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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 ...

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 ...

Pixel Heroes: Byte & Magic review

Retro gaming on the modern console is coming back in a big way and more and more developers are turning their attention to creating fun and quirky games. Games that feature nostalgic 8 bit graphics that you would expect to see on a ZX spectrum, synth background music, that rival games like Jet Set Willy and Manic Miner and characters that have a certain charm to them even though they are in their ...

Dead Effect 2 Review

Waking up from cryostasis, you find yourself aboard the ESS Meridian. You are a soldier, a weapon, without fear or restraint. A virus has turned the crew into mindless Zombies, and a clean-up team has been sent to exterminate them, even you. You must uncover the secrets that lie within the ESS Meridian but most of all survive as you too have been infected. Developed by Badfly Interactive, Dead Eff...

Siegecraft Commander review

Siegecraft Commander is the latest instalment in the popular Siegecraft franchise to come out of Blowfish Studios. Offering the player a combination of twitch mechanics and positional tactics, the objective of the game is to expand from your keep by launching connecting towers and offensive and defensive weapons to attack and crush the enemy whilst at the same time trying to defend you own base fr...

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare review

The Call of Duty series has been going as long as I can remember and aims to bring a fast paced first person shooter to the masses along with a playable Campaign mode that drags you into the world of some special ops team. However, what we have seen in the past is sometimes the simple reskinning of what started out as a great series which can sometimes leave you feeling a bit flat and unfulfilled....

Mantis Burn Racing review

Top down arcade racing has never really got to grips on next gen consoles as developers moved focus to handheld and mobile devices. Gone was the era of greats like Championship Sprint, Micro Machines, Super Cars, Ignition, and Mashed. Where so many have recently tried, in the form of titles like Grand Prix Rock ‘N Racing, Obliteracers and Coffin Dodgers, only a few have come out unscathed. S...

LucidSound LS20 Headset review

As we all know gaming headsets are big business and can set you back hundreds of pounds, so I’m always on the lookout for something a bit more in my price range but offering the quality and versatility of a top end headset. So I was super excited to be allowed to try out the new LucidSound LS20 Amplified Universal Gaming Headset. Reading the literature enclosed with the headset I was amazed ...

Dear Esther: Landmark Edition review

I was having my haircut at the weekend, and the barber and I (seems very impersonal calling him, ‘the barber’) got to talking about superhero movies. He was a fan of them, I wasn’t (Guardians of the Galaxy aside), and he was surprised. I pointed out that it was simply due to the CG, and how it just totally takes me out of the moment. I recounted years earlier watching Dan Poole’s Spiderman movie d...

Stories of Bethem: Full Moon review

As soon as I fired up Stories of Bethem: Full Moon it felt like I was instantly transported back to the golden age of 8 bit retro games, think Pokemon (the early years) or even the classic Legends of Zelda and add to this a young boy on a quest to save his father and you have the making of a feel good top down puzzler, or do you? Developed by GUGames Development Stories of Bethem: Full Moon puts y...

Pac-Man Championship Edition 2 review

In a time where so many gaming mascots are a distant memory, you have to give Namco some credit for keeping Pac-Man alive; whether it be through recent Nintendo appearances in Mario Kart and Smash Brothers, or through it’s Ghostly Adventures TV show and toy line. My fondest memories of Pac-Man take three forms; Pac-Land in the arcade, Pac-Mania on my Amiga, and the Pac-Man board game I got for Chr...

King Oddball review

Those of you unfortunate enough to be in a similar age bracket to myself may well remember a time when the internet wasn’t quite so speedy, and the best thing to do whilst awaiting someone to login to mIRC, ICQ etc. was to play a quick game of Minesweeper or Solitaire whilst browsing through your Winamp files. These days, that’s all been replaced by bigger and better things; what better way to was...