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Angels with Scaly Wings

Xbox OneXbox Series X
6.50
Peter RussellMay 09, 2021
All in all, I enjoyed my time reading through of Angels with Scaly Wings, and with the numerous possible endings this should give keen readers to come back for more.

The Skylia Prophecy

Xbox One
5.80
Graham CameronMay 08, 2021
The Skylia Prophecy is a mixed bag for me. A couple more tweaks and this game would have been much more enjoyable. The graphics, controls and the boss fights here capture the nostalgic feels of past classics very well. But some other decisions that were made keep pulling the loose threads and unravelling the game into a bit of a confusing mess. Action-platformer fans will still get some joy from this but they may end up being frustrated at more than they can bear at the small quality of life choices made.

Nongunz: Doppelganger Edition

Xbox One
8.50
Jake PlantMay 08, 2021
Nongunz: Doppelganger Edition is one of those games where you feel yourself getting better the more you play, and I usually enjoy games that give me that experience. Once you get an understanding of the gameplay it’s a very rewarding and fun game although getting to that point can be a bit unconventional. Discovering everything on your own can be a fun endeavour but I also understand why some players might abandon the game because of its obtuse nature.

Blazing Beaks

Xbox One
6.90
Graham CameronMay 07, 2021
Blazing Beaks is a fun, but very tough, game. You need fast reflexes and good decision making if you are going to finish a playthrough of the story mode. I found the quandary of taking an artefact with a penalty for a chance of a better boon later fascinating as it’s based on your confidence in your ability to survive until you can reap the benefits. It’s just a shame that you cannot play the main story online with a friend or play multiplayer online

Dull Grey

Xbox One
6.30
Jamie CollyerMay 06, 2021
Dull Grey brings an oppressive vision of the future to our screens, with an initially simple-seeming choice system having some hidden depth the more we read into things. It won’t last more than an evening, but the tale and atmosphere make this worth checking out at least once.

Dark Nights with Poe and Munro

Xbox One
9.00
Jamie CollyerMay 04, 2021
It might hit the camp button a little too hard at times, but overall Dark Nights with Poe and Munroe is an enjoyable live-action adventure. The episodes are short enough to get through in one sitting and are packed with replayability in the different outcomes of our choices, as well as entertaining tales told within. Live-action games have had a bit of a resurgence of late, and this title easily rides high as one of the best.

The friends of Ringo Ishikawa

Xbox One
9.30
AJ SmallMay 03, 2021
The Friends of Ringo Ishikawa is clearly inspired by many games, but this brooding, slice-of-life brawler has its own voice – that voice is profane, deadpan but honest. There is nothing else really like it in the mainstream.

Protocol

Xbox One
6.00
Ross HodgeMay 02, 2021
Protocol is an alright puzzle game, it’s an alright shooter game, it’s just simply alright. It’s very busy jumping from genre to genre and focusing on atmospheric building and keeping the player entertained using some crude and brash humor at times that becomes stale on replays.

Battle Axe

Xbox One
6.60
Jake PlantMay 01, 2021
This is magnified by the designers’ decision to forego almost all of the modern conveniences players have grown accustomed to in the past twenty-plus years, which really makes you question what was going through their heads. If you love arcadey Hack and Slash games and/or enjoy challenging yourself with devilishly difficult games then this might be worth checking out once it’s on sale.

Smelter

Xbox One
8.60
Jake PlantApr 30, 2021
The 2D action platforming in Smelter is fun and very enjoyable for new or old fans of the genre. The game features three sets of swappable abilities to play around with and aid in your exploration of the extensive levels. The combination of two very different genres makes Smelter stand out, but the strategy style of gameplay cannot stand on its own as the platforming half can. Together though they work decently well, I felt like each style of gameplay provided a nice break from the other.

Crime Opera: The Butterfly Effect

Xbox OneXbox Series X
7.00
Peter RussellApr 30, 2021
I came in to Crime Opera: The Butterfly Effect with an open mind, but not expecting all that much from it. I’m glad I gave it a go though, as the story was actually very good and had me wanting to keep reading right until the end. It’s a shame there aren’t more endings to encourage more playthroughs, but as a part one of a series this is off to a good start. Whether you’re just interested in the 1000G or actually want a good tale to read, then this comes highly recommended.

Tinker Racers

Xbox One
7.00
Ian WrayApr 29, 2021
Tinker Racers is a fun game and far exceeded my expectations. It brought back many childhood memories of racing round in Micro Machines and it makes me hope that they release more levels for a DLC. Once lockdown ends, it’ll definitely be one to play with friends in couch co-op.

