User Reviews & Ratings

Average Score 7.35/10

Total of 420 user ratings spread across 420 releases

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  • Review Score:5
    Terrible pathfinding scripts for characters mar the otherwise barely-decent debut of Virtual Theatre.

    Lure of the Temptress

    Terrible pathfinding scripts for characters mar the otherwise barely-decent debut of Virtual Theatre.

    INTRO:Being perhaps the oldest game genre around, the adventure game genre had quite a few notable milestones which increased the sophistication of the genre. SCUMM, designed by Ron Gilbert and his contemporaries during ... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:7
    A mixture of dumb-downs here and improved sophistication there makes Valley 2 more enjoyable than its predecessor.

    A Valley Without Wind 2

    A mixture of dumb-downs here and improved sophistication there makes Valley 2 more enjoyable than its predecessor.

    INTRO:The first A Valley Without Wind (called AVWW in short by its own creators) was an example of great ambition not matched with great refinement.After having received feedback on how repetitive and endlessly aimless t... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:6
    Arcen may vehemently proclaim that the game is boring for completionists, but AVWW has other sources of tedium.

    A Valley Without Wind

    Arcen may vehemently proclaim that the game is boring for completionists, but AVWW has other sources of tedium.

    INTRO:Games which are regarded as having set the metaphorical bars are often labours which are made with great effort and ambition.Unfortunately, great effort and ambition do not always translate to great success, if wha... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:8
    The Die More edition, true to its promise, is significantly more challenging than the original version of Teleglitch.

    Teleglitch: Die More Edition

    The Die More edition, true to its promise, is significantly more challenging than the original version of Teleglitch.

    INTRO:The original version of Teleglitch impressed those who praise it for its considerable challenge, despite its very primitive graphics which do not even pay proper homage to its sources of inspiration (e.g. Doom).Yet... Read Full Review

    2 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:6
    Logic Artists’ debut would have been impressive if not for its system-memory-intensive Mexico campaign.

    Expeditions: Conquistador

    Logic Artists’ debut would have been impressive if not for its system-memory-intensive Mexico campaign.

    INTRO:There have been more than a handful of video games which concern the era of the exploration of the “New World”. However, these are mostly civilization-building simulators. More importantly, they often s... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:7
    This Positech title is a deceptively sophisticated life-simulator.

    Kudos 2

    This Positech title is a deceptively sophisticated life-simulator.

    INTRO:Life-simulators are nothing new before Cliff Harris of Positech thought of the first Kudos title. Most prominently, there were the Sims games and the more risqué Singles.However, these other games eventually... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:5
    Other than a peculiar difficulty option and an interesting boss, this DLC has mainly recycled content.

    Magicka: Dungeons and Daemons

    Other than a peculiar difficulty option and an interesting boss, this DLC has mainly recycled content.

    INTRO:Some game-makers are not able to realize that they have implemented a good idea and should build further on it. Instead, they expend their time on satisfying their whims. The Magicka: Dungeons & Daemons DLC is ... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:6
    Unleashing lead together with sorcery is fun, but this content is representative of Magicka’s problem of priced DLC.

    Magicka: Vietnam

    Unleashing lead together with sorcery is fun, but this content is representative of Magicka’s problem of priced DLC.

    INTRO:In 2011, Magicka debuted with a lot of silly flair, proud of itself for lampooning a lot of tropes concerning wizards. It would extend this shenanigan by making parodies of popular culture – and putting these... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:7
    If one can put up with the presence of premium DLC, Magicka offers some delightfully sorcerous fun.

    Magicka

    If one can put up with the presence of premium DLC, Magicka offers some delightfully sorcerous fun.

    INTRO:In fantastical stories, the wizard is an individual who is said to have tremendous arcane might.However, in video games, the wizard is usually no more than a glass cannon. Moreover, as powerful as his/her spells ar... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:7
    Very convincingly three-dimensional graphics contributes to the surreal appeal of this casual time-waster.

    Windosill

    Very convincingly three-dimensional graphics contributes to the surreal appeal of this casual time-waster.

    INTRO:There are not many Flash games which make use of clever 3D-like graphics without the support of dedicated graphics hardware. Seeking to tap into this niche, developer Vectorpark has made one such game, which happen... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:6
    Osada feels like an Amanita Design prototype which has been repackaged into something bizarre which calls itself a game.

