Reviews

Demon Gaze Review – Is That a Vocaloid?

Do you know about the concept of the “Gaze”? It’s a popular philosophical notion whose origins I don’t want to delve too deeply into but is commonly associated with the newer term of the “Male Gaze”. Basically, it’s a power dynamic that gives or takes power from an individual depending on whether they are on the giving or receiving end of this “Gaze”. I bring this up because the new dungeon-crawler Demon Gaze actively gives you a power in which [...]

Deception IV: Blood Ties Review – Devil’s Daughter, In the Castle, With the Guillotine

A lot of people were surprised when a sequel to the PS1 cult favorite, Deception, was announced for the Playstation 3 and PS Vita. I was surprised that a series such as these games even existed, but after reading about its trap-based RPG mechanics I was definitely interested. With its unique gameplay and anime-styled, dark fantasy presentation, I came into Deception IV: Blood Ties with eager curiosity and what I found was a real surprise.

LEGO The Hobbit Review – Going on an Adventure

Over the past 9 years, the LEGO series has evolved into an established franchise in the same vein as Call of Duty or Assassin’s Creed. Annual installments may have diminished the original luster of the series but each one is still a great game on its own. Developer Traveller’s Tales follow their established formula of taking a popular entertainment franchise and “LEGO-fying” it into a family-fun experience that captures the spirit of the source material. And just like the last [...]

Ragnarok Odyssey ACE Review – An Ace For Your Back Pocket

Ragnarok Odyssey came out a little over a year ago for the PS Vita. It was a title that worked well with the console, but the developers weren’t satisfied with their first outing, so they spent some time to expand the game. Now we have the standalone expansion Ragnarok Odyssey ACE for both the PS Vita and PS3 that bolsters a number of new additions. For those new to the genre, Ragnarok Odyssey is similar in concept to Monster Hunter [...]

Quest of Dungeons Review – Rogueing Ain’t Easy

There is always a concern in my head when reviewing procedurally generated Rogue-likes and dungeon crawlers because balancing difficulty with fun can be a struggle for developers. Making sure the levels are approachable, the enemies are balanced, and the players ability to level accordingly are all functioning within this randomized dungeon is critical. The fact that Quest of Dungeons was planned for both iOS and Steam raised some cautionary flags since I was going to be gaming on my PC. [...]

Towerfall Ascension Review – Straight and True

Gather some buddies, crack open a few drinks, and get ready for a night of slinging arrows and insults back and forth for hours on end—Towerfall Ascension is here and ready to take over your lives as the ultimate multiplayer arena fighter.  Is the revamped version of an indie classic an absolute bullseye, or does it just barely miss the mark?

Yoshi’s New Island Review – Can’t Teach an Old Dino New Tricks

I pretty much forgot what it was like to play the original Yoshi’s Island. I mean, I remember the basics of gameplay, its visual style, and the basic feel of controlling Yoshi which remains virtually unchanged after all these years. Aside from that however, I wouldn’t be able to recall any specific moments about the original game. It’s just been too long. So when Nintendo announced Yoshi’s New Island at E3, how can people who loved the original game not [...]

Out There Review – Star Hopping for Answers

I’ve always wondered what it would be like getting lost in space. Would it be as terrifying as I imagine, or more of a peaceful solitude? If Out There by Mi-Clos Studio is any indication, it would be a little bit of both. This iOS/Android space adventure will teach you a thing or two about proper decision making and learning from your mistakes. While it’s hard to cram it into any one genre, I would call this an adventure/survival game, [...]

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