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Game Review: Battleblock Theater

Game Review: Battleblock Theater

I’ve come to love The Behemoth as a developer- their games typically play well and feature a wild, crazy sense of humor rather along the lines of Earthworm Jim. Sometimes I can’t help but wonder if the developers are twelve with all the odd gross-out humor in games like Castle Crashers, along with just about everything else The Behemoth has made. It’s not by any stretch of the imagination a bad thing (unless you have a dry, shriveled-up sense of humor), and it’s nice to see it alongside engaging gameplay. The Behemoth has maintained the tradition in their latest game, Battleblock Theater.... Read On

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Game Review: Tomb Raider

Game Review: Tomb Raider

Tomb Raider is a very iconic franchise and it’s been quite some time since Lara Croft had a great game. Crystal Dynamics tackled the challenge of brining Lady Croft to both new and old fans in this refreshing reboot with great gameplay that helps tell a great story, showing that there is still plenty of life left in Lara Croft. Lara Croft is already a well established character. But rather than just churn out another Tomb Raider that has any ties to the previous games, they chose to start fresh and reboot the franchise starting with a retelling of... Read On

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Game Review: Awesomenauts

Game Review: Awesomenauts

Tower defense is a funny thing- it becomes a lot more fun when it goes back to its multiplayer roots as the 2D MOBA, Awesomenauts, proves with style and humour. The game’s intro is excellent and sums up, in cheesy, glorious Saturday-morning-cartoon style the origin of the Awesomenauts, which then segues into the game’s tutorial. To be honest, I felt a bit disappointed that the game didn’t feature any actual campaign besides the neat bit of story in the intro and tutorial- not that most MOBAs feature any sort of campaign to begin with, but it feels like there was a missed... Read On

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Game Review: Skylanders Giants

Game Review: Skylanders Giants

When I first heard about Skylanders, I honestly didn’t have very high expectations- a game centered around physical toys sounded a bit gimmicky- sure, having physical toys that actually incorporate themselves into the game sounds cool, but honestly, how good can the game be? When I played Skylanders: Spyo’s Adventure last year, I was pleasantly surprised- the addition of toys didn’t feel tacked on, but was really a well-integrated part of the game. Walking into the game’s sequel, Skylanders Giants, I was once again impressed, for this game had managed to improve upon its predecessor. First, a bit of... Read On

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Game Review: Cave Story (eShop)

Game Review: Cave Story (eShop)

I feel slightly guilty having taken so long to play Cave Story. I downloaded its original freeware PC port a long time ago, but I never quite got around to paying much attention to it. The game was created by Daisuke “Pixel” Amaya, a lone Japanese developer who put together the game’s music, story and of course gameplay all by himself. Recently, I got my hands on the 3DS eShop version- I’m amazed. This is a platformer that belongs in everybody’s library for having top-notch gameplay, an interesting world with nicely fleshed-out characters and a zany, engaging story. It’s... Read On

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Game Review: The Adventures of Shuggy

Game Review: The Adventures of Shuggy

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, simple gameplay is often times the most fun. Keeping a game simple can go a long way. First of all, you don’t have to remember a ton of buttons. Now don’t get me wrong I love current gen games, but sometimes I can feel a bit overwhelmed, especially during  times like this when multiple games are released in such a short window. So it’s refreshing to play a game that is simple to play and a lot of fun. But make no mistake, Adventures of Shuggy make look like a... Read On

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Game Review: Snapshot

Game Review: Snapshot

In today’s world, platforming titles come out nearly each month, and add a bare minimum of one or two interesting features into the mix to captivate players long enough to purchase the title.  Snapshot is the primary example of this type of title. With the ability to utilize a magical camera, and the ability to jump from one platform to the next, what could go wrong? Sadly, too many things. You play as a robot who seems to be lost in a forest, and must utilize his magical camera and his ability to jump to get through the forest.... Read On

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Game Review: Double Dragon Neon

Game Review: Double Dragon Neon

In the following review I will discuss the game, Double Dragon Neon, I will focus mainly on the gameplay aspects in general rather than comparing the title to its predecessor which was released in the beat ’em up heyday. Video games have come along way in the past few decades and it is important to remember its historic roots as it is with many other notable form of media or entertainment such as comics and films. The task seems to be a difficult one in terms of bringing a game that was a hot seller in 1987 and presenting... Read On

