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Will Aickman

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Articles by Will Aickman:

Ourea review Article

Ourea review

This lovely environmental puzzler could have rocked if not for its painfully short length that only teases bigger, better things.

Review score - 2.5 Read the review » Aug 26, 2020
The Longing halfway review Article

The Longing preview

Its beauty and unexpected relevance may just have you yearning to check out this subterranean shelter-in-place adventure spanning 400 real-time days.

Read preview Aug 4, 2020
Song of Horror review Article

Song of Horror review

The complete five-verse permadeath horror series largely squanders its richly atmospheric presentation with a number of noteworthy design issues.

Review score - 2 Read the review » Jul 20, 2020
In Other Waters review Article

In Other Waters review

This sim-styled exploration of an alien ocean is richly imaginative and thoroughly engaging, delving deep into themes that are sure to hit close to home.

Review score - 4.5 Read the review » Jun 5, 2020
The Gateway Trilogy review Article

The Gateway Trilogy review

This short game collection from the creator of The Dream Machine provides a welcome puzzle challenge in a surreal story that's too abstract to be accessible.

Review score - 3.5 Read the review » May 11, 2020
Summit of the Wolf review Article

Summit of the Wolf review

This fantasy adventure from Unimatrix is elevated by its powerfully emotional themes, but let down by its underwhelming presentation.

Review score - 3 Read the review » May 4, 2020
Arise โ€“ A Simple Story review Article

Arise โ€“ A Simple Story review

This emotionally symbolic examination of a lifetime of memories is elevated by its gorgeous visuals, challenging time-manipulation puzzles, and thought-provoking themes.

Review score - 4 Read the review » May 1, 2020
Creepy Tale review Article

Creepy Tale review

This richly atmospheric side-scroller is a compelling journey through the big bad woods, though it also feels eerily similar to another artist's work.

Review score - 3 Read the review » Apr 20, 2020
The Blind Prophet review Article

The Blind Prophet review

This grim and gritty religious-themed adventure nails its graphic novel-style aesthetic, but possesses too many gameplay and translation issues to fully recommend.

Review score - 2.5 Read the review » Mar 27, 2020
Sally Face complete review Article

Sally Face review

Behind its traditional point-and-click facade, this one-of-a-kind five-part adventure series is a bold, sometimes baffling, always surprising blend of memorably offbeat adventuring.

Review score - 3.5 Read the review » Feb 17, 2020
Feria d’Arles review Article

Feria d’Arles review

No bull: This short but charming pixel art adventure takes a promising first stab at being counted among the ole point-and-click comic classics.

Review score - 4 Read the review » Jan 6, 2020
Some Distant Memory review Article

Some Distant Memory review

Time is not on the side of this beautiful but somewhat superficial post-apocalyptic adventure that barely scratches the surface of the important questions it raises.

Review score - 2.5 Read the review » Dec 30, 2019
The 13th Doll review Article

The 13th Doll โ€“ A Fan Game of The 7th Guest review

While showing discernible signs of its indie origins, this puzzle-filled FMV sequel marks a welcome return visit to Stauf's mansion more than a quarter century after the original.

Review score - 3 Read the review » Nov 22, 2019
Forgiveness review Article

Forgiveness review

This escape room-style puzzler based around the seven deadly sins is so superficially fleshed-out that it doesn't even qualify as a guilty pleasure.

Review score - 2 Read the review » Oct 30, 2019
Firewood review Article

Firewood review

This dual-narrative side-scroller is intriguingly atmospheric but is over so quickly it burns itself out before coalescing into a satisfying whole.

Review score - 2.5 Read the review » Oct 9, 2019