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…

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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 Its simple and outdated design initially feels like a mistake.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…

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…

Nantucket review (PC): a fine catch

Jan 23rd, 2018 Hidden Gems Nic Reuben

“As for me, I am tormented with an everlasting itch for things remote. I love to sail forbidden seas, and land on barbarous coasts.” – Moby Dick August 29, 1886. We’d set sail with a hold full of goods bound for far-off Honolulu, and the ocean swell greeted us like the embrace of a familiar lover. It’d been an easy few weeks in the streets…

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I Fell from Grace Review (PC) – A rhyming adventure game, filled with sorrow and shame

Jan 10th, 2018 Hidden Gems Caleb DeLaurentis

I Fell from Grace is a 2D adventure game with one of most fully realized branching stories that I’ve ever played. It presents a wealth of winding paths to be navigated by making meaningful and often disturbing choices. The narrative unfolds into a dark and pessimistic tragedy overrun with uncanny characters. The game flaunts grotesque imagery, in the literary sense, where the human body is…

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…

Tokaido review (PC): Aggressive Zen

Jan 2nd, 2018 Hidden Gems Nic Reuben

When you first start up, Tokaido greets you with the tentative swell of Japanese flutes. They linger for a few moments, evoking a musical tradition centuries old; uplifting, folksy, and tranquil. Then, like a thunderclap, an orchestral score bursts to life. It is cacophonous, driven and almost combative, as if spurring you on for some great challenge ahead. This shift of tempo and mood is the perfect…

The Novelist review (PC): Being a ghost life coach

Dec 22nd, 2017 Hidden Gems Emerald Siren

Can you achieve your dreams without pushing away the people you love? The Novelist found me questioning what was the right answer when presented with three differing solutions. While not being too long, about six hours, it delivers in story. Every decision matters and you see how your choices affect a family for good or ill. This game hit me right in the feels and…

Seven: Days Long Gone Review (PC): An exciting cyberpunk fantasy

Dec 16th, 2017 Hidden Gems Chris McAuley

Seven: Days Long Gone is one of the most ambitious role playing games of 2017. The title blends Assassin’s Creed with the isometric style of Diablo, crafting it’s own unique look and style of gameplay. The premise is intriguing, set in a futuristic cyberpunk world.  Stylistically it reminded me of the Shadowrun games (both the 16 bit and the modern interpretations by Catalyst Game Labs)….

Opus Magnum PC Review – 80

Nov 7th, 2017 Hidden Gems Galp

The last time I played a pure puzzler was Tetris for the original Game Boy. But Opus Magnum screenshots kept catching my eye. Everything looked so clean and precise. So during a particularly long pause in my Martial Arts Brutality matches I impulse bought it, intending only to take a quick look. Eight hours later my opponents are probably wondering where I went to. Should…