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Richard Hoover

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Relicta review Article

Relicta review

Those who enjoy Portal-style environmental puzzlers will be irresistibly drawn to this lengthy, challenging, highly polished sci-fi adventure.

Review score - 4.5 Read the review » Sep 28, 2020
Tales of the Neon Sea Article

Tales of the Neon Sea review

This pixel art side-scroller hints at an intriguing noir-tinged sci-fi detective mystery but unfortunately displays only intermittent flickers of potential.

Review score - 2 Read the review » Sep 23, 2020
Return of the Phantom review Article

Return of the Phantom flashback review

With MicroProse revived, the time is right to delve deep into the largely unheralded 1993 adventure and give it the high score it richly deserves.

Review score - 4.5 Read the review » Aug 21, 2020
Someday You’ll Return Article

Someday You’ll Return review

The creators of J.U.L.I.A. Among the Stars are back with a well-crafted, substantial first-person psychological thriller.

Review score - 4 Read the review » Jul 3, 2020
Cloudpunk review Article

Cloudpunk review

This open world cyberpunk adventure is light on gameplay but delivers big, by air and land, with its impressive dystopian backdrop and the stories of those who populate it.

Review score - 4 Read the review » May 22, 2020
Mazovian Adventure review Article

Mazovian Adventure review

This short but charming family-friendly fantasy adventure is a tasty appetizer that's spoiled somewhat by bugs and localization issues.

Review score - 2.5 Read the review » May 13, 2020
Mira review Article

Mira review

A lack of gameplay and poor translation combine to bring this gorgeous journey through Slavic myth tumbling down to earth.

Review score - 2 Read the review » Apr 22, 2020
Weakless review Article

Weakless review

The gameplay and story are decidedly slight, but the strength of this leisurely fantasy nature walk is in its lovely presentation.

Review score - 3 Read the review » Apr 13, 2020
The Complex review Article

The Complex review

While its gameplay is decidedly simple, this choice-driven FMV thriller is a riveting interactive movie with impressive production values and replayability.

Review score - 4.5 Read the review » Apr 1, 2020
Nine Noir Lives preview Article

Nine Noir Lives hands-on preview

We got our paws on a short demo of the stylish upcoming comic-noir mystery, and so far it looks (and sounds) like the cat's meow.

Read preview Mar 25, 2020
Star Trek: The Next Generation – A Final Unity review Article

Star Trek: The Next Generation – A Final Unity flashback review

Though it threatens to stall out early on, once it hits warp speed this 25-year-old sci-fi adventure proves faithful to its source material and provides an engaging point-and-click experience all around.

Review score - 3.5 Read the review » Mar 20, 2020
Edgar: Bokbok in Boulzac Article

Edgar: Bokbok in Boulzac review

There's no real challenge here to be chicken of, just plenty of whimsical weirdness and a few pesky bugs in this quirky French adventure.

Review score - 3 Read the review » Mar 11, 2020
Dark Fall: Ghost Vigil review Article

Dark Fall: Ghost Vigil review

Horror fans watching out for a substantial ghost hunting experience will find clever puzzles, a bit of tedium, and more than enough creepy atmosphere in the latest from Darkling Room to keep them up at night playing.

Review score - 3.5 Read the review » Feb 28, 2020
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

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