41 Published Reviews
While less a game than a very short, barely-interactive audio biography, Brukel does manage to bring the civilian horrors of World War II to life in a very unique, personal way.
The Cinema RosaPC
The Cinema Rosa is moody and atmospheric and succeeds admirably as a mix of retro-theater nostalgia and supernatural exploration. Its story is never delivered with clarity, but it’s a brief experience worth having, especially if you have any love for classic film.
A Short HikePC
The laid-back nature of the simple but fun exploratory gameplay coupled with the soothing music and lush scenery make A Short Hike a relaxing adventure filled with not only humor but the tenderness of personal connections.
The Curious Tale of the Stolen PetsPC
The Curious Tale of the Stolen Pets is quite a neat little experience thanks to the sense of creativity that shines through each of its environments. For players of a younger age, the game will offer a small slice of family-friendly fun with a focus on relaxing gameplay. More seasoned gamers will be equally charmed, but the low level of challenge, short play time, and very limited narrative are more noticeable issues.
We. the RevolutionPC
We. The Revolution’s striking looks and memorable moments are all too often overshadowed by myriad gameplay mechanics and a constrained, confusing plot.
Tangle Tower will captivate you from the start with its amusing art-themed murder and keep you hooked thanks to its likeable cast of characters, stellar production values, and clever logic puzzles.
Alternate Jake Hunter: DAEDALUS – The Awakening of Golden Jazz is a visual novel-adventure aimed at gamers who delight in plot twists and dialogs and are willing to overlook repetition and graphical discrepancies.
It’s over before you know it, but Feria d’Arles is a warm and hilarious throwback full of clever puzzles and wonderful characters in a vibrant, colorful version of Provence.
Deliver Us the MoonPC
If you can get past all the timed events and repetition from multiple deaths, the slick-looking Deliver Us the Moon will reward you with an an evolving story and interesting characters in an evocative sci-fi setting filled with challenging obstacles to overcome.
Some Distant Memory tackles serious topics—love, mortality, and environmental destruction chief among them—but its short playtime means it never has the chance to explore them in much depth, and its discovery-based play style may leave players wishing they had more to do.
Frog Detective 2: The Case of the Invisible WizardPC
Frog Detective 2: The Case of the Invisible Wizard expands on its predecessor’s strengths with an even wider cast of loveable, eccentric characters to question, all the while keeping the original’s sunny charm and humour.
Nancy Drew: Midnight in SalemPC
Nancy Drew: Mdinight in Salem has a lot of rough edges, especially for a game that’s been in some stage of development for four years. Its character animations and lip sync can be quite off-putting, its node-based movement retains the awkwardness common to all such navigation, and what few puzzles it has are hardly challenging, even on the harder difficulty setting. Yet for all that, the charm of its characters and the intrigue of its story manage to buoy the experience up, if not to the heights of the better games that came before it.
Blacksad: Under the SkinPC
Although marred by some technical issues at launch, as well as some poorly-implemented action sequences, the charm of this world and pull of its story are enough to make Blacksad: Under The Skin an engaging adaptation of the popular graphic novel series.
Groundhog Day: Like Father Like SonPS4
Groundhog Day wasn’t exactly a property screaming for a sequel. However, Tequila Works’ next-generation time-looping adventure successfully manages to pull players into its familiar small-town Americana vibe for a cute new story, albeit one saddled with some VR control issues and inevitable repetition.
For a game called Blair Witch, its namesake largely takes a backseat to the skeletons already in the protagonist’s closet when he ventures into her haunted woodland playground. That makes him ripe for the tormenting, but observing the man gradually coming undone under the strain of his own trauma is compelling enough without adding a whole new layer of paranormal misery.
I will never have, or be, a brother—but now I have an idea of what that’s like. I’ve never had to make the wrenching, impossible decision to sacrifice my needs for a person in my care—except now I have. Life Is Strange 2 made me feel, deeply, and I’m grateful for that. Life Is Strange 2 explores a touching, special relationship between two brothers that will make your heart hurt in the best possible way.
Still There’s elaborate puzzles and willfully obscure explanations may scare off casual players, but stick with this meditative adventure and you’ll find much to enjoy within its thoughtful depiction of a lonely life in space.
Lost Ember’s animal body possession provides some fun moments but the lack of anything substantive to do with it makes for a beautiful but surprisingly empty experience.
We Were Here TogetherPC
We Were Here Together is a fun and engaging challenge for two players, offering as much a test of each partner’s ability to communicate as cracking the conundrums. While a few bugs have crept into the experience and the story isn’t exactly prominent or clearly explained (at least to series newcomers), the process of solving puzzles cooperatively is at the core here, and in that the game succeeds extremely well, with no repeated puzzles or duds in the bunch.
Making good use of its modest presentation, Moonrise Fall is an enchantingly bittersweet and beautiful game filled with intrigue and environmental obstacles to overcome. While you won’t get answers to all of your questions by the end, it’s still well worth investigating this surreal mystery.
Argonus and the Gods of StonePC
Argonus and the Gods of Stone provides an interesting island locale to wander about and explore, uncovering an engrossing mystery filled with action and intrigue along the way. Various quality of life features make this a solid gameplay experience across the board, and while a couple of puzzles could be better clued, on balance it’s a fair but challenging puzzling experience. It has the fantastical elements of Greek mythology, the weight of antiquity, and is a really great adventure all around. The gods have smiled on this game.
The Wanderer: Frankenstein’s CreaturePC
Rather than treating Mary Shelley’s creation as the monster of so many horror movies, The Wanderer: Frankenstein’s Creature is true to the spirit of the original novel and is a treat for the eyes and ears.
The Death of Erin MyersPC
Its unusual choice to feature an unethical protagonist is welcome, but even for an interactive short story The Death of Erin Myers is too short, as the story is not developed enough and the gameplay is too easy to create the emotional impact it strives for.
The 13th Doll: A Fan Game of The 7th GuestPC
While The 13th Doll never quite equals its seminal inspiration, fans of The 7th Guest will find much to enjoy in this fan-created, puzzle-centric follow-up. Those new to the series, however, will probably feel left behind.
The Antidote is a charming and brain-teasing throwback to the weirder adventure games from a bygone age. Its focus on abstruse puzzles might be a turn-off for newer fans of the genre, but its tightly written script and peculiar visuals offer a memorable experience that should be worth a classic adventure fan’s time.