Review
INDUSTRIA Review – An all-too-brief tale of wasted potentialGare – Wednesday, October 6, 2021 2:13 PM

INDUSTRIA Review – An all-too-brief tale of wasted potentialI’m of the belief that a strong beginning is not necessarily a sure-fire recipe for success, and an idea that sounds great on paper doesn’t always translate into a fantastic interactive experience. I say this primarily because I’m here today to talk about a game called Industria...

Rogue Spirit Early Access Impressions – A lifeless, repetitive slogGare – Friday, September 24, 2021 4:59 PM

Rogue Spirit Early Access Impressions – A lifeless, repetitive slogAppearances can be deceiving, and I believe we have all been in a situation where a game looked amazing on screenshots and even the trailer seemed convincing enough… and then we actually played the thing. That’s when the mask falls off.

Black Geyser: Couriers of Darkness Early Access Review – A shallow imitationGare – Thursday, September 16, 2021 2:00 PM

Black Geyser: Couriers of Darkness Early Access Review – A shallow imitationNostalgia is a powerful thing, and games that evoke the spirit of much-revered classics are often met with unfettered optimism – and so it happened that I took one quick look at Black Geyser: Couriers of Darkness, a game heavily inspired by CRPG darling (and personal favorite) Baldur’s Gate, and decided I would have to try it.

Dreamscaper Review – A rose with thornsGare – Monday, September 6, 2021 4:26 PM

Dreamscaper Review – A rose with thornsI think it’s safe to say that even the best video games have things people don’t like about them. Dreamscaper is no exception: tackling the concept of (literally) fighting your inner demons, the game presents this wholly interesting setup in the framework of the classic roguelike dungeon crawler, which, I feel, ends up becoming more of a yoke than anything.

Almost My Floor Review – *cocks gun* Apartment’s hauntedGare – Wednesday, August 25, 2021 4:35 PM

Almost My Floor Review – *cocks gun* Apartment’s hauntedFrom time to time, I run into a game that makes me question if I’m getting too old for this. Have I become out of touch? Am I missing something crucial that others can most definitely see? Can I no longer appreciate the honest efforts of game developers? And so on – you get the idea...

Ender Lilies: Quietus of the Knights Review – The Souls of VaniaGare – Thursday, July 8, 2021 1:04 PM

Ender Lilies: Quietus of the Knights Review – The Souls of Vania“Soulslike” and “Metroidvania” are probably among some of the most commonly used terms in the game industry these days, and that’s no coincidence, as both the Dark Souls and Castlevania/Metroid franchises have established templates and patterns that numerous other titles have come to incorporate into their DNAs with varying levels of success.

Merlin and the parallel worlds – The Hand of Merlin – ReviewDracolich – Friday, June 25, 2021 10:45 PM

Merlin and the parallel worlds – The Hand of Merlin – ReviewThe Hand of Merlin’s narrative takes place in medieval times, in the corrupted lands of Albion, and your mission is to guide a party of three adventurers all the way to Jerusalem in order to prevent the coming apocalypse. Alas, I stubbornly insisted on sticking to the rather challenging Normal difficulty mode, which resulted in more deaths and failures than I care to admit.

The Magnificent Trufflepigs Review – Not as magnificent as you’d expectGare – Tuesday, June 15, 2021 5:28 PM

The Magnificent Trufflepigs Review – Not as magnificent as you’d expectThe Magnificent Trufflepigs, a narrative adventure game from developer Thunkd, starts off with an innocent enough premise – a friend asks you to help find a buried earring of great sentimental value, so you travel down to the English countryside with metal detector in hand, and get to… well, metal-detecting.

Of Bird and Cage Review – A comedy of errorsGare – Friday, June 11, 2021 5:51 PM

Of Bird and Cage Review – A comedy of errorsWhen the idea of a 2-hour-long metal album being presented as a semi-interactive video game was first brought up to me, I found it somewhat intriguing. I mean, on a conceptual level, it sounded great.

Strangeland Review – A lacking narrative wrapped in gorgeous visualsGare – Monday, June 7, 2021 5:01 PM

Strangeland Review – A lacking narrative wrapped in gorgeous visualsStrangeland is the latest point & click adventure game from Wormwood Studios, the creators of 2012’s Primordia – starring a disturbed man forced to perpetually witness the death of a woman she loves, the game sends players to the twisted, otherworldly carnival of the titular Strangeland, where they must find some much-needed answers to all the big WH questions you can imagine.