Labyrinth City: Pierre the Maze Detective (IGC)

It’s been some time since a game like this has been featured on MrDavePizza, but Labyrinth City: Pierre the Maze Detective absolutely belongs. As a game that originated in a book series, the game takes many cues from the visual classics of growing up. Incidentally, I was a big fan of books like Where’s Waldo? and Eye Spy, which are similar in scope and content as Pierre the Maze Detective–perhaps you remember too. So, let’s get into this, what is Labyrinth City? It’s a top-down puzzle game with hand-drawn characters in a visual feast of eccentric characters and scenes, through which you must navigate through a maze of people to track down the devious “Mr. X.” I spent some time playing it so you can know what to expect from this delightful indie with a charming and surprising origin to a perfectly playable game form. Okay, let’s have a look.

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You Can Go Your Own Way by Eric Smith – Review

While the industry in the gaming business model changes, Adam’s family’s pinball arcade and Whitney’s eSports Cafe are in direct competition with each other, and consequently Adam and Whitney. You Can Go Your Own Way by Eric Smith is a November 2021 release YA book about two childhood friends, Adam Stillwater and Whitney Mitchell. They have gotten knee-deep in running their parents’ businesses as their parents are either too busy or in Adam’s father’s case, not there. Through firey tweet threads and a plot that takes place almost entirely in the market area of Old City Philadelphia, the two find out that maybe they can restore their childhood friendship after all–or try at least. I truly adored this book, and I’ll tell you all about it here.

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City of Shattered Light Illustrated Cover

City of Shattered Light – Review

From the author, Claire Winn, is a debut young adult science fiction novel that teeters on a megalopolis moon colony with a cast of fierce–and glittery–femme Fatales, their fierce cohorts, and an action-packed ride of cybernetic combat mayhem. It’s got everything you need in a cyberpunk novel really, especially for this audience. This is City of Shattered Light. And still, the main characters are simultaneously relatable yet may be out of their league young folks who are exceedingly clever and capable of taking down any enemy turned foe with teamwork.

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Another Kind: Cryptid Fun Hits Shelves, New Graphic Novel Review

I’m thrilled to bring you another installment in my comic/book reviews, which really needs to be here to fulfill my original mission. Without a doubt, I’m tirelessly releasing indie game reviews with young adult/teen-friendly connotations. I’ve only recently figured out that my posts are more appropriate for this encompassed audience and that yes, I can finally write about anything and not seem too out of context intentionally. So in addition to games, let’s start a new trend by talking about this debut graphic novel from creators Cait May and Trevor Bream and publishing project Harper Alley known as Another Kind, a story about a group of cryptid youth government compound runaways on a mission to find safety and also learn more about their identities.

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Zen of Zombie

The Zen of Zombie – An Interesting & Funny Guide

Zen of Zombie is a satirical self-help book published in 2007 about tips for better living in the metaphor of the zombie. Kenemore uses this raucous book to examine parallels between Zen psychology with the paradigm of zombie existentialism. Not just social or corporate zombies, although those are covered, but actual re-animated brain-eating zombies. Learn about 24 effective habits of zombies from persistence to free will to dealing government nerve agents. While the concept is totally hilarious, you might actually find some nuggets of wisdom in real life, if we are still doing that.

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“Cyberpunk” as a Genre And Not Just 2077

It’s everywhere now. It’s downloaded into your cortex. Drips off the neon katakana of your tube hotel vacancy sign. It’s hidden in the channel tuned to static on your peripheral, cyphered, cybernetic headset. It provides the foundation as well as the motivation for things high above its paygrade, but it is still only a literary genre–beyond video games. “Cyberpunk.” I’m talking simstim, black mesa stuff here, not Grand Theft Hovercar.

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