11th Dec2018

‘Jagged Alliance: Rage!’ Review (PC)

by Britt Roberts

A spin-off of the Jagged Alliance series, Jagged Alliance: Rage! is definitely not Jagged Alliance 3, but does it stand on its own? Well, having only a had a brief dalliance with the series’ previous iterations, I came away from this newest installment with the feeling that it really shows its lower budget in some […]

06th Dec2018

Digital Shorts: ‘Monkey King: Master of the Clouds’ Review (Nintendo Switch)

by Phil Wheat

In DIGITAL SHORTS we review some of the latest video games that are only available digitally (at least in the UK), in a short-form review format. In this edition we take a look at Monkey King: Master of the Clouds – a remake of an 80s shoot ‘em-up available now on the Nintendo Switch. Based on […]

04th Dec2018

‘Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom’ Review (Nintendo Switch)

by Britt Roberts

It was only a few months ago that I worked my way through Lizardcube’s re-make of Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap. I picked it up at a bargain price for the Switch (from Insane Games in Bridgwater, a haven of retro gold for those interested) and merrily made my way through the adventure. Its hand-drawn […]

04th Dec2018

‘Escape Doodland’ Review (Nintendo Switch)

by Rupert Harvey

Made by appSide Down – a team of just two – and published by Sonka Games, who are best known to Switch owners for Astro Bears Party, Escape Doodland is an autorunner platform game with bags of charm and a practically vertical difficulty curve. There’s nothing new about the gameplay conceit of outrunning a pursuing […]

03rd Dec2018

‘Syberia 1 & 2′ Review (Nintendo Switch)

by Britt Roberts

Released in 2002 and 2004 respectively, Microids’ Syberia series was a hit for the French developer, featuring protagonist Kate Walker’s escapades in the small village of Valadilene and her travels beyond. With its photo-realistic graphics and relatively dry tone, it stood out at the time as a more ‘mature’ game. Played now on the Switch, […]

30th Nov2018

‘This War of Mine’ Review (Nintendo Switch)

by Paul Metcalf

War is something we see on television and in films, some of us even play it in games like Call of Duty, but we do so for entertainment.  We understand that there are wars out there and people get killed, but most of us are lucky and don’t have to face that. This War of Mine […]

28th Nov2018

‘Destruction’ Review (Nintendo Switch)

by Britt Roberts

The last game I played by publisher COSEN was the quirky Taiwanese puzzler Behind the Screen, which was relatively basic in its execution but had enough character to keep my interest up for the duration of the play-through. Destruction however, definitely feels more at home on a mobile device than the Nintendo Switch as its […]

28th Nov2018

‘Spyro: Reignited Trilogy’ Review (PS4)

by Kat Wheat

Christmas day 1998… I was one lucky girl who got a PlayStation along with Spyro the Dragon game and Crash Bandicoot, flash forward ten years and with the success of the remastered Crash Bandicoot trilogy, Activision wasted very little time in a remastered Spyro trilogy. Spyro has returned and his attitude is fiercer than before! […]

27th Nov2018

‘Darksiders III’ Review (PC)

by Rupert Harvey

Finally, the long-overdue latest instalment in the revered action RPG series is here. This one has been developed by Gunfire Games, a team born from the ashes of Vigil Games. Gunfire worked on the “Deathinitive Edition” of Darksiders II – a game which, I’m sorry to report, retains its title as the best in the […]

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27th Nov2018

‘Rogue Legacy’ Review (Nintendo Switch)

by Britt Roberts

Originally released in 2013, Rogue Legacy makes its way to Nintendo’s handheld console and proves an ideal match for gaming on the move. I’m very wary of procedural generation in video games and so when games like Nongunz, Moonlighter and Rogue Legacy use it well, it can really enhance the gaming experience and add real […]

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23rd Nov2018

‘Moonlighter’ Review (Nintendo Switch)

by Britt Roberts

A game of two halves that make a cohesive and enjoyable whole, Moonlighter spends all night dragging you through ever-more-difficult dungeons and all day making sure that you hawk that broken sword for just the right price from your cosy little store. Moonlighter is the name of the town that our merchant hero, Will, calls […]

