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Monument Valley is a Relaxing, Wonderful iOS Title

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Every so often, a mobile game is released that warrants recommendation.  Monument Valley is one of those rare treats for the genre – applying the simplest mechanics to an experience altogether fresh and original.

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Shout! Factory Gives Amityville Horror the Treatment it Deserves

Amityville Horror Trilogy Blu-Ray

Just in time for the obligatory horror movie marathons that film lovers are sure to be running up through Halloween, Scream Factory (an imprint of Shout! Factory) have released a box set featuring the first three theatrical releases in the seemingly never-ending Amityville Horror franchise.

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John Carpenter’s Most Underrated Film Goes HD

Prince of Darkness Blu-Ray

Shout! Factory’s horror-focused imprint, Scream Factory, has given a long-overdue blu-ray treatment to John Carpenter’sPrince of Darkness.  Featuring a pristine transfer, excellent audio options, and a ton of bonus features that are actually worth watching, this collector’s edition disc is a fan’s dream (or nightmare?) come true.

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Downfall of Pomeii Gets a Reprint from Mayfair Games

Downfall of Pompeii Review

Originally released nearly a decade ago by German publisher Amigo, and seeing an initial domestic release in 2006, The Downfall of Pompeii has become a sought-after gem after having gone out of print some time ago. Now, Mayfair Games has brought this fantastic title back with several tweaks and a cheaper price point.

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GenCon 2013: William Attia’s Spyrium is Outstanding

Spyrium Review

Ystari Games, partnering with Asmodee, debuted Spyrium at GenCon 2013, offering demos and a small number of units for purchase.  The buzz surrounding this title has been based almost entirely on the fact that it was designed by William Attia, the mind that brought us what is still regarded as one of the world’s finest games, Caylus.  Luckily for us, Attia has delivered a new experience that’s completely worthy of the hype and an excellent reason not to judge a book by its cover.

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GenCon 2013: Rise of Augustus Review

Rise of Augustus Review

French publisher Hurrican, partnered with Asmodee, introduced Augustus to domestic audiences at GenCon 2013, now re-titled as Rise of Augustus (for some reason).  Nominated as the 2013 Spiel des Jahres “Game of the Year,” it got quite a bit of buzz – which is especially surprising considering what a light, luck-based game it appeared to be.  As it turns out though, Augustus is easily one of the most enjoyable filler titles on the market. 

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Movie Korner: From Up on Poppy Hill Blu-Ray Review

From Up on Poppy Hill Review

No other film studio, whether they produce animated or live-action movies, can come close to matching the cinematic experience that Studio Ghibli delivers or their bridled consistency – not only in unfailingly producing brilliant, heartfelt films time and time again, but still doing so using virtually one-hundred percent hand-drawn animation.  On September 3rd, domestic audiences will finally be able to own their recent masterpiece, From Up on Poppy Hill, on Blu-Ray and DVD courtesy of GKids and Cinedigm.

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GenCon 2013: Pathfinder Adventure Card Game Review

Pathfinder Adventure Card Game review

Paizo’s latest release, a card-based RPG/Adventure Game based on Pathfinder lore,  was one of the most highly anticipated titles debuting at GenCon this year; their booth attracting droves of fans looking to grab a copy or try out a quick demo.  While I had my doubts regarding how effectively a deep, cooperative role-playing experience could be translated into a card game, I can attest that, after both group and solo sessions, this game is incredible.

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GenCon 2013: On the Floor with IELLO

IELLO

French game publisher Iello had a sensational presence at this year’s GenCon Indy, showing off several exciting new and soon-to-be-released products.  From ghosts & zombies to coal-powered theme parks to superheroes & fairy tales, the thematic elements of their upcoming catalogue run the gamut. 

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GenCon 2013: Three Little Pigs Will Hog Up Your Gaming Sessions

Three Little Pigs ReviewIf I had to pick the one game that most surprised me at GenCon Indy this year, it would be Iello’s Three Little Pigs.  I admittedly hadn’t given this title a second thought going into the conventional, writing it off as a simple kids’ game that would hold no appeal for me (being the elitist snob I am).  I couldn’t have been more wrong.

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