Like all games that stress art and atmosphere above all else, appraising Vane is difficult. Some will fall in love with it from the first scene, simply because they appreciate its visual style and engaging music. For me, it’s the game equivalent of tuning in to the fireplace channel on Christmas day. It’s oddly pleasant in its own way, but there’s little substance to it.
As potentially confusing as the gameplay can sound like on paper, it’s easy to settle into a rhythm and really get into creating multiple copies of yourself running through different routines and movement patterns. Transpose is an attractive and creative PSVR puzzler that’s easily recommended.
Mini Metro Review
Mini Metro takes the ideas present in city simulators and boils it down to a pure, simple and clean essence. You don’t have to worry about things like budgets - there’s very few resources to worry about - and none of those bigger picture considerations. You just have to get the people from one shape to another and use your colorful lines to do it.
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.
House Party Review
Whether you fall into the target demographic for House Party can be determined by answering a couple of simple questions: 1) Are you a horny dude and 2) do you have a high tolerance for poorly made puzzle games with terrible writing, ugly graphics and more game-breaking bugs than a frat boy's kitchen? If the answer is yes, then do we have a game for you!
I really hope to see Membrane revisited at some point with a greater focus on making satisfying puzzles and using the mechanics to their fullest extent. As it stands, though, there really isn't much to go on here. Membrane's got great aesthetics and all, but there's nothing to really back it up, and so you wind up going through the game without feeling much like engaging in it.
Toki Tori Review
The original Toki Tori was released on the Gameboy Color way back in 2001. Since then it has been ported, enhanced, and remade a half dozen or so times across a wide variety of consoles and system generations. After all these years, the game makes its debut on the Nintendo Switch. Besides a slick new coat of graphical paint and control modifications, it remains almost entirely the same. In this case that is a good thing since Toki Tori was always a darn good puzzle game.
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.
Knack 2 Review
If you're like everyone else and are not caught up on your Knack lore, that's okay. There's this race of evil Goblins that want to take over the world and you need to jump, punch, and solve your way to victory. Knack does this while accumulating and shedding his body pieces, called relics, to grow and shrink as needed. It's tech-demo-y, sure, but it actually makes for a fairly unique experience.
There’s an interesting idea in Oafmatch but the execution is poor. While the game tries to live and die by its main attraction, an RPG overlay to a match-three game, it doesn’t do so in a meaningful or fun way. Oafmatch is a game that could only be enjoyed by absolute fanatics of the match-three genre who have exhausted every other outlet.
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.