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2024

Important note:  Although I only post positive reviews, that doesn't mean every game automatically gets one. My biggest layer of quality control is that I only review games I think I'm likely to enjoy.  Even then, only around 75% of games reviewed have received my recommendation.  Long story short?  Just making it to this list is a mark of quality.

Songs of Conquest

12 June 2024

Pre-release review: Has some promising aspects; looks good, and bullet hell-style boss fights seem promising. Right now, it's a little clunky and the level & enemy attack patterns need more work.

Read my First Impressions here!

Echoes

08 June 2024

Echoes is a visual novel that starts as a detective murder mystery but unfolds into a dark supernatural government conspiracy. It's very well written and the art style perfectly fits the mood.

Check and Slash

07 June 2024

Check and Slash is not what you'd think. It's essentially realtime hack-and-slash (except the baddies shoot) with some rogue elements. It's a bit grindy and repetitive but the boss fights are decent.

What the Car?

06 June 2024

What the Car? is a bonkers fun party-style racing game full of all manner of zany "driving" mechanisms. Levels are packed with shortcuts and alternative routs and the "bonus" levels are awesome.

Read the review here!

Whispers in the Moss

04 June 2024

Whispers in the Moss is a fairly traditional JRPG but with retro text-based UI. Interesting characters, decently writing, interesting locations to visit, and the ANSI/ASCII art is impressive.

The Last WarMage

31 May 2024

The Last WarMage could use a little more polish but it's a lot of fun. Essentially tapper but with weapon & enemy variety, ammo management and dynamic controls. Thoughtful and can get hectic

Archaeogem

29 May 2024

Archaeogem looks good and plays smooth even if the whip mechanic is a little counter-intuitive. It's a challenging precision platformer with huge levels that require both thought and reflexes to beat

Vampire Survivors
DLC: Operation Guns

27 May 2024

Operation Guns is a massive DLC and totally worth the price even if you know nothing about Contra (and of course there's a huge nostalgia bonus if you are familiar).  It comes with two new maps; the main map is huge and I think one of the most interesting in the game with different regions separated by bridges, buildings, secret passages through forests, and of course it's populated by hordes of Contra baddies. The big mecha bosses are particularly cool.  Also, Operation Guns comes with a whopping 11 new characters (and of course I absolutely love Bill Rizer with his long gun), and 22 new weapons - machine guns, homing missiles, and some cool new passive upgrades that don't take slots. As if that wasn't enough, there's also a new adventure.  Oh! And the new music is bangin'!

Read the review here!

Songs of Conquest

26 April 2024

Songs of Conquest is an impressive homage to HoMM while featuring enough subtle but key differences - lore, story, factions, mechanics - that it stands up on its own. Love the campaign & aesthetics

Read my First Impressions here!

Parkour Legends

25 May 2024

Citadel Stormer is an exceptional retro-style shooter. Never mind the cute kiddy graphics, this is a challenging game with ammo management and platforming. Very fun, reminds me of Commander Keen.

Parkour Legends

20 May 2024

Parkour Legends is an exceptional platformer that makes the most of the sport it mimics. Run, slide, crawl, jump, grab, flip - timing is crucial and the controls are well thought out. Fast-paced fun.

Fay's Factory

19 May 2024

Fay's Factory is a gem. An RPG at heart, packed full of meaningful choice & consequence. Features top shelf low poly art, unique setting pivotal to the story, and an unusual & innovative combat system

Asta Pool

18 May 2024

Asta Pool is an exceptional pool game featuring a range of innovative cue game rules (I love freeze mode!), tables (no gravity rules!), balls & holes with special abilities. Very creative and fun.

Let Bions be Bygones

10 May 2024

Let Bions Be Bygones is an adventure game with an engaging, unexpected story carried primarily through dialogue and visual storytelling. Absolutely love the artwork and cyberpunk/noir aesthetic

Read the review here!

Dice Assassin

05 May 2024

Dice Assassin is a chess-based tactical roguelike. Features a good range of enemies & special abilities but slow progression means it can get grindy. The boss fights are excellent.

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Hexahedra

04 May 2024

Hexahedra is an interesting puzzle game that integrates (visual) coding. Requires critical thought, clever design, and the right sequencing with lots of complex moving parts. Fun and challenging.

Command & Conquer 3

01 May 2024

One of the best C&C titles and one of the best RTS games out, even today. It's aged surprisingly well - still holds up remarkably well even in 2024.

Pilapila

30 April 2024

Pilapila's a fun, challenging puzzle game. Concept's simple; lay blocks to get to the exit but new mechanics introduced every few levels adding complexity. 70 levels with challenges (and bonus levels)

Footgun: Underground

27 April 2024

Footgun is a super fun shooter with a fresh soccer-based shooting gimmick. That makes aiming tricky and there's lots of bouncing and special weapons and attacks. Love the bosses and bonus levels.

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Rauniot

21 April 2024

Rauniot has a few imperfections but overall it is a very solid point and click with great artwork, an interesting setting that really comes to life, dark gritty characters, and an engaging story

Read my First Impressions here!

