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Nex Machina (PS4) Review – Neon Dream

The minds behind Resogun and Smash T.V. have made a beautiful twin-stick shooter dream child and named it Nex Machnica. It combines the best of each of those games and distills them into one of the best bullet hell arcade experiences I’ve played. From the haunting 8-bit style splash screen featuring the main antagonist greeting…

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Rime (PC) Review – A Boy and His Fox

Rime opens with a boy washed ashore on a mysterious island. Guided by a companion fox, players travel through an emotionally provoking tale set in four beautifully illustrated environments. The artistic style that Tequila Works employs is more akin to living water color than a video game, and the environments take advantage of this art…

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Astro Duel Deluxe (Switch) Review – Pew-Pew Party

The top down 2D space party shooter Astro Duel that landed on pc and mobile a little over a year ago has been given the “Deluxe” treatment this week with a release on the Nintendo Switch. With it comes the inclusion of all the features in the original plus an all-new exclusive Chaos Mode that…

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NBA Playgrounds review for Nintendo Switch – Swish

Driving down court to the three point line, where you jump, fly through the air to the rim, and somersault off while slamming the ball through the hoop for a 4 point dunk; 2 for the dunk, 1 for a perfect shot, and 1 for executing from behind the arc.This scene encapsulates the NBA Playgrounds…

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Tips for Surviving TumbleSeed Mountain

  If you’ve read my review for the latest Nintendo Switch indy: TumbleSeed, you’ll know it’s tough. Like really tough. if you want to make it to the peak of TumbleSeed mountain it’s going to take loads of patience and expierence. Success won’t happen overnight but below you’ll find the most valuable lessions in success…

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TumbleSeed Review (Nintendo Switch) – On a Roll

Tumbleseed boasts a jaunty aesthetic paired with gameplay that is as hard as it is rewarding. Its challenge is largely due to the control’s steep learning curve and in no small part to the player’s task: save the Tumbleseed and his homeland. To do this, the Tumbleseed must scale the collapsing mountain that was once…

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Firewatch review (PC) : Natural Beauty

  Firewatch is a first person ‘walking simulator’ created by Campo Santo.  It’s set in the wilds of Wyoming, and stylized by a set of beautiful cel-shaded visuals. Players assume of the role of Henry, who’s taken a job in the paper to isolate himself in the park and watch for wildfires. Helping him navigate…

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Alekhine’s Gun Review (PS4) – Bad Bishop

Alekhine’s Gun is a 3rd person stealth-action game spanning the World War II and the Cold War eras. Players assume the role of an agent infiltrating a Nazi research facility, in order to eliminate a doctor working on a deadly biological weapon. Upon further investigation, our protagonist finds that there are agents in the shadows…

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The Flame in the Flood (PC) review – Treading Water

The Flame in the Flood puts players in control of a young girl named scout, and her faithful K9 companion: Aesop as they float downriver on a ramshackle barge.  They are tasked with navigating a fearsome deluge that has swept through the post-societal United States to find what (if any) communities remain. Along the way, the…

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Dreii (PC) Review: With a Little Help From my Friends

Dreii is a collaborative puzzler where up to 3 players arrange blocks of various shapes so that they reach a glowing orb. This sounds simple (and it is, at first) but it quickly becomes apparent that some shapes have a mind of their own. Bring a few different environments and block types into the mix…

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Kôna: Day One (Beta) Preview – Baby It’s Cold Outside

Kôna: Day One is the first of four episodes that aim to combine the suspense and immersion of first person survival games with the narrative-driven exploration and mystery of adventure games. Players assume role of war-veteran-turned-private-eye, Carl Faubert. Carl’s been hired by a wealthy entrepreneur and industrialist, W Hamilton, who’s concerned that the local population…

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Oxen Free Review : Feedback Loop

Maybe I’m getting old, but a disused military base seems a pretty poor choice of setting for a high-school kegger. On the other hand, the group of young bloods serve as the protagonists of Oxen Free think a rager on a desolate island is just what they need to commemorate their new status as high school…