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Attack of the Flickering Skeletons: More Terrible Old Games You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

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Welcome to a world of games you never knew existed. You will probably wish you still didn’t.

YouTube sensation Stuart Ashen is back with his second instalment of terrible old computer games you’ve probably never heard of... because what the world needs right now is to know exactly how bad Domain of the Undead for the Atari 8-bit computers was.

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Hardcover, 208 pages
Published November 2nd 2017 by Unbound
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Kaitlynn
Read and enjoyed both this and the first book. Let me say how impressed I am with Ashen's versatility and creativity - I don't think I could come up with a million different ways of saying a game is bad the way he does.

There's not really anything to say about this book that isn't also true of the first - its brevity helps prevent it from becoming repetitive, but by the end of the book its wearing on you. The formattign is colorful, attractive, and nostalgic. The guest writers add welcome variety
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Greg
Jan 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Despite being an avid gamer since the 80s I’d never heard of any of the games dissected in this book. Just as well really, as they sound like complete dross and best avoided. This book, however, is a joy. A really enjoyable read that had me smirking throughout and laughing out loud more than once. The list of awful games is nicely interspersed with various youtubers detailing their personal gaming disappointments. And it’s all done with a love of gaming. I will be seeking out this book’s first v ...more
A'Llyn Ettien
Feb 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Amusing if ultimately irrelevant.
Ondřej
Jun 22, 2020 rated it liked it
Malý výlet do historie toho nejhoršího z nejhorších. Názorná ilustrace problémů a fenoménů tehdejší doby, jako nezvládnuté porty arkádových hitů, neoficiální sekvely nebo bizarní výtvory inspirované tv seriály. Kapitolou sám o sobě je pak Hareraiser, doporučuju záznam autorovy přednášky - Hareraiser (The Worst Game Ever) - Stuart Ashen - Norwich Gaming Festival 2017 ...more
R7835
Nov 11, 2017 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: fans of Ashens
Shelves: calibre
Not an excellent book. I feel that Ashens Terrible Old Games series works much better in video format. Why waste time describing the game when he can show us - it's not like Ashens doesn't know how to make great videos.

I also feel that a lot of the humour and snark is lost in the written word. For example, there's very little difference in quality and humour between the guest posts and those of Ashens. And without Ashens hand gestures, it's hard to understand just how angry and disappointed he
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Oli Jacobs
Jan 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Stuart Ashen returns with more of his acerbic wit, this time aimed at some more Terrible Old Games You've Probably Never Heard Of. Looking at a later era than the previous book, and with guest appearances from Online Video Game experts Jim Sterling, Larry Bundy Jr, and the returning Baron Mentski (whose prose alone is worth the price of the book), you'll be greeted with Street Fighter rip-offs, racing games void of any racing, and the infamous tale of Hareraiser...

Ashen's humour easily translate
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Lewis Clark
Feb 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
A big improvement over the first Terrible Old Games book. While the original is light on content, this features a lot more bang for your buck. It’s actually a lot more varied too with several guest contributions and features about other terrible video game stuff like the Cheetah tortoise joystick, bad video game covers and games that received multiple ports for the same system. It’s only really let down by the fact that the subject matter means every feature has an overall negative quality to it ...more
ManicMyna
Feb 11, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Not formatted for use on standard kindles - you have use pinch to zoom to get it to readable size then have to mess about trying to scroll it to the next column of text

has loads of overtyped text randomly throughout that is spread over multiple lines making it difficult and down right confusing to read and then there are the awful multi coloured pages the text is on so when the inevitable next format issue strikes you're struggling to make sense of words in what may as well be an explosion in a
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Themistocles
Jan 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: history, computers
Possibly not as good as the first one, but still a very, very enjoyable book.

Sure, you may think 'why not just watch the videos?' but I do love the physical format and the book does do a good job at conveying a good amount of humor and old game reviewing. Stuart has also enriched this second volume with new sections and guest writers, which is a plus. Only gripe (as with the first): wish it was longer!
Scott Johnson
Apr 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, gaming, humor
This was an improvement over the previous entry. While the core game segments did feel repetitive still (note that the comments about the sound always came in the same exact place, etc.), the book as a whole changed it up as you went. I especially appreciated the longer bit in the middle about the Golden Hare fiasco.
Flyss Williams
Jan 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It's no secret I love anything about classic video games and gaming history so I snapped up the next installment of YouTuber Ashens terrible old games. Another batch of amusing video games reviews, on such classics as Kris Kross: Make my video, Domain of the undead and Murder at Mystery Manor. How these titles were ever commercially available never mind passed play testing we shall never know?!
Audrey Hoeschen
May 17, 2018 rated it it was ok
I don't know what it was, but I found myself enjoying this book a lot less than the first terrible games book. I picked it up and put it down and kind of had to make myself read it, although I was distracted with other books at the time so maybe it was that. I ended up skimming the pages near the end. This is in no way a terrible book, it just didn't capture my interest.
Mike
Jul 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: coffee-table
This is a worthy follow up to the original. Suffers a little bit from knowing what to expect, but overall it’s another fun romp through the extremely niche world of terrible old computer games. Pick it up if you liked the first one.
Chloe
Jun 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
A very good look at some old games good work ashens
Matt
Feb 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Just as good as the previous book, nice to see some newer titles also included. Top it off with some great guest articles, consider it an educational and fun read.
Patrick Ellard
Feb 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Full of Stuart Ashen's usual sarcastic humour, this is a great read, especially for those with an affinity for terrible games. Highly enjoyable.
Thomas Hale
Mar 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
A joyous and snarky followup to the original TOGYPNHO, the sofa man from YouTube dredges up another collection of bizarre and dreadful home computer games from the past. Growing up my favourite part of getting gaming magazines was reading the negative reviews, as that was where the writers were able to pack the best jokes to appeal to my young brain, and I have a real pang of nostalgia for those reviews when reading through these collections. There are a few entries to mix up the formula, from g ...more
Sejong
Jan 29, 2019 rated it liked it
This is Ashen's second book detailing awful old video games and it's more of the same.
In the books defence, Stuart Ashen's keen sense of humour continues to shine through and gamers will enjoy more than a few chuckles as Ashen desperately tries to describe the fiddly controls, nauseating graphics or ear-piercing sound of these terrible games.

Some of the newer features in the book are nice additions; the section that takes a look at more famous games (Street Fighter II for example) and briefly ex
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Cameron Deavin
Dec 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
A book filled with descriptions of terrible old video games runs the risk of being boring and repetitive - the phrase 'glitchy, unplayable and painful to look at' can only be used so many times. However, Stuart's writing and the tone which he takes provides an entertaining insight into the flaws of each of these hand-picked terrible old games to ensure that the format doesn't get stale, and a few other features in the book look at hardware, hilariously awful art on covers, guest pieces, and a pa ...more
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