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Aug
22
2017

Mages of Mystralia Review

In the land of Mystralia, an evil awakens, meanwhile a young girl named Zia has discovered magical powers accidentally causes herself to get kicked out of her hometown. Soon she will discover more to her powers than she ever possible and in the process save the lands of Mystralia. Can she master her powers and save the fate of the Kingdom?

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Aug
21
2017

F1 2017 Review

Nico Rosberg had an amazing season last year, as did Codemasters. Last year’s F1 2016 was such a great step forward the series, bolstered by changes in Formula One and necessary changes to the stagnating series. Codemasters got the series out of the rut it had found itself in when they were balancing between two console generations. F1 2017 is a continuation of F1 2016‘s success, that feels like a victory lap for Codemasters and the series.

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Aug
17
2017

Retro City Rampage DX Review

The Nintendo Switch is affectionately referred to as the “indie machine”. Vblank Entertainment’s Retro City Rampage DX is a example of an excellent indie game on the Switch. While the core game has been updated (hence “DX” in the title) and ported to many platforms already, it is still a standout title on the Switch. It doesn’t do anything new or different than its other console counterparts, but its portability and home console duality lend the game to be played literally everywhere – and this is a game you want to play everywhere you can. Retro City Rampage DX is an homage to 80s games, movies, and music that doesn’t rely purely on its parody to be funny and interesting, it also has solid gameplay and mechanics to back it all up.

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Aug
16
2017

Phantom Trigger Review

Phantom Trigger comes from the 2-man development studio who made Divide by Sheep, and was a clever puzzle game for PC and mobile. Phantom Trigger does a lot of things well, but there some miss-steps along the way. Perhaps its most distinct feature is the visual style which hearkens other recently released games, but it’s much more than what it looks like. There’s a deeper game here, held back by limitations and other constraints from being better than what it is.

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Aug
15
2017

Drifting Lands Review

Drifting Lands from French studio Alkemi brings a hybrid of genres yet unseen until now. Alkemi blends shmup (shoot’em up) side-scrolling bullet-hell with action RPG elements where loot is key. Drifting Lands is a new type of game for other developers to follow, but will be hard to duplicate how well Alkemi put this together. Drifting Lands also serves as an introduction to shmups without being overly difficult or impenetrable as sometimes the series is known for.

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Aug
10
2017

Ironcast Review

Ironcast has previously released onto other platforms from developer Dreadbit and publisher Ripstone, but now it is the game’s turn on the Nintendo Switch. This game is a perfect fit for this handheld console, as it looks and runs beautifully all the same compared to its other console counterparts. The best addition to the game is that no controllers are required, as you can play the game entirely with the Switch’s touchscreen. Now, Ironcast is equal parts a match-3 as it is a strategy game, and it’s a gem all its own to be more than a clone. Ironcast is difficult, but is a challenge worth undertaking.

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Aug
09
2017

The Shrouded Isle Review

Bred from a Ludum Dare game jam where the concept was “you are the monster”, is how The Shrouded Isle came to be. Kitfox Games makes and publishes stylish games, and The Shrouded Isle is no different in that regard, but the game is incredibly unique and unlike anything that’s come before it. The Shrouded Isle is dark, mysterious, and unsettling but maintains a level head so that its themes aren’t overbearing as a game to be entertaining and intriguing to experiment with.

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Aug
08
2017

Sine Mora EX Review

Replaying a game you haven’t played in five years lets you see a lot of things you missed the first time. This brings the classic adage, “what’s old is new again” to light. Sine Mora returns thanks to new publisher THQ Nordic, in the form of Sine Mora EX. Sine Mora EX brings the somber story and visually striking game back to PC, and introduces the game to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One owners.

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Aug
04
2017

Kingsway Review

Kingsway has been out for a few weeks at this point, and the word that’s been synonymous when describing the game is that it’s “clever”. That’s quite an apt one-word description for this game, but for the sake of not repeating what’s already been said, I’m going to call this game “ingenious”. Because it is. From the moment you fire it up to when you shut it off, it emulates the Windows 95 OS to give Kingsway a unique look and feel that makes total sense for a game, and doesn’t rely on being a software parody for its humor and reverence to land successfully. Kingsway is the most refreshing roguelite game I’ve ever played.

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Aug
02
2017

Galaxy of Pen & Paper Review

I’m a fan of RPG videogames and while some might assume that would mean I have a heart for table top roleplaying, it sadly does not.  I’ve had a few experiences trying them, and while fun they go on way too long and I just don’t find myself as stimulated. So what would happen if there was a game that presented itself as a table top sci-fi experience but rolled into a classic turn based videogame? The answer is surprisingly good, though with some problems.

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