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Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Mini Motorways Review: An Addictive Little Road-maker

 
Of course, it starts in LA. Mini Motorways, finally came to Steam a week ago and it's hard to stop playing it. Just played another game before going to bed, last night. Why can't I make it to a thousand travelers in Beijing? Is the game telling me it's just that overpopulated or am I just not good yet? I've done it in Manila, Munich and Moscow, red-tinted, I might add. This addictive, easy-going, road-making game with tender bits of music from Disasterpeace is hard to stop playing.

From the, I need a t-shirt of, Dinosaur Polo Club, makers of Mini Metro, comes it's latest cute mobile
game, Mini Motorways. And mobile might be fine for the Apple Arcade version, but I meant it in the sense of making roads or rails for cars, trains and automobiles. 

In Mini Motorways you make roads from point A to B in a colorful world that looks like a board game of Google Maps. As time goes forward more points of different colors are needed to be connected. It of course grows more and more complex, just like the city of LA. Which, is known the world over for its traffic and huge highways; a perfect starting city for the game.

Different levels are different cities around the world and they all have their own look and maybe an iconic waterway. They wouldn't be that identifiable based on a real map, but each has it's own feel. More cities are to be added on over time, probably free of charge, like DPC's last game. Different locations have different problems like needing the upgrades of bridges or tunnels to get around or through or over. It was still nice to visit Tokyo and Rio de Janeiro and add as many motorways, and roundabouts before losing control.
 
You see the game spaces out time by having you set-up your roads in a week, really a few minutes. And every week you get a beneficial upgrade like traffic lights or a motorway. And if you're not British, you might think of motorway as just highway, which might confuse you, as it did me, for a second.

And this game doesn't want to confuse you. I haven't seen one (a game) give so many options to chill you out with night mode, colorblind mode and even turning off scene transitions, because there's some slight movement on screen when that happens.

Though, it looks like it would play nice on an Apple Phone or tablet, I like relaxing and trying to manage my streets on my PC. The cities with simple looks, look great on an HD monitor or TV. Cute car sounds connected with the bits and bops of Disasterpeace draw you in.

And yes, your city grows as the game goes on, like a zooming out a camera shot on a map.
 
It's hard to describe, but I would put it on par with building with Legos or making stuff in Minecraft; it's just fun to make roads. Seeing a colorful metropolis pop-up around you and having to be an Uber or Lyft  app and get cars places as fast as possible just gives you bliss.
 
Mini Motorways had me just jumping into game after game as they usually don't last that long. I just
wanted to see if a I could make my roads a little bit better or finally get the achievement for Zurich. Damn, you Zurich!

For hours of easy to get in an out of fun that doesn't requite Lego clean-up, I suggest grabbing the game and trying to get as many cars on the road as you can.

Get it on Steam

*You can hear the game doesn't like it when you get rid of trees.


Game provided by publisher for review purposes

Saturday, July 24, 2021

Updated The Local Arcade and Video Game Stores Lists

 

Yo Gamers,

We just updated the Local Arcade List & Video Game and Board Game Store List found on the right side of the site. Some places have passed on, but other arcades have been added .Same for video game stores. There's quite a few places to eat and drink while gaming as well, so don't pass out on it if you want to play some games again.
 
 We suggest only heading out if fully vaccinated and having plenty of hand sanitizer per gaming session.


Friday, July 23, 2021

Friday Posters: Pointy Posters, Jackass Forever, Jellystone! & The Suicide Squad

 
Malignant is out September 10th on Max and in theaters.
And Ridley Scott is still alive and grouchy as ever and has The Last Duel in theaters October 15th.

A simple poster to convey the fun stupidity. Jackass Forever is also out Oct 22nd with quite a lot of other films.

The new cartoon cavalcade from C.H. Greenblatt (Chowder), Jellystone! comes out HBO Max on July 29th.

 



The Suicide Squad comes out next month, Aug 6th.

Halloween Hype: Halloween Horror Nights Tickets On Sale Now, Home Depot’s 12-Foot Skeleton Back In Stock

Can't believe we're covering Halloween in July, but that's the game now with tickets. 

It's crazy, but just like Delusion, tickets are on sale now for

Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood
September 9-12, 16-19, 23-26, 30 and October 1-3, 7-10, 14-17, 21-24, 28-31
 
Also, just coming out our even more news on the latest mazes announced: 
 
“The Exorcist” maze, often revered as the most terrifying movie of all-time, as they live the tormented aberrations experienced by Regan and her determined mother.

