Category Archives: Opinion

Game Review: “Big Dipper” (Nintendo Switch, Steam PC; Jolly Jinglings Special)

Welcome back to Jolly Jinglings, The Splintering’s celebration of all stars of royal beauty bright. Today we’re going to pick apart Big Dipper, a visual novel “game” published by Top Hat Studios and developed by Zimno Team for the Nintendo Switch and Steam PC. Why the quotation marks around “game”? Because Big Dipper isn’t a game in any sense. Zero. It is merely

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Throwback Comic Review: “Pete the P.O.’d Postal Worker: Pete’s Very Special Christmas” (Sharkbait Press)

Welcome back to Jolly Jinglings, The Splintering’s celebration celebration of all things that shake like a bowl full of jelly. Today we’re going to take a look at Pete the P.O.’d Postal Worker: Pete’s Very Special Christmas, which was published in 1997 by Sharkbait Press. Written by Marcus P. Meleton and illustrated by Pete Garcia, the book follows the titular Pete,

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Game Review: “Jitsu Squad” (PlayStation, Nintendo Switch, Steam PC)

There was clearly a lot of love that went into the making of Jitsu Squad – love for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles arcade game, that is. Aside from the obvious inspirations and comparisons to TMNT, there are a plethora of other video game and pop-culture references throughout Jitsu Squad.*  Naturally, some light spoilers will follow.  Much like the aforementioned TMNT arcade game, Jitsu Squad lets you pick from four

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Game Review: “Intrepid Izzy” (Xbox, PlayStation, Nintendo Switch)

It’s short for Isabelle, methinks. Publisher Ratalaika Games recently released the retro-inspired 2D platformer Intrepid Izzy for modern consoles.* Developed by Senile Team, Interpid Izzy started its life as a small-scale indie project for the SEGA Dreamcast successfully crowdfunded in 2017. While the game is fairly light on plot, the titular “Intrepid Izzy” seems to be some kind of explorer who happens

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Retro Review: “Batman Returns” (SEGA Genesis, Jolly Jinglings Special)

Welcome back to Jolly Jinglings, The Splintering’s month-long celebration of all dancing sugar plums, fairy type or otherwise. In 1992, “Batmania” was in full effect. The success of Tim Burton’s Batman film in 1989 had reignited mainstream interest in the Dark Knight, what followed was a marketing blitz of toys, school supplies, breakfast cereal, and every other piece of cinematic synergy that

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Throwback Comic Review: “The Thirteen Days of Christmas- A Tale of the Lost Lunar Bestiary” (Jolly Jinglings Special)

Welcome back to Jolly Jinglings, The Splintering’s month-long celebration of everything frankincense and myrrh. Today we’re going to torture ourselves yet again with another disappointing Christmas comic book: The Thirteen Days of Christmas: A Tale of the Lost Lunar Bestiary. Published by DOGSTAR Press in 1998, The Thirteen Days of Christmas is written by David Quinn and illustrated by Kristen

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Throwback Comic Review: “Sun Runners Christmas Special” (Jolly Jinglings Special)

Welcome back to Jolly Jinglings, The Splintering’s festive holiday extravaganza that celebrates all things Yule. But you want to know what won’t be celebrating the season along with us? The Sun Runners Christmas Special by Amazing Comics. Not only did it mark the end of the Sun Runners series in 1987, but it had absolutely zero to do with Christmas or the Holiday Season

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“SuccuBUSTED!” Creator Isaac Fox Talks Greed, AI Art, and Bayonetta (Interview, NSFW)

With an emphasis on “U busted!” Independent comic book creator Isaac Fox recently launched a Kickstarter campaign for the second issue of SuccuBUSTED!, a supernatural comedy book. We were fortunate enough to get a chance to discuss his latest SuccuBUSTED! campaign, which is available to support here. This is the second time we’ve had the opportunity to speak with Fox, and the

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Crowdfunding Review: “Dwarfs Versus Lion” (Bryan Butvidas, Juanito Sanabria)

Who do you think would win between 50 diesel-powered dwarfs and one monster lion? Would you be #TeamDwarf or #TeamLion? This campaign (and comic book) by Airith Saga creator, Brian Butvidas aims to answer that question. This premise is based on a bar room discussion, of sorts. Characters, story details and the campaign set-up all derived from a live chat

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Comic Book Review: “Carnival of Souls” (Malibu Comics, Festival of Dread Special)

Welcome back to the Festival of Dread, The Splintering’s month-long celebration of all things haunting and hair-raising. Today we’re going to take a look at Carnival of Souls, written by Michael H. Price, illustrated by Todd Camp, and published by Malibu Comics in 1991. The 50-page comic is a retelling of the 1962 film by director Harold “Herk” Harvey, which

