[SWITCH REVIEW] Wallachia: Reign of Dracula (2020)

TL;DR VERSION: More Shinobi and Contra than Castlevania, this decently priced run-and-gun shooter suffers from repetition and some uninspired boss designs while still offering a mostly fun retro-inspired arcade experience. What is Wallachia: Reign of Dracula? A 2D run-and-gun arcade shooter draped in Romanian folklore. The official Nintendo page describes the game as being inspired … Continue reading [SWITCH REVIEW] Wallachia: Reign of Dracula (2020)

[SWITCH REVIEW] Memoranda

What an insanely beautiful looking adventure game that's completely drowned out by obtuse puzzles and an equally confusing story. What is Memoranda? A visually stunning point-and-click adventure game from the folks at Bit Byterz and Carbon Fire Studios, which follows the 25-year-old insomniac Mrs. Mizuki on her quest to remember her first name. Since separating … Continue reading [SWITCH REVIEW] Memoranda

[VITA BACKLOG] Shutshimi: Seriously Swole

This is One giant game of "what the fuck?" played 10 seconds at a time. What is Shutshimi: Seriously Swole? A silly-ass retro-flavored side-scrolling shoot-em-up where you control a buff fish equipped with various weapons and power-ups, but with a serious case of whiplash. The game is played in 10-second intervals, alternating between arcade shmupping … Continue reading [VITA BACKLOG] Shutshimi: Seriously Swole

[BITE-SIZED REVIEW] ‘NORTH’ Goes South Rather Quickly

NORTH Developer: Outlands Publisher: Sometimes You Reviewed on: Nintendo Switch Release date: March 6, 2018 Price: $2.99 USD ($1.99 on Steam, "pay what you want" on itch.io) Bite-sized Reviews differ from our more traditional, full-length reviews in that they’re restricted to smaller titles and, as the name implies, trims the fat in favor of getting straight … Continue reading [BITE-SIZED REVIEW] ‘NORTH’ Goes South Rather Quickly

[REVIEW] ‘A Normal Lost Phone’ is More Than Just a Novel Detective Story on the Switch

A Normal Lost Phone Developer: Accidental Queens (ported by Seaven Studio) Publisher: Plug In Digital Reviewed on: Nintendo Switch Release date: March 1, 2018 Price: $5.99 If you found an unlocked cellular phone on the street, what lengths would you go to discover the owner? Would you check their emails and messages, or even take … Continue reading [REVIEW] ‘A Normal Lost Phone’ is More Than Just a Novel Detective Story on the Switch

[REVIEW] ‘The Fall Part 2: Unbound’ is a Disappointing Sequel to One of the Best Sci-fi Games I’ve Ever Played

A few years ago I had the opportunity to freelance a review for The Fall's Xbox One launch, where I referred to it as "a 2D sci-fi point and click adventure game that feels like a cross between Limbo, Blackthorne, and Monkey Island if they were all written by Philip K. Dick." It was a fantastically written sci-fi tale … Continue reading [REVIEW] ‘The Fall Part 2: Unbound’ is a Disappointing Sequel to One of the Best Sci-fi Games I’ve Ever Played

[BITE-SIZED REVIEW] Morphite

Morphite Developer(s): Crescent Moon Games, Blowfish Studios, We're Five Games Publisher: Level 77 Reviewed on: Nintendo Switch Release date: November 2, 2017 Retail price: $14.99 USD Bite-sized Reviews differ from our more traditional, full-length reviews in that they're restricted to smaller titles and, as the name implies, trims the fat in favor of getting straight to … Continue reading [BITE-SIZED REVIEW] Morphite

[REVIEW] Knight Terrors

Knight Terrors Developer: Freak Zone Games Publisher: Nicalis Available on: Nintendo Switch (reviewed) Price: $2.99 USD In a nutshell: Ghosts n' Goblins meets Flappy Bird Serving up equal parts Ghosts n' Goblins and Flappy Bird, Freak Zone Games' Knight Terrors is an affordably priced pick-up-and-play arcade game that's as addictive as it is simplistic. It's … Continue reading [REVIEW] Knight Terrors

[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 … Continue reading [REVIEW] The Darkside Detective

Cave Story+ Gets Physical, Physical. Oh, and a Launch Date.

The fine folks at Nicalis are bringing the definitive edition of indie darling Cave Story to the Nintendo Switch on June 20th in both physical and digital formats. In a PR e-mail received earlier today, the official price is set at $29.99 for either version. So what makes this release "definitive?" Similar to The Binding … Continue reading Cave Story+ Gets Physical, Physical. Oh, and a Launch Date.