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May2018

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    Review The Adventures of Elena Temple

    Play a classic you never knew existed

    Before the arrival of extensive open-world gaming, cutting-edge 3D graphics and online multiplayer connectivity, video games were much more humble. Life was simpler and the games of yesteryear were a reflection of this. The Adventures of Elena Temple by GrimTalin is for anyone who has a yearning for the past...

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    Review Mega Man Legacy Collection 2

    'Meh'ga Man

    After Capcom released the initial Mega Man Legacy Collection, it seemed likely that the company would eventually release the rest of the series in another collection. Sure enough, Mega Man Legacy Collection 2 came to pass, and while it mostly does the same things its predecessor did, the experimental and varying nature of the games...

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    Review Mega Man Legacy Collection

    A legacy to be proud of

    Until recently, it seemed that Capcom wasn’t all too interested in the Mega Man series, which understandably upset a lot of fans who grew up alongside the Blue Bomber. Though Mega Man has starred in a lot of games, it’s the original NES releases that arguably stand as the most iconic, which makes Mega Man Legacy...

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    Review Fox n Forests

    How does the fox play? (ring-ding-ding)

    Although the idea of indie games using retro graphics is about as overdone as a chicken cooked in a volcano, very few of them are authentic. With a few exceptions – Shovel Knight and VVVVVV immediately spring to mind – the majority of indie games using 8-bit and 16-bit style visuals would simply never have...

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    Review Runner3

    Run, run, as fast as you can

    Unless you’ve had experience of the BIT.TRIP games previously, you’d be forgiven for thinking Runner3 is a platform game; Commander Video and his pink lady friend counterpart both jump, kick and slide their way through obstacle-laden courses. So on the surface it looks that way and through a certain pick up in...

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    Review Disco Dodgeball - REMIX

    If you can dodge a wrench

    Breaking away from its custom of pumping out pinball titles at an impressive rate, Zen Studios has decided to bring Robot Roller-Derby Disco Dodgeball back to life but with a much snappier name. The first iteration saw release on PC three years ago and now Switch owners can join in with minimal differences from...

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    Review Little Nightmares: Complete Edition

    A little bit Maw

    Bestowed with a disquieting atmosphere and visual imagination, Little Nightmares makes a terrific first impression. A side-on platform-puzzler in the vein of Playdead’s exceptional Limbo and Inside - with a similarly dark palette - the game casts the player as Six, a nine-year-old girl who must navigate her way from the depths of...

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    Review Invisiballs

    Let’s get ready to rumble

    Created by Swiss indie developer Digital Kingdom, Invisiballs describes itself as a “competitive next-gen hide-and-seek,” aiming to utilise the unique features of the Nintendo Switch to make something a little different. It also gives off that immediate multiplayer party vibe that we see so often in the Switch’s...

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    Review Fairune Collection

    Fairuno, Fairdue, Fairtre

    Skipmore’s charming Legend of Zelda/Ys retro mash-up did some good service for 3DS owners in the past and it's once again being brought to the spotlight thanks to a compilation of both titles (and a couple of extra ones) in this new Fairune Collection. Are these brain-teasing adventures worth taking once again? Let's give...

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    Review InkSplosion

    No use crying over spilled paint

    Splatoon 2 and, to an extent, De Blob, have a lot to answer for. It seems that so many developers are attempting to ape the style that comes from splashes of paint spilling from a protagonist or vehicle. There’s a lot to be said for the visual style; bright colours bursting from a screen are always...

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    Review The Fall

    More human than human

    When it comes to the allegorical relationship between artificial intelligence and the meaning of life itself, fiction has done a pretty decent job of marrying the two. From Blade Runner and Humans, to Ex Machina and The Matrix, it’s path well worn by many a piece of art. So is there space for a fresh interpretation, and can...

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    Review Real Bout Fatal Fury Special

    The Real McCoy

    With a name like Real Bout Fatal Fury Special you might think that the game is an update of something else from the series, much like how Fatal Fury Special was the second game with extra bits. This, however, is its own thing, but although it's not an update of either of the other Real Bout games (and Real Bout 2 actually followed...

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    Review Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition

    Third time's the charm

    When Nintendo first unveiled Hyrule Warriors, people didn’t exactly know what to expect. The company had seldom handed over the keys to one of its cornerstone franchises before, and the proposed concept was odd, to say the least. The final product was an enjoyable (if flawed) experience, and over the years since release,...

