IanTheCool's Reviews
Short Reviews of Movies, Board Games, and Other Stuff



We’ve been getting lots of space movies lately, hey? Prometheus, Gravity, Interstellar, and now The Martian. And they’re all good! I thought that The Martian may start to feel tired being at the end of this chain, but I ended up enjoying it quite a lot. It didn’t actually feel like those other movies. You know the movie is most felt like? Apollo 13.

Matt Damon plays Mark Watley, an astronaut who gets stranded on Mars and has to figure out a way to survive until he can be rescued. Its an interesting journey in itself, but its also inter-cut with the head minds at NASA as they try to figure out how to help him, which were also awesome scenes.

There is a lot of humour in this movie, mostly due to Matt Damon’s very likable performance, and a lot of “Whoa” moments as well. The visuals are great and makes Mars feel like a real place (I mean, its real, but.. you know what I mean).  The ending rescue mission gets a little crazy, verging into improbable, but at that point the story has drawn you in to the point where you just go with it.

The only qualms I might have is similar to what I read from someone else that *SPOILER

you pretty much know throughout the movie that this is a survival tale and that he’s going to make it. *END SPOILER

But its still a very entertaining piece of sci-fi cinema.  Highly enjoyable.




Amy Schumer seems to have risen to fame pretty quickly as a comedian in the last year or so, and this summer she was given her own movie. Trainwreck basically acts as a capsule to contain a lot of the themes in her stand-up routines, including her latent alcoholism and promiscuity. And though it doesn’t really take anything to extremes, it works as a solid comedy.

At its heart its a rom com, but more in the sense that 40 Year Old Virgin is, rather than My Best Friends Wedding or some junk like that. Its a very funny movie that happens to center around a relationship. But its really more about the character of Amy herself, and trying to be able to accept this relationship and change her life.

What makes Trainwreck work is the two lead characters. Amy is very funny and likable in her own unique way, which Bill Hader tones down his wacky SNL side to create a duller yet also likable character. And they have great chemistry.

However, this isn’t a great comedy or a modern classic or anything like that, because it does have some shortcomings. Where is really falls short is the movie’s apparent necessity to have celebrities in the flick. LeBron Jame sis fine, but gets tiresome, and really starts to feel like a gimmick pretty quickly. But there is one scene in particular, where Bill Hader is given an intervention, which is absolute garbage. They really should have left that scene on the floor (Marv Albert is in the running for worst cameo of all time).

However, Amy Schumer makes up for it in giving us a funny character and a lot of funny moments. There is one part in particular right at the end of the movie involving a basketball net which is f’ing hilarious.




Ex Machina is a nice little sci-fi flick. It deals with two guys who are testing the AI woman that one of them built. Its pretty interesting in how these characters play off of each other and how the relationship dynamics work. You know there’s gonna be a twist coming into it somewhere.

There are basically four people in the film, three who are major characters; the genius inventor, the protege, and the android girl.  They all work in their respective roles well and create some interesting interactions (which is good, since these interactions are most of the movie).   There’s some good conversations about how to measure the success of an artificial intelligence  and on various life philosophies in general.

What I liked about it was that it works as a microcosm of what may happen if artificial intelligence is in fact released into the world.  This is especially highlighted with how it ends.  I won’t discuss what happens here, but lets just say its not an optimistic view.




Usually, Munchkin expansions just come with a sleeve of new cards you throw in with the rest of the game. They have a couple new races/classes, monsters with pun names, etc. But with Demented Dungeons, we actually get a whole new aspect to the game.
Munchkin 6 adds the Dungeon cards, cards which are twice as large as normal and gives extra conditions for the dungeon the players are in. Now, a concept like this, having changed conditions that apply to all, isn’t that new or fresh of an idea, but it’s certainly something different than the usual Munchkin expansion fare.


1Dungeons – Dungeons are double-sized cards that create an effect for everyone in the game, until a time when the dungeon card is switched or discarded. For example, one dungeon requires 11 points to win instead of 10. Another makes everyone an elf.

2Portals – Portals are the cards that are added to the regular deck which will switch up the dungeon cards. But the interesting thing about portals is that they aren’t all the same. For example, Cave In lets you choose someone to drop a level as well as change dungeons.

