Death Road to Canada (2018) [Switch]

Check out my review of Death Road to Canada on The Well-Red Mage, it is a roguelike with pixel graphics that takes place in the zombie apocalypse.

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I like living in my head because in there, everyone is kind and innocent. Once you start integrating yourself into the world, you realize that people are nasty, mean creatures. They’re worse than zombies. People try to crush your soul and destroy your happiness, but zombies just want to have a little nibble of your brain.
-J.Cornell Michel, Jordan’s Brains: A Zombie Evolution

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Death Road to Canada was initially released in 2016 but has been given a port onto the Nintendo Switch. It was actually set to release earlier than it did but the developers were very thoughtful to consider the tragedy in Canada that happened right around the time that the port was set to be released. I would like to give my thanks to Madgarden & Rocketcat Games for providing a review copy for their…

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Save The Ninja Clan (2018) [Switch]

My first release day review is live on The Well-Red Mage! It is for Save The Ninja Clan, which is a platformer in the vein of Super Meat Boy & releases on Nintendo Switch today.

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I may not look like much, but I’m an expert at trying to be a ninja.
-Darynda Jones, First Grave on the Right

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Save The Ninja Clan is releasing today for the Nintendo Switch. It marks the first game I have had the pleasure of playing and reviewing before its actual release date and I am very honored to be able to do so. It was a very challenging game for me personally, but I loved stepping up to that challenge and pushing through to the end.

Its play style is very reminiscent of Super Meat Boy in that you play as a 2D character with a very hand-drawn feel who moves similarly and feels alike, especially when jumping against walls to make it around the level. It is different in many ways as well, of course…

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Reviews of March (2018): I Have A New Face And I Must Scream

Head to The Well-Red Mage and check out all of the reviews of March! Including my review of House on Haunted Hill, a classic horror film starring Vincent Price with a couple of modern reboots.

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ICYMI at TWRM TBHM, we’ve had ourselves some rebranding. Okay, a lot. After our old theme bit the dust because WordPress put it down like Old Yeller, it was time for a change, in more ways that one. The Well-Red Mage site is now The Black Humor Mage.

Blogging has been so taxing upon my sanity that I, the Well-Red Mage, have decided to step down. My co-founder and perpetual critic, the Black Humor Mage, is going to take over as punching bag and admin. Please direct all questions to his email: youmissedtheaprilfoolsprank@obsolete.com.

Actually, this is important because he’s doing a giveaway today only!!! Send him your favorite meme by email and if he picks it as his favorite, he’ll send you a digital Amazon gift card! Winners will be announced at 13:59am!

Anyway, here’s the last set of reviews before my resignation:

Let’s start…

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House on Haunted Hill (1959)

Check out my review of House on Haunted Hill starting Vincent Price on The Well-Red Mage. It is a classic horror film with a few modern remakes.

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To live is to be haunted.
-Phillip K. Dick

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Ok guys so I am in the middle of inventory month and scrambling trying to finish a game but it is looking more and more like I will not be able to complete one in time. I like to try to contribute to TWRM at least once a month so that leaves me with the solemn duty of talking about an old movie that I seriously loved watching and would like to recommend to each of you. That film is House on Haunted Hill starring Vincent Price.

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There was a 1999 remake of this movie that I enjoyed when I was younger and have not seen since. Looking through some things now I saw that they changed the name of the eccentric millionaire from Frederick Loren to Stephen…

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Reviews of February (2018): the Compendium

It was a very busy month of February over at The Well-Red Mage. TWRM Radio on YouTube, the Final Fantasy Crystal Compendium covering nearly all the FF games, & I was lucky enough to have my review of The Final Station on the list as well. Go and see what all the blog has to offer from a huge month!

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Some call the second month of the year “the month of love”. I call it “February”. We did see a lot of love in February, though! A major project finally came to fruition (a little tardy but better late than never), a new series was born on YouTube, a weekly column hit full steam, a historical project about 2D games in a 3D world found its footing, we asked a big, cultural question, TWRM turned 2, and as ever there were more reviews than you could shake a stick at. Provided that stick is non-existent, of course, since the free agents that you are always have the choice to shake sticks at whatever you like.

Onward!

