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Two guys sit back and talk gaming. Be it retro, modern or indie, we discuss news, what we're currently playing and our regular gaming "book club".

Two guys sit back and talk gaming. Be it retro, modern or indie, we discuss news, what we're currently playing and our regular gaming "book club".


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Two guys sit back and talk gaming. Be it retro, modern or indie, we discuss news, what we're currently playing and our regular gaming "book club".






Episode 36 - The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap

After a short break, we're back to our normal format with a bang! We're looking at the excellent Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap for Game Boy Advance! It's Tibbs' first go on a Zelda, and we also approach the series in general from this angle, so anyone also looking to get into the series might do well to listen! Elsewhere, we've been playing embarrassingly little for the last three months, though we did both take the new Streets of Rage 4 DLC for a spin, as well as Mario Kart Live: Home...


Episode 35 - Sonic the Hedgehog Music Special - Part 2

We complete our look at 30 years of Sonic the Hedgehog games and great music from said games! This time we're covering the most memorable titles from 2004 to now, finding that Sonic games went from wildly experimental (sometimes too much) to wildly nostalgic (also sometimes too much), but they never failed to be interesting, and never failed to offer great music! We're playing one great track from each game, including many rarely discussed deep cuts from these tremendous...


Episode 34 - Sonic the Hedgehog Music Special - Part 1

It's the 30th anniversary of the first Sonic the Hedgehog game! We're celebrating with a pair of special episodes in which we discuss 30 different Sonic games (or thereabouts..) from his 30 years, plus we're playing 30 different music tracks, one representing each game discussed! Part 1 covers years 1991 - 2003 and includes games such as the original Mega Drive outings, the Adventure games and more, plus iconic tracks such as Star Light Zone, Launch Base Zone and of course everyone's...


Episode 33 - Poinie's Poin

Probably our most obscure game yet, Japanese-only PS2 game, Poinie's Poin is in the book club this month! A colourful 3D adventure platformer with funny, charming characters and an even funnier English translation! We also share thoughts on the recent Sonic Central livestream, plus Ghosts of Tsushima, Dishonoured, and we find ourselves squinting at irritatingly small in-game iconography. podemup.live | @PodEmUp | podemup@gmail.com | twitch.tv/podemup


Episode 32 - Sayonara Wild Hearts

In this episode, we essentially play a music album.. It's Sayonara Wild Hearts! An indie game for modern consoles that sets sublimely smooth, quick reflex, score attack gameplay to a truly immersive soundtrack. Plus, Ollie's played Balan Wonderworld and still doesn't understand why he's the only one who likes it, and Tibbs reveals The Rock's unique method acting skills. Our Incoming Indie this month was Battle Axe - http://numskullgames.com/project/battle-axe/ podemup@gmail.com |...


Episode 31 - Lollipop Chainsaw

Put the kids to bed, it's an adults-only video game book club this month, as we look at the racy and outrageous zombie chainsaw-em-up, Lollipop Chainsaw for the 360 and PS3! Speaking of PS3, we're also talking about a potentially devastating problem for the preservation of the most recent PlayStations, Ollie fails to adequately explain the battle system in Little Town Hero, and Tibbs tells us about the time he had a giant My Little Pony forced upon him. Follow @DoesItPlay1 on Twitter to...


Episode 30 - Bugsnax

Everyone's talkin' 'bout Bugsnax! And so are we! This PS4/5/PC first person puzzler/RPG starring the Bugsnax and their surprisingly emotional consumers, the Grumpuses, features in our video game book club! Plus, Nintendo Direct, Xbox GoldenEye, and why you're wrong about the Balan Wonderworld demo! We carried on discussing Bugsnax's ending after the show. If you've seen the ending or don't mind MAJOR SPOILERS, come and listen at:...


Episode 29 - Walker

It's a new year of Pod 'em Up, and we somehow get a full length episode out of our fun-but-simple book club game: Walker for the Amiga! If you're not into shooting bad guys with a massive mech, we've also got the recently discovered Sonic 1 prototype up for discussion, there's a lovely Incoming Indie this month, and Tibbs is frustrated with Crash Bandicoot 4, while Ollie is bloodthirsty for revenge! Why? Find out in episode 29 of Pod 'em Up! Hoa: https://www.hoathegame.com/ Sonic 1...