Best Feature: The dungeons are neat, but I found myself liking the portals honestly,(though clearly they must work together). In our last game, a player was able to win by getting to level 10 with another player (they fought monster together) in a dungeon which needed you to get to 11. Then he played Cave In, knocked the other player down, switched dungeons and won with 10. Cool way to win.

When to use: Honestly, you can throw them into every game.

Does it fit?: I have the Munchkin Deluxe box, and yeah, they fit along with the previous 5 expansions.

What type: I guess this would be a small add-on, that doesn’t change the game much.

I like that a Munchkin expansion actually tries to do something different. Mind you, the “deck of cards that creates effects for everyone is not uncommon. I’m reminded of Small World: Tales & Legends, Tzolkin’s prophecies, and so on. But its still a pretty fun addition to the game.



When people hear “board games” they common think of the old-style family games like Life and Monopoly, unless they are in the know and realize the hobby is quite diverse. However, some of the general public’s minds may also go to the more classic abstracts. You know, like Chess, Backgammon, Chinese Checkers, and so on. And while those ancient pastimes have a long history, games in the same style continue to be made.
Confusion is a game first published in the early 90’s and rereleased a few years ago which feels like an interesting modern take on the old school abstracts. Its like Chess meets Guess Who, oddly enough, but it works. There’s a spy theme thrown on top, which I suppose works with the double agent, but this is a straight up abstract and one of the few I found interesting enough to buy.


Confusion has a chess-like board setup, with each player pieces on their end. The goal is to grab the suitcase in the middle, and take it to the other side. Each piece moves differently, however, you don’t know how they move! You only know how the other player’s pieces move, since the movements written on the pieces are facing you, and vice versa.
This idea is inherently interesting, and is the reason to play the game. In order to move your pieces, you have to ask permission. If the piece is able to move that far and in that direction, the other player must tell you. If not, you lose your turn.
So with this hook, the game is really a deduction game over a two-player abstract. As you find out what your pieces can or can’t do, you narrow down possibilities on the movement book. However, each side also has a double agent, which they are allowed to lie about. It’s all pretty cool.


The reprint of this older game has some top notch components. Which is good because components are crucial for a game like this to work.
Each piece is made of sturdy Bakelite. But how do the unknown moves work you ask? Actually its pretty cool. Each piece has two parts, the casing which has an icon on it for players to refer to. There is also a center piece which slips inside which shows the movements. Therefore these middle pieces can be shuffled and put into different pieces.
The other neat and important component are the movement dossiers. They are designed like confidential spy folder, and inside they have a list of every movement piece. You use dry erase markers to mark off the options to narrow down your moment. Pretty awesome.



Confusion is one of those “hook” games, with such a neat mechanic it draws you in. The concept of trying to figure out how your pieces move is really cool. The components are important in being able to make this work, and they are of high quality and function, so no problems there.
I guess my only issue with Confusion is that the strategy behind the goal of the game isn’t overly interesting. What you need to do is capture the suitcase and bring it to the other side. There are some strategic moves to get around the other player, but the strategy still feels like it comes up short when faced with this awesome premise that the game promises.
So I guess what I would say is that Confusion is an interesting game to have in your collection, but I don’t think its one that will be played much or analyzed much. It’s one of those “check this neat game out” kind of things, but not really one which will demand a lot of attention in the end.




It took me two attempts to see Inside Out. When it was in theaters, I decided it would be fun to take my 4 year old niece. Now, it was fun however, not a lot of movie watching was actually done. Most of it was taking breaks in the lobby, getting more popcorn, and eventually leaving early because she was getting too restless. Somehow the metaphorical undertones of maturing emotions went over her head. Oh well.

So I finally managed to watch the whole film this week with its release to Blu-ray. And now I know what I was only able to glimpse previously: its brilliant. It starts off really cutesy and high energy, but as it continues it really settles down into one of those classic Pixar think pieces that is both entertaining and actually has a strong element of theme. In this case its taking a pretty close and honest look at what it means to grow up.

The creativity behind how this girl’s head is designed is a lot of fun. The idea of long term memory being endless shelves, how memories themselves are translucent balls that fade as they’re forgotten, how dreams are created with a Hollywood-like studio, its all really cool.

