Feb 172015
 

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Returning once again to the realm of point and click adventure releases, KING Art have opted to take things in a very different direction. Whereas The Raven: Legacy of a Master Thief was a love letter to Agatha Christie through and through but ultimately set in a conventional world, The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 is a thoroughly Pratchett-esque outing. Embracing the staggering absurdity of the setting, this time there is much more of an emphasis upon gags, fantasy subversions and the odd obvious stand in here and there.
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Feb 042015
 

Last_Dream_Video_Game

As with all things, as a franchise builds and develops they sadly develop flaws. Some fan be fatal, others divert it down a route the story never explored, and the canon devolves into a patchwork of retcons or forced sequels. Whether this is down to the creators losing sight of what worked, the rights shifting to those who do not understand the property, or even just changes in vision which go against its best strengths, we’ve seen this many times over. Sometimes it can take an indie to show where a major publisher went wrong, and Last Dream captures everything which SquareEnix has lost sight of with Final Fantasy.
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Dec 302014
 

Retro_City_Rampage_DX

Serving as the spiritual successor to the original Grand Theft Auto games, combining their 8-bit stylings with Saints Row style humour, Retro City Rampage DX is a title few will want to miss. Offering full scale insanity right from the word go, the entire experience boils down to racing about a thriving metropolis populated by 80s icons and occasionally doing the odd mission. The fact that said missions often come down to anything from “steal this man’s TV” to full blown recreations of SNES era military marvels is where you’re going to find much of DX’s appeal.

After getting involved with a local supervillain, henchman for hire PLAYER eventually finds his only way to escape the fuzz is via time travel. Leaping into a DeLorean which appears out of nowhere, he sets off on the adventure of a lifetime…
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Aug 262014
 

Fallen_London_Browser_Game

Current opinion among many critics of gaming that story should never come before gameplay when it comes to this medium. Emphasis should always focus upon how the player can directly affect a story play straight into video game’s greatest advantage over television and film: It’s interactivity. Here however we may have one of the rare releases which defies that rule, yet dies it well enough for it not to harm the title.

As a whole, Fallen London is an extremely strange kind of game to try and pin into any genre. Its gameplay is minimal, coming down to choices or statistics, progression can be limited at times and on occasions you can find yourself farming quests for basic loot and experience. Yet despite that it manages to remain thoroughly engaging the entire way through, offering you the chance to carve out your own story and backs it up with darkly humourous writing, great choices and a fantastical world.
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Jul 152014
 

Glitchspace_Video_Game

Serving more as a proof of concept at this time than anything else, Glitchspace proves to be a uniquely intriguing combination of elements. Puzzle games are far from rare in this day and age, fewer still which feature the protagonist carrying a gun-like item in a stark white environment thanks to Portal, but then you start to see just what makes it stand out so much. Combining together first person platforming with mathematical equations and logic tasks, it sounds on the surface like a fairly generic release. Then you get into exactly how it handles these elements. Rather than a single game, the entirety of Glitchspace plays out as if it were two separate titles, one hidden inside the other, and occasionally intersecting at specific points.
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