Dream Alone Review
Dream Alone is one of the darkest games I have played. It’s not because of its chilling storyline, creepy atmosphere or horrifying imagery. Rather, the game display is literally so dark that it’s sometimes hard to see the screen. When factoring in obscured death traps and poor level design, the issues turn this dream into a nightmare.
Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles (Switch) Review
Mix a relaxing game like Animal Crossing with the open world of The Legend of Zelda. Pepper in light elements of Harvest Moon and Minecraft, and you have the recipe for Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles. Yonder’s beautiful landscapes entice you to explore the world around you. Unlike other adventure games, there is no combat whatsoever. Moreover, there is no sense of urgency, so you are free to do as you wish in one of the most laid-back games I’ve played on the Nintendo Switch.
Battle Chasers: Nightwar Review
Battle Chasers: Nightwar is a fusion of comic books and classic role-playing games with a fascinating history. The title is based on the late ‘90s comic Battle Chasers by Joe Madureira. It followed five diverse heroes in a medieval steampunk setting but was eventually cancelled as Madureira moved on to video game development, working on such series as Darksiders. As fate would have it, Madureira and other Darksiders veterans successfully Kickstarted a project that would revitalize the comics in video game form.
Pac-Man Championship Edition 2 Plus Review
Pac-Man is one of gaming’s most notable icons, best known for his original 1980 arcade game. Though Pac-Man has branched out to other genres, he has shone brightest in games that expand upon the old formula. Bandai Namco’s Pac-Man Championship Edition 2 Plus is the latest update, hosting a fast-paced score attack mode and new two-player co-op.
Super One More Jump Review
My initial impression before playing Super One More Jump was that it would be a generic autorunner with only little depth. My impression after playing it is a gigantic smile plastered on my face. The game has a modest concept: guide a pixel-shaped creature to the goal point in each level. Your character runs on his own, and all you have to do is time his jumps onto safe platforms.
Pinball FX3 Review
Although traditional pinball machines were once a highlight of arcades and bowling alleys, they are rarities nowadays. It’s no surprise that video game iterations are just as hard to come across. Zen Studios continues to keep the pastime alive with the third installment of its digital pinball series, Pinball FX3.
Developer Rain Games’ title has all the inner workings of what makes a great indie platformer – a somewhat non-linear Metroidvania structure, environmental puzzles that build off a core mechanic, and a plot that you must unfurl on your own. For the most part, the elements effectively work together, but some physics issues mar the experience.
Indie games have helped to revive the story-based adventure genre, whether through combat-free “walking simulators” like Dear Esther, puzzling open worlds as in The Witness, or evocative movielike experiences such as Journey. RiME takes pages from each of these games, telling a cinematic tale of a young boy who travels around a small island and solves environmental puzzles.
Beach Buggy Racing Review
It’s easy to write off Beach Buggy Racing as a Mario Kart knockoff. After all, it’s a mascot racer with cute characters and colorful tracks. Its biggest advantage over Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is its much cheaper price point, which is probably because this was originally a mobile game. Unfortunately, most of the game’s issues stem from the fact that it’s a cheap mobile port. It’s a shame, too, since the game incorporates some elements that I’d like to see in other mascot racers.
Lichtspeer Double Speer Edition Review
Lichtspeer: Double Speer Edition is proud of what it is and has every right to be. Though its constant spear-throwing gameplay borders on repetitive, the numerous enemies, entertaining arcade elements, and brutal difficulty deliver a much more fulfilling experience than you’d expect.
Sine Mora EX Review
Sine Mora EX is a captivating fusion of military aircrafts and time travel. Conceived from the equally fascinating partnership between Hungarian developer Digital Reality and Grasshopper Manufacture, the team behind No More Heroes and Lollipop Chainsaw, the game tells a time-bending story about the realities of war under the guise of a hardcore shoot ‘em up.
Flip Wars Review
Flip Wars has a simple premise: ground pound tiles to flip them over to your color. The player with the most colored tiles at the end of the round is the winner. Two alternative modes let you focus on knocking out other players by flipping the tiles they’re standing on, but really, that’s all there is to the entire experience. Flip Wars is a Nintendo Switch eShop game with as much depth as a minigame from Mario Party.
Boost Beast Review
Boost Beast is an underwhelming take on the established match three formula. The few attempts Arzest make to set it apart backfire, making much of the game dependent on luck. You either lack the correct colors to defeat the zombies or you score ridiculously big boosts with very little effort, making even victory unsatisfying.
Phantom Trigger Review
Phantom Trigger is decent at being the top-down hack-and-slash game that the developers at Bread Team set out to create. The compelling story, stunningly pixelated neon world, and challenge are its strengths. If it weren’t bogged down by dull dungeon design, a limited move-set, and tedious gameplay, this action title could have stood out.