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    Review Ice Cream Surfer

    Vanilla flavoured

    Stephen Hausdorff's zany comic returns once more to Nintendo platforms after leaving a bit of a sour taste on Wii U. No small feat considering Dolores Entertainment still completed this game’s production despite a failed Kickstarter campaign. But has the flavour (or lack thereof) improved since the previous serving? The sugar...

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    Review Suicide Guy

    End game

    In this uncertain time where mental health is more of a concern than ever, there might have been a better title for Chubby Pixel's Suicide Guy. Oddly enough, the title does offer a good description of the game, but it's not what it sounds like. Suicide Guy doesn't deal with mental illness or depression; rather, it's a wacky, slapstick...

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    Review Super Chariot

    Put your back into it

    The King is dead. Long live the King! His ghost, however... a bit of a loud mouth braggart. He will not be shutting up until his final request is granted: bury his coffin in a suitable catacomb filled with riches. After some wheels get attached to his coffin, it is up the Princess to push and pull the titular 'chariot' along...

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    Review Animal Super Squad

    Our first slice of PewDiePie

    Why did the chicken cross the road? Well, in this instance, it’s more a question of ‘how?’ rather than ‘why?’. The chicken is nestled in a busted toilet that’s been kitted out with propulsion rockets and the road has been replaced with a dangerous menagerie of traps, bombs and barrel cannons. YouTube...

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    Review Wizard Of Legend

    You’re a wizard

    Indie developer Contingent99 drops you straight into its game's universe in a way not many other dungeon crawling titles often would. With no conventional storytelling methods or tutorial system in place, the wannabe hero you control in Wizard of Legend starts out at the front steps of the fictional museum of Lanova. It's at this...

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    Review Battle Chasers: Nightwar

    Mana up

    Seven months after arriving on other platforms, and nearly three years after its Kickstarter success, Battle Chasers: Nightwar finally brings its brand of classic turn-based combat to your favourite ‘homeheld’ console. While this is firmly in the JRPG mold, it streamlines features and makes life easier for busy gamers who lack the time...

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    Review Samurai Shodown III

    More samurai action on Switch

    The Virtual Console might be dead, but via its Arcade Archives and ACA Neo Geo series, HAMSTER is doing a lot to scratch that retro gaming itch, with a constant stream of re-releases. Like a number of Neo Geo titles (including others from the same series) Samurai Shodown III is a one-on-one fighting game. As always you...

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    Review Raging Justice

    Bare your knuckles

    If you were a child during the '90s then there's an excellent chance you've played many a scrolling fighting game in your time. From the genesis of the genre with titles like Renegade and Double Dragon to more advanced examples like Streets of Rage 2 and Dungeons & Dragons, this style of brawler was incredibly popular with...

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    Review Stakes Winner

    A horse with no name

    Unlike most home versions of horse racing games, Stakes Winner doesn't weigh you down with horse breeding or gambling, which makes sense considering this is first and foremost an arcade game. Unsurprisingly, you play as a jockey, choosing your horse from a varied lot with three different skills (speed, strength and...

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    Review Arcade Archives 10-Yard Fight

    8-16-Nintendo 64. Set… Hut-Hut-FUMBLE!?

    American Football! We don’t ‘get it’ on this side of the pond, but that’s okay because we do know that the sport translates to excellent video games. However, translating the action of gridiron to the hardware available in 1983 was no easy feat. Irem took on this task and the end result was the very...

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    Review A Robot Named Fight

    Metroid, is that you?

    At first glance, A Robot Named Fight looks like a shameless imitation of Nintendo’s 2D Metroid games. It's set in a sci-fi universe littered with hostile alien creatures and futuristic doors that only open when you shoot them with your blaster. Thankfully, it’s a lot more respectful of the source material than you might...

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    Review Goetia

    Tree house of horrors

    For Abigail Blackwood, all is not as it seems. As the deceased former resident of a desolate town, you will be revisiting and exploring a once tranquil mansion and township on a quest to recall memories from nearly 40 years ago to figure out just what happened to you after you fell out of a window and were inexplicably brought...

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    Review Garage

    Marriage or mirage?

