Abandon Ship early access review (PC) – It’ll tide you over

Feb 21st, 2018 Early access Nic Reuben

If you’ve read my Nantucket review, you may remember that I used every nautical pun in existence. There are no nautical puns left now, so this piece will be 100% nautical pun free. No nautical puns whatsoever. Completely verboaten. Onward. Cultist Classic Lovecraftian cultists, eh? Just can’t seem to heed basic health and safety advice. Primarily, clear warnings against summoning rituals and strict company policies…

My Time at Portia Review – a Charming Mess (PC Early Access)

Feb 6th, 2018 Early access Nicole Hunter

My Time at Portia relies on the time old formula of games like Harvest Moon, Stardew Valley, Animal Crossing, and other slow-paced life simulators. You play as the new person in town, who has just returned to Portia to take control of their late Pa’s workshop and restore it to its former glory. To do this you will collect resources, craft items, and fulfill the…

Darwin Project Lobby Gameplay

The Darwin Project Preview (PC) : Altering The Odds

Feb 2nd, 2018 Early access Alex Santa Maria

A lot of folks have compared the explosion of PUBG and its battle royale brethren to the similar changing of the guard a decade ago that came with Call of Duty 4. It’s clear that this new genre is where the wind is blowing when it comes to shooters. PUBG acts as the flagbearer, clearly representative of the era it spawned from. Sporting a visual…

Life is Feudal MMO preview (PC)- Sometimes charming, mostly a slog

Jan 25th, 2018 Early access Nicole Hunter

A Quick Disclosure Life is Feudal MMO is a game meant to be played with friends. In fact, it necessitates that in ways I will discuss. I played Life is Feudal alone. So many of my experiences are driven by me playing in a way that the developers didn’t entirely desire. This said I view playing Life is Feudal MMO with friends like I watching…

They Are Billions preview (PC): Population Pending

Jan 24th, 2018 Early access, Hidden Gems owshaw

They are Billions is a real-time strategy game set in a world eviscerated by the zombie apocalypse. You are tasked with building and managing a colony containing the last remnants of human civilization. As the game is currently in early access it allows you to explore one particular gameplay mode: Survival. The Game In Survival Mode you fight intermittent waves of increasingly large hordes of…

Fade to Silence

Fade to Silence preview (PC): Uniquely Unoriginal

Jan 19th, 2018 Early access Caleb DeLaurentis

Fade to Silence is an early access survival horror game fighting to stand out from the crowd. Its unique world entices you with a Lovecraftian hellscape frozen in a perpetual winter. I was initially pulled in by the novel focus on managing a village along with tower defense mechanics – all while exploring and maintaining the usual slate of needs: hunger, rest, and body temperature….

Mesozoica preview (PC): Tyrannosaurus? Next.

Jan 16th, 2018 Early access Nic Reuben

After my first hour spent playing Squadron Interactive’s Mesozoica, I was just about ready to call it the perfect Jurassic Park game. You might remember the scene from Jurassic Park where Martin Ferrero‘s character – lawyer Donald Gennaro – is plucked from a toilet by a hungry T-Rex and devoured whole. Not once, in the whole of my gaming career, have I encountered a title…

Pit People preview (PC): Chaos is a ladder

Jan 12th, 2018 Early access Matt Hung

From it’s first memorable moments, Pit People walks out on stage, fly unzipped, and makes its weird intentions immediately known. That’s no surprise as Pit People is a new offering from the developers of the Xbox Live arcade gem Castle Crashers from back in 2008 and Alien Hominid way back in 2004.  Players acquainted with either of these cult classics will quickly recognize the stylistic…

Cogmind Review (PC): I, Cogmind

Jan 8th, 2018 Early access, Hidden Gems owshaw

You emerge from a scrapyard in a mysterious complex with only your cold metallic skeleton and occasional guidance by a few derelict robots. You are Cogmind – Location: Unknown, Core: Stable, Your Goal: Escape. The Game Cogmind is a sci-fi rogue-like that tasks you with exploring and ultimately escaping its procedurally generated world by building yourself up with scavenged parts to engage or avoid roaming…

Project 5: Sightseer preview (PC): A Sandbox of potential

Jan 5th, 2018 Early access Nicole Hunter

Project 5: Sightseer pits the part of me that adores games with depth against the part of me which appreciates simplicity. When I have a game that has many variables and mechanics to keep track of, I tend to appreciate the challenge. Project 5: Sightseer definitely has a lot of mechanics. At the same time, there’s a line between a game which is mechanic-rich and…

Star Traders: Frontiers Preview (PC): Freeze Dried Adventures

Dec 31st, 2017 Early access Matt Hung

When you think of commanding a spaceship, do you think about torpedoes or trade law? In space games, one of the most fundamental development decisions is how it defines itself on that scale. Despite what the name would imply, Star Trader Frontiers emphasizes combat over trading. The Game Your captaincy starts out as one might expect, choosing a background, initial stats, faction allegiance, skills and…

Driftland review (PC): An Interesting Early Access Experiment.

Dec 26th, 2017 Early access Caleb DeLaurentis

Driftland: The Magic Revival is an exciting start for an early access game. It plays like a mix of RTS and a turn based 4x game that places you in the role of creator of worlds, rather than just an explorer and conqueror. Driftland leans heavily on the mechanic of shaping the map as you discover magical floating islands and move them around to grow…

Automobile Tycoon preview (PC) – nails the automobile, weak on the tycoon

Dec 19th, 2017 Early access Galp

Automobile Tycoon is exactly what the title promises. You start a little car company, research, design, build and sell four wheeled creations for the next century. I have fond memories of the ancient Detroit and don’t understand why we’ve gotten to manage animal theme parks more often than we’ve plumbed the tycoon goodness of the auto industry. The Game You choose one of four starting…

Empires of the Undergrowth Preview (PC): An ant sim you’ll surely dig

Dec 17th, 2017 Early access Amber Hall

When I first came across Empires of the Undergrowth, I knew I had to give it a try. My deep love for base building and management games pulled me in but it’s the nature documentary presentation and micro-scale environments that really made me dig deep into this ant colony managing sim. The Game You begin in the formicarium, an ant farm watched over by two scientists….

Realms of Magic Preview (PC): A surprisingly playable early alpha

Dec 13th, 2017 Early access Nicole Hunter

Realms of Magic is a solid, 2-D sandbox RPG in a traditional fantasy setting. If you’ve played Terraria, Starbound, WindForge, or Planet Centauri you know what to expect – crafting, base building, side-scrolling, okay-ish combat, and survival elements. At first it seems like RoM brings nothing new, dig a little deeper and you’ll find design decisions that make it an ingenuitive addition to the genre….