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387 Published Reviews

6souls

Switch
7.00
Steve WhitingDec 02, 2021
There’s also a plethora of instant death spikes which are a pet-hate of mine. I appreciate that in an indie-game with technical limitations, this may be purposeful so as to avoid designing slightly complicated damage and recovery animations, however they always feel a bit unnecessarily punishing. Fortunately in this case, the checkpoints are close enough together to stop this from being completely unbearable.

Doki Doki Literature Club Plus!

Switch
9.00
Alex HardingNov 30, 2021
Doki Doki Literature Club Plus! is a remarkable psychological horror game with some unfortunate (yet understandable) console workarounds. Even though you know something scary is about to happen, it still makes each hair stand up on end when it does. The psychological horror will likely double your heart rate and as the plot progresses, you won't know what to believe to be real.

Venus: Improbable Dream

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7.00
Rachelle Suri-TuckerNov 24, 2021
Venus: Improbable Dream is heartwarming and, at times, easily relatable. As humans, we all have our insecurities and the game explores this through the guise of a beautifully blossoming friendship. However in terms of its execution, Venus: Improbable Dream can often be slow-going and its gameplay (or lack thereof) can be a deterrant for many.

Death's Door

Switch
10.0
Alex HardingNov 23, 2021
Despite any personal nitpick that can be concocted if I squint my eyes and think pessimistically enough, this game's stellar top-down combat, awe-inspiring presentation and melancholic plot that isn't afraid to have a cheeky laugh will stick with me forever. Death's Door will become a standard that I'll forever hold future topdown action adventure games to.

Shin Megami Tensei V

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8.00
Jake MounseyNov 21, 2021
Shin Megami Tensei V is an excellent entry point into the main franchise for those who have discovered it from Persona 5. That being said, while I was playing this, all it really made me do is want to go back to older games in the franchise. It’s a fantastic game but not exactly what long time fans would’ve been hoping for.

Mario Party Superstars

Switch
9.00
Nathan RudgeNov 20, 2021
Mario Party Superstars is an amazing return to the formula that truly is a love letter for fans who’ve played the series before things changed. It boasts an incredible selection of minigames, iconic boards and a solid online connection that allows for players to enjoy the game with friends across the globe. While there may be some ridiculous swings in how a player can go from first to last and vice versa, this has been a staple in the Mario Party franchise so there’s not a lot to truly complain about here.

The Suicide of Rachel Foster

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4.00
Brian StillwagonNov 16, 2021
It’s a shame because the only two excuses I can think for these atrocious flaws is either lazy storytelling or a fundamental misunderstanding of the issues within the story. My favourite thing about Daedalic’s previously published title, State of Mind, was its story and The Suicide of Rachel Foster does not hold up in comparison.

Tunche

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7.00
Nathan RudgeNov 15, 2021
While there are troubles in the early stages of the game that can turn away newer players, Tunche still maintains fun at its foremost, especially in co-op. Overall, this game is beautiful and has an amazing world built around it which is very interesting to explore. So jump into the world of Tunche with three friends, beat up some frogs and monkeys as you make your way through the jungle.

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

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9.00
Dylan CovingtonNov 13, 2021
I was really worried that the hype around this game would have left me disappointed (I had a disappointing experience with The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind after buying into the nostalgia-fueled praise that fans of Skyrim had for the archaic predecessor) but for Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, the nostalgia that the fandom has for this game is justified.

Voice of Cards: The Isle Dragon Roars

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4.00
Jake MounseyNov 13, 2021
While I wouldn’t call it a bad game, ultimately, Voice Of Cards: The Isle Dragon Roars is a game betrayed by its own marketing. If this wasn’t sold as Yoko Taro’s next big project and a deconstruction of the RPG genre, I would’ve been way more forgiving to this but in the end, all I’m left with is disappointment and emptiness over what could have been.

World War Z

Switch
7.00
Leigh WynneNov 10, 2021
Thankfully, the solid performance holds up throughout the battles against huge swarms and it's a testament to the expertise of Saber Interactive! Although as a word of warning, don’t bother playing offline with the excruciating CPU AI as they will only hold you back. Looking forward, I hope to see some more content to bolster this game's offerings but in the meantime, there's still a whole lot to write home about here.

Staxel

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8.00
Leigh WynneNov 08, 2021
The draw is to improve your homestead, care for your animals and forge new friendships with the townsfolk. Staxel may have stumbled a few times with its mechanic tutorials but I’d advise to be persistent with it as you’ll find a game that is fun to relax with over a weekend free of real-world stresses.

Demon Turf

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5.00
Alex HardingNov 03, 2021
Demon Turf is way too ambitious for its own good. While it lays down the fundamentals of a 3D platformer well, its less than practical choice of art style and wonky combat controls make many aspects of the game a chore. I would have liked to have seen this game scaled down in terms of scope, focussing more on what it does well and not on trying to do too much and shooting itself in the foot.

