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February2018

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    Switch

    Review Gal Metal

    Beat it

    It's tempting (if not inevitable) to start this review with an anecdote about that infamous E3 (which will be a decade ago by the time this year's event rolls around), and in particular, the oblivious flailing exploits of one Ravi the drummer. While maestro Tak Fujii's own meme-farming antics over the years live long in seasoned gamers...

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    Switch eShop

    Review Superola And The Lost Burgers

    Run and don’t look back

    If the title wasn’t already a dead giveaway, Superola And The Lost Burgers is one big parody. It draws inspiration from dated internet memes, pop culture and even makes reference to classic video games in order to tell the story of a llama on a quest to recover hamburgers stolen by an alien hotdog race. Even if you find...

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    Review Premium Pool Arena

    Potting the black

    Pool games are never going to be the most evocative of experiences. When you're attempting to emulate a game mostly played in hazy snooker clubs and sticky-floored student bars, there’s only so much 'va-va-voom' you can inject into its virtual recreation. So when a game comes along with the words ‘Premium’ and ‘Arena’ in...

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    Review Pac-Man Championship Edition 2 Plus

    I've got a fever, and the only prescription is more Pac-Man

    In 1980, Pac-Man took the world by storm, introducing arcade players to an entirely new kind of gameplay style. The titulad pill muncher went on to become a universally recognised icon of gaming, while also spawning numerous sequels and spinoffs to the inaugural debut over the decades that...

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    Review Typoman

    What are words worth?

    Would you say that you like the solutions in your games spelled out for you? In that case, Typoman is here to punish you for your careless use of language. This side-scrolling platform-puzzler spells things out for you alright. Its protagonist, antagonists, and essential level furniture are all quite literally made up of the...

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    Review SteamWorld Dig 2

    Diggin’ up a treat

    Image & Form’s SteamWorld franchise has become somewhat of a household name among the Nintendo eShops as of late, with games spread across Switch, 3DS, and Wii U gathering almost nothing but praise from players and critics alike. SteamWorld Dig 2, which is perhaps unsurprisingly the sequel to the rather wonderful...

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    Review Wanderjahr TryAgainOrWalkAway

    JRPG combat at the tip of your fingers

    Despite the game’s title, Workyrie Game Studio’s offering is not about 'a year spent traveling abroad, typically immediately before or after a university or college course'. Instead, it delivers a very compelling slice of JRPG strategic combat action, disguised as casual friendly by is cute graphics. But is...

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    Switch eShop / Neo Geo

    Review Fatal Fury 3: Road To The Final Victory

    Similar, but a bit different fighting thrills

    Nintendo Switch is not short of one-on-one fighting games, but here’s another ACA Neo Geo release anyway. Fatal Fury 3: Road To The Final Victory again provides the typical best of three rounds fighting action as you beat up a variety of people en route to an ending. Compared to previous instalment...

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    Review Membrane

    Insane in the membrane

    For your consideration, the common housefly (Musca Domestica). For as long as mankind began to build houses, these tiny winged insects somehow always manage to find the tiniest openings to invade the peace of our homes. The genesis of Membrane is a story about such a home invasion. With an aforementioned flying tiny pest now...

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    Review Pool Billiard

    First round exit

    There has been a surprising amount of pool-based games released onto the Nintendo eShop as of late, hasn’t there? We have the simply named Pool, which looks to be giving Tennis a run for its money in the award for most generic title of 2018, as well as Premium Pool Arena that looks to add a fair amount of customisation into the...

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    Review Aqua Kitty UDX

    Pawsitively awesome

    It's nice when you play a game that's focused on delivering one thing, and delivering that thing well, as opposed to a more ambitious vision that's never realized. Aqua Kitty UDX is the perfect example of this, presenting a straightforward gameplay style that's wholly unoriginal, but also extremely polished. It's an absolute...

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    Switch eShop / Neo Geo

    Review 2020 Super Baseball

    Baseball with a twist

    The Neo Geo sports games that have so far appeared on Switch offer up simple quick-to-play arcade experiences, but 2020 Super Baseball is a bit different. It’s not because it’s predicting some radical rule changes in a couple of years time (we’ve already had futuristic takes on football and volleyball), but because games...

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    Review Monster Energy Supercross - The Official Videogame

    Riding hard or hardly riding?