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Game Review: Cortex Command

Game Review: Cortex Command

I’ve always had a thing for strategy games, and I’ve always had a thing for platformers, but never did I imagine that they could collide- and never quite so beautifully as in Cortex Command. As you may have surmised, the game centers around brains in jars… Alright, you might not have guessed that one (Cortex didn’t tip you off?), but getting back on track, these brains colonize worlds, controlling robots that mine for gold and defend them from other invading robots. Gold that is mined can be used to purchase more robots, weapons, and other handy things. Gameplay takes place... Read On

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Game Review: Chester

Game Review: Chester

    Indie games are normally known and seen as games that raise the bar in video game creativity. Brilliant Blue-G’s latest title, Chester, a game that could have been downloaded on Indie Game Stand for free is the title that most if not all indie developers should look to as a role model in terms of creativity. The title is a platformer that mixes not only strategy, but also RPG elements and cartoonish art design.     You play as Chester, a sort of monster-looking fellow who is adventuring through levels without any reason as to why. There is no sort... Read On

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Game Review : Gateways

Game Review : Gateways

What do you get when you combine the complex level design of Metroid with Portal’s critical thinking? Simply enough, a decent indie game.Gateways is, in spirit and gameplay, the child of these two stupendous titles, and without a doubt, Smudged Cat Games have taken a fair amount of creativity from both titles to create this one. You play as Ed, a brilliant scientist who happens to be locked in his own lab by a mysterious individual.  As you explore the lab, Ed realizes that the gateway guns (of his own invention) are scattered throughout the laboratory, and must find them to escape. Sadly,... Read On

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Game Review: Fractured Soul

Game Review: Fractured Soul

What the best way to describe Fractured Soul, a freshly released 3DS platformer? I think “frustrating” might be a good word, but at the same time “keeps dragging you back for more” also seems fitting. Then, too, “challenging, imperfect, but fun” seems to about fit, so I’ll stick with that. Fractured Soul is a pretty interesting little platformer that uses both screens of your 3DS to mess with your head in ways you never imagined were possible. You play on an amnesiac on an abandoned outpost somewhere in outer space. You have a special ability- you can shift between... Read On

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Game Review: Junk Jack

Game Review: Junk Jack

In this review I will be discussing Junk Jack, I will tell you how the game looks and feels in the palm of your hand, I will also try my hardest to differentiate the game from the endless sea of Minecraft-esque titles. Everything Junk Jack has to offer will be laid bare in this review and will hopefully make up your mind on whether to purchase this little slice of the highly sought after mining niche. Junk Jack looks to be set as a fairly ambitious title, the game offers a beautiful 2D side-scrolling atmosphere, The music is extremely well incorporated and with the visuals... Read On

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Game Review: Manic Miner

Game Review: Manic Miner

A long, long time ago, music and video games didn’t really get along. This was especially true for the ZX Spectrum- until the likes of Manic Miner came to town. If you’re familiar with the song In the Hall of the Mountain King, then you’ll probably recognize it in Manic Miner, albeit a more broken sounding version… The reason for that is because the song in Manic Miner is alternating the CPU between the music and the game itself. So what does this have to do with my review? Well recently, Manic Miner was re-released on the XBLIG for cheap-... Read On

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Game Review: LIMBO

Game Review: LIMBO

Have you ever felt lost? Alone? Sort of like you had the world fighting against you- at least, just enough for you to notice? LIMBO is an experience like that. LIMBO is a basic puzzle platformer with dark, brooding visuals and a dark atmosphere that’s tinged with menace- you could die at any moment- you could die horribly at any moment. For example, a spider hiding in the shadows could impale you, tossing away your lifeless corpse to rot forever in the dead, quiet woods. Aesthetically, this game doesn’t disappoint. While it bears rather basic graphics (they’re in black and... Read On

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Game Review: Run

Game Review: Run

I have a soft spot in my heart for odd, mashed-up art. Why am I drawn to it? I can’t say why. What I can say, however, is that Run is a simple, addictive game that will blow your mind and tug at your heartstrings for your nostalgia. How? Read on. Run, by Christopher Whitman, isn’t your average game. In fact, I’m having trouble classing it as an RTS, platformer, or something else entirely. The game combines elements of different genres with a few different minigames that manage to successfully tell a beautiful, thought-provoking story through gameplay and poetry.... Read On