    Osada

    Osada feels like an Amanita Design prototype which has been repackaged into something bizarre which calls itself a game.

    INTRO:Firstly, it has to be said here that Amanita Design has a lot of great ideas for games; these have gone into splendid titles like Samorost, Machinarium and Botanicula. However, it also has some less-than-great idea... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:7
    American Nightmare makes surprisingly good use of a trope which could have led it down the path of tedium.

    Alan Wake's American Nightmare

    American Nightmare makes surprisingly good use of a trope which could have led it down the path of tedium.

    INTRO:The first Alan Wake title prided itself on being a video game rendition of Stephen King novels with its amusing take of the theme of fourth-wall-breaking. However, it had some typical gameplay designs which had bee... Read Full Review

    3 of 3 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:7
    SteamWorld Dig has an accessible and skill-rewarding blend of gameplay designs, but its experience is short.

    SteamWorld Dig

    SteamWorld Dig has an accessible and skill-rewarding blend of gameplay designs, but its experience is short.

    INTRO:Sometimes, someone can have a great idea for a video game – at the same time as several other people. Whether they actually copied each other or not is not the crux here, but it is worth noting that such an o... Read Full Review

    2 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:7
    Defender’s Quest has some weak presentation and gameplay elements, but great customer support makes up for these.

    Defender's Quest: Valley of the Forgotten

    Defender’s Quest has some weak presentation and gameplay elements, but great customer support makes up for these.

    INTRO:If there was a game which tried to blend tower defense with RPG elements, it was Magical Time Bean’s Soulcaster (2010). It was hard, visually primitive and not for the impatient, but it was a rare idea which ... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:7
    Hammerwatch makes great and faithful homage to its sources of inspiration, but does little to nothing new.

    Hammerwatch

    Hammerwatch makes great and faithful homage to its sources of inspiration, but does little to nothing new.

    INTRO:There are game-makers who are very fond of old classics such as Gauntlet and Tower of Druaga. They are so fond of them, that they would make their own video game, albeit with elements which they loved in those game... Read Full Review

    2 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:7
    Plain Sight’s gleeful gameplay rewards finesse, but its longevity is questionable.

    Plain Sight

    Plain Sight’s gleeful gameplay rewards finesse, but its longevity is questionable.

    INTRO:There are games which try to sell themselves with the promise of quick gratification, but little of everything else. Plain Sight is one such game.Unfortunately, designs which make a terrible first impression &ndash... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:6
    Although it is more user-friendly than GSB was, GTB has not aged well.

    Gratuitous Tank Battles

    Although it is more user-friendly than GSB was, GTB has not aged well.

    INTRO:Cliff Harris is a one-man developer who makes games on a whim. His games tend to be atypical, even if it appears to conform to game design tropes. Gratuitous Tank Battles, or GTB for short, is one of the latter.It ... Read Full Review

    2 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:8
    A flexible difficulty system and intriguing presentation makes Bastion more than just a typical twin-stick action game.

    Bastion

    A flexible difficulty system and intriguing presentation makes Bastion more than just a typical twin-stick action game.

    INTRO:It is not very often that a game would be able to utilize tried-and-true gameplay designs and still appear fresh and worthwhile to play. However, Bastion is one such game, thanks to fluid gameplay which gives the p... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:6
    Without a narrative-driven sense of progression, Positech’s GSB is a sophisticated game of trial-and-error.

    Gratuitous Space Battles

    Without a narrative-driven sense of progression, Positech’s GSB is a sophisticated game of trial-and-error.

    (Foreword: This review is for the base package of the game. There is additional content for Gratuitous Space Battles, but they come in priced expansion packs.)INTRO:There are a lot of talented video game creators who wan... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:7
    The Legend may be a remake with many minor issues, but it is a breath of fresh air during its time and still is.

    King's Bounty: The Legend

    The Legend may be a remake with many minor issues, but it is a breath of fresh air during its time and still is.

    INTRO:It is not very often that game-makers would make a single-player-only and story-centric game which has most of its gameplay mechanisms convincingly within the strategy game genre, which has long forayed into the re... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:7
    Technical issues and dissatisfying rewards aside, Fez’s screen-rotating gameplay is a charm.

