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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.