Category Archives: Opinion

Retro Review: “The Addams Family” (SNES, Festival of Dread Special)

*snap* *snap* Hey! That’s fun! *snap* *snap* Did anybody else snap to the theme of the old TV show? *snap* *snap* *snap* *snap* *snap* *snap* *snap* *snap* *snap* *snap* *snap* *snap* Ahhhh! That was satisfying! So, starting up The Addams Family for Super Nintendo (SNES) for the umpteenth time seeing as how there is a new movie for my favorite,

Read more

Crowdfunding Review: “Starlight Cats: Merlion Rising” (9 Lives Comics)

Little girl, big adventure. Cats in space! Selling a ‘cat book’ to a predominantly male audience was a tough sale. Even I didn’t get Starlight Cats: Merlion Rising for myself. I thought that my then 8-year-old daughter would LOVE the book, that it was going to be “CUTE”! The lead character, Rebecca, was about my daughter’s age, and she loves

Read more

Quick Review: “Cobalt: Atlanta’s Thrashing” (TaleEnd Studio)

On October 1st, the Indiegogo campaign for Cobalt: Atlanta’s Thrashing will close, and the sign-up page for book 2 – Cobalt : Death Stalks Us will launch. This will be creator/writer Jake Adam’s second crowdfunded comic book campaign as his character and story were also part of a Kickstarter campaign for Super-Abled Comics. When I first saw Cobalt: Atlanta’s Thrashing

Read more

Review: “G Darius HD” (PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch)

Taito’s original Darius game landed in arcades in 1987, making the series one of the oldest space shoot ’em up series out there. The game’s contemporaries include the likes of R-Type and Gradius, both of which seem to have more name recognition than Darius ever did. Is that because Gradius and R-Type received solid ports to 8-bit consoles of the

Read more

Sit DOWN Sunday Comic Book News Livestream – 26 September 2021 Edition

On the latest installment of Sit DOWN Sunday (hosted on Patrick Thomas Parnell’s YouTube channel Riot Press Productions), The Splintering founder Blake Worrell and fellow Splintering contributor George Travlos got another chance to discuss recent comic book news. This week, we were joined by aspiring comic book creator Dionysios. We discussed Parnell’s Sleepy Hollow campaign, Marvel’s future X-Men plans, Dionysios’s

Read more

Retro Gaming Retrospective: “M.U.S.H.A.” (SEGA Genesis)

Nintendo recently announced that SEGA Genesis games are coming to the Nintendo Switch via a Switch Online “Expansion Pack”, so I thought the time was right to highlight one of the most prized games included with this additional subscription service: M.U.S.H.A. This write-up is a bit more in-depth than a standard “review,” so I’m winging it with the whole “retrospective”

Read more

Will Andy Smith’s 1stMAN Become King of the World? (Interview)

Professional-turned-independent comic book creator Andy Smith recently launched his fourth Indiegogo campaign, this time for 1stMAN 2: Learning Curve, the sequel to the first 1stMAN (derp) book successfully crowdfunded earlier this year. We were fortunate enough to get a chance to discuss his 1stMAN 2 campaign, which is available to support here. As always, the answers below are represented as closely to

Read more

Retro Review: “Karate Champ” (NES, 80s August Special)

Welcome back to 80s August, The Splintering’s month-long celebration of the greatest decade since the first belly dance! Today we’re going to take a look at Karate Champ, a one-on-one martial arts fighting game released by Data East on the Nintendo NES. So how does one of the earliest fighting games hold out? Based on the 1984 arcade game by

Read more

Who Should Play Samus Aran in a “Metroid” Film? (80s August Special)

Welcome back to 80s August, The Splintering’s month-long celebration of the greatest decade since the discovery of the Pythagorean Theorem! Though certainly not the first female video game character, Samus Aran from 1986’s Metroid is still considered by many to be the First Lady of gaming. It should therefore come as no surprise that the topic of a Metroid film keeps

Read more

Sit DOWN Sunday Comic Book News Livestream – 29 August 2021 Edition

On the latest installment of Sit DOWN Sunday (hosted on Patrick Thomas Parnell’s YouTube channel Riot Press Productions), The Splintering founder Blake Worrell and fellow Splintering contributor George Travlos got another chance to discuss recent comic book news. This week, we were joined by renowned comic book creators Art Thibert and Eric Canete. We discussed Thibert’s Black and White Vol

Read more

Retro Review: “Last Battle” (SEGA Genesis, 80s August Special)

Welcome back to 80s August, The Splintering’s month-long celebration of the greatest decade since the Trojan War! Despite being a prominent presence of the 90s gaming scene, many forget that the SEGA Genesis (aka Mega Drive) was actually released in 1989. So today, we’re continuing our 80s coverage by reviewing one of the console’s launch titles: Last Battle! *Note: Did

Read more

Review: “Space Invaders Invincible Collection” (Nintendo Switch, 80s August Special)

Welcome back to 80s August, The Splintering’s month-long celebration of the greatest decade since martians built the pyramids! Today, we’re going to take a look at Space Invaders Invincible Collection on Nintendo Switch.* I know what you’re thinking- that Taito first released Space Invaders in 1978, not the 1980s. True enough, but Space Invaders was absolutely still an arcade mainstay

Read more

Retro Review: “RoboCop” (NES, 80s August Special)

Welcome back to 80s August, The Splintering’s month-long celebration of the greatest decade since the breakup of Pangea! Today, we’re going to pick apart RoboCop for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES). Published by Data East in 1989, RoboCop is for NES is based on the 2D arcade action game based on the hit science fiction action movie by Orion Pictures.

