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Hogan's Alley (Wii U eShop / NES)

Hogan's Alley (Wii U eShop / NES)

Not exactly a bullseye

One of the earliest NES games released, Hogan's Alley is also possibly the most well-known Zapper game after the classic Duck Hunt. But does it hold up as well as its lightgun game partner? The premise of Hogan's Alley is fairly simple. You are (seemingly) some sort of police officer or soldier doing shooting practice, with...

Human Resource Machine (Wii U eShop)

Human Resource Machine (Wii U eShop)

Conundrums for coders

If you thought Human Resource Machine would be about a robot who hires and fires people, nobody would blame you, but you'd be wrong. Instead, you're put in the shoes of a drone at a mega corporation, helping to sort their mail using the unlikeliest of methods: computer programming. Human Resource Machine features a single...

Ascent of Kings (Wii U eShop)

Ascent of Kings (Wii U eShop)

A quick burst of old-school adventure platforming

Although Ascent of Kings, developed by Nostatic Software, has been available for a few years on other platforms (Android, iOS, Windows Phone and Xbox Live), it has only recently graced the Nintendo Wii U. It's built as a side-scrolling adventure-platformer (in the vein of Metroid or Castlevania) and...

COLOR BOMBS (Wii U eShop)

COLOR BOMBS (Wii U eShop)

Bombs away

It can be disappointing to realize that you've just lost precious time that could've been spent in a better way. If you would like to avoid experiencing this feeling, we would recommend that you stay well away from COLOR BOMBS. This title is excessively simplistic in all ways, and while it may be available for dirt cheap you're getting...

Slender: The Arrival (Wii U eShop)

Slender: The Arrival (Wii U eShop)

Scared, lost, alone (and maybe annoyed)

Slender: The Arrival is either going to wind you up so tight with tension that you'll feel like you'll implode from fear, or make you so angry that you split your entire game room in two. There's really little middle ground between the two. Why? Because a teleporting monster that can appear anywhere around you...

Cutie Pets Pick Berries (Wii U eShop)

Cutie Pets Pick Berries (Wii U eShop)

Mandeer is Indifferent

Cutie Pets Pick Berries is a far more innocent game than its smouldering mandeer hunks might have you believe. Sure, they'll be up there posing on your tv screen the entire time you play the game, but this isn't anything like Bubble Bath Babes or Peek a Boo Poker - don't expect some sort of saucy, torrid forest affair. Just...

VoxelMaker (Wii U eShop)

VoxelMaker (Wii U eShop)

For display purposes only

It's rather difficult to judge a game / app such as VoxelMaker. On one hand it features an extremely in-depth and detailed suite for making 3D models out of a large collection of blocks. On the other hand the overall experience feels limited due to its omissions of any sort of interactivity with the models that are created...

Ninja Strike: Dangerous Dash (Wii U eShop)

Ninja Strike: Dangerous Dash (Wii U eShop)

These ninjas should stay hidden

Ninja Strike: Dangerous Dash is a perfect example of what sounds like a great idea being held back by poor execution. Published by Natsume, Ninja Strike: Dangerous Dash is a formulaic endless runner; in it you initially take control of Blue Shadow, a blue-clad Ninja with a red scarf. The art style is simple but...

The Ignition Factor (Wii U eShop / SNES)

The Ignition Factor (Wii U eShop / SNES)

A reality show about the lives of hot and steamy firefighters

This is the scripted story of six strangers that are picked to become firefighters, work together and have their lives played by a total stranger with a controller. Find out what happens when they stop being polite... and realize their lives aren't real. There was a time in gaming...

Dig Dug II (Wii U eShop / NES)

Dig Dug II (Wii U eShop / NES)

Dig in

The original Dig Dug was fairly popular, so naturally a sequel had to follow eventually. Dig Dug II ended up being not nearly as widespread as its predecessor, only seeing release in arcades and on the NES, so you'd be forgiven for not even knowing it existed! Dig Dug II takes a massive departure from the first game. True to its title that...

