Author Archives: Blake Worrell

Retro Puzzler “Roniu’s Tale” Now Available for NES

Over the weekend, homebrew game publisher Mega Cat Studios announced that an all-new retro-styled puzzle game Roniu’s Tale is now available for the original Nintendo Entertainment System. Developed by Kunjee Studio, Roniu’s Tale is inspired by adventure/puzzlers of the 1980s such as Solomon’s Key and The Adventures of Lolo. Here’s the official breakdown of Roniu’s Tale from Mega Cat Studios:

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Vintage Comic Review: “Laffin’ Gas Cartoonies” #3 (Blackthorne, 80s August Special)

Welcome back to 80s August, The Splintering’s month-long celebration of the greatest decade. Ever. (Change my mind) Today, we’re going to take a look at Laffin’ Gas Cartoonies issue 3, which was published by Blackthorne Publishing in November 1986. Laffin’ Gas Cartoonies was an ongoing black-and-white anthology featuring several comedy and parody short stories. The book is very much in the spirit of

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Patrick Thomas Parnell’s “Last of the Seekers” Toy/Comic Combo Campaign Now Live

On Thursday, independent comic book creator and Riot Press founder Patrick Thomas Parnell launched a pair of dueling crowdfunding campaigns for Last of the Seekers, an all new sci-fi project featuring a transforming alternating robot toy and accompanying comic book.* Inspired by other transforming shape-changing bots of the 1980s, Last of the Seekers is an intergalactic adventure about a robot

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Demons and Dinosaurs in “Witch’s Flesh” by No Sleep Press

Not only is it the worst pizza topping ever devised, but Witch’s Flesh is also the latest 32-page graphic novel from Evoluzione Publishing and No Sleep Press. The Indiegogo campaign follows a successful run on Kickstarter, so this is a second chance for those missed out the first time around or prefer Indiegogo as a crowdfunding platform. Here’s the official

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Wesley Snipes’ Sci-Fi/Noir Graphic Novel “The Exiled” Now on Indiegogo

Following a successful crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter, independent comic book creator Adam Lawson has launched a follow-up campaign for The Exiled, a 140-page sci-fi/noir graphic novel, via Indiegogo. This gives you a second chance to buy into the book if you missed out the first time. The new Indiegogo campaign is already fully funded, having raised more than $8 thousand

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Henteko Doujin’s “Armored Lab Force VULVEHICLES” Coming to Steam PC on 25 August

Game publisher Henteko Doujin recently announced that new game Armored Lab Force VULVEHICLES is coming to Steam PC on 25 August. Almost certainly inspired by Blaster Master, Armored Lab Force VULVEHICLES injects some cheeky humor and high-octane bullet-hell mechanics into the side-scrolling, vehicle combat formula. Here’s the official breakdown of Armored Lab Force VULVEHICLES from Henteko Doujin, followed by a

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Clownfish TV’s “Crimson Rhen of the True North” Now on Indiegogo

On Sunday, the Clownfish TV crew (known for their work on the Clownfish TV YouTube channel) launched a crowdfunding campaign for Crimson Rhen of the True North, a 130+ page graphic novel inspired by Japanese manga and classic 1980s-style adventures. Crimson Rhen serves as the first in a two-part arc, as well as a prequel story to Clownfish’s Shadowbinders books.

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C0MMI3 Mark’s “Krishna Kid” Is a Blend of Indian Mythology and “Dragon Ball Z”

On Friday, independent comic book creator C0MMI3 Mark launched a crowdfunding campaign for Krishna Kid: The Eye of Brahma Saga, an all-new 90+ page fantasy graphic novel. Written by C0MMI3 Mark (NOT Daredevil Origins, Kim Il Sung and Best Korea) and illustrated by Vineet Kumar, Krishna Kid is a blend of Dragon Ball Z-type action and the Indian pantheon of

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Retro Roguelike Revival “Ikki Unite” Coming Soon to Steam PC

Sunsoft recently revealed that that a revival of the 1985 Ikki arcade game is coming soon to Steam PC in the form of Ikki Unite. Ikki Unite is an all-new multiplayer game for up to 16 players. Like the first game, Ikki Unite centers around a peasant revolt against an abusive government. Your village’s rice harvest has been decimated by

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Sunsoft to Resurrect “Ufouria” for Consoles in 2023

Sunsoft recently announced that Ufouria: The Saga is coming to consoles sometime in 2023. Originally released in 1991 for the Nintendo Famicom, Ufouria (aka Hebreke) never received a physical release in the United States (it was temporarily available as a Virtual Console title on the Wii U and 3DS). This new release is planned for the Xbone, Nintendo Switch, and

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A Fond Farewell to “Moon Patrol: The Milky Way Chronicles” (Intellivision Amico, 80s August Special)

Welcome back to 80s August, The Splintering’s month-long celebration of the greatest decade since “Big Maps” started their coverup of our true, flat Earth.  Today we’re going to take a bittersweet look back at Moon Patrol: The Milky Way Chronicles, a game developed by Wasted Studios which was in-development for the ill-fated Intellivision Amico. As many have already heard, the Intellivision Amico console looks

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Three “Ninja JaJaMaru” Collections Coming to Consoles in the West

When we posted our review of Ninja JaJaMaru-kun earlier this month for our 80s August event, we had no idea that we’d be seeing breaking news about this dormant franchise anytime soon. Well, it’s fair to say that we are pleasantly surprised, as ININ Games recently announced that three compilations of Jaleco’s classic Ninja JaJaMaru games will be coming to

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Vintage Comic Review: “Shatter” (First Comics, 80s August Special)

