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Button Mash – Heros and Villains at The Bradford Playhouse on April 22nd from 3pm til late

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Holy video games, Batman! Button Mash are back!

There’s a lot of bad people out there, so grab your cape and get ready to save the world, because this event’s going to be all about heroes and villains!

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In between fighting crime (or overthrowing Western society, whatever’s more your style) all your Button Mash favourites will be available. Our traditional cavalcade of games consoles new and old will be set up for you indulge in the nostalgia of your classic favourites or enjoy the latest in the world of gaming.

Crowd favourite Rock Band 4 will be back on a real stage so you can experience all the glamour of being a real rock star without the pesky trouble of learning a real instrument. It’s what karaoke should always have been!

The video gaming quiz is back by popular demand for round four, so brush up on your nerdy trivia as we test your wits with prizes to be won! You may want to open up a comic book or two for our themed round.

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The Mash-Up tournament returns, but this time we’re taking it back to basics and keeping it simple with no silly shenanigans. Unless…? No, nobody would try to spoil the fun, would they?

If Ttbletop is more your thing we’ll have our ever-expanding selection of the finest in board, dice, and card games for you to get to grips with. You are as always invited to bring your own, too!ion of the finest in board, dice, and card games for you to get to grips with. You are of course invited to bring your own, too!

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We always love seeing cosplay, and we just know one or two of you have a secret identity you’re waiting to share with the world. If you’re feeling morally neutral, that’s fine too, because you’re welcome to come as whoever you want. There will be a prize for the best costume!

If tabletop is more your thing we’ll have our ever-expanding selection of the finest in board, dice, and card games for you to get to grips with. Team up and save the world in Pandemic, or just become a terrible person with Cards Against Humanity. You are as always invited to bring your own games, too!

Crowd favourite Rock Band 4 will be back on a real stage so you can experience all the glamour of being a real rock star without the pesky trouble of learning a real instrument. It’s what karaoke should always have been!

This clash of good vs evil will be happening at The Bradford Playhouse on April 22nd from 3pm til late. Tickets are £4 on the door, not available in advance. This event is open to everyone. Drinks and snacks will be available from The Bradford Playhouse bar.

LOYALTY CARDS

Are you a Button Mash regular? Don’t forget your loyalty card and continue earning your Button Mash gamerscore points.

 

Event Address – The New Bradford Playhouse

Bradford’s First Pokemon Go Gathering Event

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Calling all Pokémon trainers! As Pokémon fever sweeps the world, Button Mash is proud to present a Pokémon Go Gathering like no other! The first gathering of its kind in the historic city of Bradford, Button Mash invites gamers of all allegiances, whether Valor, Mystic or Instinct, to join us for a gaming party to remember.

Button Mash’s traditional and much loved Mash-Up Tournament has been re-imagined once more to test the skill, intellect and teamwork of only the very best trainers in the land. A team of four players will be given the exclusive opportunity to set sail for the iconic Orange Islands once travelled by Ash Ketchum in the early days of his adventures. Once there, these four will compete in a series of challenges designed to test their skills to the limit, with four exclusive gym badges available to win should they be successful. The more badges they can acquire, the more prizes they will win for the whole team at the end!

For you Pokemon Go players, the richly historic surroundings of Little Germany are ripe with pokestops and gyms, and we’ll be running lures all day to ensure you can keep on catching ‘em all. We’ll even set up a pokécentre for you to recharge your batteries.

Classic Button Mash favourites will be present as always, with heaps of retro consoles and sofas to chill out and get your nostalgia on with your friends. Rock Band 4 will be back to take kareoke to the next level. Our gaming trivia will test your gaming knowledge with fabulous prizes to be won and perhaps only a liberal sprinkling of pokemon questions involved. Cosplay is as ever heartily encouraged and there will be a prize for the best costume; we hope to see a few pokemon and trainers.

This Button Mash Gathering will take place in The Bradford Playhouse in Little Germany, Bradford on Saturday 24th September from 3pm until late.

Please note that Mash-Up places are limited and not guaranteed, contestants will be drawn at random. Please contact the event organisers via Facebook for more information or ask at the reception to be put down as a contestant.

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Do you wanna be the very best, like no one ever was? Then you need to come on down to Button Mash!

Pokémon fever has gripped the world, and we’re no exception, so our next event is going to be Pokémon themed! Don your cap, and assemble your best team as you try to catch them all.

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It’s not all Pokémon though, and as is tradition, we’ll be bringing our usual cavalcade of TVs and consoles new and old so you can indulge in the nostalgia of your classic favourites or enjoy the latest in the world of gaming.

