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Gabbuchi – Switch

I’ve only just been making my way through one puzzle platformer – the rather lovely, Tetris-themed Tetra’s Escape – and another has come along for me to take a look at. Gabbuchi is a different beast altogether, however. With a very stylised, angular – yet almost hand-drawn – aesthetic, which also has a deliberately limited colour palette, Gabbuchi would have […]

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Day 50 – Am I A Blogger Now?

As you can probably guess from the title of this post, I’ve now reached fifty consecutive days of posting on the blog. Which, I think you’ll agree, is quite a milestone! Without counting today’s post, I’ve only once resorted to what I’d consider ‘filler’ – even then, it was a similar piece to this one in that I was reflecting […]

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Goblin Quest – TTRPG

I’ve been fascinated with tabletop RPGs since the early 80s, as I’ve previously mentioned elsewhere on the blog. Dungeons & Dragons was one of my earliest, post-Star Wars obsessions; the […]

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A Birthday Story

So another birthday is drawing to a close. This one was my 42nd. It doesn’t even seem possible. When you’re a kid – even when you’re a teenager – being […]

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Robot Squad Simulator – Switch

It’s only been a few days since I took a look at a Simulator game – and here we are with another. With this one, however, I wasn’t sure what to expect at all. I hadn’t seen any prior coverage of it; no screenshots or videos at all, so I was going in to Robot Squad Simulator completely blind. From […]

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Claybook – Switch

There’s something incredibly pleasing about playing with clay. The feel, the smell, the endless possibilities that come with just a few different coloured lumps of squishy goodness. There’s a magic that’s hard to capture in games, mostly because the majority of the joy inherent in playing with clay comes from the tactile nature of it – it’s difficult to translate […]

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Alien Syndrome – Wii

I’ve discovered a new pastime: combing through the Wii section of second hand game shops for the cheapest titles I can find – in the hope that I can find hidden gems among the shovelware. I’ve found some games for £1-£2 that have been surprisingly good; excellent, even. Even when they aren’t, there’s usually enough of interest to justify playing […]

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Review: Selma and the Wisp – Switch

Despite being available as far back as 2016 on Steam, Selma and the Wisp completely passed me by. The issue of discoverability on digital storefronts is a huge problem – and is one I’ve discussed before. Steam, with a seemingly eternal flood of games, is the storefront that perhaps has the biggest problem with keeping titles visible, especially smaller, independent […]

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Spellkeeper – Switch

It’s not difficult to find puzzle games with unique premises on Switch, and here’s another – in Spellkeeper, players are tasked with freeing butterflies from magic cocoons; to accomplish this, tiles must be laid to direct light around the levels – chain together the light in the correct pattern and all butterflies are freed. There’s a limited selection of tiles […]

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RICO – Switch

First person shooters are somewhat under-represented on Switch. I imagine that’s something to do with the relative lack of horsepower compared to other current gen consoles – but also, I […]

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Games of My Life: Creature from the Black Lagoon (Pinball)

I spent endless hot, summer days in darkness in the early 90s. Darkness lit with colourful neon and ultraviolet light. The soundtrack: worlds being defended, the roars of dinosaurs once more roaming the earth, feuds being settled or contests being won with kicks and punches. The smell of dry ice; the smog-like substance hanging thick in the air, lending everything […]