16 9 / 2014

Always Sometimes Monsters Review

Always Sometimes Monsters Review

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Developer: Vagabond Dog
Publisher: Devolver Digital
Platform: PC – GOG, Humble Store, Steam

Life is unfair. I don’t think anyone can deny that fact no matter their circumstances. Always Sometimes Monstersthrives off that concept as it pushes players into a more “human” RPG. The game begins by letting you (unassuming) choose the protagonist and then their love interest. Their race and gender are…

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11 9 / 2014

Crystal Caves Review

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Developer: Apogee Software
Publisher: Apogee Software
Platform: PC – DOS, GOG

As shameful as it may be to admit, Apogee Software titles were not a part of my youth. Crystal Caveswas one of the many game releases by them over the years available in shareware form. The first episode, “The Trouble with Twibbles”, was available for free but episodes 2 and 3 required a purchase. If you buy the game on…

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09 9 / 2014

OlliOlli Review

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Developer: Roll7, General Arcade
Publisher: Devolver Digital
Platform: PC – GOG, Steam PSN – PS4, Vita

Where are all the good skateboarding games? For many, the genre of extreme sports titles died out once Tony Hawk games got beyond their numbered iterations. To me it definitely felt like there was a lack of interesting newcomers. OlliOlli first launched on Vita to rave reviews but it took a bit…

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04 9 / 2014

Appointment with F.E.A.R. Review

Appointment with F.E.A.R. Review

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Developer: Tin Man Games
Publisher: Tin Man Games
Platform: Mobile – Android, iOS PC – DirectSteam

The Fighting Fantasy series of gamebooks began in the early 80s where legions of readers picked them up. Unfortunately, I missed out on this whole world of gamebooks until discovering Tin Man Games. Their digital renditions are tremendously enjoyable, especially Appointment with F.E.A.R.which is a…

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02 9 / 2014

Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair Review

Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair Review

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Developer: Spike Chunsoft
Publisher: NIS America
Platform: PlayStation Vita

What was supposed to be a peaceful school trip for Hope’s Peak Academy to beautiful Jabberwock Island has suddenly been corrupted by despair. The snarky and evil Monokuma is back causing havoc, and things quickly take a turn for the worse.

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28 8 / 2014

Early Access Preview: Broforce

Early Access Preview: Broforce

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Broforce is one heck of an action game with a title that I must admit annoys me. “Bro” this and “bro” that seems incredibly juvenile but, hey, many people apparently find it amusing. Broforcetakes bro-isms to the extreme by letting players control a ton of action movie heroes. As the vast majority of Hollywood action blockbusters star incredibly muscular men, your cast of playable characters is…

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26 8 / 2014

Back to Bed Review

Back to Bed Review

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Developer: Bedtime Digital Games
Publisher: Bedtime Digital Games
Platform: Mobile – Android, iOS PC – Steam

After delighting in puzzler RUSH, my attention shifted back toward puzzle games. Back to Bed first intrigued me thanks to an incredibly distinctive art style but it were the mechanics that sold me. Just like RUSH, you guide something (in this case a sleepwalker named Bob) to his bed. And,…

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21 8 / 2014

Cloud Chamber Review

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Developer: Investigate North
Publisher: Investigate North
Platform: PC – Steam

Alternate reality games hold a very special place in my heart. This overlooked genre places you – the player – in something that seems much larger than a simple game. By involving you directly in a narrative, often by emailing or even calling you, these so-called ARGs brought games into a new dimension. Unfortunately,…

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19 8 / 2014

Eidolon Review

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Developer: Ice Water Games
Publisher: Ice Water Games
Platform: PC – DirectSteam

Eidolonis perhaps the mellowest game I’ve played this year. The premise is simple enough. You’re all alone in a wooded landscape. With nothing on your person, the only thing to do is explore and survive. During your travels you come upon berries, animals, and letters. While the former keep you alive, the latter fuel…

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14 8 / 2014

Blackbay Asylum Review

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Developer: TAD Productions AB
Publisher: KISS ltd
Platform: PC – GamersGate, Steam

I play a lot of games. Many of them are indie, and some are certainly odd. With that said, I don’t think any other game has been this weird while still managing to grip me this year. Blackbay Asylumdefies expectations, messes with convention, all while being a point and click adventure game. Well, let’s dive right…

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