Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker – Special Episode Review

Overall, the Special Episode is a short but sweet treat that will have Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker fans shouting “Time for adventure!” once more. The five new levels are excellent additions to the game’s collection of puzzle box dioramas, although they do nothing to change the formula.

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker – Special Episode Review

Golf Peaks Review

Golf Peaks is a great use of the idea of golf, with rule modifications that make it less a score-conscious sports simulation and instead an amazing puzzle game. I had a great time with it for the few hours that it took to get through all the puzzles, enjoying the challenge and calming ambience of it all.

Golf Peaks Review

Trüberbrook Review

Trüberbrook has a lot going for it: a unique artistic approach, an interesting setting and story, and an evergreen genre that never feels oversaturated. Although it never quite lives up to its potential, Trüberbrook in its best moments at least reminds jaded players that creative developers can surprise them.

Trüberbrook Review

Queen's Quest 2: Stories of Forgotten Past Review

Queen’s Quest 2 is a perfect game for adventure games newbies. It’s colorful to look at and there are lots of neat details in its numerous pretty screens that effectively depict the game’s derivative fantasy kingdom.

Queen's Quest 2: Stories of Forgotten Past Review

Hell Warders Review

Sometimes, genre-gene splicing produces messy monstrosities, and sometimes it produces something unexpectedly interesting. In the case of Hell Warders, we’re looking at the progeny of the action-RPG genre infused with the DNA of tower defense. Toss in the visual aesthetic of Dark Souls, and you have a game salad that works pretty well.

Hell Warders Review

Stellaris: Console Edition Review

"Civilization in Space" would definitely be my immediate summary of what Stellaris is, and hey, if that sounds like something you need in your life, this may very well be the shortest review you've ever read. "Civ in Space, 4X players are going to have a good time". Done.

Stellaris: Console Edition Review

Shadow of the Tomb Raider: The Serpent’s Heart Review

Additional content for Shadow of the Tomb Raider keeps on coming at a rapid pace. It feels like it was only yesterday when I previously jotted down my thoughts of the latest additional tomb for Lara to raid. It’s okay, though, as with the DLC I have a regular reason to pop into my favorite game of the last year.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider: The Serpent’s Heart Review

The Textorcist: The Story of Ray Bibbia Review

In The Textorcist: The Story of Ray Bibbia, there’s an attempt to tie the act of typing with real-time bullet hell dodging action in an arguably innovative manner. Whether it fails or succeeds really comes down to how well the player adapts to controls that came about through a notable design compromise.

The Textorcist: The Story of Ray Bibbia Review

The Caligula Effect: Overdose Review

In many ways, The Caligula Effect: Overdose is refreshingly low-key and intelligent within its genre. It turns its obvious paragons into a personal drama of its own kind, choosing subtle while others swag, and going surprisingly deep while others pretend.

The Caligula Effect: Overdose Review

Attack of the Earthlings Review

Built on a fun and underused premise — playing an alien race defending its planet from encroaching humans — and taking a great many plays from games like XCOM, Attack of the Earthlings has made its way to consoles after a release last year on PC.

Attack of the Earthlings Review

Eastshade Review

RPGs so rarely explore gameplay approaches that don’t feature two-handed greatswords, grinding for better armor, and violence-filled encounters. There’s nothing wrong with any of that, of course, but happily there are games like Eastshade that provide satisfying and intriguing hours of exploration and story where the conclusion is not a battlefield littered with the dead.

Eastshade Review

Q.U.B.E. 2 Review

If you want to play Q.U.B.E. 2 – something that I do recommend overall, as it’s a pretty fun, if weirdly confounding puzzle game – then I can only recommend the Switch version if you have literally no other way to play it. Or at least, I ASSUME that my problems with this version are Switch related.

Q.U.B.E. 2 Review

RemiLore: Lost Girl in the Lands of Lore Review

RemiLore is a collection of nice programming routines – smooth scrolling, nifty animation and neatly moving objects from monsters to projectiles – but they alone don’t make a very good game when everything else is mostly lacking.

RemiLore: Lost Girl in the Lands of Lore Review