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Inoffensively Unremarkable: A Review of Ethan: Meteor Hunter

Inoffensively Unremarkable: A Review of Ethan: Meteor Hunter 

Ethan: Meteor Hunter reminds me a lot of the film Krull.
Released in 1983, Krull was one in a long line of “space operas” that grabbed firmly onto the coattails of the Star Wars films and held on for dear life. There are strange aliens, a powerful artifact weapon (the Glaive), …

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Banger: A Review Of LUFTRAUSERS

Banger: A Review Of LUFTRAUSERS 

Vlambeer’s Jan Willem Nijman did a talk recently about what makes games enjoyable. Aimed at developers, the talk was designed to show how, through design tricks, you can get more Bang For Your Buck out of the gameplay. It’s interesting to see that talk, but it’s down right fascinating to see how …

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Unnecessarily Uncouth: A Review of The Witch and the Hundred Knight

Unnecessarily Uncouth: A Review of The Witch and the Hundred Knight 

Nippon Ichi Software have a good idea about what it means to be evil. Best known for the Disgaea games, which often put you in the shoes of the bad guy, NIS has built a reputation on the macabre and unsettling.
So it’s no surprise that The Witch and the Hundred …

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One Player Only: A Review Of 10 Second Ninja

One Player Only: A Review Of 10 Second Ninja 

I’m going to do it. I’m going to review 10 Second Ninja without mentioning that game.
And don’t be so daft as to ask, “What game!?” It’s clear–very clear–from the first screen what game will immediately spring to everyone’s mind. This is completely understandable, though. The setup is similar, and the …

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Not As Fun As The Name Implies

Not As Fun As The Name Implies 

WORLD END ECONOMiCA episode.01 is a mess.
The interface is clean and intuitive, the art is gorgeous to the point of breathtaking, and the music is enjoyable and appropriate for the situation (when it’s there). All of these things really appealed to me. The story is interesting, too – the author has …

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Learning Curve Ahead: A Review Of Blackguards

Learning Curve Ahead: A Review Of Blackguards 

It’s not really a huge secret that I’m not a big strategy game enthusiast; it’s tough for me to cultivate the patience for them, and often tougher to uncover the tactical minutiae required to traverse the fine line between winning and losing.
Normally, these games are about Good versus Evil, and …

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Ultimate Visual Novel: A Review of Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc

Ultimate Visual Novel: A Review of Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc 

Visual novels are a relatively niche genre here in the states, limited mostly to fanservice-heavy anime styled titles  and enjoyed mostly by those with a thick skin for the tropes found within. Games like 999 or Virtue’s Last Reward have enjoyed some success despite punishingly obtuse branching pathways and “true” …

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Make Love, Not War: A Review Of Loren The Amazon Princess

Make Love, Not War: A Review Of Loren The Amazon Princess 

You know what? I’ll say it. I’m ready for a porn game.

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First Course: A Review of Gunhouse

First Course: A Review of Gunhouse 

To understand Gunhouse, you must first understand Molyjam…and high class cuisine.

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Pretty But Flat: A Review of Wooden Sen’SeY

Pretty But Flat: A Review of Wooden Sen’SeY 

Wooden Sen’SeY follows the hero, Goro, as he tries to reclaim all the booze (or water, or lighter fluid!?) that has been stolen by a bad guy in a spaceship (Robotnik-esque machine of some sort, hopefully powered by small woodland creatures, no one’s sure). It’s set up like an arcade …

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