Week in Arcade: Ghostbusters, Swarm

Two games this week totaling $25, and the licensed one is cheaper. Go figure.

Ghostbusters: Sanctum of Slime

Ditching the third-person view of the physical release of a years back, Sanctum goes overhead to mimic the great Smash TV. This one is frantic, certainly on the difficult side as you’re swarmed by killer ghost skulls and speedy bosses. The new Ghostbusters team (the originals only appear in the comic story sequences, and look nothing like the actors) still have some wit and humor, although maybe lacking in personality. Four-player co-op is nice, and blasting anything with a proton pack on immediately has some satisfaction to it, while the new gadgets mimic familiar spread and shotgun style attacks. It looks decent, carries the theme song, and is a decent time waster for $10.

Swarm

Poor Swarmites. Evolution hasn’t treated them well, and it’s turned them into morons. They have no sense of self preservation, so it’s your job to get them safely back to their mother after scrounging levels for DNA. You’ll control a pack of 50, dodging hazards while the game continually rewards you for finding new ways to slaughter them. Counter intuitive sure, but also hilarious. The demo even lets you kill one by not buying the game, which probably should be the other way around. Anyway, the levels are fun, the character design is hilarious, and it’s purposefully designed to make you see things the Swarmite way: constant death as the the hand of increasing hazards. Think Lemmings with less strategy and direct control.

Travel: Hadrian’s Wall is set for influx of visitors; in association with First Choice.(Features)

Birmingham Mail (England) January 24, 2007 A BBC programme being broadcast on Friday is set to inspire Brits to explore the fascinating Roman heritage on their doorstep.

The 50-minute Timewatch documentary on BBC2 looks at the rich and interesting history of Hadrian’s Wall, a World Heritage Site.

The famous monument spans the north of England, from the Irish Sea on the Cumbrian coast to the North Sea on the North East coast.

Programme presenter and archaeologist Julian Richards visits sites along the wall to uncover questions such as: Who was the Emperor Hadrian? Why did he choose to build a wall across some of the most unforgiving terrain in Europe? And how, in just seven years, did the Romans actually build such an impressive feat of engineering that was 74 miles long, 15 feet high and 10 feet thick? website hadrian s wall

Throughout his journey, Julian visits a handful of forts and museums along Hadrian’s Wall. Each is a Roman time capsule providing thousands of clues about the life and times of people living on the wall. Excavations at Vindolanda Roman Fort in Northumberland have revealed precious artefacts that can tell us the Romans had designer shoes, hosted birthday parties and enjoyed some of the finer things in life such as perfumes and under floor heating.

Also at Vindolanda, Julian meets some of the archaeologists working on the site on real excavations that are open to the public.

Vineet Lal, director of branding and communications for Hadrian’s Wall, said: “The Time watch production team admitted that they had only previously scratched the surface where Hadrian’s Wall was concerned.

“They were genuinely surprised by some of the beautiful scenery in Cumbria and North East England and their filming has captured perfectly the landscapes that surround Hadrian’s Wall with some stunning aerial photography. website hadrian s wall

“The programme also provides a spectacular insight into the people and practices of life on the wall, tracking back over 2,000 years ago and showcasing some of the best examples of Roman heritage in Britain today.

“I’m sure it will inspire viewers to visit Hadrian’s Wall Country and experience this great history first hand.” CAPTION(S):

STEPPING BACK IN TIME… Abigail Queenborough explores Hadrian’s Wall.