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Hong Kong’s abandoned sites pictured in all their decaying glory

HK Urbex’s first book, Spatial Cemetery, is a collection of haunting images shot by an anonymous team of urban explorers who are hoping to preserve the city’s fading heritage.

10 Nov 2019 - 10:21AM

HK Urbex’s first book, Spatial Cemetery, is a collection of haunting images shot by an anonymous team of urban explorers who are hoping to preserve the city’s fading heritage.

Hong Kong’s abandoned sites pictured in all their decaying glory
The 10 best places for a drink during Hong Kong Art Week, from The Pawn to Dragonfly

Whether it’s a place to be seen, somewhere to impress arty types or a hidden gem to get away from it all, there is a bar for everyone touring Art Basel, Art Central and Hong Kong’s many art galleries this week.

25 Mar 2019 - 7:00PM

Whether it’s a place to be seen, somewhere to impress arty types or a hidden gem to get away from it all, there is a bar for everyone touring Art Basel, Art Central and Hong Kong’s many art galleries this week.

The 10 best places for a drink during Hong Kong Art Week, from The Pawn to Dragonfly
Review | The Hong Kong Massacre video game channels John Woo with slow-motion gameplay

With its top-down perspective, balletic gunfights and pared-down, slow-motion gameplay, The Hong Kong Massacre has a nostalgic charm. It looks and feels like Hong Kong, but the action doesn’t sustain the excitement.

10 Feb 2019 - 1:40PM

With its top-down perspective, balletic gunfights and pared-down, slow-motion gameplay, The Hong Kong Massacre has a nostalgic charm. It looks and feels like Hong Kong, but the action doesn’t sustain the excitement.

The Hong Kong Massacre video game channels John Woo with slow-motion gameplay
New Year’s Eve 2018: the 11 best parties in Hong Kong – Crazy Rich Asians and James Bond-themed nights some of the highlights

See in the new year in style with the best steaks, free-flow deals, tiki disco and some very fancy dress. We have all the information you need to party all night long.

27 Dec 2018 - 9:48AM

See in the new year in style with the best steaks, free-flow deals, tiki disco and some very fancy dress. We have all the information you need to party all night long.

New Year’s Eve 2018: the 11 best parties in Hong Kong – Crazy Rich Asians and James Bond-themed nights some of the highlights
10 of the hottest Halloween parties in Hong Kong this October

From Potato Head’s Dark Disco to the Horror Circus at Armani/Prive and the secretive Dead Not Alive, this year’s line-up is better than ever.

30 Oct 2018 - 3:35PM

From Potato Head’s Dark Disco to the Horror Circus at Armani/Prive and the secretive Dead Not Alive, this year’s line-up is better than ever.

10 of the hottest Halloween parties in Hong Kong this October
Street Fighter: a look at the video game’s 31 years in the arena and the best titles in the series

It all started in 1987 as an arcade game with two fighters and simple controls. We follow the bestselling series – and its spin offs and terrible films – to the present day and its 30th anniversary release

31 May 2018 - 7:35PM

It all started in 1987 as an arcade game with two fighters and simple controls. We follow the bestselling series – and its spin offs and terrible films – to the present day and its 30th anniversary release

Street Fighter: a look at the video game’s 31 years in the arena and the best titles in the series
Six crazy and weird Japanese theme parks for an unforgettable experience

From some of the world’s most insane roller coasters to an authentic reproduction of Hong Kong’s Kowloon Walled City – right down to the trash – these Japanese theme parks will give you a visit to remember

23 May 2018 - 7:31AM

From some of the world’s most insane roller coasters to an authentic reproduction of Hong Kong’s Kowloon Walled City – right down to the trash – these Japanese theme parks will give you a visit to remember

Six crazy and weird Japanese theme parks for an unforgettable experience
Nine crazy places for real-life video games in Hong Kong: let battle begin

From real-life lightsabre battles to Mario Kart-style go-karting and Halo-esque futuristic shooting, Hong Kong has plenty to offer video game fans who want to get away from their screens and play for real

