Author: Jasmin Osman

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons Review: Calm in the COVID-19 storm

April 7, 2020

I’ve never played an Animal Crossing game before. This might make me a terrible Nintendo fan. My curiosity was piqued by Animal Crossing: New Horizons in the lead-up to its launch. It seemed to offer something calming and unchallenging in a global moment of hardship and complexity. Fans have now had over two weeks to […]

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Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DXReview: Absolute Blastoise

March 30, 2020

Let me preface this review with an admission: despite my love for Pokémon, I’ve never played any of the Pokémon Mystery Dungeon games before. Rescue Team DX is a remake that combines the DS titles Rescue Team Red and Rescue Team Blue into a single package. Since I’ve not played them, it allowed me to go into […]

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Snack World: The Dungeon Crawl Gold Review: No flavour

February 18, 2020

Snack World: The Dungeon Crawl is another RPG developed by Level-5 (developers of the Layton series). Originally released in Japan in April of last year, Snack World is now available for the rest of the world to enjoy. Why “Gold”? Well, because this worldwide release features all the DLCs available from the Japanese version. You […]

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Layton’s Mystery Journey: Katrielle & the Millionaire’s Conspiracy Review: Stranger than fiction

November 25, 2019

The Layton series played a big part in my schooling years. Little ol’ me and my Nintendo DS, absolutely stoked to have this series in hand. If there was any gaming franchise that kept my mind alight, these were it, thanks to all its puzzles. There are now seven games in the Layton series. This […]

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Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince Review: Laughs, puzzles and beauty

October 17, 2019

Rarely do you find a puzzle role-playing game where the abilities you use to succeed are as eccentric as its cast of characters. Rarer still is the opportunity to share that experience with another player. This is why the Trine series is so important to me. With Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince, developer Frozenbyte has […]

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Daemon X Machina Review: Failure to energise

September 26, 2019

It’s been a little over two years since Daemon X Machina was announced at Nintendo’s 2017 E3 Direct and, after suffering through a troubled beta earlier in the year, has finally launched on the Switch. The trailers paint a picture of an amazing mech brawler with a lot of potential. Coming off of Astral Chain, […]

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Spyro Reignited Trilogy Review: Nostalgia on the go

September 11, 2019

Like most gamers of the 90’s, Spyro thje Dragon was one of the first ever games I’ve ever played and when the Spyro Reignited Trilogy was announced I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. Until it was only released for the PS4 and Xbox One (versions we’ve previously reviewed). Having only Nintendo Switch […]

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Astral Chain Review: One body, six minds

August 26, 2019

Boy, Nintendo sure have been dropping high profile titles like there’s no tomorrow. It wasn’t that long ago that we got our hands on Fire Emblem: Three Houses and here now we have Astral Chain. This Switch-exclusive got its hooks in early, keeping me from sleeping on a 12-hour flight and some subsequent nights after. […]

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Lollapalooza lands in Berlin next month with a wicked lineup – including these three Aussie acts!

August 14, 2019

The world-famous music festival Lollapalooza will be in German shores for the 5th year early next month, September 7th and 8th. While this year’s lineup is largely pop-leaning, you’ll find that the festival still offers little bites for everyone and Australia joins in on the fun, giving Germany a taste of Aus, with Byron Bay’s […]

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Flight Review: Does flying in AirAsia’s Quiet Zone make the seven hour Kuala Lumpur to Tokyo flight more bearable? (D7552)

April 7, 2019

When I think about taking a budget flight, I tend to fly for a maximum of 4 hours – about the length of a flight from Perth to Sydney. Anything longer than that and I’d never think twice about flying any budget carrier. But I had a 7 hour flight from Kuala Lumpur to Tokyo […]

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Flight Review: How does Malindo Air compare on the Kuala Lumpur to Singapore route? (OD805)

