1341 Published Reviews
Where the Snow SettlesXbox One
I’m a big fan of game experiences which could be classed as narrative adventures or walking sims. I love being taken on an adventure and guided through new and fantastical worlds and stories. Where the Snow Settles will happily take you on a wondrous journey from start to the finish, but the problem is, that journey is all too short.
Curved SpaceXbox Series X
When it comes to Curved Space then, I’m afraid this ain’t it, chief. This is far from the shot in the arm that the genre needs. Its pointless story, repetitive game modes, uninteresting combat, and poorly-implemented gimmick keep it from escaping that enormous pit of mediocre shoot ‘em ups. On the bright side, it’s always nice to be reminded that real life spiders could be so much worse.
Urban Trial Tricky Deluxe EditionXbox One
Urban Trial Tricky Deluxe Edition is worth a look. If you’ve been harking back to a time when the motocross scene was fuelled by the Trials franchise, or if you’ve recently been kicking around with Tony Hawk, this is going to scratch more than an itch. It’s a game that will be instantly accessible to many, but just be aware that full completion may only be found by those who have utterly mastered the scene.
Arkan: The dog adventurerXbox One
Arkan: The dog adventurer matches platforming and puzzling surprisingly well, offering block-breaking thrills without too many spills. It’s worth a look, especially for fans of the classic arcade hit.
Mighty AphidXbox One
All in all though and aside from a couple of little issues Mighty Aphid is a pretty cool game. It has the 1990’s vibe nailed on, comes complete with a very nice chiptune-styled soundtrack and delivers a properly rock hard challenge. Level 6, as befits its place as the final level, is incredibly hard and will take you multiple runs to complete.
Treasure Hunter SimulatorXbox One
That’s the overall feeling, having emerged from Treasure Hunter Simulator. While the areas are scenic and nice to ramble around, and while the detecting and digging is satisfying enough, there’s nothing else to support them. Treasure Hunter Simulator is as shallow as a sprinkling of dust, and you’ll get bored of searching through that dust after the first couple of sites.
Bai Qu: Hundreds of MelodiesXbox Series X
By the fifth or sixth hour of Bai Qu, we were willing it to end, which – considering this is a story about a girl living out the last moments of her life – makes us a kind of monster. But we challenge anyone to wholeheartedly enjoy the ten hours of poorly translated, leery guff here. Ratalaika may have been on a real run with their visual novels of late, but this is a long, protracted misstep.
Death's DoorXbox Series X
Ultimately, Death’s Door on Xbox is fantastic. Its mysteries are alluring, its world is uniquely sensitive and funny, its combat is harsh and fast. It feels like stepping into a dream space with all of its fantastical designs, elevated by one of the best soundtracks of the year. From almost every perspective, Death’s Door is a game that compels you to keep playing. You’ll be powerless to say no.
Escape SequenceXbox One
Escape Sequence should possibly keep you going for longer than it does, even when the asking price is relatively low. Instead it feels like £4.19 is a steep price tag for just fifteen levels of gameplay, and that’ll possibly end up putting a lot of people off. Even so, if you’re in the market for a new puzzle game, I’d recommend giving Escape Sequence a try.
Lost At SeaXbox Series X
Overall then, Lost At Sea is great at the narrative aspect of the adventure and tells a heartfelt tale that will very quickly see you empathising with the protagonist. The only issue there is that it’s all too easy to experience the memories out of order and it’s something which can hinder the experience a tad.
Lost Grimoires 3: The Forgotten WellXbox One
What’s missing, though, is any sense of ambition. Lost Grimoires 3 is extremely safe, keeping you on a short leash as you explore, giving you few items and fewer places to use them. And while it starts from a new place, giving you the rule of a city and chucking you into a siege, it backtracks quickly to its traditional formula of running after magical beings and their MacGuffins. There are signposts to an interesting future for Artifex Mundi hidden object games, but Lost Grimoires 3: The Forgotten Well neglects taking any of those potential paths.
The Last Rolling HeroXbox One
The Last Rolling Hero will deliver you some enjoyment for the few hours it will take to complete. It’s as cheap as chips, comes with a basic premise, looks okay visually but is never ever groundbreaking. The camera in the cutscenes and some other little bits do seem a bit broken, but gameplay-wise it works fine. It isn’t that hard either and so you do have to ask what you want from a game that costs just under four quid.