    Like the name indicates this is the officially licensed game for Monster Energy Supercross so if you happen to be a fan of the sport feel free to bump the final score by one whole point since you will probably get more out of this one than the average Switch owner. The game does a good job portraying racers, bikes and...

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    Review Shiftlings - Enhanced Edition

    A Gassy Good Time

    Puzzle platformers come in all shapes and sizes these days, but Shiftlings - Enhanced Edition might take that notion in its own direction. Preferably round, and depending on who’s carrying the fart bubble you might be large or small. Yes, really. The conceit of the game follows two hapless janitors tethered together as they try...

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    Switch eShop

    Review Old Man's Journey

    An important pilgrimage

    Old Man's Journey is one of those games that’s hard to talk about without venturing into spoiler territory. As a short but sweet experience, it’s the story that takes centre stage here, with the gameplay confined to the audience of the auditorium. It’s definitely not going to be a game for everyone, but does this...

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    Review TorqueL -Physics Modified Edition-

    Boxed in

    Standing out from the crowd of games on the Switch’s eShop right now is a very challenging task indeed; countless indie developers have flocked to the console to show their support and generate sales of their games, and the digital store’s user interface doesn’t really offer much help to lost customers. On gameplay ideas alone,...

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    Review Johnny Turbo's Arcade: Gate Of Doom

    A retro revival

    The 1990 fantasy action arcade game Gate of Doom (also known as Dark Seal) – by the now-defunct Data East – is the first of 20 titles Flying Tiger Entertainment plans to re-release on Nintendo's latest system. With the assistance of "one of gaming's worst mascots" promoting this retro line, the official rebranding for the Switch...

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    Review Joe Dever's Lone Wolf

    Old war story

    Joe Dever's Lone Wolf is a seasoned veteran with an intriguing back story and an unorthodox style. It's already a bit of a legend in smartphone gaming circles, but can it live up to the hype here on Nintendo's Switch console in the cold light of 2018? The game has its roots in a highly regarded series of physical adventure game books...

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    Review Fe

    Earth Song

    Having cut its teeth with many a black-humoured title in the past - including the wickedly clever Stick It To The Man and the upcoming Flipping Death - you’d think that Swedish developer Zoink Games had found its niche and settled itself in for the long haul. But then along comes Fe, a game that trades funny bones for heart strings and...

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    Switch eShop

    Review Layers Of Fear: Legacy

    When the horror joins you under the covers

    The horror genre hasn’t had the best of starts when it comes to the Nintendo Switch. Don’t Knock Twice was less than thrilling, and Perception is something we’d rather forget about. Next, up steps Layers Of Fear: Legacy, a port of a title from 2016 that has been re-built to take advantage of the...

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    Switch eShop

    Review Mercenaries Saga Chronicles

    Three games, one package

    Mercenaries Saga Chronicles is a bundle of three previously released titles, all launching on Switch for the very first time. The first, Mercenaries Saga: Will Of The White Lions, was a mobile title originally, making this the first time it has ever appeared on a dedicated gaming platform. Rounding up the collection are...

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    Review Frederic 2: Evil Strikes Back

    Auto tuned

    Piano-playing, musically-dueling Polish composer Frédéric Chopin is back again, with a sequel to his stylish piano game Resurrection Of Music, by developer Forever Entertainment. This time, subtitled Evil Strikes Back, our heroic maestro's duty is to rescue his precious Muses from a new, sinister and enigmatic threat (weirdly...

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    Switch eShop

    Review Xeodrifter

    Mutant Metroids

    Nowadays, Metroidvanias are all the rage with indie developers, all attempting to offer up their own unique take on the genre. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't, but there's something to be said about the power of simplicity and just going back to the basics. Xeodrifter is a game that plays it straight with the that...

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    Review Bayonetta 2

    The shadow remains cast!

    While Wii U has ultimately become little more than a benchmark for Nintendo Switch sales to surpass, the experimental pit stop between Wii and Nintendo’s hybrid handheld still had a handful of must-have games. Bayonetta 2 sits proudly at the top of that list, and now the bold and brazen action-adventure breaks the...

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    Review Bayonetta

    Every witch way

    With Bayonetta 3 teased as a Nintendo Switch exclusive, it’s finally time for the sassy Umbra Witch to cartwheel a flurry of bullets onto the hybrid handheld hardware in anticipation. Much like Bayonetta 2, the original instalment in the action-adventure series has been retooled for Switch, and while this isn’t first time the...

