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Richard Hoover

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Articles by Richard Hoover:


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Dry Drowning review Article

Dry Drowning review

It nearly sinks under the weight of its convoluted ending, but until then this future-noir visual novel murder mystery is an effective page-turner.

Review score - 3.5 Read the review » Feb 24, 2020
Nancy Drew: Midnight in Salem review Article

Nancy Drew: Midnight in Salem review

The long-awaited new installment burns brightest in its story and character interactions, but is guilty of leaving a few rough edges and neglecting gameplay in the process.

Review score - 3 Read the review » Dec 23, 2019
Lost Ember review Article

Lost Ember review

This beautiful open-world animal-swapping adventure has sparks of smouldering inspiration but a lack of substantive gameplay prevents it from fully burning as brightly as it should.

Review score - 3 Read the review » Dec 9, 2019
We Were Here Together review Article

We Were Here Together review

Here we go again to a castle in the north with a new and improved third game in this engaging co-op puzzle-adventure series for two players.

Review score - 4 Read the review » Dec 6, 2019
Argonus and the Gods of Stone review Article

Argonus and the Gods of Stone review

Zojoi's slick first-person 3D take on ancient Greek myth provides a surprisingly hard challenge that should appeal to puzzle fans.

Review score - 4.5 Read the review » Nov 29, 2019
The Wanderer: Frankenstein’s Creature review Article

The Wanderer: Frankenstein’s Creature review

This beautifully artistic adaptation is light on gameplay but faithfully captures the spirit of Mary Shelley's classic novel creation.

Review score - 4 Read the review » Nov 27, 2019
The Bradwell Conspiracy review Article

The Bradwell Conspiracy review

It's rough around the edges, but there's plenty of style and substance to this timely single player adventure that feels like a two-player co-op experience.

Review score - 3 Read the review » Nov 18, 2019
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

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