Reviews

Evercade Renovation Collection 1

It has been said that the newest Evercade cartridge is a response to fans demanding more obscure and lesser-known games for the retro-centric handheld. We’d say it was inevitable that manufacturer Blaze would have to look further afield at some point. There’s only a finite amount of hand-me-down...

Andro Dunos II

We’ve seen a few games lately with interesting backstories. There was Yeah Yeah Beebiss II, a sequel to a non-existent NES game, and the Quest for Glory homage Quest for Infamy – a love letter to PC adventure games series that flips the premise on its head. Now...
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9

Quest for Infamy

Ambition is a great driving force. How many people who have achieved truly great things in this world would’ve done so without their ambition? But when asked about my ambitions, I’m always a little coy about the answer. Where it’s common for many people to wish for fame,...
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7

Tunic

This isometric adventure shares similarities with Nintendo’s recent Link’s Awakening remake, borrowing its soft visual style and central premise of a tunic-clad hero waking on a mysterious island. A great power dwells nearby, but to find and wield it correctly, three magical keys must be obtained from the...
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9

Who Pressed Mute on Uncle Marcus?

Who Pressed Mute on Uncle Marcus? is a horror game. If you’ve looked at the screenshots, and you’re thinking “What are you talking about?”, let me set it up for you. You’re trapped in a mandatory ‘family fun’ Zoom call with half a dozen horrible relatives, for the...
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5

Gal*Gun: Double Peace (Switch)

Despite originally releasing just six years ago, Gal*Gun: Double Peace carries with it a strange aura of a long-lost Japanese retro game. There’s a very good reason for this – it came from a completely different era, back when a shrinking domestic console market led to publishers doubling...
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7

Drill Deal – Oil Tycoon

As tycoon management sims go, I can’t think of a less ‘modern day’ approved context than an oil rig platform. Not to get all Greenpeace, but it feels like a tonal anachronism to be pleasantly clicking around a voxel-based cutesy crude oil drilling platform, trying to squeeze the...
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6

The Cruel King and The Great Hero

I’ve been thinking about pacing a lot recently. Specifically, whose responsibility is it? Films are easy as they’re linear experiences with no paths to take. The responsibility clearly lies with the filmmaker. That Korean drama that drags out its episodes? Probably the network. But what about games? Is...
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8

Submerged: Hidden Depths

The original Submerged released in 2015 to a lukewarm reception. Rather than jump straight into creating an improved sequel, armed with newfound feedback, developer Uppercut wisely chose to give it breathing space while working on other projects. This break was clearly beneficial – Hidden Depths is a more...
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6

Flynn: Son of Crimson

I love video games. Part of that love is the grand feeling of adventure which comes with just escaping into a virtual world and taking in the sights and sounds, perhaps speaking to its inhabitants, or maybe poking some of its monsters with the ouchy-end of a sword....
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8

Grapple Dog

It often feels like the Switch is overflowing with 2D platformers of every kind. There are the modern and polished likes of Donkey Country: Tropical Freeze, retro revivals such as Sonic Mania, and the tough as nails indies like Celeste. Now, competing for your time and cash is...
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8

35MM

Sergey Noskov’s 7th Sector – a cyberpunk puzzle adventure with impressive environmental storytelling – left us smitten back in 2020, being something of a hidden gem. Rather than build upon its foundations, Sergey next project was In Rays of the Light – a remake of their 2012 first-person...
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6