    Deadbeat drug dealer Butch wakes up in the trunk of a car and climbs out into a top-down urban hellscape. It’s up to him, with the help of his mysterious handler ‘Anaconda’, to battle through the Garage, an underground mall formerly owned by shady corporation Smith Investments. Cue horrific encounters with mutated vermin,...

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    Review Immortal Redneck

    Mummy said knock you out

    Immortal Redneck feels like it could have been made 15 years ago. For many games that could be considered a negative thing, but for this one it’s hard to think of a better way to praise it. It feels like it comes from a simpler time, when shooters were about shooting. The premise is silly: you play as a redneck who...

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    Review Timberman VS

    Timber!

    Timberman VS is Digital Melody's Switch enhancement of its free-to-play arcade title first released on Android and iOS devices in 2014 (and eventually ported across to Steam in 2015). If the name wasn't already enough of an indication, it's a game about chopping trees as fast as you can until your hands hurt. Given its mobile roots, the...

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    Review Cast Of The Seven Godsends

    Hellspawned

    Raven Travel Studios clearly has a lot of love for classic 16-bit platform games, but can its old school platform homage to Super Ghouls’n’Ghosts possibly live up to the source material or even stand up to the best among the current Switch library? Gods be with us. The Kingdom of Dareca is about to fall to Emperor Zaraaima. Prince...

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    Review Hyper Sentinel

    Get hype

    If you happen to remember a time when video games came in audio tapes, the name 'Hewson Consultants' will surely ring an 8-bit bell. Exercise your memory a bit longer and you might even be familiar with Uridium, a 1986 scrolling shmup designed by Andrew Braybrook that sent both reviewers and gamers into a frenzy. After a successful...

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    Review Death Road To Canada

    Zombie apocalypse generator

    Stories about the inevitable zombie apocalypse have come of age in recent years. While survival remains the number one priority, more recent television adaptations such as The Walking Dead have chosen to focus extensively on social upheaval – providing the perfect blend between action and narrative. Death Road To Canada...

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    Review Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Trilogy

    Naruto on the Switch? Believe it!

    Naruto and Nintendo have long been cozy with each other. The earliest Naruto games appeared some 15 years ago on the GameCube and Gameboy Advance, but the Ultimate Ninja series of Naruto games skipped Nintendo’s consoles in favour of other platforms, but all that has changed with the release of Naruto Shippuden:...

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    Review KORG Gadget

    KORG blimey

    While Nintendo Labo continues to fascinate and confuse via the medium of cardboard, another very different creative suite has made its way to the hybrid halls of Switch. A digital audio workstation (or DAW as it’s known to its friends), KORG Gadget offers a robust piece of music making software that’s been fine-tuned to fit the...

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    Review Bouncy Bob

    Weebles wobble but Bouncy Bob trips and falls

    There’s something to be said about the simple things in life. Every now and then, the uncomplicated and downright straightforward is greeted with open arms - especially when it comes to video games. As gamers, a lot of us have grown accustomed to memorising finicky controls that, when a title has...

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    Review Saturday Morning RPG

    Role player one

    The whole point of a role-playing game is, quite obviously, to play a role. To pretend to be someone - or something - else. It's a mystery, then, why so many RPGs ask you to play minor variations on the same part. There are only so many times you can put yourself in the shoes of an amnesiac swordsman, adopted prodigy or mysterious...

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    Review Johnny Turbo's Arcade: Sly Spy

    “No Mr Sly, I expect you to die!”

    One year after the Bad Dudes saved the day, President Ronnie stepped down. The newly elected President Bushie might be safe from ninjas but not from the nuclear-armed terrorist group Council for World Domination. A group of CWD baddies intercepted the president's motorcade, kidnapping the leader of the free...

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    Review Late Shift

    Tuck your shirt in, mate!

    That grandiose term ‘interactive entertainment’ has been bandied around for decades, usually rolled out when the word ‘game’ feels too throwaway or restrictive. Sure, it’s highfalutin, but sometimes it’s simply a more accurate descriptor. FMV release Late Shift is a case in point – it’s likely to garner...

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    Review Light Fall

    Running towards the light

    Not all is well in the realm of Numbra. The land of perpetual night has seemingly lost a hefty share of its inhabitants, the nomadic tribe of Kamloops who had found shelter in this dark realm for years. It is through this cryptic premise that you're introduced to the avatar, a diminutive being of shadow with two contrasting...