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Crowd favourite Rock Band 4 will be back on a real stage so you can experience all the glamour of being a real rock star without the pesky trouble of learning a real instrument. It’s what karaoke should always have been!

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The video gaming quiz, our hot new new fan favourite, is back for round three so sharpen your wits as we delve into even more archives of obscure gaming trivia with an obligatory Pokémon round.

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The Mash-Up tournament returns in all its splendor once again, and this time our intrepid Mashtronauts will be setting sail for the Orange Islands to claim prestigious gym badges.

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If Ttbletop is more your thing we’ll have our ever-expanding selection of the finest in board, dice, and card games for you to get to grips with. You are as always invited to bring your own, too!ion of the finest in board, dice, and card games for you to get to grips with. You are of course invited to bring your own, too!

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We always love seeing what creative cosplays people can come up with, and we’d be super disappointed not to see a few Pokémon and trainers this time around, but of course you’re welcome to come as whoever you want. There will be a prize for the best costume!

POKEMON LURES

For the avid Pokémon Go players (that’s most of you, right?) there’s three pokéstops within reach of the building and we’ll be running lures on them all day so you can keep catching ‘em while you enjoy the event.

This one-of-a-kind Poképarty will be at The Bradford Playhouse on September 24th from 3pm til late. Tickets are £4 on the door, not available in advance. This event is open to everyone. Drinks and snacks will be available from The Bradford Playhouse bar.

LOYALTY CARDS

Are you a Button Mash regular? Don’t forget your loyalty card and continue earning your Button Mash gamerscore points.

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Event Address – The New Bradford Playhouse

Button Mash XIII – 5th Year Anniversary!

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Button Mash is back this March bringing gaming joy back to Bradford!

Button Mash is turning 5 years old and we’re celebrating by doing what we do best, throwing a gaming party!

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Video Games. We’ll be bringing our usual cavalcade of TVs and consoles new and old so you can indulge in the nostalgia of your classic favourites or enjoy the latest and greatest.

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Rock Band, always a star attraction, follow the rhythm, sing to hearts content and show us your stellar skills once again in our designated Rockband room.

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The Mash-Up tournament is back with a twist! Our team of Mastronauts will have to work together for a change as they attempt to overcome challenges for prizes and glory in The Diamond Labyrinth!

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If tabletop is more your thing we’ll have our ever-expanding selection of the finest in board, dice, and card games for you to get to grips with. You are of course invited to bring your own, too!

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It is of course a birthday party so there also will be cake! (CAUTION: Cake may or may not be a lie)

Cosplay is, as always, highly encouraged, so show us your creative side! There will be a prize for the best costume!

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So how much are we asking for this gaming experience? Whatever you want! You’ll be able to pay-what-you-want for entry on the door, but we’ll have bonus mini games for awesome prizes for people who beat the average price.

LOYALTY CARDS

Are you a Button Mash regular? Don’t forget your Loyalty Card and continue earning your Button Mash Gamerscore points

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Event Address – The New Bradford Playhouse

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Dare you venture into the Diamond Labyrinth in the search of gaming glory…? In celebration of our five year anniversary, for the first time ever Button Mash proudly presents its most ambitious, most challenging Mash-Up tournament to date, The Diamond Labyrinth.

Inspired by 90s cult classic game shows The Crystal Maze and Fort Boyard, the Diamond Labyrinth will give six intrepid players the chance to win fabulous, or perhaps depending on how they do, not-so-fabulous prizes.

Challenge yourself with games of skill, dexterity, mental agility and devilish trivia with a visit from “Horsey”! Work your way through our four themed zones, pitting your abilities against our games tailored to the difficulty level of your choice. Once you’ve come through our challenges, your successes and a little bit of luck will give you the edge you need with everything to play for in our final challenge, which will require you to work together as a team in a test of your collective skills.

In addition to this all the classic Button Mash favourites return, including the Rock Band room, a wide array of Tabletop Games, our fifth anniversary Button Mash Quiz and all your favourite video game consoles. Our fifth anniversary promises to be our best Button Mash yet!

Button Mash’s 5th Birthday Party will be held in the historic charm of The Bradford Playhouse in Little Germany, Bradford on Saturday 19th March from 3pm until late.

Please note that Diamond Labyrinth places are limited and not guaranteed, contestants will be drawn at random. Please contact the event organisers via Facebook for more information or ask at the reception to be put down as a contestant.

Let us know you’re interested by going to our Facebook Event Page

Event Address – The New Bradford Playhouse

Button Mash XII Event 26th September 2015!

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              Button Mash is back this September bringing gaming joy back into Bradford!

Click the image above to go to the Facebook Event Page^^^ Join…it’s pay-what-ye-what!

