Category Archives: Aaron Dobbe

You Must Build a Boat Review

GRINDING FOR THE GRIND’S SAKE

You Must Build a Boat is both the title and the objective of the latest effort from EightyEight Games. A follow-up to their previous game, 10000000, this game features a similar combination of frantic match-3 action with RPG-style combat and progression. There’s a lot more to it this time around – everything has been expanded in some way. Do the new features buoy a simple formula to new heights, or do they drag it down beneath the waves? Continue reading You Must Build a Boat Review

Nintendo Power Hour Episode 1 – Spoiler Alert: Purple Link Dies

Welcome to the first ever episode of Nintendo Power Hour! Whoop! Whoop! Otherwise known as Middle of Nowhere Gaming’s all Nintendo podcast, and we hope you come along for the ride! Continue reading Nintendo Power Hour Episode 1 – Spoiler Alert: Purple Link Dies

MONG Reaction: Super Smash Bros. DLC Direct

Earlier this week, Nintendo had a Super Smash Bros. Direct, where they discussed new DLC for the game. So Lucy and Aaron decided to talk about it.  Continue reading MONG Reaction: Super Smash Bros. DLC Direct

MONG Reaction: Hyrule Warriors 3DS Leak

Earlier this week, Koei Tecmo leaked that Hyrule Warriors will be coming to the Nintendo 3DS, so Lucy and Aaron decided to discuss their opinions on the upcoming Hyrule Warriors 3DSContinue reading MONG Reaction: Hyrule Warriors 3DS Leak

Chip’s Challenge 1 & 2 Review

YOWSER!

Chip’s Challenge is one of the hidden treasures of the late ‘80s (or early ‘90s, depending on which version you played). It’s a game with a very simple objective – navigate a maze and step on the exit tile – but through clever use of tricky obstacles, it presented a serious, engaging challenge that has remained close to the hearts of many of its original players. And, indeed, the Chip’s Challenge internet community remains vibrant and prolific to this day, working on speedruns of individual puzzles as well as creating and sharing homemade levels. It was for these people that series creator Chuck Sommerville developed Chip’s Challenge 2 a whopping 25 years ago. After its two-year development time, Chuck found out that the trademark to his game had been sold, and the new owner wasn’t interested in publishing the game. Now, after the success of spiritual successor Chuck’s Challenge 3D (and five years of negotiation with the rights holders), the unreleased sequel has finally arrived on Steam, along with an updated version of the original title. These games have a legacy, but have they aged well? Continue reading Chip’s Challenge 1 & 2 Review

Touhou 14: Double Dealing Character Review

WELCOME TO GENSOKYO

The Touhou Project is easily one of Japan’s most popular and most prolific series of indie games, with a history spanning almost 20 years. In that time, the series of shoot-em-ups has achieved explosive popularity in Japan as well as a dedicated cult following elsewhere in the world. And now, finally, the series has had its first Western release: Touhou 14: Double Dealing Character. Does this latest release live up to the series’ reputation? Continue reading Touhou 14: Double Dealing Character Review