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The Dark Pictures Anthology: Man of Medan


Stars - 25

Rating by frynella posted on Mar 31, 2020 | edit | delete


Why are QTEs still a thing?


In a choice-based game it’s hard to argue that your choices really matter at all when everything can be instantly and permanently derailed by a missed QTE. This game, for me, was just a way to watch what happened when I failed yet another random and arbitrary QTE. There’s more than enough QTE-hate throughout the internets to necessitate my repeating it all here, but I will just point out that adventure gamers are probably not a twitch-driven demographic, so maybe adventure games aren’t the most suited to QTE mechanics?

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Time Played: 2-5 hours
Difficulty: Very Easy

The Rodinia Project


Stars - 40

Rating by Stevens R. Miller posted on Mar 31, 2020 | edit | delete


Talos-Style Puzzles, No Real Story, Good Overall


This is a minimalist take on the same theme that Croteam developed so well (and so much more fully) in their acclaimed “The Talos Principle.” Aegon Games stripped away almost everything non-essential to the same kind of put-this-there-then-move-that-here-then-stand-on-this kind of puzzle that defined Talos. That includes any kind of narrative soundtrack or written story, all possible explanation for what you are doing and why, and even texture and bump maps. What’s left is a pristine environment that will remind you of the Apple Store, or the scenes with Buck Henry in “Heaven Can Wait.”

That all works out pretty well, though, if what you liked best about “Talos” were those what-if-I-do-this-first-and-then-that-second puzzles. Some story would have been nice, and there is just enough non-essential material in place to suggest that there could actually be one. You may spend the entire game thinking you are on the verge of deciphering What It’s All About, but you’ll never actually do it. But that’s okay, if you like this kind of puzzle. Somehow, the absence of any overarching theme doesn’t hurt it much. The puzzles are a great follow-up to the definitive giant of this genre, so go ahead and enjoy them on their own merits.

Somnambulant score is initially pretty dreamy and really sets the mood. But it gets monotonously repetitive before the end. Kind of like the game itself, you may start to expect it will develop into something more than it does. If it really ends up bugging you, mute your PC and play your “Enya” CDs instead. (Don’t deny it. If you are thinking of playing this game, there is Enya in your music library.)

We never hit a bug or had any technical problems with “Rodinia.” Here and there, a walkthrough might help you when you get stuck. But pretty much all of the puzzles are about the same level of difficulty, and comparable to those in Talos. Nearly no ninja skills required. We found only one level that called for a timed jump to solve it and, who knows, maybe there’s a solution we didn’t discover that doesn’t need it?

Recommended if you like this kind of game at all.

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Time Played: 10-20 hours
Difficulty: Just Right

Shadows on the Vatican: Act I - Greed


Stars - 30

Rating by TheOldSF posted on Mar 30, 2020 | edit | delete


Shadows on the Vatican: Act II - Wrath


Stars - 30

Rating by TheOldSF posted on Mar 30, 2020 | edit | delete


Kentucky Route Zero: Act IV


Stars - 40

Rating by Pegbiter posted on Mar 28, 2020 | edit | delete


The Blind Prophet


Stars - 35

Rating by Hristovski posted on Mar 27, 2020 | edit | delete


Whispers of a Machine


Stars - 35

Rating by guildenstern posted on Mar 27, 2020 | edit | delete


Cutish


Stars - 50

Rating by stigmamax posted on Mar 27, 2020 | edit | delete


Developer


Thank you very much for this review. I would take into account certain elements to improve the game.
I am about to put online version 2.3.2 and the configuration of the keyboard keys is implemented. The Steam version is updated as a priority because it’s more difficult for me (currently) to do it on itch where I can’t do the incremental updates. On Steam there is a promo until April 7.
Stigmamax

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Time Played: 10-20 hours
Difficulty: Just Right

Tangle Tower


Stars - 50

Rating by lprynne posted on Mar 27, 2020 | edit | delete


Demons Never Lie


Stars - 25

Rating by troninho posted on Mar 25, 2020 | edit | delete


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