28th Feb2019

‘Alvastia Chronicles’ Review (Nintendo Switch)

by Britt Roberts

I watched the trailer for Alvastia Chronicles and was looking forward to reviewing it not only because it seemed like a safe, old-fashioned 8-bit JRPG I could play on the Switch… but because the main character, this unknown hero from an alternate fantasy landscape… was called Alan. That was what drew me to it. I’ll […]

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26th Feb2019

‘Rad Rodgers: Radical Edition’ Review (Nintendo Switch)

by Emma Rees

Rad Rodgers is a 3D platformer inspired by games from the early nineties, such as: Conker the Squirrel on the Nintendo 64, Commander Keen on MS DOS and Ruff ‘n’ Tumble back on the Commodore Amiga. Those who played Conker the Squirrel will remember it for resembling a cute, kid friendly platformer that was actually […]

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26th Feb2019

‘Ghoulboy’ Review (Nintendo Switch)

by Britt Roberts

Released on Steam in 2017 and now ported to Nintendo Switch, Ghoulboy is a straightforward action-platformer that captures the retro pixel aesthetic well but is a bit too rough around the edges to be an essential purchase although lovers of old-school straightforward platform games will find something to enjoy, just don’t expect the mould to […]

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25th Feb2019

Digital Shorts: ‘Piczle Colors’ (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 Piczle Colors, the latest “Piczle” game to come to the Nintendo Switch. From Score Studios, who brought Piczle Lines DX to […]

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25th Feb2019

Digital Shorts: ‘Monkey Wall’ 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 Wall – a Japanese puzzle game now available on the Nintendo Switch, whose concept might be familiar to game show […]

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22nd Feb2019

‘Kingdom Hearts 3′ Review (PS4)

by Xenia Grounds

I’m going to say the same thing every fan has said by now, but we’ve been waiting over a decade for Kingdom Hearts III. I doubt I’m the only one to have grown up in the time it has taken for this game to release. Sure, we’ve had story continuation since Kingdom Hearts II and […]

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20th Feb2019

‘LOVE’ Review (Nintendo Switch)

by Britt Roberts

Released on Valentine’s Day, LOVE is an 8-bit styled retro platformer with stripped-back controls that put gameplay to the fore, eschewing pretty much all else. With an almost Atari 2600 colour palette, LOVE is a more accessible game than titles such as Super Meat Boy, whilst having that same vibe that any errors made are through […]

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19th Feb2019

‘SNK 40th Anniversary Collection’ Review (Nintendo Switch)

by Phil Wheat

2018 marked the 40th anniversary of legendary studio SNK and to celebrate this extraordinary milestone, a variety of classic arcade games from SNK’s golden age have been packaged together in one anthology on Nintendo Switch. But this is not your typical SNK collection, which involves a myriad of side-scrolling beat ‘em-ups and fighting games… No, […]

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15th Feb2019

‘Resident Evil 2′ [Remake] Review (PS4)

by Xenia Grounds

The Resident Evil series has an interesting history. It’s arguably the game that defined the survival horror genre but the previous decade for the series has had a few hit-or-miss entries. However, Resident Evil 7 took things back to their roots and ended up being the best game in the series in years. This remake […]

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15th Feb2019

‘Wondershot’ Review (Nintendo Switch)

by Britt Roberts

A single-screen game mainly for multiplayer, Wondershot went down well at a games night I had recently. However, the brief game sessions and relatively light content wouldn’t hold up for extended play. A genre that really lends itself to multiplayer mayhem, the Battle Arena titles are designed for quick blasts of frantic action. Wondershot takes a […]

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04th Feb2019

‘Rampage Knights’ Review (Nintendo Switch)

by Britt Roberts

The Switch has seen a fair few multiplayer side-scrolling brawlers over the last couple of years, some of which were ported across from the PC and the light usage of procedural generation used in such games as Streets of Red add a frisson of variety to the proceedings which make playthroughs slightly different each time. […]

