POF Archive: January 2020

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Flashback on PC (7/10)

Flashback, heart attack!

I must have attempted to play this game about a dozen times. I would download it from some abandonware site, fire up DosBox, and then proceed to be frustrated out of my mind by the sluggish controls and unfair level design. Or maybe I was just terrible at that first jungle level.

Well, this is the 25th anniversary remastered edition. It's more or less the original game emulated, but there are a few quality of life improvements. First and foremost is the ability to rewind the game after you die for an immediate do-over. Second, there are on-screen help boxes to guide you through the…

Submitted by Robert Gomez on Mon, 01/13/2020 - 23:31

Abzû on PC (5/10)

Wake up! There are whales!

Hey, it's a walking simulator with a twist... swimming! I'll give it this, Abzû is a very nice looking and great sounding game. The score is magnificent. You know the soundtrack has to be good when seemingly half of the game credits are taken up with the names of the various instrumentalists. Unfortunately, like all of these "art" games, there isn't much in terms of a game here. You just swim around, (literally) look at fish, and occasionally click on a hot-spot. I'd be more forgiving if there was a good story to follow but, "evil thing making the ocean all evil and the only way to stop it…

Submitted by Robert Gomez on Mon, 01/13/2020 - 10:46

The Silent Age on PC (6/10)

The Silent Age Screenshot

The biggest puzzle in this modestly sized point-and-click adventure is figuring out how to get it to even run. I bought it for 99¢ in a Steam sale a year or two ago and when I finally got around to playing it, I discovered that it would crash immediately after launching. Well, let me spoil this first puzzle for you: the game won't run if you have Citrix Receiver installed on your computer (same for any game based on the Unity Engine). There is a fix that involves reinstalling Citrix with some command line flags. Goggle it.

Anyhow, once the game is up and running you will see its flat…

Submitted by Robert Gomez on Fri, 01/10/2020 - 22:08

The Witcher TV Series

Just finished watching The Witcher on Netflix. I'm probably biased from playing the games, but I thought it was quite good. The lead's voice takes some time to get used to. Seems like he is just doing an impression of the game's growly voice actor (complete with the hmms and nose breathing). The series takes about four episodes to start clicking. It's then that you realize that the story is not being told in chronological order and you start to see how the characters relate. My main quibble is that it jumps into the magic stuff a bit too quickly before laying out ground rules. Going full "epic" so fast is overwhelming. It's when the show focuses on its characters that it becomes fun. Like an old episode of Hercules or Xena. That is all.

Submitted by Robert Gomez on Wed, 01/08/2020 - 22:25 in

Frozen II (6/10)

This is an animated movie about an ice princess who occasionally sings Broadway numbers. The overall message here is that girls can do anything, except rule a country (unless ordained by divine birthright).

Submitted by Robert Gomez on Wed, 01/01/2020 - 10:30