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We’ll be bringing our usual cavalcade of TVs and consoles new and old so you can indulge in the nostalgia of your classic favourites or enjoy the latest and greatest.

Rockband1

Rock Band, always a star attraction, follow the rhythm, sing to hearts content and show us your stellar skills once again in our designated Rockband room.

The Mash Up Tournament1+

The Mash-Up tournament makes a triumphant return, pitting valiant gamers against each other in a battle of skill, wits and probably a degree of luck for tremendous glory, prestige, epic swag and most of all, for our personal entertainment.

We’ll will bringing a new mix of epic games with awesome prizes to be won! Plus a brand NEW gaming quiz!

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If tabletop is more your thing we’ll have our ever-expanding selection of the finest in board, dice, and card games for you to get to grips with. You are of course invited to bring your own, too!

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Cosplay is, as always, highly encouraged, so show us your creative side! It’s also International Talk Like a Pirate Day (okay it’s a week late, but who’s counting?) so we want to see some of your swashbuckling styles! There will be a prize for the best costume!

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So how much are we asking for this gaming experience? Whatever you want! You’ll be able to pay-what-you-want for entry on the door, but we’ll have bonus mini games for awesome prizes for people who beat the average price.

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Event Address – The New Bradford Playhouse

Button Mash XI Event – 30th May 2015!

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               Button Mash is back this summer bringing gaming joy back to Bradford!

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We’ll be bringing our usual cavalcade of TVs and consoles new and old so you can indulge in the nostalgia of your classic favourites or enjoy the latest and greatest.

Rockband_000002

Rock Band, always a star attraction, follow the rhythm, sing to hearts content and show us your stellar skills once again in our designated Rockband room.

The Mash Up Tournament_000002+

The Mash-Up tournament makes a triumphant return, pitting valiant gamers against each other in a battle of skill, wits and probably a degree of luck for tremendous glory, prestige, epic swag and most of all, for our personal entertainment.

New to the mix will be an epic game of Werewolf. Buckle in for a treat as we take you to the quaint village of Miller’s Hollow. Who do you think you can trust in a game of intrigue, suspicion and betrayal? With awesome prizes to be won… if you survive!

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If tabletop is more your thing we’ll have our ever-expanding selection of the finest in board, dice, and card games for you to get to grips with. You are of course invited to bring your own, too!

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Cosplay is, as always, highly encouraged, so show us your creative side! Come down dressed as your favourite character and there will be a prize for the best costume!

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So how much are we asking for this gaming experience? Whatever you want! You’ll be able to pay-what-you-want for entry on the door, but we’ll have bonus mini games for awesome prizes for people who beat the average price.

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Event Address – The New Bradford Playhouse

Button Mash X Event

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Sorry. Mario. Your princess is in another castle. You could keep searching castles all day long. It will a lot more fun to go to Button Mash X instead.

Button Mash returns on everyones favourite day of the year – Valentines Day! On Saturday 14th February we’ll be returning once again to The New Bradford Playhouse to bring you the gaming celebration of the new year!

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We’ll be bringing our usual cavalcade of TVs and consoles new and old so you can indulge in the nostalgia of your classic favourites or enjoy the latest and greatest.

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Rock Band, always a star attraction, has levelled up! We’ll be moving Rock Band upstairs to the auditorium so you can play in front of a huge crowd for a totally authentic superstar experience.

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What’s this? The Mash-Up Tournament is Evolving! Instead of pitting you against each other in silly games for our entertainment, this time you’ll be joining forces together to overcome incredible odds. Such is the power of the Mashtronauts Combined!

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If tabletop is more your thing we’ll have a selection of the finest in board, dice, and card games for you to get to grips with. You are of course invited to bring your own, too!

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Cosplay is, as always, highly encouraged. Feel free to give it some romantic flair, as long as you keep the public displays of affection to a minimum. Show us your creative side! Come down dressed as your favourite character and there will be a prize for the best costume!

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So how much are we asking for this gaming experience? Whatever you want! You’ll be able to pay-what-you-want for entry on the door, but we’ll have bonus mini games for awesome prizes for people who beat the average price. Doors open at 3PM and we’ll be lasting until late that evening.

[Couples are totally welcome to join us, if you’re crazy enough to want to spend your romantic holiday playing games with us.] 

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Button Mash 9 Event

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Button Mash 9 Gaming Event on the 18th October 2014 at The New Bradford Playhouse! 

Button Mash returns for it’s biggest and best event to date! On Sat 18th October we’ll be returning to The New Bradford Playhouse to bring you the gaming celebration of the year!

