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  • Review: Elli

    Quietly launched on Nintendo Switch this year by BandanaKid, Elli opens with a small village in the land of Mandragora preparing to celebrate the birthday of guardian Elli. Just as the festivities are about to begin, the jealous Ghasti steals the five Crystals of Time, running […]

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  • Review: Pode

    Now on PS4 after an exclusive debut on Switch last summer, Pode is a darling puzzle game created for cooperative play but also perfectly designed to work as a single-player adventure. Alone or with a friend, players are put in control of a little rock […]

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  • Review: Mages of Mystralia

    In the blur of game demos while attending PAX South a couple years ago, I vaguely recall playing the demo for Mages of Mystralia and enjoying the combat encounters and the concept of being able to create spell variations. Two years feels like forever ago, and […]

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  • Review: Donut County

    Donut County is what happens when ridiculously cute animals are brought together with a unique gameplay mechanic that allows players, as BK the raccoon using an in-game app, to control a hole in the ground that grows as things fall into it. Think of it […]

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  • Review: Manual Samuel

    Manual Samuel. The name of the game tells you everything you need to know right in the title.    Nothing Samuel does happens without the player putting in the manual effort to press a series of buttons. Sure, all game characters are basically digital mannequins […]

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  • Review: The Low Road

    Noomi Kovacs is a young spy who wants nothing more than to be assigned to real field work, to make a difference as a secret agent. The beginning of The Low Road, a 1970s corporate espionage graphic adventure, finds Noomi meeting Barney “Turn” Turner, who […]

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  • Review: The Invisible Hours

    The potential of virtual reality in video games is limited only by the imagination of what hasn’t been done before. What I have most enjoyed about playing games in VR is the fact that no one game feels like it has been copied directly from something […]

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  • Review: SteamWorld Dig 2

    SteamWorld Dig 2 opens with players controlling Dorothy, a robot looking for her friend Rusty, the starring robot from the first SteamWorld Dig. Dorothy meets a parade of different robotic townsfolk who live in a dusty Western mining town troubled by a recent spike of earthquakes after […]

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  • Review: Golf Story

    As the saying goes, “Golf is a good walk spoiled,” which is why I’ve rarely ever found myself playing the sport unless it is in a video game. It’s not that I don’t appreciate the skill needed to be able to hit a tiny ball hundreds […]

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  • Review: Hob

    From Runic Games comes Hob, a fantasy action puzzle-platformer that switches things up from the studio’s previous work on the Torchlight series. The game opens with a knock at a door, which the titular character answers to be greeted by a friendly, towering robot on […]

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