Reviews

Selma and the Wisp Review

Selma and the Wisp has an interesting premise, having you control a character who, in turn, leads another character. Unfortunately, the indirect playstyle leads to frustration in hazardous areas as you are forced to escort a girl and hope she doesn’t die by accident.

Selma and the Wisp Review

Effie Review

If Effie’s combat and camera were a little more tightly refined and its open world a little more full of interesting content, the game would be a real winner. As it stands, Effie is fun and charming, and its flaws and frustrations don’t entirely ruin the experience.

Effie Review

Conan Unconquered Review

Conan Unconquered’s slow-moving economy that always seems to lag behind the relentless waves of enemies is frustrating and the fact that there are only two playable heroes — a third is available behind a paywall at launch — and no story or campaign make the game feel like it’s incomplete or at the very least a meager package for the price.

Conan Unconquered Review

Layers of Fear 2 Review

Layers of Fear 2 is impressive to look at and listen to but like so many games in its genre, it feels sterile. Dream logic environments and an actor’s unraveling personality are interesting hooks but the game does little to make us care much about the star of the show to begin with.

Layers of Fear 2 Review

Observation Review

After tediously fiddling through all the menial puzzles, the ending just made me shrug my shoulders instead of giving me shivers that I was supposed to have felt. It’s too bad that the promising premise fizzled as soon as the gameplay showed its true colors, watering down the prevailing mystery in the process.

Observation Review

Irony Curtain: From Matryoshka with Love Review

Hats off to Artifex Mundi for having guts to make a diversion into point-and-click adventures. Irony Curtain: From Matryoshka with Love could easily have been a leftover turkey that wasn’t tasty even the first time it was roasted, but it sticks its landing right through to the very last scene.

Irony Curtain: From Matryoshka with Love Review

Vambrace: Cold Soul Review

Too much in the game depends on random checks on everything with not enough variables or interactions on the player’s side, giving you always a bad hand. It feels like you’re preparing for an arm-wrestling contest but someone breaks your wrist before that.

Vambrace: Cold Soul Review

Detective Di: The Silk Rose Murders Review

The presentation and the gameplay are both serviceable but the true strength of the game is in the writing. It doesn’t try to rewrite history or force alien agendas to its real-life characters but rather respects them and present juicy, fictitious details of what could have been – or perhaps has been.

Detective Di: The Silk Rose Murders Review

Fade to Silence Review

Fade to Silence is a true survival game that I want to like a lot more than I do. A passionate team has cooked up some tasty scraps in this frozen hell, but I’m forced to share the meal with irritating company. The ideas are great in theory, but too many elements end up in the realm of mediocrity.

Fade to Silence Review