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April2018

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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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    Switch eShop / Neo Geo

    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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    Switch

    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Review Sol Divide -Sword Of Darkness-

    Divided we stand

    Unafraid to mix things up considerably, Psikyo’s established shmup formula was thrown out the window for this game, leaving many fans baffled when first introduced to it back in 1997. Loathed by many, but still revered by some, SOL DIVIDE -Sword Of Darkness- is now making a comeback in 2018 on Nintendo Switch. So is it a...

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    3DS

    Review The Alliance Alive

    Alive and well

    In 2015, Atlus published The Legend of Legacy, a 3DS JRPG produced by a dream team of veteran developers with credits on classics like SaGa, Final Fantasy, and Chrono Trigger. The game was met with mostly positive reviews, but at the time, another game was in development from the same team. This game came to be The Alliance Alive,...

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    Switch eShop

    Review Gekido Kintaro's Revenge

    Advance-less Revenge

    Update: Version 1.01 has been rolled out and along with bug fixes it now allows you to map the digital D-Pad for movement, greatly improving your character response to inputs. When the original Gekido Advance released on Game Boy Advance back in 2002 it took many by surprise. It featured beautiful side-scrolling brawler...

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    Review Earthlock

    Locked on

    While the ‘J’ in ‘JRPG’ ostensibly stands for 'Japanese', it refers to a style of role-playing game rather than country of origin; strong, often linear stories and turn-based combat are the calling cards of the genre, and Western-made games such as Child Of Light and Cosmic Star Heroine follow its conventions just as much as...

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    Review Detective Pikachu

    A bolt of brilliance

    We’re now just over a year into the Switch’s life and, despite knowing that the core Pokémon franchise will make the leap from 3DS to the new hybrid console at some point in the future, we know absolutely nothing about how the series might evolve with the huge system differences. Keeping the Poké-dream alive on the...

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    Review Castle of Heart

    Made of stone

    While the developers of Castle of Heart have done little to encourage it, it's easy to see why this Switch eShop release is being dubbed "the Dark Souls of platformers" by some in the Nintendo community. It boasts a very similar medieval aesthetic to the beloved Souls series and contains gameplay that is often punishing and...

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    Review Shantae And The Pirate's Curse

    It hasn't aged a day

    Back in 2014, Shantae And The Pirate's Curse graced Wii U and 3DS, and many hailed it as the best Shantae release yet. Since then, Shantae: Half-Genie Hero saw a release, and while that was met with similar acclaim, some fans were displeased with the slightly more linear direction taken by the gameplay. Now, WayForward has opted...

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    Review Kona

    A chilling experience

    Kona seems to intent on reclaiming the term 'walking simulator,'  which has become a bit of a slight of late. Describing a game as such instantly paints a picture of a barely-interactive first-person 'experience' that's more concerned with narrative than gameplay.  And while it still ticks many of the aforementioned...

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    Review Slayaway Camp: Butcher's Cut

    Block-tastic brutality

    From daring pop icons to Cold War politics to personal computing, the 1980s were a time of revolution and radical change. The 1980s also gave birth to some of the greatest and cheesiest slasher flicks to grace the big screen with the likes of A Nightmare On Elm Street, Halloween II and Friday the 13th striking horror into...

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    Review Last Day Of June

    A terrible fate

    Losing a loved one is hard to fathom until you actually experience it yourself. Grief is a natural reaction when you lose a person in your life that you love. It’s the heart-breaking outcome when you develop emotional connections with other people in this world including your family and friends. Last Day Of June – originally...

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    Switch eShop / Neo Geo

    Review Real Bout Fatal Fury

    Keeping it real

    The third Fatal Fury game may have been subtitled 'Road To The Final Victory' but the Legend of the Hungry Wolf was far from over. The first game to follow that third instalment (released in the same year, in fact) was Real Bout Fatal Fury, a game that feels in part like an upgraded Fatal Fury 3. Using the same three-plane fighting...

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    Switch eShop

    Review Clustertruck

    Get the truck outta here!

    The Matrix: Reloaded will forever live in the shadow of its predecessor, but it did give us a few unforgettable moments, namely Morpheus fighting an Agent on top of a truck while trying to rescue The Keymaker. Imagine thus a video game where you are Morpheus; you can still do all those fancy gravity-defying jumps but there...