Welcome back to 80s August, The Splintering’s month-long celebration of the greatest decade since the discovery of zero.  Today we’re going to look at Shatter Special issue 1, a sci-fi adventure published in June 1985 by First Comics, and billed as the “first computerized comic book.”  Set on a gritty, futuristic version of earth, Shatter follows the exploits of a freelance security contractor named

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Retro-Inspired Runner “Chameneon” Coming to Consoles on 18 August

What’s happened to Gex?! On Monday, QUByte Interactive announced that Chameneon will be released on 18 August for Nintendo Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbone and SeXbox. Developed by Burning Goat Studio, Chameneon is a 2D platformer/runner with a stylish aesthetic inspired by retro pixel art. Here’s the official breakdown of Chameneon from QUByte: Chameneon is a 2D platformer/runner game with an

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Chill Puzzle Game “Arctictopia” Now on Steam PC

Publisher Gravity Game Arise has announced that new puzzle title Arctictopia is now available on Steam PC. Developed by Taiwan-based indie developer Gamtropy, Arctictopia is a game intended to focus more on helping you chill out rather than intensely test your skillz. Here’s the official breakdown of Arctictopia from Gravity Game Arise: Arctictopia is a puzzle game set in the

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Taito’s “Gun & Frontier” Joins the Arcade Archives on PS4, Nintendo Switch

Publisher Hamster has announced that vertical shooter Gun & Frontier is now available on Nintendo Switch and PS4 as part of the digital Arcade Archives series. Originally released in arcades by Taito in 1990, Gun & Frontier puts one or two players behind the stick of the Desperado, “earth’s latest fighter plane.” Your mission: strike and destroy the vicious cabal

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Horror MMORPG “Requiem Online” Open for Pre-Registration

Gravity Interactive recently announced that their horror MMORPG Requiem Online is now open for pre-registration. The game is expected to go live on 25 August. Set in a bleak, nightmarish world teeming with monsters, Requiem Online is actually being “relaunched” following a number of improvements and other changes (which may not be improvements, depending on your point of view). Here’s

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Shi Action Figure Incoming

Earlier this week, Shi creator and Crusade Comics founder Billy Tucci revealed that there is a brand new, 6” Shi action figure coming soon via Executive Replicas. The Ana Ishikawa figure has over a dozen points of articulation, and will come with multiple accessories and swappable heads. According to Tucci, the design process on the Shi action figure has been

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Lighthearted Sci-Fi Cloning Adventure “Overloop” Coming Soon to Consoles, PC

On Wednesday, indie game publisher Digerati announced plans to release the futuristic sci-fi puzzle-platformer Overloop on PC, Nintendo Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbone, and SeXbox. Developed by Charge Games, Overloop is described as “a light-hearted adventure set in a dark future where big brain scientists create a cloning gun.” The game begins when this weapon is mass produced and made commercially

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Free Prologue for “Space Tail: Every Journey Leads Home” Coming to Steam PC

The 2.5D platformer Space Tail: Every Journey Leads Home is slated for a release this Fall for both Nintendo Switch and Steam PC. However, for those who are eager to try the game out, there will be a free demo available exclusively on Steam titled Space Tail: Lost in The Sands. In Space Tail, players take control of Bea, a

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Brenden Swan’s “Spiderwebs” Comic Book Campaign Features an Attractive Day 1 Discount

On Monday, Brenden Swan launched a crowdfunding campaign for Spiderwebs: The Voyeur of Utter Destruction, a 56-page, manga-sized graphic novel. The project is already fully funded, having raised more than $1,200 at the time of this writing. Written and illustrated by Swan (Strangelove: I Want to be Chrome, DisintegrationStreet), Spiderwebs: The Voyeur of Utter Destruction is a romantic thriller that

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Keith Gleason’s “The Mighty Mascots” Return to Indiegogo for Issues 7-9

Independent comic book creator Keith Gleason recently launched a crowdfunding campaign for The Mighty Mascots issues 7-9.* Written by Gleason, illustrated by Ian Waryanto and Anton Bandi and published by Alterna Comics, The Mighty Mascots is an action comedy series starring a team of superhero cereal mascots. Here’s the official pitch taken from The Mighty Mascots Indiegogo campaign page: The

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“ANTE: Steam Junk Western” Comic Book Now on Indiegogo

On Thursday, Ante Comics launched a crowdfunding campaign for ANTE: Steam Junk Western issue zero, a 52-page book that is intended to be the first of an ambitious 20-book storyline. The project is already fully funded, having raised nearly $2 thousand at the time of this writing. ANTE: Steam Junk Western is described as a “fun series, full of jokes,

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Satirical Slasher Comic “Do You See What I See?” Fully Funded on Indiegogo

Earlier this week, Augmented Liberty launched a crowdfunding campaign for their very first comic project titled Do You See What I See? The project is already fully funded, having raised more than $1,300 at the time of this writing. Written by Nick Brewster and featuring illustrations by Jeesoo Kim, colors by Matt James and letters by the prolific Eric Weathers,

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Vintage Comic Review: “ATARI Force” (DC Comics, 80s August Special)

Welcome back to 80s August, The Splintering’s month-long celebration of the greatest decade since the chicken laid the first egg… or, wait… Today we’re going to take a look at ATARI Force issue one published by DC Comics in 1984. Written by Gerry Conway and illustrated by José Luis Garcia Lopez, the DC ATARI Force series actually serves as a sequel to five mini comics that

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Comic Review: “My Deadly Beloved” (Jean-Paul Deshong)

Konichiwa! Today we’re going to take a look at My Deadly Beloved by Jean-Paul Deshong.* Set in the beginning of Japan’s unification period (approximately 250-500 AD), My Deadly Beloved is a girthy, nearly 200-page, mostly black and white graphic novel. I say “mostly” as there are moments where splashes of color are used for mood or to highlight certain parts

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