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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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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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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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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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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 […]

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Review: Pinball FX 3 – Universal Monsters Pack DLC

I’ve been a massive fan of Zen Studios’ Pinball FX series ever since it debuted in 2007 on the Xbox 360. Since then, the sequels – Pinball FX 2 and 3 – have had the feel of true pinball platforms, rather than just a small collection of individual, digital tables. Zen have been able to secure some absolutely phenomenal licences, […]

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Review Roundup – Gears of War

I’ve threatened/promised to cover a series of films or games from beginning to end on a number of occasions, but as of now the only complete (so far at least) film series I’ve managed to complete is Jurassic Park/World – but I’ve also recently completed my series of Gears of War game reviews too (aside from Judgment, which isn’t a […]

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Review: Creature Street

Available now on PC (itch.io – pay what you want) It seems like everyone and their anthropomorphic dog is playing Animal Crossing right now, which is great. Though Animal Crossing has always been popular – I’ve been a huge fan since 2004 – with the arrival of Animal Crossing: New Horizons at a time when many people have an unusually […]

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Review: Gears 5

Though Gears of War 4 wasn’t without issues – as I noted in my review – it was an extremely satisfying game with a story that finally hit the right tone and shook off the Michael Bay-isms that had plagued the series from the beginning. Though the story felt like it ended abruptly, the final scene was a masterclass in […]