Category Archives: Steampunk

Try-It Tuesday: FOUL PLAY

Victorian daemon-hunter Baron Dashforth and his sidekick, the ninja chimney sweep Scampwick, recount their thrilling adventures in FOUL PLAY, a 2013 steampunk-style side-scrolling brawler developed by UK-based indie studio Mediatonic. Single-player or two-player shared-screen couch co-op. The game plays out across an … Continue reading

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Try-It Tuesday: THE ORDER 1886

I bought THE ORDER: 1886 on sale for $3.99. The action-adventure, third-person over-the-shoulder, single-player game is a 2015 Sony exclusive, showcasing the graphics possible with the Playstation 4 console. Critics have praised the graphics but generally disliked the game’s story, gameplay, and … Continue reading

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Try-It Tuesday: BLOODBORNE

BLOODBORNE is a 2015 third-person action RPG developed by FromSoftware and published by Sony Computer Entertainment as a PlayStation 4 exclusive. It’s free this month for PS+ members. The delightfully decrepit and gothic town of Yharnam is overrun with a plague of … Continue reading

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BIOSHOCK INFINITE: First Impressions

I started playing BioShock Infinite this week. I recently reached Battleship Bay, which is the fifth of sixteen levels. Overall, I’m enjoying it. Amazing visuals, great music, intriguing airship city. I loved entering Columbia and exploring the fair. I spent two hours just ooh-ing … Continue reading

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Try-It Tuesday: THIEF

I typically try out games I’ve never played before, but this week was a “Try-It AGAIN Tuesday” with THIEF, the reboot developed by Eidos Montreal and published by Square Enix. I played this game on Playstation 3 and wrote about it back in … Continue reading

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Try-It Tuesday: CLOCKWORK TALES Of Glass and Ink

This week I tried a game called CLOCKWORK TALES: Of Glass and Ink, a throwback to my days of playing point-and-click puzzle adventures on the PC. A decade or so ago, when my kids were little and I didn’t have a lot … Continue reading

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Billie Lurk returns in DISHONORED: Death of the Outsider

DEATH OF THE OUTSIDER is the latest game in the Dishonored franchise, developed by Arkane Studios, published by Bethesda Softworks, and released September 15, 2017, for PC, PS4 and Xbox One. In this installment, former assassin Billie Lurk rescues her mentor Daud, who … Continue reading

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MIDAS BOX is a steampunk adventure for the whole boring family

This review originally appeared on the Contact – Infinite Futures SF blog on March 23, 2015. The Adventurer: The Curse of the Midas Box is a Victorian steampunk movie for the entire family… assuming the entire family enjoys watching BBC costume dramas, which are … Continue reading

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The Curious Case of the Coffee Contraption Chronicles

When first I scrutinized Professor Phineas Fitzwhistle’s Marvelous Mystifying Mechanical Mocha Maker, I experienced considerable consternation at the contrivance of cogs, cups and coils. “I believe it is, in equal parts, polished brass and poppycock,” I said. * * * … Continue reading

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DISHONORED aka What Thief Should Have Been

DISHONORED Rating: M for Mature Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Sexual Themes, Strong Language Read parts one and two of my thoughts on Thief * * * MINOR SPOILERS * * * I recently finished Dishonored (in high chaos) and … Continue reading

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