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    Switch eShop

    Review Earth Wars

    A.N.T.I. Heroes.

    Following a 2016 release on other platforms (and known as Earth's Dawn in the West - it has been self-published on Switch, hence its original name), Japanese developer One Or Eight brings its 2D side-scrolling slash 'em up Earth Wars to Nintendo Switch, with moody, post apocalyptic sci-fi backdrop, a mix of old school brawling and...

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    Switch eShop

    Review Qbik

    It’s a block-eat-block world out there

    The hybrid design of Nintendo Switch makes it the ideal system for all types of games. As illustrated by previous releases on the platform, there are certain games catering to prolonged couch sessions while other titles have been providing audiences with shorter bursts of fun better suited to the daily...

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    Review Arcade Archives Crazy Climber

    Hi-rise hi-score chaser

    HAMSTER has brought numerous retro titles to Switch, but Arcade Archives Crazy Climber is the furthest it's gone back in time yet, with a game that actually predates Nintendo’s first console. Arriving in 1980, the year before Jumpman climbed ladders to rescue Pauline from Donkey Kong, an unnamed climber scaled the sides of...

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    Review Millie

    Don’t byte more than you can chew

    Jumping ship from the mobile market to Nintendo Switch, Forever Entertainment’s Millie promises to be a, “joyful, casual puzzle game that will tease both your wits and your memory,” but it forgot to mention another quality needed to properly enjoy this one: patience. Tread on your 100 legs lightly…. Equal...

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    Review The Fall Part 2: Unbound

    Surprisingly constrained

    The Fall Part 2: Unbound continues the story of an AI seeking to burst through its technological limitations and evolve, so it's perhaps appropriate that this is a Switch sequel to a game that originally appeared on the Wii U. As in The Fall, you play the part of A.R.I.D, an advanced AI with a skill for manipulating robotic...

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    Review Disc Jam

    On the other side of the screen, it all looks so easy!

    There is a reason Data East’s Windjammers is a cult classic. Itself an incredible improvement on the classic Pong, what made it so timeless was how you could test your mettle against your fellow human being. The two man team of ex-Activision staffers who make up high Horse Entertainment...

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    Review Aegis Defenders

    Get a Clu

    After initially being conceptualized as a graphic novel, Aegis Defenders became a KickStarter game started way back in 2014, promising a unique blend of platforming and tower defense elements. After a successful campaign and a four year development cycle, the game has finally come out, and it was worth the wait. Aegis Defenders is a blast...

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    Review Owlboy

    A real hoot

    Owlboy is a game almost 10 years in the making; surviving a variety of ups and downs over the last decade, the developers at D-Pad Studio finally felt the sweet taste of universal acclaim when it launched on PC last year. The game tells the story a mute owl called Otus, an underdog of sorts who is always looked down upon and thought to...

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    Switch eShop / Neo Geo

    Review Samurai Shodown II

    Sensational samurai

    With its weapon-based combat and gameplay that often rewarded patience, Samurai Shodown was a different type of fighting game, but a very good one. SNK thought they could do better however, so went away and came up with Samurai Shodown II, a game similar to its predecessor but with some additions to the lineup and gameplay...

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    Switch eShop

    Review ATOMIK: RunGunJumpGun

    GunPack Joyride

    Few games have a more apt, succinct title than ATOMIK: RunGunJumpGun. In it you play as a fellow with a death wish and a mini-gun who must traverse trap-laden stages while automatically running. It’s your job to ensure he makes it by using said mini-gun to either blast past obstacles by pointing said firearm forward or to point it...

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    Review Aperion Cyberstorm

    Shooting up a storm

    One glance at Aperion Cyberstorm running at its fullest and you’d be tempted to think you were looking at an incomprehensible explosion of noise, colour, bullets and techno. Five different player controlled ships, decked out in neon colours, countless enemies spitting death across the screen and all manner of pick-ups...

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    Switch eShop

    Review The Darkside Detective

    Scooby dude

    The Darkside Detective really wants you to know that its development team grew up watching TV and movies from the ‘80s and ‘90s. Whether it’s the point-and-click based gameplay that hearkens back to classics such as The Secret Of Monkey Island and Day Of The Tentacle or the referential-heavy dialogue, there’s always a pop culture...

