really help bring the game to life, not the mention the constant animations that run in the background of the game, the game has a few still image cut-scenes with some basic animation and if you weren’t actually playing the game you might think they were from a cartoon due to how much effort the game designers put into the visuals.

005fe384ddb3e3394a57771f36203588¬†Sam and Max Hit the Road is a very good game which I think most people¬†would really appreciate if they put aside some time to play it, It’s not perfect but its an innocent title that provides a lot of laughs and will leave you with some fond memories, I cant say I enjoyed it as much as I do Sierra Games but Lucas Art did a great job with this before the series got taken over by Travellers Tales 7/10

I hope you enjoyed my review of Sam and Max Hit the Road for Microsoft Windows and MS DOS.

By the way you can get yourself a copy of this game for fairly cheap via GOG.com

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