Hello Neighbor Review
Hello Neighbor taps into a childhood moment one or more of us might have experienced while living in the suburbs. There was always at least one house that for some inexplicable reason emanated a mysterious and creepy vibe that led the neighborhood kids to come up with all sorts of wild, baseless stories: “That’s Old Man Smithers’ place where they say he killed his wife.”
It is surprising then to see a video game in 2017, an era marked by companies vying to create the “world’s most powerful console,” forgo intense photorealism for muted colors and film scratches (then again, it’s not uncommon for indie titles to employ striking art styles). Cuphead, developed by Studio MDHR Studios, exists on a whole other level as a lovingly crafted homage to an animation pioneer.
Knock Knock is driven by a neat idea and an evocative presentation. It’s a shame, then, that its goodwill is hampered by gameplay that feels a little broken. To give it the benefit of the doubt, the issues I ran into seem to be a result of the game not going far enough to give the player a proper explanation outside a few needlessly cryptic notes in between stages.
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.
Rise & Shine Review
Trying to get through a level is a daunting experience, and I found myself rage quitting more and more. In the end, I made the decision to stop playing because my time is more valuable than slamming my head against a brick wall of a game. Your mileage may vary, of course, though be aware that Rise & Shine hides an unforgiving game underneath its gorgeous exterior.