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‘Old Man’s Journey’ Review: The Beauty in Life’s Ups and Downs

Old Man's Journey By: Broken Rules I'd been looking forward to Broken Rules' Old Man's Journey ever since I saw some early screenshots and teaser videos of it. As an adventure fan and a sucker for eye candy, it's hard not to get excited about games that look like playable art. And I'm happy to report that it's every bit as gorgeous as I'd hoped, with the entire game feeling like you're inside a painting. And what's more, the puzzles tie into the story and art style well, instead of being tacked Read more [...]

‘Artificial Superintelligence’ Review: Play It, Meatbags!

Artificial Superintelligence By: Grailr LLC Nerial's Reigns (published by Devolver Digital) was one of my favorite games of 2016. It's an incredibly innovative game inspired by Tinder that manages to make simple binary choices super compelling and even quite tricky. It's a perfect fit for mobile devices, as all you need is a body part that can swipe left and right and you're good to go. I didn't review it, but I did make a thorough walkthrough and interview the developer. The game has been highly Read more [...]

‘SPACEPLAN’ iOS Review: Half-Baked Potato

SPACEPLAN By: Devolver Digital & Jake Hollands To be honest, I had no intention of buying and playing Jake Holland's (published by Devolver Digital) SPACEPLAN. Not much about it really appealed to me -- I'm not a fan of clickers or idle games and the screenshots did nothing to sway me. I was perfectly willing to let this one go. But I kept seeing people raving about how great it is, how surprising things happen and how it has such an amazing, hilarious story. So I finally caved and dropped the Read more [...]

‘Vignettes’ Review: Much More Than Meets the Eye

Vignettes By: Armel Jestin (Pol Clarissou Armel Gibson) Vignettes, Pol Clarissou's and Armel Gibson's "toyish surprise-o-rama," is a game I'd been looking forward to for a long time, though I wasn't sure how much of a game it would be. I liked the idea of shapeshifting objects, but I've played other toy-like pieces of interactive art that didn't offer enough challenge to feel like a game. So I kept my expectations low. But I'm happy to say that Vignettes is very much a game and that I will fight Read more [...]

‘Pavilion: Touch Edition’ Review: Almost There

Pavilion: Touch Edition By: Visiontrick Media AB Visiontrick Media's Pavilion combines two things I love -- puzzles and gorgeous, surreal artwork. On paper, everything looks great and should be an easy game to recommend. And it still is, but with some reservations. There's a lot that Pavilion gets right. It's just as atmospheric as you would expect, from the art to the music to the animations and sound effects. Even the puzzles are often interesting. But there are some control issues that, coupled Read more [...]