In the closet of your new home is a portal through space and time. You accidentally travel to Mars. All you have is a copy of R.E.M.’s “Losing My Religion,” a Mars bar and a copy of Playboy magazine. What are you going to do? The answer is to pull a joke on the astronauts who came out to see you.
Robby, the robot, is a funny character who helps us through this story. He is funny and he likes to joke around. You and the other astronauts laugh at his jokes but you don’t know that Robby is in control of the controls of the ship and he is making the jokes.
Robby helps us by pointing out the ridiculousness of things. As you get older, you tend to become more jaded and bitter. The astronauts come across a small dog and they play with the dog. They have a good time. This reminds me of the dog my family had when I was a kid. My dog, Mom, would play with him and he was just a little dog. Then my dad would have to put him in the garage or in the backyard because he would be a pain in the butt. As an adult, I was always shocked to learn that dogs could be so annoying and if you didn’t watch out they could bite you.
Robby is funny and I enjoy the fact that he has a sense of humor about things. I don’t think he is trying to make jokes about death. Instead, he is having fun with it. Sometimes we need to have fun with death and to laugh about it. Sometimes people who are afraid of death don’t realize that they need to have a little fun with it and laugh.
I like how the book is written in a series of short chapters. There is a page break at the top of each chapter and you would flip through the book until you got to that page. It took me a while to get used to this but it does help you to read the book in a more linear fashion.
I liked the book. It has some funny parts. I also found myself laughing out loud a few times. There are also a couple of sad parts which is not a surprise to anyone who has read the book.
I give this book 4 out of 5 stars.
Laugh Out Loud by Steven Johnson, ISBN: 978-1-55652-634-7, Publish Date: October 20, 2010
This review was written by Peter Johnson and appeared in the August 2010 edition of CNET’s Tech Check.
In your home is a portal to time travel. You accidentally fetch up on another planet. Are you a time traveller?
You don’t have any purpose here and you’re desperately trying to find out. You will see these visions as dreams and make sense of them later, much like how time travel works in the real world.
The game doesn’t give you any answers to your time travel questions, but it’s a fun little time travel puzzler that will entertain you for a few hours.
You can find Light Headed on Steam.
Into the Mirror
Into the Mirror is a surreal point and click adventure that takes place inside the brain of an autistic child. You have to help this child find his way through his subconscious as he deals with his fears and gets to know himself a little better.
It’s a beautiful and touching story that will make you cry a little, but in a good way. The music is also wonderful, and it reminds me of a lot of older games like Life is Strange and Until Dawn.
You can find Into the Mirror on Steam.
The Animus Saga
I mentioned earlier that this is the first game in the Animus Saga, but it is in fact the second in the series. If you haven’t tried the first game, it’s a story based point and click adventure that is filled with puzzles and adventure.
There is also a third game in the series and it has a completely different cast of characters. It’s like a different game, and while it is still a good game, I prefer the first one.
You can find The Animus Saga on Steam.