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    Switch eShop

    Review AeternoBlade

    Needs more sharpening

    Back in 2014, the 3DS eShop received AeternoBlade, a hack ‘n’ slash focused Metroidvania that’s centered around the gameplay concept of controlling time. After a failed attempt at Kickstarting a sequel, Corecell Technology has opted to port the game to the Switch eShop, no doubt in hopes of building up the fanbase...

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    Switch

    Review Dragon Quest Builders

    Crafting your own destiny

    Having spent plenty of time questing, building and defending its virtual settlements on myriad other platforms - including fellow portable, PlayStation Vita - Dragon Quest Builders has finally brought its masonry wares to Nintendo Switch. Question is, can Square-Enix’s genre mashup add anything new to the handheld’s...

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    Switch eShop

    Review Mad Carnage

    A bit of a tame road

    It’s safe to say that Mad Max: Fury Road has become a bit of a modern classic in the years since its 2015 cinema launch. Praised for its exhilarating action, humour, and narrative focus, its influence can of course be felt the most in the film industry, but videogames are also looking for a piece of the action. Mad Carnage is...

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    Switch

    Review The Longest Five Minutes

    Is it worth your time?

    The Longest Five Minutes has one of the most interesting concepts we’ve seen from an RPG in some time. Starting immediately at the final boss battle, the game’s almost cringefully named protagonist ‘Flash Back’ has no memory of why he is suddenly fighting the Demon King, or even who any of his friends and allies are...

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    Review Dandara

    The strangest dream

    One of the defining attributes of any 'Metroidvania' platformer is freedom, but Dandara is built around a rather striking limitation. Our titular heroine can neither run nor jump. Dandara is a mystically empowered figure who's been awoken from her slumber to rescue an oppressed dream-like world from wicked supernatural beings...

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    3DS

    Review Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology

    You can go home again

    The 3DS may be getting on these days, but it’s certainly got plenty to show for its half-dozen years on the scene, including an astoundingly impressive collection of RPGs. ATLUS has been a prolific contributor to this corner of its library, and alongside original titles such as Shin Megami Tensei IV, Persona Q, and Stella...

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    Switch eShop

    Review World Heroes 2

    An improvement over the first game, but it's not Perfect

    Of the many one-on-one fighters released on Neo Geo (and now filling up the Switch eShop), World Heroes was far from top of the pile. It could still entertain however, and its colourful cast of characters inspired by historical figures helped it stand out. World Heroes 2 provides the same best...

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    Switch eShop

    Review Arcade Archives Kid Niki Radical Ninja

    A ninja throwback

    Kid Niki: Radical Ninja is a bright cartoony platformer that has you run and jump through levels, dispatching a range of foes with your spinning sword attack before a showdown against a boss character. This Arcade Archives release also offers those thrills and adds in HAMSTER’s usual options and extra modes, but the interesting...

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    Switch eShop

    Review Night In The Woods

    You can't go home again

    Make no mistake about it, Night In The Woods will stay with you. There aren’t very many games out there that manage to leave an imprint on the people who take the time to experience them, but Infinite Fall’s emotional adventure into rural isolationism, palpable Americana and the melancholy of long lost youth does just...

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    Switch eShop

    Review Fantasy Hero ~unsigned legacy~

    A Vita throwaway

    Fantasy Hero ~unsigned legacy~ arrives on Nintendo Switch four years after its original release on PlayStation Vita, where it received a rather middling reception at best. Some praised its varied stats, skills and upgrade customisation, while others criticised it for a bland plot and uninspired combat mechanics. So in 2018, how does...

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    Switch eShop

    Review Black Hole

    Gravity always wins

    The shmup has been a gaming staple for decades, and it has found something of a welcome new home on Nintendo Switch with many a retro port and and a fair few modern throwbacks nestling in the warmth of its hybrid bosom. Revived indie twin-stick affair Black Hole falls comfortably into the latter, but does its bullet hell in space...

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    Switch eShop

    Review SteamWorld Dig

    Time to dig in once more

    SteamWorld Dig hardly needs any introduction; Image & Form’s 2013 Metroidvania-platformer has cemented itself as part of a much beloved series of games that brightly shine with polish and pedigree. With SteamWorld Dig 2 recently strutting its stuff on Switch, it makes a lot of sense that the developer has decided to...

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    Switch eShop

    Review Sky Force Reloaded

    Repetitive, enjoyable shooter

    Starting on mobile before turning up on Wii U, the first Sky Force game was a decent shmup and now the sequel arrives on Switch. As you would expect, the aim of the game in Sky Force Reloaded is to blow away waves of enemy forces and take down the tricky boss characters. Soon after you boot it up the camera sweeps down...

