[REVIEW] The Darkside Detective

The Darkside Detective
Developer: Spooky Doorway
Publisher: Spooky Doorway
Available on: PC (reviewed), Nintendo Switch (TBA)
Price: $12.99 (Switch price may vary)
Release date: July 27, 2017 (PC)
For fans of: Less taxing point-and-click adventures with an emphasis on pop culture references.

The Darkside Detective runs amok with familiar pop culture references, from Twin Peaks and Gremlins to IT and Ghostbusters, and places hard-boiled detective Francis McQueen amidst them in six slices of supernatural, point-and-click adventure. Each case is independent of the last and gradually expands in scope and size, but the gameplay remains largely the same throughout. These appetizer portions not only allow the game to run on limited screens and interactive objects but also dial back on the copious amounts of backtracking and inventory management found in larger, meatier adventure games.

This proved to be both a blessing and a curse, however. While I ultimately enjoyed Spooky Doorway’s method of framing each case individually, it certainly made for a short, simple adventure that relied a bit too heavily on pop culture jokes and not enough on drawing me into the world they created. Perhaps that’s the point, though?

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[REVIEW] Mary Skelter: Nightmares

 

Mary Skelter: Nightmare
Developer: Idea Factory/Compile Heart
Publisher: Idea Factory International
Available on: Playstation Vita (reviewed), Playstation TV
Price: $29.99 USD
For fans of: Light-hearted dungeon crawlers, JRPGs

Brad: Hey Kayla, I got a game from Idea Factory that needs reviewing. It’s a dungeon crawler.
Me: (Internally screaming with excitement)
Me: Sure, I got some time.

That’s more or less how the conversation went, and thus, I was summoned here to review Mary Skelter: Nightmares. My name is Kayla, but some of you may know me as @Beltravi on both Twitter, WordPress, and virtually every console out there. I played the game on ‘Normal’, but two other modes are available: ‘Dream’ (Easy) and ‘Horror’ (Hard).

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[REVIEW] White Day: A Labyrinth Named School

White Day: A Labyrinth Named School
Developer: Sonnori
Publisher: PQube
Available on: PS4 (reviewed), Steam
Release Date: August 22, 2017
Price: $29.99 USD

When White Day: A Labyrinth Named School released on PC in Korea way back in 2001, it was widely considered one of the scariest horror games of all time. As Lee Hui-min, a new transfer student returning to school after hours to return a girl’s lost journal, you find yourself trapped on campus with a few of your fellow students. The school itself was once a hospital used during the Korean War and rumored to be a concentration camp for political prisoners during the occupation, which, of course, resulted in torture.

With nasty spirits said to be haunting the halls of Yeondu High School, and a violent janitor stalking the halls with a baseball bat, Lee and company have their work cut out for them if they hope to survive the night.

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Planning Out the Rest of 2017’s Game Purchases

2017 has been uncharacteristically stacked, as far as video game releases go. Thus far we’ve seen an incredible array of games in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Persona 5, Horizon: Zero Dawn, NieR: Automata, Resident Evil VII, Splatoon 2, ARMS, Prey, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Nioh, Injustice 2, Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia, and Yakuza 0, with smaller titles like Cosmic Star Heroine, Tacoma, Rime, Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, and What Remains of Edith Finch? also winning over the hearts of many.

And the crazy part? There’s even more in the pipeline for the next five months — Super Mario Odyssey has “game of the year” contender written all over it, not to mention Metroid: Samus Returns on 3DS, Xenoblade Chronicles 2, Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, Life is Strange: Before the Storm, Destiny 2, Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony, Star Wars: Battlefront II, Fire Emblem Warriors, Middle-earth: Shadow of War, The Evil Within 2, Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, South Park: The Fractured But Whole, Assassin’s Creed Origins, Vampyr, Crackdown 3, and Horizon: Zero Dawn’s upcoming DLC, The Frozen Wild.

Yeah. That’s pretty fucking intense.

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Four in February is Complete!*

As predicted, I ended up playing a different list of games for Four in February than initially planned. If you recall, I decided on Megadimension Neptunia VII, MegaTagmension Blanc + Neptune vs Zombies, Freedom Planet, and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D. That definitely didn’t happen.

However, I have managed to finish four games! Well, there’s that asterisk up there for a reason, so I guess I should explain.

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The Bounty Board: Tracking my 2017 Game Completions

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The purpose of this post is to help keep track of my game completions throughout 2017, in a rarely seen optimistic attempt at slaying the never-ending backlog. To topple a giant, you either stab it in the eye or hack away at its ankles. I’m… not really sure where I was going with that, but hey, #inspirationalquotes and stuff.

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