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Action Henk Review: A Runaway Hit

Action Henk Review: A Runaway Hit

When I was a kid, and watching Toy Story for the first time, one of my takeaways from that movie was how fun it would be to be a toy. Not just because I wouldn’t have to eat vegetables or go to school, but because if I was a toy, than all the other toys are life-sized in comparison to me. For example, the scene where Buzz Lightyear leaps onto a Hot Wheels car and zooms around the race track, […]

Flame Over Review: Gameplay That Is Hot, Hot, Hot

Flame Over Review: Gameplay That Is Hot, Hot, Hot

Before I begin my review of Flame Over, I should make my opinion on roguelikes clear: I often enjoy the genre, but only a small fraction of roguelikes have been able to truly hold my attention for longer than a week. Usually I find roguelikes too random and harsh, especially when the player loses control of the situation to a bad randomization. There are, however, games like Spelunky that are truly masterpieces of game mechanics; every single aspect of that […]

60 Seconds! Review: Fallout Fun

60 Seconds! Review: Fallout Fun

Growing up in Florida during the 90s, I was raised around the constant threat of hurricanes. All throughout the summer months we lived wary of the words “tropical depression” popping up on the news. With hurricanes, we’d have days, sometimes even weeks, to anticipate the storm’s arrival and adhere to the proper preparation and evacuation plans. Even with so much time to plan for a possible worst-case scenario, the experience was always pretty stressful. But back in the 1950s and […]

Super Star Path Review: Star Struck

Super Star Path Review: Star Struck

As someone who writes daily for a mobile games website, I sometimes have nightmares that I’m being consumed alive in a quicksand-like trap full of match-three-blocks. The more I clear out, the further I fall into the endless pit. More and more colored cubes keep piling up…matching them is soon useless, the sun vanishes behind colored cubes and I wake up with a racing heart, cursing unoriginal game publishers for continuing to pump out games with the same mechanics. Clearly […]

Year Walk Review

Year Walk Review

[Contributed] Time travel is a tricky subject, and it can be pretty hard to present a plausible exploration of how it might be achieved, and how it could affect the rest of the world. There have been many games that tried to present their own twist to the tired old time travel trope, from all the way back in 1980 with Time Traveler on the Apple II to, of course, the ever-popular Bioshock: Infinite. Time travel is an incredibly complex […]

Play as a starving artist in Artisian: Going Home Again

Play as a starving artist in Artisian: Going Home Again

Artisian: Going Home Again is the debut game from game developers Melissa Lester and Amy Lester. The two sisters have put together a life-management game where players must balance out the various aspects of a young artist’s life. As the story goes, the protagonist is trying to save up enough money to re-buy the home she grew up in, after her parents sold it earlier in her life. As a 24-year-old who enjoys his fare share of explosive visuals, intense […]

A Story About My Uncle Review

A Story About My Uncle Review

After Ethan Carter last week, I was still itching for another first-person narrative game. I had two options sitting in my Steam library: Gone Home and A Story About My Uncle. I ended up choosing A Story About My Uncle simply because I knew the game involved some reflex-based gameplay, and while Ethan was super tense and fantastic, it wasn’t a traditionally “fun” game. Ethan involved lots of walking, looking, reading, and thinking. I wanted to do crazy things in […]

The Vanishing of Ethan Carter Review

The Vanishing of Ethan Carter Review

I just completed The Vanishing of Ethan Carter and wow do I have a lot that I want to talk about. However, the majority of what I want to talk about, I won’t talk about in this review for fear of ruining a single ounce of the game experience for players. In fact, I highly recommend that you just go into this game knowing nothing at all. It makes the experience that much more magical. That’s right, I said magical. […]

TRI: Of Friendship and Madness Review

TRI: Of Friendship and Madness Review

So I am a little under halfway through TRI: Of Friendship and Madness and I thought now would be a good time to write out some of my thoughts on the game. A Steam copy of the game was provided to me by the developer/publisher (Rat King Entertainment/Rising Star respectively). I have previously written about TRI here (an interview between myself and TRI’s developer, Jana Reinhardt). A little background on TRI, to preface my thoughts: TRI (as it was originally […]

Tiny Troopers Review

  What you need to know: Developed by Kukouri (@kukouri) Published by Iceberg Interactive (@Iceberg_Int) Available on Steam ($9.99) and iOS devices ($.99) with Android Support forthcoming. – 30 Missions – 6 hirable “specialist” soldier classes – 5 “one-shot” soldier perks – 7 types of Soldier abilities Tiny Troopers is a top-down, point-and-click (or point-and-press for smartphones) game that puts players in charge of a small squad of soldiers, tasked with 30 levels worth of missions. At the start of […]