And within this framework, Pixar puts together a great story about how two emotions, Joy and Sadness, have to figure out how to get the girl Riley through a major period of change for her. And as this story is told, we get a lot of insights into how the growing human mind works, how childish things like imaginary friends are put away, how emotions sometimes need to blend,, and why sometimes being happy isn’t everything. Pretty deep stuff when you dig into it.

But what is really great is that Pixar never spells all that out for you, its all visual and action-based. For example, at one point we see inside the parents heads. Anger is running the Dad’s brain, while Sadness is running the moms. Those are quick glances, but when you think about it it says a lot.

Inside out is a great movie, thats what this comes down to. Pixar has done it again.



I’m not really a horror guy, but I enjoy the occasional scare flick.  It Follows is certainly one which I enjoyed.The premise is intriguing: some sort of creature in the form of a person only you can see constantly tracking you down, and the only way to shrug off the curse is to sleep with someone and pass it to them. But are you really free?  If it kills them, it will come back to you.

See? Cool idea.  And its executed even better.  The hunter being takes the form of various different people, and slowly walks towards the main character Jane, never increasing the pace and never letting the obstacles get in its way.  Its fascinatingly creepy.  Sure she can drive away as fast and far as she can, but eventually it will get to her again, unless she dooms someone else.  But even then, the curse isn’t gone.

There are all kinds of sexual analogies to be made with a set-up like this, but honestly I was more affected by the atmosphere and the unique horrific situation presented.  And Jane and her friends try to find a way to shake this thing, we get a bunch of eerie images and scenes, reminiscent of John Carpenter’s Halloween.  its very well done and I was enjoying every moment.

The only real flaw I would say It Follows has is its lack of resolution at the end.  But I guess its hard to resolve a story that has the kind of set-up this one has.  How do you properly conclude a story with a constant, unshakable threat at its core?  But even though I understand the difficulty in a proper ending, its still hard not to be disappointed.

But everything leading up to the end was great.  I really liked the camera work, giving us some neat wrap around shots.  The acting was also refreshing in a naturalistic yet unpretentious way.  But the creepiness factor is what really puts this over the top.  Great October watch.




Full disclosure: yes, I did watch the show.  But I still dont think the movie was very good.  The idea of even having a movie didn’t make a lot of sense to me, but hey whatever.  If it was good I’m sure I wouldn’t have complained.  Why isn’t it very good?  Well, the story is pretty grating, especially with how they set up the relationships of the four guys through the Piers Morgan interview.  After that they went into the same plot as almost every episode: Vince wants to make a movie, Ari runs into  some behind the scenes problems, eventually everything is resolved so it works out perfectly for everyone.

One thing that stands out like a sore thumb in the Entourage movie are the celebrity cameos.  They feel forced and pointless every time, and boy are there a lot of them.  I mean, they have Kelsey Grammar walking out of a building as they’re walking in just cause.  Its stupid.

When it comes right down to it, there’s a couple funny things and revisiting old characters always has some cinematic value, but this really wasn’t too great.




Its amazing what thirty years will do. I grew up not knowing anything about rap music. I grew up in a small farming town where my only exposure to the rap industry was the media’s criticism of it, and so that played a big part in forming my negative viewpoint towards the whole genre. I didn’t really have an understanding of race relations in the States and I had no idea that artists like NWA were providing an important voice to large groups of people. Granted I was only 10 at the time and living far away. But of course times change, I matured and opened my horizons, and though I still dont care for the hip hop music scene, I am at least able to see the value in it.

And this is where Straight Outta Compton works. The movie focuses on the importance of this particular group at this particular time and puts it up against the stereotypical criticisms that the media and the ignorant masses (of which I was a part of) that don’t really understand that. I think it works well on this level, especially in the first half of the film.

Two great scenes in particular highlight this: one in which the whole group is busted by the cops outside their recording studio, and another when they are warned not to sing Fuck the Police at their Detroit concert but do so anyways. Both of these moments highlighted their reasons for doing what they do.

