UNLIKE movies, remakes of games - especially decent ones - tend to be a good thing. And that's exactly the case with Pipemania.
First released way back in 1989, Pipemania is proof if ever it were needed that great gameplay is all you really need for a top notch computer game.
Just as with its predecessors, there's no snazzy, earth-shattering graphics to be found, but you don't need it, because the basis of the game is so strong. It's a puzzler from the old-school stable of Tetris & Co.
THANKS to the rise of the MP3 player, headphones have been given something of a rennaisance.
But if you're bored of wearing those silly cans the trendy types use or you're not wanting to advertise the fact you have an iPod worth nicking thanks to white cabling, then the I Logic Hat might be right up your street.
This beanie hat features built-in earphones to keep your lugholes warm and entertained at the same time - perfect for braving those winter morning commutes.
The sound quality is on a par with any of the mid-range earphones you'd find on the market and the fact they're built in does seem to lessen the tinny sound that your fellow commuters have to listen to.
Priced at £14.99, the I Logic Hat is available from the aptly-named www.iwantoneofthose.com.
THE days of lugging clunky CD players abroad are long gone thanks to the power of the MP3 player.
But what do you do if you want to use the music on your iPod through something greater than your earphones?
Well, Celleden have provided a solution with their Wireless Stereo Player and Bluetooth Universal Stereo Dongle.
AT long last we have a rival to the undisputed heavyweight champion of wrestling games.
The fact that the Smackdown v Raw series won the title by default as there was no competition is neither here nor there, but just like the televised wrestling world, TNA are now a serious rival to the all-conquering WWE.
There can be no doubting that plenty of work has gone into giving this game a graphics package to be proud of and it never disappoints. Every grappler in the game is brilliantly rendered and the action gives the feel of watching the stars of TNA going at it in the six-sided ring.
YOU begin to wonder whether there'll ever be a game released again on the Nintendo Wii where you play with the controller as a traditional game pad.
Family Trainer is the latest release to make use of an accessory, in this case a mat which has all the hallmarks of the dance mat which opened the door for multiplayer family gaming on various platforms.
But as we all know, the Wii has given this family-orientated fun a new meaning and Family Trainer is a welcome addition.
It throws out the seriousness of the Wii Fit and brings in laugh out loud gaming for groups of players.
FOR a game to really sparkle in the RPG market, it needs to offer something outside the norm.
Sadly, Infinite Undiscovery fails to do this. However, there's still a solid game to be played - and enjoyed - here.
Once you get beyond the naff name of the game, you're straight into the fantasy world and the baffling complexity of gameplay. But again, this isn't a problem unique to this particular RPG title.
However, the gameplay, while often remaining fiddly, does improve over time (apart from one area, which I'll come onto later).
YOU'D think that after the successes of Nintendogs and The Sims franchise, mashing the two titles together would produce videogame gold.
Well unfortunately it doesn't quite reach the heights you might expect.
Yes, it's a sweet game which youngsters will enjoy, but the repetitive nature of the game is never really overcome as it has been in previous Sims titles.
Apartment Pets sees you run a pet spa and keep animals in an upstairs flat. And that's about it.
THE makers of sports games would usually be tearing up their sales forecast charts if the star of their title picked up a long-term injury just before launch.
But such is the power of the Tiger Woods brand and the previous success of these titles that this latest effort still has all the pulling power Electronic Arts could ever want.
And despite them pretty much sewing up the golf game market, EA certainly haven't rested on their club bags.
THE rise of American Football on this side of the pond was clear to see when the NFL packed out Wembley for a game last season.
But for those of us who've developed a knowledge of the sport from the Madden franchise, we're already aware how much fun it can be.
Just like Tiger Woods, the Madden series continues to go from strength to strength with new and improved features being added to the mix every year. The graphics once again ooze genuine quality while the TV-style broadcasts give the game a big match feeling which really adds to the atmosphere.
TOO Human is one of those games that has a Marmite feel to it - you really will either love it or you'll hate it.
Despite being years in the making and having the hype factor which RPG games seem to come with as standard these days, the game doesn't seem to gel at times and can almost border on the repetitive.
But underlying the whole gaming experience is a strange addictiveness that makes you want to keep going and keep on killing those sci-fi enemies.