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    Switch eShop / Neo Geo

    Review Sengoku 2

    Test your might

    You fight of waves of attackers, warp somewhere to fight some more, then back again where of course you find yet more people trying to end your existence. Along with the nifty ability to switch between characters during play, Sengoku 2 offers similar gameplay to the first title, but some tweaks have been made to offer a more...

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    Switch eShop

    Review Johnny Turbo's Arcade: Bad Dudes

    Who is up for some 30-year-old burgers?

    Update: Version 1.01 has been rolled out and that's the version that will be available on the Switch eShop. The dashboard icon art now displays the correct title screen graphics for the game and the charge up KI attack is now accessible in-game. Sadly, you're still unable to access any DIP switch options or...

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    Switch

    Review Attack On Titan 2

    Slaying on the shoulders of giants

    If the recent barrage of Dragon Ball games has taught us anything, it’s that games based on popular anime/manga are at their very best when they embrace their source material with the passion of an obsessive cosplayer. Fans aren’t just clamouring for stories set in those familiar worlds; they want the stories...

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    Review Arcade Archives Heroic Episode

    Middling experience

    HAMSTER may not release titles in its Arcade Archives series as frequently as with its ACA Neo Geo one, but it does similarly seem determined to release whatever it can. R-Type is on the way, but before then there’s this lesser-known Irem title. Originally released in Japan as Yōjūden, Arcade Archives Heroic Episode puts you...

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    Switch eShop

    Review Steredenn: Binary Stars

    My god, it's full of stars!

    In October of 2015, a French studio called Pixelnest released a space shooter arcade game called Steredenn, which blended classic shmup action with roguelike elements. The final product received high praise across the board, but Pixelnest wasn’t content to simply stop there. Over the last year, the studio has been...

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    Switch eShop

    Review The Long Reach

    Something strange in the neighbourhood

    Most horror games on Nintendo Switch (and gaming in general) tend to be of the schlocky supernatural jump-scare variety. There's nothing wrong with that, as Resident Evil Revelations Collection and Outlast: Bundle Of Terror will attest to, but there's ample space for a more subtle, psychological brand of...

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    Review Kirby Star Allies

    Allies assemble!

    The core Kirby series has seen something of a revival in recent years, after a long period of interesting yet different spin-off titles taking the main spotlight. Starting off with Kirby’s Return To Dreamland, this new era of mainline Kirby games has taken on a character of its own; almost standing apart as a distinct sub series...

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    Switch eShop

    Review World Conqueror X

    Everybody wants to rule the world

    While wartime strategy games are one of the evergreen genres of both board and PC gaming, they’re much less of a presence on console; outside of steadfast staples like the Romance of the Three Kingdoms series, historical takes on the turn-based formula are particularly scarce. CIRCLE’s Conqueror series brought...

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    Switch

    Review Scribblenauts: Showdown

    Pure (un)imagination

    Ever since the series first debuted on DS back in 2009, Scribblenauts has offered something few games ever could: an experience limited only by the boundaries of your own imagination. Even up to Scribblenauts Unlimited on Wii U in 2012, the antics of Maxwell and his magical notepad have remained fresh and bubbling with...

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    Switch eShop

    Review Bit Dungeon Plus

    Permadeath paradise

    The Nintendo Switch eShop is home to some quality hard-as-nails roguelike titles such as Tangledeep, The Binding Of Isaac: Afterbirth+ and Darkest Dungeon but more permadeath goodness has landed on Nintendo’s latest console, albeit in a much smaller package. Bit Dungeon Plus stabs its way into the niche market and now sits...

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    Review Coffin Dodgers

    Race for your life

    Whenever a kart-racer is released on a Nintendo platform it’s pretty impossible to avoid comparing it to the Mario Kart franchise; the mustachioed plumber’s sublime series of games is almost incontrovertibly the best option available in the genre, and it would take something pretty special to knock it off the podium’s top...

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    Switch eShop

    Review Puzzle Puppers

    Dog-gone fun

    Some things in life are complex. Many games require careful consideration, a deeper understanding, and a keen eye for the bigger picture. Some things, however, are simple. Puzzle Puppers is direct, uncomplicated, and pure; the perfect representation of the grinning, slobbering pooches who act as the stars of the show. It's bright,...

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    Switch eShop

    Review Midnight Deluxe

    Driving at something different

    Midnight Deluxe is a swift follow-up to last year's slight Switch eShop platformer, 36 Fragments Of Midnight. While it looks nigh-on identical, however, it's actually a very different game indeed. If 36 Fragments of Midnight was a fairly traditional bite-sized 2D platformer, Midnight Deluxe has more in common with the...

