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‘Heroes of the Monkey Tavern’ Review (Nintendo Switch)

17 November 2017 12:01 PM, PST

What will gradually dawn on you about Heroes of the Monkey Tavern is what it doesn’t contain. No item wear; no exterior environments (in fact, very little variation in environments at all); no ammo counters; no gameplay variation; and no real story to speak of. It opens with a static painting of the titular tavern. Your silhouetted heroes are approached by a stranger, who speaks of a dungeon with untold treasures. Off you go, into the darkness.

Once down there, you will work your way up through a series of levels – seven floors and a boss level, all told – fighting a generic selection of fantasy enemies: orcs, skeletons, mummies, goblins etc. Your party is yours to choose, and once again the options are fantasy staples: warrior, ranger, priest, blah. Torchlight flickers on brownstone walls; competent, moody music summons hints of Howard Shore’s Two Towers score; secret walls slide »

- Rupert Harvey

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Rainy Frog bring ‘Star Ghost’ to the Nintendo Switch

17 November 2017 11:01 AM, PST

Rainy Frog have announced that Star Ghost, one of the gems of the Wii U eShop, launches worldwide for Nintendo Switch on November 30th 2017.

A Metagon war fleet has been detected at the outer perimeter. Patrol 12 star systems in the most advanced star fighter ever built. Navigate the perilous fragments of exploding planets, survive intense asteroid fields and dogfight with deadly Sentinel ships as you defend against the relentless onslaught of the formidable Metagon empire.

Key features:

Blast your way through beautiful neon star systems with dynamic level generation for a different experience every time. Fly by simply boosting to gain height while aiming the turret to blast enemies that stream onto the screen. Upgrade your ship with more powerful weapons to wipe out enemy attacks and increase your score multiplier as you aim for the highest scores. Sound track by renowned composer, David Wise.

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- Phil Wheat

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‘The Punisher #218′ Review

17 November 2017 10:01 AM, PST

Written by Matthew Rosenberg | Art by Guiu Vilanova | Published by Marvel Comics

With the launch of Marvel Legacy and his upcoming Netflix series, this is the perfect time for The Punisher to become a big deal again in the world of comics. Not since Garth Ennis penned the title was Punisher a major comic that required you to take notice. Enter Matthew Rosenberg who has made a name for himself with some of his indie titles like 4 Kids Walk Into the Bank, and also made this year’s Kingpin series better than it had any business being. Marvel has taken note of that success and given him some major books to make his own. The question being, of course, can he live up to the potential everyone thinks he has?

So far there is a lot to be excited about. The book begins as many Punisher books do as Frank Castle »

- Dan Clark

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2K release more details for ‘WWE Supercard – Season 4′

17 November 2017 9:01 AM, PST

Following the news on the King of the Ring aspect of the game, 2K have now provided a features recap and announced additional details for WWE SuperCard – Season 4. The latest season of the popular game is available Now free download on iOS and Android devices.

The latest season features new modes and improvements, such as:

PvP Unification and the Elimination Chamber: Includes a new unified leaderboard and league system for PvP game modes. Players earn competitive points for every match won and based on final leaderboard standing at the end of the League. The Elimination Chamber joins War (previously Ranked Mode) and Royal Rumble in the PvP rotation and is the first mode in WWE SuperCard history to use an all-female WWE Superstar deck; New Card Tiers: Beast, Monster and Titan, along with an additional 250 new cards featuring a variety of WWE and Nxt Superstars, WWE Legends and WWE Hall of Famers, »

- Kat Wheat

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‘WWE 2K18′ Review (PS4)

17 November 2017 8:01 AM, PST

I’ve been playing WWE video games all my life – from the early days of the Nes and the likes of Wrestlemania Challenge, through a myriad of consoles and handhelds, to as recently as WWE 2K16 on the PS4; and in that time the games have changed a Lot. So, after decades of change, why now does it feel like the WWE video game franchise is becoming stale?

Of course it might just be me… You see I have a love/hate relationship with the WWE games, I love playing them but hate losing – and towards the end of my time with WWE 2K16 I felt like I was losing more than winning. Selfish I know but those are the breaks! It’s the same reason why, I feel, that with the modern WWE video games it’s best, generally, to skip a release or two and come back to »

- Phil Wheat

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First trailer for Oscilloscope’s insane(!) ‘The Road Movie’

17 November 2017 7:01 AM, PST

A mosaic of asphalt adventures, landscape photography, and some of the craziest sh*t you’ve ever seen, Dmitrii Kalashnikov’s The Road Movie is a stunning compilation of video footage shot exclusively via the deluge of dashboard cameras that populate Russian roads.

