Dr. Mario WorldiOS
Dr. Mario World creates a fresh look at a well-loved game, creating suspense and variety while maintaining the nostalgic gameplay of its namesake. Overall, the largest issues with the game include difficulty to be precise with gameplay on smaller phones due to the touchscreen’s mechanics in gameplay, as well as the loading times sometimes being longer than necessary when the game is exited and reopened again. Dr. Mario World is a great mobile game that any Nintendo or puzzle game fans of all would enjoy.
Night Call is an incredibly interesting and dialogue heavy game with a lot of things, potentially too many things, going on at once. The time you spend talking to the people that you pick up is definitely the best part of the game. The game would almost be stronger if that was the main focus instead of the investigation – because that’s where it tends to fall apart. It feels like the evidence is collected without your knowledge and you are forced to pick a killer with no more than clever guess work. If you’are looking for a dialogue heavy game this could scratch that itch.
Let's Go Nuts!Switch
The Switch is the perfect console for Let’s Go Nuts! At a price point of $9.99 you’ll definitely get your money’s worth, especially if you compete against your friends. Though the game doesn’t reinvent the genre it adds enough new ideas to make it feel fresh and new while familiar all at the same time. Fans of platformers who own a Switch should definitely check out this game.
Boasting challenging run and gun gameplay, an impressive amount of replayability, and an unmatched level of nostalgia, Blazing Chrome is a must have. The allure of some fast and frantic retro style couch coop is enough to sell us on the game alone. We highly recommend you check out Blazing Chrome when it releases on July 11th, 2019.
TINY METAL: FULL METAL RUMBLEPC
For fans of the original Tiny Metal game or the older Advanced Wars games, Tiny Metal: Full Metal Rumble will likely be right up your alley. Those looking for a tactical turn-based change of pace with lighter approach to graphics and story telling may also find something to like. However, given the slower pace, lack of mission variety, and repetition between levels, we suspect many gamers will bore quickly with this one.
The mobile port is the perfect experience for someone who is on the go and, literally, may only have a minute or two to play at a time. While we found Minit to be most satisfying in longer stints, it certainly is a great game to carry around in your pocket. Funky, inprecise touch-based controls threatened to kill the experience for us, but the sense of nostalgia, innovative concept, and satisfying sense of exploration still make minute a must play for anyone who has a minute.
F1 2019 Anniversary EditionPS4
F1 2019 is a must have for fans of racing and sports games alike. Easily the most complete package in the F1 catalogue to date, you’ll be uncovering new things to do all the time. This is the kind of game that you can get lost in and forget about all the other great games being released. You’ll want to make sure you carve out plenty of time to experience everything that the game has to offer, but if you do you’ll enjoy every damn second you spend with it.
My Friend PedroSwitch
As a sidenote, we played My Friend Pedro from start to finish on both Nintendo Switch and PC. The game performed nearly identically on both platforms. The one thing that sets the PC version ahead is that after every level, the game picks a segment from the level where you did one really cool thing and allows you to download a .gif of it or even post directly to Twitter. This is going to make for a lot of cool Twitter timelines in the near future.
Judgement is a fresh take on an old series. Fans of Yakuza will absolutely eat this game up. Even if you’ve never touched a game in the Yakuza series, you’ll find yourself having an absolute blast with this game. Though not without faults, it’s a fun blend of Yakuza, Phoenix Wright and L.A. Noire. If any of those games interest you, even in the slightest, you need to play Judgment. Check the game out for yourself when it launches on June 25th in North America.
SUPERHOT VR is one of the best VR titles to date, and the Oculus Quest is the best place to play it. There are no noticeable compromises, and only improvements in the port. The game doesn’t include any new content for this release, but we still recommend it fully, even if you’ve already played it on another platform.
Swords and Souls: NeverseenPC
It takes the core of the original and makes it better in every way. With ten+ hours of addictingly fun gameplay and plenty of training, fishing, and other minigames to break up the complexity of the battles, you’ll never feel bored even when the game becomes fairly grindy in the latter stages. If you’re looking for something original to play in a crowded sea of new releases, look no further than Swords and Souls: Neverseen. It’s easily one of the most fun games released this year. The humor and gameplay will keep you entertained for hours and have you coming back for more.
