HOLIDAYS (2016)

Boredom and Weird in one Package

Another Anthology movie that takes the Holidays and pits its it in the most boring horror movie way. They take seven holidays; Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, Mothers Day, Fathers Day, Christmas and New Years and try to provide a creepy movie yet fail in doing so. There are some moments in the film that do provide a weird atmosphere but fall short in providing the horror element. I have skipped watching this one seeing other people comments on the movie but the reason I had to watch it was because of Seth Green and even with him in one of the shorts, it really didn’t make the movie any better. He did do a good job acting and he does have that funny portrayal that makes him well him.

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With out spoiling the movie, Valentines Day was just down right weird and about a girl on the swim team that look as weird as the character she portraits. Oh did I forget she has a crush on her swim coach? Yeah things only get weird from there. Nothing out of the ordinary or really for the horror genre either.

St. Patrick’s Day was probably the weirdest one out of the bunch. Following a school teacher and meeting a very peculiar student that doesn’t smile all while when she gets home is somewhat narrated by her mother via voicemail. After that there was something about a pregnancy and snakes?… yeah the snake thing was really weird. You would have to watch it yourself to find out. And what was up with the animal heads on human bodies?

Mothers Day was just boring but it wasn’t until Fathers day when it really got good. This single short was really good and the music set the atmosphere. It follows a woman who has thought her father was dead until one day she received a tape and tape deck. I really don’t want to spoil this short because it really hit the ball out of the park! If all else only watch this movie for this short.

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Easter way just another weird one with a bunny man/Jesus character and I really don’t know how to explain it but the character itself was just terrible to look at. You could clearly tell that the guy had a rubber mask on and the make up effects where terrible as well.

The rest of the film just completely bored me to death, enough for me not to want to talk about them anymore. I do love the Horror anthology film genre that is coming out and the ones that are already out aren’t to bad to watch. This movie however is just plain boring and uninteresting to watch . If you haven’t seen this movie yet only watch it for FATHER’S DAY, it was the best one out of them all.

Update and more

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Now with that being said here is an update for all! I have put in the first game for the GAME COLLECTION folder in A TON OF GAMES subfolder

GAME COLLECTION:

A TON OF GAMES – VIRUS: The Game

And one more thing is that I will be linking YouTube videos to the reviews and the daily retro for those who either want to listen or read the article!

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Obsessed

Oh god I have been so busy lately with everything, I haven’t found time to really to update anything at all!! For all of you out there that want an update…I am currently Obsessed with Dragon Quest Builders and wow what a fun game that is!!!

I am currently rebuilding an ARCADE and making it functional again. (Pictures Soon)

I need to catch up with The X-Files and Boruto as I am 2 episodes behind for X and 5 with Boruto!!

I really need to catch up with everything and the weekend is coming up fast!! I can’t wait!! I am in the process of getting another review out and writing up “Something to think about: for the Daily Retro EPs. 2. So stay tuned and be patience, I promise things are coming soon.

 

Stay retro my friends,

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Update

For all of you that have recently seen the re-uploads, I am putting them on the front page for all to see, so now worries, they will still be in their respected category in the top right corner. EX DOS Gaming, Consoles, ect.

Also I have made I new Category for GAME COLLECTIONS. It is still under construction but there is Info Pages built for them so come and check it out. Right now there are no games but there will be soon.

~ Retro Mark

 

Alien Carnage Review (Re-upload)

?Alien Scum busting for a discount?

Developer: Interactive Binary/Subzero Software           Released: 1993

Alien Carnage is a DOS game that came to fruition through Apogee Software and 3D Realms. The goal of the game is to defeat the onslaught of aliens that are abducting humans and turning them into mindless zombies. One thing that confuses me more is the name…is it Alien Carnage or Halloween Harry?

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Well whatever the name maybe, they are the exact same game just different names for it. As mentioned above, you are Harry, savior of the world and it is up to you to defeat the aliens and its overlords from abducting more humans and turning them into mindless zombies. As you begin you start with a pretty long intro video about what is going on and yeah it’s no 60 seconds either. It seemed like forever when the video plays but it is rich in story and you get to hear some pretty awesome yet cheesy one liners! Man, what is up with that helmet Harry is wearing?!

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From there, you start platforming right at the get go but this is no fast paced game like it is made to believe. When walking around which is 60%, the other is Jet-packing everywhere else, you go at a pretty reasonable pace. Jet-packing on the other hand is very slow and you do have to refill your jet pack at charging stations. The weapons are a hit and miss, you have your standard fare Flamethrower which consumes the very fuel that is used for your jet pack (thank god there a ton of free fill stations) to the proton gun, missile gun and the mini nukes. Although some are better for certain situation, I would still recommend you use your flamethrower and save you special ammo and weapons for the bosses and harder enemies. Ammo is not dropped by enemies, instead it is money and it is counted by 5’s. Every weapon/ammo is purchased at terminals and terminals will show the corresponding weapon/ammo that it has for purchase. These are spread throughout the levels.

