Bother’s Bar Plays Badly: Super Mario Party

By | June 14, 2021

“STAAARRRRRR, that’s what you wanted!” So sang Kiki Dee back in the day (which was also the theme to Bob Says Opportunity Knocks of course). It’s also highly relevant to the Mario Party series where the aim is to go round the board buying stars with the coins earned from regular minigames. It’s basically Raven, but the first one predates Raven.

Always the one with the FRESHEST consumer advice, the latest game in the series Super Mario Party released on Switch in late 2018 however it’s only very recently they added the option to play the actual board game element online, having been limited to a few minigames previously. Today myself, Matt Clemson and Alex McMillan try it out. We were pleasantly surprised by the lack of obvious lag (although it would have been interesting to try it with someone in another continent), I was less pleasantly surprised by being horrifically picked on. WHO WILL WIN?

The Great Americovision Song Contest

By | June 10, 2021

Lots of stuff starting to emerge about The American Song Contest coming to NBC next year. That it’ll be awful is probably a given.

However some stuff has come out regarding the format that’s a bit more interesting.

“There will be a series of qualifying heats to determine which states and territories move forward, followed by March Madness-style semi-finals and the ultimate grand final where the winner will be crowned.”

This does not sound like the Eurovision. It does, however, sound very much like Melodifestivalen, Sweden’s extremely popular national song selection competition, but I guess that doesn’t quite have the same brand recognition.

There’s an Escape Room 2 coming!

By | June 7, 2021

Well this is extremely exciting, there’s ANOTHER Escape Room film coming out, but this differentiates itself from all the other films called Escape Room by being a sequel i.e. Escape Room 2: Tournament of Champions.

This one’s a sequel to the big budget Sony one (“This big budget high concept film sees a group of invited strangers take on a series of escape rooms, each of which is filled with DEADLY PERIL. It’s effectively a series of set-piece rooms each with only one real puzzle in them, but it’s schlocky fun and has a variety of settings and ideas. Think a slightly less lovable Cube but with worse characters and a variety of sets.”) and looks to have been made in a similar vein, with survivors from previous games playing again whether they like it or not. The last one left itself very open to a sequel, and if it’s basically going to be like a 15-rated version of Saw, increasingly ridiculous backstory and all, then this is something I’m prepared to live with.

Edit: And speaking of escaping, Amazon Prime have three of the five seasons of Escape From Scorpion Island to watch now.

It’s Schlag Saturday 5/6/21

By | June 4, 2021

Saturday, 7:15pm (UK) 8:15 (CET),
Pro Sieben and naughty internet streaming

Yo, what are you doing this evening? Not much these days I bet! So why not join us as two celebs battle it out for €100,000 in an empty studio across fifteen mystery games, one of which will be Blamieren oder Kassieren, live on German television?

As ever we will have our Discord open for live chat and quizzing and gossip and stuff. Remember it’s a privilege not a right so behave yourselves. To avoid cutting out, we advise turning Auto-sensitivity off and setting it to -85dB or so in your settings.

To watch it would be useful to sign up for ProSieben’s catch-up service – it’s pretty simple to work out, don’t click the box if you don’t want e-mail messages. You will need to put in a proper e-mail because it will send you a confirmation. You will need some sort of VPN service to watch live.

Unfortunately we will not be streaming our chat to Youtube this time round as I’m actually busy most of the evening, and moving forward it’s likely to become Discord only as this frees up the ability for us to do cool things (like *you* not needing a VPN to watchalong, ahem). There will still be people watching and chatting along though.