Momonga Pinball Adventures (Wii U eShop)

Momonga Pinball Adventures (Wii U eShop)

He’s a pinball squirrel, there has to be a twist

Pinball may not be the first activity that comes to mind when thinking of possible pastimes for a squirrel, but nevertheless in Momonga Pinball Adventures we see exactly that. You take control of Momo, a Japanese dwarf flying squirrel whose preferred method of travel seems to be being whacked around...

Whispering Willows (Wii U eShop)

Whispering Willows (Wii U eShop)

​And oh yes, she sees ghosts

An adventure game needs a fitting atmosphere, and Whispering Willows sets its tone well. An undercurrent of desolation and vague unease runs through the grounds of the old mansion in which the game is set. It's a set piece worthy of exploration, but the act of doing so doesn't seem to share the same level of...

Pocky & Rocky with Becky (Wii U eShop / GBA)

Pocky & Rocky with Becky (Wii U eShop / GBA)

Plain & Repetitive with Boredom

There's real promise behind Pocky & Rocky with Becky, far more than the unimaginative title might suggest. Bite-size levels quickly give way to intriguing boss battles, and speedy pacing helps hold your interest throughout the campaign. However, these positive aspects quickly fade in the face of bland enemies,...

Pumped BMX+ (Wii U eShop)

Pumped BMX+ (Wii U eShop)

Coming in hot with a 1080 backflip kickout… and it sticks the landing!

Released at the beginning of October on the Wii U eShop (and a slew of other consoles), we've spent lots of time mastering all sorts of BMX tricks and techniques in Pumped BMX+. Originally seeing success in the mobile market, developer Yeah Us! worked closely with publishing...

Rakoo & Friends (Wii U eShop)

Rakoo & Friends (Wii U eShop)

Love is in the air

Rakoo & Friends is a strong case for the allure of beautiful presentation. From a gameplay standpoint there's nothing really special about this one, but the fact that it's a joy to watch adds greatly to the overall package. Rakoo & Friends tells the story of the eponymous critter and his quest to find true love. The game...

Toto Temple Deluxe (Wii U eShop)

Toto Temple Deluxe (Wii U eShop)

#GetTheGoat

You may be wondering, what is a Toto? No, we're not talking about the 1970s American rock band behind hit songs like 'Rockmaker' and 'Hold the Line'; Toto is amazing, but this isn't that Toto, even though this toto is also amazing. A toto is a small sentient tablet which has a strange obsession of having a goat sit on its head, and they...

Medabots: Metabee & Rokusho (Wii U eShop / GBA)

Medabots: Metabee & Rokusho (Wii U eShop / GBA)

Meh-abots

Medabots has always been a bit of an odd case. Clearly created to hitch a ride on the Pokémon hype train, it's a series about people who - instead of capturing and fighting with creatures - collect machine parts to build and fight with robots. Unlike Digimon, which was also similar in setup, Medabots never really seemed to catch on...

Gemology (Wii U eShop)

Gemology (Wii U eShop)

Not so sparkly

Puzzle solving games with gems, jewels and shiny objects are a dime a dozen. Sometimes, it doesn't take a gemologist to determine which ones are valuable or worthless colourful bits of glass. Gemology joins this glamorous, risky world of puzzle games hoping to be discovered. But is it really worth it? How many gem puzzle games are...

Perpetual Blast (Wii U eShop)

Perpetual Blast (Wii U eShop)

A shot in the dark

Perpetual Blast is an endless shooter. Similar to the concept of the popular endless runner genre on mobile devices, Perpetual Blast focuses on doing one thing and one thing only. Sadly, myriad execution errors keep it from being an enjoyable experience. The idea of Perpetual Blast is simple: find and destroy 100 boxes as fast as...

Race the Sun (Wii U eShop)

Race the Sun (Wii U eShop)

A fine line between rapture and ruin

Race the Sun doesn't look like much from its screenshots. The minimalistic visuals and simple gameplay premise might not grab you at a glance. It's in hurtling down those gray fields, narrowly missing hulking monoliths as your plane's solar fuel gauge steadily drains, the sun slowly falling as the sky turns a...