Reviews

Life Goes On Review – The Adventures of Sir Lives-A-Lot

The platformer is one of video gaming’s most enduring genres, covering a wide range of themes, visual styles, and difficulty levels. In general, the best games this genre has to offer tend to be extremely challenging, leading to many deaths on the part of the player. With modern platformers, the real challenge developers face is preserving that sense of brutal difficulty while preventing the player from simply giving up in frustration. Developer Infinite Monkeys has devised a clever solution to [...]

Viscera Cleanup Detail Review – Cleanup on Aisle Gore

For the past couple of years, my wife and I had a side-job cleaning a condominium complex. It was basically easy money for little more than a couple of hours of work each week, so it helped pay the bills. Doing that kind of work teaches you a lot about human nature, and the two things I learned from doing this job are: 1. If you are any kind of cleaner, people assume you cannot speak English. 2. People are [...]

Fract OSC Review – The Symphony of Cthulhu

For centuries (or what must seem like it anyway), humans have wondered what would happen if some bold, adventurous developer had the courage to combine free-roaming exploration, puzzles, and music into a single wild game. Finally, the creative souls of Phosfiend Systems have tackled this ponderous question head-on, and the answer is Fract OSC. Somewhere between the open world of puzzles hearkening back to Myst and the sleek, electronic aesthetic of Tron, this intriguing and mesmerizing game places players inside the heart of a [...]

Volt Review – Electrifying? Not so much

“For substantially all ideas are second-hand, consciously and unconsciously drawn from a million outside sources” – Mark Twain In today’s age when you can have hundreds of copies capitalizing on the success of a single game (i.e. the numerous Flappy Bird clones), it is hard to come up with a truly original idea. To a degree, it is the art forgers of today who display more skill and technique, copying paintings detail for detail, than the masters of old. There [...]

Strike Suit Zero: Director’s Cut Review: Breathing New Life into an Old Genre

Strike Suit Zero: Director’s Cut is an arcade space shooter by Born Ready Games that improves upon its original release. In purpose, the game seeks to revive and improve the feel of classic space combat games. Deceptively simple in scope, Strike Suit Zero is a fun game to have on-hand for spontaneous play. At first glance, Strike Suit Zero is just a simple arcade, dogfighting space shooter. And while that sort of appraisal would certainly not be wrong, there is [...]

Record of Agarest War Zero Review: Same Old, Good Old

JRPG’s come in a variety of shapes and sizes, but Record of Agarest War Zero is one that wears a variety of hats. Dishing up hardcore tactical RPG gameplay, visual-novel-esque storytelling, and a heaping helping of fan service, it’s a unique title even in today’s diverse landscape.

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 [...]

Half-Minute Hero: The Second Coming Review – 30 Seconds to AARGH

As I’ve grown older, I’ve come to the realization that by and large, the JRPG is a genre that has passed me by. That’s not to say that I don’t enjoy them — on the contrary, some of my favorite and lasting memories are of spending dozens of hours playing through epic storylines and world-spanning adventures with a ragtag group of spiky-haired heroes and heroines. It’s not them, it’s me. Thankfully, developer Opus has carved out a niche for people [...]

Mechanic Escape Review – Is Your TV Running?

As much as I love games that feature deeply complex stories, there’s always a special place in my heart for more simple experiences. Sometimes, I just want a game that tosses out thought-provoking introductory sequences and jumps straight into quick, easily-understood action. Mechanic Escape definitely falls into the latter category. An easily grasped 2D platfomer/runner, Mechanic Escape is a fast-paced, somewhat frantic sprint through brightly animated levels filled with a multitude of hazards and interesting environmental quirks. A combination of reflexes, on-the-fly thinking, [...]

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