January2018

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    Switch eShop

    Review 10 Second Run Returns

    Do the running man

    Long before Nintendo Switch swaggered into our lives with its eShop bursting at the seams, there was a little thing called the Nintendo DSi. It was Ninty’s first foray into the world of proper online connectivity in handheld form and with it came the DSi Shop, delivering a slew of digital delights (and a fair few stinkers). One...

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    Switch eShop

    Review Strikers 1945 II

    Superb shmup action

    Thanks to HAMSTER’s Arcade Archives and ACA Neo Geo series there are a number of retro titles available on Switch, but they’re not the only company providing games from yesteryear. Zerodiv have slowly been adding high quality titles from Psikyo’s back catalogue such as Gunbird and Zero Gunner 2. One of their first releases...

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    Switch eShop

    Review Space Dave

    "I'm sorry Dave, I'm afraid I can't do that"

    Some games take inspiration from those of yesteryear, weaving in classic elements or perhaps adorning a retro aesthetic to show its love for what came before. Then there are games that want to be part of a bygone era, and do such a convincing job you half expect to see them glowing, blinking and blooping...

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    Switch eShop

    Review Her Majesty's SPIFFING

    Brexiting orbit

    Video games aren't often particularly topical. A tendency towards juvenile themes like shooting aliens and saving princesses - not to mention the protracted development process - generally leads developers into safer narrative waters. The most bracingly fresh thing about Her Majesty's SPIFFING, then, is that it's built upon one giant...

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    Switch eShop

    Review Oh...Sir! The Hollywood Roast

    Not worthy of a closeup

    To make it in Hollywood, you gotta grow a thick skin. You need to be able to take criticism from fans, friends, and rivals alike, and dish it out in return. From movie sets to award ceremonies, there's always going to be someone looking to take your crown, and make you feel more like a bumbling extra than a true superstar...

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    Switch eShop

    Review Oh...Sir! The Insult Simulator

    Sharpen your wits, not your sword

    Video games frequently rely on a good old-fashioned fist fight in order to resolve conflict, relishing the chance to set up riotous action scenes at the drop of a hat. In all of that excitement it's often too easy to forget that most demoralising of attacks; the humble insult. If someone takes your seat on the...

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    Switch eShop

    Review Darkest Dungeon

    Hard luck story

    Darkest Dungeon might just have you questioning your sanity. This is a game that delights in making you feel wretched, whether through its brutal difficulty or its oppressively bleak atmosphere. And yet before long you'll swear blind that you're having the time of your life.  Sanity plays an integral part in DD. This brutal...

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    Switch eShop

    Review Tennis

    Simple name, even simpler game

    When Wii Sports helped to launch Nintendo Wii back in 2006, the Tennis mode was lauded as one of the reasons to own the console and an instant hit with gamers of any age or skill level. Its simple yet addictive gameplay was easy to pick up on and follow, and on top of that it shipped with four other excellent sports to...

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    Switch eShop

    Review Lost Sphear

    Lost and found

    By this point in time, JRPGs have come quite a long way since their humble beginnings, and it seems like every new release is trying to find a way to reinvent the wheel once more with a flashy new battle system or premise. Even so, there’s a certain kind of charm to the relative simplicity of early JRPGs, and that’s what Tokyo RPG...

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    3DS eShop

    Review Pokémon Crystal Version

    Crystal clear

    Akin to Pokémon Yellow's existence to Pokémon Red and Blue, Pokémon Crystal is the next critter-catching adventure to round-off a generation of main series, handheld Pokémon games – that being Pokémon Gold and Silver

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    Switch

    Review Tales Of The Tiny Planet

    Can we adopt one?

    Tales Of The Tiny Planet is one of a number of games that have arrived on Switch from the mobile gaming world; by taking games that have found success on those devices, and then adding some new elements or generally sprucing things up a little, we’ve been treated to some very welcome ports indeed. While not every one of these...

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    Review Celeste

    The Magic Mountain

    Starting out life as an entry for a game jam back in 2015, developer Matt Makes Games (of TowerFall fame) has brought Celeste to Nintendo Switch as a fully realised action platformer. Popularised by fellow Switch indie Super Meat Boy - which was in turn inspired by designer Matt Thorson's freeware series Jumper - Celeste...

