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Digital Skateboarding Toy “The Ramp” Now on Steam PC

On Tuesday, game developer and Grizzly Games co-founder Paul Schnepf (aka Hyperparadise) released a new independent skateboarding game The Ramp on PC via Steam. Described as a “digital skateboarding toy”, The Ramp is designed more for chill than challenge. Here’s the official breakdown of The Ramp from Schnepf: Chill out, do tricks, and look damn cool. In The Ramp, players

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Mail Call! Unboxing ALL CAPS Comics’ “CyberFrog: Warts and All”

Today we’re unboxing our Indiegogo -exclusive hardcover edition of CyberFrog: Warts and All by Ethan Van Sciver and published by ALL CAPS Comics. Without further ado, let’s get straight to the video, shall we? 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

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Throwback Review: “Airboy” Issues 1-5 (Eclipse Comics, 80s August Special)

Welcome back to 80s August, The Splintering’s month-long celebration of the greatest decade since the baking of the first blackberry cobbler! Today, we’re reviewing the first five-issue story arc of Eclipse Comics’ Airboy, which was a revival of the original Golden Age Airboy series published by Hillman Comics in the 40s and 50s. The first Eclipse Comics issue landed in

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Wave 1 of ALL CAPS Comics’ CyberFrog Action Figure Line Fully Funded on Indiegogo

Overnight, the crowdfunding campaign for ALL CAPS Comics’ first wave of Cyberfrog action figures met its lofty funding goal of $400 thousand. Having crossed the $400k threshold, the road is now open to unlocking bonus stretch goals including more weapons, extra interchangeable hands, and possibly a pack-in comic. CyberFrog creator and ALL CAPS Comics founder Ethan Van Sciver celebrated the

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Review: “The Eternal Castle [REMASTERED]” (Nintendo Switch, 80s August Special)

Welcome back to 80s August, The Splintering’s month-long celebration of the greatest decade since the evolutionary development of the imposable thumb! Since The Eternal Castle [REMASTERED] just recently made its way to the PS4, what better time to re-post our review of the Nintendo Switch version of the game, which released last year? Retro revivals are a dime a dozen,

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Retro-Inspired Puzzler “Dumpy & Bumpy” Coming to Consoles

Publisher Screenwave Media has announced that their throwback multiplayer puzzle game Dumpy & Bumpy is will be receiving console ports, though specific platforms and release dates have yet to be confirmed. The game was released via Steam PC in May. Developed by Programancer, Dumpy & Bumpy is a puzzle adventure with pixel art graphics and 80 stages to take on

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Alterna Comics Founder Peter Simeti Unveils New Ongoing Series: “King Cryptid”

During a recent art auction held on his personal YouTube channel, independent comic book creator and Alterna Comics founder Peter Simeti unveiled plans for his upcoming sci-fi adventure series King Cryptid, including a reveal of the titular character himself. Inspired by Native American myths and folklore, King Cryptid is set in a world where fantastical creatures exist (i.e. Bigfoot, chupacabra,

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Jon Malin’s “Godlike” Hits $100k on Day One

Over the weekend, veteran comic book creator Jon Malin launched a crowdfunding campaign for Godlike, his first new IP since the launch of Graveyard Shift in 2018. The Godlike campaign is already off to a very good start, having raised more than $100k in it’s first 24 hours. Written and illustrated by Malin (Jawbreakers: Lost Souls) and featuring colors by

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Historical Horror Comic “Jack the Ripper: Vampire Hunter” Fully Funded in Opening Hours

On Friday, independent comic book creator Mandy Summers launched a crowdfunding campaign for Jack the Ripper: Vampire Hunter, a 48-page horror graphic novel loosely based on actual events. The project is already fully funded, having raised nearly $5 thousand at the time of this writing. Not too shabby for the first few hours. Written by Summers (Super Dead, Pirate Queen)

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Next Month Is “80s August” at The Splintering!

We’ve enjoyed many different theme events here at The Splintering (the Festival of Dread, Jolly Jinglings, and Monochrome May and Attack Helicopter Week), but waiting until October for the next one just seems like too long of a wait… That’s why we’re christening this August as the inaugural 80s August! Starting next week, we’ll be posting reviews and features celebrating

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Hamster Adds “NOVA2001” to the Arcade Archives on Switch, PS4

Game publisher Hamster has announced that NOVA2001, the lesser-known shoot-em-up arcade game, is now available on PS4 and Nintendo Switch as part of the digital Arcade Archives series. Originally released by UPL in 1983, NOVA2001 is the predecessor to Ark Area. In NOVA2001, players control a space fighter that can shoot in all directions (similar to Asteroids or Sinistar). Your

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“Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water” Re-Release To Be Censored

Publisher Koei Tecmo recently announced that their horror title Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water is scheduled for a digital release on 28 October for PS4, PS5, Xbox One, SeXbox, Nintendo Switch and Windows PC… and it will be censored on all platforms. Maiden of Black Water is an updated version of the Wii U release in 2014. Like other

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Alien Pixel Studios’ 2D Puzzle Platformer “Unbound: Worlds Apart” Now on Switch, PC

