Peanut butter and jelly. Bacon and eggs. Rum and Coke. Simon and Garfunkel. Harry Potter and deckbuilding. These are all two great tastes that taste great together, with the latter combination coming together in the form of Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle, a fun legacy-lite deckbuilding game from USAopoly. While you can’t eat it like you can the others, it will still leave you satisfied if you are a fan of deckbuilding games, and especially if you are a fan of the Harry Potter movies. I suppose you can’t eat Simon and Garfunkel either or, at least, you shouldn’t … anyway, let me tell you about Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle, and why you’ll probably want to play it rather than eat it.I’m great at analogies.I’m going to (mostly) avoid spoilers in this review, not because I don’t want to spoil the story of Harry Potter, but because a big part of the fun in the game is discovering what each new box adds to the experience. This game is actually … [Read more...] about Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle Review – Cistem Aperio!
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There's a lot going on in Harry Potter's life, thanks to his penchant for trouble and the minor irritation of always being in mortal danger. When you throw in a vast catalogue of friends and foes, as well as an intricate web of interpersonal relationships, it's no surprise that turning all of this into a dialogue-free video game was not an easy task. But it seems the Traveller's Tales team is managing fine. Using its past experience in Lego titles--including Lego Star Wars and Lego Batman--the team said it relied on humour and the undeniable charm of coloured interlocking plastic blocks to transform the complex world of Harry Potter into a toy kingdom. We chatted to associate producer Vince Grogan about the challenges of storytelling the Lego way, a new level editor, and the interminable appeal of the boy wizard with a lightning-shaped scar. GameSpot AU: This game only looks at the first four years in Harry’s life at Hogwarts. How was the decision made to break the games … [Read more...] about Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4 Q&A
Despite what I'm told repeatedly, heart attacks are likely not going to be caused by this latest experiment with the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset. But that doesn't make a foray into immersive horror film creation any less tantalizing.If backed through crowdfunding, Hell Mountain will be the world's first feature-length horror movie that can be watched from inside the film with the Oculus Rift.Viewers won't just passively sit and view the scares unfold in front of them; they'll be able to look over their shoulder as they run from nightmares, stare down at their body as the horror envelops them.The project, seeking $100,000 on crowdfunding site Indiegogo, has attracted a clutch of horror film aficionados. Hell Mountain will be produced by Warren Zide, the man behind the Final Destination, American Pie and Cats & Dogs franchises; written by Gary Gerani, who gave life to Pumpkinhead; and feature creatures designed by Brian Penikas, whose works include Cocoon, Aliens, Mask, … [Read more...] about These filmmakers want to put you inside a horror movie
Here's our first look at Pixels, the Adam Sandler movie that mashes up classic arcade games with summer blockbuster-style global destruction — sort of like Independence Day meets Missile Command.In Sony Pictures' adaptation of Patrick Jean's 2010 short film — in which New York City is invaded by characters from Space Invaders, Pac-Man and Frogger — aliens have interpreted old-school video games as hostile communication. They invade earth with pixelated weapons of mass destruction based on characters like Q*bert, Donkey Kong and Dig Dug.Pixels stars Adam Sandler, Peter Dinklage, Josh Gad and Michelle Monaghan. Sandler, Dinklage and Gad play a trio of old-school arcade gamers who are tasked with using their gaming skills to save the world from giant, alien video game sprites. The movie also stars Kevin James as the president of the United States, Jane Krakowski as the first lady and Monaghan as a weapons developer and military specialist.Chris Columbus (Home … [Read more...] about Watch the first trailer for Adam Sandler’s video game disaster movie Pixels
Dunkirk, Christopher Nolan’s upcoming film about one of the most crucial battles during World War II, finally has a trailer.Nolan and Warner Bros. first announced the film back in September 2015. Dunkirk will star Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Mark Rylance and One Direction’s Harry Styles. Nolan has worked previously with Hardy and Murphy on films like Inception and the Batman movies, including Batman Begins and The Dark Knight Rises. The Battle of Dunkirk took place between the Allies and Nazi Germany in France from May 26 to June 4, 1940. During that time, it led to the defense and evacuation of the Allied forces from Dunkirk. By the end of the battle, more than 330,000 Allied troops were rescued from the town.Dunkirk is being captured with 65 mm film and top-of-the-line IMAX cameras to give it a cinematic experience similar to Nolan’s last movie, Interstellar.Dunkirk is slated to be released July 21, 2017. … [Read more...] about Dunkirk, Christopher Nolan’s World War II movie, gets first trailer