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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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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07th Sep2018

‘SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy’ Review (PS4)

by Phil Wheat

SNK have a long storied history of fighting games. From the arcades to the Neo-Geo, by way of just about every home console you could possibly imagine, it feels very much like there have always been SNK fighting games; and because of that their characters are as iconic as those found in the Street Fighter […]

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05th Sep2018

‘The Low Road’ Review (Nintendo Switch)

by Britt Roberts

The Low Road starts out promisingly with an initial puzzle that called to mind information-based decision-making puzzles as featured in games like Papers Please but this all too quickly gives way to bland puzzles that move ever further away from the very strong opening. Set in the awesomely funky (I literally type this whilst wearing […]

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04th Sep2018

‘The Messenger’ Review (Nintendo Switch)

by Rupert Harvey

The debut game from Sabotage Studios, which was founded in 2016, is a decent enough hardcore platformer. It has great heart and a handful of neat ideas, but a myriad of niggles – not to mention a catastrophic late-game shift in gameplay – hold it back from sharing the pixel art pantheon with the likes […]

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03rd Sep2018

Digital Shorts: ‘Kero Blaster’ 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 Kero Blaster – a Nintendo Switch port of an existing mobile game. Whilst a fun game that takes basic run and […]

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29th Aug2018

Digital Shorts: ‘Behind the Screen’ 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 Behind the Screen – an oddly engaging and quite unique indie game that has joined the line-up of Nindies on the […]

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27th Aug2018

‘Victor Vran: Overkill Edition’ Review (Nintendo Switch)

by Matthew Smail

If you’re going to emulate a classic series like Diablo, you might as well get it right. So many action RPG’s have sought to recreate the same kind of balance between combat, advancement and loot collection of Blizzard’s revered classic, but few of them are able to match the formula. Victor Vran: Overkill Edition is […]

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24th Aug2018

‘de Blob 2′ Review (Nintendo Switch)

by Emma Rees

There’s something therapeutic about bringing colour to an otherwise colourless world and bringing joy back to an area of grey, colourless oppression. de Blob was one such game, originally released in 2008, where you controlled a blob in his quest to stop Comrade Black and the INKT Corporation from removing all of the colour from […]

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23rd Aug2018

Digital Shorts: ‘Earthworms’ 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 Earthworms – an indie game that has joined the line-up of Nindies on the Nintendo Switch. A quirky adventure that is […]

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23rd Aug2018

‘Flipping Death’ Review (Nintendo Switch)

by Britt Roberts

Set in the very aptly named town of Flatwood Peaks, Flipping Death is a 2D adventure with the twist, or rather a ‘flip’ that you traverse between the worlds of the living and the dead at the touch of a button. Whilst the humour, inherent charm and striking visuals are all well-used, the off-the-wall factor […]

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18th Aug2018

‘Minit’ Review (Nintendo Switch)

by Britt Roberts

Minit is a high-concept game wherein the gimmick is that your character dies after sixty seconds, respawning you in the nearest home (of which there are several). This neat and simple idea adds a level of panic and speed to the game that successfully separates it out from the pack and makes its running time […]

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17th Aug2018

‘Graveyard Keeper’ Review (PC/Steam)

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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16th Aug2018

‘Bud Spencer & Terence Hill: Slaps And Beans’ Review (Nintendo Switch)

by Phil Wheat

What year is this? Because I’m currently sat here playing a side-scrolling 16-bit style beat ‘em-up featuring the legendary Italian filmmaking duo of Bud Spencer and Terence Hill… Are we sure this is 2018? It certainly doesn’t feel like it playing Bud Spencer & Terence Hill: Slaps And Beans. For those unaware Bud Spencer and […]

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15th Aug2018

‘Megaton Rainfall’ Review (Nintendo Switch)

by Britt Roberts

Originally conceived as a VR experience on the PS4 and now ported to the Nintendo Switch, Megaton Rainfall is an amazing showcase for the developer’s clear talents but I did come away from the game feeling more impressed than sated. Quite a unique experience, Megaton Rainfall is a purely airborne 360° arcade shooter with some […]

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14th Aug2018

‘Okami HD’ Review (Nintendo Switch)

by Rupert Harvey

It feels like Okami hasn’t been so much released as gradually rolled out since its launch on PlayStation 2 in 2006. The Wii version followed a few months later; then the HD update came to last-gen consoles and PC; current-gen consoles last year; and now it has finally made its way to Nintendo Switch. The […]

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13th Aug2018

‘Anima: Gates of Memories – Arcane Edition’ Review (Nintendo Switch)

by Britt Roberts

Released back in 2016 on PS4 and now ported to Nintendo Switch, Anima: Gates of Memories is a Japanese-inspired action adventure game based on a table-top board game. Naturally rich with lore, this release has some really solid good points but the difficulty and strangeness of certain design choices can be off-putting. The game begins […]

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10th Aug2018

Digital Shorts: ‘Toby, The Secret Mine’ Review (Nintendo Switch)

by Matthew Smail

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 Toby, The Secret Mine – an indie game that has joined the line-up of Nindies on the Nintendo Switch Considering that […]

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