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    Review Asdivine Hearts

    Shock to the heart

    Kemco’s prolific JRPG output was a staple of the 3DS and Wii U eShops, and continues apace on the Switch, with the initial release of last year’s Revenant Saga followed by Dragon Sinker and now Asdivine Hearts. A port of a 2014 mobile release by Exe Create, Asdivine Hearts is an old-school JRPG that’s entirely competent but...

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    Review Nintendo Labo: Toy-Con 02 - Robot Kit

    Robot rock

    Nintendo is clearly in for the long haul when it comes to Labo. The first pack – dubbed the 'Variety Kit'  – is all about exploring the possibilities of Labo via a range of different 'Toy-Con' builds; it's an effective demonstration of just how versatile this system is, even if the resultant flood of cardboard contraptions...

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    Review Don't Die Mr Robot! DX

    Can’t touch this!

    Meet Mr. Robot, a 2D square, and the star of Don't Die Mr Robot! DX. He lives in a 2D, single-screen grid where he moves around freely eating exploding fruit. Life would be pretty sweet if not for the number of increasing waves of enemies out to touch you and, yes indeed, contact is lethal. It's from this simplest gameplay...

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    Review Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

    Bogus, or bodacious?

    Platformers aren’t quite what they once were; whether they’re 3D or 2D we’ve had a bit of a mini-renaissance with them in recent years, but they hold nowhere near the draw that they did in the '80s and '90s. What a shame then that one of the best and most polished games of the genre happened to not only launch after these...

April2018

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    Review Arcade Archives Ninja-Kid

    The kid is alright

    The online leaderboards that HAMSTER includes with their retro releases provide some replay value as you compare (then try to improve) your point-scoring against players from around the globe. They work better in some games than others and they work particular well with old arcade titles, where in lieu of an ending sequence to...

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    Review Wild Guns Reloaded

    Welcome to Westworld!

    Back in 1994, Natsume delivered the definitive ‘shooting gallery’ shmup made famous in previous years by the likes of Neo Geo NAM-1975 and TAD’s Cabal. Sadly, a limited number of copies coupled with being a late generation SNES game meant that a lot of people missed out on this slice of space western action. Add in some...

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    Review Ghost Pilots

    Eject! Eject!

    SNK may be famous for its fighting games, but in 1991 the Japanese firm decided that it wanted a piece of the 'shmup' pie that Capcom had been munching all to itself thanks its superb 194X series of WW2-themed shooters. Using a 4:3 ratio and replacing the more classic WW2 propeller planes with generic seaplanes, Ghost Pilots...

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    Review Nintendo Labo: Toy-Con 01 - Variety Kit

    A toybox like no other

    Editor's Note: We've reviewed the Toy-Con 01 - Variety Kit and Toy-Con 02 - Robot Kit separately. You can read our official verdict on the Robot Kit in the coming days. As unusual and ‘out there’ as its concept appears, Nintendo Labo is perhaps the most Nintendo thing Nintendo has ever created. From the safe and rewarding...

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    Review Jotun: Valhalla Edition

    Thora the explorer

    Despite being a little over a year old, Nintendo Switch already has more than its fair share of top-down action adventure games. The presence of Cat Quest, Kamiko, Ittle Dew 2+ and numerous others like it means genre fans are already spoiled for choice when it comes to the old hack-and-slash routine. Jotun: Valhalla Edition is...

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    Review Regalia: Of Men and Monarchs - Royal Edition

    A western interpretation

    Regalia: Of Men and Monarchs - Royal Edition started out life in 2015 as a Kickstarter project and was eventually launched on PC, Mac and Linux in 2017 after being successfully backed. This strategy role-playing game by Polish-based developer Pixaleted Milk channels trademark aspects of classic strategy JRPGs while...

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    Review Agatha Knife

    That's not a knife

    Remember back when Nintendo censored crosses on tombstones and changed blood from red to green? How times change. While blood and gore have been fair game for a while now, religion has remained a sensitive area until relatively recently, as evidenced by The Binding of Isaac’s long journey to Nintendo platforms. Mango...

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    Review Sky Rogue

    "You don't own that plane! The taxpayers do!"

    There once was a time when the 3D combat flight simulator was the genre of choice for seasoned players; during the 16-bit revolution, home computers like the Amiga and Atari ST played host to the likes of Falcon 3.0, F-15 Strike Eagle and Starglider, all of which used very basic filled polygon visuals to...

