Reviews

Kitty Powers Matchmaker review

I was slightly frightened when the Editor-In-Chief first allocated Kitty Powers Matchmaker to myself for review. However, as the phrase says: “Never judge a book by its cover” as upon investigation I found a funny, enjoyable and charming game. Kitty Powers Matchmaker is a dating sim game from developer MagicNotion, originally released on mobile in 2014, and has since seen ports to the ...

Styx: Shards of Darkness review

It’s not often that I’ll out-and-out go for a stealth game. Firstly, and probably most unbelievably for those that know me, I don’t seem to have the patience. Secondly, I love a good digital punch-up. It’s a surprising thing to learn then, that I really enjoyed the first iteration of the Styx series, Master of Shadows. There was a good combination of stealth and action, with some humour and a litt...

Table Top Racing World Tour review

The idea of tiny cars racing around a real world environment isn’t a new one. Micro Machines was probably one of the first way back in 1991.  Table Top Racing World Tour puts us right back into the action with an added sense of nostalgia, after all, it doesn’t seem that long ago since I was racing toy cars around the ketchup at the dinner table. Table Top Racing World Tour has been aro...

Ghost Recon Wildlands review

Ghost Recon Wildlands made some bold claims when it debuted with an exciting trailer promising lots of action and adventure. Can Ubisoft deliver on these promises? Read on to see how team Blue on Blue got on with the wilds of Bolivia. I’ve fond memories of playing the original Ghost Recon games. That same excitement was captured in last year’s E3 trailer – the team all brimming with collecti...

Verdun review

Here I sit, ready to write my first ever “proper” game review and I face a bit of personal dilemma. You see, Verdun is not great. It’s not rubbish either. To be honest, the word “meh” springs to mind. I’d envisaged ways to describe how wonderful, amazing, beautiful and entertaining a game is, and also how I could have one of my famous rants about how god damn awful a game is, but somewhere in the ...

Torment: Tides of Numenera review

In 1999 Planescape Torment took critics by storms, with its story focused roleplaying creating an experience that was more about lore and dialogue than combat and action. This critical success didn’t translate to a commercial one, but the multiverse shenanigans of this Dungeon & Dragons based campaign still won over enough to become a cult classic. Torment: Tides of Numenera is a spiritual suc...

Vertical Drop Heroes HD review

It’s been a long time since I sat in front of a PC, loaded up a web browser and played a Flash game. Things have moved on a lot since those days and unfortunately some of these gems aren’t getting the traffic they used to. Vertical Drop Heroes HD, however, has ascended from Flash game to console game, and is impressively the brain child of just one man. Like most games of this type, re...

Astro A50 wireless headset review

Over the years that I’ve been lucky enough to write reviews on all sorts of software and hardware. I have more headsets at home than any one person could need, but I was happier than ever when I took receipt of the fantastic Astro A50 Wireless (Gen 3) headset. Quite simply, this is my favourite headset. Of course, there are things I would like to see improved, there is no such thing as the perfect...

Chime Sharp review

The original Chime made the art of creation a simple and serene matter. The music puzzle game was a wonderful source of distraction and ultimately proved to be a lot of fun despite limited content. Chime Sharp maintains what made the original great and ups the content significantly, becoming a marvelously compelling puzzler. Chime Sharp has a slightly different take on the block placing puzzle gam...

A Pixel Story review

I know I bang on about how good the games of yesteryear were. How they concentrated on gameplay puzzle mechanics more than just fancy graphics. I get that it could become repetitive and that you might be sick of hearing me compare every title I see to something that I may have played umpteen years ago on some long shelved platform. I get that, I do, but… A Pixel Story. It’s almost written in the s...

Riptide GP: Renegade review

High powered water sports aren’t the most covered topic when it comes to the gaming market. That being said though when the subject is addressed, it is done extremely well. I give you Riptide GP: Renegade. Vector Unit (which is an awesome name by itself) have polished up what was in my opinion already a success. Back in January 2015 our very own Phil Kowalski reviewed Riptide GP2 and gave it...

Typoman revised review

Mastering the English language can be tough, trying to convince my youngest that there are hidden letters in words and trying to understand the difference between digraphs and trigraphs causes all sort of confusion. But how will using combinations of words to help you navigate a perilous world work within a game? Thanks to Brainseed Factory and Typoman Revised it’s beautifully executed. You play a...