My VG Music Picks #67 – Professor Layton’s Theme (Professor Layton and the Curious Village)

I’m actually kind of shocked that it’s taken me this long to write about some music from the Professor Layton series, especially the good old prof’s theme music itself. The series became an instant favourite of mine when it launched back in 2008 thanks to its range of interesting and brain-taxing puzzles, lovely visuals, wonderful characters, off-the-wall storytelling and, of course, atmospheric music. And while Layton’s theme has remained relatively unchanged throughout the series, there’s a very good reason for that – it’s perfect already. Continue reading

The Entertainment Dome One Shot – Donut County

It’s another Entertainment Dome One Shot, and James is back with me this time! On this episode, we check out quirky puzzle game Donut County and completely ruin peoples’ lives by sucking things up into a giant hole.

Massive thank you to Jeff Lagaspi for giving me a code.

Ruby Rei – A New Benchmark for Edutainment?


Earlier this week, I was lucky enough to be able to attend the launch party for mobile and tablet game Ruby Rei, developed by London-based team Wibbu. Since I was able to get a chance to play the game and see what it’s like to be an actual journalist, I figured I’d write a short piece about the game itself and spread awareness of it.

For those who don’t know, Wibbu specialises in creating educational videogames; you know, the kind of games that actively try to teach you something. Nowadays, when we think of “edutainment,” we think of very basic Flash games and the like; the kind that exist purely to teach and trick kids into thinking they’re having fun just because there are cute pictures of frogs involved.

I remember when I was a kid, I had some PC games to help we with my maths, literacy etc. that were dressed up in adventure stories about kids solving mysteries and exploring jungles and the like. They had plot, character and, overall, just charm to them, and they’re something I don’t think are really around anymore. Ruby Rei, however, seems like Wibbu’s attempt to bring that method of teaching back. Continue reading