    Fez

    Technical issues and dissatisfying rewards aside, Fez’s screen-rotating gameplay is a charm.

    INTRO:That there are aspiring game-makers is a fact. That only a few of them would become wildly successful while the rest fades into obscurity or even ignominy is also a fact.Fez’s and Polytron’s fortune wou... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:7
    S&S was a breath of fresh air, but in hindsight, it started a trend where immersion is prized over sophistication.

    Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP

    S&S was a breath of fresh air, but in hindsight, it started a trend where immersion is prized over sophistication.

    INTRO:The following may seem like yet another typically boring intro for a review article. Instead of hitting the ground running talking about the game, it goes on a history lesson.Yet, there has to be a reminder here th... Read Full Review

    1 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:6
    Hardboiled Chicken is more style than substance.

    Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken

    Hardboiled Chicken is more style than substance.

    INTRO:Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken is not exactly an original game. It is the expansion of a Flash-based game created by four persons, based on a silly idea of antagonistic anthropomorphic birds cooked up by one of th... Read Full Review

    2 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:5
    Dragon Storm utilizes the Shaikan saga for additional gameplay, but it is boring and retains problems from Shadow Wars.

    SpellForce 2: Dragon Storm

    Dragon Storm utilizes the Shaikan saga for additional gameplay, but it is boring and retains problems from Shadow Wars.

    INTRO:SpellForce 2: Shadow Wars was a vast improvement over its very flawed predecessor, the first SpellForce game. Developer JoWood deserves credit for learning from its past experiences, but this kudos would be diluted... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:6
    Arcen’s experimentation with match-three gameplay resulted in unpredictable and luck-dependent gameplay.

    Tidalis

    Arcen’s experimentation with match-three gameplay resulted in unpredictable and luck-dependent gameplay.

    INTRO: Arcen Games has demonstrated its eagerness to make very complex games with “emergent gameplay”, a buzzword which Arcen delivers quite well with A.I. War. However, having made Tidalis, one would wonder ... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:7
    Issues such as hammy voice-overs mar this otherwise beautiful game about a martially skilled anthropomorphic animal.

    Dust: An Elysian Tail

    Issues such as hammy voice-overs mar this otherwise beautiful game about a martially skilled anthropomorphic animal.

    INTRO:It is not very often that an enthusiast of anthropomorphic animals would aspire to create a video game without corporate backing, much less actually achieve this ambition. Therefore, Dust: An Elysian Tail would com... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:8
    This remake stays faithful to the original’s sense of humour and introduces new scenes to expand on Nicole’s background.

    Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars

    This remake stays faithful to the original’s sense of humour and introduces new scenes to expand on Nicole’s background.

    INTRO: Remakes of classics pose opportunities to make money and/or stage a high-profile comeback for waning game-makers; this trend started to pick up speed during the turn of the first decade of the 21st century. Revolu... Read Full Review

    2 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:7
    Who knew that combining an educational game with zombie post-apocalyptic fiction would be so entertaining?

    Organ Trail: Director's Cut by The Men Who Wear Many Hats

    Who knew that combining an educational game with zombie post-apocalyptic fiction would be so entertaining?

    INTRO: The Oregon Trail was an “edutainment” title which was supposed to teach people about how dangerous pioneering were when humans still relied on animal-drawn modes of transport and informal hand-me-down ... Read Full Review

    2 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:7
    This game in between A.W.E. and its sequel exchanges some of the original’s gameplay for more convenience.

    Anomaly Korea

    This game in between A.W.E. and its sequel exchanges some of the original’s gameplay for more convenience.

    INTRO: The previous game in the series, Anomaly: Warzone Earth (A.W.E.), pitched itself with the buzzword of “Tower Offense”, supposedly a reversed take on tower defence. The game between it and its sequel, A... Read Full Review

    4 of 4 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:6
    It is amusing while it lasts, but Misfits Attic’s game does not have much in the way of refreshingly new gameplay.

    A Virus Named TOM

    It is amusing while it lasts, but Misfits Attic’s game does not have much in the way of refreshingly new gameplay.

    INTRO: With their tight budgets and such other typical limitations, indie game-makers tend to make small games. The problem though is that there is a trend where if they could not come up with something new, they come up... Read Full Review

    2 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:8
     This expansion breaks Arcen’s tradition of value-adding, but its content is so game-changing as to warrant a price.