March 24, 2019

Prior to this, I have never heard of anyone flying Malindo Air and I’ve only ever seen anything about the airline on billboard adverts scattered around Kuala Lumpur. I fly the KL to Singapore route a lot with other airlines, so how does Malindo compare to the likes of Jetstar, Singapore Airlines or Air Asia? […]

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Flight Review: Flying from Kuala Lumpur to London with Malaysia Airlines and the new(ish) Airbus A350 (MH2)

March 20, 2019

Malaysia Airlines (MAS) hasn’t had the best of reputations in recent years, but as Malaysia’s flagship full-fledged carrier: the show must go on. Over the years though, MAS has had to stop serving a lot of their European routes, however their London route still remains and is (and has always been) their most popular. But […]

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Hotel Review: Park Hotel Farrer Park puts you in the middle of food heaven (Singapore)

January 29, 2019

Sitting atop Farrer Park MRT station and on the edge of Singapore’s Little India is Park Hotel’s latest addition to their hotel family. Only a few train stops away from the Singapore’s MRT hub, Dhoby Ghaut, Park Hotel Farrer Park is a good choice if you want to have a little peace and quiet but […]

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Second Taste: Porta’s Revamped Menu Gives Something for Everyone & Doesn’t Skip On Quality (Singapore)

January 21, 2019

I first tried Singapore restaurant Porta during my stay at Park Hotel Clarke Quay and while I didn’t say so in the small paragraph I wrote about it, I did immediately notice the lack of diversity on their menu in terms of dietary options. I mentioned that I was a pescetarian quite immediately when I sat […]

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Hotel Review: Singapore’s Oasia Hotel Novena offers wellness with top-tier service

October 9, 2018

Two train stops from Singapore’s shopping street, Orchard Road, lies Oasia Hotel Novena. With its own lift access to the Novena MRT station via its basement level (which also takes you directly to/from your room floor), you’re instantly connected to the rest of Singapore. Nesting between three hotels, this hotel attracts a lot of medical […]

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Photo Gallery: The Aussie BBQ at Music Matters ft. Your Girl Pho + Jaguar Jonze + Darling Brando + Ben Catley

September 10, 2018

Sound Australia’s Aussie BBQ returned to Clarke Quay in Singapore last night, with five Aussie bands hitting the stage at the Warehouse as part of Music Matters Live. Among them were Darling Brando, Brisbane’s Jaguar Jonze and Perth‘s Your Girl Pho, Ben Catley and Almond Soy. Jasmin Osman brings us these photos from the night: To […]

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7 things we learned from PUBG producer CH Kim at Gaming Matters in Singapore

September 10, 2018

Gaming Matters – part of the annual All That Matters conference – took off in Singapore yesterday with Kevin Lin, co-founder of the ever-growing streaming platform, Twitch, having a chat with CH Kim, the producer of one of the biggest battle royale games today: PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, better known as PUBG. Being in game development for […]

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Photo Gallery: Music Matters Live in Singapore feat. Darling Brando, Chores, Ben Catley, Gracenote and more

September 9, 2018

Music Matters Live kicked off in Singapore this weekend with a two night free festival that took over a number of venues in the city’s iconic Clarke Quay precinct. Amongst the international run of performers were Japanese act Amnesia, New Zealand duo Chores, Australia’s Ben Catley and Darling Brando, Singapore local acts ORANGECOVE and ShiGGA […]

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Photo Highlights: BIGSOUND Day Three feat. Regurgitator, HANDSOME, Sweater Curse and more

September 7, 2018

The final night of official showcasing at BIGSOUND 2018 has come and gone, but along the way our photographer Jasmin Osman managed to capture a few of the highlights from the night including surprise guests Regurgitator at the OzTix party, buzz act Sweater Curse, Sydney’s HANDSOME, Korea’s Wedance and East Brunswick All Girls Choir.

