Total of 372 user reviews spread across 372 releases
This mix of trading card and table-top games is refreshing but it has unpleasant reminders that luck is in the gameplay.
INTRO: I have had (short) experiences in both trading card games and table-top games a long time ago – neither of which made for pleasant memories due to the vagaries of luck. Yet, despite this ...
Genesis’s blend of turn-based strategy and role-playing is splendid, but developer support for it has dried up.
INTRO:Eador: Genesis is the brainchild of Russian developer Snowbird. Snowbird apparently has many ideas for its game, which it implemented mostly well. As a result, Eador: Genesis is an incredibly so...
Space Colony HD
Space Colony HD recycles the gameplay of the original while slapping on a veneer of slightly better cosmetics.
INTRO: Space has been said to be the final frontier, where humanity goes to fulfill their dreams. Firefly Studios would beg to differ though; to the game developer, space is where humanity simply exte...
Papers, Please is a refreshing experience in an era of so many recycled gameplay tropes.
INTRO: It would not be a far stretch to claim that there are game consumers who are jaded enough to consider most of the offerings from today’s game-makers to be old hat. Yet, if there are indee...
Strike Suit Zero
If one puts aside the many minor issues in the game, there is an exciting space combat title to be had since years ago.
INTRO: When this game was announced, there was a dearth of space combat titles. Although this was perhaps understandable for more complex titles such as those that call themselves “space flight ...
Barkley, Shut Up and Jam: Gaiden, Chapter 1 of the Hoopz Barkley SaGa
Don’t expect an epic story from this game, but expect eye-brow-raisers and bemused smirks at its silly brand of humor.
INTRO: Basketball and Nike shoes are not the exactly the kinds of things that one would expect to gel with the gameplay of JRPGs (the acronymic slang for “Japanese RPGs”). The game by indi...
Titan Attacks is little more than “homage” to classic games, but it is as fun and tightly designed as the latter.
INTRO: During Puppy Games’ first several years of existence, it mainly focused on small games that offer arcade-like experiences. The game before Titan Attacks, Ultratron, was an exciting shoot ...
It may be another score-racking game, but HOARD’s take on the myth of dragons is amusingly fun.
FOREWORD: This review is mostly written through the experience of the DRM-free version of the game that was purchased through a Humble Bundle package deal. The multiplayer aspect of the game is experi...
Men of War: Assault Squad
Assault Squad would be a gift to Men of War’s fans who like the series’ ruthless multiplayer.
INTRO: The original Men of War was a terrifically complex game that surprised some followers of the computer platform with its sophistication. It also happens to be made by a developer that reiterates...
Recycled combat scenarios and product placements aside, Alan Wake has gripping presentation and interesting gameplay.
INTRO: That a writer’s worst nightmare (or best dream; perspectives vary) which is what he/she wrote coming through is not something that is new. What is quite refreshing though is the same trop...
Droid Assault has great ideas about robots with wildly varying specs, but they overlooked giving them teamwork A.I.
INTRO: That Puppy Games is an indie developer with great ideas and style is a statement that is difficult to argue against. Unfortunately, despite having been around since 2001, it is taking a long t...
The Bard's Tale
The witty story in the Bard’s Tale is almost not worth the trouble of going through its boring gameplay.
INTRO: Back in the first decade of the twenty-first century, it was not often that fantasy RPGs veered from the story-telling tropes of heroes with great destinies, damsels in distress and ancient evi...
PixelJunk Monsters: Ultimate
It may be a straight port with many minor issues, but the charming gameplay of the original versions is still there.
INTRO: It is not very often that people of very different nationalities would come together to develop games, sometimes far away from home. Q-Games is a rare example of such a get-together, and what i...
Even to this day, design issues plague this otherwise heart-thumping title.
INTRO: Puppy Games is an aspiring indie game developer that actually started operating way back as early as 2001. It was not only until recently (at this time of writing) that they have achieved a gre...
Anodyne’s charm lies in its amusing attempts at turning the tropes of Zelda-inspired dungeon-crawlers on their heads.
INTRO: The choice of the name “anodyne” alone would have made this game quite noteworthy, because it is hardly anything like the Greek analgesic of yore. Of course, coincidentally, Anodyne...
PixelJunk Shooter may be a bit too short, but it has splendid gameplay that utilizes its physics systems very well.
INTRO: After the success of some of the earlier PixelJunk games, especially PixelJunk Monsters, Q-Games has released another entry to the PixelJunk series. Again, this particular entry has nothing to ...
It may be simplistic, but DarkStar One is still a decent space shooter.
INTRO: After the Wing Commander and X-Wing VS TIE Fighter series popularized the genre of games in which players control agile space-faring strike-craft, there had been plenty of attempts by other gam...
A New Beginning - Final Cut
Bland voice-acting and poor quality control mars the game’s otherwise convincing message about environmental protection.
INTRO: Themes of environmental conservation do not appear often in games, much less adventure games because these themes do not make for convenient puzzle designs. However, perhaps in an eagerness to ...
Presentation issues aside, Bionic Dues has solidly implemented ideas that encourage careful decision-making.
INTRO: Ever since A.I. War, Arcen Games has tried to design games with different forms of gameplay. They were met with mixed reception, such as the interesting but ultimately repetitive first Valley W...
The Dark Eye: Chains of Satinav
Enchanting and bittersweet Chains of Satinav shows that even an adventure game can be made with Dark Eye lore.
