Kung-Fu Master (Arcade)

Kung-Fu Master was my first lesson in corporate ambition. This game was hard; nigh-on impossible for any coin-loaded juvenile with a pixelated glare.

I must have been five years old when I first laid eyes on it, and King Kong couldn’t have dragged me away. Remember, this was the 80s, and Kung-Fu Master was quite the novelty, a complex and fluid side-scrolling beat ’em up which was as addictive as it was infuriating…

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Revisiting . . . Hellraiser (1987)

One of the most striking elements of Hellraiser is that the Cenobites are almost secondary characters.

When it comes to modern horror’s most iconic figures, Pinhead is up there with the likes of Fred Krueger and Michael Myers, and although a series of diminishing sequels expanded on the Cenobite legacy, it is that first movie which fans will invariably reference, in spite of the black-eyed antagonist’s relatively sparse screen time . . .

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Castlevania: Symphony of the Night (Sony PlayStation)

It’s impossible to hurl too many superlatives at Castlevania: Symphony of the Night because it deserves each and every one of them. Is it the best PlayStation game ever made? Is it the best game of the 1990s? Is it the best game ever? These are legitimate questions that gamers and fans of the title have been asking themselves and others since its release in 1997 . . .

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Revisiting . . . Miracle Mile (1988)

Miracle Mile is a curious little movie, and I mean that in the most positive sense of the word.

It begins like a John Hughes romantic comedy as a couple of misfits experience a fated meeting overlooking a tar pit at a prehistoric museum. Their union is odd but comfortable, their personalities quirky and compassionate, and as we see the movie’s title appear on the back of a passing tram, we realise that we’re in for a somewhat idiosyncratic journey.

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WWF WrestleFest (Arcade)

By the mid-90s, the World Wrestling Federation was on something of a downward spiral.

During the mid-1980’s, company CEO Vince McMahon systematically destroyed the then regional wrestling territories by stealing all of their talent and transforming the business into a nationwide, pay-per-view industry. Plunging all of his finances into a make-or-break event known as Wrestlemania, Vince capitalised on the youth-orientated MTV market by enlisting the services of stars such as Cyndi Lauper, and thereby introducing his own larger-than-life stars to an already established audience . . .

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Revisiting . . . Stephen King’s IT (1990)

In many ways, time has not been kind to Tommy Lee Wallace’s 1990 adaptation of Stephen King’s novel, IT.

Judged in cinematic terms, it is a largely hackneyed portrayal with paper-thin characterisation, second rate acting and contrived storytelling, while the movie tends to gravitate towards melodrama on more than one occasion. Of course, there was no theatrical release for what was a two part TV mini-series, and when you take into account the period in which it was made, the budget it was allotted a the tools at its disposal, you can forgive many of those flaws . . .

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