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Retro Game Review: “Ghostbusters” (SEGA Genesis, Festival of Dread Special)

Welcome back to the Festival of Dread, The Splintering’s month-long celebration of all things strange in you neighborhood. Today we’re going to take a look at Ghostbusters, a side-scrolling action game released for the SEGA Genesis in 1990.  Developed by Compile (Guardian Legend, Blazing Lazers) and published by SEGA, Ghostbusters is based on the characters from the movie of the same name. That’s

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Comic Review: “Stoker & Wells” (Festival of Dread Special)

Welcome back to the Festival of Dread, The Splintering’s month-long celebration of all things batty and blood-sucking. Today we’re going to look at Stoker & Wells: Order of the Golden Dawn, an alternate history of Victorian Era England with some fantastic and horrific twists. Some story spoilers will follow. Written by Steven Peros and illustrated by Barry Orkin, Stoker & Wells was successfully funded

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Retro Game Review: “Alien Syndrome” (NES, Festival of Dread Special)

Welcome back to the Festival of Dread, The Splintering’s month-long celebration of all things inhuman and otherworldly. Halloween is mostly known for ghouls, goblins, and the like, but aliens are sometimes wrapped up in the festivities due to their often frightening portrayal in pop culture and – you know – their propensity for probing. If any representation of space aliens

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Silent Movie Review: “The Eyes of the Mummy” (Festival of Dread Special)

Welcome back to the Festival of Dread, The Splintering’s month-long celebration of all things that lurk in the shadows. Today, we’re going to do another Silent Movie Review, this time looking at The Eyes of the Mummy directed by Ernst Lubitsch.  Originally released in 1922 (in the United States, anyway), this year marks an anniversary of sorts for The Eyes of the Mummy.

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Retro Game Review: “Kenseiden” (SEGA Master System, Festival of Dread Special)

Konnichiwa minnasan to the Dread Matsuri, The Splintering’s month-long celebration of all things 暗い and 怖い (“kurai” dark and “kowai” scary). In any case, today we’re going to take a look at Kenseiden, a genre-blending, side-scrolling action RPG developed and published by SEGA in 1988 for the Master System. Indeed, you will all be subjected to my surface-level, one semester’s worth of community college Japanese

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Comic Review: “Jack the Ripper – Vampire Hunter” (Stuntman Comics, Festival of Dread Special)

Welcome back to the Festival of Dread, The Splintering’s month-long celebration of all things ripping and roaring. Today we’re going to take a look at Jack the Ripper: Vampire Hunter written by Mandy Summers, illustrated by peter Gilmore and published by Stuntman Comics in 2022. So does it suck? Or does it suck the other way?  Naturally, some spoilers will follow.  Extremely loosely based

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Retro Review: “Splatterhouse 2” (SEGA Genesis, Festival of Dread Special)

Of all the games I’ve owned, sold, repurchased, etc., over the years, I’ve never sold any of my original Splatterhouse games. Why? Because braining demons with blunt objects and watching their unholy essence spray from their freshly-cracked skulls is good ol’ family fun. Wholesome shit, am I right? My personal experience with the Splatterhouse series went like this: Splatterhouse (TG-16 version), Splatterhouse 3, and finally Splatterhouse

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Comic Review: “The Fear Diaries” (Alterna Comics, Festival of Dread Special)

Welcome back to the Festival of Dread, The Splintering’s month-long celebration of all things that go bump in the night. Today, we’re going to take a look at The Fear Diaries, a double-sized one shot book published by Alterna Comics in 2018.  Written by Garrett Gunn and illustrated by Nicolas Touris, The Fear Diaries follows a small band of stuffed animals who defend

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Crowdfunding Review: “God’s’Dog: Monster” (Jonathan Pageau, Festival of Dread Special)

Welcome back to the Festival of Dread, The Splintering’s month-long celebration of all things mysterious and menacing. Today we’re going to take a look at God’s’Dog: Monster, a 112-page graphic novel that was successfully crowdfunded in 2021 via Indiegogo. For those of you not familiar with our review format, we grade a crowdfunding campaign on four distinct categories: Naturally, some story

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Retro Game Review: “Naxat Super Pinball Jaki Crush” (Super Famicom, Festival of Dread Special)

Welcome back to the Festival of Dread, The Splintering’s month-long celebration of all things dreary and disturbing. Today we’re going to take a look at Jaki Crush (aka Naxat Super Pinball Jaki Crush), a horror-inspired pinball game released on the Nintendo Super Famicom in 1992.  Developed by Compile, Jaki Crush is the third game in their “Crush” pinball series (We don’t

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