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The Council review Article

The Council review

An ambitious attempt to assemble a compelling historical mystery with narrative RPG elements ultimately loses its way after an initially promising start.

Review score - 2.5 Read the review » Jan 25, 2019
CINERIS SOMNIA review Article
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CINERIS SOMNIA review

This haunting Japanese adventure's surreal story and atmosphere are undercut by some dated mechanics and sleep-inducing controls.

Review score - 3 Read the review » Dec 7, 2018
Lust for Darkness review Article
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Lust for Darkness review

There are elements of great schlock horror here, but this gratuitous erotic thriller will largely leave you pining for more than simply shock value.

Review score - 2 Read the review » Oct 31, 2018
STONE review Article

STONE review

There's surprising emotional weight to this high-quality comedic "hip hop stoner noir" adventure, though the same can't be said of its lite gameplay.

Review score - 4 Read the review » Oct 24, 2018
Repentant review Article

Repentant review

This pseudo-sequel to Little Kite is a somewhat sorry follow-up due to illogical puzzle design and lack of overall substance.

Review score - 2 Read the review » Oct 11, 2018
Detroit: Become Human review Article

Detroit: Become Human review

Quantic Dream's gorgeously cinematic neo-noir android thriller misfires on the larger story beats but nails the more choice-driven personal moments.

Review score - 3.5 Read the review » Jun 8, 2018
The Council: Episode 1 – The Mad Ones review Article

The Council: Episode 1 – The Mad Ones review

It's RPG-meets-narrative adventure in the impressive debut installment of this unique choice-driven 18th century thriller.

Review score - 0 Read the review » Apr 6, 2018
The Mind of Marlo review Article

The Mind of Marlo review

This short, unique mockumentary-style pixel art adventure stands head(s) and shoulders above many of its longer contemporaries.

Review score - 5 Read the review » Mar 28, 2018
Little Kite review Article

Little Kite review

This sensitively handled examination of substance abuse and childhood trauma flies in the face of traditional gaming themes.

Review score - 4 Read the review » Jan 24, 2018
AER: Memories of Old review Article

AER: Memories of Old review

This gorgeous open-world adventure soars to impressive heights, but is brought down by repetitive puzzles with challenging platforming sequences.

Review score - 3 Read the review » Dec 8, 2017
Late Shift review Article

Late Shift review

In lieu of traditional adventuring, player choice drives this cinematically impressive interactive live-action crime movie.

Review score - 3 Read the review » Nov 8, 2017
Lydia review Article

Lydia review

This surreal, hard-hitting interactive story about childhood trauma is light on gameplay but as emotionally dark as you can probably bear.

Review score - 3 Read the review » Aug 9, 2017
Chronicle of Innsmouth review Article
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Chronicle of Innsmouth review

Beneath the eerie Lovecraftian atmosphere of this entertaining retro-styled adventure lurks a surprising secret: it's funny too!

Review score - 4 Read the review » Jun 19, 2017
Agatha Knife review Article

Agatha Knife review

The black humour, unique premise and charming art style of this edgy indie adventure are unfortunately undercut by weak gameplay.

Review score - 2.5 Read the review » May 30, 2017
What Remains of Edith Finch review Article

What Remains of Edith Finch review

This creative, emotionally powerful exploration of a family's tragic past soars to impressive storytelling heights.

Review score - 5 Read the review » May 12, 2017

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