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Articles by Richard Hoover:


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Jenny LeClue review Article

Jenny LeClue – Detectivú review

With this charming, stylish side-scroller, the first of hopefully many more adventures for an intrepid young heroine is in the books, brilliantly blending murder mystery and character drama.

Review score - 4.5 Read the review » Oct 18, 2019
Where the Bees Make Honey review Article

Where the Bees Make Honey review

Flitting from one gameplay style to another, this short recollection of childhood memories can be entertaining but never settles long enough to find the sweet spot.

Review score - 2.5 Read the review » Oct 2, 2019
The Sojourn review Article

The Sojourn review

Taking many detours through alternating dimensions, this challenging environmental expedition will continually lead to a good time for a puzzle fans.

Review score - 4.5 Read the review » Sep 27, 2019
Neofeud review Article

Neofeud review

Rather than clashing, this compelling point-and-click adventure is an eclectic blend of dystopian cyberpunk and hardboiled detective mystery.

Review score - 4 Read the review » Sep 17, 2019
The Artifact review Article

The Artifact review

No need to block off much time for this intriguing but ultra-short sci-fi adventure that ends just when it should be getting started.

Review score - 3 Read the review » Sep 12, 2019
Adventures of Isabelle Fine: Murder on Rails review Article

Adventures of Isabelle Fine: Murder on Rails review

This curious mash-up of sci-fi thriller and old-fashioned train mystery would be more than okay if not for its tediously repetitive mini-games.

Review score - 2.5 Read the review » Sep 3, 2019
The Black Widow review Article

The Black Widow review

This Her Story-like exploration of a controversial real-world murder conviction is an intriguing concept that lacks the necessary bite to be memorable.

Review score - 2.5 Read the review » Aug 28, 2019
Outer Wilds review Article

Outer Wilds review

This unique time-looping, death-defying space odyssey makes for fascinating exploration, though you'll need an endless amount of patience to fully appreciate it.

Review score - 4 Read the review » Jul 26, 2019
The Land of the Seazogs review Article

The Land of the Seazogs review

Delve beneath the minimalist pixel art and you'll catch a fun and surprisingly challenging little sci-fi indie adventure.

Review score - 3 Read the review » Jul 8, 2019
Harvester of Dreams: Episode 1 review Article

Harvester of Dreams: Episode 1 review

Though it deflates somewhat by the end, this first-person steampunk puzzler is generally a fun ride while it lasts, with the promise of more to come.

Review score - 0 Read the review » Jun 26, 2019
Chook & Sosig: Walk the Plank review Article

Chook & Sosig: Walk the Plank review

The spindly cat and ghost chicken's first commercial outing is a delightfully charming, pirate-themed comic indie treasure.

Review score - 4 Read the review » Jun 17, 2019
Sumatra: Fate of Yandi review Article

Sumatra: Fate of Yandi review

It may be a jungle out there, but within this tropical island adventure is a fun, nostalgia-filled experience that is destined to be compared to early '90s Sierra.

Review score - 4 Read the review » Jun 10, 2019
Elea: Episode 1 review Article

Elea: Episode 1 review

This first-person sci-fi series begins a voyage of discovery that leads nowhere fast in its debut installment.

Review score - 0 Read the review » May 23, 2019
Detective Di: The Silk Rose Murders review Article

Detective Di: The Silk Rose Murders review

This ancient Chinese murder mystery with thorny political entanglements is a highly compelling investigative adventure loosely stemming from real historical events.

Review score - 4.5 Read the review » May 17, 2019
Dance of Death: Du Lac & Fey review Article

Dance of Death: Du Lac & Fey review

Arthurian legends vs. Jack the Ripper makes for a compelling premise, but too many design and technical issues dog this highly linear interactive story.

Review score - 2.5 Read the review » May 8, 2019

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