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8.5

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Christopher Robin: Bring your Hankies and Balloons

I can’t claim to be any sort of Winnie the Pooh expert. As a kid, I had an unfathomable dislike for movies with clothes-wearing animals. And any brush with Winnie the Pooh always lead me to the question of wondering what a “Pooh” was in the first place. After watching Christopher Robin, I have the dis...

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Hardback: Call Me a Literary Padawan

Did you know that “anil” is a word? I didn’t. But my AI opponent has just scored a preposterous 4 points on a word that doesn’t exist in my vocabulary. So much for my university degree in English. On the bright side, I have been meaning to combat exposure to cat memes and emojis by expanding my ...

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Istanbul: Digital Edition – As Close to a Market as You’ll Get with a Board Game

My take on board game ports has increasingly been “yes please”. So I was excited to see Acram Digital bringing Rüdiger Dorn’s Istanbul to mobile, especially with it being such a high-scorer on Board Game Geek. I have to admit that I’ve never played the physical board game. But I’m no stranger to similar eco...

9

Flippin' great

Florence and Me: My Relationship with a Mobile App

As I write this, I have a warm cup of coffee on my desk. I’ve lit a candle. The mellow strains of the compositions of Kevin Penkin (the composer for Florence‘s soundtrack) are piping through my speakers. Because if Florence has taught me anything, environment, feeling and, as the Danish say, the...

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Golf Club: Wasteland

“Why,” is my initial reaction to games involving golf. It’s not a game I enjoy playing in real life, much less virtually. Fortunately, Golf Club: Wasteland is less about men in polo shirts (sorry if you’re into that sort of thing) than an atmospheric version of Angry Birds. And havin...

7.5

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Incredibles 2

  Di: Before we dive into this much-anticipated (by me, anyway) sequel, I think it’s impossible not to give a brief nod to something that’s become a bit of a Pixar tradition: the animated pre-show short film. Jaz: Ooh, yes! It’s called Bao, like the Chinese pork buns, and it’s probably one of my favour...

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Supertype! Not Just a Game for Nanas

  The name Supertype might make you think that this is for people who like Scrabble and crosswords. I have nothing against these people (being one myself) but I would be very sad if someone overlooked Supertype as a game only your Nana would play. Sure, the game’s aesthetics has a bunch of backdr...

9

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Oxenfree: Supernatural teen drama with some guilty pleasures

Being a teenager is hard. Especially if you’re Alex. Let’s see…your dad’s just married somebody else’s mum. You’ve just met new stepbrother Jonas which is great because your only other brother just died. But now you have to drag him along to some weird party on a deserted island. Oh yeah. And then the...

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Reigns: Her Majesty

It seems the world is a flurry of royal news. Royal babies, royal weddings…and I’m glad to say the virtual world is following suit. What’s it like to be royal? We find out in Reigns: Her Majesty. The game follows up from the original Reigns but now has you as the Queen. It’s also got...

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Reflections on “This War of Mine”

I think I’ve got it this time. Of course, I’ve thought this at the start of every game. But this time, there are signs that my new strategy’s working. My crew’s in good health, we’ve got a respectable food stash, and no one’s sick or injured. Not only that but we’re...

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Upgrade

It’s not my habit to research movies before I go to review screenings. But just before the lights dim, I find myself regretting it. Movie buddy Nick’s just told me that the trailer’s full of gore. I’m also wondering why I’m voluntarily putting myself through a film from the sam...

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Love Trains? How about some Mini Metro…

Somewhat sad confession: subway maps make me excited. That little piece of paper with candy-coloured lines blooming like veins represents travel and adventure for me. So it’s probably no surprise that Mini Metro has become one of my go-to tablet games. Mini Metro was developed by the even more endeari...

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