293 Reviews

Telling Lies

iOS
8.00
Michael CofferSep 12, 2019
Telling Lies is one of 2019's best games but still stands in the shadow of its predecessor's achievements. It earns major props for acting, writing and excellent implementation of FMV. Minor demerits for an untidy denouement.

Battle Chasers: Nightwar

iOS
8.00
Brittany VincentSep 03, 2019
A familiar yet modern riff on turn-based action RPGs that feels just as fresh and exciting on mobile devices as it did on consoles and PC.

Spy Tactics

PC
4.00
Michael CofferAug 22, 2019
py Tactics does indeed boast 40 levels and its gameplay is just like that other game you might also like, but in an age with a glut of affordable entertainment I would urge a little more discernment. It’s technically well-made and has some points in its favor, but overall does not merit a try unless there’s been a Franchise-Go-sized hole in your life.

Beholder 2

iOS
8.00
Michael CofferAug 12, 2019
It blends the political with the personal without ever getting preachy or high-brow, and the gameplay is more refined, but Beholder 2 still has that brooding, claustrophobic atmosphere in common with the original. Case in point: you can get your coworkers executed as a purely careerist move. While the game has a lot of good ideas and a much-improved execution of its predecessor’s spirit, it’s not quite a must-play. The humor is cagey and its satire often flat or unsubtle. Still a great game and experience, but Beholder 2 falls just short of compelling.

Raiders of the North Sea

AndroidiOS
10.0
Matt SkidmoreJul 30, 2019
Smartly designed, with some wonderful visuals and enthralling entertainment, well worth plundering.

Fluxx

iOS
6.00
Michael CofferJul 25, 2019
One could argue, fairly, that this reviewer has been rather hot-and-cold on the most pressing issue: is the Fluxx app any good? Well, the answer depends (fluctuates, even?) on what kind of void it is meant to fill. It’s certainly good for a bit of nostalgia, or shooting the breeze, and must be said that the game’s online play options are good. But as an app for premeditated play-sessions, the digital Fluxx has lost some of its spark.

Nocked!

iOS
8.00
Matt ThrowerJul 24, 2019
Nocked! was originally released on iOS in 2017, but it made the jump over to Steam last week.

Santorini Board Game

iOSAndroid
10.0
Michael CofferJul 22, 2019
A superb digital adaptation of a superb abstract strategy game - Santorini will be a hit with pros and casuals a like.

Cosmic Frontline AR

iOS
4.00
Dick PageJul 18, 2019
That means Cosmic Frontline is a great tech demo, or an A+ final project in a game development course. It's even pretty fun when conditions are just right. Any other time, however, it's not worth your money.

Graveyard Keeper

iOSAndroid
6.00
Dick PageJul 11, 2019
Fans of crafting will probably find a lot to like in Graveyard Keeper's incredibly baroque skills tree and endless tasks. It would be a good game for zoning out and listening to podcasts on a long plane trip. Players who are not on board the crafting bandwagon should probably try something like Stardew Valley.

Talisman: Origins

iOSAndroid
6.00
Brittany VincentJul 09, 2019
If you’re intrigued by the Talisman board game universe and want to get on board, Talisman: Origins isn’t the worst way to jump in, but if you’re looking for a more engaging tour through the series, you might want to actually try a game with other people first.

Void Tyrant

iOS
6.00
Jarrett GreenJul 08, 2019
Void Tyrant repurposes common mechanics in a unique way, but struggles to find the right balance between reward and the grind.

Tharsis

iOS
10.0
Matt SkidmoreJul 03, 2019
Exciting yet exasperating, frustrating yet compelling. Tharsis may be a game of contradictions but it is also extremely well designed and entertaining.

Lunar Rescue Mission

iOS
4.00
Dick PageJun 26, 2019
There's additional challenges to be had if you're a big fan of the genre: hidden rescues and achievements for completing a level with no restarts. I found the base game challenging enough, but a Lunar Lander master will appreciate it. If you really want a lunar lander game, Lunar Rescue Mission has you covered, but it doesn't add enough to the genre to make it interesting for players more broadly.

Astrologaster

iOS
10.0
Joe RobinsonJun 25, 2019
Though outside our usual remit, this game is so unusual and of rare quality that it has proved itself a rising star. Astrologaster is a pitch-perfect musical comedy of (medical) errors.

Feud

AndroidiOS
8.00
Matt SkidmoreJun 11, 2019
A compact and claustrophobic chess-style game that is well worth checking out, mate.

Mystic Vale

AndroidiOS
6.00
Michael CofferJun 10, 2019
In Mystic Vale, the act of redeeming blighted lands becomes a competitive, if brief, affair. It satisfies that gaming itch without adding any groundbreaking or noteworthy developments.

Shards of Infinity

iOSAndroid
10.0
Dick PageMay 22, 2019
The game has basic matchmaking for online play that works perfectly. You can set a match to have a 30 min (per side) time limit that makes it basically real time, or go up to days or weeks if you prefer a correspondence game. There's no ranking system, but I found lots of people to play with, who were usually quite a bit more challenging than the Hard AI. The online play is cross-platform too, which should help with keeping the number of online players high, and you can add friends to keep track of your regular partners.

Fort Sumter: Secession Crisis

AndroidiOS
8.00
Matt SkidmoreMay 20, 2019
A fascinating setting and clever card play make Fort Sumter a worthy and far less intimidating alternative to Twilight Struggle.

Shattered Plane

iOSAndroid
6.00
Jarrett GreenMay 13, 2019
Shattered Plane doesn’t do anything wrong, necessarily. It’s art is passable and sometimes really cool. It’s story is forgettable but not terribly offensive. The combat gets in its own way by doing too much, yet at the same time, not enough. There’s some enjoyment to be had with this simple strategy game, but it’s inconsistent and won’t last very long.

Nomads of the Fallen Star

iOSAndroid
6.00
Matt SkidmoreMay 09, 2019
Although you cannot fault Nomad’s scope and ambition, its execution leaves a lot to be desired.

Dimension of Dreams

iOS
8.00
Michael CofferMay 08, 2019
Honestly, aside from the wonky difficulty in early stages, the wacky random events & level-ups and rather generic 3D models (which make the game a battery-chugger), the game is a treasure, and one that’s only bound to improve with further balance tweaks and content. Needs a few bugfixes, too. It’s neither wholly derivative nor original but remains a roguelike to watch and try if you’ve the slightest interest, and for this price it’s a steal.

Mini Gal4Xy

iOSAndroid
4.00
Dick PageMay 07, 2019
There's good ideas here. The basic systems are solid enough to handle alien races with dramatically different starting points, and a score-attack mini space 4X game is a great concept for mobile. This one's just not quite ready to launch.

Solar Settlers

AndroidiOS
8.00
Michael CofferApr 23, 2019
Solar Settlers is an extremely well-built machine, a solitaire optimization puzzle par excellence, and an excellent digital board game.

Powernode

iOSAndroid
8.00
Brittany VincentApr 01, 2019
A challenging puzzler that will push your organizational and management skills to the limit as it thrusts new nodes and numbers upon you.

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