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    Review Zotrix: Solar Division

    Star command

    From wars to foxes, there’s nothing like a good old battle among the stars. In the wake of more cinematic titles such as Manticore: Galaxy on Fire and the upcoming Everspace, Zotrix: Solar Division has snuck on to the eShop in an attempt to carve out its own hybrid take on intergalactic altercations. A hostile alien race known as...

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    Review Don’t Starve: Nintendo Switch Edition

    Gather your wits

    In 2013, Klei Entertainment brought Don’t Starve to the world, introducing players to a hard-edged and horror-tinged take on the growing survival genre. Since then, the game has been released on several different platforms and a few expansions have been released, giving players no shortage of options in how they can experience it...

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    Review Football Manager Touch 2018

    Like playing Ronaldo at centre-back

    Even the best footballers in the world need to be placed in an appropriate system if they are to thrive. Put Lionel Messi at defensive midfield in a hard working long ball team and you'd undoubtedly still experience moments of supreme quality, but you wouldn't get the best out of him. That's an appropriate analogy...

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    Review Sengoku 3

    Third time's a charm

    SNK’s first two Sengoku games put players in control of a sword-swinging hero, with the neat ability to switch to a different character during play should they wish. Coupled with a variety of enemies to bash they were not essential titles, but could still provide some decent fighting fun. The second game built on the first,...

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    Review South Park: The Fractured But Whole

    It’s super cereal

    Nintendo Switch is hardly wanting when it comes to turn-based RPGs. In fact, it’s positively teeming with them, so South Park: The Fractured But Whole finds itself having to prove its existence on two very different fronts. It has to be both a worthy sequel to 2014’s brilliant The Stick of Truth and show its handheld...

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    Review Manticore: Galaxy On Fire

    In Space no one can hear you pew, pew, pew!

    Flying your spaceship and shooting other bad spaceships will be what you will spend most of your time doing in Manticore: Galaxy on Fire. Fortunately, it's a refined and precise experience, with easy to pick up controls that allow for all sorts of flashy maneuvers. The left analog stick controls your ship...

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    Review Ninja Striker!

    Not all ninjas strike alike

    Ninjas. Just like John Cena you can’t see them, but they are always there. Hidden, in your pop culture, in your anime, in your video games, lurking over your shoulder reading this review right now. The '80s and '90s, a time when Ninjas were at the height of their western popularity may be last century old, but can...

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    Review Arcade Archives Punch-Out!!

    Rumble, old man, rumble!

    Fisticuffs were always a perfect subject for video games. However how to properly deliver the experience was a technical challenge due to limited technology the 80’s, with previous efforts opting for a side or top view of the in-ring action. Nintendo tackled this issue in Punch-Out!! by allowing players to control their...

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    Review BAFL - Brakes Are For Losers

    "You ain’t outta control, you ain’t in control"

    Picture the nightmarish scenes on a race track if the cars didn’t have brakes. Chaos would most certainly ensue. This is the basis of the Switch eShop title, Brakes Are For Losers. It’s a classic top-down arcade racer for up to eight people featuring cars that obviously don’t have any brakes...

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    Review Pirates: All Aboard!

    Straight to Davy Jones’ Locker

    Few game concepts are as timelessly cool as pirates. From the tongue-in-cheek mystery of The Secret of Monkey Island to the open-ocean warfare of Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, a pirate’s life is definitely for us. It doesn’t, however, make you a great game by proxy. Slapping the word ‘pirate’ in your...

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    Review Gururin

    Hell is other people

    Neo Geo fans never had to look far when feeling the need to get on some puzzle action in order to take a break from all the fighting, thanks to many an excellent offering from Taito and Data East. But even nowadays, Gururin remains the odd puzzler out. So why did Face’s 1994 offering leave no mark in MVS history? At its...

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    Review Sally's Law

    Full circle

    As Nintendo Switch enters its second year, the influx of ports from mobile and Steam continue to increase and show no sign of slowing down. We’ve seen lazy ports as well as serviceable ones and even great ports of games from across the spectrum, but it’s only now we're starting to see developers make the most of Switch's unique...