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The levels themselves are split into FOUR MISSIONS that are then split into levels that are fairly small and may seem big at first but the big down fall is using the mini-map to locate the survivors. The only indication is by a white dot on your map and can become very frustrating on how to find them. I will say this the only way to complete a level and enter the elevator is by finding every single survivor on the map. For the graphics, they are as colorful as they can be but can hinder you in certain levels because textures can overlap on enemies making them hard to see especially smaller enemies. The intro videos that you have to watch before and after the MISSIONS are amazing and full of detail. The music is your standard MIDI music and sets the tone and everything has the appropriate sound effect so no problems here.

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Final Thoughts-

On 3D Realms website they call Harry, Duke Nukem’s adopted brother and I can see the resemblance. I had fun with this game and although it can be frustrating at times looking for survivors, the rest of the game is in all the right places. I would recommend that if you can find this game it is worth a play through! If not that than for the cut scenes ALONE. You’re going to have fun with this one!

Scoring- 7.5

GRAPHICS            [8]   – Bright and vivid colors fill your screen and sets the SCI-FI tone but overlays can get in the way of enemies.

SOUND                  [7]    – The Music and sound effects are in all the right spots but nothing that truly stands out.

CONTROLS          [7]    – The controls are tight on Harry but when using the Jet pack you go as slow as walking in Syrup.

REPLAYABILITY [7]   – You will have fun with the game and watching the cut scenes are amazing but you are going to get frustrated real fast with finding survivors.

 

Delta Hydra Review

The Underrated 4X you’ve never heard of.

Developer: Webfoot Technologies                                                  Year: 1997

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Delta Hydra is pretty much an unknown 4X sim that even to this day is the very foundation on which I started playing 4X games; Masters of Orion anyone? From the get go there is your basic plot line: Earth is destroyed by war and pollution and we take to the stars in order to find a new home. Luckly we find a solar system in the Delta Hydra system and it is inhabited by nine planets, all in which is for you to send out probes to do research, develop colonies and so forth. Oh, did I forget to mention that there are two other space agencies? The SEAM and AASA have launched their own colonist into space for the very same reason.

Delta Hydra is very simple to play and very plot driven. You can try going the peaceful route with the other agencies which not surprising they hate each other and if you are friends with both, they will likely find out and maybe declare war on you. With that being said you can declare total war on the faction if you like but be warned that is only if you are plenty stock piled for battle as the opponents usually out perform you. As for talking to the agencies, you can give gifts, exchange tech, declare war or offer a peace treaty. Which ever route you go, the recommendation is to always send pods for research to discover the new planets and developing new technology.

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The Graphics for the time aren’t really all that great and are in full-blown early 3D and most of your time is going to be spent on the colony menu (see Below Image) checking on colonist, developing new habitats and greenhouses are essential to a happy life. One of the funniest things and probably the saddest are the representatives of the agencies; You control ULSA, The SEAM is controlled by a goofy looking European and of course the AASA which is the Asian agencies, is controlled by an even goofier looking Asian woman. The art work that accompanies the game is hilarious to look at and at times I can’t take them serious when they declare war on me, which by the way is all the time. (Maybe because I laugh at them?)

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The sound quality is probably where the music really doesn’t shine to bright here. You do have music albeit in MIDI form and all the different planets and the main menu have decent atmospheric music but it’s not the best. For the most part you really won’t notice the music at all unless you’re on the Main menu. Don’t Expect too much here. Although the music isn’t the best it does have sound effects like any normal game would have right? YES it does, I can’t tell you the many times I have played DOS games and there was simply no music or effects at all. The effects from war to lasers to ion engines burning, were all in the right spots.

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Combat is fairly simple and a little bit less challenging than other space 4X games but that doesn’t mean to take it easy as you can get your butt handed to you in an instant. It’s all done in a pseudo 3D map and you take control of any available ships that you might have and any weapons that have been developed at that time will be equipped on to your ships. Unfortunately if you lose your all your ships, you will lose the weapon and have to develop it again. The map features are smaller that the other games and the replayability is high as well due to the randomization of the map on every new game.

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Final Thoughts-

I really love this game and it will always be remembered as an amazing game. Its simple features and game play make for a fun and interesting time, if only for 30 min. While the music is not the best, it does the job. If you can find this game, I would tell you to pick it up and try it out although the graphics may be a put off for more of the graphic heavy person in this day and age, it’s a shame that this game was left behind in the dust of time…

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Update

Sorry I haven’t gotten around from more content in the past two days, I have been busy with college and life and I’m sure everyone has experienced this at least once. So with out further a do here is a small update for DOS GAMES.

 

DOS GAMES- D.R.O.D (Deadly Rooms Of Death)

 

Hopefully I will have more time soon to put more content out and I am in the process of trying new things with The Daily Retro. Look soon for a new “Something to think about”!!

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