Author: Jason

Atari ST, PC & PS4 Pro gamer, Father and Rock legend. Can normally be found lost somewhere in Bolivia during his spare time! PSN: Psycho_sparky
APNX Creator C1 ChromaFlair Mid Tower Case Review
Hardware & Tech

APNX Creator C1 ChromaFlair Mid Tower Case Review

Have you ever fancied a PC case that oozes style as well as bountiful space to play in? Then it is time to check out the APNX Creator C1! The mid-tower size enclosure is available in a choice of either black, white or an interesting bluey-purple pearlescent finish marketed as ChromaFlair. APNX stands for Aerocool Performance Nexus by the way! Pc Builders....Assemble! I have been lucky to review PC cases over the last few years and the thing that I really love to see is innovations in design. Every case always brings to the table something clever that either makes the process of building a PC easier or adds a layer of engineering that allows you to build in more imaginable ways. The APNX Creator C1 is seemingly no stranger to this world, having been awarded the prestigious iF Design Aw...
Edifier R1700BT Bluetooth Speakers Review
Hardware & Tech

Edifier R1700BT Bluetooth Speakers Review

Recently through the doors of TC HQ, we received a pair of Edifier R1700BT Bluetooth Bookshelf Speakers. Adorned in retro brown wooden MDF cabinets, would these 66W RMS speakers produce a room-filling sound that would cope with playing games, listening to music and playing my guitar? Bass In The Place London It's time to open the box and see what fun Edifier has in store for us! Design In the box you receive; an active and passive speaker, a decent thick audio cable that has a plug at each end to connect the pair together, an RCA to RCA audio cable, a 3.5mm to RCA audio cable and a remote control. The speakers, which come in either walnut brown, black or silver, are of a decent weight, 6.6kg in total. They are approx. 155 x 250 x 212 mm and one of the design features is that the...
Botany Manor – Switch Review
Switch Reviews

Botany Manor – Switch Review

Botany Manor is a delightful single-player casual puzzle game set in 19th-century England. Developed by Devon-based Balloon Studios, it is out now on PC, Xbox (including game pass) and Nintendo Switch. I have had the pleasure of reviewing a copy for the Switch. Horticulture made fun! Playing as Arabella Greene, a retired botanist, the game is in first-person and set in the grounds of a beautiful stately home. Do you have what it takes to solve puzzles, grow plants, and reveal more about your life and career? Gameplay You begin the game in a typical old-fashioned English greenhouse, surrounded by windows, low brick walls, gardening paraphernalia and items to interact with. The controls are a simple twin-stick operation that you would expect to find with a first-person-style game....
Nyaaaanvy – Switch Review
Switch Reviews

Nyaaaanvy – Switch Review

CustomiseSounding a bit like the sound you make when you stub your toe, Nyaaaanvy is a crazy arena-based fighting game that has now come to Nintendo Switch. The game is made by Japanese devs Team DigitalMind and published by Phoenixx and it is also available on PC via Steam. Incidentally, it was launched for Switch on Japanese Cat Day (22nd Feb for your calendars!). Cats, bottoms, sumo, berserk mode! If you fancy a party game where cat-like animals (called a Nyanvy) get to wrestle and spin attack to win then read on! Gameplay The premise of Nyaaaanvy is fairly simple. You are a long slinky cat and you must battle and jump your way through a series of sumo-like arenas and become the last cat standing. Can you become "Cat of cats!"? Customise You can customise your own cat's featur...
Our Favourite Video Game Easter Eggs
Features

Our Favourite Video Game Easter Eggs

Well Easter is here and some of the team here at Thumb Culture are sharing their Easter Eggs. No not the chocolate kind... Our favourite Video Game Easter Eggs. Video Game Easter Eggs - The Plot Chickens How many of these were you already aware of? Let us know in the comments what your favourite Video Game Easter Egg is. The Last Of Us Tease - Tony Originally The Last of Us was to be revealed in July 2011. The development team on Uncharted 3 created a little link to the upcoming Naughty Dog game during development of Nathan Drakes 3rd adventure on PS3. With Uncharted 3 launching in Nov 2011, The Last Of Us would then be common knowledge. However when the reveal of The Last Of Us got pushed to December of that year, Uncharted 3 was already in players hands with the Easter Egg still i...
Alone in the Dark – PC Review
PC Reviews