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Photo Highlights: Day Two of BIGSOUND broughts the likes of Wax Chattels, Sahara Beck, Tape/Off and more

September 6, 2018

Day Two of BIGSOUND brought crowds out in full force, some venues packed to the brim. Featured in this gallery are Carla Geneve, Tape/Off, Pool Shop, Wax Chattels and Sahara Beck:

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Photo Gallery: BIGSOUND’s Hear65 Singaporean Showcase introduced The Steve McQueens, Lion City legend Linying and more

September 6, 2018

Coming all the way from the hot Lion City, BIGSOUND’s comparatively chilly weather didn’t stop these four Singaporean acts from bringing the crowd. Featured in this gallery are The Steve McQueens, Charlie Lim, Linying and Intriguant:

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Photo Highlights: Day One of BIGSOUND 2018 feat. Alice Skye, Bugs, CLEWS and more

September 5, 2018

Day one of Brisbane’s BIGSOUND was met with pouring rain but that didn’t stop us from enjoying the night! Featured in this gallery are a few of our favourite performances from Alice Skye, Bugs, CLEWS (pictured), Voiid and The Beths:

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Singapore’s post-BIGSOUND conference All That Matters announces its 2018 program: Here are the highlights

August 10, 2018

Kicking off just as Brisbane’s BIGSOUND ends, Singapore’s All That Matters conference is Asia’s biggest entertainment conference. This year, the event is bringing some of the biggest guests from different entertainment industries back to Singapore’s Ritz-Carlton Hotel. Notable this year are the amount of new names the event will be hosting. In fact, this year’s […]

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Opinion: Women in gaming and the turning of the tides

June 1, 2018

Its 2018. Various countries are celebrating pay equality, women empowerment movements are everywhere but yet, the video games industry has yet to catch up. While we are here, be it in the media or development-side, there aren’t nearly enough of us. Despite what you hear, the video games industry is still very much a man’s […]

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Games Preview: The New God of War is Everything We’ve Been Asking For

March 19, 2018

Like quite a number of people, I was excited yet a little skeptical when Sony announced a new installment to the venerable God of War series. Was Santa Monica Studios going to roll out the same game but in a different skin? I got to be among the first in the world to find out, getting […]

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Review: AMOY Hotel by Far East Hospitality feels like home within a piece of Singapore’s history

January 24, 2018

Singapore is well known for its painstaking efforts to conserve its history alongside its development. Its location within Singapore’s CBD and Far East Square – a collection of conserved shophouses that are over 170 years old  – the AMOY Hotel is no different. A boutique hotel hidden within Fuk Tak Chi Museum, the oldest Chinese […]

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Review: Park Hotel Clarke Quay (Singapore) is a pleasing stay within an architectural tribute to colonial times

January 17, 2018

Located smack in the middle of Clarke Quay and Robertson Quay, Park Hotel‘s Clarke Quay branch is a treat within the heart of the Lion City. Another building inspired by Singapore’s colonial past, its simple yet beautiful layout is pleasing to the eyes. Walking into the lobby, I could see that the interior continues their […]

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5 video games we’re looking forward to in 2018

January 9, 2018

It’s a new year, which means that there’s gonna be a lot of new releases. Its also 2018, which means that we’re gonna get our hands on soo many amazing titles. It was hard enough to narrow my list down to just 5 games, but these are the ones that I know with 100% certainty […]

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Whisky Live Singapore offered some incredible firsts and had Australian bartenders along for the ride

November 29, 2017

Now in its eighth year, Whisky Live Singapore proved itself a truly unique experience over the weekend. The event brought in various brands of rum, whisky, gin and other spirits from near and far for attendees to savour and purchase. Taking place alongside the waters of Robertson Quay, rather than in a hotel ballroom like […]

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Hotel Review: Hotel Jen Orchard Gateway offers quiet amongst a busy Singapore shopping district

October 31, 2017

Smack in the middle of Singapore’s shopping district, Hotel Jen Orchard Gateway offers comfort and relaxation after a long day’s exploring of the Lion City. Don’t expect to get out of your cab and get straight into the checking in, however. I’m not exactly sure what the ground floor is used for, but the actual hotel […]

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