28th Jun2019

‘Crystal Crisis’ Review (Nintendo Switch)

by Phil Wheat

Crystal Crisis is a cute and chaotic new color-matching combat game presented like a one-on-one fighting game, but instead of pressing buttons to kick and punch, players arrange falling gems into matching colors to clear them from the screen and inflict damage on their opponents. Yes, this is Nicalis’ version of Super Puzzle Fighter II […]

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28th Jun2019

Digital Shorts: ‘Home Escape’ Review (Nintendo Switch)

by Chris Cummings

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 Chris, a newcomer to the Nintendo Switch, takes a look at Home Escape. Being new to the Nintendo Switch means I am still figuring out the […]

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26th Jun2019

‘Baobabs Mausoleum Ep. 2: 1313 Barnabas Dead End Drive’ Review (Switch)

by Britt Roberts

Claiming to be a mash-up of Monkey island, Zelda, Twin Peaks and Spongebob Squarepants is a heckuva claim to make and yet that is what Celery Emblem have done with this, the 2019 Switch port of their catchily-titled game which was originally released on Steam back in February 2018. Baobabs Mausoleum Ep. 2: 1313 Barnabas […]

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24th Jun2019

‘Graveyard Keeper’ Review (Nintendo Switch)

by Britt Roberts

Moving on from their previous game, Punch Club which was an enjoyable (for a while, until you ground your teeth into dust) 16-bit styled stat-balancing grind-a-thon set in the world of prize-fighting, Lazy Bear Games have come up with a new game that takes a lot of inspiration from Stardew Valley but adds enough of […]

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20th Jun2019

Digital Shorts: ‘Witch Thief’ 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 Witch Thief, a new 3D shmup available now on the Nintendo Switch. On a quest to steal an enchanted grimoire, a […]

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19th Jun2019

Digital Shorts: ‘Super Skelemania’ 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 Super Skelemania, a new Metroidvania game now available on the Nintendo Switch. Super Skelemania is, in essence, brief Metroidvania designed to […]

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18th Jun2019

‘Timespinner’ Review (Nintendo Switch)

by Britt Roberts

Now on the Nintendo Switch, Timespinner is a nifty title that takes a great deal of inspiration from Castlevania: Symphony of the Night and manages to do it justice… Lunais is a timekeeper, able to use the titular Timespinner (a sort of time-portal opening loom) to move between time periods, she is part of a […]

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14th Jun2019

‘Artifact Adventure Gaiden DX’ Review (Nintendo Switch)

by Britt Roberts

Artifact Adventure Gaiden DX is an 8-bit style adventure with a strong NES vibe. Originally released on Steam and now ported to Switch with new visuals (the original was more Game Boy than NES) it’s an extremely solid (and ADDICTIVE) throwback with a surprising amount of depth. I’ve been burned with these 8-bit adventures recently […]

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11th Jun2019

Digital Shorts: ‘Refunct’ 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 Refunct, a new “relaxation” game now available on the Nintendo Switch. Following on the recent trend of relaxation games released for […]

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07th Jun2019

‘TT Isle of Man’ Review (Nintendo Switch)

by Britt Roberts

Motorbike-racing games with a heavy focus on simulation are not exactly plentiful on the Nintendo Switch, this is a gap that TT Isle of Man could plug perfectly for a lot of people that crave depth in their racers. Whilst there’s a lot to commend here, unfortunately a few aspects work against the title and […]

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05th Jun2019

‘Gato Roboto’ Review (NIntendo Switch)

by Rupert Harvey

Devolver Digital’s eye for high-quality indie content shows no sign of abating. Playing through Gato Roboto’s kitten-sized package, one always gets the sense of being in a safe pair of hands. And developer Doinksoft does play it safe in terms of mechanics and design. This is a metroidvania – or meowtroidvania – borrowing shamelessly from […]

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31st May2019

‘Among the Sleep’ Review (Nintendo Switch)

by Rupert Harvey

Krillbite Studios’ existential horror adventure Among the Sleep was originally released in 2014. This Enhanced Edition came to PC in 2017 and is now arriving on consoles. The enhancements include “new dialogue, better performance and visuals”; and while it has elements that betray its low-budget, early-gen origins, it is still an effective nightmare with an […]