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23rd Nov2018

Digital Shorts: ‘Full Metal Furies’ Review (Nintendo Switch)

by Britt Roberts

In DIGITAL SHORTS we review some of the latest video games that are only available digitally (at least in the UK), in a short-form review format. In this edition we take a look at Full Metal Furies – another side-scrolling brawler now available on the Nintendo Switch. My love for local co-op side-scrolling brawlers is […]

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23rd Nov2018

‘Varion’ Review (Nintendo Switch)

by Britt Roberts

There’s nothing like getting some friends gathered around a console and spending some time blowing each other away in digital form. If this is something that you partake in, Varion will scratch that itch but feels suited more for quick blasts than a full-on session. Varion is a neon-drenched Deathmatch game featuring four tanks where […]

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22nd Nov2018

‘Mother Russia Bleeds’ Review (Nintendo Switch)

by Britt Roberts

One of the dirtiest, grimiest, most miserable and bloody side-scrolling brawlers I’ve ever played… and I love it so. There’s something about the brawler genre that is close to my heart, from the days of Final Fight and the 90’s titan that is Streets of Rage 2 all the way through to its recent resurgence […]

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22nd Nov2018

‘Punchline’ Review (PS4)

by Xenia Grounds

Before we get to the meat of the review, I feel like I have to add that I have nothing against visual novels. I’ve watched visual novel animes. I have liked a few of them quite a lot but before Punchline, I had never played a proper visual novel game. Something tells me that this […]

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20th Nov2018

‘The Bug Butcher’ Review (Nintendo Switch)

by Rupert Harvey

It’s Pang. Or, depending on your region, Buster Bros. Or Pomping World. Anyway, to the uninitiated, this means it’s an arena shooter in which you can only shoot upwards. Enemies bounce around the screen and you must time your attacks in order to dash under them and destroy them. Some enemies split apart into smaller, […]

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19th Nov2018

‘The Shapeshifting Detective’ Review (Nintendo Switch)

by Britt Roberts

The newest FMV gem from the Welsh gaming mecca of Bridgend builds upon the precedent set by Wales Interactive’s previous releases but this time more than ever I felt the constraints of the genre, although the end result is still as polished and enjoyable as I’ve come to expect from the studio. In The Shapeshifting […]

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19th Nov2018

‘Party Hard’ Review (Nintendo Switch)

by Paul Metcalf

The life of a serial killer can be a hard one, especially if you are caught too soon. Party Hard, originally released on PS4, Xbox One and PC way back in 2016, finally comes the Nintendo Switch and gives you the chance to stealthily kill off partying neighbours just looking for a good time. Are […]

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14th Nov2018

‘Soul Calibur VI’ Review (PS4)

by Xenia Grounds

Soul Calibur VI had a lot riding on its success. Soul Calibur 5 was blasted for its weak story and how it replaced popular characters with not so great successors (if you can call them that). There were some people ready to declare the series as dead after its long absence. The decision was made […]

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09th Nov2018

‘Eternum Ex’ Review (Nintendo Switch)

by Britt Roberts

A single-screen puzzle-platformer with a foot firmly in the 80’s, within a few seconds it’s clear to see where the inspiration for Eternum Ex comes from. Luckily, the high level of presentation and game play with arcade sensibilities make this game far more than a tip of the hat to its spiritual ancestors. The story […]

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08th Nov2018

Digital Shorts: ‘Pinstripe’ Review (Nintendo Switch)

by Britt Roberts

In DIGITAL SHORTS we review some of the latest video games that are only available digitally (at least in the UK), in a short-form review format. In this edition we take a look at Pinstripe – a new narrative puzzle platformer available now on the Nintendo Switch. A platform adventure set in a gothic town […]

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07th Nov2018

‘Deadbolt’ Review (Nintendo Switch)

by Britt Roberts

Playing like Gunpoint with the twitch-reflex sensibilities of Hotline Miami, the only thing that I can imagine putting people off this very addictive title is the difficulty curve… which is vertical. Deadbolt puts you in the shoes of the Grim Reaper, a Grim Reaper who knows how to handle a gun and how to throw […]

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