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Game Review: Jumping Electron

Game Review: Jumping Electron

Do you enjoy simple games with occasionally cruel difficulty? If so, you’re going to want to check out this Android game- Jumping Electron. How does it play? Quite simply, you’re an electron, and your goal is a lightbulb. Stretched out before you is a long wooden plane covered in pitfalls, obstacles, and the occasional power-up. Navigation is as simple as tilting your device and tapping your screen to jump. Here’s a quick description ripped from the game’s press release: Aesthetically, I’m reminded of The Incredible Machine for some reason, although the game really looks quite different. Maybe the lightbulb at... Read On

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Game Review: Gunman Clive

Game Review: Gunman Clive

I miss old school platformers. Not because I grew up with them though I’d be lying if nostalgia didn’t play a factor, but I love old school platformers because they were simple, fun and of course challenging as hell. Back in the day you really had to hone your gaming skills to damn near perfection to make it through quite a few games back in the day. And when that moment finally came, when you beat the last and final level, you felt like a champion. It’s the closest we gamers come to feeling like we just won a... Read On

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Game Review: FEZ

Game Review: FEZ

After 5 years of development FEZ is finally upon us. So was this indie game worth the wait? Read On

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Game Review: World Gone Sour

Game Review: World Gone Sour

I suppose that it goes without saying that advergames don’t exactly have the greatest reputation. Quite often, they’re dull, derivative, and of astoundingly low quality. While World Gone Sour isn’t exactly extraordinary, it’s an advergame that’s full of personality, has decent gameplay and boasts rather good graphics. As you may have guessed, World Gone Sour is, essentially, a fun advertisement for a brand of candy (Sour Patch Kids), a platformer featuring gameplay that, well designed, has been done elsewhere. In an interesting twist, gameplay is a bit like a cross between Earthworm Jim and Pikmin. Your, erm, sentient candy?... Read On

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Game Review: Sonic the Hedgehog: Triple Trouble

Game Review: Sonic the Hedgehog: Triple Trouble

Nintendo’s Virtual Console is really quite a wonderful thing. For one, fans have been begging for Nintendo to legitimize emulation for some years now- they were perfectly willing to buy old games on new systems. As fate would have it, somebody at Nintendo realized that they weren’t joking and managed to get the whole thing running. Thus, I just spent the last couple hours enjoying a seventeen year old Game Gear title, Sonic the Hedgehog: Triple Trouble. This isn’t a remake, but rather the original gaming running through Virtual Console on my Nintendo 3DS. While there haven’t been any... Read On

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Game Review: Canabalt HD

Game Review: Canabalt HD

Have you ever had a dream in which you were running and hadn’t a clue as to why? I’m pretty sure I haven’t. Still, I believe that’s a great way to sum up the Canabalt HD experience: dreamy. The game isn’t exactly your everyday platformer- you only need one finger and quick reflexes to play, since the nameless protagonist will run on his own. All you need to do is jump. This game is extremely simple, thus this review shouldn’t take long. You’re running across rooftops, and… What’s going on? Is there some sort of war going on behind... Read On

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Game Review: Volchaos

Game Review: Volchaos

For a long time, I’ve had a premonition: indie developers have the best sense of humour. Uninhibited by fears of being ridiculed for not being serious, not sticking to a lame, forumlaic storyline, they dare go places where big, boring studios won’t. “My wife left me for a walrus.” You heard me. Volchaos has taken my premonition, this inkling, and pretty much reinforced it as fact. That’s not to say indie devs can’t make serious games and that big studios can’t be funny- I’m just saying I see so much more funny from the indies. Volchaos is a simple... Read On

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Game Review: DLC Quest

Game Review: DLC Quest

Well, this is probably the shortest game I’ve ever played (shorter, even, than The Mirror Lied by Freebird Games). It’s also one of the most amusing, interesting, and unique games I’ve run across in a very long time. DLC Quest, by Going Loud Studios, is a game that parodies modern games- primarily poking fun at the way they’re sold. It’s a simple, 2D platformer, and at the start of the game you’re only able to move to the right- you can’t go left or jump. That must be purchased as DLC (downloadable content).  Want music or animation? That’ll cost you,... Read On

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