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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

Rain World Review

For its beautiful presentation and for all of the ponderous ruminations about life that it might invoke within the player, it’s a crying shame that Rain World just doesn't feel very fun to play. While there is nothing wrong with sluggishness and weight as intentional designs, the options given to the player feel totally at odds with the sheer relentlessness and urgency of the systems at work.

Rain World Review

The Gardens Between Review

For a game with no dialogue, The Gardens Between says a lot. Telling the story of two friends, Arina and Frendt, as they explore a surreal landscape of islands, The Voxel Agents have done a fantastic job of creating a smart puzzle game, a striking visual environment, and a human narrative.

The Gardens Between Review

Deliver Us The Moon: Fortuna Review

Deliver Us The Moon: Fortuna is an ambitious story-driven game from a small studio that tries to do more than most other games in the genre. It’s sad that this ambition is stifled by a lack of polish, poor writing, and a non-existent ending. Despite shooting for the stars, they do not deliver the moon.

Deliver Us The Moon: Fortuna Review

Semblance Review

Semblance is a game full of excellent and satisfying puzzles, marred only by some odd jankiness and a final level that doesn’t focus on the strengths of what had come before. While short, the experience was overall enjoyable, and a fun take on the idea of a world that can be deformed on your way to finishing a puzzle.

Semblance Review

Solo Review

Solo isn't a walking simulator. Ironically though, it is a great example of why our hobby doesn't need walking simulators. These games rest upon the premise that gameplay need not accompany story, or the idea that removing gameplay is the only way to get the most out of video games as a storytelling medium. I have never bought into this notion that games have to feature either story or gameplay and that you can't have both at the same time. Solo is the latest game (and definitely not the first) to demonstrate exactly why I feel that way. 

Solo Review

The Aquatic Adventure of the Last Human Review

Have you ever come home after a few months away and noticed that your favorite burrito shop has folded? Okay, now multiply that feeling by roughly eighty trillion. That’s how the unseen, nameless protagonist must feel in The Aquatic Adventure of the Last Human, developer YCJY’s flagship release.

The Aquatic Adventure of the Last Human Review

Ripped Pants At Work

At long last, Ripped Pants At Work shows that someone isn’t afraid to address an issue all of America - no, the world! - struggles with. As the newest hire for a prestigious, pants-minded corporation, you start the day bright-eyed and bushy-tailed after being led to your shiny new cubicle. Life is good and full of mirth until… rrriiippppp! Your slacks rip and tear in the middle of the innocent act of picking up a pencil from off the floor.

Ripped Pants At Work

The Coma: Recut Review

In the end, The Coma: Recut delivers a solid (albeit short) 2D horror experience. However, the game as a whole suffers a bit from being a "one-hit wonder" in the gameplay. After being chased 7-8 times in a row, the 9th time just doesn't scare you anymore.

The Coma: Recut Review

Bleed Review

Bleed is a game that ends before it should. The silver lining to that statement is that it's an absolute blast while it lasts, with tight, satisfying gameplay and an unforgettable protagonist. And while its levels don't provide enough content, its flexible difficulty and upgrade options will compel even non-completionists to stick around after beating them.

Bleed Review

2Dark Review

In the end it all comes down to what kind of a game you are willing to play. If you want a straight up horror game, 2Dark probably isn't the game you are looking for. If however, you want a fun point-and-click adventure game with grain of tension, I believe you will find 2Dark appealing.

2Dark Review

Everything Review

Everything is definitely a unique experience but it does wear out its welcome at a point. When it starts to feel empty and like all you're doing is mechanically ticking things off of a "found a thing to control!" checklist and feels like it's leaving its message to the wayside, that's when it's best to cut it loose, in my opinion. It can feel unlike anything you've ever played, but eventually, like real existence, it starts to feel like a slog. But in those moments when it's firing on all cylinders, it's really something special. 

Everything Review

Aaero Review

The game has plenty of high points and some very memorable tracks and levels, but it has some forgettable ones as well.  It is worth playing for those high points, but a lower price and more consistent quality would have made the game a much easier recommendation. 

Aaero Review

Small Radios Big Televisions Review

With no real challenges to test your mettle and a game length of just under two hours, it doesn’t come with much staying power. It might be more fun as a VR game, given the premise and the places the cassette tapes reveal. Either way, there is little more to the game outside of it being a “Hey, check this out” experience.

Small Radios Big Televisions Review