As of today (that’s right now), Alien Pixel Studios’ portal-hopping, puzzle platformer Unbound: Worlds Apart is now available on Nintendo Switch and PC (via Steam). Described as a dark fairy tale, Unbound is set in a fantasy world with gameplay featuring Metroidvania (nonlinear 2D adventure) elements. Players harness the world-altering portals to defeat monsters, solve puzzles and save reality from

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Comic Review: “Rocket Gal and the Mole Men of Mars” (Holliday, Gilmore)

Since Wyatt Holliday’s latest female-led sci-fi adventure just went live on Indiegogo (in the form of Heroine Adventure Magazine), what better time is there to bust out one of his previous books featuring another buxom female beauty? Rocket Gal and the Mole Men of Mars is a lighthearted, action-heavy comic with a standalone story. The 32-page book follows the titular

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2D Tower Defense Game “BarricadeZ” Gets New Gameplay Trailer

On Tuesday, developer FlyPenguin released a new gameplay trailer for BarricadeZ, their 2D tower defense survival game that is available now via Steam Early Access. This latest trailer features the game’s basic mechanics and a few of the more advanced features of the game, including how to set up trap hallways and “Autocrafting” (if a game insists on including crafting,

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Giant Mechs and Guns Abound in Global Frequency Studios’ “Mavrics: Origins”

Late last week, Global Frequency Studios launched a crowdfunding campaign for Mavrics: Origins Vol. One, a 60-page graphic novel intended for fans of Battletech, Gundam, and Armored Core (what – no Iron Soldier love?). At the time of this writing, the campaign is already fully funded, so now all that’s left to worry about is stretch goals and fulfillment. Written

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Scratching the Surface With Mavrs: “Talentless Nana” Full of Talent (Anime, Season One Impressions)

Consider the word “protagonist.” I doubt that what comes to mind is someone like Jeffrey Dahmer. Unless you’re one of his eccentric groupies, any sane person would never think to themselves “That’s someone to look up to.” A fictional character to look up to and idolize would be someone like Captain America, Superman, or even Pepe Le Pew – if

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Dark Fantasy Adventure Awaits in Panteon Studios’ “Disturbing Forest”, Coming Soon to Switch, Steam

Publisher Ultimate Games has announced that Disturbing Forest – a genre-blending puzzle/adventure/survival game set in a fantasy world – will be coming to Steam PC in Q4 of 2021 with a Nintendo Switch release to follow in 2022. Disturbing Forest is the debut game by Panteon Studio, an independent development studio in Poland. According to Mateusz Kuliś, one of Panteon’s

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Conquest Comics’ “Wonder Island: Hero of Brightwater” Now on Indiegogo (Crowdfunding Spotlight)

Earlier this month, independent comic book creator and Conquest Comics founder Liam Gray launched a crowdfunding campaign for Wonder Island: Hero of Brightwater, a 72-page graphic novel that includes the first three chapters of the Wonder Island saga. Intended for audiences of all ages, Wonder Island is a vibrant fantasy tale that looks to be inspired by multiple adventure video

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Battle Robot Space Fish in “G-Darius HD”, Coming Soon for Switch, PS4

Taito and ININ Games have partnered up to release G-Darius HD, a remastered port of 1997’s arcade title… G-Darius. Developed by M2, G-Darius HD will be available physically and digitally for Nintendo Switch and PS4 later in 2021 (that’s for both North American and European territories). While the Darius shoot ‘em up series dates back to the mid-80s (or as

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Greatest Levels in Gaming: “Alex Kidd in Miracle World” (SEGA Master System, Attack Helicopter Week Special)

Since Alex Kidd is oddly relevant this year, today we’re going back to an Attack Helicopter Week of years past to look at one of the most innovative stages from SEGA’ flagship title for the Master System, Alex Kidd in Miracle World. In the mid to late 80s, the SEGA Master System was the underdog in a sales race with

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Retro Review: “Jungle Strike: The Sequel to Desert Strike” (SEGA Genesis, Attack Helicopter Week Special)

Welcome back to Attack Helicopter Week here at The Splintering! We previously reviewed Desert Strike: Return to the Gulf in Attack Helicopter Weeks of years past, so this year, we’re diving into that game’s sequel: Jungle Strike for SEGA Genesis. Published by Electronic Arts in 1993 for multiple platforms, Jungle Strike: The Sequel to Desert Strike is very much like

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Billy Tucci’s “Shi: Omnibus Vol. 1” Now Breaking Hearts (and Wallets) on Indiegogo

On Tuesday, renowned comic book creator, Crusade Comics founder and “Teen Sensation” Billy Tucci launched a crowdfunding campaign for Shi: Omnibus Volume 1, the hardcover book that collects all 12 issues of Shi: Way of the Warrior, the three-part Tomoe miniseries, and the 48-page Shi Vs. Tomoe, making a thicc 488-page total. At the time of this writing, the campaign

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Art Highlight: “Fantastic Four” #316, Page 3 Splash (Attack Helicopter Week Special)

Welcome to a special Attack Helicopter Week edition of Art Highlight, a recurring segment where contributors to The Splintering showcase a piece of original art in their collection.  In honor of this week’s theme, I am revealing a gem from my vault, the original splash art page to Fantastic Four #316, Page #3. This page is an absolute beauty and

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