Cakefoot

15 April 2024

Cakefoot could use more polish (esp. arcade mode) but it's actually really fun! Trying to move along a winding disconnected track while dodging a variety of moving obstacles and bullets is tricky!

Laysara: Summit Kingdom

14 April 2024

Laysara is an exceptional city builder with a unique Himalayan aesthetic that really concentrates on the environment. Challenges are fun & management mechanics are tightly interwoven, really well made.

Read the review here!

Yellow Taxi Goes Vroom

13 April 2024

Yellow Taxi is an exception retro platformer with a great sense of humour, really fun level design (which gets better as you play through), some tricky obstacles to beat and tons of secrets to find!

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Nuke Them All

11 April 2024

Nuke Them All is a promising new RTS that replaces base building with Capture the Flag and tick timers. It's an interesting concept held back at the moment by balance issues. But still in Early Access!

Read my First Impressions here!

Cease to Breathe

10 April 2024

Cease to Breathe is a faithful rendition of the parser adventure games from the 90s. It's big for the genre; tons of screens & interactables. Nice art. Very challenging - not for the faint-hearted!

A Living Room

09 April 2024

A Living Room is an interesting foray into.. existentialism, maybe? Presented as a quirky point and click. It's surprisingly clever, often funny, but only around ~30 minutes playtime.

Citizen Sleeper

07 April 2024

Citizen Sleeper is an absolute top shelf text adventure with a deep, complex narrative, engaging world building, and full of very real characters with very real problems. Every decision matters.

Mighty Mage

05 April 2024

A bullet heaven with some promising new mechanics that's unfortunately a little too shallow to really deliver on. Keep going, devs! This could really be great!

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Koala Kids Golf

04 April 2024

Koala Kids Golf is fantastic, one of the best party/golf games I've played. Really fun (and huge) levels, love the special challenge levels & had a great time playing multiplayer with my young fella.

Azoove

03 April 2024

EA: Azoove is a fun new card-based survival game with strong resource management elements. I love the way you build your story as you play through. Could benefit from more variety but still in EA.

Read the review here!

Outpost: Infinity Siege

02 April 2024

Outpost Infinity Siege is a very ambitious shooter with base management, exploration/salvage elements, and a campaign story. Looks great but needs more TLC, particularly AI upgrade. Keep an eye on it.

Read my First Impressions here!

StarsAway

01 April 2024

StarsAway is a genuinely fun & challenging rail shooter reminiscent of maybe Star Goose (1988)? 3 difficulty modes which is good but could use a tad more variety in the track with each run

Cosmic Express

30 March 2024

Cosmic Express is a bloody big puzzle game. It's sokoban-based, but the addition of the rail system means you can't backtrack, adding another layer of complexity. Fun but gets challenging quickly!

Starlight & the Silver Key

29 March 2024

Starlight & the Silver Key has a grindy repetitive start that's a bit of a turn-off.. but once past that I was hooked for the next two hours. Decent puzzles, quirky story, great sense of humour

A Good Snowman is Hard to Build

28 March 2024

A Good Snowman is fun puzzle game built on a simple premise. Cute graphics & kid friendly although puzzles do get more challenging as you progress. Clever level design makes for a fun game.

Acolyte of the Altar

25 March 2024

Acolyte of the Altar is a strong entry to the card battler genre with a small range of exciting new mechanics for an engaging and challenging experience. Awesome card art & UI too.

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Sokobond

17 March 2024

Sokobond's fun. Could benefit from a touch more guidance as working out the winning bond can be trial & error but good range of chemistry-themed mechanics, clean ui, and 100 levels to play through.

A Monster's Expedition

16 March 2024

A Monster's Expedition is a super chill puzzle game where the world itself is the puzzle. Its best feature is its sense of humour as you explore the strange world of humans through a monster's eyes.

Bonfire Peaks

15 March 2024

Bonfire Peaks under-sells itself. It's actually a great little puzzle game. Sokoban-based but it makes great use of all three dimensions. Includes a good range of layered mechanics. Looks good, fun.

Astral Vangard

11 March 2024

EA Review: Astral Vangard has the bones of a good game. Full version should have ample variety of upgrades & enemies. Needs animations or SFX and greater variety in enemy attack patterns to shine.

Cat & Onion

10 March 2024

Cat & Onion is a delightful little platformer. Cute characters, charming story, good sense of humour, few secrets to find. Fun but very short (~30 mins). Would love if it was 10 levels longer!

Bore Blasters

09 March 2024

Bore Blasters is an addictive loot & shoot game. A story pushes you through the game with missions but you can play each level in a different world. Tons of upgrades. Good simple fun - addictive!

Showdown Effect: Reloaded

07 March 2024

Showdown Effect's a fun multiplayer brawler. Fast paced and can get intense. Best feature is the level design; sprawling but somehow never feels empty and plenty of environment interactions.

Potions: A Curious Tale

06 March 2024

Potions is a lovely child-friendly RPG with a nice story. A touch heavy on fetch quests but also includes exploration, puzzles, battles, and a solid crafting system that encourages trial & error.

