Hey there, friends. Back in April we shared some exciting bit of news from Jonathan of CryptTube. He had in fact discovered that in the 90’s, HBO had planned on releasing a CryptKeeper game. Or an interactive Tales from the Crypt PC game. Considering how popular the series had become, it is little wonder Home Box Office decided to go this route. However while the Tales from the Crypt PC title wasn’t released, there is plenty of info left to exhume!
Remember that while the HBO Tales from the Crypt series was obviously mature. The truth of the matter is that the CryptKeeper himself was incredibly charming. Thanks in no small part to the voice talent of John Kassir. So much so of course there were two animated series featuring the CryptKeeper in the early 90’s. To say nothing of the face our favorite horror host had his own game show!
So as I was just saying a second ago. Jonathan, who is indeed a huge Tales from the Crypt fan, found out about this proposed PC title. He was even able to make contact with one of the head artists for the Tales from the Crypt PC game. Who was kind enough to send him artwork from the unreleased video game.
Which was Mike Vosburg. The same guy who was responsible for making nearly all of the comic covers in the HBO show.
However it appears that there is even more info out there on the game. Which Jonathan was able to uncover and share on his YouTube page. For example the title would have in fact been akin to an interactive comic book. With the players attempting to make it through three different stories entitled The Works in the Wax, High Tide and Big Top Terror. In addition the Players would take on the role of an comics illustrator who goes by the moniker of Killyjoy.
Jonathan was also able to interview Russell Lees, a writer for Inscape at the time. Which was of course the company who was developing the Tales from the Crypt PC game. Where we learn some interesting information such as different stories would feature different artists. One of those artists was Al Columbia whose artwork for the game would be included in the anthology comic series Zero Zero!
More importantly, Jonathan was able to secure a demo CD of Inscape titles. While not offering a playable version of the title. It does however provide the opening cinematic to the game!
Ready to learn more about the Tales from the Crypt PC game?
When Murder, She Wrote the Video Game came out last year, I counted myself one of the people who was actually excited about the release. Sadly the gameplay itself was lackluster. Filled with easy mini-puzzles, the game was more interesting for the theming, which let us rejoin Jessica Fletcher after years of no TV show. I did not think that the game had sold very well, but apparently the people at Legacy Interactive are not giving up on this title. Because they just announced that in early 2012, the sequel will hit store shelves. What can we expect this time around?
Master over 80 puzzles with familiar characters from the show, including Jessica Fletcher, Seth Hazlitt and Sheriff Mort Metzger. Featuring 3 original cases and over 6 hours of gameplay, Murder, She Wrote 2 provides captivating storylines and puzzling challenges that are sure to please both long time fans of the show and casual gamers alike.
A casual gameplay experience to be sure, but I won’t dismiss it out of hand. If those puzzles are challenging and the artwork and other media is decent, I will be one of those people helping to increase the odds of a part 3.
I was very excited many years ago when I ran across this action figure:
It’s a Bucky O’Hare action figure. And this, of course, is Bucky O’Hare.
The thing is, I didn’t know that when I bought it. When I originally found it, I thought it was a Jaxxon action figure. Jaxxon was a different giant green rabbit who appeared in the original run of Marvel Star Wars comic books.
That’s him on the right, but you probably already figured that out. When I showed the action figure to a friend of mine, he said, “That’s not Jaxxon — that’s Jazz Jackrabbit!”
Jazz is a completely different giant green rabbit. Created by Epic MegaGames, Jazz starred in Jazz Jackrabbit 1 (1994) and Jazz Jackrabbit 2 (1998), both for the IBM PC, and later in Jazz Jackrabbit for the Game Boy Advance in 2002. Mystery solved, right? Not quite.
A few years later at a local auction I ended up picking up a Bucky O’Hare cabinet on the cheap.
After buying and playing the game, I put two and two together and — finally — solved my own mystery. The Bucky O’Hare figure has been relocated to my backyard arcade and now sits on top of my Bucky O’Hare arcade cabinet. Along with the arcade version, Konami also released a Bucky O’Hare game for the NES.
Nightmare Ned was an animated series that ran on ABC from April 19, 1997 to July 5, 1997 that was based on the creepy video game developed by Creative Capers Entertainment. The under-appreciated show was about a 10 year old boy named Ned Needlemeyer who dealt with his daily problems with nightmares (loved it!). 25 episodes of the show would be produced, but the show ran over budget and never quite caught on for some reason. I think about the show every time that the fall season starts approaching.
It just seems to me that Nightmare Ned would be ripe for cult status, but I am not sure enough people have seen it to make it so. One thing is for sure, getting it released on home video would certainly be a good start — c’mon Disney!
If you search on YouTube, you can find some episodes of the show and enjoy it low quality pieces.
and if you have the time and the technology, you can pick up the video game that started it all on Amazon or Ebay.