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Game Review: LUFTRAUSERS

Game Review: LUFTRAUSERS

I find it hard to believe, but it’s been nearly a year since I got to chat with Rami Ismail about his new game, LUFTRAUSERS. It was a real pleasure talking with him at PAX East 2013- since then, he has made some fantastic progress on his game. I’m honestly not a big fan of shmups- they generally don’t excite me. LUFTRAUSERS, however, is the exception to the rule, and with good reason. In LUFTRAUSERS, you dogfight in a little airplane over a WWI/WWII styled theater of war above water. You launch from a submarine into a hostile sky... Read On

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Game Review: Ring Runner

Game Review: Ring Runner

Talking about space-shooters is difficult for me, since I am not a big fan of them. I’ve had my share of these kinds of games, yet they didn’t grab my attention. Don’t misunderstand me, I don’t hate these games, I am simply uninterested in the genre. But as every genre, this one also has its own gems. Ring Runner is something like that. But let’s start at the beginning. Since I don’t like to spend too much time writing about the story, I’ll try to keep it short. You wake up on a ship with a strong headache, you... Read On

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Movie Review: The Wind Rises

Movie Review: The Wind Rises

“The wind is rising! We must try to live!” So said the French poet Valéry; his words open Studio Ghibli’s latest Oscar-nominated achievement, The Wind Rises. The Wind Rises is based on the life of Jiro Horikoshi, a Japanese engineer who simply wanted to create airplanes. The film begins during Jiro’s childhood; he dreams of sailing the skies, but his nearsightedness prevents his dream from ever becoming a reality. Still, Jiro longs to touch the sky in some way or another. One of his teachers nourishes his interest in aviation by supplying him with English-language aeronautical magazines- though he’s... Read On

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Game Preview: Ten Second Ninja

Game Preview: Ten Second Ninja

I’ve honestly never been a big fan of time-trial styled games. Running against oneself never struck me as particularly exciting. My excitement over Ten Second Ninja came as a surprise to myself- something about the game appealed to me, and I couldn’t quite put a finger on what it was. Having played a preview build of the game, I can now say what it was that initially drew me to Ten Second Ninja: the game is as fun as it looks. The goal of Ten Second Ninja, as the name suggests, is to clear each level in ten seconds... Read On

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Game Review: Bionic Dues

Game Review: Bionic Dues

Walking into Bionic Dues, I couldn’t help but feel slightly overwhelmed. For once, staring at my gigantic monitor felt like staring at areal control panel. For a game like Bionic Dues, this is tremendously deceptive, given how simple gameplay actually is. Bionic Dues is a roguelike rather like Lufia or Dungeons of Dredmor; gameplay consists of moving through grids. Each time you move from one tile to another, that’s counted as a move. There are other units on the grid- your enemies. Whenever you take a turn, they take a turn. Typically, they’ll move towards you in an attempt to destroy your robot-... Read On

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Game Review: Dark Matter

Game Review: Dark Matter

Dark Matter is a metroidvania platformer that, for the most part, flew under the radar- it wasn’t until there was a controversy over the game’s ending that people took notice of it. I’m not going to go into detail on that issue- I’d much rather talk about the game and how I felt about it. The game’s a sci-fi platformer that puts you on a spaceship nearly devoid of life; your only companion is a freakishly intelligent AI who guides you through corridors and laboratories. The ship you’re on was, at some point, attacked by a mysterious race of... Read On

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Game Review: Guncraft

Game Review: Guncraft

       Ever since the initial release of Minecraft, and it’s increase in popularity throughout the years, many video game titles have tried to receive this popularity themselves, typically with very little success. Guncraft, in many ways, is the product of this scenario. The game from the outside looks as if it’s a rehash Minecraft, except with Guns, of course. However, looking deeper into it, there’s a glimmer of difference that really shows that Guncraft knows what it’s trying to accomplish and is more than a hollow mimicry, even though it does have several features that are indistinguishable... Read On

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Game Review: How to Survive

Game Review: How to Survive

Nowadays we can’t have a month without a new zombie-themed game, and it’s getting boring. I’m pretty sure that I’m not the only one who feels this way. Same stuff over and over again, with a few exceptions. I can’t say that every new zombie-themed game is boring, because that’s not true. There ARE really good and fresh games in this category. There are games that can still show something new. Games like How to Survive. To be honest, I wasn’t really enthusiastic when I heard about the game. The whole stuff sounded like a big cliché. I wake... Read On