Floramancer

05 March 2024

Floramancer is a chill top-down shooter with an impressive variety of spells, randomly generated areas for better replayability, exploration, and some challenging boss fights. Fun for all ages.

Read the review here!

The Thaumaturge

04 March 2024

The Thaumaturge is fantastic. With its unique setting, engaging story, strong writing, and surprisingly nuanced combat, it's rapidly shaping up as one my favourite recent RPGs.

Read the in-depth review here!

Sokobond Express

29 February 2024

Sokobond Express features a range of chemical interactions turned into sokobond puzzle mechanics. It's very clever but can be challenging to engage with if your chemistry knowledge is not solid.

Nemire

26 February 2024

Nemire's kind of like Dungeon Keeper if DK was a turn-based tactical game. Could use a touch more polish but I love the characters - weapon skills and perks actually make for interesting combat. Fun.

Geometry Survivor

25 February 2024

Geometry Survivor is more retro arcade shooter than it is survivors-like, and I love the splash neon vector art. Tons of variety, very replayable (addictive!) - it's definitely worth the look.

Read the review here!

Which Way Up Space Olympics

20 February 2024

Which Way Up is an awesome multiplayer arcade game that features a stack of different game modes to compete against. Fun with 2P, be even better with 3-4. Young fella and I love it!

Read my First Impressions here!

Of Murder & Moonshine

16 February 2024

Unusual mission-based shooter where you play a hitman. Features a great noir setting, jazz track, glorious pixels, delightfully challenging gameplay, and a sense of humour. Loving this one!

Read the review here!

Rotate Word Puzzle

14 February 2024

Solid puzzle game - doesn't break any new ground but it looks good, clean UI, it's very simple to jump into, the clues give just the right amount away, and there's plenty of randomisation & variety. Not super challenging but enough to get the brain ticking and a relaxing way to kill some time. 

Panda Go

11 February 2024

Panda Go is a clever turn-based puzzle game. Puzzles are all logic based but take patience and forethought. Some clunky moves but great range of guards and trap mechanics & well-designed levels.

Exiled Survivors

8 February 2024

EA Review: Exiled Survivors is an exciting upcoming survivors-like that feature skill trees and more diverse enemies & bosses (some shoot back). Needs more polish (particularly UI) but v. promising.

Magnus Positive Phototaxis

7 February 2024

Magnus Positive Phototaxis is a short but neat puzzle game with some engaging visual storytelling elements. There's a decent range of puzzles packed into such a short game. Worth the jaunt!

Lazarus AD 2222

6 February 2024

Lazarus is a v. short but decent visual novel with an interesting story and some surprisingly engaging puzzles. I like the art style - evocative - but it and the writing could use a touch more poilsh.

Ruiga Pirates

5 February 2024

EA Review: Ruiga Pirates is a well-made survivors-like with a sweet nautical theme. Still some kinks but constantly being improved. Love the different ships & weapons. Missions & deeds will be awesome

Jett Rider

4 February 2024

I'm a sucker for any game with a jetpack but Jett Rider really is an exceptional modern platformer. Tons of variety, loads of secrets to find, smooth controls, super polished, really heaps of fun.

Read the review here!

Twilight Oracle

2 February 2024

A delightful light-hearted point and click. Veterans may find the puzzles a little simplistic but the retro feel's authentic, the story's fun, the locations and inventory are interesting. V. enjoyable

Quantum Fluctuation

31 January 2024

​Great puzzle game - very unusual and very hard. Graphics are minimalist but clean but you won't have time to worry about them anyway. Trying to match (or sometimes oppose) colours, symbols & sizes to get another series of different colours, symbols & sizes, while trying to ensure you get exactly the right amount for the final product after splitting and putting back together, creating layers of challenges while also competing against a time limit. Enjoyable but very tough!

The Cub

26 January 2024

One of the best visual storytelling games I've played. Great art, surprisingly interactive for the genre, but the real standout is the martian radio element. Only a few hours long but memorable.

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Wild Legion

23 January 2024

Wild Legion's a fun new Survivors-like. Needs a little more polish in some areas but looks & sounds great. Good range of weapon and I love the pet catching, day/night phases & turrets were interesting

Hidden Through Time 2: Myths & Magic

26 January 2024

Hidden Through Time 2 is an exceptional "Where's Wally-like." Great graphics, user friendly, super interactive and I love the themes. A chill way to spend a lazy afternoon and kids will love it too.

Read the review here!

Hidden Through Time 2: Myths & Magic

13 January 2024

I wrote an in-depth review of Vagrus: The Riven Realm last month.  I've now added additional review for all current DLC:  Vorax, Seekers of Knowledge, and Sunfire & Moonshadow

Read the in-depth review here!

IREM Volume 1

11 January 2024

IREM have come out swinging with Volume 1, bringing us Raiden-like titles Image Fight 1 & 2 as well as X-Multiply, which plays similarly to R-Type

Read the review here!