19 May 2018 - 7:45PM

From real-life lightsabre battles to Mario Kart-style go-karting and Halo-esque futuristic shooting, Hong Kong has plenty to offer video game fans who want to get away from their screens and play for real

Nine crazy places for real-life video games in Hong Kong: let battle begin
A nightlife guide to Hong Kong’s Art Week for an extra splash of colour with your drinks

After a day looking at artworks around town, you’ll probably be ready to relax and enjoy a tipple. From hotel bars to gallery bars to clubs, here are four recommended schedules for arty drinkers

27 Mar 2018 - 6:03PM

After a day looking at artworks around town, you’ll probably be ready to relax and enjoy a tipple. From hotel bars to gallery bars to clubs, here are four recommended schedules for arty drinkers

A nightlife guide to Hong Kong’s Art Week for an extra splash of colour with your drinks
10 of the best China-set video games, from Overwatch to Dynasty Warriors

More games are being set in China as its domestic gaming market grows, but developers largely avoided the country in the past. We take a look back at titles that bucked the trend, starting with a little-known adventure game from 1991

15 Feb 2018 - 5:02PM

More games are being set in China as its domestic gaming market grows, but developers largely avoided the country in the past. We take a look back at titles that bucked the trend, starting with a little-known adventure game from 1991

10 of the best China-set video games, from Overwatch to Dynasty Warriors
Developer of world’s worst video game, Hong Kong 1997, ends silence to reveal its strange genesis and beg gamers to drop it 

With little money and no programming expertise, Yoshihisa Kurosawa of Japan set out to make the worst game possible; he is mystified players have taken it so seriously that, 23, years on, they bombard his Facebook page with questions

2 Feb 2018 - 2:25AM

With little money and no programming expertise, Yoshihisa Kurosawa of Japan set out to make the worst game possible; he is mystified players have taken it so seriously that, 23, years on, they bombard his Facebook page with questions

Developer of world’s worst video game, Hong Kong 1997, ends silence to reveal its strange genesis and beg gamers to drop it 
The 10 best Star Wars video games the universe has ever seen

From the Super Star Wars trilogy to The Force Unleashed, the best first-person shooters, role-playing games, Lego-themed releases and more associated with the now-40-year-old space opera whose eighth instalment opens this week

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

From the Super Star Wars trilogy to The Force Unleashed, the best first-person shooters, role-playing games, Lego-themed releases and more associated with the now-40-year-old space opera whose eighth instalment opens this week

The 10 best Star Wars video games the universe has ever seen
Game review: L.A. Noire – quirky Rockstar classic is given a beautifully rendered update

This neo-noir crime thriller set in post-war Los Angeles puts players in the role of a policeman who rises through the ranks by solving crimes. The visuals are stunning, the soundtrack amazing and the gameplay is engaging

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

This neo-noir crime thriller set in post-war Los Angeles puts players in the role of a policeman who rises through the ranks by solving crimes. The visuals are stunning, the soundtrack amazing and the gameplay is engaging

Game review: L.A. Noire – quirky Rockstar classic is given a beautifully rendered update
10 retro game players you can buy in Hong Kong, from Pandora’s Box and knock-offs to FC Pocket

Amid the fad for retro game consoles such as the NES Classic and SNES Classic from Nintendo, we scoured the city’s Golden Computer Arcade for some alternatives

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

Amid the fad for retro game consoles such as the NES Classic and SNES Classic from Nintendo, we scoured the city’s Golden Computer Arcade for some alternatives

10 retro game players you can buy in Hong Kong, from Pandora’s Box and knock-offs to FC Pocket
The best of alternative Singapore: an insider’s guide to exciting new bars, clubs, restaurants, beers and more

The Lion City has often seemed behind the times when it comes to nightlife. But things are changing, and now there are a few hidden gems worth checking out

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

The Lion City has often seemed behind the times when it comes to nightlife. But things are changing, and now there are a few hidden gems worth checking out

