30th Oct2018

‘Let’s Sing 2019′ Review (PS4)

by Phil Wheat

Surprise surprise, we’re back with ANOTHER review of a karaoke game! What’s more surprising is that it seems Let’s Sing 2019 is the only update to any of this generations karaoke game franchises this year. So no head-to-head review for this year unfortunately. But what that does mean is that Let’s Sing has the entire […]

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30th Oct2018

‘Rage in Peace’ Review (PC/Steam)

by Britt Roberts

Rage in Peace takes a lot of inspiration from ‘trial and error’ platformers such as Super Meat Boy (which it directly references) and, of course…Rick Dangerous (I mention it because I can), but Rage in Peace focuses on a surprisingly in-depth narrative behind the grind and this elevates it somewhat above other types of game […]

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29th Oct2018

‘Friday the 13th: Killer Puzzle’ Review (Nintendo Switch)

by Rupert Harvey

After helping to form PopCap Games in the early 21st century, Jason Kapalka went on to found Blue Wizard Digital, which found success a couple of years ago with the isometric/top-down horror puzzler, Slayaway Camp. The name was a riff on Robert Hiltzik’s 1983 cult slasher, but then the team landed a bona fide licence […]

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26th Oct2018

‘Pizza Titan Ultra’ Review (Nintendo Switch)

by Rupert Harvey

With its generic wacky title (if that isn’t a contradiction in terms), let’s hope this fun little gem doesn’t get lost like a drop in the Nintendo eShop ocean. With its Wonderful 101-like isometric aesthetic, it is certainly eye-catching. It’s also craftily designed and well-balanced enough that its technical hitches don’t result in a critical […]

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26th Oct2018

Digital Shorts: ‘Spencer’ 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 Spencer – a new puzzle platformer available now on the Nintendo Switch. Feeling like a low-end budget Playstation 2 title from […]

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25th Oct2018

Digital Shorts: ‘A Gummy’s Life’ 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 A Gummy’s Life – a zany party game available now on the Nintendo Switch. In the vein of bonkers party game […]

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19th Oct2018

‘Syberia 3′ Review (Nintendo Switch)

by Paul Metcalf

I remember the first two Syberia games for the fairly strong story and the fact that they were good point & click adventures when there seemed to be no others around. That was about thirteen years ago though, and now Syberia 3 has arrived to carry on the story, but is it worth the wait? […]

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17th Oct2018

‘Mitsurugi Kamui Hikae’ Review (Nintendo Switch)

by Phil Wheat

Originally released on the PS4 back in early 2016, Japanese hack ‘n’ slash title Mitsurugi Kamui Hikae makes it way to the Switch where it’s combination of simple graphics and button-bashing gameplay fits PERFECTLY on Nintendo’s pick-up-and-play handheld console. Reminding me very much of the Onechanbara series of games (easily one of my favourite game […]

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16th Oct2018

‘Rigid Force Alpha’ Review (PC/Steam)

by Britt Roberts

I know what you’re thinking when you look at the title of this game, Britt is about to review a futuristic space-porno, but no… no I’m not. Rigid Force Alpha is a horizontally-scrolling 3D space shooter that takes strong influences from classics like R-Type, Gradius and Project X on the Amiga (I mention it because […]

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15th Oct2018

Digital Shorts: ‘Feral Fury’ 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 Feral Fury – a fast-paced twin stick shooter rogue-lite available now on the Nintendo Switch. A budget title at well under a […]

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05th Oct2018

‘Alwa’s Awakening’ Review (Nintendo Switch)

by Rupert Harvey

Another indie hit from the Steam stable comes to Nintendo Switch. Following the likes of Shovel Knight and The Messenger, Alwa’s Awakening is a 2D pixel art platformer in an 8-bit style. It’s clearly a labour of love, but I must say I found it quite laborious. The introduction sequence kind of sums it up. […]

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04th Oct2018

‘Jake Hunter Detective Story: Ghost of the Dusk’ Review (Nintendo 3DS)

by Britt Roberts

Reviewing Jake Hunter Detective Story: Ghost of the Dusk was a new experience as I have rarely played 3DS games, instead owning a PSP and then a PS Vita. I have played quite a few visual novels, however and found certain comparisons to the Phoenix Wright series in the deduction / interrogation sections as well […]