We’ll be bringing our usual cavalcade of TVs and consoles new and old so you can indulge in the nostalgia of your classic favourites or enjoy the latest and greatest.

Rock Band, always a star attraction, has levelled up! We’ll be moving Rock Band upstairs to the auditorium so you can play in front of a huge crowd for a totally authentic superstar experience.

The Mash-up tournament returns in force! There will be several tournaments throughout the day with even more prizes so even more of you can get involved. We’ll have plenty more new challenges to keep you on your toes.

If tabletop is more your thing we’ll have a selection of the finest in board, dice, and card games for you to get to grips with. You are of course invited to bring your own, too!

Cosplay is, as always, highly encouraged. A halloween/horror theme is suggested (what with it being that time of year) but by no means mandatory, so show us your creative side! Come down dressed as your favourite character and there will be a trophy for the best costume!

So how much are we asking for this gaming experience? Whatever you want! You’ll be able to pay-what-you-want for entry on the door, but we’ll have bonus mini games for awesome prizes for people who beat the average price.

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Event Location – The New Bradford Playhouse – Bradford, West Yorkshire

Please if you can, come join in the gaming fun and come let us and your friends know of the event. Facebook Event Page : https://www.facebook.com/events/1467601316850011/

First Look at BeatBlasters III

You could easily be forgiven for having not caught BeatBlasters 1 and 2. This is mainly because they don’t exist. BeatBlasters III is the first title out of Canadian developer Chainsawesome Games and their choice to lead with a title numbered “three” is a little unconventional, but it definitely seems to set the tone for the game.

pirateBeatBlasters III touts itself as a hybrid of a platforming game and a rhythm game. Whilst it’s certainly true there are elements of these genres in there, the product as a whole is decidedly stranger than the sum of it’s parts. You take on the role of either Joey or Gina, a young boy and girl, both fans of music, who arrive in the town of Acapella only to run into the town’s ruler, The Butcher, who promptly throws them both out on account of the town’s music prohibition laws. From here, it’s up to you to help them return to the city and overthrow the tyrant through a series of colourful and musical challenges.

The kids are armed with three abilities: the eponymous Beat Blaster – a bolt of energy they can fire forwards as a weapon, a magical shield bubble around them and a pair of nifty rocket boots that will offer a limited flight ability. The weapon can be upgraded as you progress through the game, allowing you to perhaps return to earlier levels you had trouble with for a better score.

The game itself plays out as a series of challenging minigames, requiring creative use of these three abilities in varying combinations. The simplest of these, the first level, sees you attempting to save a collection of peanuts from a band of thieves on behalf of a family of bugs. This is about as much context as you get in many levels. There’s no particular rhyme or reason to whatever your current challenge might be, you just have to go along with it.

Other challenges have you escorting a rocket-powered Viking longship full of Eskimo warriors across the snow to invade an ice castle ruled by a pirate, or attempting to traverse an obstacle course with a pile of penguins in order to return the spirit of the scientist Dr Penguinstein, trapped in said penguins, to his physical form. It’s all nonsense of the highest order, but the challenges themselves are well crafted, fun, and satisfying to complete.

cutalotThe rhythm element of the game is used to recharge the three abilities, which otherwise all have a limited amount of power before you can no longer use them. An indicator at the top of the screen bounces along to the beat of the music, and by holding down a charge button and tapping the buttons for the abilities you wish to charge along with the beat you can top up the power.

This recharging will begin slowly at first, increasing faster if you can sustain a combo, hitting the beats correctly for long enough. Multiple abilities can be recharged at a time as part of the same combo, so a good sense of rhythm will see you always having the correct tools for the job, otherwise you could find yourself floundering to recharge in the middle of the action. It is worth noting at this stage, that this is all a little tricky to execute on a keyboard; if you don’t have some manner of gamepad plugged into your computer, you could find yourself struggling more so than otherwise.

For a game that features music as its principal theme, the rhythm elements are fairly weak, serving mainly to add balance and pacing to the challenges themselves. However, I feel like the challenges are good enough to stand on their own. There’s a lot of variety in them and they’re definitely creative, if frequently a little odd. They’ll provide a good challenge too, with 32 levels in total to play through, and by level 10 they will already be testing your skills at multitasking tackling the challenge at hand and maintaining enough power to be able to use your abilities. If you’re finding things too easy, there’s also a unlockable harder difficulty to better test you and you can step down to an easier difficulty if you find yourself stuck on a tough challenge.

Overall, BeatBlasters III is by no means without its flaws, but it’s a fun and innovative little title that you would do well to check out.

BeatBlasters III is out now for PC, Mac and Linux. For more information, please visit www.beatblastersiii.com

Originally posted on The Yorkshire Standard