Reviews

Blackwind

Indie games are often designed to arouse nostalgia for the 8-bit and 16-bit eras. Occasionally the 32-bit era, too. When Drakkar Dev set about creating this top-down mech hack ‘n slash/shooter hybrid, we very much doubt they hoped to bring back memories...
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Summertime Madness

Modern puzzle adventures are usually relaxed affairs that give ample time to solve their brain teasers. Summertime Madness is the exception, intended to be played with a six-hour time limit. At any time, it’s possible to bring up the protagonist’s pocket watch...
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Gravity Chase

Almost by default, futuristic racers are lustrous things. For this, we can thank a combination of exhilarating speeds, curvaceous and desirable vehicles, rollercoaster-style courses, and speaker warbling soundtracks. It’s no surprise that numerous consoles launched with a futuristic racer – they’re ideal...
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Horatio Goes Snowboarding

Although inspired by a micro-computer game of yore – 1982’s often ridiculed Spectrum hit Horace Goes Skiing – this homage has a rather arcade-like feel to it. This isn’t necessarily due to its physics engine or polygon visuals, but its limited amount...
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The Gunk

Xbox Game Pass has left such an impact on the gaming landscape that we’re starting to see bespoke experiences tailored specially for the service. These tend to be short, narrative-driven, affairs with family-friendly themes – snackable games, if you will. The Gunk...
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Castle on the Coast

This 3D platformer has a storyline that’s sweeter than a sugar-coated kitten, creating a wholesome vibe from the outset. The titular castle was once a refuge for wizards seeking a quiet life, only for them to mysteriously vanish after sightings of a...
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Formula Retro Racing (PS4)

From the moment the day-glo logo flies across the screen, accompanied by the criminally catchy synth pop-rock soundtrack, it’s clear that we’re back in the ’90s – and I am sold. Formula Retro Racing makes no attempt to hide its inspiration –...
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Clockwork Aquario

It must be devastating for all involved when a game is cancelled. All that effort, brainstorming, and hard work with nothing to show for it. The case of Westone’s Clockwork Aquario is a tad more understandable than most cancellations though. It was...
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