Perhaps the movie’s most successful accomplishment is how it binds us to these characters on an intimate level despite them being some of the biggest names on the music scene. Jason Mitchell gives a great performances as Easy E, Corey Hawkins plays a perhaps too noble version of Dr. Dre, and Ice Cube is played by his own son in a performance which can be rather weak at moments but draws you to his character anyway. Paul Giamatti is also strong as their manager Jerry, especially in the aforementioned scene outside the studio.

However while I believe this is a very good film, I’m not convinced its great. I think it has enough potential that it could have been great mind you, but a couple subtleties prevent it from being so. The main thing is that while I feel like the first act does a good job of showing their roots and starts to build upon why their music is important, I dont feel like it goes deep enough into that. The Rodney King trial is featured in the film, but considering that was basically a vindication that their music did indeed have meaning, it wasn’t used properly in portraying that.

I also felt like the movie began to wander in the last act and the threads of the once tight plot began to loosen. The Suge Knight stuff felt like a diversion, and the telegraphed cameos by certain other famous rappers feels cheesy. Easy E’s story, while touching, also feels like a tangent. But its gotta be real hard to cut out his death scene, despite the fact that it may have resulted in a tighter narrative. I think that if they really went into NWA’s role of speaking for a generation of people facing the injustice of the King trials and the riots, that would have made a great climax for what the movie was trying to say. Instead when get into the three separate storylines of the leads which meander a bit. I also really disliked the credit sequences.

Even though I feel like there were certain flaws in the film preventing it from rising high, I’m really just splitting hairs. This is still an outstanding movie with characters you will care about, great production values, and an interesting story when it avoids being too biopic-y.



The Man with the Golden Gun


I was a little worried that I was gonna hate every Roger Moore film, but I didn’t hate this one.  I kind of liked the simple story of Bond vs. a hit-man idea.  It felt scaled back in a good way.  Though there was some ridiculous parts, like the cutting-edge, hair-brained idea of “solar” power. Like that’s a thing.

There is one moment which I really hated in this movie, which of course is the return of the Louisiana sheriff.  Honestly, he just happens to be touring China? And joins Bond for a car chase, just because?  As if car chases in general aren’t awful enough, we have to have this guy back.

But it was cool having Christopher Lee as the titular villain.  All in all, it wasn’t terrible.


The Spy Who Loved Me


The Bond producers clearly tried to win me over to the Roger Moore films early in this one by inducing a ski chase in the per-credit sequence.  Well played, Eon films, well played.    This is most definitely the best of the Moore era thus far.  I’m not sure what else is in store for me later, but Spy Who Loved Me goes into the “Bond films I like” category.

Why? Well apart from the ski chase, there’s quite a few other cool things, such as the underwater evil headquarters.  I also like Egypt as a setting.  But mostly its because the “fun” of the Bond films is present, without getting over-the-top goofy.  Moore seems to have really struck that chord just right with this one.

But its not all good.  Jaws is intimidating, but also kind of ridiculous.  I mean, he gets hooked to the magnet by his teeth.  And he bites a shark.  although, watching him rip up that van was pretty sweet.

Yet the movies biggest problem is that its simply too long.  The ending in particular really drags and takes forever to get to the point.  They could have easily trimmed a good half hour off of this.  Nonetheless, its the best I’ve seen since Secret Service (which coincidentally also had skiing).





This is one of the worst Bond flicks thus far. The story is wildly disconnected and it all ends with a garbage space battle. Let me explain.
Why is it disconnected? This story jumps all over the place and really seems to have no ties to scenes or ideas that came before it. We start with a space shuttle getting stolen, which is cool, and Bond goes to the research facility in California to investigate. So far so good, the movie is about an evil plot in space, things are making sense. Then we start taking wild diversions and end up in Venice for some reason. Actually there is a reason, so we can have a motorized gondola chase.

Then we go to Rio I guess, and we get yet another boat chase this time in the Amazon. I actually kind of liked this one. Then he starts exploring some magical garden, fights of snakes, etc. But regardless, it seemed like they just wanted Bond in as many exotic locales as possible. And that’s fine, that’s part of what Bond is, but it felt so blatant here that it didn’t work. They should have been more focused in locations that made sense for the overall story.