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Game Review: Game Dev Tycoon

Game Review: Game Dev Tycoon

The first time I heard about Game Dev Tycoon, it was because of something hilarious that the developers did to people who pirated their game. When I saw their game, I thought it looked interesting but reminded me a little too much of Game Dev Story- having played it, I can say that while the gameplay is tremendously similar, it makes some big improvements on GDT, though there are some elements I thought could’ve been better handled. To begin with, Game Dev Tycoon is a gamer’s game- if you follow the industry, you’ll probably get a real kick out of the feuding... Read On

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Game Review: Final Exam

Game Review: Final Exam

While Final Exam may come off as a cheesy, horror beat'em up, it's simple gameplay and co-op mode make it a fun game. Read On

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Game Preview: Fish vs. Crabs

Game Preview: Fish vs. Crabs

I’m a big fan of aquatic life- I keep an aquarium, and when I was younger, I wanted to become a marine biologist. There’s something wonderful and surreal about creatures that live in the water- it’s comparable to outer space (in a few ways). It goes without saying that I was rather excited by Fish vs. Crabs- it’s a rather simple tower defense game in which fish and octopods defend a nest full of eggs from an invading army of crabs, shrimp, and unfriendly crustaceans. If you’re not familiar with tower defense gameplay, it goes a bit like this: enemies will... Read On

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Retrospective: Resident Evil 5 (XBOX 360)

Retrospective: Resident Evil 5 (XBOX 360)

Do you remember when survival horror games were just survival horror games? What I mean is; not action games with a dash of horror and a bucket load of gratuitous gore. I’ve written only about great games for a while and though it is in no way a retro title, I played this one a while back I thought it would be a nice chance to vent my dormant spleen before an overdose optimism inflates my head like a watermelon. Resident Evil 5 had everything going for it after its predecessor Resi 4 broke the mould by introducing a... Read On

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Game Review: The Raven – Legacy of a Master Thief – Chapter 1

Game Review: The Raven – Legacy of a Master Thief – Chapter 1

“The Raven.” In a certain fictional universe, that name conjures up fear, excitement- anticipation. It’s the moniker of a legendary jewel thief whom you pursue in The Raven – Legacy of a Master Thief. In Raven, the titular criminal had vanished for a number of years after having been shot- his body never recovered. In the game, you play a fat Swedish police officer, Constable Zellner, who unwittingly stumbles across the path of what may be The Raven who, after years of dormancy, has come back to steal again. Is it really The Raven of many years ago? There’s much speculation... Read On

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Game Review: Castles in the Sky

Game Review: Castles in the Sky

Castles in the Sky is tremendously simple; it’s best described as an interactive poem in the vein of such things as Dear Esther- or possibly Winter Walk, though CitS is much different from the former in tone and gameplay. Not to be confused with the Ghibli classic Castle in the Sky, Castles is a platformer in which you play as a young boy exploring the sky, leaping from the ground to the clouds to whatever lies above. With each jump comes a new line of poetry in the sky- the thing, on the whole, is an interesting piece about daily life and such- it’s... Read On

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Retrospective: Shadow Of The Colossus (PS2)

Retrospective: Shadow Of The Colossus (PS2)

I first played this game a few years ago when a friend lent it to and immediately loved it. Unfortunately he moved before I could finish it and I never found it again. That is until I was given a copy for my birthday this year! Right from the start I remembered exactly what made me love it the first time I played it. Shadow of the Colossus is an epic action adventure on the PS2, developed by Team Ico (the same team that made – you guessed it – The iconic Ico, a game I’ve yet to hunt... Read On

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Game Review – Knock Knock

Game Review – Knock Knock

In November of 2011, Russian developer Ice-Pick Lodge received an anonymous email suggesting they produce a game based on files attached to the message. Everyone gets these “I HAVE A GREAT IDEA FOR A GAME” emails, but this one was a little different. The attachment was an archive containing 19 files titled “lestplay” including snippets of text, scraps of an audio recording, and fragments of video footage, all with a very oddly-worded message written in a disturbing style. Ice-Pick Lodge was unsettled. Something sinister seemed to be lurking beneath the surface. The stranger begged them to complete the project... Read On

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Retrospective: Burnout 3 Takedown (PS2)

