Review: Framed 2 – Stay for the End Credits

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In the lead up to the release of Framed 2, the original Framed was featured as Apple’s Free App of the Week. It was a nice way to create some awareness for the sequel (which is actually a prequel), and a great way to get up to speed for those who hadn’t enjoyed the original yet.

But how does Loveshack’s much anticipated follow-up stack up? If we were to compare it to film versions of origin stories, would it be a Phantom Menace, or a Batman Begins?

Step on through to page 2 to find out.

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These Hardcover Book Versions of Burly Men at Sea are Gorgeous

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Burly Men at Sea played on Apple TV via the Siri Remote is an eminently charming experience. Scandinavian folklore-inspired adventures await, played out through an interactive storybook medium. Have a read of our full review right here.

Throughout the game’s various stories, players will enter the houses of NPCs, many of which contain bookshelves brimming with volumes, presumably a nod to the overall experience of the game itself.

Studio Brain&Brain have now brought each of Burly Men at Sea’s playable stories to real-life book form, complete with fabric hardcovers. The game’s artwork looks to be beautifully represented, and would make a great coffee table talking point and/or collectible.

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Click here for all the details on how to get these real-life artefacts into your home.

In other Burly Men at Sea news, Brain&Brain announced at E3 2017 that PS4 and PS Vita players will soon be able to experience its charms. A release date has not yet been announced, but I’ll likely follow along with this development over at Grab It Magazine, given the platform.

Here’s the latest trailer for Burly Men at Sea, revealed at e£ 2017:

 

 

What is SEGA Forever, and What Does it Mean for Apple TV Gaming?

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Earlier this week MCV spoke to SEGA’s Chief Marketing Officer Mike Evans, who was outlining the company’s new initiative – SEGA Forever. During the interview Evans mentioned Apple TV not once, but twice. The platform as a target market is clearly on the gaming giant of yesteryear’s radar.

But what is SEGA Forever? And why is it relevant to Apple TV gaming?

Step on through to page 2 for more.

Subdivision Infinity Update – You Can’t Do This With Cartridges

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One of the beautiful things about gaming in 2017 is that games you’re really enjoying can actually get better. Minor or Major niggles that you experienced with a game, or that may have even caused you to hold off buying it after reading about them in a review, can be patched post-release.

Those who grew up with pixels being beamed through the air are wondering why I’m stating the bleeding obvious, whereas those like myself who cut their teeth on Atari cartridges may still appreciate this technical marvel.

Gee-whiz, what will they think of next Grand-Pappy?

We took a break from Forma.8 tonight to see what’s what. Have a read of our Subdivision Infinity review to get up to speed, and then step on through to page 2 via the button below to hear about the cool stuff that’s just been added.

From The ATVG Bunker: Review Scores, Article Comments, and the Ataribox

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There are two types of readers that stop by here at ATVG. Firstly, there are those that arrive and disembark after thumbing a ride on a Google search, in the hope of having a very specific question answered. “Is there a Tekken or Street Fighter style game on Apple TV?” seems to be a popular one.

They’ll get their answer (which by the way, to the above question is “Yes, Gods of Rome”) and continue on their way, perhaps never to visit this neck of the Internet again.

The second type of reader found their way here in a similar manner, but decided to stick around, checking in once a week or every few days or so to see if there are any new posts since last time. The regulars.

Both types of reader are more than welcome at ATVG, but I wanted to start a semi-regular column that the regulars could make sense of, a sort of narrative through line that takes stock of things once in a while, and ties the site together. I tried earlier on with the The Weekend posts, but painted myself into a corner with that title, given that it had to be on a weekend, and too strictly regular. Middle of the week rambling editorials would then have to have some other name, and websites with too many editorials and opinion pieces quickly become nothing but soap boxes from which to shout at the Internet.

So From The ATVG Bunker is my new attempt to build a semi-regular home for random streams of consciousness, catch-ups on what ATVG is playing, editorials, and the odd 2am burst of self-important wisdom before the warm milk does its trick and sends me back to la-la land.

These posts will have a subtitle so as to identify them and give some clue as to what the main theme is. That way you won’t waste too much of your time getting in too deep before you realise you’ve better things to do. Also, they will – for the most part – be somehow, however loosely at times, tied in to Apple TV gaming. It ain’t called ATVG for nothing.

So if you’re interested, step on through to page 2 via the button below, to learn more about the strange lack of review scores and article comments here at ATVG.

Early Impressions: Forma.8 – Big Things, Small Packages

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You guys are in for a treat. I’ve poured a few hours into Italian studio MixedBag’s Forma.8 for Apple TV, and can confidently report that this is an icon you’ll be very happy to have on your home screen.

In less than 24 hours it should hit the App Store for iOS and tvOS, and while I don’t want to say too much – as Forma.8’s mysteries are best uncovered by you, the player – I wanted to bring just a taste to the table. Enough to whet your appetite.

Head on over to page 2 for more.