1438 Published Reviews
Race with RyanXbox One
Race With Ryan was always going to appeal to fans of Ryan’s World. And for children who enjoy the YouTube channel, the game’s a treat. Its headache-inducing sound effects aside, it’s colourful, well-designed, and stars a bunch of cute characters. As a game, its handling and level design redeem it, but the lack of track variety and the disappointing amount of content make it poor value for money. But the value of a youngster feeling like they’re playing a game with their favourite YouTube star? You can’t really put a price on that.
New Super Lucky's TaleSwitch
New Super Lucky’s Tale is better than its predecessor in many ways, but in some areas it falls short, mainly because of the hardware it’s running on. By streamlining Super Lucky’s Tale, Playful Studios has made its colourful 3D platformer even better, removing unnecessary fluff that brought the experience down. And other changes make the game easier by simply making it fairer.
Skybolt Zack has truly won me over. It’s inventive, wholly original, and most importantly a lot of fun. Some might find the challenge it presents a little too steep as they make their way further into the game – situations can indeed get a little messy at times – but with practice and perseverance, no gauntlet it presents you with can’t be overcome. It just requires coordination and quick-thinking. Don’t be a fool; check it out if you like fast-paced platformers with a difference.
Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret HideoutSwitch
If you’re a fan of previous games in the Atelier series, it goes without saying that you’ll enjoy Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout, too. It’s a charming adventure set against a gorgeous backdrop, and even though it may take a while to get going, it’s worth persevering with. Its combat is engaging, exploration is a delight, and its characters are a pleasure to know. Even if you’ve never played an Atelier game before, Atelier Ryza is one worth jumping into.
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020Switch
It’s the perfect game to get out when you have family around for an occasion, and the retro events will likely elicit fond memories from gamers of a certain age. And to top it all off, there’s a decent single-player mode to get stuck into. It’s not perfect, but as mini-game collections go, Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 is up there with the best of them.
Monkey King: Hero Is BackPS4
The fact that Monkey King: Hero is Back is so inoffensive on every front means that even though it doesn’t do anything special it’s perfectly playable. Pick it up at full price and you might be a little disappointed, but with a bit of a discount, it’s a pretty decent palette-cleanser.
Luigi's Mansion 3Switch
With the addition of truly inventive boss battles and puzzles that really make you think, Luigi’s Mansion 3 is a joy to play and was well worth the six year wait. And with the addition of multiplayer mode, you and your friends are sure to be talking about it for months to come.
Sitting somewhere between Dead Cells and Blasphemous in terms of structure and gameplay, Dark Devotion lurks in their shadows, failing to stand out. It’s simply inferior to both, and while some ardent players may eke some grim enjoyment out of it, it’s hard to recommend, especially on Switch.
Destiny Connect: Tick-Tock Travelers TimeSwitch
If you’ve got a lot of patience and don’t mind games that are very slow-paced, Destiny Connect: Tick-Tock Travelers might be worth a look. After all, thanks to its short playing time, it doesn’t require too much investment. Most JRPG fans will find it not entirely fulfilling though. It should be applauded for trying something a bit different, but at the end of the day a dull game is a dull game. And that’s what Destiny Connect: Tick-Tock Travelers is: a dull, but beautiful, game.
Disney Classic Games: Aladdin and the Lion KingXbox One
Unless you still love playing retro video games today, you’re likely to find playing Aladdin and The Lion King an arduous experience. Even if you loved the games as a kid, they’re unlikely to live up to your memories. Disney Classic Games: Aladdin and The Lion King is a nicely presented collection with some nice features, but don’t expect to be blown away by the games.
Street Outlaws: The ListSwitch
Needless to say, it’s certainly not worth the asking price, even if you’re a fan of the show. Street Outlaws: The List might not be the worst racing game currently available, but it comes pretty close. Maybe pick it up when it’s in the bargain bin for a little amusement, but otherwise stay well clear. The only list Street Outlaws: The List deserves to be on is the list of games you should avoid like the plague.
Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HDPS4
If you’re an ardent Super Monkey Ball fan then you might want to pick up Super Monkey Ball Banana Blitz HD, but you probably won’t be having the best time of your life with it. It’s a shame that Super Monkey Ball Deluxe hasn’t been given the remaster treatment instead, which amalgamated all the levels from the original Super Monkey Ball and its sequel as well as adding in a smattering of original stages for PS2 and Xbox. That was the ultimate Super Monkey Ball game, and it still is. The new additions here detract from the experience rather than enrich it.
Song of HorrorPC
Thus far, Song of Horror is a tense, chilling horror outing that deserves to be experienced by any serious horror fan.
