Joking aside, Candlelight is overflowing with charm. Some strange darkness has gone around the world extinguishing your fellow candles, leaving you alone to brave the wilds and relight your friends. If it sounds a bit like a movie for 10 year olds, well, I’d watch that movie.
Instead of health, you’re given a wax meter that slowly depletes. Once you run out of wax, your light goes out and it’s game over. Luckily, some helpful soul has left giant globs of wax everywhere for you to collect as you jump from platform to platform. Your health isn’t the only thing to worry about though. The environment, full of wind that can snuff your flames or ice that extinguishes you completely, poses hazards of its own, and let’s not even get into the occasional ice monster roaming the grounds.
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When I was 14, I spent most of my free time watching Dragon Ball Z, listening to Björk, and reading YA novels about teenage girls with mental illnesses (Francesca Lia Block, I’m looking at you). If only I spent that time channeling energy into my creative endeavors, much like teenage photographer Hollis Akins. The 14 year old creates amazing conceptual pieces that toe the line between surrealism and fine art. His imagination and creativity are almost awe-inspiring and rival fellow adult surrealist photographers like Alicia Savage and Kaija Straumanis. He currently has prints for sale on Society6 if you want to support him. After all, I predict lots of ramen noodles and Red Bull in his inevitable college future.
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Following up their stellar debut track “Warm On A Cold Night,” British electronic duo Honne is back with a new track for us. “All In The Value” shares their previous single’s toned down electro-RnB aesthetic, with dark beats and mumbled vocals. But the new track adds funky disco guitars in the chorus that bring their sound to a new level. Even with the screeching, Prince-esque guitar solo, the focus is on the unique vocals. Gargled and crude, he almost sounds drunk, but that’s what makes Honne stand out. It gives their sound a particular charm that’s unmistakable.
“All In The Value” will be released on November 24, but you can pre-order the track now on iTunes.
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Four years ago, artist Mariah Robertson was given a roll of paper that was ruined by accidental exposure. Not knowing what to do with it, Robertson began playing with the paper, pouring leftover chemicals on it to see what would happen. The results were colorful, abstract shapes and formations so beautiful and striking she wondered how she could have ever created them.
“I don’t even know what’s happening in like 75% of it,” she says in this short video produced by Art21. “Then it’s done and I wash it and I’m like, ‘That’s amazing! Who did that?’”
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S.C. Green’s novel The Sunken has it all: steampunk, monsters that devour human flesh, a vampire king, and of course, dragons.
The novel begins with a man named Nicholas Thorne returning to the Engine Ward, a neighborhood in London known for its coal and steel. He begins to work with his childhood friend, an engineer named Isambard Kingdom Brunel, but begins to worry when his pal starts to succumb to the allure of power his engineering gifts bring him.
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Chicago newcomer SKYLR is here with her debut single, “Devil.” Inspired by Erik Larson’s Devil in the White City, the track is about an obsessive unrequited love. SKYLR mixes pop melodies, RnB delivery, and trap-tinged electro-pop production to create a unique sound. The thick layers of buzzing synths and skittering hi-hats give “Devil” a tense, almost claustrophobic feeling that goes well with the narrator’s manic mood. The singer/songwriter describes: “While she knows that her love for him will be the death of her, she’s still not willing to let it go. But it’s more than just a twisted tale of love, it’s about the never-ending battle within all of us between good and evil.”
For now, there seems to be no plans for a more substantial release from SKYLR, but if “Devil” is anything to go by, this is an artist to watch for sure.
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In a world where everyone is just as tired of zombies as we are, what do you do when your friends have all become snacks for the undead and you’re left to survive on your own? Well…just lean into it. Zombies Ate My Friends is a mobile game that’s been ported to the PC, set in the town of Festerville where survivors scramble to fortify safehouses and scavenge supplies while avoiding the blue-skinned, shambling undead.
If, for some reason, you happen to be the kind of gamer who enjoys playing with his or her friends, Zombies Ate My Friends shines quite a bit. Connect the game to Facebook or Google Plus and get the chance to create teams with your friends, looting and scavenging your way across a brightly-colored apocalyptic wasteland together. The graphics have a nice, punchy comic book feel to them, all the characters big headed with technicolor hair.
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