And by the way, when people make fun of Bond movies for having ridiculously needless plots for trying to kill him off, Moonraker is a rich source for that criticism.

Okay, then we get to the space stuff. Aside from the fact that Bond going into space is stupid just as a general idea, it gets worse. The Villain plot to kill off humans and repopulate with beautiful people is taken to seriously (as accented by the music. Then the Americans come (I can’t remember how they found it) and engage in a battle similar to the underwater battle from Thunderball. Except with way more lasers. Oh, the lasers! Honestly, what a crap scene.

And then there’s Jaws. I don’t know what they heck was with his character at the end. So, so awful.


10. Metal Gear Solid 3


An excellent addition to the Metal Gear saga, but there’s pretty much one reason its on the list: the sniper battle level.  I could play that over and over.

9. Ms. Pac Man



Our university arcade/hang-out had a ms. pac man machine, and damn did we ever play it a lot between classes.  Got pretty good at it to.  There’s a reason pac man is one of the most popular games in the world.

8. Jurassic Park


Yes, I am a huge fan of the movies, but thats not the only reason this game is on the list.  I lved the island exploration aspectt and how it turns into a Wolfenstein-style first person view when you enter the buildings.  I also like the idea of unlocking different floors depending on whose character cards you have.  Plus, raptors!

7. The Legend of Zelda


Zelda is proof that video games can be art.

6. Crystalis


One of my favourite story-driven games.  Its an RPG that still has the best parts; exploring the world, seeking for items, talking to people, buying upgrades.  But it takes out that separate screen, turn based fighting like Final fantasy and instead you can jsut fight enemies as you come to them.  This game is awesome, and the further you get the deeper and richer the story becomes.

5. Contra


The greatest of all shoot ’em up games.  Great with two players.  Plus, the spread gun!

4. Tetris


The best puzzle game of all time, as well as one of the most addictive games of all time.

3. Super Mario Bros.


The classic of all classics

2. Metal Gear Solid



I was first introduced to Metal Gear through a demo disc when I borrowed my friend’s playstation for the weekend, and I fell in love with it immediately.  It took all those stealth based games of my childhood (hide and seek, capture the flag) and put it into a video game.  The story was fully detailed and interesting, and the sneaking around gameplay style was incredible amounts of fun. I love this game, and this whole series.

1. Super Mario Bros. 3



When this game was released it was a pretty big deal, especially for a 9 year old.  Mario was certainly taken up a notch.  There were now 8 rich, full worlds to explore, each with their own distict features and each made you feel like you were going further down the rabbit whole.  There were new enemies and new abilities, the most famous of which is the flying raccoon suit.  The gameplay made you feel much more free and Mario and Luigi were able to do things they never could before.  Best game ever.


20. Micro Machines


Sorry Mario Kart fans, this is the best racing game.  It was based off of some of the best toys of the 90s, the micro machines.  This was so cooL! There were races on the kitchen table, in the garage, boat races in the bathtub!  Oh and don’t forget racecars around a pool table.

19. Bubble Bobble


Trap your enemies in a bubble, then pop ’em!  So many levels… This is a great game for two.

18. Donkey Kong Jr.


This is actually my favourite DK game.  I love the rope climbing exercise and figuring out the best way to get to the cage.  Addictive, colourful fun.

17. Metal Gear Solid 2


The Metal Gear Solid series is one based on stealth and espionage.  What a great idea.  It is also heavy on story, and this particular story is quite cool.  I love the labyrinthine levels on the ship and oil tanker.  Lots of fun.

16. Dr. Mario


It may seem like a Tetris rip-off, and I suppose it is.  But its got a cool catch to i of killing the 4 kinds of bugs.  Greta stuff, again highly addictive.

15. Ghosts ‘N Goblins


What a great game..  I’ve said before that great games create a unique tone and atmosphere, and G ‘n G certain falls into that camp.  This is also a very difficult game which will enrage you whenever a flying bat or swooping devil knocks all your armour off.

14. 1942


This WWII plane game is fantastic.  Lets face it, its fun to just shoot lots of stuff down in video games, and thats what you get to do here. Unlimited firepower, just get behind the enemy planes and shoot.  And then.. wait a minute, whats that?  That plane is huge! uh oh…

13. Blades of Steel


The greatest of all sports games. Period.
The loser of a fight is the one that gets a penalty. Nuff said.

