Category Archives: Video Games

Star Wars: The Force Awakens app lets you create your own opening text crawl

The official Star Wars website has just launched an app allowing fans to create their own opening text crawl, paired up with the iconic score by John Williams. The new app joins the many, many games and apps designed to celebrate the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which has come at the end of a very strong year for mainstream cinema.... Continue Reading

The Iris Games & Tech Top 15 Games of 2015, plus our Runners Up and Biggest Letdowns of the Year

What a year it’s been for gaming. The surge of fantastic indie titles shows no signs of slowing and, after a horror year in 2014, the AAA side of the industry has made a clear effort to pick itself up by the bootstraps and deliver titles of quality. There was a lot to like out there this year, but 2015 wasn’t without its calamities and misfires and we’ll cover those too. So what were our favourite games this year? And which will take home our coveted Game of the Year award? Continue reading The Iris Games & Tech Top 15 Games of 2015, plus our Runners Up and Biggest Letdowns of the Year

Video Games Review: Mario & Luigi Paper Jam Bros (Nintendo 3DS, 2015)

AlphaDream’s Mario & Luigi series has consistently been one of the best and brightest franchises on the Nintendo 3DS, pulling on the rich universe that the Mario brand has created for itself for an expansive, and inventive mix of nostalgia and progression. Nostalgia because most of the humour relies on our attachment to these characters – which is undoubtedly there since Mario has been one of the most endearing game creations of all time – and progression because the games continually find ways to experiment with the tried and tested RPG formula, trading out a more traditional turn-based fighting approach for a blend of timed-action, in-battle mini games, and impressive animation. That’s only the battles as well, games like Mario & Luigi: Bowsers Inside Story and Mario & Luigi: Dream Time Bros. each had engaging, memorable story lines that built on unique mechanics as you’d progress. This new one, Paper Jam Bros., continues that penchant for a humourous, innovative push forward for the Mario universe, but it lacks the charm and inspiration of it’s predecessors. This isn’t to say that Paper Jam Bros. is a bad game, at all; it’s just simply not as good as Bowsers Inside Story or Dream Time Bros. ... Continue Reading

Presto launches on Playstation 3 and Playstation 4

As Sony Playstation Australia celebrated 20 years of gaming this past week, the announcement was made that Australian SVOD service Presto has officially joined the all-encompassing entertainment offerings on both PS3 and PS4 systems. The announcement continues sony’s push to make the Playstation a one-stop-shop for entertainment, bringing in Presto’s curated collection on TV and film, ahead of the services’ first exclusive, a Home and Away special event titled An Eye for an Eye.... Continue Reading

Interview: Siobhan Reddy and Alex Moyet of Media Molecule discuss the company’s history, their approach to Dreams, and the importance of “play”

British game developer Media Molecule have proven to be one of the most valuable companies in contemporary video games, channeling that ever-growing trend and ever-growing demand for more creation-based gaming into award-winners like the LittleBigPlanet (LBP) series and the more recent Tearaway Unfolded. Progressive, mind-blowing (and often adorable, if not slightly creepy) design and engaging gameplay have met time and time again throughout their content, and the communities surrounding these games have mirrored that creativity with their own creations. It then makes sense that the gaming world are anxious to see what MM do with their next Playstation 4 exclusive title, Dreams. ... Continue Reading

Video Games Review: Fat Princess Adventures (PS4, 2015)

It’s been awhile since we’ve heard from the Fat Princess franchise. The original game, a blend of single- or multiplayer action and strategy, debuted on the PS4 back in 2009. Things went quiet after that until its sequel, Fat Princess Adventures, was announced and quickly released all within December 2015. Departing from its more strategic roots, Fat Princess Adventures takes an action-RPG focus, bringing mechanics not out of place in a dungeon crawler and blending them its signature brand of humour.

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So what exactly is Yo-Kai Watch anyway?

There’s a name many parents might be hearing a lot right now. Yo-Kai Watch. It’s a game, it’s a TV show, it’s getting a lot of ad play, and your kids want it for Christmas. The thing is, you’ve also heard that it’s a massive cultural phenomenon with millions of fans … so why are you only hearing about it now? Relax, The Iris has you covered. Here’s a quick primer on the world of Yo-Kai Watch. Continue reading So what exactly is Yo-Kai Watch anyway?

Video Games Review: Yo-Kai Watch (3DS, 2015)

Level-5 have been sitting on a western release for their Yo-Kai Watch franchise for some time. There were a lot of reasons for this, chief among them being just how steeped in Japanese culture the series is – indeed, Yo-Kai Watch has achieved the same kind of towering popularity in its homeland that the now-waning Pokemon did on release. Nintendo got on board with Level-5 to localise the first game in the franchise, no small task. The result is something that, while still very Japanese, is actual pretty special. Continue reading Video Games Review: Yo-Kai Watch (3DS, 2015)