Senran Kagura Peach Ball Review
Senran Kagura Peach Ball is one of those “You got chocolate in my peanut butter/You got peanut butter in my chocolate” moments you don’t see often in video games. It combines the unapologetic lewd and silly nature of the franchise with the thrill and unpredictable excitement that I love about pinball.
Cadence of Hyrule: Crypt of the NecroDancer Featuring The Legend of Zelda Review
Cadence of Hyrule is a miracle project, birthed from an indie developer given the keys to Hyrule Castle and surpassing everyone’s expectations. Brace Yourself Games has managed to compose its own worthy Zelda adventure, incorporating its own rhythmic roguelike gameplay with fantastic remixes.
My Friend Pedro Review
My Friend Pedro is an action movie compressed into a 2D-sidescroller, complete with an oddball premise, unlikely heroes, and bullet-time cinematics. It manages to be both a fast run-and-gun à la Contra as well as a slow, thoughtful platformer like Metroid. The game may be short, but it’s an explosive, wild ride that is rarely boring and always bananas.
Gato Roboto Review
Although Gato Roboto does not provide the type of sprawling world design that Metroidvania titles are known for, it still does a decent job at reducing this type of experience into a condensed form. The abbreviated process of upgrading Kiki’s mech suit is a satisfying sprint that takes you from helplessness to empowerment at a rapid pace.
Saints Row The Third (Switch) Review
All in all, I’m happy with the experience of having the option to play Saints Row The Third - The Full Package on a modern console again, and even to have the option to go handheld. It’s worth bearing in mind that the game is in no obvious way improved upon compared to the standard version, but is also no worse for wear.
It's a shame that Windscape feels so bland, because it offers some interesting twists to the Elder Scrolls formula with its striking art style and Zelda-like approach to dungeon design. Unfortunately, the game's uninspired characters and repetitive combat prevent it from capitalizing on its strengths.
BoxBoy! + BoxGirl! Review
BoxBoy! + BoxGirl! is a triumphant return for one of Nintendo’s underappreciated square-shaped heroes. The core campaign, albeit a solid iteration that newcomers will enjoy, plays a little too safely for BoxBoy! veterans. Thankfully, the new co-op and Qudy modes are the reinvigorating jolts this series needed.
Hob: Definitive Edition
It’s hard to categorize HOB: Definitive Edition. The game reminds me of Zelda, but lacks the scale of story and quests, and epic bosses. It also reminds me of Hyper Light Drifter, but lacks the explosive combat. Really, HOB is its own sort of animal. It seeks to emulate, but not copy other great games.
The Mystery of Woolley Mountain Review
The Mystery of Woolley Mountain offers a traditional fantasy mystery premise with old-school point-and-click gameplay. However, it falls into the same traps that have plagued the genre for years. The game’s internal logic is hard to follow, the puzzles incorporate too much trial-and-error, and the plot is contrived and inconsistent.
Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker – Special Episode Review
Overall, the Special Episode is a short but sweet treat that will have Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker fans shouting “Time for adventure!” once more. The five new levels are excellent additions to the game’s collection of puzzle box dioramas, although they do nothing to change the formula.