Reviews Archive

  • Review: AcChen

    AcChen, like Mahjong solitaire, features a puzzle board containing various layouts and patterns of stacked tiles with different symbols on them, which must be matched in like pairs in order to systematically remove them and ultimately clear the entire board. The slight change here is […]

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  • Review: Energy Invasion

    An Arkanoid clone with a dual-stick shooter twist, Energy Invasion pairs familiar ball-and-paddle gameplay with an alternative approach to busting bricks. The genre basics haven’t changed: You slide a paddle back and forth along the bottom of the screen to deflect an orb hurtling upward […]

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  • Review: Super Steampunk Pinball 2D

    Super Steampunk Pinball 2D brings video pinball back to how it existed on 16-bit consoles like the SNES and Sega Genesis. (I would say it looks and feels more Genesis than SNES.) For only a couple dollars, you get a single 2D pinball table designed […]

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  • Gear Review: Pixel Pals USB Adapter

    So you’ve amassed a collection of Pixel Pals and proceeded to blow through a bunch of AAA batteries to light the little guys up. I’m right there with you–I recently bought a 16-pack of rechargeable AAAs for the sole purpose of keeping Pixel Pals aglow. […]

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  • Book Review: Star Wars Forces of Destiny: Tales of Hope & Courage

    Based on the Lucasfilm Animation web series of the same name (viewable on YouTube and Disney), Star Wars Forces of Destiny: Tales of Hope & Courage is a collection of six short stories centered around the female heroes of the Star Wars universe, written primarily […]

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  • Review: Family Jewels

    Family Jewels is exactly what you think it is–a game about kicking people in the nads. Sadly, it’s nowhere near as entertaining as it sounds. Your ball-busting adventure begins with a so-called “story” mode, an epic campaign of five whole missions in which you run […]

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  • Review: Zen Blocks

    Another block puzzle game? What’s left for the genre to offer that’s fresh and new? It’s a valid question for sure. Zen Blocks by no means reinvents the wheel, but it does put enough of an interesting slant on things to merit attention from casual […]

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  • Review: The Mind of Marlo

    Every time it seems like every storytelling format and every plot idea has been exhausted, a game like The Mind of Marlo comes along to remind us that there still are wildly clever and original stories waiting to be told. A traditional point-and-click adventure game […]

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  • Book Review: Steal the Stars

    Adapted from a Tor Labs podcast series of the same name by Mac Rogers, Steal the Stars is a sci-fi love story full of drama and intrigue–a tale of forbidden romance, X-Files-esque extraterrestrial conspiracy, and an ill-advised heist, all wrapped up in a lingering sense […]

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  • Review: JASEM: Just Another Shooter with Electronic Music

    Just Another Shooter with Electronic Music really is just another shooter with electronic music. It’s a relatively nondescript low-poly twin-stick shooter that’s pure action and no frills. By no frills I mean not a single one. JASEM puts you in control of a purple and […]

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