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    Review Shelter Generations

    Lynx to the past

    Charm goes an awful long way in gaming, partly because it's often in such short supply. Many a mechanically sound shooter or platformer has fallen at the final hurdle by being hard to warm to. Shelter Generations doesn't suffer from such a problem. It's absolutely lovely to behold, with charm practically oozing out of every pore (or...

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    Review The Way Remastered

    The way we were

    Originally released for PC back in 2016, The Way’s Kickstarter success was fuelled by an affection for iconic puzzle-platformers Another World and Flashback. Those Delphine Software games appeared on multiple platforms in the early '90s and drew attention with cinematic narratives and a distinctive art style. Following an...

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    Review Arcade Archives Moon Patrol

    The bright side of the moon

    Irem’s Moon Patrol is a simple game across two auto-scrolling levels. Control is limited to adjusting the speed of your vehicle (forwards to accelerate, back to decelerate) as it trundles along the surprisingly colourful surface of the moon. There are two cannons that fire upon pressing this button (one vertical, one...

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    Review Burly Men at Sea

    Tales don’t tell themselves

    Burly Men at Sea wants to tell you a story. Well, actually, it wants you to tell its story, guiding three sea-faring brothers as they sail the sea in search of adventures worthy of the telling. You’ll encounter all sorts of weird and wonderful characters as your turn its virtual pages, plotting points on a...

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    Review Infernium

    Puts you through hell

    It's a well-worn form of journalistic shorthand to describe a game by its influences. With Infernium, though, such an exercise might prove more confusing than instructive. And one thing this game doesn't need is any more confusion.  While it would be wholly accurate to describe the game as 'Dark Souls meets Pac-Man meets...

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    Review Streets Of Red - Devil's Dare Deluxe

    Cowabunga!

    Back in the glory days of the arcade, beat ‘em up games represented some of the most fun and most challenging games that you could find. With a clear narrative and finite stages to follow, these games could be 'beaten', but it often took a monumental effort and a fistful of quarters. Secret Base wanted to revisit that experience in the...

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    Review Octocopter: Double Or Squids

    Now with multiplayer

    As Wii U production was drawing to a close at the end of 2016 in preparation for the arrival of the Nintendo Switch the following year, a game named Octocopter: Super Sub Squid Escape was released on the platform via the eShop. Drawing inspiration from the likes of the Kururin series, the gameplay was relatively simple yet...

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    Review Rogue Aces

    Nice plane you’re flying there. I’ll take it

    In 1987, Brøderbund released Wings of Fury, a thinking-man’s scrolling shmup that borrowed Defender’s free-roaming gameplay but was otherwise an original concept. Thirty-one years later, can Infinite State’s Rogue Aces be the dream sequel you never knew you needed? Throttle up and lets find...

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    Review Gal*Gun 2

    Bare-bones

    If you’re already a fan of the Gal*Gun series then you’ll likely have a pretty firm idea of what this game is all about; if you’re not, you’ll still probably have a pretty good idea based on the screenshots and artwork currently covering this page. Gal*Gun 2 is actually the fourth entry in this fantasy, over-the-top world, with a...

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    Review The Adventure Pals

    A great adventure

    Nintendo Switch is already home to some pretty impressive platforming goodness; you may have heard of a certain little game called Super Mario Odyssey, and the eShop offers up an entire feast of delights with the likes of Shovel Knight, Sonic Mania, and Celeste to name just a few. Standing

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    Review Masters Of Anima

    The more the merrier

    It’s no secret or surprise that Nintendo fans are longing for the next instalment in the Pikmin series. Hey! Pikmin on 3DS was met with outspoken, lukewarm reactions from fans as Nintendo unexpectedly steered it down the 2D platformer path last year. Masters Of Anima, however, might be the game to scratch the micro-minion,...

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    Review Bombslinger

    Bombing the Wild West

    We were big fans of Super Bomberman R upon the launch of Nintendo Switch. Its continued focus on multiplayer brought players together to enjoy a franchise that had laid dormant on Nintendo hardware for nearly ten years. However, its single-player campaign that left a little bit to be desired, and it’s here where developer...

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    Review Dragon Blaze

    Imagine dragons

    By the year 2000, Psikyo’s TATE shmup design was already established as the de facto template for the genre and with several hits already under its belt, it's hard to imagine many more gimmicks could be added to the tried and tested formula. So what if it added a few dragons into the mix? The Demon King has risen. The Sun and the...