Horror also re-emerges in ultraviolet with the addition of the original concept maze, “The Curse of Pandora’s Box.” Inspired by the most fearsome creatures in Greek mythology, this disturbing experience transports guests from the land of the living to the nightmarish netherworld of Hades where the demonic temptress Pandora serves as their guide.

“Halloween Horror Nights” also features the previously announced line-up with more mazes and experiences to be announced soon:
· “The Haunting of Hill House,” based on Netflix’s critically-acclaimed supernatural thriller.
· “Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” a chilling maze featuring a demented Leatherface and his unrelenting chainsaw.
· “Universal Monsters: The Bride of Frankenstein Lives,” inspired by Universal Pictures’ cinematic monsters with an all-original story about one of the studio’s most infamous creatures. 
 

Also odd for July, the Home Depot’ 12-Foot Skeleton the people loved sharing in awkward positions during and after Halloween online is ready for purchase and he brought a weird friend, Inferno Pumpkin. The Skeleton might be sold-out again as of writing this though, but put in a pre-order or whatever to snag it before Halloween.


Tickets are also already on sale for

Sat, Oct 2, 2021, 8:00 PM
Catch One
4067 West Pico Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90019

"Last year we lost many things from live entertainment to comic cons to Halloween itself. But... WE. ARE. BACK. It's been over a year and now it's time to celebrate in your favorite costumes with your favorite people! Enjoy a full night of live entertainment, libations, and immersive decor as we take scenes from some of your favorite fandoms and give them a Stranger makeover. When you hit the dance floor, you'll be entering the Upside Down so get your groove on, but beware the Demogorgons and mind flayers!"

Thursday, July 22, 2021

Movie Hype: The Fantasia International Film Festival 2021

The Fantasia International Film Aug 5-25 is just burning on all cylinders to basically put to shame all other film festivals in 2021. Sure, there's Fantastic Fest, but it might not even hold up to the unrelenting amount of films being shown at this fast. Check out the list of films. We'll be going over a few were the most interested in.
 
Sadly, there's a few in-person screening in Montreal and other films are geo-locked online to Canada, meaning if you're internet address from your computer doesn't say you're in Canada, you can't watch the film. 
 
First off, we're extremely jealous that the fest is getting restored virtual screenings of both FUNKY FOREST: THE FIRST CONTACT (2005) and THE WARPED FOREST (2011), which are totally surreal WTF Batsh*t insane Japanese movies. We've never even seen The Warped Forest as it's never gone to home video or streaming and only played and a handful of film festivals in the U S.

Here's more info from Error_4444 (Real name) who will be releasing both on Blu-ray.

*Not sure how they're claiming these are premieres


of the films at fest as they premiered in other festivals already.

FUNKY is making its world premiere at this year’s festival while WARPED is making it’s North American premiere. Both films are playing the Fantasia Retro section to celebrate the festival’s 25-year lifespan. This is a bit of a coming-home party as both films played the festival back in 2006 and 2012 respectfully, so we’re very excited to bring them back and set them loose again to confuse you, amuse you, repulse you, excite you, and just plain freak you out. This year’s festival officially begins on August 5th! Virtual tickets go on sale this Saturday.
🌳 Screenings are only available to Canadian viewers only, but we plan on releasing both films physically in just a few months! So if you’re in Canada, check these virtual screenings out! If you’re not in Canada, hold tight, we’ll have more announcements on our Blu Ray release shortly. 🌳
 

We also have the North American Premiere of The Sadness, a ball-to-the-wall, over-the-top violence zombie movie out of Taiwan.
 

 Aliens on Stage caught our eye.

"A high-spirited group of British bus drivers set their minds to launching a homemade stage play adaptation of Ridley Scott’s ALIEN in Lucy Harvey and Danielle Kummer’s debut documentary"

 We'll be going over more films as the fest draws close and more when it's happening this August.

Game Hype: Jackbox Party Pack 8 Last Two Games, Nintendo Gallery & SEGA Sued

Jackbox has revealed the two final games in Jackbox Party Pack 8. We get two drawing games this October, including the previously posted on Drawful Animate. Check out the new game trailer below for The Wheel of Enormous Proportions and Weapons Drawn.

 

 

Nintendo is turning a factory into a gallery

 

New cool Super Mario Travel gear only available in Japan via

Mario Golf: Home Course announced looks fun.


 -Arcade1Up Revives Simpsons Arcade Machine To Relive 1990s Gaming Without The Quarters

 

Sega of America taken to court in $5 million lawsuit, accused of deceiving users 

 "A $5 million dollar lawsuit has been launched against Sega of America, claiming that the Sega arcade game Key Master is deliberately rigged against users."

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Corpse Flowers Are Blooming, Smell Them For A Limited Time