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Review: Gunman Clive 2 (3DS eShop)

Gunman Clive 2 (3DS eShop)

Panda-ing to its fans

When Gunman Clive arrived as a budget, bite-sized slice of action platforming on the 3DS in late 2012 it unsurprisingly earned a lot of praise. Its intentionally grubby paper aesthetic and simple, highly polished gameplay seemed like a loving - and skilful - homage to franchises such as Mega Man; that didn't go unnoticed by...

Review: Monster Combine TD (3DS eShop)

Monster Combine TD (3DS eShop)

Plants vs. Monsters

When you think of a tower defence game, what usually comes to mind is a long, winding path, with various build spots situated around it. As you defeat enemies, you earn more money to place units on these spots, and they will automatically attack any enemies that come within range. However, while that might be the most common...

Review: Best of Mahjong (3DS eShop)

Best of Mahjong (3DS eShop)

A lovely pair

Mahjong is a tile-based game that is utterly steeped in history and mystery – nobody really knows how old it is, as many different sources claim different dates of conception, and it seems nobody's keen to agree any time soon. This Chinese game is highly regarded in the East, but its presence in the West is significantly less...

Review: Breath of Fire (Wii U eShop / SNES)

Breath of Fire (Wii U eShop / SNES)

Dragon its heels behind the competition

The age of the 16-bit RPG is well-remembered, and many iconic titles from the time are still cherished by fans to this day. From Final Fantasy III to Chrono Trigger, the genre showed genuine growth through some shining examples of emotive storytelling mixed with addictive gameplay. Not one to miss out on all...

Review: uWordsmith (Wii U eShop)

uWordsmith (Wii U eShop)

Limited lexicon

Word games are rather less common these days than in their most prolific period, but if you're going to build one the Wii U seems like prime real estate for doing so. uWordsmith takes advantage of the GamePad to create a simple yet snappy style of wordplay, but some setbacks make it less than letter perfect. Three modes exist in the...

Review: Space Lift Danger Panic! (3DS eShop)

Space Lift Danger Panic! (3DS eShop)

Repetitive Tapping Sci-Fi Game!

If you're looking for a bizarrely named game that does interesting things with what little it has to offer, look no further than Space Lift Danger Panic! The flagship 3DS eShop title from developer Springloaded, this provides very basic gameplay but manages to combine it with a mysterious and alluring story to balance...

Review: Street Fighter 2010: The Final Fight (Wii U eShop / NES)

Street Fighter 2010: The Final Fight (Wii U eShop / NES)

Planet Hopper 1990

Capcom's Street Fighter 2010: The Final Fight is an interesting game, arriving on the NES after the release of the first Street Fighter, but before its sequel hit arcades and caused an explosion of interest in one-on-one brawlers. The game's story was changed for the western release to at least try and justify the use of the name...

Review: Family Tennis SP (Wii U eShop)

Family Tennis SP (Wii U eShop)

Not without its faults

If there's one thing that Arc System Works - with this game published by Shin'en Multimedia - can't be accused of, it's of sticking to one genre. Over the years it has displayed a competent ability to develop quality beat 'em ups, side scrolling fighters and even racing games, such as Final Lap, a game that dates as far back...

Review: Penguins of Madagascar (3DS)

Penguins of Madagascar (3DS)

Likely to ruffle a few feathers

Everybody loves penguins, right? Well, judging by the success of the Madagascar movie spin-off Penguins of Madagascar it would seem so. The success of a family CGI movie almost certainly results in two things - more movies in the same vein, and a video game adaption for the franchise. Penguins of Madagascar is...

Review: Battleminer (3DS eShop)

Battleminer (3DS eShop)

Like stepping on a landmine

Mojang's Minecraft, a small indie title that has become a pop culture phenomenon, would seem like a perfect fit for Nintendo platforms, with a large sense of wonder and creative gameplay. Unfortunately, Nintendo is the only major gaming platform without a version of the venerable franchise. At first glance, Wobbly Tooth...

Review: Kemonomix+ (3DS eShop)

Kemonomix+ (3DS eShop)

Double-plus-ungood

One of the quirkier titles to hit the 3DS eShop recently, Rocket Studios' Kemonomix+ is the sequel to a Japan-only DSiWare game from 2010: a streamlined simulation featuring a combination of exploration, time-management and monster rearing set on a faraway pastel planet. It borrows good ideas from excellent influences, but leaves...

Review: Lucadian Chronicles (Wii U eShop)

Lucadian Chronicles (Wii U eShop)

A killer hand

Card games certainly have their place in Nintendo's history; any fan of Pokémon will know just how important the trading cards were to the series' success, especially upon its début in the '90s. While it may seem strange to turn a card game into a video game — after all, much of the appeal comes from the physical act of using cards...

Review: Axelay (Wii U eShop / SNES)

Axelay (Wii U eShop / SNES)

Restoring some Life Force to the 2D shooter

When you run through the list of prolific Japanese software houses during the 8 and 16-bit eras, Konami's name is usually pretty close to the top. Like rivals Capcom and Namco, it benefited from the incredible global success of the Nintendo's NES and many of its classic franchises gained astonishing...

Review: 3D After Burner II (3DS eShop)

3D After Burner II (3DS eShop)

The need for speed

Classic ports always fare better when handled by a team that approaches the source game's legacy with the utmost respect, and without a hint of hyperbole 3D After Burner II is a truly exceptional retread. Developer M2 has worked wonders with this re-release of Sega's 1987 arcade cabinet, presenting a faithful port that captures...

Review: Cake Ninja 3: The Legend Continues (Wii U eShop)

Cake Ninja 3: The Legend Continues (Wii U eShop)

Legendarily mundane

Apparently, ninjas hate cakes, and developer Cypronia has been struggling to produce a decent game based off this assumption since its first attempt on DSiWare back in 2011. With years of experience under its belt and a baked goods massacre to show for it, has the move to Wii U made for a more substantial title? Let's begin by...

Review: Best of Solitaire (3DS eShop)

Best of Solitaire (3DS eShop)

All by myself

Who doesn't love a good old card game? They're enjoyable, relaxing and you can even play them by yourself if you're socially lacking at the time. Best of Solitaire may seem like a tempting purchase if you're a fan of the solo four-suit adventure, but is it worth spending your money on? Best of Solitaire loads up almost instantly after...

Review: PUZZLEBOX setup (3DS eShop)

PUZZLEBOX setup (3DS eShop)

Flip the script

It's always refreshing when a game comes along that challenges norms and makes its players rethink the standards of a genre. The modern gaming market is so abundant that even the least common genres are saturated with new titles, making it even more appreciated when something that feels new makes its way onto consoles. As Nintendo...

Review: Mes Comptines (3DS eShop)

Mes Comptines (3DS eShop)

Straight Outta Comptines

If you know My First Songs or its sequel on the 3DS, then Mes Comptines (French for “My Rhymes" or “My Nursery Rhymes") will be very familiar territory, even with a language shift. This is the same simplistic rhythm game for small children as its predecessors, and that's really not such a bad thing. Mes Comptines comes...