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    Review Lode Runner Legacy

    Lodes of fun

    Lode Runner is a name that will likely resonate with older sets of gamers, as the original release saw its debut in 1983 on the Apple II. Praised by fans and critics for its level editor and strategic arcade gameplay, the game kickstarted a franchise that would last through the decades. Though the series has been much quieter in recent...

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    Review Sling Ming

    Sling when you're winning

    Another day, another eShop release. Sling Ming joins the swelling ranks of the online storefront at a time when Nintendo itself has acknowledged increasing discoverability issues. Coming from ‘twindie’ developer Good Night Brave Warrior, does this 2D swinger have what it takes to stand out in the crowd of charming...

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    Review Super Daryl Deluxe

    Too cool for school

    They always say you’ll have the time of your life at school, but things couldn’t be further from the truth for Daryl in Super Daryl Deluxe. Newly enrolled at Water Falls High School, he quickly becomes wrapped up in a textbook profiteering business with fellow pupils Alan and Paul, but as time passes, Daryl begins to discover...

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    Review Devious Dungeon

    We're going deeper underground

    There’s something to be said for a game with a simple concept. A piece of software that knows what it does, does that thing well and never tries to be anything else. It’s both a comforting constant and a reminder of just how grander and deeper said game could be if it mixed its recipe up a little bit more. It’s...

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    Review Skies Of Fury DX

    Flight of the Switch ports

    Take one glance at the Nintendo Switch eShop and you’ll see it awash with mobile ports. Some of these titles - such as the recently reviewed Warp Shift from Fishlabs - work well whether they’re on a smartphone screen or a handheld console, but then there are some that are so well suited to Switch it’s a wonder they...

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    Review The Bunker

    Underground in Siberia, James?

    If you’re old enough to remember the sound of dial-up modems with fondness, you probably have a similar wistful nostalgia for full motion Video games. The mention of Night Trap or Wing Commander III will elicit memories of an era when new-fangled CD-ROMs enabled actual video in our video games, and FMV seemed somehow...

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    Review Warp Shift

    A chip off the old block

    Nintendo Switch has proved itself to be an ideal home for all manner of genres - be they twitch-platformers with many a throwback mechanic or asymmetric multiplayer games with couchplay firmly in mind - but none feel more suited than the ingeniously designed puzzler. Warp Shift - the latest offering from German studio...

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    Review ClusterPuck 99

    Puck shop

    Since its inception, the Switch eShop has developed a strong library of smaller-sized games ideal for short play sessions in between bigger releases. Many of these titles happen to be multiplayer games. ClusterPuck 99 – developed by PHL Collective and published by Coatsink – is exactly that, a compact arcade conversion of ice hockey...

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    Review Tengai

    The only way is shmup, baby

    From the western title you might not be immediately aware that Tengai’s full Japanese title is Sengoku Blade: Sengoku Ace Episode II. This is, in fact, the sequel to Psikyo’s very first game, the brilliant Samurai Aces. But with only a few familiar faces returning and a complete change of shmup orientation style, did...

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    Review Atelier Lydie & Suelle: The Alchemists And The Mysterious Paintings

    Wrapping up the trilogy

    Atelier Lydie & Suelle: The Alchemists and the Mysterious Paintings is the final entry of the Atelier ‘Mysterious’ trilogy, and actually happens to be the first main-series Atelier game to appear on a Nintendo console. We’ve seen various side games hit Nintendo’s handheld consoles, dating way back to the Game Boy...

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    Review Gotcha Racing 2nd

    No race for second place

    When Gotcha Racing arrived on the 3DS back in 2015 it received particular praise for its simple pick-and-play setup, the unexpected depth dictated by luck of the virtual Gashapon car parts and that moreish Micro Machines-esque gameplay. Three years later and on new hardware, will lighting strike twice as Gotcha Racing...

  • Hardware Review GameCube HDMI Adapter - GC Video Plug 'n Play 3.0

    So long, component cable

    You might think that when Nintendo started offering games from classic systems on its various Virtual Console platforms that interest in original hardware might fall away. However, over a decade later we're instead seeing a strong reassurance of new products supporting ageing original hardware, often aimed at getting...

