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A quick look at XERA: Survival

From the deep dark depths of the South Island of New Zealand (specifically Invercargill), a new game emerges from the darkness, foraging around for roots and leaves. Well, not really. The game is the brainchild of Kiwi developers Spotted Kiwi Interactive, and was released into the wild (ie. early access) on the 24th of May. What is XERA: Survival? Well, quite simply: XERA: Survival is an action fo...

The Breaker Uppers

NZ comedy films have such a specific style about them, a tone, a feel, that is so intrinsically Kiwi. Just like the films of Taika Waititi or an episode of Flight of the Conchords, The Breaker Upperers (written and directed by Madeleine Sami & Jackie van Beek) is no different. From the moment I saw the very first teaser trailer for this Kiwi (un)rom-com it immediately scratched that spot of sl...

Valleys Between

This debut game from indie developer Little Lost Fox is in danger of turning me into a pre-teen girl. Let’s just say that unlocking cute animals and getting upgrades for them is embarrassingly right up my alley. But even if you’re not the kind of person who squees at pretty things, please don’t dismiss this game.Valleys Between is a puzzler with turn-based strategy that feels akin to w...

Mega Time Squad

Mega Time Squad is a Kiwi-made science fiction/heist comedy directed by Tim Van Dammen starring Jonny Brugh, Hetty Gaskil Hahn and Anton Tennant (who happens to look exactly like Tom Cruise in this film). The story follows Johnny, a young criminal living in Thames, New Zealand, who is caught up with a gang and betrays his kingpin boss in order to prove that he is not the p***y everyone says he is....

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