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

Read preview Dec 21, 2018

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.

Read the review » Jun 29, 2018

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.

Read the review » Mar 21, 2018

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.

Read the review » Aug 14, 2017

The Fidelio Incident review

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

Read the review » Jul 12, 2017

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.

Read the review » May 17, 2017

Orwell review

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

Read the review » Dec 20, 2016

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.

Read the review » Nov 21, 2016

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.

Read the review » Nov 2, 2016

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.

Read the review » Aug 31, 2016

Blues and Bullets review

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

Read the review » Jun 8, 2016

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.

Read the review » May 11, 2016

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.

Read the review » Apr 11, 2016

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.

Read the review » Dec 2, 2015

Alum review

The impressive production quality of this substantial retro adventure can't fully atone for its pervasive religious message.

Read the review » Jul 20, 2015

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