A Plague Tale: RequiemXbox Series X
Already regarded as one of the best games of the last generation, the next-gen improvements solidify it into a must play-title. Considering it is already available on Xbox Game Pass and with a sequel due next year in the form of A Plague Tale: Requiem, what is your excuse for not playing?
Crash Drive 3Xbox Series X
Crash Drive 3 is a fun little game. There’s not a huge amount of longevity here, especially not once you’ve unlocked all the worlds, yet it’s all good as a quick pick up and play affair, before forgetting about it again. Playing with friends is always better than strangers, but even if no one you know is online, with cross-play support it’s easy to get into quite intense contests.
Life of Fly 2Xbox One
Life of Fly 2 is like an incredibly slow bus journey through a bland neighborhood. To make it worse, a stranger sits next to you and spouts waffle that they think is insightful. It’s mercifully short at an hour, and Gamerscore pours out of it, but your time is worth so much more than this. Play an Aery game instead.
Blue FireXbox One
Blue Fire is a magpie with impeccable taste. It’s taken some of the best bits from some fantastic games, and it’s hard to to play it without being swept back to the times of playing Hollow Knight, Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker and Souls-like games. But while it may be familiar, it has panache on tap, and all of these platforming, combat and Metroidvania elements come together to form something slick and enjoyable.
Anna's QuestXbox One
Anna’s Quest is a shrug of a graphic adventure. It goes to familiar fairy tale places for familiar fairy tale stories, but without the wit or edge to make it worth the re-telling. Not even a strong ending and a couple of high-concept digressions can pull it out of its safe rut. With so many great graphic adventures released in the past six months – many from Daedalic themselves – this is a lower-tier quest that can probably be left uncompleted.
Beasts of Maravilla IslandXbox One
At the end of the day, should you be looking for a simple, casual little playthrough in which interactions are kept to a minimum, the mysterious world of Beasts of Maravilla Island may just about keep you quiet for two hours tops. But don’t expect to be wowed by what could have been a magical journey into the unknown.
Farm for your LifeXbox One
Farm for your Life is a decent attempt at delivering a unique cross-over experience, mixing tower defense with a farming sim and a little cooking. Give it a go – but perhaps once it drops in price a little.
Fishing: North AtlanticXbox One
This is a shame, as should you press on, new boats and different fishing styles begin to appeal. It’s also massively helpful that the fast travel mechanic is a lot better this time around, as you can sail off wherever you fancy, instead of having to follow the course of earlier journeys, as was the case in Barents Sea.
Synchro HedgehogsXbox One
Overall there’s not enough of a difference to materially change the experience that Synchro Hedgehogs offers versus the Butterfly games – it’s more of a slight tweak of the gameplay. As a result, the game has more than a strong sense of deja vu about it. If you enjoyed the Butterfly games or simply want to buy some Gamerscore on the cheap, then Synchro Hedgehogs will be of interest to you.
Zombies Ate My Neighbors and Ghoul PatrolXbox One
In conclusion then, the double offering of Zombies Ate My Neighbors and Ghoul Patrol makes a lot of sense if you are looking for a retro-styled challenge. It’s able to deliver all the difficulty of old-skool gaming, and all the challenge that entails, but in a modern setting that even allows saves to be made; the best of both worlds.
Onirike is a unique action platforming adventure with a great premise and a weirdly wonderful narrative. The platforming is not always the best and having to plant flowers in order to find progress is initially tricky to get to grips with, but the puzzles are inventive and the design of the world is superb.
Walden, a gameXbox One
Sure, the survival aspects are a bit of distraction, however they aren’t massively detrimental to the adventure. If you’re open to a journey through the wilderness that’s full of knowledge and poses interesting thoughts to ponder, Walden, a game should be the next addition to your library.
Butterfly 2Xbox One
Butterfly 2 brings almost nothing new to the table, providing more of the same platforming action as the first game. However, a lack of appetite to improve and evolve the game is disappointing, and makes it hard to recommend.