    AI War: The Zenith Remnant

    This expansion breaks Arcen’s tradition of value-adding, but its content is so game-changing as to warrant a price.

    INTRO: In the vanilla version of A.I. War, the Zenith is referred to via the presence of some units, namely the missile-spamming Zenith Starship. Seeing a chance to expand the lore and gameplay of A.I. War a bit further ... Read Full Review

    2 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:8
    Salvage/Hacking/Resource Update Review: These updates highlight Arcen Games’ dedication to adding value to its product.

    AI War: Fleet Command

    Salvage/Hacking/Resource Update Review: These updates highlight Arcen Games’ dedication to adding value to its product.

    INTRO:AI War is a great example of a game which caters to a niche – a niche which happens to include the game’s own creators, who are literally its best fans.However, Arcen Games also happens to be aware of t... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:8
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    AI War: The Zenith Remnant

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    http://arcengames.com/mediawiki/index.php?title=AI_War_-_Current_Post-7.000_Beta#Prerelease_7.011_Salvaged_Resources 8 Salvage/Hacking/Resource Update Review: These updates highlight Arcen Games’ dedication to add... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:8
    The Warlords expansion enriches the already sophisticated gameplay of Civilization IV.

    Sid Meier's Civilization IV: Warlords

    The Warlords expansion enriches the already sophisticated gameplay of Civilization IV.

    INTRO: Civilizations IV debuted with sophisticated gameplay that one would think could not get any more complex. Then came the Warlords expansion, most of which seem to add more of the same that is fundamentally already ... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:8
    Effective gameplay execution coupled with refreshingly quirky humor makes this game worth anyone's game-time.

    Penny Arcade Adventures: On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness Episode One

    Effective gameplay execution coupled with refreshingly quirky humor makes this game worth anyone's game-time.

    This game is nothing about the webcomic duo, but it does include the webcomic's oft-kilter and graphical humor. It features a very different version of the duo, specifically a version which lives in a fictitious world wh... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:8
    Effective gameplay execution coupled with refreshingly quirky humor makes this game worth anyone's game-time.

    Penny Arcade Adventures: On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness Episode One

    Effective gameplay execution coupled with refreshingly quirky humor makes this game worth anyone's game-time.

    This game is nothing about the webcomic duo, but it does include the webcomic's oft-kilter and graphical humor. It features a very different version of the duo, specifically a version which lives in a fictitious world wh... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:8
    With its arcade-like take on tower defence tropes, Revenge of the Titans is Puppy Games’ most interesting title by far.

    Revenge of the Titans

    With its arcade-like take on tower defence tropes, Revenge of the Titans is Puppy Games’ most interesting title by far.

    INTRO: Before this game, indie game-maker Puppy Games had been making little more than arcade titles which emphasizes quick-thinking and reflexes. With Revenge of the Titans, Puppy Games wants to create gameplay which r... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:8
    Effective gameplay execution coupled with refreshingly quirky humor makes this game worth anyone's game-time.

    Penny Arcade Adventures: On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness Episode One

    Effective gameplay execution coupled with refreshingly quirky humor makes this game worth anyone's game-time.

    This game is nothing about the webcomic duo, but it does include the webcomic's oft-kilter and graphical humor. It features a very different version of the duo, specifically a version which lives in a fictitious world wh... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:8
    Spellforce 2 builds on its predecessor’s ideas and does what the previous   game did not do well.

    SpellForce 2: Shadow Wars

    Spellforce 2 builds on its predecessor’s ideas and does what the previous game did not do well.

    "Aren't you cold?" - Jared INTRO: The first Spellforce was an ambitious game – perhaps too ambitious. It was not the first game to try to pair role-playing elements with typical strategy gameplay, but it was more ... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:8
    With its arcade-like take on tower defence tropes, Revenge of the Titans is Puppy Games’ most interesting title by far.

    Revenge of the Titans

    With its arcade-like take on tower defence tropes, Revenge of the Titans is Puppy Games’ most interesting title by far.

    INTRO: Before this game, indie game-maker Puppy Games had been making little more than arcade titles which emphasizes quick-thinking and reflexes. With Revenge of the Titans, Puppy Games wants to create gameplay which re... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful