Lauren Relph

AnShi

Hoverboarding aliens surfing at warp speed over golden sparkling dunes? Sign me up. AnShi is a cinematic experience to be savoured slowly and at your leisure. It’s a short-lived experience lasting just a couple of hours, though this could be fleshed out only a little by the more...
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7

Summer in Mara (Xbox One)

Cross-pollinate a farming simulator with a fetch quest game, expose it to sunshine, and you get Summer in Mara. You play as Koa, a young girl adopted by Yaya – a grandmotherly figure who found Koa lost at sea. After hopping into Yaya’s boat and skimming off across...
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6

Car Mechanic Simulator Classic

My other half has taught me a lot about cars over the years. I can’t tell you how many we’ve owned in this time – I lost count after the third Mark 4 Golf, the second Audi A3, the two Ford…somethings and the countless others. As he is...
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6

Wildfire

Logic and stealth. Two genres I generally avoid because I am neither a logical nor stealthy being. However, I am easily wooed by stunning 4K pixel art and the promise of fiery fun, prompting me to step outside my comfort zone for this ‘ye olde folke’ stealth platformer....
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8

Pixel Puzzle Make Out League

Some might argue that there is nothing better in the world than pixel (Picross) puzzles and making out. The afterglow of a tough puzzle finally completed, and the burn of the first kiss with someone new. I haven’t played many dating simulators, if any at all, because I’ve...
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8

The Coma 2: Vicious Sisters (Xbox One)

As time passes, I’ve fallen away from ‘big boom-boom AAA titles’ and fallen in line with gentle indies – games where you grow crops or build little towns and spend your days fishing. If you’re a fan of having your heart relocate into your mouth while you play...
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8

Tropico 6 – Review

The Tropico series is well established, with players mostly enjoying their forays into running a ‘banana republic’ paradise as El Presidente. Pick the way you want to rule – a despotic capitalist, a benevolent commy or just someone in between, but the fun comes from picking sides. You...
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7

Professional Farmer 2014: Platinum Edition – Review

There’s a surprisingly sizeable market for simulation games, and so you can’t blame UIG Entertainment for cashing-in on demand. The German publisher – also responsible for such riveting endeavours as Airport Simulator and Woodcutter Simulator – has recently released a ‘Platinum Edition’ of last November’s Professional Farmer 2014....
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2

Attack of the Friday Monsters! A Tokyo Tale

There aren’t many games around that allow you to re-live the innocence of being a child. Unless those games are games you previously played as a youngster, you’re hard pressed to find something that awakens the inner child, knocking at the door of long forgotten memories and emotions....

Can’t wait for Zelda Wii U? Try Darksiders II

Impatiently waiting for Nintendo to finally reveal Legend of Zelda on Wii U? You should definitely consider reaching for Darksiders II to fill the Hyrulian-shaped void. Though rather than heading on a quest to save the princess or uncover the secret to a mysterious event; as Death, and...

Bureau: Kendall Rising – Xbox Indie Review

Agent Kendall, low level FBI computer technician, gets given the go ahead on a top arson and terrorism case. She’s everything a fictional female FBI agent should be – good looking, smart, fit, and incredibly over-proportioned. Or polygon heavy, if you prefer. A remake of a game first...

Back unto the Undead Burg once more

In just a few weeks time, Dark Souls diehards across the globe will be shunning their friends and loved ones to put the anticipated sequel through its paces. Before we cut off all contact with the outside world, we thought we would revisit Dark Souls for one last...