The best of alternative Singapore: an insider’s guide to exciting new bars, clubs, restaurants, beers and more
Retro gaming gets 21st-century boost with Analogue consoles

The Analogue Super Nt and NT mini consoles can play Nintendo and Super Nintendo’s original cartridges and output them in high definition video and audio suitable for today’s TVs. Other games systems are in the pipeline

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

The Analogue Super Nt and NT mini consoles can play Nintendo and Super Nintendo’s original cartridges and output them in high definition video and audio suitable for today’s TVs. Other games systems are in the pipeline

Retro gaming gets 21st-century boost with Analogue consoles
Eight of the best Hong Kong classic video game arcades – ratings, how to find them and what to play

Xbox and PlayStation have driven Hong Kong’s video arcades underground, literally. We trawl the city’s basements (and occasionally upstairs), where games such as Virtua Tennis, Street Fighter and Rambo are still being played

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

Xbox and PlayStation have driven Hong Kong’s video arcades underground, literally. We trawl the city’s basements (and occasionally upstairs), where games such as Virtua Tennis, Street Fighter and Rambo are still being played

Eight of the best Hong Kong classic video game arcades – ratings, how to find them and what to play
E-sports, indie games, cosplay: GameStart Asia in Singapore through the eyes of a first-time visitor

One of the largest gaming conventions on the continent, GameStart celebrates everything fresh and trendy in the industry. We sent our reporter there to do battle with dragons, alien beings, invisible beasts – and obsessive fans

19 Oct 2017 - 7:30PM

One of the largest gaming conventions on the continent, GameStart celebrates everything fresh and trendy in the industry. We sent our reporter there to do battle with dragons, alien beings, invisible beasts – and obsessive fans

E-sports, indie games, cosplay: GameStart Asia in Singapore through the eyes of a first-time visitor
Hong Kong-set immigrant housewife video game is a love letter to hardworking mums everywhere

Inspired by their own immigrant mothers and grandmothers, the developers of the game Oblige have created a unique experience that depicts the tedium and frustration of those who helped nurtured Hong Kong’s growth

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

Inspired by their own immigrant mothers and grandmothers, the developers of the game Oblige have created a unique experience that depicts the tedium and frustration of those who helped nurtured Hong Kong’s growth

Hong Kong-set immigrant housewife video game is a love letter to hardworking mums everywhere
Review | Game review: Echo pays tribute to Stanley Kubrick in a game where you kill yourself again and again

In this shooter, where Solaris meets Jorge Luis Borges, your character has to find their way out of a maze while fighting enemies that are clones of itself and copy your moves and tactics

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

In this shooter, where Solaris meets Jorge Luis Borges, your character has to find their way out of a maze while fighting enemies that are clones of itself and copy your moves and tactics

Game review: Echo pays tribute to Stanley Kubrick in a game where you kill yourself again and again
The Blade Runner effect: the best eight video games that were influenced by the original film

The epitome of cyberpunk, Blade Runner’s influence on the entertainment world has been huge. Here are eight games that reference the sci-fi classic

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

The epitome of cyberpunk, Blade Runner’s influence on the entertainment world has been huge. Here are eight games that reference the sci-fi classic

The Blade Runner effect: the best eight video games that were influenced by the original film
Review | Review: Project Cars 2 – now free of glitches, this racer is sure to please hardcore fans

The previous game’s bugs are fixed and there are 180 cars and more than 100 track layouts for players to choose from. Project Cars 2 is a serious step up and a must-have for true racing fans

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

The previous game’s bugs are fixed and there are 180 cars and more than 100 track layouts for players to choose from. Project Cars 2 is a serious step up and a must-have for true racing fans

Review: Project Cars 2 – now free of glitches, this racer is sure to please hardcore fans
Review | Game review: Pro Evolution Soccer 2018 – Fifa rival is more realistic than ever, but makes no major leaps

Improved ball movement, better tactical balances, and multiplayer matches that feel much like the real thing make this year’s PES another winning entry, but it doesn’t make the sort of progress that the 2016 and 2017 versions did