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02nd Oct2018

‘Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams – Owltimate Edition’ Review (Nintendo Switch)

by Phil Wheat

Originally funded through Kickstarter and Steam Greenlight, Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams has had one hell of a shelf-life. Based on The Great Giana Sisters, the classic Commodore-era bootleg version of Super Mario Bros; the franchise was reborn, as merely Giana Sisters, on Nintendo’s flagship DS handheld in 2009. Since then it has made its move […]

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27th Sep2018

Digital Shorts: ‘Ninjin: Clash of Carrots’ Review (PS4)

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 Ninjin: Clash Of Carrots – another new retro-themed indie game. Ninjin: Clash Of Carrots plays out as a cross between a side-scrolling […]

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25th Sep2018

‘The Bard’s Tale IV: Barrows Deep’ Review (PC)

by Phil Wheat

Although aware of the legacy of the previous The Bard’s Tale games which span over thirty years, the only game that I’ve played in the series prior to this was the 2004 title featuring Cary ‘The Princess Bride’ Elwes and didn’t find it particularly memorable. It’s unfortunate therefore that this new, ‘proper’ sequel (funded via […]

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24th Sep2018

‘Old School Musical’ Review (Nintendo Switch)

by Britt Roberts

Amusing writing, retro visuals and a truly wonderful chiptune soundtrack combined with a surprisingly lengthy story mode and zany visual gags are on the horizon for you, but can only really be enjoyed with a Dance Mat peripheral. I’m a fan of rhythm games, a few drinks or even just a fun competition with a […]

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20th Sep2018

‘Doughlings: Arcade’ Review (Nintendo Switch)

by Britt Roberts

Doughlings: Arcade is a throwback to the days of Arkanoid and Breakout but with a modern sensibility when it comes to aesthetics and power-ups. What could have been an average, passable game actually turns out to be a fun, addictive and light-hearted arcade romp with pick up and play gameplay. The story behind Doughlings (who, […]

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19th Sep2018

‘Defunct’ Review (Nintendo Switch)

by Rupert Harvey

2014 must have been a quiet one for Swedish game development if Freshly Squeezed’s Defunct could take Game of the Year at the Swedish Game Awards. Its flashes of enjoyment exist in an ocean of half-baked ideas and poorly-implemented mechanics, and there’s an overriding sense of aimlessness in the moment-to-moment gameplay. You play a one-wheeled […]

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18th Sep2018

‘Danger Mouse: The Danger Games’ Review (Nintendo Switch)

by Britt Roberts

Danger Mouse: The Danger Games is a port of a (free) mobile game to the Nintendo Switch and the fact that, after paying for the game, the mobile games’ original paywall is still in effect feels like a poke in the eye and whilst some aspects of the game are fun, the repetitiveness and cynicism […]

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13th Sep2018

‘Wasteland 2: Director’s Cut’ Review (Nintendo Switch)

by Rupert Harvey

It’s the brand that would spawn the Fallout franchise, and this throwback to late-‘90s roleplaying was directed by none other than the prestigious Brian Fargo. Sadly, while this sequel – which arrives on Switch (in its 2015 Director’s Cut form) 30 years after the first game – shows fleeting flashes of old school charm, as […]

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11th Sep2018

‘Blade Strangers’ Review (Nintendo Switch)

by Phil Wheat

Old school meets new school with Blade Strangers, which takes a leaf out of the SNK playbook and titles such as King of the Fighters XIV, which sees when the excitement and subtle dynamics of a classic one-on-one fighting game – with pixel-perfect characters and an old-school, streamlined four-button control scheme  – combined with the […]

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07th Sep2018

‘Manual Samuel’ Review (Nintendo Switch)

by Britt Roberts

Almost everything about Manual Samuel is great, the visuals, audio, narration and setup are all of a high quality but sadly the main conceit of the game doesn’t hold up for the short duration it takes to complete. The game begins with the rich, vain Samuel arguing with his fiancé and getting hit and killed […]

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