Bad Dream: Coma

Xbox One
7.90
Jamie CollyerApr 25, 2021
Bad Dream: Coma is morbid, depressing, and more graphic than the simple art style lets on, but that’s not to say it isn’t worth playing. Those that like point and click gameplay will be right at home here, while the dour atmosphere offers up an intriguing tone to the experience. Navigating the puzzles with a pad can get tedious at times, but for the most part this is an engaging time, and worth a look.

MLB The Show 21

Xbox OneXbox Series X
8.50
Ross MitchellApr 25, 2021
Overall I am blown away at how much I have enjoyed playing MLB The Show 21. I had a mild interest in baseball but I can see myself following the sport a lot closer based on how much fun I have had so far in this game. Sure it has flaws and it’s not the easiest to just pick up and play, but that all pales in comparison to the satisfaction of crushing a pitch clean out the field.

Buildings Have Feelings Too!

Xbox One
7.30
AJ SmallApr 25, 2021
Buildings Have Feelings Too! is an early summer comfort – a relaxing puzzle game, with a little bit of city sim, that is worth playing when approached on its own terms.

Cymatically Muffed

Xbox OneXbox Series X
6.30
Graham CameronApr 23, 2021
Cymatically Muffed is a decent top-down shooter. The campaign is as confusing as the name of the game but that doesn’t detract too much from the enjoyment. There could have been some more explanation of the items in the game with a brief tutorial but most of it can be picked up whilst playing.

Moon Raider

Xbox One
6.90
Jake PlantApr 22, 2021
Moon Raider is a decent throwback to the pixelated games of the 90’s. It is lacking in some departments like the story, but the pixel art is nicely done and the action is familiar and fun for the duration of the experience.

Super Meat Boy Forever

Xbox One
9.30
Jake PlantApr 20, 2021
Super Meat Boy Forever might not be the game I expected, but it’s a game I thoroughly enjoyed. Good sequels take the best elements of the first game and build on them. The gameplay doesn’t have to be exactly the same but in this case, it’s familiar enough, while adding many interesting new elements. The new high definition art style is on point and the level design and generation makes the sequel truly stand out.

C14 Dating

Xbox One
6.30
Ross HodgeApr 18, 2021
While it might be short lived, those looking for a quick romance tale (and some easy cheevos) will be well served by C14 Dating. The mini-games add to the experience, and the archaeology-based romance is charming enough to entertain at least once, with further plays allowing us to skip through scenes as needed.

Rain on Your Parade

Xbox One
8.50
Corey LyleApr 18, 2021
Rain on Your Parade is a hilarious, reference filled adventure that gamers young and old could enjoy. It provides variety and options for how much you want to get out of the game and is never too challenging for any one person.

Gangsta Paradise

Xbox One
5.80
Jake PlantApr 17, 2021
Gangsta Paradise is sort of a misnomer, you end up killing all the gangsters so I don’t know how that could be a paradise for them, and the game as a whole is not a paradise either – it’s more like a purgatory, completely middle of the road, nothing great about it, but nothing terrible either. With the exception of the enemies, there isn’t much variety.

Ravensword: Shadowlands

Xbox One
4.80
Graham CameronApr 17, 2021
Ravensword: Shadowlands is a passably playable RPG considering it is an aged mobile port. If you ever want to play an RPG that you can complete in days rather than months for a fraction of the cost then this could be something to pick up. But stiff NPCs, random hit detection/animation, bland storyline, and vast empty lands really make it challenging to fully immerse yourself into the game.

Gravity Heroes

Xbox One
7.40
Jamie CollyerApr 16, 2021
Gravity Heroes can be too tough at times early on, but those that persevere will find and enjoyable twist on 2D, wave-based attack arenas. Some lovely pixel art and music help soften the repeated defeats, and while a little unintuitive, the core gameplay is fun more often than not.

Savage Halloween

Xbox One
8.50
Varnell HarrisApr 16, 2021
Savage Halloween caters to those who want a more casual run and gun play style and for those who are eager for a challenge. Regardless of which one you pick you’re guaranteed to receive a treat than a trick with this title.

Knight Squad 2

Xbox OneXbox Series X
6.30
Jake PlantApr 14, 2021
If you’re a big fan of the first game then Knight Squad 2 is more of the same. There are a few new game modes that are fun and the variant options allow for some unique customization, but overall this sequel doesn’t really stand out. It’s essentially the same game, with a few new things and missing some stuff from the first game.