Reviews

Macbat 64: Journey of a Nice Chap Review: Nice Polygons

Reviewed on Switch There’s a massive charm to Macbat 64: Journey of a Nice Chap that makes the insanely short length forgivable. This is a game that you’ll likely finish in one sitting over the course of about an hour — or less. Even then, it hits all the perfect nostalgia notes, and it has a nice, affordable price tag […]

Alwa’s Legacy Review: Rad Retro-Styled Action-Adventuring

Reviewed on Switch It’s easy to see where the inspiration for Alwa’s Legacy comes from. Developer Elden Pixels’ followup to 2017’s Alwa’s Awakening is decidedly retro — from its look and sound to its gameplay. It seems inspired by Zelda 2: The Adventure of Link, but beyond that, there are hints of Metroidvania mechanics and even a little Shovel Knight. […]

Super Mario Bros. 35 Review: Taking a Classic to the Next Level

Well, folks, they did it. Somehow, Nintendo and developer Arika have managed to take the original Super Mario Bros., an all-time great game, and give it a modern spin. How do you take a 35-year-old game and modernize it properly? You turn it into a 35-player online battle royale game, apparently. Having previously worked on the well-received Tetris 99, Arika […]

Ys Origin Review: The Fun Little Action-RPG Gets Its Switch Moment

Reviewed on Switch Some games just feel tailor-made for the Nintendo Switch. That’s why it makes sense when games that might be a bit older ultimately land on the system. Ys Origin is one of those games. Sure, it first launched in Japan all the way back in 2006 — before getting a wider release six years later — but […]

Hades Review: A Hellacious Good Time

Reviewed on Switch There’s been no shortage of awesome roguelikes and roguelites the past few years. A lot of credit goes to Spelunky and Rogue Legacy, which helped bring this style of game to modern audiences. Since then, we’ve gotten so many great games, and this once-niche genre is now more massively accepted and adored than ever. Well, you can […]

Mortal Shell Review: A Haunting and Refreshingly Focused Souls-Like

Reviewed on PlayStation 4 There’s something really tasty about a fat, juicy burger topped with cheddar cheese, crispy bacon, and grilled onions. Maybe you even throw on some jalapeños. Oh, and did I mention this is an Angus burger? Yeah, it’s the epitome of a burger done right. Sometimes, though, I just want to go to the local mom-and-pop and […]

Tamarin Review: Jet Force Kazooie 64

Reviewed on PlayStation 4 It’s kind of a cool little moment whenever we see a new 3D action-platformer — a throwback to the glory days of the Nintendo 64 when mascot titles like Super Mario 64 and Donkey Kong 64 reigned supreme. Tamarin from Chameleon Games takes great pride in being a callback to Jet Force Gemini, Banjo-Kazooie, and Conker’s […]

A Short Hike Review: A Wonderful, Meditative Little Game

Reviewed on Nintendo Switch There’s a beauty to the simplicity of A Short Hike from developer adamgryu. The game doesn’t waste time — neither its time nor the player’s time — with extravagant controls and mechanics. It doesn’t task you with endless objectives or a massive open world to get lost in. The game encourages exploration, yes, but more than […]

Ary and the Secret of Seasons Review: A Fun Zelda-Like with Rough Edges

Reviewed on PlayStation 4 It’s been a busy few weeks for fans of Zelda-like titles. Near the end of August, Phoenotopia: Awakening brought back fond memories of Zelda 2 while providing a well-received adventure of its own. Just last week, Windbound channeled its inner Wind Waker and Breath of the Wild, delivering a survival experience with some fun sailing mechanics. […]

Windbound Review: A Wonderful Seafaring Adventure That’s More Than Just a Wind Waker-Like

Reviewed on PlayStation 4 You wouldn’t be at fault for taking one look at Windbound and instantly making comparisons to The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker. The fact is this game is very reminiscent of Nintendo’s classic oceanic adventure. As you play Windbound, though, you’ll notice that while there may be some Wind Waker influence present, the game is […]

