BOOK REVIEW: Mind of My Mind by Octavia Butler

written by David Steffen Mind of My Mind by Octavia Butler was the second book published in the Patternmaster series (preceded by Patternmaster), as well as the second book in the chronological order (preceded by Wild Seed). I read the books as a collection that included the four main books in chronological order, rather than … Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: Mind of My Mind by Octavia Butler

GAME REVIEW: Undertale

written by David Steffen Undertale is an RPG game developed by indie developer Toby Fox published by 2015. Its based on a familiar format to many gamers–the RPG, walking around the map and contending with random monster attacks and boss fights as you go fulfill your quest. You can fight the monsters, like you’d expect. … Continue reading GAME REVIEW: Undertale

BOOK REVIEW: The Testaments by Margaret Atwood

written by David Steffen The Testaments is a 2019 near-future (or I guess alternate-history at this point?) novel by Margaret Atwood, a sequel to the well-known 1985 novel The Handmaid’s Tale (reviewed here) (which in itself spawned the ongoing Hulu TV series of 3 seasons, seasons 1 2 and 3 reviewed here). Note that for … Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: The Testaments by Margaret Atwood

VIDEO GAME REVIEW: Monument Valley

written by David Steffen Monument Valley is a 2014 touchscreen indie puzzle game developed by UsTwo. The plot is fairly light, even for a puzzle game, and the main focus is on maneuvering from one door to another door, with a charming and simple graphical apperance. Optical illusions play a big part in the puzzle … Continue reading VIDEO GAME REVIEW: Monument Valley

BOOK REVIEW: Stranger Things: Suspicious Minds by Gwenda Bond

written by David Steffen Suspicious Minds is a fantasy/science fiction thriller prequel novel, the first official Stranger Things novel, written by Gwenda Bond, published in 2019. The book (and this review) may container spoilers for the first two seasons of the TV show. In the TV show we eventually meet Eleven’s mother, Terry Ives, but … Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: Stranger Things: Suspicious Minds by Gwenda Bond

GAME REVIEW: Scramble

written by David Steffen Scramble is a side-scrolling shooter game published as an arcade machine by Konami in 1981. The controls are very similar to other games of its type (many of which were inspired by this directly or indirectly). A joystick to move, and two fire buttons–one for quick forward shots and another for … Continue reading GAME REVIEW: Scramble

GAME REVIEW: Jetpack Joyride

written by David Steffen Jetpack Joyride is an endless runner mobile app game published by Halfbrick in 2011. Download it for free from app stores like Google Play. The game stars Barry, a struggling gramophone salesman who breaks into a high-security laboratory to steal an experimental jetpack prototype and makes his escape with it, dodging … Continue reading GAME REVIEW: Jetpack Joyride

GAME REVIEW: Elevator Action

written by David Steffen Elevator Action is a 1983 spy action game by Taito published in arcade format. As each level begins the player character grapples to the top of a 30-story building and must make their way down to the ground floor through the building filled with gun-toting guards while collecting secret documents along … Continue reading GAME REVIEW: Elevator Action

GAME REVIEW: Missile Command

written by David Steffen Missile Command is a franticly paced war game published as an arcade console by Atari in 1980. In each level of the game you have three bases that can fire missiles that need to defend themselves and their cities against incoming enemy missiles. The controls consist of a roller ball for … Continue reading GAME REVIEW: Missile Command

VIDEO GAME REVIEW: Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle

written by David Steffen Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle is a turn based combat game developed for the Nintendo Switch by Ubisoft, which is a mashup of Nintendo popular Mario Bros. franchise and Ubisoft’s Raving Rabbids franchise. A new invention has just been completed, a visor that allows the wearer to fuse two other objects into one object. … Continue reading VIDEO GAME REVIEW: Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle