Hot Lava

Preview Posted 14|Dec by
Hot Lava

A childhood favourite gone digital

The Floor is Lava is a game that most people have played as children and I am no exception to that. Clambering over the living room furniture trying to get to the dining room table without touching the floor was fun, despite the wailing from my parents at my siblings and me, thanks to the chaos we were causing.
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Assassin's Creed Origins

Review Posted 13|Dec by
Assassin's Creed Origins

The soft reboot this series needed

Assassin's Creed as a franchise was beginning to wane. Unity was terrible, Syndicate was fun but felt like it was treading all too carefully on already well trodden ground. Wisely, Ubisoft allowed Assassin's Creed Origins an extra year to bake in the unforgiving Egyptian sun.

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Graveyard Keeper

Preview Posted 11|Dec by
Graveyard Keeper

Dead-on strategy

Ever wondered what it would be like to be a Graveyard Keeper in medieval times? Me neither. Despite our apathy towards experiencing such a profession in what can only be described in very dark times, Lazy Bear Studios has seen fit to make Graveyard Keeper.

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Uno

Review Posted 7|Dec by
Uno

Simple and effective

I loved Uno on the Xbox 360. If I recall correctly, it was a free pack-in game with the console and I remember spending many nights following sessions on Rainbow Six: Black Arrow relaxing with a bunch of friends, chatting and playing Uno.

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Assault Android Cactus

Review Posted 4|Dec by
Assault Android Cactus

Some fun gameplay additions to a crowded genre

I remember the first time I played Assault Android Cactus.

The game was still in early access and it was the day after a friend's wedding. We were still at the venue, where we'd spent the night partying and I still had the unique taste of champagne, lager and Iranian cuisine in my mouth as well as a slight headache and burning red eyes.
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Call of Duty: WWII

Review Posted 30|Nov by
Call of Duty: WWII

A grenade blast from the past

I rather enjoyed Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare and feel that the lukewarm response it received was a little unfair. Although comparisons with Black Ops 3 were largely justified, it did attempt to do something new and the cast of characters were certainly more memorable than other recent releases in the Call of Duty franchise.
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Rime on Nintendo Switch

Review Posted 24|Nov by
Rime on Nintendo Switch

A dazzling narrative with technical hiccups

I have been intrigued by Rime for quite some time. I found the art style extremely appealing and the chance to play something that, superficially, looked rather similar to another of my favourite games of this generation; The Last Guardian, was a big part of the draw of the game.
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Fort Triumph

Preview Posted 23|Nov by
Fort Triumph

Turn-based combat with an environmental twist

The resurgence of turn-based strategy games (thanks in no small part to the success of XCom) has taken a lot of people by surprise, with even Nintendo and Ubisoft joining forces to make Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle on the Switch. Fort Triumph builds on the success of these titles by creating a turn-based tactical RPG set in a fantasy realm. The major differentiator that Fort Triumph boasts is its reliance of environmental damage that can impact both the player characters and the enemies they are trying to dispose of.
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Forgotten Anne

Preview Posted 20|Nov by
Forgotten Anne

Forgotten but not gone

Ever wondered what happened to that umbrella you left on the train? Or perhaps the scarf you dropped when running for a bus? You probably think it was taken by someone and passed onto a charity shop and thought nothing more of it. You forgot about it and moved on with your life.
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Monopoly

Review Posted 16|Nov by
Monopoly

A solid but overdone adaptation

I have always had a bit of a fascination with Monopoly. As a child, we rarely played the game at home, mostly because my dad, being a keen socialist, was not a massive fan of the game. My own political views have some sympathy with this viewpoint, although I would argue that the game can be used to demonstrate, on a crude level, the extent to which capitalism divides friends, families and eventually ends up with the majority being rather miserable subsequent to the triumph of individual greed.
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Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

Review Posted 13|Nov by
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

A triumphant exploration of an alternate history

I first came to Wolfenstein back in the early 90s on my Dad's 486 monochrome Toshiba laptop. Doom was already out by this point but the machine we had wasn't quite good enough to run it so I had to make do with Wolfenstein 3D instead.
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Echo

Review Posted 7|Nov by
Echo

A very high concept sci-fi stealth-'em-up

Echo kind of came out of nowhere for me. The game has been created by 'Ultra Ultra,' a new studio born from the demise of IO Interactive, famous for the Hitman series of games.

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EarthNight

Preview Posted 2|Nov by
EarthNight

A console/PC endless runner done right

The infinite runner has become extremely popular on mobile platforms for fairly obvious reasons. They require only one digit to play, which is perfect when you're being crushed by someone on a train on your daily commute to work.

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Hob

Review Posted 30|Oct by
Hob

A mechanical wonderland

I am hopelessly lost in Hob's fascinating mechanical world and I couldn't be happier.

Hob from Runic Games, the makers of the Torchlight games, sees you playing as a small cloaked wanderer who, within minutes of playing, loses an arm to a hostile, purple plant monster, only to have it replaced with a giant robotic arm donated by a massive robot (that reminds me of the guardians from Studio Ghibli's Laputa - Castle in The Sky).
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Blue Reflection

Review Posted 23|Oct by
Blue Reflection

Interesting and problematic

Drama in an all-girls high school, magical girls and demons bent on the subjugation of the mortal realm! There is a lot to unpack in Gust's latest game - Blue Reflection - let's get started.

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