Episode 28 - Aladdin vs Aladdin

In this vaguely Christmassy episode, we attempt to settle one of the age old 16 bit rivalries, argued over since 1993 - which Aladdin is better? Mega Drive or SNES? Will we even come to a consensus? Plus, there's even more favourites to be picked later in the show, as it's the last episode of 2020, and that means it's time for the third annual Pod 'em Up awards! podemup@gmail.com | @PodEmUp | podemup.live | twitch.tv/podemup


Episode 27 - Incredible Crisis

Thrills! Chills! Drama! Suspense! Romance! Family values! Back rubs! This game has it all - it's Incredible Crisis for PS1! Plus, Dark PIctures Anthology: Little Hope, SuperMash, Console Wars: the documentary, and a discussion about the recent Mario Bros Game & Watch takes us on a little trip down memory lane as we recall our favourite Tiger handheld electronic games. Incoming Indie this month was @BerserkBoyGame on Twitter. podemup@gmail.com | @PodEmUp | podemup.live | twitch.tv/podemup


Episode 26 - Costume Quest

It's our Halloween special! Join us as we discuss the perfect game for the occasion, Double Fine's Costume Quest! A mini RPG in which costume-clad children go door to door, fighting monsters and rescuing lost siblings. Plus, we discover why the clocks change for daylight savings, and rave reviews for the £1 pumpkin carving kit from the Co-op! Incoming Indie: Crumble (https://store.steampowered.com/app/1061180/Crumble/) @PodEmUp | podemup@gmail.com | podemup.live


Episode 25 - Chibi-Robo!

It's time for hidden gem on the GameCube, Chibi-Robo! The loveable little robot that wants everyone to be happy! It's not all roses and sunshine for NIntendo this month though, as we pick a bone with them about their recent "limited" announcements. Also discussed: New Super Lucky's Tale and Hotshot Racing, plus Mario 3D All-stars and Super Mario Bros. 35. podemup@gmail.com | podemup.live | @PodEmUp


Episode 24 - Knuckles' Chaotix and Ninty Fresh #1

It's a double feature this month! On the SEGA side, we've got 32X action with Knuckles' Chaotix in the book club, but if you're more of a Nintendo fan you might enjoy our look at issue #1 of brand new unofficial Nintendo magazine, Ninty Fresh! Also join us for some general magazine chat, see if you can beat Tibbs' score in the Mario quiz, and we'll discuss the ill-fated Mega Drive 32X console too. Buy Ninty Fresh at https://nintyfresh.net/ podemup.net | podemup@gmail.com | @PodEmUp |...


Episode 23 - Wild 9

This month we look at 2.5D platforming innovation with Wild 9 on PS1 (Earthworm Jim's far-less-talked about younger brother)! Plus, Tibbs inadvertently drops a bomb of the F variety, while Ollie is far too tired to be in any state to record a podcast and sends his apologies for the resulting show. Grab your wangler janglers and take a wild ride with the muddled up world of Pod 'em Up! ("Lifties" welcome). Twitter: @PodEmUp Email: podemup@gmail.com Web: http://podemup.net


Episode 22 - Katamari Damacy

The hilarious and completely nuts "roll 'em up" Katamari Damacy is discussed for your listening pleasure in the book club this month, from the PS2 but now on Switch and PC. There's also much to discuss about the PS5 reveal, teeny weeny Game Gear Micros, and fog gaming. No, we don't really know what it is either. Twitter: @PodEmUp Email: podemup@gmail.com Web: http://podemup.net


Episode 21 - Dino Crisis

This month we look back at PS1 "panic horror" Dino Crisis, and we don't come away with the same opinion! Also on the table for discussion is the much anticipated Streets of Rage 4 and Tibbs has a change of heart on Final Fantasy VII Remake! Incoming Indie: http://thefalconeer.com Twitter: @PodEmUp Email: podemup@gmail.com Web: http://podemup.net


Episode 20 - Jet Set Radio

We're kicking off our third year in cel-shaded style as we cover the unique skating graffiti-em-up, Jet Set Radio, for the Sega Dreamcast! We also tackle the big subjects of the day, such as Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Final Fantasy VII Remake and Pokemon! We also might mention that virus thing that's going round too. Twitter: @PodEmUp Email: podemup@gmail.com Web: http://podemup.net


Episode 19 - Bad Games!.. Rise of the Robots and Overblood

We're finally back in business, with a bumper episode! We showcase a couple of stinkers this month in the book club, in the form of Rise of the Robots and Overblood. Can we find anything good to say? Plus, we belatedly crown a winner of the 2019 Pod 'em Up awards, and for good measure, throw in some discussion about Death Stranding, Dreams, Shenmue III and PS5/Series X. Thanks so much for your patience with us! Visit us at www.podemup.net, on Twitter @podemup or send us emails to...


Episode 18 - Driver: San Francisco

After a month off, we're back to talk about Driver: San Francisco! Check out XF Drive here: https://t.co/rxwRUi46P6 Visit us at www.podemup.net, on Twitter @podemup or send us emails to podemup@gmail.com.


Episode 17 - Music of the Mega Drive

A one-off solo episode this month that is completely different from our planned show. Instead, Ollie takes you through a selection of 50 of his favourite Mega Drive tunes, including tunes from all the main Sonics, most of the Streets of Rages, some of the Thunder Forces and a whole load more! It's Pod 'Em Up Radio, and it's on the air right now! All music from: https://project2612.org Full playlist available at: http://podemup.net/episodes/episode-17-music-of-the-mega-drive/