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Mini really wants everyone to know that it's embracing the EV future. At an event ahead of the New York Auto Show, the automaker unveiled the Classic Mini Electric that's exactly what the name implies: an older Mini that's been electrified.
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Tin Man Games Announces the Starting Line-Up for the Upcoming ‘Fighting Fantasy Classics’

A few months ago, Tin Man Games announced the upcoming release of Fighting Fantasy Classics, an app that serves as a sort of hub for Fighting Fantasy gamebook releases. It’s a great idea as it not only puts all of your Fighting Fantasy adventures into one convenient app, it also makes it easier for Tin Man to update the whole line should they need to. When the project was announced, Tin Man expected to release the app in February of 2018. Well, the days are running out on this month, but the good news is that Fighting Fantasy Classics will be coming soon. So soon, in fact, that Tin Man has decided to fill us in on what to expect in the first wave of releases.

If you didn’t read our earlier story about this app, the basic idea is that you download the main app and can then pay to unlock new gamebooks that you want as they are released. You can enjoy one gamebook for free, however. Bloodbones, once known as the lost Fighting Fantasy book due to its cancellation in the original Puffin publishing run, will be ready and waiting for everyone to play at no added cost. Written by Jonathan Green, this one was released before on the App Store by Tin Man and is still available, but hey, ghost pirates aren’t the worst way to tickle the imagination for newcomers.

As we had guessed earlier, a more traditional adaptation of the book that started the whole series back in 1982 will be part of the initial line-up. The Warlock of Firetop Mountain was released a long time ago on the App Store by the previous holders of the Fighting Fantasy license, and Tin Man themselves did a fascinating board game-style version of it themselves early last year. Those who want to have the original in their pockets again can look forward to what is sure to be a faithful mobile version via the Fighting Fantasy Classics app.

Bloodbones isn’t the only returnee from Tin Man’s older Fighting Fantasy releases. The Forest of Doom, Island of the Lizard King, and Caverns of the Snow Witch aren’t new to iOS gamers, but they’re putting on their newest coats and hats to join the Fighting Fantasy Classics. All three of these games were among the initial releases in the book series as well, so it’s only fitting that they are following a similar pattern here. They’re tough challenges from one of the series creators, Ian Livingstone, so you’d best hope for a lucky roll of the dice or ten if you take these ones on.

But what if you’re a dedicated Tin Man fan? What other new releases are waiting for you apart from Warlock? Worry not, friends. Tin Man has you covered with much-requested mobile conversions of Steve Jackson’s The Citadel of Chaos and Ian Livingstone’s City of Thieves. These are both stone-cold classics that are beloved by many a fan of Fighting Fantasy, and it will be great to have them among the rest of the games in the app.

This is just the starting wave, of course. Tin Man will be following up with a second wave later in the year that will likely fill in a few of the missing holes that some of you may be wondering about. This initial bunch should keep gamebook fans busy until the next lot comes around, though. We’ll have more information on Fighting Fantasy Classics, including pricing and a more firm release date, when we get it from Tin Man. It shouldn’t be too far off now.



E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, Jaws, and Back to the Future Arrive in ‘Zen Pinball’ in New Universal Classics Pack

Zen Studios has been slowly teasing their latest Zen Pinball [Free] DLC pack, which is based on three classic Universal film franchises, since early last month. First was a trailer for a table based on E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, then they released the trailer for a table based on Jaws at the end of the month. Then last week they released a trailer for a table based on the Back to the Future trilogy, along with the news that this Universal Classics pack would be released on Tuesday, September 26th. Hey, that’s today! And indeed all three tables are now live in the Zen Pinball app. Here’s all three trailers again.

Each of these new tables is available as in-app purchases for $ 1.99 apiece. I’m a huge fan of all three film franchises and also a big fan of Zen’s brand of over-the-top digital pinball, so I snatched up all three tables the moment they arrived and have spent a few minutes with each. My initial impressions are that these are three more high-quality tables from Zen that utilize the licenses really well and feature lots of cool “couldn’t be possible in real life” elements. At least, from a visual and gameplay standpoint that’s true. The big drawback here is that the game doesn’t use any of the actual voice clips from the movies, which is understandable, but it also doesn’t utilize any of the actual music from these movies either, which is more baffling. These are three movie franchises with absolutely iconic scores, so losing that diminishes their impact a bunch. That said, they’re still super fun and if you typically enjoy Zen’s licensed tables (and especially if you normally play without sound anyway) you should definitely consider checking out these three new tables in the Universal Classics pack.


John Woo’s Manhunt plays like a joyous parody of his action classics

Welcome to Cheat Sheet, our brief breakdown-style reviews of festival films, VR previews, and other special event releases. This review comes from the Toronto International Film Festival.

It’s always possible that John Woo could have played the doves straight. The Hong Kong director behind action classics like Hard Boiled, and A Better Tomorrow (and later American movies including Face/Off, Broken Arrow) has turned the image of doves flying across the screen during a firefight into a signature trope, suggesting the end of innocence and the arrival of chaos. But in his latest, Manhunt, when a careening car approaches a dovecote filled with birds ready for their big moment, it doesn’t read as portentous and tragic, like the dove sequences…

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Dear Hollywood, we don’t need classics like ‘Terminator 2’ in 3D

Terminator 2: Judgement Day is one of the greatest films ever made. So what's the point of adding a 3D veneer to bring it back to theaters? Not much, it turns out. In exchange for a slight touch of artificial depth, I found the remaster darker and oc…
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Adobe Flash Is dying – here are the viral classics it brought to life

Adobe Flash, the multimedia software that gave us everything from chintzy pre-mobile video games to atrocious restaurant homepages, just got its death sentence. Or the next-closest thing, as Adobe announced that it will “stop updating and distributing the Flash Player,” and expects it to be officially extinct by the end of 2020. Flash isn’t, um, popular — its security vulnerabilities have made it a favorite of hackers — and many are cheering its demise. But others are petitioning to keep it alive as an open-source project. Why? Partly for the pleasure of fixing all those bugs, I’m sure, but also to preserve internet history: “Killing Flash means future generations can’t access the past,”…

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SEGA Forever Collection brings SEGA classics to Android and iOS for free

Many of US remember the classic SEGA games that we grew up with as kids. In order to keep these games relevant (and in order to keep making it money), the Japanese company is launching SEGA Forever to bring back “nearly every SEGA game ever released from every console era – Master System, Genesis/Mega Drive, and Dreamcast – SEGA’s last system before deciding to stop making hardware altogether. Games will be free to play and ad-supported, though SEGA will likely provide an option to pay a subscription for no-ads. These ads would briefly play before you start playing a game. You’ll also… – Latest articles

‘Sega Forever’ brings classics like Sonic, Phantasy Star to iOS free with controller support, iMessage stickers

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Publisher Sega is revising its console glory days with free, ad-supported re-releases of some of its most popular and iconic titles on Apple’s iOS, complete with online leaderboards and wireless Made for iPhone controller support.
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