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Shadowgate Review

Shadowgate Review

Aug 22, 2014

Once upon a time, adventure games were harder. Some might say deeper. Before Tim Schafer and Telltale made “no game-over” gameplay the norm, you could easily ruin five hours of progress by losing a key item. The original Shadowgate was one such game. Utilizing a whole array of action buttons and pixel perfect button presses, the 1987 release...

Review | Quest for Infamy

Review | Quest for Infamy

Aug 18, 2014

Every once in a while, there comes a game so perfect, so enthralling that it seems to have been crafted by angels and delivered from heaven unto the mortal gamers. A special kind of experience that forever leaves its mark in your mind, the kind you will look back upon fondly for years to come. But Quest for Infamy isn’t one of those games. No, my friend,...

Review | Obludia

Review | Obludia

Aug 16, 2014

Obludia is a fitting name for the game that it describes. Much like arcade classics such as Zaxxon, Sinistar, and Galaga, it’s a striking one word title that also belongs to an eventual end boss named Lord Obludia who can only be conquered by players who spend hours mastering the game’s controls. It’s the kind of title that makes me glad we...

Review | Back to Bed

Review | Back to Bed

Aug 16, 2014

A major trend that has come to light in recent years is the process of updating flash games into fully fleshed out games for paid releases. We’ve seen it work with the likes of Super Meat Boy, and now the experimental puzzle game Back to Bed has gotten the retail treatment. But was this game worth the update or should it have stayed on the Internet? Back...

Aperture Tag Review

Aperture Tag Review

Aug 1, 2014

Once upon a time, Portal 2 was being developed as a game without portals. We all know how that worked out, but I’ve always been intrigued with that idea. The entirely new category of first person puzzler requires more than just portals after all, it needs some variety. The makers of Aperture Tag share my sentiments, and have lovingly crafted a Portal 2...

Lovely Planet Review

Lovely Planet Review

Jul 31, 2014

You know that old trope of the “cutesy” character that everyone underestimates until it is revealed that they can totally kick ass? Think Unikitty from The LEGO Movie–a character based on cuteness who showed occasional flashes of underlying uneasiness until the explosive finale. That’s pretty much how Lovely Planet is. It entices you in...

Space Farmers Review

Space Farmers Review

Jul 25, 2014

First, to get this out of the way, there is no actual farming in Space Farmers. There are pigs and cows lurking around, and farmer characters to select, but you will not be collecting the harvest. Put away your thoughts of hovering tractors flying through fields of off-color fruits and vegetables. Instead of the zero gravity crop simulator you might expect from...

The Fall Review

The Fall Review

Jul 14, 2014

Puzzle platformers are classic. From titles like Out of This World to the Space Quest series, games in the genre have always found a way to be light-hearted yet engrossing no matter what generation it comes from. While they’ve always dabbled in different styles and tones, the sense of heart behind the project always shines through and the story,...

Spoiler Alert Review

Spoiler Alert Review

Jun 28, 2014

SPOILER ALERT: Don’t even waste your time. Years ago, the term “indie” was used almost exclusively for music. It wasn’t until more recently that video games took on the moniker from having such a thriving media drive behind it. In the mid 90’s, the site Newgrounds.com was founded and it worked as a home for creative people all...

Moon Chronicles Episode 1 Review

Moon Chronicles Episode 1 Review

Jun 27, 2014

Renegade Kid was making games on the Nintendo DS during a time when I was searching for anything to make Nintendo seem as awesome as they were in my childhood. Renegade Kid, WayForward and 5th Cell were all smaller, western developers that were creating Wii and DS products that I actually wanted to play. I wasn’t wishing for an era where Nintendo reigned...