Somewhere between Jackass and Faces Of Death lies the queasy allure of The Road Movie.” - Dennis Harvey, Variety

The epitome of a you-have-to-see-it-to-believe-it documentary, The Road Movie captures a wide range of spectacles through the windshield — including a comet crashing down to Earth, an epic forest fire, and no shortage of angry motorists taking road rage to wholly new and unexpected levels — all accompanied by bemused commentary from unseen and often stoic drivers and passengers.

The Road Movie smashes into cinemas January 19th.

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- Phil Wheat

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‘Justice League’ Review

17 November 2017 6:01 AM, PST

Review by Matthew Turner

Stars: Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher, Jeremy Irons, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Diane Lane, Connie Nielsen, Jk Simmons, Ciarán Hinds | Written by Chris Terrio, Joss Whedon | Directed by Zack Snyder

DC’s Justice League has had a famously troubled production history, from panicked reshoots and rewrites to director Zack Snyder having to leave the project due to a family tragedy. DC cannily drafted in Joss Whedon to finish the film, which lead to yet more reshoots and rewrites, as well as Whedon shooting a reputed 15 to 20 per cent of the finished film. Unfortunately, the patch-up job has been clumsily handled and the result is both ugly to look at and a slog to sit through, marred by shoddy effects work and a general lack of imagination.

The plot continues on directly from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Superman (Henry Cavill) is dead, »

- Guest

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First teaser and poster for ‘The Strangers: Prey at Night’

17 November 2017 5:01 AM, PST

Aviron Pictures has released the first teaser trailer and teaser one-sheet for The Strangers: Prey at Night, which is released in cinemas on March 9th 2018.

A family’s road trip takes a dangerous turn when they arrive at a secluded mobile home park to stay with some relatives and find it mysteriously deserted. Under the cover of darkness, three masked psychopaths pay them a visit to test the family’s every limit as they struggle to survive…

Directed by Johannes Roberts (F, The Other Side of the Door), The Strangers: Prey at Night is inspired by the 2008 smash hit The Strangers and stars Christina Hendricks, Martin Henderson, Bailee Madison and Lewis Pullman.

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- Phil Wheat

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‘Suburbicon’ Review

17 November 2017 4:01 AM, PST

Stars: Matt Damon, Julianne Moore, Noah Jupe, Oscar Isaac, Gary Basaraba | Written by Joel Coen, Ethan Coen, George Clooney, Grant Heslov | Directed by George Clooney

Legend has it that the Coen Brothers penned this dark satire back in the 1980s, around the time of Blood Simple. So it’s interesting the extent to which Suburbicon feels like a product of our time – that is, a reflection of Us anxieties about race, immigration and social cohesion.

The film’s title refers to a fictional, yet depressingly plausible, 1950s experiment: a 60,000-strong utopian community comprised purely of white people, content and complacent behind a bulwark of quaint picket fences. (The faux promo which opens the film is like something out of a Fallout game.) We join the story at the moment when the first African-American family, the Myers, moves into the neighbourhood.

Suburbicon rapidly descends into criminality. But it’s nothing to do with the Myers. »

- Rupert Harvey

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Trailer & Poster(s) for ‘Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation’

17 November 2017 3:01 AM, PST

In Sony Pictures Animation’s Hotel Transylvania 3, Mavis surprises Dracula with a family voyage on a luxury monster cruise ship so he can take a summer vacation from providing everyone else’s vacation at the hotel, and the rest of Drac’s Pack cannot resist tagging along.

 The monsters are all having a great time, indulging in all of the shipboard fun the cruise has to offer, from monster volleyball to colossus sized buffets and exotic excursions, but then the unexpected happens as Drac falls for the intriguing-yet-dangerous captain of the ship.  Balancing family, friends, and a budding romance might just be too much, even for the most powerful vampire.

