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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By Padawan

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Book Review: Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie

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Peter Pan was originally written by Scottish Author J.M Barrie and it was published in 1911.

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(BTW he had a fabulous mustache)

The story follows the adventures of the Darling children including the eldest Wendy, John who was the middle child and Micheal the youngest, Wendy would always read stories to her younger brothers about fairy tales and adventures, the most popular of these stories being the adventures of a young boy who never grows up called Peter Pan.

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One cold and starry night a young boy breaks into the nursery looking for his shadow and when Wendy helps him find it, he teaches the children how to fly and he takes them all away to a magical world beyond the stars called Neverland.

(There will be a few spoilers beyond this point, but not enough to ruin the book)

The General plot summary you have just read may sound very familiar but let me assure you that the original novel of Peter Pan is very different to a lot of the modern stage plays and movies, for one thing the book is rather dark and at times gruesome, a fair few children get murdered in the book and there are a few adult themes discussed including faeries having group sex and Peter Pan himself being more “Sinister” than more modern audiences may know him to be, so please keep this in mind if you are planning to read the original unabridged version of the book to young children.

I own the unabridged version and it is filled with loads of old fashioned English words and spellings which some people may find hard to understand and if this is the case I recommenced a more modern re-print of the book but please keep in mind that modified versions will be modified for new younger audiences so some of the adult stuff I mentioned above will most likely be removed, even with all of the old fashioned English the book is still described well enough for the reader to understand fairly well what is going on and it is still very simple to read the text and visualize the story the book is telling.

The book is 230 pages long and it may take only 2-3 days to read for most people, for me this is great because just like my video games I prefer my books to be short as it means that I can read them over and over again many times throughout the year, but I can understand why some people wouldn’t want to pay a bookstore price for such a short story.

Peter Pan is an amazing story about Pirates, Mermaids, Faeries, and lost children who dress in animal skins and hunt Native Indians, honestly there is something here for everyone, its one of most iconic stories ever written and it has inspired so many people to begin a journey into the world of art including myself, Peter Pan is nothing more than a masterpiece of British Literature and it will always stand the test of time.

I hope you enjoyed this Book Review of Peter Pan by J.M Barrie

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Sorry for the gap in reviews guys, I have been super busy working on another project but I promise I will try to get more reviews out soon, anyway I will see you in October for a month of spooky reviews.

Also I am taking requests this month so if there are any games, books or films you would like reviewed for Halloween please email me and I will place all requests in a random generator and I will be reviewing what ever gets selected so please send me any requests you can think of.

 

Titanic the legend goes on (2000) Review

ITS PARTY TIME, ITS PARTY TIME !!!

Ummm spoilers if you actually care

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You know sometimes directors will make movies based on real life historical events?

and sometimes those movies will have some small changes compared to the real event just so that it translates better to a movie?

well in 2000 an Italian film director called Camillo Teti decided to tackle the horrific sinking of the Titanic by making it an animated children’s movie starring talking animals and a rapping dog.

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The plot is fairly similar to the James Cameron movie that came out a few years prior to this, a girl who is supposed to marry some total douche goes on board the Titanic and meets a poor man who she falls in love with,the boat hits an ice berg and she eventually loses her new love to the icy waters after the Titanic sinks, the only difference here is that no one dies and there a sub plot regarding a detective finding a jewel thief.

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The animation is terrible, first of all the entire film uses these horribly dull colors meaning that nothing is really able to stand out, another problem is the frame rate is just awful, a lot of the time it looks like someone is flicking through a flip book and sometimes the animators don’t bother to animate things at all this is especially more noticeable in the background scenery, clouds wont move and sometimes background characters will remain still, this lack of flowing animation makes the movie feel less realistic than it already is.

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This is a musical and honestly the songs are not that bad, they don’t need to be in the film and do nothing to help the plot but they aren’t really annoying in any way and one song in particular is actually pretty catchy and yes I am talking about the rapping dog.

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The voice acting is really bad, just like Anastasia it just feels like no one wanted to be in this movie, every character sounds so bored and uninterested and I cant think of a single character in the entire movie that I enjoyed listening too, some times the English dub of the film comes across as really broken, some sentences get cut short due to editing issues, some of the characters are hard to understand and some of the dialogue is just genuinely bad.

People really hate this film and its not just because its bad, the biggest problem with this movie is that the director tried to make a light hearted children’s musical out a of major disaster which only happened just over 100 years ago.

To no ones surprise this is a bad film but I think everyone should watch this at least once because just like food fight its hilariously terrible especially if your drunk.

I hope you enjoyed this review of Titanic: The Legend Goes On

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BRUU The Gourmet Tea Club 2016: January Box

DSC_0085Another month passes by and we are soon into the new year, a new month also means a new box of BRUU which is nice because I somehow managed to misplace my last box, thankfully my new box has arrived and so I can finally enjoy fantastic Tea once again.

