BoxBoy! + BoxGirl! Review
BoxBoy! + BoxGirl! is a triumphant return for one of Nintendo’s underappreciated square-shaped heroes. The core campaign, albeit a solid iteration that newcomers will enjoy, plays a little too safely for BoxBoy! veterans. Thankfully, the new co-op and Qudy modes are the reinvigorating jolts this series needed.
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.
My Memory of Us Review
With a Steamboat Willie early cartoon aesthetic, My Memory of Us is an attention-grabbing curiosity. This puzzle platformer adventure is no lighthearted journey, however, but joins that small handful of video games willing to take on that heaviest of subject matter, the Holocaust and in this case, the subjugation of Polish Jews in WWII.
Genuine artistry is hard to come by. Many developers pour their hearts and souls into their work and unfortunately, things often get lost in translation. However, with Nomada Studio’s Gris, everything just seems to fall into place, while brilliantly conveying a powerful message about dealing with loss and reconciling with the past.
Tied Together Review
Tied Together by Headup Games is the latest entry to Nintendo Switch’s ever-growing indie library. This unassuming title may not be a charmer among other, shinier games. However, it’s a solid cooperative puzzle-platformer with relatively interesting gameplay, provided that you have some friends to play together with, as the game is exclusively a couch co-op multiplayer.
Planet Alpha Review
Planet Alpha was a polarizing game for me. It’s probably one of the most gorgeous games to come out this year and there wasn’t one location on the planet that didn’t elicit some sort of awed verbal response. The platforming gameplay, however, leaves much, much more to be desired.
The Little Ball That Could Review
It’s been over 30 years since Marble Madness made its arcade debut. Since then, it’s just been another day, another marble platformer, right? No, not at all, and that’s exactly what got me interested in The Little Ball That Could. Released last year on Steam, NaissusWorks’ 3D puzzler rolls now onto Xbox One. Does this shiny sphere come to a gentle finish, or does it crash right off the table?
Shiftlings: Enhanced Edition Review
Shiftlings takes place in cartoon space (Ratchet & Clank style) and centers around a game show hosted by a purple sleaze who can’t stop shilling for Black Hola Cola. However good it might taste, this fizzy beverage seems to have given the protagonists – two alien janitors working constant shifts – a serious case of gas. By trading this gas between their tethered suits, they shift which one is large and heavy, or small and light. Pretty clever, eh?
Typoman Revised Review
I really liked the novelty Typoman: Revised. I can’t speak to any changes made to the game for its Xbox One debut because this was my first time playing it. Even though most of the word puzzles make me feel like I wasted my time as an undergrad, the challenge is unique and I enjoy seeing how the words interact with the word around my player character. Though the three chapter game can be easily finished in a day, the experience is a fascinating and entertaining one.
The Last Guardian
The Last Guardian is proof -- for anyone who doubts it -- that video games can be a unique and emotionally powerful form of participatory storytelling. On top of that, The Last Guardian's visuals and creature design give it a timeless, mythic quality that both call to mind the sweet-natured Ico and the towering scale of Shadows of the Colossus. Exciting, challenging, and full of heart, The Last Guardian is unforgettable.
Multiplayer puzzle games aren't exactly plentiful on the PS4 right now, but that fact doesn't make Tiny Brains more appealing. Its short, easy and unimaginative. The Worms and soccer-inspired mini game diversions don't help its cause as a game to break out with friends, either. Even if this sort of couch co-op experience is your jam, I can't recommend it.
When I finished The Swapper I didn't want more puzzles, I didn't want more logs to flesh out the world or give me answers and I didn't want to jump back in to solve some of the puzzles I had missed or chose not to do. I sat back and marveled at the complete experience I had with The Swapper and relished every second I spent in the game's world. A unique art style made with care, a game mechanic that is simple to pick up and, while never changing, still full of surprises later on, and a story that I found to be touching in the end. The Swapper isn't in your face with bright colors and loud explosions. It's laid back and relaxed while it shows you just how great it is. If you're coming for the puzzles then you'll have a great time, if you want a story that makes you question your beliefs then you may find what you're looking for and if you just want to sit in awe at the clay world then that's fine too.