Wartile Review (PC): Tabletop Viking Warfare

Feb 22nd, 2018 Reviews owshaw

Wartile takes you on a journey through a miniature tabletop world inspired by Norse mythology. You control a Viking warband out to unravel the mysteries of its world and eventually conquer it by acquiring the power of the gods. The game’s hybrid system of cool-down based gameplay suits its board game aesthetic full of beautiful, intricate figurines and maps. The Game Your warband can have…

Tangledeep Review (PC)- Unpolished but Loveable

Feb 20th, 2018 Hidden Gems Nicole Hunter

Tangledeep, newly off of Early Access, is a good traditional take on the rogue-like dungeon crawler. Though it doesn’t take huge liberties with the formula, developer Impact Gameworks demonstrates a commendable understanding of what has kept the roguelike alive since the 80’s. A refined return to form You take the role of a redheaded heroine as she delves deep into the living dungeon, Tangleedeep, with…

Future Unfolding review (PC): Expecting the Unexpected

Feb 19th, 2018 Reviews owshaw

Future Unfolding is a top-down adventure game full of puzzles and endless exploration. You drop into being like a dollop of new paint on the world’s canvas and without a tutorial or directives set off into the unknown to unravel the mysteries within. The Game You are a streaking blue humanoid wandering through wooded areas, breezy open fields, and dark caves not really knowing what…

Ironbound Review (PC) – Boring money grabbing CCG

Feb 15th, 2018 Reviews Nevada Dru

Ironbound, by Secret Level SRL, is a competitive digital card game. If you think of something like Hearthstone, then you are on the right track. Each player embodies one of four character classes: Berserker, Crusader, Assassin or Witch. Each of these has different cards, abilities and styles of play. Ironbound sees you battling your opponent with weapons, spells and trinkets to be the last one…

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Taking Utomik – the Netflix of games – for a spin

Feb 14th, 2018 Reviews Chris McAuley

These days streaming and digital rental services are all the rage. While most of us can name several services which focus on TV or Film, very few could name many which focus on games.  This seems to be an untapped market and is the opportunity that subscription based company Utomik is going after – becoming the Netflix of video games. The service lets you play…

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TACTICAL review (PC) – Very retro, very hard

Feb 14th, 2018 Reviews Evan Symon

Some games take a bit of cognitive thinking. You watch, see the patterns, learn and act accordingly. While you’ll never actually die, failing to plan (and then adapting to your failed plan) means you’ll lose often. TACTICAL, an indie Top-down-shooter/puzzler is as nostalgic as its funky 8-bit soundtrack. The Game As Agent 106, you need to face an astonishing number of robot sentries while never being…

The Mimic Review (PC) – a puzzly platformer, heavy on the puzzly

Feb 12th, 2018 Reviews Adam Grindley

As far as I know the premise behind The Mimic is unique. A hostile life form mimics your every move as you navigate through a dangerous, puzzle-filled environment. The creature kills you if you get too close. Using some unexplained black magic or alien fairy dust, its well being is linked to your own, so if it dies, you die. A nifty concept, but my…

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Eselmir and the Five Magical Gifts Review (PC): A Game for Lovers of Lore

Feb 9th, 2018 Hidden Gems Caleb DeLaurentis

Eselmir and the Five Magical Gifts is a recreation of classic point and click games from the nineties and it remains true to its predecessors, almost to a fault. Its simple and outdated design initially feels like a mistake. Its terrible movement system frustrated me and a lack of explicit “how-to” information made my first steps a bit shaky. However, it didn’t take long before…

Attack of the Earthlings review (PC): Game Over, Man

Feb 8th, 2018 Hidden Gems Nic Reuben

The cautious bleep of a radar scanner echoes through a cavernous industrial hallway. Gloved hands fumble with a pulse rifle ammo cartridge. Something scutters through the vents above. A scream rings out in the dark. A squad of terrified space marines scatter. All hell breaks loose. This isn’t Aliens, or even one of the many, many games that share it’s lineage. This is Attack of…

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The Mind’s Eclipse Review (PC) – Cyberpunk, Dystopian Adventure

Feb 7th, 2018 Hidden Gems Chris McAuley

The Mind’s Eclipse is a Hard Sci-fi fan’s dream. It grapples with questions regarding immortality, artificial intelligence and the moral pitfalls of scientific progress; a sublime visual novel expertly told through harsh images drawn in black and white. The Eclipse is a mystery to solve. The players will uncover it by exploring and searching through data logs, snippets of newspapers and diaries.  I was initially skeptical…

Wulverblade Review (PC): Streets of Warg

Feb 5th, 2018 Reviews Alex Santa Maria

The state of the beat ‘em up has slowly but surely been changing. More and more devs are modernizing this arcade formula and moving away from its built-in monotony. Leveling systems, alternate weapons, and procedural levels can all be applied to break up the action and give players progression. Wulverblade tries something different, mixing the barbarian murder with history lessons. This combination of schooling and…

Post Human W.A.R Review (PC): Turn-Based Tactical Battles with an Element of Bluffing

Feb 4th, 2018 Hidden Gems Nevada Dru

Post Human W.A.R is one of those games that sounds fantastic on paper. Tactical turn-based combat, three distinct campaign modes, lots of humour, and, most importantly, online battles. For the most part Studio Chahut has succeeded in these areas. There aren’t enough games in this genre, and Post Human W.A.R is a welcomed addition. This is a difficult game to recommend for reasons that will…

IL 2-Sturmovik Series Review (PC) – Aerial Genius

Feb 1st, 2018 Hidden Gems Chris McAuley

After watching the recent film about the evacuation of British and French soldiers at Dunkirk, I was struck by how important air supremacy in the Second World War was in order for the allies to successfully triumph over the fascist threat sweeping the world. Watching the swooping Spitfires and the intense Dogfights as the airforce desperately attempted to protect the small vessels that Churchill had…

Slay the Spire Preview (PC) – Cardboard Crack

Jan 31st, 2018 Hidden Gems Nic Reuben

I’m not quite sure how they did it, but Slay the Spire makes flicking cards at 2D monsters feel as good as letting loose with a flurry of fists in a fighting game. I came to the table expecting tactics, I got tactility on top. There’s usually a trade we make when choosing turn-based over real time. Delayed satisfaction over immediate thrills. The dramatic fist pump when…

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…