• Review Spectrum (Switch eShop)

    Limited palette

    Is a platformer still a platformer when you don't actually jump on any platforms? That's just one of the (rather pointless) questions we found ourselves pondering whilst playing Spectrum. It says a fair amount about the general Spectrum experience. For one thing, that question references the fact that this is an odd sort of...

  • Review Unexplored (Switch eShop)

    Crawling in the dark

    While Unexplored finds itself in plenty of company on Nintendo Switch - the console is currently inundated with various takes on the procedurally generated roguelite - Ludomotion’s cyclic experience manages to offer something a little bit different. Yes, it’s top-down. Yes, it’s a dungeon crawler. And yes, it’s...


  • Review Paranautical Activity (Switch eShop)

    Shooting itself in the foot

    Paranautical Activity is the kind of game that will likely place your Nintendo Switch, your Joy-Cons or your Pro Controller in serious danger. Few games can incite blood-boiling rage and white-hot fury as much as Code Avarice’s low-fi mashup of FPS mechanics and roguelike systems. You’ll have fun here and there, but...


  • Review INK (Switch eShop)

    Paint the town rainbow

    Don’t let the colourful palette in INK deceive you, as friendly as it might look, this is a game – originally released in 2015 – inspired by fast-paced and challenging platform titles such as Super Meat Boy. With failure inevitable, it’s all about learning from your previous mistakes as you work your way through...


  • Review Don't Die Mr Robot! DX (Switch eShop)

    Can’t touch this!

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


  • Review Slayaway Camp: Butcher's Cut (Switch eShop)

    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...

  • Review Bleed 2 (Switch eShop)

    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...


  • Review The Coma: Recut (Switch eShop)

    School's out

    The Coma: Recut is a remastered 2D side-scrolling horror game that follows the life of high school student Youngho as he battles the pressure of academic success and social acceptance, which just so happens tol come to a strange and creepy crescendo on the day of his final exams.  Youngho struggles with his studies all through the...


  • Review Bleed (Switch eShop)

    A deep cut

    Bleed is a vibrant, pixel art 2D run and gun platformer that comes from one man team Ian Campbell/ Bootdisk Revolution. For our spunky protagonist Wryn, winning the coveted title of the best hero in video games (trademark) is her one and only objective, and a hand written checklist of competitors are all that stand in her way in order to...

  • Review Slain: Back From Hell (Switch eShop)

    I'll be gone when the morning comes

    Those of you old enough to have grown up during the "golden age" of heavy metal will no doubt feel a connection with Slain: Back from Hell the moment you boot it up. The moody, pixel-heavy visuals could have leapt straight from an Iron Maiden album cover, while the raucous, guitar-drenched soundtrack will have...


  • Review Letter Quest Remastered (Switch eShop)

    I’ll have a consonant please

    As many a great philosopher will have once said (we imagine), “words are the world’s most powerful weapon”. Taking that statement rather literally, Letter Quest Remastered is a game that is built around using words and spelling to dish out damage to opponents – longer words with rarer characters within them can...


  • Review Letter Quest Remastered (Wii U eShop)

    Words are your weapon

    It's not uncommon to detest the idea of a video game designed to educate. This may sound like a huge generalisation, but take a moment to consider a time when you played even a mildly educational computer game. Maybe it was a complete mistake on your behalf, or somehow was a sense of relief from your regular schedule. Either...


  • Review Paranautical Activity (Wii U eShop)

    Horrifying yet hard to put down

    Have you ever watched a movie that's so bad it's good? One that you know you rationally should not enjoy, but do anyway? If you have, then you might understand the appeal of Paranautical Activity. Paranautical Activity is a bit like a mashup of three separate games in three disparate genres. The core gameplay...