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

Improved ball movement, better tactical balances, and multiplayer matches that feel much like the real thing make this year’s PES another winning entry, but it doesn’t make the sort of progress that the 2016 and 2017 versions did

Game review: Pro Evolution Soccer 2018 – Fifa rival is more realistic than ever, but makes no major leaps
Inside Hong Kong’s first virtual reality gaming arcade

From boxing to archery, from shoot-em-ups to zombie hunts, Playdium VR has the latest games from around the world and the hardware to play them. We get loaded up and enter an immersive world

17 Sep 2017 - 6:43PM

From boxing to archery, from shoot-em-ups to zombie hunts, Playdium VR has the latest games from around the world and the hardware to play them. We get loaded up and enter an immersive world

Inside Hong Kong’s first virtual reality gaming arcade
Review | Game review: Smashy Duo – mobile squash against monsters’ faces is minimalistic fun

Smashy Duo’s simple Pong-like arcade dynamic plays out beautifully – especially as the rallies get longer – and with so much fun pop-culture content to unlock, players will keep coming back for more

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

Smashy Duo’s simple Pong-like arcade dynamic plays out beautifully – especially as the rallies get longer – and with so much fun pop-culture content to unlock, players will keep coming back for more

Game review: Smashy Duo – mobile squash against monsters’ faces is minimalistic fun
Review | Game review: Yakuza Kiwami – reminiscent of GTA V, but with Japanese charm and much more

Sega’s revamp is the latest in the Japanese gangster series, a streamlined sandbox game, with eccentric characters and a feeling of 1970s yakuza films

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

Sega’s revamp is the latest in the Japanese gangster series, a streamlined sandbox game, with eccentric characters and a feeling of 1970s yakuza films

Game review: Yakuza Kiwami – reminiscent of GTA V, but with Japanese charm and much more
Review | Game review: Radiation City – fun zombie survival, but shows the limitations of mobile gaming

After crash-landing in Pripyat, the city that was abandoned after the Chernobyl disaster in the 1980s, players have to survive by scavenging, finding shelter and avoiding zombies in this attractive but slightly clunky mobile game

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

After crash-landing in Pripyat, the city that was abandoned after the Chernobyl disaster in the 1980s, players have to survive by scavenging, finding shelter and avoiding zombies in this attractive but slightly clunky mobile game

Game review: Radiation City – fun zombie survival, but shows the limitations of mobile gaming
Game review: Distrust – a dull take on John Carpenter’s film The Thing without the terror

Although the horror film seems ideal for a video game, Distrust fails to tick the boxes, but it should please fans of resource management and survival games

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

Although the horror film seems ideal for a video game, Distrust fails to tick the boxes, but it should please fans of resource management and survival games

Game review: Distrust – a dull take on John Carpenter’s film The Thing without the terror
Review | Review: Blade Runner meets Kowloon Walled City in Observer, a cyberpunk dive into a terrifying world

Cyberpunk gets a healthy boost in this absorbing game, which references Blade Runner’s Hong Kong-inspired rain-soaked atmosphere and immerses you in its psychological horror with great use of audio and visuals

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

Cyberpunk gets a healthy boost in this absorbing game, which references Blade Runner’s Hong Kong-inspired rain-soaked atmosphere and immerses you in its psychological horror with great use of audio and visuals

Review: Blade Runner meets Kowloon Walled City in Observer, a cyberpunk dive into a terrifying world
Review | Game review: War Wings – intense aerial dogfights will make you feel like Tom Hardy in Dunkirk

Players fight for aerial supremacy in four-on-four dogfights in this online-only mobile multiplayer game, where battles are short but sweet and teamwork is essential

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

Players fight for aerial supremacy in four-on-four dogfights in this online-only mobile multiplayer game, where battles are short but sweet and teamwork is essential

Game review: War Wings – intense aerial dogfights will make you feel like Tom Hardy in Dunkirk