Read more

Throwback Review: Frank Miller’s “Ronin” (DC Comics, 80s August Special)

Welcome back to 80s August, The Splintering’s month-long celebration of the greatest decade since the first seppuku! Today we’re going to examine Ronin, a six-book miniseries by comic book legend Frank Miller and published by DC Comics in 1987. Set in a bleak, alternate future (it has to be “alternate” because it references Soviets as contemporaneous to the story), Ronin

Read more

The “Bubblegum Crisis” Odyssey: From “Blade Runner” to “Love Hina” (80s August Special)

Welcome back to 80s August, The Splintering’s month-long celebration of the greatest decade since cuneiform! A profound understatement would be saying that the 80s was a good decade for film. Star Trek films with the original cast had a long, lucrative run during the period; Back To The Future I and II took viewers on a temporal roller coaster; a

Read more

Review: “WitchSpring 3 Re:Fine The Story of Eirudy” (Nintendo Switch)

Beginning life as a mobile game, WitchSpring 3 Re:Fine The Story of Eirudy is now available on the Nintendo Switch. Created by Kiwi Walks and published here in the United States by ININ Games, WitchSpring 3 is a fairly short (roughly ten hours), traditional turn-based RPG that has a great amount of charm. However, considering that you can get the

Read more

Retro Review: “E.T. the Extraterrestrial” – Too Many Holes (Atari 2600, 80s August Special)

Welcome back to 80s August, The Splintering’s month-long celebration of the greatest decade since the founding of psychoanalysis! As reviews for E.T. The Extra Terrestrial have piled up over the years, I’m here to talk about one aspect of the game that could impact your desire to buy a copy, as it has mine. I am a trypophobe, and I

Read more

Review-ish: Sean Ahrendt’s “Type one” (Imaginary Tales Entertainment)

Type One by Sean Ahrendt was not a typical crowdfunded campaign that used one of the usual online platforms. Instead, it was the modern-day version of grabbing a deal from the trunk of an ’86 Oldsmobile. To score the deal, you needed to message one of Ahrendt’s social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram). For $20 shipped (prices increased after the initial shipping fee) you would receive a signed Type One preview book with

Read more

Pixel to Cel: “The Legend of Zelda” Cartoon Series (80s August Special)

Welcome back to 80s August, The Splintering’s month-long celebration of the greatest decade since the discovery of pasteurization! It is hard to imagine gaming without The Legend of Zelda. Made up almost exclusively of hits and only a few misses (thank you CD-i), from its 1986 NES debut to last years’ Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity (2020), the Zelda franchise

Read more

Review: “Spelunker HD Deluxe” (PS4, 80s August Special)

Welcome back to 80s August, The Splintering’s month-long celebration of the greatest decade since tigers had sabers for teeth! Today, we’re going to dig deep into Spelunker HD Deluxe for Nintendo Switch and PS4,* a modern reimagining of the 1983 Spelunker game by Timothy G. Martin… sort of. Why “sort of”? Because Spelunker HD Deluxe actually takes more inspiration from

Read more

Under the Radar: “Destroyer Duck” #1 – First Appearance of Groo the Wanderer (80s August Special)

Welcome back to 80s August, The Splintering’s month-long celebration of the greatest decade since the end of the Ice Age! Time for another edition of Under the Radar, a segment where we will spotlight comic books that don’t have the widespread attention of the comic book community that they really should.  Today, we’ll be looking at Destroyer Duck #1, which

Read more

Retro Review: “Knight Rider” (NES, 80s August Special)

Welcome back to 80s August, The Splintering’s month-long celebration of the greatest decade since orange met chicken. Today we’re going to do a full detail on Knight Rider, the 1988 Nintendo (NES) game developed by Pack-In-Video Co. and published by Acclaim. And at the mention of the name “Acclaim”, I know that there are eyes rolling and stomachs churning. Does

Read more

A long time ago in a galaxy “Har-har” away: “Galaxina” (80s August Special)

Welcome back to 80s August, The Splintering’s month-long celebration of the greatest decade since the yellow polka-dot bikini! The Star Wars-style crawl gives us, the viewer, some quick exposition on what we are to expect, after it ends we watch an absurdly long ship slowly pass before our eyes, then the plot gets underway, where we have a hammy pseudo

Read more

Mail Call! Unboxing “War Party” (Rampart Press)

Today we’re unboxing our Indiegogo-exclusive copies of War Party by Justin Murphy and published by Rampart Press. Without further ado, you can check out the video below. Thanks for watching today. We appreciate all feedback – positive, constructive, or colorful. Thanks for reading! Please consider following The Splintering on social media or bookmarking the site for more independent entertainment news,

Read more

Sit DOWN Sunday Comic Book News Livestream – 8 August 2021 Edition

On the latest installment of Sit DOWN Sunday (hosted on Patrick Thomas Parnell’s YouTube channel Riot Press Productions), The Splintering founder Blake Worrell got another chance to discuss recent comic book news with Parnell and Godlike creator Jon Malin. This week, we discussed the latest news on Malin’s Godlike campaign, the success of Ethan Van Sciver’s CyberFrog action figure line,

Read more
« Older Entries Recent Entries »