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31st Jan2019

‘The Shrouded Isle’ Review (Nintendo Switch)

by Britt Roberts

A simulation game based on numbers that’s set in a Lovecraftian landscape, The Shrouded Isle is a well-designed title rich in ambience and with a desert-dry sense of wry humour but the mileage gained from it will depend on the players’ level of fascination with gauge-juggling. The game casts you in the role of the […]

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25th Jan2019

‘Paladin’ Review (Nintendo Switch)

by Britt Roberts

A tough game to locate online due to the similarly titled online game Paladins (although I haven’t played the latter), I’m pretty sure that Paladin is more up my strasse with its arcade sensibilities and pick-up-and-play approach, it plays like a modernised update of a classic. An action title with its roots in the seminal […]

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25th Jan2019

Digital Shorts: ‘Coffee Crisis’ 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 Coffee Crisis – a side-scrolling beat ‘em-up with intriguing protagonists now available on the Nintendo Switch. Coffee Crisis is an arcade-style […]

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24th Jan2019

‘Old School Racer 2′ Review (Nintendo Switch)

by Britt Roberts

The 2D motorbike genre goes way back to games like Stunt Bike and Kik Start on the 8-bit home computers and it’s a genre I played a lot as a child. As time went on, those games evolved into such titles as the Trials series, games where the fun lies in multiplayer havoc with pseudo-3D […]

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21st Jan2019

‘Fight of Gods’ Review (Nintendo Switch)

by Britt Roberts

What could have been a fun, tongue-in-cheek fighting game is instead a generic and repetitive title with few joys to be found beyond the actual concept itself. I like the idea, getting a roster of Gods and key religious figures from around the world and thrusting them, through some tenuous circumstance, into a situation where […]

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16th Jan2019

‘Life is Strange 2 – Episode 1: Roads’ Review (PS4)

by Xenia Grounds

If I had to sum up my experiences with the previous Life is Strange installments. I would say that I liked it but I didn’t love it. I went into the second main entry with the same expectations and by the end of Roads, I ended up thinking that this was the experience the internet […]

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15th Jan2019

‘Mana Spark’ Review (Nintendo Switch)

by Britt Roberts

There have been a serious amount of twin-stick rogue-likes released in the last few years and whilst Mana Spark is a nifty little game, it doesn’t offer enough to separate it from the pack and make it a key title, although fans of the genre will find something to take away from the experience. Set in […]

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08th Jan2019

‘The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit’ Review (PS4)

by Xenia Grounds

With the new episode of Life is Strange 2 ‘Rules’ getting closer to its release, it makes sense to review the prequel to it: The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit. This DLC came out long before we knew anything about Life is Strange 2 so playing it again after playing through the first episode of LiS2 […]

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19th Dec2018

‘Rival Megagun’ Review (Nintendo Switch)

by Britt Roberts

A classic genre that’s been around since pretty much the start of gaming, the shoot-em-up (or, Shmup) genre has a rich and storied history as wealth as a wealth of amazing titles under its belt. What sets apart Rival Megagun from its…well, rivals, is the focus here on pure multiplayer action, it’s a neat and […]

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17th Dec2018

‘Gris’ Review (Nintendo Switch)

by Rupert Harvey

As the world crumbles, Gris loses her singing voice. She falls into a colourless void. Then she decides to rebuild, bringing light and colour and music back into existence… Gris is the debut game from Barcelona-based developers Nomada Studio. The distinctive visuals, which sell themselves in trailers and videos, were crafted by artist Conrad Roset. […]

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14th Dec2018

‘Override: Mech City Battle Brawl’ Review (PC)

by Britt Roberts

Override: Mech City Battle Brawl is a fighting game featuring towering robots going at each other like there’s adultery involved. You choose from a selection of colourful, building-sized mechs each armed with their own fighting styles and special moves as you take on the game either through its story mode or online versus action, including […]

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