If there’s one thing that can be guaranteed here at the Dicebox offices, it’s that when we’re not talking about games, we’re talking about movies. The only notable exception being – of course – the half-hour we reserve every day around midday to debate what the best sort of sandwich is before putting in the lunch order. (The jury is currently still out on that one, we may have to start some sort of league).
Due to the ongoing global effects of the pandemic, many upcoming movie releases previously slated for opening in Spring/Summer 2020 have since gotten pushed back. Scarlett Johansson’s long-anticipated standalone outing as Black Widow was scheduled for release in summer 2020, to open in direct competition with Wonder Woman: 1984. The upcoming DC venture is Wonder Woman’s second outing with Gal Gadot portraying the title character, following her 2017 debut. It looks now like we’ll be waiting to see our heroines duke it out for box office supremacy, with a release once again being put back – this time to late autumn.
Daniel Craig will also have to wait until closer to Christmas before his last turn as 007 hits the market, with the latest in the James Bond franchise looking set to reach audiences by the end of November. We’re expecting speculation over who will next take on the role to reach fever pitch by late September. The live-action remake of Mulan has been subject to several delays and setbacks (even before the pandemic), now looking likely to miss theatres all together in most territories, going instead straight to Disney Plus.
While we completely support and understand the reasons for these delays, we’d be lying if we said that the absence of our favourite heroes hadn’t left a bit of a gap in our lives (and diaries). Which is why we’re counting down the days to the return of two of the greatest heroes ever to grace the screen wearing converse and wielding invisible axes (of the musical, not head-chopping variety).
Nearly thirty years since their first excellent adventure, Bill S. Preston Esq. and Ted ‘Theodore’ Logan will be air-guitaring their way back into our hearts this September, assuming that there are no further plans to postpone (release date correct at the time of writing). With Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves both reprising their original roles alongside William Sadler as the Grim Reaper, ‘Bill and Ted Face the Music’ promises to be a look at what life has been like for the Wyld Stallions since we last saw them in 1991.
The only dampener is that, due to the sad loss of George Carlin back in 2008, life for Bill and Ted will now presumably be one without Rufus – their all-too-cool time-travelling guide to the future utopian society that their music was destined to create. We can only hope that Rufus’ promise at the end of the last movie that they would ‘get better’ has indeed come to fruition.
They might not have been the heroes we were expecting, but maybe they’re the heroes we needed all along. After all, their entire ethos is based less on the complex nuances of morality and more on everyone just getting along together and having a good time. We love that in a world filled with movies about multidimensional demi-gods and mutant superheroes, Bill and Ted provide a refreshing change of pace – so much so that we’ve adopted ‘be excellent to each other’ as our one overriding rule here at the Dicebox office. Well, that and ‘whosoever holds this biscuit tin, if he be worthy, shall possess the last chocolate chip cookie.’
To pay homage to our favourite slackers, this week we’ve put together a list of the games that we think Bill and Ted might enjoy playing – when they’re not busy saving the princesses or initiating world peace through the medium of rock ’n’ roll.
MusicIQ ($25.00) is a quiz game that challenges players’ knowledge of popular music from the 1960s to the present day with over 400 questions to use. Packed with interesting facts, this game is not only a great addition to a game night, but it could also stand you in good stead should you ever find yourself face to face with Socrates (who could forget Ted sagely quoting to the esteemed philosopher that ‘all we are, is dust in the wind’?).
In ‘Bogus Journey’ our heroes are heinously (but temporarily) killed by their murderous robotic clones, forcing them to challenge the Grim Reaper himself to a succession of games to earn their souls back. While it might not have featured in their original repertoire, we think that given the option Bill and Ted might have enjoyed pitting themselves against the king of the underworld in a few rounds of cards. A classic game staple, you can give your deck a budget-friendly rock-themed twist with Jimi Hendrix, David Bowie and Woodstock set available ($8.00 each).
If like the dynamic duo, your history knowledge isn’t exactly up to scratch, we recommend giving Conflicting Legends ($29.00) a try – you may not learn anything about history, but you’ll have a good time competing with other historical figures as you try to conquer the world and avoid becoming a subjugated loser. If time travel is more your speed, Spyfall Time Travel ($38.00) is a fantastically entertaining game of deception and bluffing, so you’ll need to have your poker face on hand.
They might be a little older – and hopefully a little wiser – but whatever has happened to Bill and Ted between the 90s and now, we can only hope they’ve retained all of the intrinsic characteristics made them so loveable and relatable the first time around. We’re still not convinced that a rock band could save the world and bring about a utopia, but after everything that has happened over the past several months, we’re certainly ready to see our favourite slackers give it a try. Remember to be excellent to each other and, until next time, stay awesome.