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Richard Hoover

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An Interesting Journey of Monsieur PAF review Article

An Interesting Journey of Monsieur PAF review

This isometric puzzler provides plenty of time-wasting fun, but only if you're able to power through its poorly implemented controls.

Review score - 2.5 Read the review » Jan 6, 2021
Sam & Max Save the World – Remastered review Article

Sam & Max Save the World – Remastered review

It doesn't reproduce the same culture shock of the original, but the Freelance Police look, sound, and play better than ever in this modern makeover of their first episodic season.

Review score - 4 Read the review » Dec 23, 2020
Biped review Article

Biped review

Though far from a traditional puzzle game, multiplayer fans in particular will get a kick out of the co-op mode in this cute little robot action-adventure.

Review score - 3.5 Read the review » Dec 14, 2020
Sense – A Cyberpunk Ghost Story review Article

Sense – A Cyberpunk Ghost Story review

It doesn't look or sound much like sci-fi or feel very scary, but this slow-starting side-scroller does offer a taste of paranormal drama that builds towards a satisfying conclusion.

Review score - 2.5 Read the review » Dec 10, 2020
Solas and the White Winter review Article

Solas and the White Winter review

This serene Celtic-themed puzzler is pleasant while it lasts, so long as you can weather the needlessly extended treks through the snow to get to the good parts.

Review score - 3 Read the review » Nov 10, 2020
The Signifier review Article

The Signifier review

This surreal first-person mystery adventure might leave your head spinning, but it conveys a cleverly layered sci-fi story through a distinctive visual style and unusual gameplay mechanics.

Review score - 3 Read the review » Oct 16, 2020
Syberia: The World Before first look preview Article

Syberia: The World Before first look preview

A surprise early prologue of Benoît Sokal's new adventure provides a promising glimpse of what comes next for Kate Walker and friends.

Read preview Oct 14, 2020
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

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