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.
I was emailed a link to the freeware PC Game, L’Abbaye des Morts and was not so sure what to make of it. Especially after I read this description:
In the 13th century, the Cathars, who preach about good Christian beliefs, were being expelled by the Catholic Church out of the Languedoc region in France. One of them, called Jean Raymond, found an old church in which to hide, not knowing that beneath its ruins lay buried an ancient evil.
Okay, I am intrigued, but I still wasn’t sure. Then i saw this video and I knew, with its ZX Spectrum style game design, that I needed to play it.
Game download and 2 hours later I was a fan. Its an addicting game that is well made which is pretty amazing. Because according to the author of the game, Locomalito:
This little game has been created at nights during our vacation in southern France. The whole style is spontaneous and sincere, straight out of our trips in the region during the day. Be sure to visit the Languedoc if you feel somehow attracted by the game ;-)
LucasArts has made some fine video games over the years and almost all of them have great music attached to them. Now those soundtracks are online for you listening pleasure at LucasArts Soundtracks. They have got full albums from Sam and Max, Monkey Island, Knights of the Old Republic and many more. So head on over and give them a listen and then if you feeling up to it for up KotOR and replay one of the best console RPGs ever made.