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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 […]

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Detective Pikachu – Spoiler Free Movie Review

Adapting books to film is a delicate balancing act that, even when successful, will often yield grumbly clichés from viewers who proclaim that the book was better – all the while ignoring the fact that a 500 page novel is a very different beast to a two hour film. Imagine, then, the difficulty inherent in translating a video game to […]

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Games You May Have Missed: Freedom Planet

They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery; if that’s the case, then Sonic the Hedgehog must be feeling incredibly flattered by Freedom Planet. Though initial impressions – from the lengthy, fully voice-acted intro sequence, which is presented in the same pixel art style as the full game – don’t seem to suggest that Freedom Planet is such […]

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Indie Game Developers and Publishers: Can I help?

There’s a deluge of games released every single day on a huge variety of formats and digital storefronts. Though it’s great to have so much content to choose from, it presents an unfortunate problem – discoverability on digital storefronts is a major issue. Most gaming websites seem to concern themselves with only AAA games or relatively big budget indies; where […]

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Peanut – PC – First Look

Peanut is a cutesy platformer for Steam, which released this week. Though I’d tried an earlier version, I’ve only just managed to give the release build a go. Peanut is the story of the eponymous corgi, whose BAE (yes, repeatedly referred to as Peanut’s BAE in game!) needs rescuing from the villain of the piece, Veronica Vet. There’s a short […]