Alone in the Dark – PC Review

Alone in the Dark has seen many iterations as it is a franchise that spans over 30 years. The fact that I was 12 years old when I played the original by Infogrames does make me have a bit of an existential moment. Here in 2024, we have devs Pieces Interactive and publisher/owner of the franchise THQ Nordic's vision for the Lovecraftian horror, action, puzzle-solving instalment of the game. Back to Derceto we go With the original 1992 Alone in the Dark paving the way for 3D-style horror games such as Resident Evil and Silent Hill, I was very excited to see how this single-player game has evolved to catch up with what we expect nowadays in terms of gameplay, storyline, visuals, and sound. Alone in the Dark will be available on PS5, Xbox and PC. There is a standard edition, a deluxe digi...
Timberborn – PC Preview
Previews & Early Access

Timberborn – PC Preview

Timberborn by Polish devs Mechanistry, is a single-player city-building game that is available in Early Access on PC. With elements of The Settlers and Sim City, entwined with some serious furry beaver action, is this the builder game you've been knawing after? Release the Power of the Beaver! Without humans on the planet, Beavers are now the dominant species. Can you successfully grow from a small colony all the way to an engineering marvel of a city? Let's see how I got on. Gameplay Established in 2019 and having been in early access since September 2021, Timberborn has just had it's 5th update and shows no sign of slowing down. Starting as the Folktails faction you begin your colonisation journey. There is another faction that you can unlock once you fulfil the criteria of a ...
Kolink Regulator 1000W 80+ Gold PSU Review
Hardware & Tech

Kolink Regulator 1000W 80+ Gold PSU Review

Just before Christmas, I managed to luckily get my hands on one of the latest Kolink Regulator Gen5 ATX 3.0 Modular power supplies. Now while psu's are usually hidden away in the lower depths of your PC case, these unsung heroes are the whole reason you can not only work and game but also turn the PC on in the first place! I Have The Power! Read on as I not only installed the Psu once but twice, thanks to a certain Mrs Claus surprising me with a new Fractal Design case over the festive period. The Hardware The ATX 3.0 Kolink Regulator range includes for a 750W, 850W, 1000W and 1200W PSU, offering a great selection of variety depending on your PC build or plans for the future. Inside the box, I received the 140mm wide x 86mm high x 150mm deep Kolink Regulator 1000W 80+ Gold Gen5 ...
Teardown Deluxe Edition – PS5 Review
PlayStation Reviews

Teardown Deluxe Edition – PS5 Review

Teardown by devs Tuxedo Labs and published by Saber Interactive is a voxel art-style game that have you destroying things. Working as a demolition service you quickly fall into the world of heists whereby you need to cleverly think about how best to solve the puzzle that lies before you. While it will require brute strength to pull off, there is a method to the madness! The ultimate game to take out your frustrations on Smashing things is always fun to do, especially when you are not the one who is clearing up the mess. Teardown comes in 3 variants. There is the standard base game, deluxe that includes 2 of the latest DLCs and Ultimate which will have 2 further DLCs by the end of 2024. Available now on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S and PC, I got to play the Deluxe edition that was recen...
iiyama G-Master GCB3480WQSU Monitor Review
Hardware & Tech

iiyama G-Master GCB3480WQSU Monitor Review

Over Christmas, I have had the pleasure of gaming using the iiyama Red Eagle range G-Master GCB3480WQSU 34" widescreen curved gaming monitor. Offering a 1440p 180Hz VA LED panel, it felt a lot different to my previous screens. With an RRP of around £380, would this newcomer provide a good enough experience for the money? What's Inside The Box? Inside the long and well-packaged box, you receive the 34" curved monitor screen, stand, power, USB, HDMI & DP cables as well as the quick start and safety guides. Mounting Options Similar to the last iiyama G-Master GCB3280QSU that I previously reviewed, the stand has a very simple click-and-screw design. There is nothing fiddly about putting the components together and you are left with a monitor screen that you can angle and maneuver u...