Puzzle

Repressed Review

Delving into the repressed depths of the mind provides plenty of opportunities to tell an immensely profound and intriguing story. In practice, however, Repressed is actually quite bland and uninteresting.

Repressed Review

Nauticrawl: 20,000 Atmospheres Review

Nauticrawl is an absolute treat to play. What it lacks in depth is made up for by its sheer devotion to an intuitive design. The game eschews the excessive tutorialization found in many modern titles in favor of letting the player learn for themselves.

Nauticrawl: 20,000 Atmospheres Review

Knights and Bikes Review

Knights and Bikes is highly recommended for those looking for a captivating cooperative game to play with a friend.

Knights and Bikes Review

Koral Review

The game provides a clunky experience that doesn’t satisfy in any meaningful manner. Too shallow in both its educational content and puzzle-solving gameplay, Koral finds the perfect middle ground to embody an especially painful kind of mediocrity.

Koral Review

A Plague Tale: Innocence Review

The way the narrative and gameplay fit together to make Amicia and Hugo’s journey both compelling and emotional is an impressive accomplishment that put A Plague Tale up there with the best of them. If you are in the market for a somber, story-driven experience, I cannot recommend A Plague Tale enough.

A Plague Tale: Innocence 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

A Fisherman's Tale Review

Nagging control issues aside, A Fisherman’s Tale is a charming PlayStation VR game that I found to be a total joy to experience - the same joy I felt playing Astro Bot: Rescue Mission. As far as first-person virtual reality experiences go, this makes the medium so worthwhile.

A Fisherman's Tale Review

Viviette Review

I didn’t have fun with Viviette. The puzzles lacked any logical answers, and there was little motivation to explore. The story lacked emphatic moments and failed to entice me to struggle through the rough points. There was an effective crafting of terror, but no pay off with that lone success either.

Viviette Review

Katamari Damacy Reroll Review

Katamari Damacy is a delightful puzzle game that’s fueled by Japanese quirk, much of it front-loaded by a wild and wooly title sequence involving singing ducks, dancing pandas, rainbows, and giant mushrooms moving to the rhythm of a shockingly catchy theme song.

Katamari Damacy Reroll Review

The Escapists: Complete Edition (Switch) Review

Overall, The Escapists is not a game that I particularly enjoyed, but at the same time I didn’t dislike it either. It was a decent time, but that fun was rather short-lived. The game suffers from a lack of explanation and there's no real indication on what you can actually do. The depth is there, but only if you're willing to do and try every combination of actions and items over and over.

The Escapists: Complete Edition (Switch) Review

Flood of Light Review

Set in the lonely and abandoned metropolis of Hope City, Irisloft’s Flood of Light is a 2D-puzzle game all about uncovering the mysteries of where you came from, and where everyone else has gone. Accompanied by some friendly robots and a beautiful score, you set out to reduce the flood that has swallowed the city thus far, all the while piecing together the history of Hope City and its downfall.

Flood of Light Review

CrossCode Review

CrossCode is the very definition of a passion project as it was painstakingly developed over a span of seven years, and it really shows. The game is filled to the brim with content, including a lengthy story campaign, diverse enemy designs, and many side quests. It really has a lot of bang for your buck.

CrossCode Review

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker Review

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is not just a good game, it’s a great game. The port to the Switch was brilliantly executed, taking full advantage of the console’s portability.

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker Review

39 Days to Mars Review

Imagine how exciting space travel must have sounded back in the days of Jules Verne. Those were the days when a few brilliant and daring scientists could rig up a clever contraption and venture to the moon - without fear of decompression, radiation, the prolonged effects of zero gravity, and all of the other boring and annoying consequences of the laws of physics. There were no government bureaucrats debating the merit of the billions of dollars of funding the space program. All that existed was the excitement and the mystery of the unknown.

39 Days to Mars Review

Detective Pikachu Review

Detective Pikachu is a strangely refreshing departure from the Pokémon formula that I cannot help but recommend to those looking for a change of pace, even if it is remarkably easy. This isn't a regular Pokémon game, but the franchise is strong enough for experimentation.

Detective Pikachu Review

Last Day of June Review

Imagine yourself being caught inside a lovely impressionist watercolor painting, where the denizens wordlessly tell a heart wrenching, emotionally charged story. With that in mind, you get the basic premise of The Last of June, a narrative-focused adventure game from the developers Ovosonico.

Last Day of June Review

Anoxemia Review

There is foreboding presence in the deep, but instead of being pressured or scared, I am just largely annoyed by the glaring flaws in the game design. If one could overlook these frustrating factors, this could be a somewhat enjoyable adventure game with a unique premise and solid puzzles. Unfortunately, these infuriating shortcomings require a great deal of willpower to overlook. 

Anoxemia Review