Review
Yomi 2 Early Access Impressions – Fighting game fundamentals meet card game strategyGare – Friday, June 7, 2024 4:49 PM

Yomi 2 Early Access Impressions – Fighting game fundamentals meet card game strategyInstead of making you memorize and practice combos like most fighting games, Yomi 2 focuses entirely on the mental aspects of the genre, choosing to instead represent its flashy brawls in the form of quick card matches where planning – and listening to your gut – is key.

INDIKA Review – A tragicomic journey that ends too soonGare – Wednesday, May 1, 2024 4:54 PM

INDIKA Review – A tragicomic journey that ends too soonIf you’ve played the demo of INDIKA, you probably understand why it was one of my most anticipated releases of the year – a strange, historical narrative game taking place in a bizarre, alternate version of 19th century Russia that presents its dramatic story with a healthy dose of absurd comedy, developer Odd Meter’s odd little project is something that I can only describe as... a genuine breath of fresh air.

Jim's Nightmare: Chapter 1 Review – Has potential, but is still rough around the edgesGare – Wednesday, April 17, 2024 6:13 PM

Jim's Nightmare: Chapter 1 Review – Has potential, but is still rough around the edgesThis time I went into Jim’s Nightmare, a point & click psychological thriller from developer Pumpkiny Games, with cautious optimism – it’s a story about mental illness, crime and inner demons, following the daily routine of Jim, a former criminal who’s trying to start his life anew with a clean slate.

The Thaumaturge Review – An intriguing narrative RPG that blends early 20th century European history with supernatural fictionGare – Monday, March 4, 2024 7:00 PM

The Thaumaturge Review – An intriguing narrative RPG that blends early 20th century European history with supernatural fictionThe Thaumaturge is a game I’ve had my eye on for a while – created by developer Fool’s Theory, it transports players into a world of turmoil, uncertainty and conflict, mixing a very specific historical period with its own rich lore and fascinating supernatural elements, even reminding me of the illustrious Shadow Hearts series to a certain extent.

Blood West Review – A satisfyingly challenging stealth FPS dripping in style and atmosphereGare – Sunday, December 10, 2023 11:18 PM

Blood West Review – A satisfyingly challenging stealth FPS dripping in style and atmosphereWhen I first laid eyes upon developer Hyperstrange’s retro-style FPS Blood West, I thought it’d be another “boomer shooter” type of game, with endless waves of enemies, non-stop action and gameplay reminiscent of old classics like Duke Nukem 3D and Shadow Warrior.

DreadHaunt – Early Access Impressions – A promising idea that could still use some workGare – Monday, November 13, 2023 10:17 AM

DreadHaunt – Early Access Impressions – A promising idea that could still use some workDigital Happiness is an indie developer that fans of Indonesian horror will no doubt be familiar with as the team behind the Fatal Frame-inspired DreadOut series.

Vengeance of Mr. Peppermint Review – Revenge is a dish best served... with repetition?Gare – Tuesday, November 7, 2023 5:28 PM

Vengeance of Mr. Peppermint Review – Revenge is a dish best served... with repetition?If you’re into Korean cinema, chances are you’ve seen some of the classics, especially if they’re crime dramas centered around revenge and moral dilemmas – although there are multiple titles one could bring up, 2003’s Oldboy is probably one of the most well-known of the bunch.

Scene Investigators Review – I love being a detective even if I’m terrible at itGare – Tuesday, October 24, 2023 5:29 PM

Scene Investigators Review – I love being a detective even if I’m terrible at itHello, I’m the guy who loves looking at every last bookshelf and every little piece of paper in video games, and today, we’re talking about a game that specifically expects – even demands – that you inspect every last bookshelf and every little piece of paper in it so you can collect information to solve each case.

Fort Solis Review – Beautiful yet forgettableGare – Tuesday, August 22, 2023 8:00 PM

Fort Solis Review – Beautiful yet forgettableEveryone likes a good mystery. Especially when it takes place in a setting as fascinating as Mars, which is pretty much how Fort Solis sets its story up – you’re an engineer called Jack Leary, tasked with investigating the titular research facility of Fort Solis after receiving a mysterious distress signal, and getting no response from any of the crew members supposedly stationed at the base.

The Bookwalker: Thief of Tales Review – A real page-turner of a gameGare – Wednesday, July 12, 2023 7:38 PM

The Bookwalker: Thief of Tales Review – A real page-turner of a gameThe Bookwalker: Thief of Tales was a game I immediately took interest in due to its intriguing premise – you’re the titular “bookwalker”, a man capable of literally diving into various novels in order to interact and interfere with their stories and characters, almost like he was a literary version of the protagonist from Inception.