Reviews

The Legend of Heroes: Trails from Zero review

Nihon Falcom Corporation celebrated its 40th anniversary last year, making the Japanese developer one of the longest-running in the business to date. Unlike its peers, Falcom has avoided many recent industry trends: It has retained its independence from mergers and acquisitions, it has staunchly decided to develop its...
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SpiderHeck review

On first glance, SpiderHeck was seemingly designed by throwing darts at a board. It’s an arena battler starring spiders with laser swords and other sci-fi weaponry – how else could such a thing be conceived? Play it for just a few minutes though, and it becomes apparent that...
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Last Beat Enhanced review

Five minutes into this 2D side-scrolling brawler, half of the achievements had already unlocked. It was at this point we started to worry that it was one of those games – the kind that seemingly only exists to provide an easy 1000G/Platinum service. But then the first boss...
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Tinykin review

Well, this is awkward. After accidentally launching Tinykin when the download finished, Xbox Quick Resume somehow skipped the intro when the time came to play it properly. So, while this paragraph would be a good place to detail Tinykin’s plot, the only means of recapping the intro appears...
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Justice Sucks review

In 2021, Samurai Punk released Roombo: First Blood – a short experimental game starring a bloodthirsty robot vacuum protecting a family home from burglars. You’d think such a simple concept wouldn’t have much scope for expansion, yet here we are – Justice Suck is essentially Roombo: First Blood...
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7

TMNT: The Cowabunga Collection review

When a new retro collection is revealed, some scallywag will spontaneously mention ROMS and emulation…often before declaring that they own a Raspberry Pi. While emulation has its virtues, the subject of ownership single handily validates any retro compilation. I’ve never felt like I’ve actually owned anything I’ve downloaded,...
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Midnight Fight Express review

Nobody becomes a boxing champ or an MMA master overnight. These things require training, experience, and agility gained only by rigorous exercise. Knowing how to throw a solid punch is a good place to start, and this skill alone is enough for Babyface – our oppressed lead, billed...
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Rick Henderson review

People often question why the cover for the early SNES shooter Phalanx featured a banjo-playing elderly gent. The answer lies within the question, more or less – a peculiar cover was chosen to make it stand out from the countless other space shooters out there. Any cover that...
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Two Point Campus review

When basing games around the education system, developers clearly have their work cut out to create something relevant to worldwide audiences. Canis Canem Edit is a good example, developed in the UK, and yet, it featured US terminology. A game set in a university environment must pose a...
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Cult of the Lamb review

We’re not entirely sure why lambs are offered to the Gods as ritual sacrifices, but we’d wager it has something to do with how darn cute they are. If you’re going to slaughter a creature in the name of a God, it may as well be one of...
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Smash Boats: Waterlogged Edition review

In an industry fast approaching fifty, it’s easy to take a lot for granted. Smash Boats is a physics-heavy combat game, with around a dozen toy boats zipping around bathtubs, paddling pools, and more. They sway and capsize, it’s possible to dive bomb and submerge, and many attacks...
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Voyage review

With the name Journey already taken, indie outfit Venturous has seemingly settled on ‘Voyage’ to convey embarking on a grand adventure. So, grab a thick pair of socks and some Kendal Mint Cake – we’re going on a journey. Sorry, voyage. This brief, two-hour, side-scrolling adventure involves controlling...
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