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Knock-knock Review

Knock-knock Review

Released: October 4, 2013
Published by: Ice-pick Lodge
Platform: PC, PS4

Knock-knock is a horror game centered around an insomniac who is forced to wander around his house while trying to reassure himself that nothing sinister is happening. The game was successfully funded on Kickstarter in September 2012, which allowed for its release the following year. More recently, in September of this year, the game became available on the PS4, which marks Ice-pick Lodge’s first game on a console.

What’s it about?
Knock-knock is about a cabin deep in the woods that has been home to 3 generations of lodgers. The present lodger begins to notice strange things about his once-familiar surroundings. Creepy noises are heard, things are missing and, at night, it seems that someone else has made the cabin their home, too.

The objective of the game is to stay awake and sane until dawn. You must wander the rooms and repair light bulbs, start clocks and avoid the gruesome guests that your Lodger does not want to see. You must solve the puzzle and find the answers to why everything has become so strange.

What’s the idea?
According to Ice-pick Lodge’s website, the idea came about from an anonymous email. This email challenged the team to make an unconventional game based on enclosed materials. The attached folder, titled “lestplay,” included text, audio files and video footage. The email specified that all of the files had to be used in the game, but gave them no other restrictions.

What did I think?
I had no idea what I was doing in this game. Granted, I did not know it was a puzzle game before I started playing because I was keeping myself in the dark intentionally. That being said, I’m not good at puzzle games. I couldn’t figure out what I was supposed to do. I even looked up walkthroughs that were telling me things I already knew, but not telling me how to apply that knowledge to the game. The biggest tip was that I was supposed to listen for audio clues, but I couldn’t figure out what those clues were.

Despite my personal experience and my lack of talent with puzzle games, Knock-knock is a very clever game. It’s visually stunning and absolutely terrifying. It’s an unconventional idea that turned into something amazingly beautiful. I can say that, if I had been able to get passed the 4th level, I wouldn’t have been able to put this game down (of course, I couldn’t get passed level 4 and I ended up rage quitting).

Do I recommend it?
Oh, yes. If you can solve puzzles with patience and ease, this is the game for you. Even if you can’t, you should really look into it, if only to see the design and the concept.

You can find Knock-knock on Steam, the Apple Store, Google Play, the Windows Store and PS4.

Watch me play it here:

Maybe I’ll watch some gameplay online and try it again. Do you think I should? Let me know in the comments!

-Vanri the Rogue

Banished Game Review

I recently purchased the game Banished from a Steam Sale and I was super excited because I love building/resource management games, even though they infuriate the hell outta me.

I’ve been playing on the easier levels and, even at easier levels, I had to restart at least 20 times before I had a working town that would survive more than the first few years.

Banished has no real story. As far as I can tell this game is about a group of people who’ve been banished to this land and have to rebuild/start over. You have trees to harvest, iron and stone to mine, herbs to gather for medicine and food to collect.
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Interview with SugarScript Studios

Heya! Rinshi here with another interview for all of our lovely readers. This time I interviewed the crew over at SugarScript Studios, the amazing team who put together Cute Demon Crashers!, which I reviewed a few months ago (you can read that review here). I’m pleased to say that the game is now finished, with all of the characters’ routes available to play! You can download the game here.

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All right, then! On to the interview!

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Unfinished Business

m_diablo3_01I was having an interesting conversation with my husband the other night. I was looking at the games on sale for the Xbox One and asking him if he was interested in any of them. I noted that “Lego Marvel” was on sale for $5 – but he would rather spend that on the next episode of “Tales of the Borderlands” or “Game of Thrones” (which are two very impressive episode games, much like “The Walking Dead”). I also saw that “Diablo III” was on sale for $30, the collector’s edition.

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Cute Demon Crashers! The Sex Game About Safe Sex

cdclogo_smThe following article addresses topics of an adult nature and is intended for a mature audience only.

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E3 for you and me

Crackdown 3

E3-2014Looks like awesomesauce! I was a huge fan of the first two. Well, the first one a bit more than the second, but that happens. I am really wondering what turn the storyline will take with this one. However, this game did give me achievement issues. As in, must have them ALL!

Halo Collection
Halo is the reason I got into Xbox in the first place. Well, that or Ghost Recon. I don’t remember that well. Anyway, I was excited to see that Halo was picked back up and beautifully done with Halo 4. I think I might have to pick this bundle up.

Halo 5: Guardians
SQUEE! Of course there is a beta with the purchase of the bundle. Damn it!

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