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Review: World Conqueror 3D (3DS eShop)

World Conqueror 3D (3DS eShop)

Tanks, but no tanks

Field Marshal Archibald Percival Wavell of the British Army once said that “war is a muddle” and, quite frankly, we couldn’t agree with him more. The conflict he described was that of World War II; that's the very same that World Conqueror 3D strives to simulate, with messy results. No more than an overcomplicated clone of...

Review: Super Mario 3D World (Wii U)

Super Mario 3D World (Wii U)

A purrfect blend

Super Mario 3D World is a brave release as it strives, without any hint of apology, to hit on a formula to satisfy the majority of 2D platforming fans and the smaller — but still sizeable — legion of 3D Mario devotees. Many enjoy both, of course, yet they’ve always been distinct experiences that often lead to a clear...

Review: Secret Mysteries in New York (3DS eShop)

Secret Mysteries in New York (3DS eShop)

Find every object, for great justice

There's a real puzzle afoot in Secret Mysteries in New York, and it has to do with the game's title itself. No, it's not our attempt to figure out whether or not the phrase "secret mysteries" qualifies as redundant; it's why the developers bothered to rename Secret Mysteries in London for its eShop release. The...

Review: Regular Show: Mordecai and Rigby in 8-Bit Land (3DS)

Regular Show: Mordecai and Rigby in 8-Bit Land (3DS)

Regular Show game for 3DS, send it to the moon

When we heard that WayForward was developing a Regular Show video game, we were optimistic. Not only does the studio generally pump out better-than-expected licensed games, but last year it produced Adventure Time: Hey Ice King! Why'd You Steal Our Garbage?!, which ended up being a loving tribute to the...

Review: KORG M01D (3DS eShop)

KORG M01D (3DS eShop)

Blast from the past

3DS has amassed a curiously robust library of music creation software for a chunk of hardware built to play video games. The KORG brand in particular has made itself comfy on Nintendo's handhelds in the past few years, starting with an emulation of the classic MS-10 synth in KORG DS-10, and now the M1 gets the software treatment...

Review: Word Wizard 3D (3DS eShop)

Word Wizard 3D (3DS eShop)

Dark wizard

Word games can be fun, addictive brain teasers, but they can also be tedious, unintuitive and shallow. Word Wizard 3D unfortunately falls squarely into the latter category. Though there are plenty of game modes, and none are fundamentally broken, there's nothing in Word Wizard 3D that justifies its purchase over various alternatives that...

Review: City Connection (3DS eShop / NES)

City Connection (3DS eShop / NES)

Crash and burn

Originally released as an arcade game, City Connection puts you in the shoes of a man who wants to travel all over the world in order to paint its roads white, thus proving that he's travelled across the globe. Sounds like vandalism to us, but that's the '80s for you! Of course, this would be rather difficult to accomplish on foot, so...

Review: 4 Elements (3DS eShop)

4 Elements (3DS eShop)

Not a perfect storm

Engine Software's 4 Elements is a fun match-3 puzzler weighed down by unnecessary seek-and-find sequences and occasionally frustrating level design. Originally a PC game, 4 Elements' generic fantasy presentation hides an addictive game that will appeal to fans of Bejeweled and other "casual" puzzle titles. There's nothing wrong...

Review: Call of Duty: Ghosts (Wii U)

Call of Duty: Ghosts (Wii U)

Grabbed by the ghoulies

With all of the noise made in the wake of Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare's success — everything from sky-high sales figures to unfortunate ad campaigns, or the rise, fall and subsequent embalming of developer Infinity Ward — it's easy to lose sight of just how phenomenal and innovative that game really was. Genres evolve...

Review: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (3DS)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (3DS)

Shell shocked

It’s arguably difficult to consider Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles TV reboot as anything other than a rousing success. Blending together elements from the classic 1987 series with a more modern approach, the show has been a hit with fans both new and old, treading that awkward line between paying homage to the past and...

