Review: Gauntlet


Platform: PC
Developer: Arrowhead
Australian classification: MA15+

The first time I played this remake of Gauntlet I accidentally shot the food within the opening five minutes, so if the only thing you need to know is whether it’s possible to destroy an entire roast turkey with a single, poorly aimed arrow just like in the original, there you go.

Gauntlet is a remake of the 1985 arcade game that gave us one of our first four-player co-op experiences and birthed a bunch of memes about the wizard needing food badly. Arrowhead, the developers of Magicka, have focussed on that arcade multiplayer experience and created a fast-paced action RPG that boils Diablo down to potent stock.


Zed Games Podcast – Episode 235


In studio: Jody Macgregor, Candi Payne, Lee and Razor

Jody and Razor review Season 2 of Telltale’s The Walking Dead.

We speak to Emily Craven (producer) and Tom Dullemond (writer) of Street Reads, an interactive, real-life choose-your-own-adventure set in Brisbane City during the Writer’s Festival.

Aired 3 September 2014

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Zed Games Podcast – Episode 231



In studio: Jody Macgregor, Alanah Pearce, Lee and Candi Payne

Our newest contributor Jessica Merceica reviews Mario Kart 8 (Wii U)
Lee justifies his recent purchase of a Wii U while being ruthlessly mocked by Alanah.
Alanah reviews Gods Will Be Watching (PC), a “minimalistic point and click adventure about being a terrible person”.

Aired 6 August 2014

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Review: Hack ‘n’ Slash


Platform: PC, Mac, Linux
Developer: Double Fine
Australian rating: Unrated

In the Legend Of Zelda games Link spends a lot of time doing the fantasy equivalent of mowing the lawn. He’s constantly swiping at tall grass with his sword while shouting “Hah!” because that grass contains the hearts he needs to replenish his health bar, because video games. In Hack ‘n’ Slash you walk up to a bush, shout “Hah!” and stick your sword in it, but then things get weird. Your sword ends not with a blade but a USB connector and the bush has a matching plug, and when you join the two a text box pops up with a set of variables in it. One of them says “ON_FIRE false”, and you can exchange that “false” for a “true”. As soon as you do the bush bursts into flames with a FWOOSH. Only then do the hearts appear.

Hack ‘n’ Slash is about the other definition of the word hack.