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Review: Fractured Minds

As someone with numerous mental health problems myself, I was initially a bit anxious about playing Fractured Minds. It looked pretty creepy and I really struggle to deal with horror games – especially when they’re laser focused on mental health issues that I already have difficulty dealing with. Thankfully, though it doesn’t deal with these issues in an ‘easy’ or […]

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Review: Splendor

Based on the board game that released to great acclaim in 2014, the digital version of Splendor arrived in 2015. It’s a really impressive adaptation of the tabletop game with a very clear interface and an excellent tutorial. Splendor casts players as merchants during the Renaissance, with the ultimate aim of reaching 15 prestige points before their opponents. To do […]

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Review: Grow Home

Though it’s five years old now, Grow Home is one of those games that just feels timeless. It’s one that far too few people have heard of, let alone played, but you should definitely give it a chance. It really won’t take long to – I apologise in advance – grow on you. It’s an oddity from UbiSoft, especially given […]

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Review: Pac-Man 256

Though it’s been around for some time – having been released in 2015 for Android and iOS – I decided to reacquaint myself with Pac-Man 256 following the 40th birthday of the perenially popular yellow dot-muncher. It’s a superb little game; essentially a Pac-Man meets Crossy Road endless runner (which is no coincidence – Hipster Whale developed both Crossy Road […]

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400

It’s not the most dramatic number, is it? 400 is like an awkward middle ground between the Sparta-invoking 300 and the half century grandness of 500. Yet it’s still a pretty big milestone for me. A little over a year ago, I had barely a handful of published articles to my name – and most of those were written and […]

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Review: Deal of the Dead

Available now on mobile (free, ad supported) and itch.io Though they’re an omnipresent part of the 21st century pop culture landscape, I’m old enough to remember a time when zombie movies were considered way too extreme to be mainstream; few genres of horror were more looked down upon – though perhaps the spate of nasty cannibal movies seen in the […]

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Kickstarter: 7 Fortunes – Greek Mythology Edition

I’ve always had a huge interest in Greek mythology. Call it narcissistic (which is, of course, appropriate in relation to the subject matter too) but with my name being the same as that of a famous Greek hero (and who I was named after), seeing ‘Jason’ pop up throughout the stories really caught my attention when I was very young. […]

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Review: The Jackbox Party Pack 4

I’m a massive fan of the Jackbox Party Pack games – they’re simple, hilarious and inventive game collections that pretty much anyone can play – and the barrier to entry is incredibly low, given that players can use any internet connected device to play while the main action plays out on the TV. There are six Jackbox Party Pack collections […]

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Review: Concept Destruction

One of the best early PlayStation games that I played was Destruction Derby – a glorious demolition derby game which – for its time – had some very impressive damage modelling on the cars, making it incredibly satisfying to smash up the many opponents in the arena while trying to keep yours as blemish free as possible (spoiler: this was […]

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Review: Pandemic

Depending on your point of view, reviewing Pandemic at this point in time is either a really great idea or the worst idea ever. Given that excellent game Plague Inc – in which you control a disease with the ultimate goal of eradicating humankind – has recently been seeing record player numbers, I’m inclined to think it’s not such a […]

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Board Game Review: Cat Crimes

Though I’ve filed this article under ‘board games’, Cat Crimes isn’t a tabletop game in the traditional sense. It’s more of a solitaire logic puzzle, though of course multiple players can combine they grey matter and attempt to solve the 40 puzzles in the rather nicely packaged collection. What players will be looking to solve are a variety of ‘crimes’ […]

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Game Pass Adventures

With no end in sight to the current situation with COVID-19, for many of us gaming has been a welcome respite from the anxiety and general uncertainty that’s disrupted our normal day to day lives. Game Pass has been invaluable for me, as it so often is – particularly given that everyone’s financial situation and job security is uncertain – […]

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Review: Pixelquest Arcade Kit (Switch)

Nintendo’s Labo was an absolute breath of fresh air; another way that the erstwhile games company set themselves completely apart from the competition – with them completely ignoring the technological arms race that companies such as Sony and Microsoft are constantly involved in, they’re free to push out into arguably far more exciting and unusual areas. This has led to […]

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Kickstarter Spotlight: RalphGame

Kickstarter Link here Currently seeking backers on Kickstarter, action RPG RalphGame is looking very promising indeed. Despite old school pixel art visuals, the gameplay is very modern in its design, with an open ended nature that allows you to play however you decide to. I found it very intriguing that no non-story based battles are obligatory, meaning that most battles […]