Straight to Hell, Boy- CLAUSTROPHOBIA in Review

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claustrphobia Frank Branham claimed that CLAUSTROPHOBIA "might be better than SPACE HULK" when he introduced it to me. I listened to my gut instinct, which tells me that no man that enjoys the taste and texture of Creamed Pull Candy(sort of a sweetened shortening) should be trusted in such regards. "Poppycock" said I, and dismissed his ludicrous claim out of hand. He was of course wrong and eventually recognizant of his error, but the fact remains that CLAUSTROPHOBIA is a really good dungeon crawl game that sets itself apart from the pack by being extremely easy to get into and play in a reasonable amount of time. It definitely fits into Uba's whole "short games that don't suck" idea, and there are things about that I think make it more appealing than even venerable old DESCENT. The first time I played it, I thought "hey, this is like SORCEROR'S CAVE". And they really just don't make games like that any more. I think it'd also make for a fine kid's game as it introduces important life concepts like smashing demons in the face with a hammer and that Hell is a fun place that you should go in an easy to understand and exciting way. So there's a review at, of course.


Michael is a member of the Fortress: Ameritrash staff, and a regular columnist for Gameshark.

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Sometime in the early 1980s, MichaelBarnes’ parents thought it would be a good idea to buy him a board game to keep him busy with some friends during one of those high-pressure, “free” timeshare vacations. It turned out to be a terrible idea, because the game was TSR’s Dungeon! - and the rest, as they say, is history. Michael has been involved with writing professionally about games since 2002, when he busked for store credit writing for Boulder Games’ newsletter. He has written for a number of international hobby gaming periodicals and popular Web sites. From 2004-2008, he was the co-owner of Atlanta Game Factory, a brick-and-mortar retail store. He is currently the co-founder of and as well as the Editor-in-Chief of Miniature Market’s Review Corner feature. He is married with two childen and when he’s not playing some kind of game he enjoys stockpiling trivial information about music, comics and film.

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