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    Review Super One More Jump

    Another before bed

    If you were to ever develop a 2D platformer in this day and age, releasing it hot off the heels of Super Meat Boyprobably isn’t the greatest of ideas. However, that’s exactly what the team at Premo Games has done with Super One More Jump, a former mobile title that has been completely reworked for Nintendo Switch. So after...

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    Switch eShop

    Review Tachyon Project

    Shmup or schmuck?

    Tachyon Project is a game on a mission to shake up the twin-stick shooter genre. What started with Robotron: 2084 and then revitalized with Geometry Wars, it must be hard to deviate from the formula and succeed based on the number of games that have released since Bizarre Creations’ magnum opus that have yet to be memorable. What...

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    Review Zero Gunner 2

    Impressive chopper

    The Switch has become something of a treasure trove of retro goodness, with companies like Hamster and Zerodiv bringing a host of old-school classics to the eShop on a weekly basis. For shooter fans, Nintendo's console is a real goldmine, with Blazing Star, Pulstar, Strikers 1945 and Gunbird already available for download. Now,...

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    Switch eShop / Neo Geo

    Review Power Spikes II

    Underpowered volleyball action

    In among the Neo Geo library of games there are a number of titles (some already on Switch) that take a sport and rework it into a simple, quick-to-play arcade experience. The latest arrival on the eShop is Video System’s Power Spikes II, a volleyball game that gives you a choice of eight four-person teams and then...

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    Switch eShop

    Review Of Mice And Sand -Revised-

    “Tell me about the mice, George”

    If you were about to go on a huge exploration of a vast, wild desert, especially one known for housing terrifying sand monsters that can eat you whole, it would be understandable if you considered mice to be an unwise choice for your crew. As it turns out, though, these mice are wonderfully hard workers and your...

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    Switch eShop

    Review Gunhouse

    Block and load

    They say that one's home is his castle, and Gunhouse from Necrosoft Games puts you front and centre to defend yours. Part sliding block puzzle game, part tower defence, the two radically different gameplay styles come together to produce a radical experience. Although mobile ports are becoming more prominent on Switch, and matching...

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    Switch eShop

    Review Baseball Riot

    I predict a riot

    Wii Sports and 1-2-Switch both brought the noble game of baseball into the homes of many a family, probably grazing a few vases and TVs in the process. The sense of satisfaction felt when timing your swing perfectly to score a home run against a parent or sibling was arguably as good as nailing a power serve in Wii Tennis or a...

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    Switch eShop

    Review Dustoff Heli Rescue 2

    Whirlybird gets the worm

    The Switch's portable nature has made it an ideal home for games previously designed with the mobile market in mind, but not every port makes the transition as cleanly as the next. Question is, how does Invictus Games' second flight in the cockpit fare now that it’s taken to the skies of Ninty's hybrid hardware?...

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    Switch eShop

    Review ChromaGun

    All the puzzles of the rainbow

    Colours should be easy, right? Take one primary colour, mix it with another and a whole new one blends into existence. Easy peasy. But take that simple notion and leave it in the company of a clever, puzzle-minded indie studio and things start to get… well, complicated. Now those colours can be pumped from a gun -...

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    Switch eShop

    Review Arcade Archives Double Dragon

    Brief, flawed but enjoyable arcade action

    Scrolling beat ‘em ups may be simple affairs that just have you moving along smacking groups of thugs in the face, but when they are done right they can be hugely entertaining. Before Streets Of Rage, before Final Fight the game that got people excited was Technos’ Double Dragon, which put you in control...

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    Switch eShop

    Review Super Meat Boy

    A meaty adventure

    Stop us if you've heard this one before; Switch just got a port of a last-gen classic and it's selling like hotcakes. Super Meat Boy is the latest success story on Nintendo's latest hardware, despite having released on Wii U late in 2016. SMB is the brainchild of Binding Of

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    Switch eShop

    Review BRAWL

    A whiff in the dark

    It’s not uncommon to see a video game take inspiration from others; making liberal use of another’s formula, tweaking it with their own unique ideas in the hopes of pushing some boundaries and changing the gaming landscape all the while. Whereas most games will zig where others have zagged, Bloober Team’s BRAWL takes a road...

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    Switch eShop

    Review Vesta

    Hey! Listen!