Vampyr is perfectly adequate on the format, but nothing more. If you don’t own a PS4, Xbox One or a PC up to the task and have been itching to play the game, by all means pick it up; you’ll get a lot of enjoyment out of it. The Switch version is the weakest available though, and since Vampyr has such a wonderfully haunting atmosphere, the downgrades and performance issues do detract from it somewhat. Vampyr is still a good game on Switch, but it’s not the best way to play it.
Its art style is adorable, and the neon lights and bloody backgrounds truly make it feel like you’ve jumped down into hell. But while the story is intriguing, it feels too slow at times and its main protagonists fall flat against an otherwise fantastic cast of characters. Despite its well-written dialogue and extensive-world building, Afterparty‘s technical problems are too numerous to overlook. Multiple playthroughs will yield different endings, but with its biggest issues being quite glaring, it might be something to pass on until a few updates have been made.
Moons of MadnessPC
I was sure that that game’s creators had made something up but, upon checking, I discovered that it was scientific fact. I won’t give away the specific plot point, but just thinking about it gives me the chills. There are, nevertheless, a couple of points where Moons of Madness risks outstaying its welcome, one near the end of its eight-hour runtime, and there was a particularly obtuse puzzle that had me scratching my head until I could feel brain matter on my fingers.
Day and NightSwitch
For £16.79/$19.99, Day and Night is an absolute steal. It’s at its best if you have a like-minded friend to play it with, but even playing against the CPU or battling through the single-player survival mode offers enough value for money. It’s a clever twist on a tried-and-tested formula, with a presentation that’s hard not to fall in love with. Its rules can be a little hard to get your head around, but once you’ve mastered it, Day and Night is hard to put down.
Into the Dead 2Switch
It has to be said that Into the Dead 2 looks pretty nice on Switch though, and it is rather atmospheric. If you’ve got deep pockets and don’t mind blowing a considerable amount of cash on a game that has about as much depth as an exploitative zombie flick, you won’t be disappointed. Everyone else, however, is probably better off waiting until it’s discounted, otherwise they might feel as gone in the head as the shambling undead they’re killing time and time again.
The Jackbox Party Pack 6Xbox One
Like most Jackbox Party Packs, Jackbox Party Pack 6 has a couple of fantastic games, and a couple that don’t quite hit the mark. Push the Button and Trivia Murder Party 2 are games that I will be pulling out at parties for many moons to come. On the other hand, Dictionarium is slow-moving and will likely bring your party to a crashing halt and Joke Boat is awkward and rarely works the way that it should. Thankfully, the better titles alone are enough to warrant Jackbox Party Pack 6 being a worthwhile game to play with friends, but don’t expect it to be impressive on every front.
The MediEvil remake is a faithful recreation of the 1998 classic. Although my childhood memories failed me in recalling exactly what it was like to play back in the day, playing the remake still brought with it swathes of warm, fuzzy nostalgia. 2019’s MediEvil has done nothing but improve upon the original in every conceivable way, and if you can look past its faults, it’s a wonderful adventure whether you’re familiar with the original or not.
Skullgirls 2nd EncoreSwitch
Warts and all, Skullgirls: 2nd Encore is definitely worth picking up if you want a stellar fighting game to play with your friends, though its single player content will keep you entertained for quite a while too. Whether it has online legs remains to be seen though; that will ultimately decide how good an investment the game is for many. Interesting characters and modes aplenty arenât enough to keep a fighting game afloat in the long-term. Active communities do that.
The Outer WorldsXbox One
Put the essence of the Fallout, Mass Effect and Borderlands series into a blender, and what you get is The Outer Worlds. It’s an open-world adventure that lets you visit run-down planets and face their hostilities. There are people to recruit, relationships to maintain and difficult decisions to be made. And it’s all wrapped in a lighthearted tone, although not at the expense of a strong story; The Outer Worlds really does have good dialogue. It’s just a shame that you spend so much time running though environments that feel deader than Fallout’s wastelands.
Zombieland: Double Tap - Road TripXbox One
Had the campaign run a little longer, it might have been a little easier to recommend Zombieland: Double Tap – Roadtrip. Shooting your way through zombies is entertaining, and when you’re having fun it’s easy to overlook the game’s technical downfalls. But when so many other, much better, twin-stick shooters exist, paying full-price for this just because it ties into a somewhat-popular movie franchise is quite a hard sell.
Needless to say, when there are so many good Metroidvanias available on all formats right now, there really is no reason to invest in or play AeternoBlade II. With its crude visuals, laughable voice acting and dull and clumsy combat, it really doesn’t have much going for it at all. It’s one those rare sequels that is actually worse than its predecessor, so unless you’re a glutton for punishment, give it a wide berth.
A few niggles aside, Twice Circled should be very proud of its charming simulation game. Although its graphics are simplistic, the game speaks for itself with its entertaining gameplay. Once you get the hang of all its systems, Megaquarium is a lot of fun. If you enjoy management sims, I guarantee that you’ll lose numerous hours in designing your dream aquarium.