Review: My Baby Pet Hotel 3D (3DS eShop)

My Baby Pet Hotel 3D (3DS eShop)

A pile of shih tzu

We'll say this at the outset: pet sims are not for everybody. We know that much, and while the popularity of certain genres might baffle us at times, we'd never dream of holding a game's genre against it. While we may or may not get swept up in any particular enthusiasm ourselves, we'd like to think that we can distance ourselves...

Review: Batman: Arkham Origins (Wii U)

Batman: Arkham Origins (Wii U)

Same hero, less refined

Whenever a video game franchise moves from one developer to another during its lifetime, there tends to be a few raised eyebrows. There are definite examples of licenses that have significantly improved following the move from one studio to another, such as the console games in the Skylanders series jumping from Toys for Bob...

Review: Secret Agent Files: Miami (3DS eShop)

Secret Agent Files: Miami (3DS eShop)

Cold case

Hidden object games are a relatively new genre descended from “point and click” classics like King’s Quest, Broken Sword and others. Secret Agent Files: Miami strives to combine hidden object gameplay with more traditional point/click puzzle solving and attempts to make good use of the 3DS’ features along the way; yet the end...

Review: Toki Tori (Wii U eShop)

Toki Tori (Wii U eShop)

Super cheap puzzle fun

Many moons ago, when WiiWare first launched on the Wii, Two Tribes had Toki Tori ready to go as one of the very first games on the service. It was a remake of the Game Boy Color game, which in itself was also a pseudo-remake; we liked it a lot. Unfortunately for some, however, a PC version of the game was released not too...

Review: Wario's Woods (Wii U eShop / NES)

Wario's Woods (Wii U eShop / NES)

Kinopio's Canopy

Wario's Woods has had quite a storied legacy over the last few decades, standing not only as the last officially licensed game released on Nintendo's legendary NES in North America in 1994, but also one of the very first titles available on the Wii's Virtual Console service. In-between those impressive milestones, it made an...

Review: The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (3DS)

The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (3DS)

A classic series gets a fresh new coat of paint

Much like everyone's favourite green-garbed hero Link, Eiji Aonuma, current producer of The Legend of Zelda series, is also on a quest of his own. However, Aonuma-san isn't tasked with saving Hyrule, nor is he desperately searching for the sacred Triforce; in fact, his personal mission isn't nearly as...

Review: Wii Sports Club: Bowling (Wii U eShop)

Wii Sports Club: Bowling (Wii U eShop)

No splits here

When it comes to the games in the original Wii Sports that felt the most realistic and compelling, Bowling would have to be a candidate as the best of the lot. Golf and Baseball may have a say, too, while Tennis and Boxing — most definitely the latter — perhaps had the greatest degree of waggle. The fact Bowling reappeared in...

Review: Wii Sports Club: Tennis (Wii U eShop)

Wii Sports Club: Tennis (Wii U eShop)

What the deuce?

Way back at E3 2011, in that Wii U reveal that rather bizarrely confused half of those watching, Nintendo showed remixes of Wii Sports events that showed the GamePad being utilised in creative ways. It's perhaps surprising that over two years after that visual demo, we're just now seeing the iconic Wii pack-in make its way to...

Review: Hakuoki: Memories of the Shinsengumi (3DS)

Hakuoki: Memories of the Shinsengumi (3DS)

Ronin with the homies

Hakuoki: Memories of the Shinsengumi combines standard dating-sim tropes with a captivating setting and fantastic writing to provide an experience that is surprisingly greater than the sum of its parts — even if it may fall far out of the comfort zone of most players. When meek protagonist Chizuru ventures to Kyoto in search...

Review: Crazy Chicken: Director's Cut 3D (3DS eShop)

Crazy Chicken: Director's Cut 3D (3DS eShop)

Straight to DVD

Crazy Chicken: Director's Cut 3D is an odd title, in that it's unashamedly simplistic yet reliant on gamers that perhaps have a hint of obsessive compulsive behaviour or, alternatively, those that cherish retro games that do little more than give you the same task repeatedly and stick your name on a leaderboard. What this does do is...