    The Legend Of Zelda is one of those series that has had an immeasurable impact on gaming as a whole, yet no copycats have yet managed to quite hit the heights of the famous series. Every now and then, however, you come across one of those games that just gets it. Enter Vesta, a quirky sci-fi puzzler starring a girl and her big robot...

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    Switch eShop

    Review Shu

    Glide don't run

    Shu doesn't reflect many modern 2D platformer trends. It's far too old school for that. Rather perversely, it's this traditional approach that makes the game feel rather fresh. We're not dealing with an explorative Metroidvania here, nor is Shu a roguelike with randomised levels and permadeath. It's just a plain old fashioned...

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    Switch eShop

    Review Yōdanji

    Ghosts in the machine

    While some videogame genres remain quite open-ended in interpretation - puzzles or platformers, for instance - others have become decidedly codified. Perhaps no template exemplifies this phenomenon as much as the ‘roguelike’, a game type born from its 1980 PC namesake and with a modern presence on nearly every console under...

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    Switch eShop

    Review Ambition Of The Slimes

    Here come the slimes

    If you’ve ever played any type of RPG, especially those that see you exploring dark, dingy dungeons to kill off numerous enemies, you will almost undoubtedly have encountered your fair share of slimes. These little creatures have almost become the joke of the gaming world, the monster that gets thrown in as a tutorial because...

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    Switch eShop

    Review Azkend 2: The World Beneath

    Charted territory

    It might be becoming increasingly difficult to choose between the slew of board-based, connection-style puzzles titles on Switch, as their simple mechanics combined with lower price points make them a good option for casual players. Whether spinning in 360-degrees or siding from left to right, the continuous flow of colours and...

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    Switch eShop

    Review InnerSpace

    To infinity and beyond

    Right from the off, InnerSpace has a particularly mysterious and alluring quality to it. Billed as an exploration-flying game, this title is the latest offering from Dallas-based studio PolyKnight Games and it is, without question, its most ambitious game to date. InnerSpace aims to take you on a journey, ultimately...

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    Switch eShop

    Review 60 Seconds!

    Dropping the bomb

    The survival genre is one that’s seen a bit of a resurgence in recent years, with a new wave of indies leading the charge. One wouldn’t think that a game intentionally designed to be difficult would be much fun, but there’s certainly plenty of satisfaction to be found in overcoming the odds and managing to eke out a victory...

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    Switch eShop

    Review Nightmare Boy

    Boy, it's a nightmare

    Despite the console only being less than year old, we Switch owners aren't exactly short of top notch Metroidvania games to call upon. Axiom Verge and and Steamworld Dig 2 spring instantly to mind - probably using hard-won jump-boots. All of which means that when an interesting-but-flawed take on the genre such...

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    Switch eShop / Neo Geo

    Review Art Of Fighting 2

    Like before, but a bit better

    After bringing the first Art Of Fighting game to Switch, HAMSTER made the typically HAMSTER move of skipping ahead to Art Of Fighting 3: The Path Of The Warrior. That instalment offered a different, but more accomplished fighting experience and now the gap between those two is plugged with Art Of Fighting 2 which...

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    Switch eShop

    Review Romancing SaGa 2

    Heir to the empire

    To this day, there is still a number of prestigious Japanese role-playing games western audiences have not had the opportunity to play. Up until recently, Romancing SaGa 2 was one of these titles. First released in Japan in 1993 on Super Famicom, the second instalment actually counts as the fifth entry in Akitoshi Kawazu’s SaGa...

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    Review World To The West

    Two worlds, actually

    World To The West is the most recent offering from Rain Games, the studio behind the wonderful indie hit Teslagrad. While being a follow-up to its previous game in some ways (one of the characters can control electricity and magnetism just like in Teslagrad’s gameplay, for example), this new experience has actually taken...

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    Review Unepic

    +3 advantage to loot drops, major disadvantage to cheesy comedy

    Once relegated to the dustiest of basements and the back corners of hobby stores worldwide, Dungeons & Dragons has been enjoying something of a resurgence lately; even the cool kids want to join in on some sword swinging and spell slinging. Whether we've all just become more...

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    Review DragonFangZ - The Rose & Dungeon Of Time

    Going deeper underground

    DragonFangZ - The Rose & Dungeon Of Time from Japanese studio Toydea, is an intriguing and charming mix of genres, utilising both the resource management systems and turn-based combat from traditional JRPG's along with elements such as randomly generated levels and permadeath from roguelikes. You assume the role of...

