Reviews

The Caligula Effect 2

The Caligula Effect 2 is the latest RPG from Japan to see an overseas release from publisher NIS America, but its original release actually came courtesy of FuRyu. This is important, because FuRyu is one of the last publishers left still making...
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Gleylancer

This Mega Drive horizontally scrolling space shooter harks back to 1992. It certainly resembles a Mega Drive game from that year, and we don’t necessarily mean that in a bad way. By 1992 developers were starting to push the system, learning new...
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The Eternal Cylinder

Due to its focus on evolution and survival, I expected ‘The Eternal Cylinder’ to be a metaphor for life and death, much like Disney’s patented (presumably) Circle of Life. It soon transpires that the titular cylinder is a physical object – a...
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Actraiser Renaissance

Arriving on the just-released Super Famicom during the tail-end of 1990, Actraiser’s juxtaposition of side-scrolling action with god simulation put Quintet – a then-new developer formed primarily of Falcom alumni – on the map as a developer unafraid to innovate. This thirty-year-old...
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Tux and Fanny

Surrealism is tricky. When done correctly, nothing is better at hitting those emotional centres of your brain. When done poorly, however, it can seem random, disjointed and silly. It’s the difference between David Lynch and a film student’s attempt to be David...
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Golf Club: Wasteland

Narrative-driven dystopian crazy golf. It’s a high concept, but all three elements are crucial – Golf Club: Wasteland works because it adds up to more than the sum of those three parts. The dystopia is enjoyably bleak. Having made an absolute mess...
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I Am Fish

Remember the scene in Finding Nemo where the clownfish and his newfound friends find themselves trapped in plastic bags following a daring escape? Bossa Studios’ I Am Fish takes that idea and runs with it, being a physics-based adventure in which four...
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