User Reviews & Ratings

Average Score 7.39/10

Total of 393 user reviews spread across 393 releases

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  • User Rating: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
  • User Rating: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 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating: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
  • User Rating: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
  • User Rating: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
  • User Rating: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
  • User Rating: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
  • User Rating: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
  • User Rating: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
  • User Rating: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
  • User Rating: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
  • User Rating: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
  • User Rating: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
  • User Rating: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
  • User Rating: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
  • User Rating: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
  • User Rating: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
  • User Rating: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
  • User Rating: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
  • User Rating: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
  • User Rating:7
    This mix of trading card and table-top games is refreshing but it has unpleasant reminders that luck is in the gameplay.

    Card Hunter

    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 author’s avers... Read Full Review

    3 of 3 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8
    Genesis’s blend of turn-based strategy and role-playing is splendid, but developer support for it has dried up.

    Eador: Genesis

    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 sophisticated turn-bas... Read Full Review

    3 of 4 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:6
    Space Colony HD recycles the gameplay of the original while slapping on a veneer of slightly better cosmetics.

    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 extends its collective g... Read Full Review

    2 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9
    Papers, Please is a refreshing experience in an era of so many recycled gameplay tropes.

    Papers, Please

    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 indeed such people, it wo... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7
    If one puts aside the many minor issues in the game, there is an exciting space combat title to be had since years ago.

    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 simulators”, m... Read Full Review

    1 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8
    Don’t expect an epic story from this game, but expect eye-brow-raisers and bemused smirks at its silly brand of humor.

    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 indie developer Tales of... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7
    Titan Attacks is little more than “homage” to classic games, but it is as fun and tightly designed as the latter.

    Titan Attacks!

    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 ‘em-up that wo... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8
    It may be another score-racking game, but HOARD’s take on the myth of dragons is amusingly fun.

    Hoard

    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 experienced via the Steamw... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7
    Assault Squad would be a gift to Men of War’s fans who like the series’ ruthless multiplayer.

    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 and recycles over a... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8
    Recycled combat scenarios and product placements aside, Alan Wake has gripping presentation and interesting gameplay.

    Alan Wake

    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 trope being mixed with a... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:6
    Droid Assault has great ideas about robots with wildly varying specs, but they overlooked giving them teamwork A.I.

    Droid Assault

    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 time for them to lear... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:6
    Droid Assault has great ideas about robots with wildly varying specs, but they overlooked giving them teamwork A.I.

    Droid Assault

    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 time for them to learn... Read Full Review

    1 of 3 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:6
    The witty story in the Bard’s Tale is almost not worth the trouble of going through its boring gameplay.

    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 evils awakening. This &... Read Full Review

    2 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8
    It may be a straight port with many minor issues, but the charming gameplay of the original versions is still there.

    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 it has done would hav... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:6
    Even to this day, design issues plague this otherwise heart-thumping title.

    Ultratron

    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 greater profile. Resear... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7
    Anodyne’s charm lies in its amusing attempts at turning the tropes of Zelda-inspired dungeon-crawlers on their heads.

    Anodyne

    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 is made by Analgesi... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8
    PixelJunk Shooter may be a bit too short, but it has splendid gameplay that utilizes its physics systems very well.

    PixelJunk Shooter

    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 do with its predeces... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7
    It may be simplistic, but DarkStar One is still a decent space shooter.

    DarkStar One

    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 game-makers to enter th... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:5
    Bland voice-acting and poor quality control mars the game’s otherwise convincing message about environmental protection.

    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 show that this can b... Read Full Review

    2 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7
    Presentation issues aside, Bionic Dues has solidly implemented ideas that encourage careful decision-making.

    Bionic Dues

    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 Without Wind. Eventua... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful