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Brave Tank Hero (3DS eShop)

Brave Tank Hero (3DS eShop)

As Salvatore from Wind Waker would say… "Splish!"

In Conker's Bad Fur Day, there is a chapter towards the end of the game called War. In that chapter there is one small section in which the protagonist squirrel has to get inside a tank and storm the Tediz's base. Brave Tank Hero is somewhat similar to that section of Conker's BFD, in the sense...

ZaciSa: Defense of the Crayon Dimensions! (Wii U eShop)

ZaciSa: Defense of the Crayon Dimensions! (Wii U eShop)

In space, no-one can hear you strategically position laser cannons

Over 12 months after releasing in NA, developer ZeNfA Productions has re-named, re-tooled and rocket-boosted its tower defense title onto the European eShop. It's been a long flight - with an even longer list of promised improvements to go with it - but has it been enough to breathe...

SENRAN KAGURA 2: Deep Crimson (3DS)

SENRAN KAGURA 2: Deep Crimson (3DS)

Mediocre button mashing

Using sex appeal to sell games is nothing new in the industry, even to the point where the games can become questionable in their intention; SENRAN KAGURA 2: Deep Crimson falls into this category. Its predecessor was a solid enough fighting game with themes that, shall we say, appeal to a particular demographic. Can the...

Pixel Slime U (Wii U eShop)

Pixel Slime U (Wii U eShop)

Pixel imperfect

RCMADIAX's latest eShop title, Pixel Slime U, attempts to create a simple, addictive experience by distilling gameplay down to one button and playing around with level design. The good news is that its one-button gameplay is reasonable and can be quite fun at times. The bad news is that, like many of the indie developer's games,...

G.G Series VECTOR (DSiWare)

G.G Series VECTOR (DSiWare)

Low magnitude

The last title in the G.G Series has come to pass at last, and it concludes the series in a rather anticlimactic and slightly disappointing manner. G.G Series VECTOR attempts to yet again take a crack at the falling block puzzler and it does so with mixed results. While there's an interesting original idea that's executed in a...

G.G Series ENERGY CHAIN (DSiWare)

G.G Series ENERGY CHAIN (DSiWare)

Off the chain

The next title in the G.G series takes us back to the puzzler genre with yet another take on the tried and true block puzzler. Amazingly enough, this is pulled off with a surprising amount of success and is as enjoyable as it is original. If there's any complaint to be levelled against G.G Series ENERGY CHAIN, it's that the overall...

Mortar Melon (Wii U eShop)

Mortar Melon (Wii U eShop)

Smashing melons isn't nearly as fun as Smashing Pumpkins

The first time a watermelon smashed into a log-cutting industrial saw's menacing jagged edges, there were melon bits everywhere. For the next two hours or so, that carnage only got worse. Red melon juices like blood stuck to its blades, with wasted delicious looking melon slices flying in all...

Runbow (Wii U eShop)

Runbow (Wii U eShop)

Colourtastic! Colourrific! Colourawesome!

In the words of the late Satoru Iwata - "Above all, video games are meant to just be one thing: Fun for everyone". Runbow embraces this philosophy and runs away with it. The result is a game that is simple in concept and execution, yet it radiates personality from every shade of its palette. In short, Runbow...

Devil's Third (Wii U)

Devil's Third (Wii U)

What devilry is this?

Devil's Third has had a protracted and curious road to the Wii U, with notable gaps between regional releases and the peculiarity of an upcoming free-to-play online version for PC. With its arrival in Japan and Europe we get to see whether it's seductive and alluring or, alternatively, a devilish disappointment. With much...

G.G Series SCORE ATTACKER (DSiWare)

G.G Series SCORE ATTACKER (DSiWare)

The name says it all

The next title in the G.G series opts to return to the bullet hell genre with generally positive results. Due to the fact it makes little to no effort at creating its own identity, G.G Series SCORE ATTACKER is rather forgettable. That being said the controls are solid, the visuals and sound are suitably old-school, and the...