12. Mega Man 2


The Mega Man games were such a brilliant concept.  He fights villains with different traits/powers (like woodman, flame man, airman) and gets their powers when he defeats them.  The gameplay of jumping and hooting, also lots of fun.  The power bars for his health and power, also lots of fun.  The second is probably the best, since they figured out how you can save your previous game, and the villains and levels were the best in this one.

11. Star Tropics


RPGs are pretty cool.  I love maps, so I love wandering around maps trying to find my way through the levels.  Star Tropics has an interesting story in an interesting location.  Its cooool.


30. Lego Star Wars


I love Lego.  I love Star Wars.  So why wouldn’t I love this?  I do.  Its incredible amounts of fun, I like that the lego building aspect is brought into the game, along with a unique brand of humour.  Plus, lightsabers are awesome.

29. Tecmo Bowl


I’m not really one for sports games.  I think they’re kinda dumb to be honest, they way they have to come out with a different version every bloody year for every bloody sport.  But forget Madden -07 or -08 or anything else, just go back to the classic Tecmo Bowl.

28. Super Mario 64


Mario seems to be awesome no matter what system he’s on.  Mario 64 was a pretty big step in graphics at the time, and the gameplay was a lot different than previous Mario’s but a lot of fun as well.  There’s even a slide race with a giant penguin, for some reason.

27. Twisted Metal 2


Something drew me to the idea of vehicles driving around trying to blow each other up.  Its fun.  There’s a map element of navigating the streets of various cities, like Paris and Monaco, as well as the  satisfaction of targeting that stupid clown van with a missile.

26. God of War


I am a big fan of Greek mythology, so I rather enjoyed getting into this game (and its sequel, they kind of both share this spot).  There was a puzzle aspect to most levels which I liked, and lots of characters and creatures from the stories I know popped up as well, which kept my interest more than peeked.

25. Super Mario World



The second generation of Nintendo saw a whole new Mario game, which proved that Mario wasn’t tied only to the NES.  It added cool new levels, and Yoshi, and was just a lot of fun.

24. MarioKart


I threw the DS one up here, cause that’s the version I play the most, but really it could be any Mario Kart.  They’re all awesome.  This is racing made fun, and its hard to deny that no matter how much of a wet blanket you are.

23. Super Mario Bros. 2


Yes, more Mario.  This second installment gets a lot of jeers, but I think it still has a lot of merit.  I like the idea that you can throw stuff, you can dig, and that each playable character was slightly different.  Don’t discount Mario 2 entirely, there’s a lot here to like.

22. Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire


My favourite Star Wars game by far.  Its actually based off of one of the novels, but I didn’t really know that at the time.  Anyways, it has some really great stuff here, like space battle, hunting Boba Fett on a train, and of course replaying the famous Battle of Hoth as a snowspeeder.  I loved this game so much.  I wish I was playing it right now…

21. Adventures of Lolo


One of the kings of the puzzle game, each level saw Lolo trying to make it out of a room set up with various obstacles.  Sometimes you’d have to push boulders to make paths or block enemies, or whatever else needed doing.  A wonderfully challenging game.


40. Time Splitters 2


This one seems weird and rather random, but the reason is because this is the first person shooter my friends and I played a lot.  Is there a story mode to the game? Quite possibly, but I really don’t give a shit.  I just remember having a blast playing 2 on 2 matches of capture the flag with beers in hand.  Good times.

39. Dragon Warrior


A solid RPG from the old school Nintendo.  I never made it far in tihs game, but I enjoyed exploring around the map.

38. Wolfenstein 3D


What a great computer game.  Just kilin’ some nazis!  And finding hidden walls.  It set a really great atmosphere, which made it awesome.

37. The Oregon Trail


Classic.  I mean, you could put your own friends in your party and see which of them make it.  And if you died your name would be left on a tombstone for others to find when they played the game!  Genius.

36. Crosscountry Canada


This was the crown jewel in our elementary school lab’s game collection.  You could type in commands which would let you drive across Canada, stop to eat, sleep on the road, pick up hitchhikers and more.  All while learning a little Canadian geography.

