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Mage’s Initiation: Reign of the Elements review Article

Mage’s Initiation: Reign of the Elements review

Himalaya's long-awaited genre hybrid may water down its RPG elements, but in most respects it's a tower of strength as an adventure.

Review score - 4 Read the review » Feb 1, 2019
Mage’s Initiation: Reign of the Elements hands-on preview Article

Mage’s Initiation: Reign of the Elements hands-on archived preview

With Himalaya's long-awaited adventure-RPG nearly upon us, we've conjured up an early look and found it really rocks so far.

Pillars of the Earth review Article

The Pillars of the Earth review

The complete three-part adaptation of Ken Follett's epic historical novel proves to be a monumental achievement in interactive storytelling.

Review score - 4.5 Read the review » Jun 29, 2018
Alone With You review Article

Alone With You review

You might not love the light gameplay, but there's much to admire in this retro-styled sci-fi exploration of isolation and human connection.

Review score - 3 Read the review » Mar 21, 2018
Pillars of the Earth: Book One review Article

Ken Follett’s The Pillars of the Earth: Book One – From the Ashes review

Daedalic's impressive adaptation of the epic historical novel goes from strength to strength, raising anticipation for the two parts remaining.

Review score - 0 Read the review » Aug 14, 2017
The Fidelio Incident review Article

The Fidelio Incident review

This chilling narrative exploration game is highly atmospheric, but surviving its perils will give you very little trouble.

Review score - 4 Read the review » Jul 12, 2017
The Beard in the Mirror review Article

The Beard in the Mirror review

A nostalgic reflection of classic Sierra, this retro-styled fantasy adventure doesn't quite have the chops of its golden age inspirations.

Review score - 3 Read the review » May 17, 2017
Orwell review Article

Orwell review

This unique "privacy invasion thriller" has a thought-provoking surveillance concept that is hindered somewhat by its suspect dialogue and imposed linearity.

Review score - 3 Read the review » Dec 20, 2016
Chase: Cold Case Investigations - Distant Memories review Article

Chase: Cold Case Investigations – Distant Memories review

This extremely short and disappointing 3DS detective mystery from former Cing designers never really builds up any momentum.

Review score - 1.5 Read the review » Nov 21, 2016
Quadrilateral Cowboy review Article

Quadrilateral Cowboy review

It's hip to be square in Blendo Games' unique retro cyberpunk heist simulator, even if it doesn't quite finish the job it started.

Review score - 3.5 Read the review » Nov 2, 2016
Bolt Riley: A Reggae Adventure - Chapter 1 review Article

Bolt Riley: A Reggae Adventure - Chapter 1 review

This two-part sunny island sojourn to Jamaica neither drags nor gets too high in its all-too-brief Early Access prologue.

Review score - 0 Read the review » Aug 31, 2016
Blues and Bullets: Episode 2 - Shaking the Hive review Article

Blues and Bullets review

The second installment continues hitting all its story and visual marks, but incessant gunplay may leave you seeing red.

Review score - 0 Read the review » Jun 8, 2016
Black Island review Article

Black Island review

This brief slideshow excursion hints of a dark FMV mystery to come, but its story leaves you stranded before really being explored.

Review score - 0 Read the review » May 11, 2016
Order of the Thorne: The King’s Challenge Article

Order of the Thorne: The King’s Challenge review

A new fantasy anthology will be music to the ears of classic Sierra fans, though its debut works better as a standalone quest.

Review score - 3.5 Read the review » Apr 11, 2016
Jerry McPartlin - Rebel with a Cause review Article

Jerry McPartlin: Rebel with a Cause review

Though we dig the setting, this slice of 1950s Americana is dragged down by its simplistic gameplay and uninspired production values.

Review score - 2 Read the review » Dec 2, 2015

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