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    Switch eShop

    Review Neonwall

    It’s all in the wrist

    Silly players should know better than to play at the arcade during a thunderstorm. There is always the off-chance that a lightning strike will teleport you inside the machine you're playing. And guess what? That's exactly what happens at the beginning of Norain Games' physics puzzle/shooting offering. Stuck inside a pinball...

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    Switch eShop

    Review Danmaku Unlimited 3

    Dodge this!

    With each passing day Nintendo Switch is becoming the go-to current generation console for shmup enthusiasts. Already offering plenty of old and new titles in the current library, plus the bonus of proper TATE mode being at a distance of a quick Switch flip, perhaps the time has come to turn things up a notch. Does Danmaku Unlimited 3...

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    Switch eShop

    Review TurtlePop: Journey To Freedom

    Heroes in a half-shell

    Developed by ex-Melbourne House veterans, the Switch exclusive TurtlePop: Journey To Freedom appears, at first glance, to be a kid-friendly platformer featuring cute turtle heroes not of the ninja variety. However, it doesn’t take long into this rather extensive journey to figure out there is more to this title than...

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    Review Rally Racers

    Reverse away from this one

    If the name wasn’t already enough of an indication, Rally Racers is – for most parts – your run of the mill arcade racing game. You speed around a collection of themed tracks firing an array of weapons at opponents while trying to win each and every race. Following long-running traditions ingrained within the genre,...

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    Review Damascus Gear Operation Tokyo

    Putting the mobile in ‘Mobile Suit’

    When Xenoblade Chronicles X arrived on Wii U, it not only offered an exceptional JRPG experience but also instantly cornered the mecha game niche genre by offering a complete, fully-customisable and satisfying mech-building meta game. One year into Switch's lifespan and not a single developer has tackled the...

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    Review Magical Drop III

    Simple, frantic fun with balloons

    The lineup of retro offerings on Switch may largely be comprised of fighting games and shmups, but other genres feature too, such as platformers, sports titles and - in the case of Magical Drop III - a highly enjoyable puzzle games. With the second game in the series already receiving the ACA Neo Geo treatment,...

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    Review Guilt Battle Arena

    Fast and furious

    Guilt Battle Arena blurs the line between easy-to-play party games and Super Smash Bros.-style arena fighters, throwing you and up to three friends into a frantic, fast-paced fight to the death with a very basic set of controls. It’s all fun and games on the surface with an endearing sense of humour visible from the off, but is it...

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    Review Flinthook

    A real treasure

    Every possible twist on the roguelite is being represented on the Switch eShop right now, and it's fair to say that there are a few great examples. From the twin-stick robotic shooting of Neurovoider to groovy dungeon crawling in Crypt of the NecroDancer, many conventions have been tried and tested, almost to the point of saturation...

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    Review The Trail: Frontier Challenge

    Escape to the country

    The majority of the time, the term “walking simulator” is used in a derogatory manner to downplay many quality experiences. However, in the case of The Trail: Frontier Challenge, there sadly isn’t a better fit. From developer 22cans and the legendary (though some might say infamous) designer Peter Molyneux, this...

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    Review Packet Queen #

    A royal flush, or just a joker?

    Described as a ‘competitive-type active solitaire game’, Packet Queen # is essentially a puzzle game that is trying to be a little different to your average brainteaser title. Mixing the ideas of single-player puzzle action with a Poker-inspired points system, the game certainly feels unique when looking purely at...

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    Review Bleed 2

    Tell me, do you bleed?

    Chad and Jared Moldenhauer - the creators of Cuphead - defined Bleed 2 as a game that’s, “all killer, no-filler.” After running through the pulse-pounding one-hour campaign, this couldn’t be a more apt description. Bleed 2 is a game that knows exactly what it wants to do and cuts out everything that doesn’t line up...

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    Review Bridge Constructor Portal

    A sturdy bridge between franchises

    Valve’s Portal series is one that most Nintendo gamers likely never expected to see on their console, yet here we are with an oddly inventive spinoff that makes a surprising amount of sense. Bridge Constructor Portal is a puzzle game at heart, though here it trades first-person shooting for a more methodical...

