Posts tagged with "Games"
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....

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...

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...

Review: Demetrios

Disclosure: I received a free review copy of this game from the developer. Demetrios: The BIG Cynical Adventure is a point-and-click adventure from French indie developer Cowcat. It follows the misadventures of Bjorn Thonen, an antiques dealer from Paris who, at the beginning of the game, is the victim of a burglary, in which he loses both the contents of his wallet and an ancient mystical tablet that is in some way connected with an ancient mystical chicken statue. The ancient mystical chicken statue in the main menu lets you know...

Review: Undertale

Undertale is a quirky 2D RPG developed in Game Maker by a guy who did some music for the webcomic/internet thing Homestuck. That last sentence is overloaded with stuff I like, so obviously I had to check this game out as soon as possible. Knowing me, as soon as possible can often translate into six months to a year after release once it’s already been talked to death by other, better people, but I digress. There are a lot of good reasons to get this game, and only a very...