Unpacking

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7.00
Bruno César Monteiro Cordeiro SilvaNov 02, 2021
Enjoy your time with Unpacking. It’s a lovely, charming puzzle game that wants you to take your time with it. There are so many little items in each level that you have to carefully put away that it lends itself less to a lengthy gaming session and more to the occasional tackling of the task. Get settled in before moving on - you just finished moving, after all.

Hermitage: Strange Case Files

Switch
7.00
Nathan RudgeOct 26, 2021
If you enjoy the feeling of the Lovecraftian Mythos, then the story of Hermitage: Strange Case Files is a title that’s worth investing time into. With great art direction, intriguing characters and a stylistic design in their transitions, there is a lot to enjoy here. But do be prepared for a lot of reading as the game plays more like a novel with characters visually shown and a small amount of poses/reactions.

Evertried

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4.00
Bruno César Monteiro Cordeiro SilvaOct 21, 2021
I don’t think Evertried is necessarily a bad game. The foundation is solid and it would only take a few minor improvements to really make it shine but as of right now, the only way I could possibly describe it is as a shallow experience. I can tell that there was a lot of care put into a lot of concepts in the game and it’s honestly a shame that it couldn’t truly be pushed to its full potential, but as things are currently, it just doesn’t have what makes for a long lasting, addictive roguelite game.

JARS

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7.00
Alex HardingOct 19, 2021
JARS is a superbly quirky 2D tower defence game that is unfortunately hindered by a clunky menu system and infrequent difficulty spikes. It does well to stand out amongst the crowd within the genre with its Tim Burton-esque art style and the occassional cutscene provides some much appreciated personality.

Metroid Dread

Switch
8.00
Alex HardingOct 18, 2021
After all was said and done, it's easy to conclude that Metroid Dread is a wonderful conclusion to the 2D saga of the series. While its obligatory E.M.M.I segments are frustrating to the point of dread (no pun intended), the game transcends in its ability to bring the series into the modern era (and back to home consoles, no less). The melee counter is perfected in Dread and it's easy to see just how much love Mercury Steam has for the franchise.

Nira

Switch
6.00
Dylan CovingtonOct 17, 2021
Nira might be more enjoyable on a PC where the controls make a lot more sense but overall, if you’re looking for something to scratch that survival itch and can appreciate the more Spartan aspects of Nira, it’s worth a purchase. It’s cheap enough that if you’re like me and it falls short, the buyer’s remorse will be manageable.

Henchman Story

Switch
8.00
Jake MounseyOct 14, 2021
While Visual Novels aren’t really a genre I partake in a lot, it is good to see what a good a good one is actually like. It’s rare that I actually finish one, let alone finish it twice and beg for more. With charming characters, great art and a well written story, I’d totally recommend this to someone who doesn’t really play Visual Novels but is interested in dipping their toes into the genre.

A Little Golf Journey

Switch
8.00
Alex HardingOct 13, 2021
A Little Golf Journey is a beautifully crafted golfing adventure that'll make you feel at peace. It foregoes the sense of realism that many golf games attempt to emulate and instead, achieves something new whilst doing less.

Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl

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8.00
Jake MounseyOct 07, 2021
All in all, despite its flaws, Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl is more than just a meme like the internet has tried to portray it as. While I don’t think it’ll be able to topple Super Smash Bros. in terms of popularity, with these dedicated developers and the solid ground work they’ve made, this will easily take the number two spot in the genre. Now let’s hope Nickelodeon decides to capitalise on this and let the dev team expand on it.

Bonfire Peaks

Switch
8.00
Leigh WynneOct 04, 2021
Lastly, some puzzles are really quite challenging (some of which I still don’t know how to complete); I feel as though a hint system wouldn’t have gone amiss for those struggling. Perhaps within each puzzle, there could have been some kind of currency collectible that you earned, to then be spent on unlocking hints if you were to get stuck.

HOT WHEELS UNLEASHED

Switch
6.00
Jake MounseyOct 01, 2021
I’m not mad, I’m just disappointed. I’ve been looking forward to this game for months now, only to find a fantastic game that has clearly had a lot of love put into it being bogged down by baffling and unnecessary business practices. I guess this is what video games are now, they’re no longer about entertaining people, they just want to suck you dry of your money.

A Juggler's Tale

Switch
8.00
Bruno César Monteiro Cordeiro SilvaSep 29, 2021
I cannot explain enough how enjoyable my short time with A Juggler’s Tale was. I am someone that loves anything that reminds me of childhood innocence, whimsical fantasy stories and the wonder of exploration. I truly had a hard time nit-picking for something bad to say about the game. What I can say is that A Juggler’s Tale exists to tell a story first and foremost.