117 Published Reviews
On its surface, Röki delightfully explores a rarely visited branch of Scandinavian folklore, but delve deeper into this thoroughly charming fantasy adventure and you’ll find a beautifully told, emotionally engaging narrative that’s sure to resonate with players of all ages.
The House of Da Vinci 2 challenges you to match wits with the master in this sequel that, despite a few hiccups, builds upon the fun recipe of puzzles and mechanical systems that the first game established so well.
The thoroughly unique Paper Beast can be a real monster to get through with its whip-like controls and occasional difficulty spike, but those who welcome unique gameplay experiences and value memorable moments over a detailed narrative are encouraged to give it a try.
The Almost GonePC
Though it doesn’t explore its heavy themes as deeply as it could, and the needlessly small environments are overly restrictive, The Almost Gone is an enjoyable isometric puzzle game with an engaging, sensitively explored narrative.
Song of HorrorPC
With its five episodes now complete, Song of Horror’s obtuse puzzles, meandering story and frustratingly unintuitive gameplay result in an experience that’s rarely scary but often exasperating.
Overall, Creaks is simply a joy. From its intricately hand-drawn graphics to its imaginative world filled to the brim with gloriously bizarre sights and curious characters, it's packed with creative energy and fun. That creativity also yields increasingly tricky puzzles, but they’re so cleverly designed that they’ll have you scratching your head rather than tearing your hair out.
Beyond a Steel SkyPC
It’s not a perfect game, but Beyond a Steel Sky is a perfectly joyful experience and a faithful sequel for anyone who loved the original game, while bearing the standard for what a modern science fiction adventure should look and sound like in 2020.
Mutazione is a feel-good narrative adventure that will remind you of the importance of love and family, though with minimal gameplay to master, the experience will appeal mainly to those looking for a poignant, character-driven story.
Combining smooth gameplay and solid level design, the pieces in Phantom Path click together to form a puzzle game that is easy to pick up but hard to put down.
A great premise tarnished by underdeveloped ideas, Nubla’s puzzle-platforming tour of the Thyssen-Bornemisza museum neither educates nor entertains.
Someday You'll ReturnPC
Delightfully creepy and packed with content, Someday You’ll Return will keep you on the edge of your seat with its exploration of a dark forest and darker forces and leave you pondering what it all means when it’s finally over.
Spirit of the North may look as nice as it sounds, but it’s largely disappointing and unforgivably boring, offering only a superficial story and sorely lacking interesting exploration.
The Academy: The First RiddlePC
All of this adds up to a very mixed bag. Given its strong puzzle focus, The Academy: The First Riddle's scattergun approach, emphasising quantity over integration, intuitive mechanics or hands-on interactivity, may be an issue for many. However, as I watched the end credits roll, I still found myself hoping to come back next year for the following chapter in Sam's (and the Academy's) story.
Pendula Swing - The Complete JourneyPC
The complexity and weighty subject matter of the complete seven-part Pendula Swing threaten to get the better of it at times, but the end result is unique and uplifting, offering a timely social history lesson wrapped up in jazzy fantasy flair.
The Grimsworth Reports: WoodfallPC
While The Grimsworth Reports: Woodfall lacks refinement and is clearly limited by its budget, it is a solid mystery adventure with a strong atmosphere and true repercussions for the choices you make.
It’s a shame that the scanner is so visually disruptive, and there’s no question that the experience would have benefited from a bit more variety of activities and pursuits, but what it does, it does so well that if you’re interested in the oceans at all, the shallow gameplay isn’t likely to dampen your enthusiasm.
Dark Nights with Poe and MunroPC
A mix of the supernatural and saucy, Dark Nights with Poe & Munro excites with witty exchanges and Lynchian tales that come undone by unclear choice and pacing.
Over the AlpsPC
Debonair, aggressive, honest, deceiving—whatever your spy style, Over the Alps is a wonderful visual novel with a really fun mechanic. Picking this game up, with the promise of similar games still to come, is a choice no story lover will regret.
In Other Waters guides players through the visualization of an alien oceanic ecosystem and invites them to share in the exhilaration of discovering new life, all while telling a complex, original story with memorable characters through the medium of a diving suit’s display monitor.
There were moments early on when I began to feel a sense of missed opportunity from VirtuaVerse, but as with any good slow burn sci-fi, the stakes ramp up with the action in a much more satisfying second half to complete a beautiful, challenging point-and-click adventure.
Eclipse: Edge of Light makes the most out of its humble mobile beginnings, making exploration visually and aurally entertaining. Deeper gameplay and a bigger focus on narrative would have pushed the game to the next level, but being able to ride a jetpack for a few hours is a winning mechanic right from the start.
Overall, Veritas is an atmospheric puzzle-adventure that is both challenging and rewarding. Glitches dampen the experience, as do the inconsistent tone and underdeveloped story in the second half, but even with its shortcomings it is well worth playing. It’s a game aimed at genre veterans in terms of difficulty, but less experienced players shouldn’t be intimidated thanks to the helpful (but optional) hint system.
Detective Boiled-Hard / Case File - Death of the Space Dino HunterPC
A short and intentionally silly, light-hearted experience, Detective Boiled-Hard emphasizes humour over gameplay, story, and presentation, and one’s enjoyment of it will come down entirely to whether you share its distinct sense of humour.
Interactivity: The Interactive ExperiencePC
Interactivity is a short but well-executed meta-story adventure that stands on the shoulders of games like The Stanley Parable but has enough of its own identity to make it worth checking out.
A huge city in a state of entropic decay to explore, a diverse and memorable cast to meet, and an engaging new spin on adventure game navigation make for a highly compelling sci-fi experience in Cloudpunk.