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29th May2019

‘The Last Door: Complete Edition’ Review (Nintendo Switch)

by Britt Roberts

I have a distant sense that I played The Last Door upon its original PC release several years ago, albeit briefly. I’m not sure why I didn’t play it through at the time but I’m definitely glad I revisited it on the Switch as its ‘low-res, high suspense’ (brilliant tag-line) approach really works and creates […]

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29th May2019

‘Darkwood’ Review (Nintendo Switch)

by Britt Roberts

Originally released for PC in 2017, Darkwood has now been ported to the Nintendo Switch, so owners of Nintendo’s popular handheld can also enjoy one of the bleakest worlds in gaming. A top-down exploratory survival horror with elements of crafting, Darkwood takes no prisoners, there is a permadeath mode for those truly masochistic but my time […]

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28th May2019

‘Redout’ Review (Nintendo Switch)

by Britt Roberts

The futuristic racing genre is one that has been around for a while, made most famous by Wipeout (a game that this title takes reference from, alongside an F-Zero X vibe) the high-speed, strafing along looping tracks designed for astonishing speeds is one that captures a lot of peoples imaginations. Redout is a solid addition […]

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28th May2019

Review Round-Up: Almost There / Rotating Brave (Switch)

by Phil Wheat

ALMOST THERE: THE PLATFORMER I know indie gaming has embraced the idea of old-school pixel art but Almost There takes things to a whole other level. This isn’t 16 bit graphics, hell, this isn’t even 8 bit graphics. This is dawn of the video game age, sub-Atari 2600 graphics, on a current-gen console! It’s like […]

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21st May2019

‘American Fugitive’ Review (Nintendo Switch)

by Britt Roberts

We are a bit starved for more ‘realistic’ open world games on the Switch and American Fugitive, with its isometric sandbox action, fits the bill perfectly, however a few technical snags affect what could have been a GOTY contender for me. In American Fugitive you play Will, wrongly accused of murdering his father (and in […]

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21st May2019

‘RemiLore’ Review (Nintendo Switch)

by Phil Wheat

An all-new hack-and-slash action game, RemiLore follows the journey of an ordinary schoolgirl named Remi and a supreme magic book named Lore as they battle their way through the anime-inspired world of Ragnoah. Essentially RemiLore is a “rogue-lite” anime-style adventure set in a colorful world where players can defeat enemies with a variety of powerful melee […]

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20th May2019

‘Guilty Gear 20th Anniversary Pack’ Review (Switch)

by Phil Wheat

It won’t comes as a surprise given how many of them I review, but I am a HUGE fan of fighting games – in particular the 2D fighters of old – having played just about EVERY 2D fighting game ever released on any system, from side-scrolling days of the NES, to the classic SNES/Streetfighter 2 […]

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14th May2019

‘Saints Row: The Third – The Full Package’ Review (Nintendo Switch)

by Phil Wheat

Now I’ve never been the biggest fan of the Saints Row franchise – for one they’re sandbox games, and we all know (or at least you should by now) know that I have a particular dislike for sandbox games, and two they always seemed to me to be a poor man’s Grand Theft Auto. So […]

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09th May2019

‘Venture Kid’ Review (Nintendo Switch)

by Phil Wheat

Billed as a a lovingly crafted 8-bit retro action platformer that goes beyond just pixels and chiptunes, Venture Kid is a throwback to the golden age of cartridge games; a tribute, a love letter if you will, to the platforming genre and the NES-era of platforming in particular. Having debuted on mobile some years ago, Venture […]

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09th May2019

‘Truberbrook’ Review (Nintendo Switch)

by Britt Roberts

The visuals are the high-point in this traditional graphic adventure. A haphazard narrative and plain puzzles affect the ability to really recommend this as a must-play title for adventure enthusiasts and feels too meandering to recommend as a starting point to newcomers of the genre. Set in 1967, you take control of the protagonist Hans […]

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