Hotel Transylvania 3 features the voices of Adam Sandler (Dracula), Andy Samberg (Johnny)
, Selena Gomez (Mavis)
, Kevin James (Frank)
, Fran Drescher (Eunice)
, Steve Buscemi (Wayne)
, Molly Shannon (Wanda)
, David Spade (Griffin), Keegan-Michael Key (Murray)
 and Mel Brooks (Vlad). The »

- Phil Wheat

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365Flicks Podcast – Episode 95: Indie Talk w/Nathan Von Minden

17 November 2017 2:01 AM, PST

Here’s the latest episode of the 365Flick podcast, part of the ever-growing podcast roster here on Nerdly. If you haven’t heard the show yet, you can check out previous episodes on Libsyn, whilst we’ll be featuring each and every new episode as it premieres.

365Flicks Podcast – Episode 95: Indie Talk w/Angry Men director Nathan Von Minden

We sit down with director Nathan Von Minden to talk about his crowdfunding campaign for the movie Angry Men. The True Story behind the challenger rocket explosion that Nasa saw coming and still let the launch go ahead. We get into Nathan and how he made the move from being an rocket scientist to movie director. We dive deep into the campaign and what the movie is going to be about aswell as a chance for you guys to find out how to get involved…

Follow 365Flicks Podcast on: FaceBook »

- Phil Wheat

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‘Flip Flop Solitaire’ re-imagines traditional Solitaire

17 November 2017 1:01 AM, PST

Flip Flop Solitaire was officially released on the App Store for iOS devices this month by mobile game designer Zach Gage and the title is expected to alter the traditional common perception of the classic card game.

Solitaire… But Not As We Know It!

This latest incarnation of Solitaire is a world away from the basic game that so many people first encountered during a period of extreme boredom at the desk of their Windows-powered computer. Creator of the game Gage has already had one attempt at changing the face of Solitaire. Sage Solitaire was released two years ago and looked to take inspiration from the popular card game of poker to give Solitaire a new image.

Enter’s the Spider’s Web

In this new title, Gage has turned to Spider Solitaire for influence. Essentially, the aim is to start with 10 stacks of cards. These stacks must then be »

- James Morrell

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‘Rogue Trooper Redux’ Review (Nintendo Switch)

16 November 2017 12:01 PM, PST

Originally released in 2006 and earning two BAFTA nominations for Best Character and Best Story, Rogue Trooper was one of the undiscovered gems of the PS2 – and for those gamers that played it, it still remains one of the best comic book, nay licensed, games on Sony’s console Ever.

Technically (literally, from a technological aspect) a precursor to Gears of War, Rogue Trooper Redux brings the same mix of stealth-action gameplay, cover-based combat and epic set pieces to the Nintendo Switch – and this edition enhances the original brilliant third-person action/adventure game with HD graphics, remodelled assets, new special effects and dynamic lighting, modern controls, extra difficulty settings, a revamped cover system and more; and given the there is literally nothing else like it on Nintendo’s hybrid console, Rogue Trooper Redux stands head and shoulders above the rest of the eShop crop.

For those unfamiliar with the 2000Ad character, »

- Phil Wheat

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Two new posters for ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’

16 November 2017 11:01 AM, PST

Star Wars: The Last Jedi, written and directed by Rian Johnson, is set for release in December – and stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, Kelly Marie Tran, Laura Dern and Benicio Del Toro.

In Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the Skywalker saga continues as the heroes of The Force Awakens join the galactic legends in an epic adventure that unlocks age-old mysteries of the Force and shocking revelations of the past.

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- Phil Wheat

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‘Cat Quest’ Review (Nintendo Switch)

16 November 2017 10:01 AM, PST

If there is one thing that will get people’s attention on the Iinternet it’s cute cats. This is why when I loaded up Cat Quest I was a little worried about what I would find. To my surprise what I was presented with was a game that has the right level of nostalgia, and as the title suggests, cats. Cat Quest is an open world RPG based in a world full of cats. You play a character in search of his sister, and this adventure has brought you to the continent of Felingard. It isn’t long before you find that the evil Drakoth is spreading his evil here, as well as holding your sister hostage.

I’m one of those people who put way too many hours into Zelda: A Link to the Past on the Snes so Cat Quest tapped into my feelinsg of nostalgia straight away. »

- Paul Metcalf

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First image of the cast from ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelward’

16 November 2017 9:01 AM, PST

Here’s the first image from Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelward, the newly-monikered second film (of five) in the new J.K. Rowling-penned franchise. Opening November 16th 2018, the film features an ensemble cast led by Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, with Jude Law and Johnny Depp; and is directed by David Yates.

