Author page: Richard

Dual Brain Vol. 2: Reflex

This follow up to Dual Brain Vol. 1: Calculation made me think of Radiohead, in the way that both make me think everything is pointless. Vol. 2: Reflex is a brain training game that makes absolutely no effort to justify its existence....
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Football, Tactics & Glory

Football games can be compared to clubs. FIFA is obviously Manchester United. A commercial juggernaut off the pitch, but a bit aimless on it. PES is Arsenal. Once great, underinvestment has turned it into a postcard of managed decline. Football Manager is...
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Warhammer 40,000: Space Wolf

The Warhammer 40K universe is brilliant. Set in a world rippling with esoteric detail, it’s so quintessentially British. It brings together living-dead Emperors, weird Roman Christian iconography, and a bunch of eccentric green-skinned Orks. Moreover, there are no good guys and everyone’s...
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Breathing Fear

Imagine, if you can, that you’re an escaped convict who comes across an abandoned house in the dead of night. If you’ve ever played a game, watched a movie, or read a book you know what to do: run away fast. No...
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Monster Bugs Eat People

It’s a case of survival of the fattest in this cross between Snake and Feeding Frenzy. You play as one of three types of (monster) bugs, munching your way through vegetation, people and other bugs. Every chomp propels you up the food...
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Spirit Roots

Don’t judge a book (eShop release) by its cover (menu icon). On first glance, Spirit Roots appears to be a cute-as-a-button platformer. Quite literally, in this case – the main character is crafted from wool and buttons. But while its exterior might...
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A Winter’s Daydream

What makes a game a game? I ask this because Winter’s Daydream has just launched on consoles and PS Vita, and it contains almost no interactivity whatsoever. Is it a game? Does it matter? A visual novel without choices or branching paths,...
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