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Review: Shutter Stroll

Available now on itch.io – Price: $5 – By: Jannik Boysen The term ‘walking simulator’ is often used disparagingly; intended to mock experiences which aren’t combat or heavily dramatic in terms of their gameplay or story. Yet some of the most wonderful, affecting and even relaxing experiences I’ve had with games in recent years are from titles that could be […]

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Review: Flufftopia

Available for PC via itch.io – Price: $1.50 – By: SmokeSomeFrogs I hate gatekeeping. People telling others that what they’re doing isn’t right based on some imaginary, arbitrary rules that […]

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Review: Sewer Rave

Available on itch.io Is it ok to post a review if you’ve played a game for ages and still don’t know what you’re doing? Is it ok to write a review if you’ve spent a decent amount of time on a game and you don’t even know what’s going on? I pondered these questions – and others – after sinking […]

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Review: Doodle Date

Available for: Windows – Buy: Steam or itch.io – By: Nick Lives (Steam & itch.io) When I first checked out Doodle Date, I thought it looked like a light-hearted, creative little spin on the dating sims that seem so prevalent these days. Whimsical illustrations accompany the screenshots and trailer – and even though my artwork is nowhere up to the […]

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Board Game Review: Judge Dredd: The Cursed Earth

British comic book character Judge Dredd has been perenially popular since his introduction in the second issue of 2000AD in 1977 (which was, coincidentally, the year I was born). The no-nonsense, somewhat fascistic Dredd is a darkly humourous anti-hero who patrols the mean streets of Mega-City One in a post-apocalyptic future. Outside the walls of the city are the mutant-infested, […]

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Review: Maneater

I was far too young for Jaws when I first watched it in the early 80s, but I became obsessed with it – and sharks in general. The fearsome, toothy killers of the deep are a perennially popular oceanic villain too; Shark Week is a thing, of course – and shark horror is essentially its own genre now, even if […]

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Black Lives Matter: TTRPG Charity Bundles

Those of you who know me either personally or through the blog know that I’m a big fan of TTRPGs. Though not historically well known for being a progressive or particularly socially aware space in the gaming universe, I’ve seen some great initiatives being undertaken in the community to raise money for worthy causes in recent days. The first one […]

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Kickstarter: Pixel Bison

Hot on the heels of the well received issue 1 (reviewed by yours truly here), as well as pre-orders now being live for the second issue (here!), creator and editor Andrew McMaster has now launched a Kickstarter campaign in order to fund the third issue. Though the first and second issues have been self-funded – partly as a proof-of-concept to […]

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Review: Masky

Available Now on: Android, iOS, Linux, Mac, Switch, Windows – Version Played: Switch – Price: $4.99/£4.49 – Published by: Forever Entertainment There’s an incredible variety of indie games available on the Switch – and the fact that they can be played either on the TV or in portable mode means that there’s room for all kinds of titles, big or […]

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Review: Windosill

Another title that’s part of the itch.io Bundle for Racial Justice and Equality (which now contains over 1700 items for a $5 minimum – and ends tomorrow), Windosill is a gentle puzzle game that sees you poking, pulling, pushing, twisting and prodding different objects in order to open the way for a car to move to the next of the […]

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Board Game Review: 8-Bit Box: Double Rumble

Iello’s 8-Bit Box is an absolutely fantastic concept. Styled as a classic console, it comes bundled with three games that each use their own custom components as well as shared bits and pieces from the core box, such as player controllers, dice and cubes. Each of the separate titles is packaged like a SNES game, with many video game-esque design […]

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Review: Art Sqool

Available as part of the itch.io Bundle for Racial Justice & Equality (which now features an incredible 1658 games and has raised more than $6m for a very worthy cause), Art Sqool is an odd, but charming and very absorbing game in which you’ll create art based on prompts given to you by an AI tutor, with the ultimate aim […]

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Board Game Review: Shadowrun: Zero Day

Though I’ve just covered another Shadowrun board game this week (the Lords of Waterdeep-esque Shadowrun: Sprawl Ops), I’ve also recently acquired two player card game Shadowrun: Zero Day. For once in a Shadowrun game, the complexity and buckets-of-dice elements are dialled down or tossed out entirely, leaving a more focused, fast-paced experience that goes all in on presenting just one […]

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TV Review: Vic & Bob’s Big Night Out

Though I didn’t quite get the scattershot, mile-a-minute surrealism of Vic Reeves Big Night Out immediately – in my defence, I was a young lad, aged about 12 – by the time that Vic and Bob switched from late night Channel 4 to the BBC with their second series, The Smell of Reeves and Mortimer, I was completely converted. A […]