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    Review A Hole New World

    Upside Down

    Both pixel art and platformers are very well represented on Switch right now. Whether it's indie darlings such as Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove and Super Meat Boy, or third-party mascots Sonic and Rayman. Jumping, running and combat feel as ubiquitous to the system as the legendary first-party side-scrollers of yore, at least until Mario...

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    Review Subsurface Circular

    Illustrious train riding

    A little less conversation, a little more action, please. Lyrics don’t get more popular than that, and yet it’s this Elvis Presley quote that Subsurface Circular flies directly in the face of. From the mind behind Thomas Was Alone, Mike Bithell’s latest outing is all about the spoken interaction, and it makes for one...

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    Review Fear Effect: Sedna

    When gene splicing goes wrong

    Fear Effect: Sedna is the answer to a question only a select few dedicated gamers of a certain age were asking. It's the Kickstarter-funded sequel to two cult action games and an unreleased third game from the PS1 era. If that sounds like a slightly odd list of ingredients for a modern Switch game, then you're onto...

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    Review Samurai Aces

    Sengoku Strikers

    Following the release of the shmup Aero Fighters, several members of developer Video Systems left and formed a new company: Psikyo. Aero Fighters 2 still turned out rather well without them, but Psikyo would release some high-quality titles itself. Zerodiv has already brought some of those to Switch, but now it's bringing Psikyo’s...

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    Review NORTH

    Freedom is slavery

    Science fiction is often based on real life, modern society, real world events and proceeds to warp them into something outside our own imagination. Take no better examples than George Orwell’s 1949 novel Nineteen Eight-Four and Frank Herbert’s 1965 novel Dune which carry topics that remain as relevant today as they were...

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    Review Super Toy Cars

    Tabletop chaos

    Everybody loves a bit of Micro Machines, right? Driving toy cars around the most ordinary bits of scenery you can imagine is strangely fun; many kids can happily drive their parents round the bend by whizzing little plastic vehicles up and down the walls, and a whole host of video games have tried to replicate the very idea over the...

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    Review Outlast: Bundle Of Terror

    Hide and eek

    As shock Switch releases go, Outlast: Bundle Of Terror didn't so much sneak up on us as jump out at us with a knife. Not that we're complaining about this surprise attack. When it comes to horror games, Switch owners have had to take the rough (Hollow) with the smooth (Resident Evil Revelations).   Thankfully, Outlast joins...

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    Review Mulaka

    A whole other world

    Mulaka is an adventure game that draws full inspiration from the Tarahumara people of Mexico, offering a very different cultural palette wrapped up in a much more commonly understood action-adventure package. The game feels like it’s trying to not only teach us about the traditions and mythology of these people, but also act as...

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    Review Paper Wars: Cannon Fodder Devastated

    Papers, please.

    War. War never changes. But Paper Wars: Cannon Fodder Devastated? No, those don’t change either. We first stumbled upon iFun4all tower defence game back in 2011 where a very wise man stated the Wiiware offering was “(...) far from the worst game ever”. Seven years later, does this new entry bring anything new to the paper...

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    Review Grid Mania

    A puzzling great

    Looks can be deceiving, and when it comes to Grid Mania, what appears to be an inherently simple puzzle game is actually anything but. With an incredibly reasonable price point to boot, developer QubicGames’ latest Nintendo Switch title deserves a place on your system. Played out on a 4x4 grid that can extend to 6x6 when things...

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    Review The Men Of Yoshiwara: Kikuya

    Kimono Friends

    While we’ve seen all sorts of titles make their way to Nintendo systems in recent years, one genre that’s been distinctly underrepresented - and largely confined to PlayStation Vita - are otome games: romance titles starring female protagonists and marketed to women. D3 Publisher’s The Men Of Yoshiwara: Kikuya is the first title...

February2018

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    Review Twin Robots: Ultimate Edition

    Dōmo arigatō, mister roboto(s)

    Watt and Volt, the two robotic protagonists (whom we still can’t believe are not related to Chibi-Robo) have been around since 2013 when Twin Robots debuted on the Ouya. They have since trekked their way over to Steam and Wii U, now returning for the ‘Ultimate Edition’ on Nintendo Switch. So is this truly t

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    Review Escape Trick: 35 Fateful Enigmas

    Derren Brown's knock-off

    Whenever someone reminisces about the “escape from a locked room” genre, their first thoughts are usually of the Nonary games, 999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors on Nintendo DS and its follow up, Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last Reward on Nintendo 3DS. They were defining releases on their respective consoles, and for...

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