At the end of the first film, the powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Depp) was captured by MacUsa (Magical Congress of the United States of America), with the help of Newt Scamander (Redmayne). But, making good on his threat, Grindelwald escaped custody and has set about gathering followers, most unsuspecting of his true agenda: to raise pure-blood wizards up to rule over all non-magical beings. In an effort to thwart Grindelwald’s plans, Albus Dumbledore (Law) enlists his former student Newt Scamander, who agrees to help, unaware of the dangers that lie ahead. »

- Kat Wheat

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‘Dan Dare #2′ Review (Titan Comics)

16 November 2017 8:01 AM, PST

Written by Peter Milligan | Art by Alberto Foche | Published by Titan Comics

I always think Dan Dare, rather like Captain America and Superman, is a victim of his own iconic status. He’s great as a symbol, as a painted cover or on a poster, but when it comes to putting him in good stories that’s a little trickier. Sure, it’s been done before, but the average definitely outweighs the good. Expectations weren’t particularly high when I saw Dan Dare being re-launched again to be honest, but when I saw Peter Milligan was involved that piqued my interest quite a bit, and thinking about it, Titan Comics don’t misfire often. Well, that first issue met and most definitely exceeded expectations, giving us (forgive the cliché) a Dan Dare for the future. Plus, it was fun. We like fun.

Peter Milligan introduced us to a world where »

- Dean Fuller

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Competition: Win ‘The Incredible Shrinking Man’ from Arrow Video!

16 November 2017 7:01 AM, PST

To celebrate the Blu-ray release of The Incredible Shrinking Man, available on Blu-ray from 13th November, we have a copy of the film on Blu-ray up for grabs, courtesy of Arrow Video!

Based on the novel by the massively influential sci-fi and horror writer Richard Matheson (I Am Legend, The Martian Chronicles), with a script adapted by Matheson himself, and directed by Fifties sci-fi king Jack Arnold (Creature From The Black Lagoon), this is rightly regarded as being one of the finest science-fiction films of all time, a critically-acclaimed smash hit that currently has a 90 per cent score on Rotten Tomatoes. Genuinely thrilling, and, as Scott’s plight becomes more desperate, tense and gruelling, the film features superbly realised special effects that bely the era, and the setting Scott finds himself in – filled with oversized household objects that suddenly become threatening and dangerous – takes on a wonderfully surreal atmosphere.

This »

- Phil Wheat

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Digital Shorts: ‘Double Dragon IV’ Review (Nintendo Switch)

16 November 2017 6:01 AM, PST

In Digital Shorts we review some of the latest video games that are only available digitally (at least in the UK), in a short-form review format. In this edition we take a look at Double Dragon IV, the side-scrolling sequel that has just been ported over to the Nintendo Switch.

Double Dragon IV is the latest installment in the long-running side-scrolling beat-em-up franchise, and picks up after the elimination of the Shadow Warriors in Double Dragon II (basically ignoring a Lot of the lesser Double Dragon entries). Released by Arc System Works, this new take on the franchise is exactly Not that. It’s not a new take, it’s not a reinvention. It is instead a return to the original format – pixelated graphics and all… Taking a cue from the Nes versions of the first two Double Dragon games: including using the same sprite designs for both Billy and Jimmy And the various villains, »

- Phil Wheat

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Nerd Buy: ‘Tommy Boy’ Funko Pop! Vinyls

16 November 2017 5:01 AM, PST

“If at first you don’t succeed, lower your standards.”

Originally released in 1995, the cult comedy film Tommy Boy, starring the late Chris Farley alongside David Spade, joins the Funko Pop! vinyl range early next year – with Pops of seven-year college graduate Tommy (Farley) and his dad’s sycophantic assistant Richard (Spade).

Tommy Callahan Jr. is a slow-witted, clumsy guy who recently graduated college after attending for seven years. His father, Big Tom Callahan, owns an auto parts factory in Ohio. When Tommy arrives back home, he finds he has a position at the factory waiting for him. His dad also introduces Tommy to the new brake pad division of the factory and to Tommy’s soon-to-be stepmother, Beverly, and her son Paul. But when Big Tom dies, the factory threatens to go under unless the new brake pads are to be sold. Therefore, Tommy must go on the road to sell them, »

- Phil Wheat

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