Strategy

Mini-Mech Mayhem Review

With its surprising level of complexity and depth, Mini-Mech Mayhem is a game that could have a wider appeal were it not crippled by its PSVR exclusivity. I don’t see why the game was engineered for the VR platform because there’s nothing here that made me think “Wow! I feel so immersed!”. After all, this is a game where you consistently stare at a table.

Mini-Mech Mayhem 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

Jon Shafer's At the Gates Review

Jon Shafer’s At the Gates is not a mass-market game. It decries the populist and dumbed down direction in which the Civilization franchise has moved, replacing it with a strategy title for the patient player that tolerates a measured pace, likes the challenge of long-range planning, can overlook some bugs, and finds satisfaction in a cerebral, hard-fought victory.

Jon Shafer's At the Gates Review

Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr's Journey Review

In the end, if you enjoy quirky RPG’s, Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr's Journey should definitely be on your radar. The story is funny, the battle system is fun and engaging and just every part of the game is solid.

Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr's Journey Review

Super X Chess Review

Still, there is an intimidation factor and a perception that beyond the basics, winning requires a lot of memorization and the ability to think many moves ahead. Super X Chess removes that particular barrier and although the Super X rules are not going to permanently revolutionize the game, they do serve to sweep the cobwebs off the dusty shelf of rote, memorized and uninspired play.

Super X Chess Review

The Last Remnant Remastered Review

In the end (as you can probably tell), The Last Remnant isn't really my cup of tea. I just can't get into the story here and the gameplay isn't exciting enough to hold my interest. I blame the dull characters and the repetitive hands-off approach to the battle system.

The Last Remnant Remastered Review

911 Operator Review

911 Operator is about as solid as it could be. It’s a simulation game doing its best to depict a real job, and at the end of the day could only get so close to what a real life 911 Operator does on a daily basis.

911 Operator 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

Frostpunk Review

I love building sims. Games like Cities: Skylines allow me to craft a Utopian intersection of efficient commerce and transportation, and games like Tropico let me indulge in the fantasy of becoming the ultimate despot. Then there's Frostpunk, which blends the bleakest possible alternative history with a scaled-back city builder, all in service of an exploration of humanity, morality and the choices made in the name of survival.

Frostpunk Review

SteamWorld Heist Review

With strong tactical gameplay, a satisfying progression system, and plenty of room for experimentation, SteamWorld Heist makes for an addictive and accessible side-entry in the SteamWorld franchise.

SteamWorld Heist Review

Tokyo Tattoo Girls Review

In the end, what we have in Tokyo Tattoo Girls is by far one of the most shallow strategy games I've ever seen, with absolutely a joke of a story, and shallow and repetitive gameplay. It's just so utterly disappointing in just about every aspect. As someone who doesn't have any tattoos (although my wife more than makes up for me), I think I'd rather go get my first one than play this game any more than I had to.

Tokyo Tattoo Girls Review

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle Review

Now, you can color me surprised when I say that Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle actually turned out to be an exceptionally well-crafted game with intelligent tactical gameplay design that has enough depth to scratch the itch of hardcore turn-based tactic/strategy players. It also made me eat every scathing word I had spewed about it.

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle Review

This is the Police

You may, on the other hand, find it to be oddly compelling. You almost certainly will not find it to be a predictable, by-the-numbers affair.

This is the Police

Total War: Warhammer

Sure, I may have some grudges that may never be removed from the great book, but in the end, this is the best experience I’ve had, bar none, when it comes to real time strategy games.

Total War: Warhammer

Anarcute

The game gets more and more repetitive as you reach later stages so its best enjoyed in small doses. Regardless, Anarcute is a fun, well built game to play. It has the right amount of challenge, the music's great, and the rioters are just so damn adorable.

Anarcute

Particle Mace

So who is Particle Mace for? I’d say most people. It’s a game basically anybody can enjoy thanks to its straightforward design and simple premise. Again, it definitely has the possibility of being strongly habit-forming, so if you’re someone who loves to crunch through more and more difficult challenges you might want to try it out fairly soon. And it’s a blast to play with friends, especially if you, like me, hate to lose and are what could kindly be described as a “graceless winner.”

Particle Mace

Hard West

There is a lot of competition in this genre nowadays, which makes a game like Hard West a little harder to recommend than it used to be. If you aren’t a big fan of turn-based combat, then Hard West is probably not a game for you. If, however, you have played through the XCOM series, Wasteland 2, or even the Shadowrun reboot RPGs, then Hard West will provide something a little different if you are still looking for more turn-based combat.

Hard West