35. Guitar Hero


This could really stand for the whole series, I don’t have any particular favourite.  They’re all just as good.  It was a brilliant notion; you can actually play the notes on a faux-guitar.  It was great at parties and just when hanging out in your buddy’s basement.  Even now when I hear certain songs like Blitzkrieg Bop or XYZ it takes me back to Guitar Hero.  Rock on!

34. Star Trek 25th Anniversary


This was one awesome computer game based on the original Star Trek series.  Each level was comprised of two parts.  The first took place on the bridge while engaged in a space battle.  But the second part was even better, when your crew of Kirk, Bones and Spock would have a problem to solve on the planet surface.  Each level was unique and had interesting solutions.  I never made it past the final 3 on 1 battle though…

33. Paperboy


There’s just something very cathartic about throwing those papers perfectly into the mailboxes.

32. Mario Party 4



Along with Time Splitters and Guitar Hero, Mario Party holds a special place for being part of great times with great friends.  Some evenings a group of us would make a planned evening of Mario Party.  Other times we’d play late night after the end of school summer bash.  Either way, good times.

31. Metriod


A great shoot em up game, made better by the collectible powers you were able to gather along the way.  I also liked the maze aspect to the whole game.


Okay, I wasn’t sure whether or not to do this list, but I decided why not?  Now lets be clear: this will not be your typical “best video game list”, as I am not really a video gamer.  So this may be  little unorthodox, but who knows, may be that makes it interesting? I hope so anyway.

Here we go…

50. Halo 2


When Halo 2 was released, it was quite the marketing phenomenon.  And once I played it, I sort of understood why.  It had a unique tone to it that felt like you were in that place, and the first person shooter aspect was a lot of fun, especially when playing with friends or online.  I get it, I get why these games are popular.

49. Lemmings


This game was a bit of a revelation for computer games when it came to our school.  It required a lot more puzzling out than most other games, and I really like puzzling stuff out.  I didn’t get to play it much, but when I did it was a lot of fun.

48. Toobin’


I mean, it was a game about drifting down a lazy river on a tube.  Awesome.  The river keeps going, you gotta maneuver around the obstacles.  And the whole while just chillin’ out on your tube.

47. Angry Birds



Yes, that’s right, I put an iphone game on here.  And I dont even have an iphone.  But I have to admit that this game is a lot of addictive fun.  There’s a reason its so popular.  Die, pigs, die!

46. Peasant’s Quest

DOS (sort of)


What is Peasant’s Quest you ask? Well its the mock DOS game from the makers of Homestar Runner, featuring everyone’s favourite dragon Trogdor the Burninator!  Its one of those “seek and find” games like King’s Quest and all those others, but with more ridiculous humour and lots of inside jokes for fans of the  site.  And whats also great is that your goal is to get to Trogdor, but never defeat him.  He can’t be defeated.

45. Donkey Kong



I mean, its a classic.  But its not the best in the DK series, as we will see later…

44. Excitebike


This is one of the most classic of all racing games. Best part? Your can make your own track.  Is it the BEST of racing games? Not quite.  Its still fun. Burning out sucks though.

43. Sonic the Hedgehog


I did not have a Sega when I was a kid, but my friend did.  And the best game he had for it was good ole Sonic, Sega’s answer to a certain famous plumber.  The reason this game was so much fun was the speed.  They were able to make it feel like you were moving incredibly fast while still being about to maintain control.  And hearing the clink of collecting those coins as you’d run through a loop was good stuff.

42. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles



Its rare that a game based off of an existing property is actually awesome, but TMNT is one of those exceptions.  This is an incredibly fun game and has lots here for young Turtle fans like I was to sink their teeth into and be excited about.  Its also very challenging, especially the underwater scene where you have to swim without getting electrocuted.  And if you make it past that, you get to drive the van!

41. Donkey Kong Country


Donkey Kong is a staple of video game culture, but when Super Nintendo came around, Kong got a whole new look and style; and it actually worked!  This time the character is given a whole world and mythology, and his backstory becomes much richer.  Plus the gameplay is barrels of fun, especially, well, the barrels.