Go Straight The Ultimate Guide to Side-Scrolling Beat-Em-Ups (2022)

This is an absolutely stunning collection of photographs and stories about the history of side-scrolling beat-em-up games. It’s a very comprehensive guide (spanning over 400 glossy pages!) and beautifully curated. I thought I’d played quite a few games from this genre over the years but there were tons of games featured in here I’d never even heard of! The games featured are from those released between 1980 and 2021 and across multiple platforms. The book has obviously been a labour of love and bitmap books have really outdone themselves yet again with this meaty publication. The games are ordered in chapters chronologically by decade and what I really like is it not only reveals backstories about each of the games but also describes the endings of games which are often quirky are provide unexpected twists. It’s glossy and full colour and there are loads of folder out flaps which reveal more information (game maps, character lists etc) which is a nice touch. Looking through this book for a 40 something gamer like me who has also worked in the gaming industry was a moving and nostalgic journey down memory lane. Double dragon, renegade, streets of rage, golden axe, ninja warriors. They’re all in here and many more you probably didn’t even know existed. Buy this from amazon https://amzn.to/3DZUGFv

Product details

RRP: £34.99
Publisher ‏ : ‎ Bitmap Books (4 April 2022)
Language ‏ : ‎ English
Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 456 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1838019154
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1838019150


The Art of Spyro: Reignited Trilogy (2020)

Here is my review The Art of Spyro Reignited Trilogy which is lavish and colour hardcover artbook based on the Spyro video games. The book is a large square format and was published by Titan Books in July 2020. It’s packed with character art from the games and various location art too. Buy the book from amazon https://amzn.to/36EbSUD

Product details

RRP: £35
Publisher ‏ : ‎ Titan Books (UK); Titan edition (31 July 2020)
Language ‏ : ‎ English
Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 244 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1789095646
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1789095647
Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 26.1 x 2.9 x 30.1 cm

Gears of War Retrospective – The First Ten Years (2019)

What a beautiful labour of love this book is. It’s described as a retrospective and really feels like an honest look back at the history of the Gears of War video game franchise. The book features plenty of interesting back stories about the making of this cult title series but is also brimming with glorious concept art work and even features some rather nifty tribute art too!

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Product details

Publisher ‏ : ‎ Udon Entertainment; 1st edition (16 July 2019)
Language ‏ : ‎ English
Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 200 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1772940984
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1772940985
Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 21.59 x 2.29 x 28.7 cm

Minecraft Guide to Enchantments and Potions: An official Minecraft book from Mojang

In Minecraft, danger lurks around every corner and you’ll need powerful tools and equipment if you want to survive. Check out this book published by Egmont which lifts the lid of the secrets of minecraft enchantments and potions and it’s all done in the most purplest of ways folks!

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Product details

Publisher ‏ : ‎ Egmont (3 May 2018)
Language ‏ : ‎ English
Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 80 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1405288957
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1405288958
Reading age ‏ : ‎ 8 – 16 years
Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 15.4 x 1.7 x 21.7 cm

The Art of Ratchet and Clank

I have a look through this hardcover artbook from Dark Horse Books based on the artwork of the popular long running video game franchise Ratchet and Clank.

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Product details

Publisher ‏ : ‎ Dark Horse; 1st edition (24 July 2018)
Language ‏ : ‎ English
Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 184 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1506705723
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1506705729
Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 23.6 x 2.67 x 31.27 cm