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    Switch eShop / Neo Geo

    Review World Heroes 2 Jet

    Woo-oo-oo oo-oo-ooo

    Unsurprisingly, World Heroes 2 Jet is a lot like the regular World Heroes 2. Utilising the same two-button setup (one punch, one kick; hold for a stronger attack), the same 14 playable characters return along with two newcomers: the clawed Jack and halberd-wielding Ryofu. There’s also been a speed bump and the addition of...

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    Review Urban Trial Playground

    Easy riding

    Both the original Urban Trial Freestyle and last year's stunt bike sequel managed to stick their landings on 3DS, though it's fair to say that neither game really attempted any outrageous stunts. At first glance, developer Teyon seems to have declined the opportunity to try something a little more gnarly with Switch exclusive Urban Trial...

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    Switch eShop / Neo Geo

    Review Aero Fighters 3

    Another fun shmup for Switch

    Having recently announced it will be adding Video System titles to its Arcade Archives series, it seems likely that HAMSTER will make the original Aero Fighters available on Switch at some point. Before then we have Aero Fighters 3, offering similar shooting action to the excellent (and already available) second title...

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    Switch eShop

    Review Spartan

    THIS. IS. SPARTAAAAAA!

    The legacy of King Leonidas is once again subject to adaptation, but this time instead of a historical epic based around the Battle of Thermopylae, you've got an arcade platformer that promises to test your mettle among your Spartan peers. But will you be kicking your Switch down the pit instead of Persian emissaries?...

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    Switch eShop

    Review Shadow Bug

    Size isn't everything

    As gamers, we are genuinely spoiled when it comes to 2D platformers on Nintendo Switch. From Sonic Mania to Celeste, there certainly isn’t a shortage, but when one comes along and dares to mix up the classic formula once again, our interest flares. Shadow Bug, for the most part, takes the platforming genre and successfully...

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    Switch eShop

    Review Super Rocket Shootout

    Oh no no no, I'm a rocket man… with a shotgun.

    Nintendo Switch certainly isn't lacking when it comes to multiplayer-focused games. It's already becoming a bit of a hassle to distinguish between great party games and cheap cash-ins trying to ride Switch's popularity wave. So which category does Super Rocket Shootout land in? Strap on your...

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    Switch eShop

    Review OPUS: Rocket of Whispers

    Ghost-thrusters

    One of the more unique adventures to arrive on the Switch eShop in its first year was OPUS: The Day We Found Earth. A charming, story-focused stargaze-‘em-up from indie studio SIGONO, it delivered a shining example of narrative gaming and left us searching for more. Happily, publisher Flyhigh Works/CIRCLE has brought a follow-up in...

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    Review Tesla Vs Lovecraft

    The Fall Of Cthulhu

    Whether it's Holmes outwitting Moriarty or Danger Mouse defeating Baron Von Greenback, most of us have had an adversary or two during our lives. 10tons latest release on Nintendo Switch pits two pioneers of their respective fields against each other in a conflict of literature vs science and pen vs sword in their bizarre,...

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    Switch eShop

    Review Arcade Archives Star Force

    A shooter from older and tougher times

    Released in 1984, Star Force sticks you in control of a space ship as you go through levels blasting a variety of enemy types. Yes, it’s yet another retro shmup on Switch, this time set across 25 levels and offering quite a stripped down shooting experience. In Arcade Archives Star Force your ship (the Final...

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    Switch

    Review Penny-Punching Princess

    Money makes the world go ‘round

    Imagine a world where money is at the centre of everything we do, where the rich prosper and the poor suffer. Imagine a world where a handful of cash can bribe you into, or out of, certain situations, where – hang on a minute. Yes, Penny-Punching Princess revolves around the idea of money ruling pretty much...

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    Switch eShop

    Review Toki Tori

    An Easter time treat

    Nintendo Switch has been treated to lots of Toki Tori love just recently; the end of February saw a re-release of Toki Tori 2+ with some very welcome new features, and now the original game has found its way to the console, too. If these latest versions are the first you’ve seen of the titular little chicken, and you’ve...

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    Switch eShop

    Review Outlast 2

    Doesn't spare the rod

    Outlast 2 is one of the most beautiful games on Switch, and also one of the ugliest. This sequel to the hit indie shocker Outlast (which hit the eShop earlier this month as Outlast: Bundle Of Terror) provides a strikingly evocative, bone-chillingly atmospheric game world for you to creep through. The use of light and shade...

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