As always, I have the pleasure of talking up contributors’ work first.

ff3-nes-sage2 BBMage mystic_knight1 finalfourteenthmage The great academic himself, the Evergreen Sage Mage (aka Wakalapi) cracked open the month with his exemplary analysis…

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The Final Station (2016)

Stop by The Well-Red Mage and check out my review of The Final Station. It’s an awesome little pixelated zombie apocalypse type game in a 2d side scrolling environment.

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“Neither a wise man nor a brave man lies down on the tracks of history to wait for the train of the future to run over him.”
-Dwight D. Eisenhower

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The Final Station is a fantastic little indie game developed by Do My Best Games and published by tinyBuild the publishers of such games as Party Hard, Punch Club, Speedrunners, Hello Neighbor, and many more. This game took me about 5 hours to beat start to finish, so it is not a huge time investment. The time that you do have is with a quality game and this another game that does the pixel graphics style very well, much like the last game that I reviewed: Kingdom: New Lands. I played Final Station on a MacBook Air laptop which I felt was…

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The Well-Red Mage: Year Three

The Well-Red Mage is celebrating 2 years of video game and entertainment journalism! I have certainly enjoyed my time contributing and as always am looking forward to the future and whatever it may hold. Check out the mage’s testimonials and possibly leave a comment of what you like about the page!

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“Time is the most valuable thing that a man can spend.”
-Diogenes

2 years, 552 posts, and 1,132,132 words later… The Well-Red Mage is now entering Year Three! It’s been two solar circuits since a duo of sweaty friends and myself put together the root ideas for this blog, and since then it’s grown into much more than I think any of its founding members imagined. I never thought I’d be working with contributors from different countries around the world, people interested in building community. I never thought that crowdfunding or YouTube or Twitter would become a regular part of this place.

Funny how the future can surprise you but that gives me a “reach for the stars” kind of an attitude. There are so many resources available to everyone in our time. Yes, there’s a lot of over-saturation and it’s hard to build an audience anywhere online, but old…

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Reviews of January (2017): “Auditory Stimulation”

The reviews of January are up over at The Well-Red Mage, including my review of Kingdom: New Lands. Stop on by and let us know what you think!

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That’s the thing with new years, no matter what you do, it’ll be the first time you’ve done it that year. With newness comes freshness and excitement but also new opportunities to both succeed and fail, yet trying new things is better than stagnation, even if newness doesn’t lead as far as you thought it would.

Enough gibberish. This is still a review site, right? Well with a bunch of monumental tasks completed this month, reviews took somewhat of a back-burner position but we did our best to put forth six of them! Two of these took a lot out of me personally and one of them was a figure of controversy! You know how I appreciate moderate amounts of controversy.

First off I have the mages to thank for supplying half of this month’s diet of reviews!

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Kingdom: New Lands (2015)

Stop on by The Well-Red Mage and check out my review of Kingdom: New Lands, a super addictive passive Kingdom Building/Tower Defense type game.

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“Our ambition should be to rule ourselves, the true kingdom for each one of us; and true progress is to know more, and be more, and to do more.”
-Oscar Wilde

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I have had some time since the beginning of the holidays to play both Kingdom: Classic and Kingdom: New Lands. Right at 4 hours in Classic and 21 hours in New Lands, I really didn’t know what to expect from them because I got them in a bundle on Steam a while back. I have gotta say this game has got me hooked. It is available for Mobile, Mac OS, Windows, Linux, Xbox, and Switch. It is honestly one of those games that I just want to own on multiple platforms now, mainly the portable ones such as Switch and Mobile. I have been…

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Anatomy of a Game Review #001: “What People Look For”

The Well-Red Mage has rounded up a ton of wonderful opinions on what different bloggers look for in a game review. Check it out in this first post in a new series, Anatomy of a Game Review #001: “What People Look For”

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“The critic will certainly be an interpreter, but he will not treat Art as a riddling Sphinx, whose shallow secret may be guessed and revealed by one whose feet are wounded and who knows not his name. Rather, he will look upon Art as a goddess who mystery it is his province to intensify, and whose majesty his privilege to make more marvellous in the eyes of men.”
-Oscar Wilde, The Critic As Artist

Hello, NPCs, and welcome to the genesis of a new series!

I’ve been thinking about moving forward with this idea for a while, the nucleus of which was formed around the time when we put out the question “Are video games art?”. The community participated in sharing their thoughts and it was wonderful to see such a range of opinions and assertions (minus that one person on Twitter who said “Why is anyone even asking this?…

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