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We got another letter which I think we will get in every box, this months letter spoke about the new year and how you can now enjoy a new Teatox range and yes that is a pun for detox its essentially a new line tea for people who are looking lose weight or commit to regular fitness, I wouldn’t mind trying a sample of this myself as I may have over indulged myself a tiny bit over the holidays, they also mention the shortbread company Walkers and no its not the same as the crisp company, Walkers were kind enough to supply us with some short bread biscuits which are the perfect treat for a Tea box as Tea and biscuits go hand in hand, we were also supplied with some Sutton seeds (A type of flower) unfortunately I wont be planting these as I have a naughty dog who will happily destroy them, I have however made sure to donate them to my mother who loves gardening so they haven’t gone to waste.

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Now to the most important part the Tea

Japanese Cherry Green

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This is a Tea inspired by an ancient Japanese tradition called Hanami where people would sit underneath cherry blossom trees and would appreciate the beauty of the blossoms, looking at various types of flowers was also a smaller part of the tradition and it makes me wonder if the inclusion of the Sutton Seeds was in reference to this, it was a really interesting blend because it doesn’t use too many ingredients but it has a really good taste, I found that it tasted like ordinary green tea at first but once I swallowed a mouthful it left a taste of cherries and overall it was a very nice blend of Green Tea.

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This blend uses a traditional Chinese oolong tea leaf, The first thing you will notice is its very sweet and fruity smell, it reminded me of the Turkish delight candy but I’m not sure if that was the idea and if it was then BRUU deserve some serious brownie points, I didn’t find that it tasted of Turkish Delight but I did really enjoy the flavors that were there, to me it tasted slightly sweet and reminded me of a weak green tea but its a really good tasting weak green tea if that makes any sense.

Rukeri Rwandan Black

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This is a really basic blend of two types of leaves Rwandan Black Tea and Orange Pekoe, on the letter in the box it states that this blend can be spicy, I didn’t find it to be spicy at all but I did find that it tasted quite strongly of Orange Peel which a lot of people will tell you is not a very nice taste but here it seems to fit the Tea really well because it for some reason tasted really good and that’s just another example of the talent that goes into making these unusual Tea’s

Overall this was a very good box, I would say that I prefered this over the last box as it packs a little more flavor but so far all the boxes I have received have been great.

Lets see what February brings

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Food Fight (2012) Review

Following the success of the Toy Story movies Director Lawrence Kasanoff (True Lies, Mortal Kombat film series) founded his own animation studio and called it Threshold Entertainment.

Director Lawrence Kasanoff

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Kasanoff wanted to make a film about American Food icons living in a city within a Super Market.
The movie had actually been in development since 2002 but during the development the hard drives containing the films footage were stolen, this meant that Lawrence Kasanoff and the rest of the development team had to start the production again from scratch.

During interviews Kasanoff promised that he got the best voice talents he could find and that some of the best animators world wide would be helping with the development of the film, but sadly the film was never released and was instead locked away in a vault never to be seen by the public eye, until 2011 when it was advertised in a Hollywood news paper. The movie finally got released In 2012 but instead of going to theatres it was instead released straight to DVD.

So with all of the years of development and a wopping budget of 65 million dollars, the final result is one of the worst animated movies of all time

ladies and gentlemen may I present Food Fight

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The movie follows the adventures of Dex Dogtective (Charlie Sheen) who has spent six months in a deep depression after his girlfriend Sunshine Goodness (Hilary Duff) went missing.

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Things move on for Dex and the rest of Marketopolis until a villain called Lady X (Eva Longoria) and her army of Brand X Minions arrive to take over the store. It is now up to Dex and his best friend Daredevil Dan (Wayne Brady) to save the supermarket.

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Food Fight is often referred to as the animated equivalent of The Room but the sad thing is that the movie actually had potential and could have been at least decent but unfortunately everything went wrong.

Food Fight has no redeeming factors, the voice acting sounds like something out of a school play, when characters talk their lips don’t synchronise with the vocals, the characters are all generic and not very interesting, the animation is badly put together and there is a huge error which makes the characters limbs jolt about making it look like the entire film was made on Microsoft Kinect.

My biggest question is where did that 65 million dollars go? because it definitely didn’t go towards the graphics or the visuals because I have seen less disturbing imagery in some horror flicks.

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Food Fight is a horrifying mess of a movie it is literally the worst movie I have ever had to sit through and it should not be seen by any one.

I hope you enjoyed my review of Food Fight

Due to a broken computer this was written using my IPhone so I hope it all turned out ok, I am working on PC repairs and everything will be back to normal soon

If you respect my opinion I will respect yours

By Padawan