Gato Roboto is an absolutely great game. That doesn’t mean it’s without flaws, but the few that are present are easily overshadowed by the brilliant pixel art, often refreshing humor, and fun gameplay. Even stages that are often the downfall of a Metroidvania such as a water level or chase sequence are done incredibly well. The roughly four hours it took me to beat Gato Roboto are easily worth the $8 price point if not so much more.
Draugen tells a beautiful story that fans of the genre won’t want to miss. A runtime of only two or three hours, depending on how much extra exploring you do, should allow for the game to be completed in just a couple of sessions. The graphics are pretty good. Character models look a bit dated, but the outside environments can look absolutely stunning.
Life is Strange 2: Episode 3 - WastelandsPS4
This episode also had the most jank from a technical standpoint that we’ve seen in the series. Characters would speed up suddenly while walking or talking while other character models would disappear entirely as you watch a beer can float through the air where someone should be holding it. We’ve seen this in prior episodes, but not to this extent and with this regularity. Hopefully future patches can fix these issues.
Recommendation: If you’re looking for an accessible and relaxing puzzle game that you can play at your leisure, SiNKR 2 may be just what you need. Touting quick pick up and play puzzles, this isn’t a game that demands much from the player. Despite its simplicity, the game manages to be rewarding and enjoyable throughout it’s eighty seven levels.
SteamWorld Quest: Hand of GilgamechSwitch
*With words like economy and currency popping up, we feel it is important to let you know SteamWorld Quest does not have any micro-transactions and that everything you need to play is presented to you through regular gameplay mechanics.
In my roughly seven-hour playthrough of Zombotron, I had a lot of fun running and gunning the beautifully crafted residents of this alien world. But that was quickly eclipsed by clunky movement, bad storytelling/world building, and issues like dropping your held items when you respawn at a checkpoint.
The visual style, music, branching dialogue options, and unique time bending abilities certainly separate it from the crowded pack of 2D side scrolling indie action games. Unfortunately, this isn’t enough to save it from repetitive and aggravating game play. This could easily be a “git gud” situation, but the puzzling story and lack of true replay-ability might not be enough to keep you pushing through the grind.
There is a lot to appreciate about Weedcraft Inc. It takes an interactive look at the burgeoning legal weed market and the opportunities that can both benefit us as a society, and how it can be abused. A look at the nuanced and often convoluted political and legal landscape of marijuana legalization. And for that, it can be considered to be an experience worth it, in and of itself. Unfortunately, it’s not going to be an experience that everyone can enjoy.
Still, Ghost Giant is an instant PSVR classic. It tells a uniquely human story with non-humans at the helm. The art style is immaculate and beautiful in nearly every way, giving testament to the creators’ vision of a world that is alive and breathing. And let’s not forget about the fact that this game is just straight up adorable in every aspect.
Falcon Age’s narrative is touching and sincere. The concept of bonding with a pet or companion to accomplish your goals is not one that has been overdone, and will appeal to many players. Technical issues aside, Falcon Age is a welcome title that not only helped us see a different angle of modernization than we are used to seeing in the medium, but was also incredibly cute and enjoyable. Clocking in at around six hours (depending on your skill and desire to explore) Falcon Age is a must buy at the $20 price tag.
She Remembered CaterpillarsSwitch
Overall, while short, the compelling nature of She Remembered Caterpillars more than makes up for this shortcoming. It offers enough of a challenge to stump you into working to decipher the puzzles, while not punishing you for your attempts. Outside of a lackluster introduction, it pays off by the back end of the game in telling an endearing story of love, loss, and the determination on not giving up on those you love, all while avoiding a tired out narrative medium.
Don't Escape: 4 Days in a WastelandPC
As a thinking gamer’s game, Don’t Escape: 4 Days In A Wasteland did what I wanted it to do. It made me use my brain and not fists to overcome challenges, had me utilize trial and error, and provided a surprisingly intriguing backdrop to do it all in. While the load times somewhat overstay their welcome, and the game makes things a bit too obvious and negates it’s own sense of challenge on occasion, I still had a good time with it and would easily recommend for anyone looking for a slower paced and methodical end of the world adventure.