INTRO: The Dark Eye is a pen-and-paper RPG IP of Deutsch origins, aiming to be a slightly darker version of Dungeons & Dragons but not as bitter as Games Workshop’s Warhammer. Typically, The...
Deponia is the first of the best-refined series of games to come from Daedelic.
INTRO: That Daedelic Entertainment is slanted towards adventure games is perhaps known to those who still keep an eye on this once-vibrant genre. However, instead of watching the genre fade into obliv...
The Whispered World
Problems both technical and graphical mingle with The Whispered World’s witty humor and writing.
Spot is perhaps the character with the least personal issues, giving credence to the adage "ignorance is bliss".INTRO: Daedelic Entertainment is infatuated with adventure games, this much should be ap...
Edna & Harvey: Harvey's New Eyes
Harvey’s New Eyes has an intriguing and heart-tugging story to tell, if one can bear its technical issues.
INTRO: It is not very often that an adventure game can present discomforting themes while hiding them beneath a veneer of cartoonish artwork. Edna & Harvey: Harvey’s New Eyes would be one su...
Journey of a Roach
Whimsy and shortness make Journey of a Roach more of a prototype of a game than a full-fledged title.
INTRO: Recently, there have been attempts to revitalize the once-dead adventure game genre. Most of these depend on delivering stellar story-writing and presentation over any advancements in gameplay ...
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 fu...
Half-Life 2: Episode One
Episode One does not offer any new gameplay and is very short, but it certainly whets the appetite of Half-Life fans.
A flat joke establishes the name of an enemy creature.INTRO: The original Half-Life 2 has an ending that unapologetic fans of the story of the first Half-Life would love, though its cliffhanger nature...
The Spirit Engine 2
Spirit Engine 2 improves on its predecessor, and has a splendid story to go with surprisingly sophisticated combat.
There be giant killer-baby monsters in this game.INTRO: The first Spirit Engine was an attempt at creating a side-scrolling RPG adventure, but many issues, most of which are technical, dogged it. Its ...
AI War: Fleet Command
A.I. War’s complexity is refreshing and enduring, but it is also terribly daunting to newcomers.
If you understand what is happening in the screenshot above, chances are, you like very complicated games.INTRO: It is not often that an RTS game has a convincingly challenging single-player experienc...
Hitman: Blood Money
Blood Money takes the best designs from its predecessors to provide more refined gameplay.
INTRO: After the series’ semi-reboot in both gameplay and canon in Hitman: Contracts, it may seem like it is getting its act together by addressing the gameplay issues in the first title and cut...
Heroes of Might and Magic V
The series goes back to its roots with clear improvements and increased sophistication.
There are bridges in the game, but no trolls - yet. INTRO:The Heroes of Might & Magic series has gone through some upheaval when its original creator, New World Computing, experimented with risky ...
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?" - JaredINTRO: 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 gamepla...
Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth
Frustrating first-person shooting and platforming detracts from the game's otherwise entertaining horror elements.
INTRO: H.P. Lovecraft's works are well-known for being suspenseful works of fiction, as well as presenting an unsettling portrayal of the unbelievably ancient and inhuman. For better or worse, ther...
Black & White 2 - Battle of the Gods
Battle of the Gods may not offer anything brand-new, but it does more of what the original package did well.
INTRO: Black & White 2 was not exactly the sequel that every single fan of the previous game was hoping for, but to those who appreciate it, there is quite a lot of content that was not seen in the...
Dreamfall: The Longest Journey
Splendid story-writing compensates for the confused identity in the gameplay of Dreamfall.
INTRO: The Longest Journey was not exactly a stupendously splendid game; it had rough edges, especially in the animations of its in-game models. However, the rest of it was excellent enough for The...
Tomb Raider: Legend
Legend also has Lara exploring exotic places and shooting things, but its platforming is improved over previous games'.
INTRO: The older Tomb Raider games were popular in their own way, likely because of their common appeal of a sassy and peculiarly proportioned femme fatale who explores ruins with great athleticism...
Men of War: Red Tide
Red Tide is mostly a straight rehash of Men of War.
INTRO: Even before Men of War (which was actually a rename from its original Russian and European version), developers Best Way and Digitalmindsoft had already designed many games before it. Theref...
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
Oblivion exchanges some of the series' sophistication for a more believable open world and luck-free gameplay.
INTRO: Hindsight is a mark of wisdom. It would bring one to realize that despite having been a much-awaited entry to the Elder Scrolls franchise, Oblivion had its own issues that marred its purport...
Men of War
Lack of user-friendliness and bugs makes Men of War's great sophistication and challenge difficult to enjoy.
INTRO: During the time of this game, there are few game-makers that are eager to exploit the events of World War II. Even fewer among these have sophisticated gameplay that can be considered as res...
Galactic Civilizations II: Dread Lords
The Dread Lords builds on the already considerable sophistication of its predecessor to new stellar heights.
INTRO: The first Galactic Civilizations might be considered a testing ground for the aspiring developer that is Stardock. Although it had a few rough edges, it was one of the best titles of the sor...
Super Monday Night Combat
The fun gameplay and content of MNC's sequel comes with the caveat of issues typically endemic to 'free-to-play' titles.
INTRO: Although the first Monday Night Combat may not have a premise that is original – it has already been done by the likes of Unreal Tournament – its story was used as an excuse for a proven ble...