Monday, February 26, 2018

Bottom Shelf Munchies: Peeps Oreo V.2

Pinball FX3: Jurassic World Pinball - Nintendo Switch (Review)

Pinball FX3: Jurassic World Pinball (Switch(Reviewed), PS4, Xbox One, Steam)
Developer: Zen Studios
Publisher: Zen Studios
Price: $9.99

Raptors, shaving cream, and Goldblum, oh my!  Jurassic World Pinball is here, bringing with it three new tables, with two of them based on the actual movies.

Before we get into any of the tables, I want to tell you that you really should read the table guides for all three of them.  There is so much to do, if you don't take the time to do this, you will be confused and frustrated.  It will just take a minute, but will make your playtime a hundred times more enjoyable.

The first table we are going to look at is based on Jurassic Park.  Thankfully (unlike Universal Studios Pinball), all of the dialogue is straight from the movie.  I love it when you fail the T.Rex Jeep chase and Laura Dern yells "SHIT! SHIT! SHIIIIT!".  Oh, yeah, there is a bit of swearing in here, so if you don't want your kids to hear it, maybe turn the sound down.

I like the layout of this table, it feels very old school.  It has a bunch of gimmicks that would almost work on a physical table, and I really enjoy that.  The skill shot, however, is probably the most annoying one I've ever had to deal with.  I've yet to be successful at it, and now I don't even attempt it anymore.

The layout, the missions, and the nostalgia for the movie made this table my favorite of the three.

Plus, it has the most Goldblum.  That's pretty much an instant win right there.

Jurassic Park Pinball Mayhem, on the other hand, is my least favorite.  That's not to say I dislike this table, but as a Jurassic Park table, it is not as good as the other two.

It doesn't have a direct tie-in with an actual movie, and that is the biggest downside for me.  I would have enjoyed it more if it was just a generic dinosaur themed table.

Pinball Mayhem also feels much smaller and more frantic than the other two.

This table benefits the most from the table guide.  There is so much going on right out of  the gate with this table, you will be completely lost without at least skimming it.  I made that mistake, jumped right in, and had no clue as to what was going on.

My favorite part of this table is weaponizing the stegosaurus.

Finally, let's take a look at the biggest table of the three: I Don't Wanna Wait Anymore.  No, sorry, I mean Jurassic World.

This table has nearly everything from the movie: pteranodons flying around, raptors to train, mosasaurus snapping your ball from the water, and even Chris Pratt.  And yes, the Indominus Rex is here.

All of the sfx and dialogue (including "I don't wanna wait anymore!" which you will hear.  A lot.) is directly from the movie.  They have forty scenes from the movie on the dot matrix screen in the corner. You can even choose to go through everything in movie order if you want, which is how I played most of the time.  It's a nice option to have.

If this pack didn't have that Jurassic Park table, Jurassic World would definitely be my favorite.

Overall, the Jurassic World Pinball pack would be a great addition to anyone's Pinball FX3 library.

Who doesn't want more Goldblum in their life?

This title was reviewed using a copy supplied by Zen Studios.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

3 More RiffTrax B-Movies to Watch Instead of the Oscars

The Oscars are almost here, but who cares about that?  Instead of watching politically charged speeches and a cavalcade of celebrities felicitating each other for what feels like days, you can throw a RiffTrax Non-Oscar Party™!

After spending some time going through the cast members of some RiffTrax B-Movie releases(and apparently skipping last year), I have found three more that have at least one person that was nominated for an Academy Award.

And as a special bonus, we have a RiffTrax Short that was nominated for an Oscar!

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

New Rocket Leage DLC Brings More Batmobiles & Other DC Goodies

The 1989 Batmobile!  That's all I needed to know I wanted to buy this.  The Tumbler is cool and all, but for people my age, that '89 Batmobile is going to be the real draw.

RiffTrax Live 2018 is Bringing Us Space Mutiny & KRULL

The day has come!  RiffTrax has announced their slate of shows for 2018, and it looks like we are in for a couple of great evenings of entertainment!

On June 14, we are getting a new riff of the MST3K classic Space Mutiny, and on August 23, we will be getting a riff of the sci-fi classic KRULL(a movie I liked a lot as a kid, but I watched it again a few years back and wow is it bad).

This is the sixth Kickstarter for RiffTrax, and each of the previous five have gone far above and beyond their goals. They always add in some outstanding stretch goals, and this year is bound to be no different.

Also, as something new this year, if you are a Driptraxian, you can get some special rewards from backing this!

So, pledge early, and pledge high, and you can proudly say "I MADE THIS!"


Bottom Shelf Mixology: Malortini

Welcome to Bottom Shelf Mixology!  We have racked our brains (and our livers) to come up with special "bottom shelf" versions of popular drinks, and some original creations that range from "oh, that might be interesting" to "that sounds absolutely disgusting".  

Malortini (a.k.a. Dumpster Juice)
  • 2 oz Five O'Clock Gin
  • .5 oz Malort
  • .5 oz Olive Juice
  • 1 Olive
  • 1 can Store Brand Spray American Cheese
  • Ice
First, you want to take the pimento out of your olive, and then insert the nozzle of the spray cheese can, and slowly fill it.  If you do it too quickly, you will end up with an olive flying across the room.  Put the cheese product filled olive in your glass.

With some ice in your shaker, add in the gin, Malort, and olive juice.  Shake vigorously for fifteen seconds.

Strain it into your glass, try out your best (or worse) Sean Connery impersonation, and then slam it down.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

5 Nintendo Wii Games That Deserve A Remake Or Sequel On The Nintendo Switch

During one of my recent daily commutes home from work, I started thinking about Wii games that I haven't played in a while.  That turned into me thinking about the games that I would want to see either a remake of, or sequel to, on the Nintendo Switch.

These are all pretty niche titles, but I think they would do good with some new life breathed into them on the Switch.

These are in no particular order.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

My Nintendo Bringing Switch Rewards In March

Yes, starting in March, you will finally be able to redeem your Gold Points for digital Nintendo Switch games!

Details are sparse, but it sounds as though you will be able to use the points to straight up get games, much like the way they currently offer a handful of 3DS and Wii U titles.

They have promised more information soon.  Until then, you can read the announcement below.

Friday, February 2, 2018

Space Dave - Nintendo Switch (Review)

Space Dave (Switch)
Developer: Choice Provisions
Publisher: Choice Provisions
Price: $9.99

Take a dash of Galaga, a pinch of bullet hell shumps, throw in Dave Lonuts, a teaspoon of hand cramps, and finish it off with a dash of crack.  That is the recipe for Space Dave, the newest game from Choice Provisions.

Space Dave is the sequel to Woah Dave!, the frantic retro arcade game from 2014.  I purchased Woah Dave! on the 3DS the day it was released, and it was (and still is) a fun game to break out whenever you have a minute or two to spare.  I was never able to get very far in a game, but I found it to be more fun than frustrating.

Space Dave is just as frantic, fun, and frustrating as it's predecessor, and I am totally hooked.