Woah Dave! (Wii U eShop)

Woah Dave! (Wii U eShop)

Woah indeed

Many of the titles released today feel the need to tell a story or develop characters throughout an intricate campaign. Woah Dave! is not one of these games. It is a frantic, arcade-inspired platformer with a dizzying amount of obstacles and a focus on high scores. Players may start out confused, but once they get the hang of the...

I Love my Cats (3DS eShop)

I Love my Cats (3DS eShop)

Weak as a kitten

Pet simulators have certainly come a long way since the days of Tamagotchi. Where once we raised an LCD dinosaur on a screen the size of a digital watch, now we're treated to 3D renditions of cute, fluffy puppies and kittens, so realistically rendered you half expect them to leap from the screen and naively urinate on your lap. The...

G.G Series NYOKKI (DSiWare)

G.G Series NYOKKI (DSiWare)

Snake charmer

The next title in the G.G series aims to remix a classic arcade game, and it mostly succeeds in achieving that goal. While there are some issues with the way that the main character responds to your controls, there really isn't much else to complain about. G.G Series NYOKKI is a good example of how to pull off a budget arcade game; it...

G.G Series AIR PINBALL HOCKEY (DSiWare)

G.G Series AIR PINBALL HOCKEY (DSiWare)

A missed opportunity

Thought the G.G Series was done, did you? Well it's not, and – after a brief hiatus – we're back to giving you our two cents as to which of these numerous mini games are worth your time. This time around, G.G Series AIR PINBALL HOCKEY is in the hotseat and it manages to provide a beautifully divisive experience that manages...

3D Gunstar Heroes (3DS eShop)

3D Gunstar Heroes (3DS eShop)

Holding out for a hero

Gunstar Heroes charged onto the Sega Mega Drive in 1993, significantly marking the début of quirky developer Treasure - having been formed from ex-Konami staff wanting to go it their own way. Often seen floating near to the top of many 'best game ever' lists, Gunstar Heroes is a bona-fide classic of the 16-bit era that's now...

Factotum (Wii U eShop)

Factotum (Wii U eShop)

Best Robo-Buddies

There's something very pleasing about hitting heavy buttons on a filthy old control panel in Factotum. The rusted controls and green screens give the game this sense that the technology fueling starships doesn't look much different from that which you'd find in your local auto shop. Luckily, repairing a space ship isn't as...

The Bridge (Wii U eShop)

The Bridge (Wii U eShop)

Turning the tables with M.C. Escher

The Bridge is a colourless, drab, bleak affair. It's also engaging, addictive and fantastic. If you haven't heard of The Bridge before, don't worry; it's a puzzle-platformer that was quietly released on Steam in 2013, then later ported to Xbox 360 that same year. The game opens on the nameless main character...

LBX: Little Battlers eXperience (3DS)

LBX: Little Battlers eXperience (3DS)

Battle-ready or rusting in a corner?

If your first thought when looking at LBX: Little Battlers eXperience was that it's aimed for children you'd be right on the money. From top to toe this is clearly aimed at the older child/young teenager market with its colourful aesthetic, 'kid-friendly' violence and badass robots. The core of the game however...

Wind-up Knight 2 (Wii U eShop)

Wind-up Knight 2 (Wii U eShop)

Finite Jogger

Endless runners are a dime a dozen, but few take the time to flesh out interesting gameplay. Wind-up Knight 2 adds an extra level of polish and platforming to elevate the game above its colleagues, but not without stumbling a little along the way. In WUK 2 you play as a knight who must complete a stage while continually running at...

Sanatory Hallways (Wii U eShop)

Sanatory Hallways (Wii U eShop)

*Insert creepy-door-closing sound effect

Let's go back to November 2012. The Wii U was finally gracing us with its gorgeous, HD presence and alongside it sat Nintendo Land, a collection of 12 great games that perfectly showed off what the GamePad could do. One of the most loved games from the collection was Luigi's Ghost Mansion, an asymmetric...