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    Review Draw A Stickman: EPIC 2

    Sure to draw a crowd

    Whether it’s a daydreaming doodle in a school textbook or a sneaky sketch during a work meeting, we’ve all probably spent a little too much time making up crudely-drawn stickmen over the years. It’s one of those instantly familiar forms of childhood storytelling, and it’s a conceit that helps bring the cute world of Draw...

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    Review Nuclien

    Why was six afraid of seven?

    Combining the need for intense levels of concentration and particularly good hand-eye coordination, Nuclien is a game of fast reflexes and occasional multi-tasking. The game presents itself as being set in an empty void where you (as a DNA architect) are tasked with successfully sequencing the DNA that will become the...

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    Review Furi

    Don't get mad, get even

    Giving this game the name Furi is a bit like calling Super Mario Odyssey 'Joi' or Resident Evil Revelations 'Fier'. Make no mistake, the emotion most people will come to associate with Furi is cold, hard fury. If you have the patience of a saint and/or a healthy streak of stubbornness, however, there's quite a lot to enjoy...

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    Review The Escapists 2

    The great escape

    If prison escape films have taught us anything, it's that there's no shortcut to flying the coop for any jailbird. It's a drawn-out struggle that the The Escapists 2 captures brilliantly. From The Great Escape to The Shawshank Redemption via Escape from Alcatraz, we've learned that even the most brilliant jailbreak requires...

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    Switch eShop

    Review Embers Of Mirrim

    Once upon a time...

    Is the video game medium considered art? That’s a question that will get some incredibly different responses depending on who you ask, and it can be a rather difficult one to answer. Simple games such as Pac-Man are made purely for raw entertainment purposes, but then there are games made with a bit more heart at their centre,...

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    Switch eShop

    Review RXN -Raijin-

    Grind the lightning

    Appearing suddenly on the eShop with very little fanfare, RXN -Raijin- is an interesting beast from Gulti Games - a team forged from the remnants of Japanese arcade manufacturer Seibu Kaihatsu - previously known for its work on the Raiden series. Created in part to celebrate the studio's 10th anniversary, this...

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    Switch eShop / Neo Geo

    Review King Of The Monsters

    Fun for a few rounds

    Thanks to HAMSTER’s ACA Neo Geo series there are plenty of options for Switch owners looking to engage in some virtual fisticuffs. SNK’s King Of The Monsters offers something a bit different to the other choices however, as it is essentially a wrestling game, albeit a wrestling game with giant monsters duking it out and...

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    Switch eShop

    Review OPUS: The Day We Found Earth

    Stars in their eyes

    With all the massive open-world adventures that have found a happy home on Switch so far, it’s equally nice to see indie developers crafting compelling experiences on much smaller scales. OPUS: The Day We Found Earth, a narrative-driven mobile port from indie studio SIGONO, certainly fits into that category, and it’s an...

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    Switch eShop / Neo Geo

    Review The King Of Fighters '96

    Or, the one with Geese Howard

    Much like the first two instalments, The King Of Fighters '96 gives you a diverse roster of 2D fighters to pick from as you assemble a team of three to punch, kick, throw and brag your way to victory. The third instalment in the series also sees the sprites of old discarded for an instantly familiar hand-drawn...

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    Switch eShop

    Review Pic-A-Pix Deluxe

    Pick 'n' miss

    Nonogram puzzles, with their grid-based picture building by numbers formula, have been a staple on Nintendo consoles since the days of Game Boy. In fact, Switch has barely been out a year and it already has two such titles to its name - Picross S and Piczle Lines DX - and now it has a third in the form of

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    Switch eShop / Neo Geo

    Review Pulstar

    Not just a pretty face

    The lush pre-rendered visuals of Donkey Kong Country certainly impressed in 1994, so it seemed inevitable that other companies would employ the technique in an attempt to draw admiring glances. So it was that Aicom released Pulstar the following year on Neo Geo. The end results was both visually impressive and lots of fun...

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    Switch eShop

    Review Woodle Tree Adventures

    Branch out

    Woodle Tree Adventures from Fabio Ferrara and Chubby Pixel is a 3D platformer that takes place in a natural and soft yet rather angular world. You are the offspring of a giant mustache-toting square tree who tasks you with collecting fairy tears to quench the thirst of the increasingly demanding world you inhabit. With a rucksack on your...

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