Retrospective: Burnout 3 Takedown (PS2)

Anyone who has had an occasional glance at my blog since its inception will know that it is fairly platformer-heavy. I do have a soft spot for good platformers and even the odd bad platformer, though they are not the only type of games that I enjoy. RPG, adventure and action are also some of the genres I can really sit down and sink my teeth into. It is very rare that a racing game comes along which really grabs me. Admittedly the ones that do are not often realistic racers; for example the Mario Kart series with all... Read On

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Game Review: Skyward Collapse: Nihon no Mura

Game Review: Skyward Collapse: Nihon no Mura

In case you’re not familiar with Skyward Collapse, you’ll want to take a look at our review- it’s a wonderful god game with neat mechanics. Arcen Games has released an expansion pack for it called Nihon no Mura that introduces a new faction- the Japanese- and with them new gods, features, and another gameplay mode. To start with, the visuals of NNM are uniquely Japanese, but still manage to fit the overall aesthetic and feel of Skyward Collapse- it’s clear that somebody put a lot of love into each and every sprite. Besides new units and gods, there are also new... Read On

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Game Review: KickBeat

Game Review: KickBeat

With a only a small amount of songs and crazy visuals, Zen Studios attempt at the rhythm genre is fun, but only for a short period of time. Read On

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Retrospective: Rayman 2 (PSX)

Retrospective: Rayman 2 (PSX)

Are you tired of the latest uninspired outings of the spiky blue blur? Are the admittedly enjoyable but predictable antics of the moustachioed Italian plumber just not doing it for you at the moment? Why not try a large nosed limbless French hero with a helicopter quiff and a can do attitude. Of course I am talking about Rayman! This series of games has had some twists and turns over the years, deviating from old school platforming in favour of party games and other novelty spin offs. I consider the real Rayman series to be the platforming titles. These... Read On

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Game Review: AiRace Speed

Game Review: AiRace Speed

I appreciate a simple game- not that I dislike complexity, depth, or a serious story, but it’s nice to jump into a game and just play. These sorts of games don’t need very long reviews. AiRace Speed is just that- a simple racing game in which a single ship zooms through twisting passages, over, under and around obstacles, and the goal of the player is to avoid crashing and to get through each course as quickly as possible. To start with, AiRace Speed has good, simple gameplay. Controlling the game is done via the 3DS circle pad (or d-pad)... Read On

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Game Review: Fallen World

Game Review: Fallen World

Fallen World is a Hack ‘N Slasher with some Tower Defence elements thrown in for good measure, it’s been heavily inspired by some of my favourite movies such as Appleseed, Terminator and The Matrix trilogy. Sounds Cool? Lets jack in and check it out! Read On

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Retrospective: The Secret Of Monkey Island (PC)

Retrospective: The Secret Of Monkey Island (PC)

Point and click adventure games seem to be getting a bit left behind in today’s gaming world, overshadowed by the endless waves of samey third/first person shooters, MMORPGs and generally uninspired ‘ooh look at my pretty graphics’ high budget titles. As games have evolved, so have our expectations of them and you may wonder why on earth you should take a break from the worldwide connectivity and jaw dropping graphics that today’s titles offer to sample the pixelated goodness of games like Monkey Island. I’m not saying that point and click adventures are everyone’s cup of tea however, far... Read On

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Game Review: Mount & Blade: Warband

Game Review: Mount & Blade: Warband

Mount & Blade is a hack and slash, RPG based game centered in the fictional world of Calradia. The map is divided into six distinct factions, each with their respective strongholds, cities and villages. Basically the same old story we’ve heard a hundred times in a hundred different games, I’m even boring myself writing this… So what makes this game different to every other game out there? Everything, and yes I know that’s a big statement. Warband does not depend on magic, creatures, monsters etc much as all other RPGs do (cough cough…. Skyrim). Instead, the game takes influence... Read On

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Game Review: Race the Sun

Game Review: Race the Sun

Race the Sun has been on my radar for a very long time: I found myself drawn to it, but not so much so that I’d care to pick it up. I found the art style off-putting- the lack of textures and color didn’t look very attractive in screenshots. As time went on, however, something drove me to give the game a shot- I’m happy that I did. What is Race the Sun? Put simply, it’s a racing game with a minimalistic art style that drops you into a world of speed and danger, a vast, seemingly endless plain... Read On

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