Posts tagged with "games"
Review: Getting Over It with Bennett Foddy

A game I made for a certain kind of person. To hurt them. Getting Over It with Bennett Foddy Steam store description There’s a scene in Philip K Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? in which protagonist Rick Deckard uses a VR device to experience the feeling of climbing up a mountain. Through this device, he and thousands of others see and hear what the climber sees and hears and more importantly, feel what the climber feels as he is hit by falling stones. This practice is a core ritual in...

Review: Finding Paradise

Finding Paradise is the long-awaited sequel to 2011’s To The Moon, a game I reviewed previously and greatly enjoyed. Like its predecessor, Finding Paradise is a story about memory, love and regret, told through a sci-fi lens and presented as a low-res JRPG without any RPG elements. In both games, you play agents of Sigmund Corp, a company that offers a memory alteration service to elderly clients. People with regrets or unfulfilled dreams and aspirations tell Sigmund how they wish their life had gone, and Sigmund sends a couple of...

Review: The House in Fata Morgana

The so-called visual novel is a game format that’s very big in Japan and kind of obscure everywhere else. If you’ve never encountered one, you can think of the genre as computerised puppet theatre with a little bit of audience participation. They tend to be plot-driven affairs with enough gameplay to send a pure ludologist into a frothy rage (i.e. not very much). In the majority of these games, the player’s input is limited to clicking through dialogue and making CYOA-style choices every few thousand words. Some...

Review: Stardew Valley

Stardew Valley is a 2D RPG/farming simulator (no, not that kind) developed entirely by Eric “ConcernedApe” Barone, and taking inspiration from the peaceful Harvest Moon series of games. It’s a sandbox sort of game about farming, fishing, foraging, foundry-ing, fighting and friendship, but could also be described as 16-bit heroin. I avoided purchasing Stardew for the longest time because of this latter quality. Just looking at the screenshots I could tell it was the sort of game I would lose days, if not weeks to. I eventually...

Review: The Magic Circle

The Magic Circle is a first-person puzzle game by Question Games. It is also a “genre-obliterating 1st person epic” by Ishmael Gilder’s TMC Games. Like The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and Infinite Jest, it’s a work about a fictional work that bears as its own title the title of said fictional work, causing much confusion. To alleviate as much of that as possible, I’m going to be referring to the real game as The Magic Circle and the in-universe game as “The Magic Circle”. Minor...