Eternal Hope Review: A Somber Puzzle-Platformer

Reviewed on PC Eternal Hope from Doublehit Games is one of those games that just has a lot of heart. One look at it and you’ll likely be reminded of titles like Limbo and Ori and the Will of the Wisps. Like those titles, this puzzle-platformer is filled with artistic charm and thoughtful themes. It’s also a pretty solid gameplay […]

Post Void Review: A Frenzied, Stylized FPS

Reviewed on PC It’s safe to say that you’ve probably never played anything quite like Post Void. Sure, bits and pieces of the game may look and feel familiar, but this fast-paced FPS from YCJY Games is mostly unconventional. The end product is something that fills a very specific niche, but the gameplay is so smooth, and the entry fee […]

Nowhere Prophet Review: An Extremely Fun but Unforgiving Deck-Building Roguelike

Reviewed on Switch Imagine you’re traveling across a ravaged wasteland. Behind you are dozens of followers who idolize you. You’ve met with different townspeople, dealt with marauders, lost some of your people, and survived tough battles. You’re tired, you’re injured, and up ahead is yet another group of hostile enemies. You have a choice to make: fight and get potentially […]

Rock of Ages 3: Make and Break Review

Reviewed on Switch There aren’t enough ball-rolling games around. Personally, I miss the Katamari series. Then there’s that other series where you roll a ball. You know the one. Okay, I’ve got nothing. See? There really aren’t enough games where you get to roll a ball around a map. Thankfully, Rock of Ages 3: Make and Break not only scratches […]

Paper Mario: The Origami King Review: Another Shift for the Series but a Great Game Nonetheless

You learn a lot of things while playing Paper Mario: The Origami King. You learn that there’s a Toad who loves burritos. You find out that there’s a cult run by a sketchy Toad who’s out to make a few coins. Also, Luigi always parks his own car because he doesn’t like tipping the valet guy. While playing the game, […]

Blair Witch Review: Solid Slow-Burn Horror with Some Annoying Bugs

Reviewed on Switch The Blair Witch Project took moviegoers by storm when it first released in 1999. The film popularized the found footage genre, and while years later people remain divided over its actual quality, there’s no denying that it is an important part of horror history. Blair Witch from Layers of Fear developer Bloober Team fits right in with […]

Night Call Review: A Mostly Enjoyable Neo-Noir Murder Mystery

Reviewed on Switch There’s a lot to like about Night Call, a story-driven neo noir adventure game that puts you behind the wheel of a taxi cab in a dreary France setting. First available on PC, Night Call has just made its way to console. The Switch version is especially nice as it allows you to experience the story on […]

Duke Nukem 3D: 20th Anniversary World Tour (Switch) Review: Duke Is Back… Again

Reviewed on Switch There have been a lot of versions of 1996’s Duke Nukem 3D. It seems like the game is re-released in updated form or for new hardware every few years. The latest is Duke Nukem 3D: 20th Anniversary World Tour for Nintendo Switch. Previously released on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, this version of the game is […]

Ruiner (Switch) Review: Heavy Action and Slick Cyberpunk Style

Reviewed on Switch Reikon Games’ Ruiner has been out on multiple platforms for a while now, but the game has finally found its way to Nintendo Switch. The Devolver Digital-published cyberpunk action game garnered its share of acclaim previously, and it’s great to see that the tough, rewarding action and superb cinematic style of the game have translated seamlessly onto […]

Edna and Harvey: The Breakout — Anniversary Edition

Reviewed on Nintendo Switch Daedalic Entertainment may be known for the acclaimed Deponia series of adventure games, but the publisher and developer’s humble beginnings date back to a little title called Edna and Harvey: The Breakout. Released in 2008, the game became a cult hit thanks to its silly characters and themes, as well as its old school adventure game […]