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Modern Review: Helen's Mysterious Castle (PC)

After an English release on Playism in 2014, Helen's Mysterious Castle- an ultra-charming, pocket-sized RPG- makes its way to Steam, so here's a little primer on why you should give this one a look.

Last Updated ( 13 April 2016 )

Book Review: Classic Home Video Games 1989-1990


Brett Weiss is a man who loves lists. He also loves games, and it was only a matter of time before he combined these passions and nature took its course. The product of several thousand hours’ worth of research, the Classic Home Video Games series of books has been available for some time but it is only now that I’ve had the opportunity to get ho [ … ]

Last Updated ( 16 January 2016 )

Modern Review: Horizon Chase (iOS)


The current trend for new games with overtly retro-themed visuals and gameplay mechanics shows no sign of slowing, and the voracity with which they are lapped up by the game-buying public shows no sign of abatement. You only have to look at the success of games like Steamworld Dig, Nidhogg and Hotline Miami to see that the anachronistic aesthetic [ … ]


Modern Review: Thief (Xbox 360)


The Thief series has been lurking in the shadows since 1998 when it debuted to huge success on the PC. It was the thieves knees of stealth 'n' steal skulk aroundom. After its decline which consisted of two more sequels, the imaginatively titled 'Thief' was announced in 2009. Some how five years passed by and the game was eventually released in 2014 [ … ]


Modern Review: Retrospecs (iOS)

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Camera apps for iOS devices are pretty common on Apple's App Store. The sheer number of them is bewildering, and they all profess to add something new to your photos - be that new frames, colours or tints. Until now though, being able to simulate how your images would look if displayed through retrogaming hardware has been sorely missing from our [ … ]

Last Updated ( 28 March 2015 )

Review: OlliOlli2: Welcome to Olliwood (PS Vita)


Roll7’s OlliOlli was something of a surprise when it hit the PS Vita early last year. A mix of simple yet heavily stylised cartoon visuals and reaction-based gameplay, it was a game that came out of the blue but almost single-handedly revolutionised how a skateboarding game should be done on a handheld system.

Last Updated ( 11 March 2015 )

Modern Review: Game Dev Story (Android / iOS)


To confess, I am a bit of a sim nut: Sim City, Theme Park, Gansters: Organised Crime and more recently I have sunk my gnashers into Prison Architect (personal tip on the latter - build a fence first...) But apart from the sublime indie Xbox Live game Arcade Craft, I have had an itch for a video game sim that I couldn't scratch. Game Dev Story by Ka [ … ]

Last Updated ( 01 March 2015 )

Review: Race The Sun (PS Vita)


The next time you look out of the window and see dark, foreboding storm clouds gathering on the horizon, stop and think. Before you bemoan the lack of sunshine and consider booking a holiday to warmer climes, stop and think about the pilot of the lone craft in Flippfly’s latest PS4 and Vita title, Race The Sun. For you, a lack of sun means a chilly [ … ]

Last Updated ( 06 November 2014 )

Review: Futuridium Extended Play Deluxe (PS Vita)


The PS Vita is quickly becoming the platform of choice for indie developers - I certainly can’t recall another mainstream system being so well supported by small developers with modest backing. The Vita hardware itself is probably a main reason; it is a powerful system and - so I’m told - a fairly painless machine to develop for. This is no doubt h [ … ]

Last Updated ( 18 October 2014 )

Review: The Bureau: XCOM Declassified (Xbox 360)


Games which have a prolonged development process usually have issues – Duke Nukem anyone? The Bureau: XCOM Declassified had been announced way back in 2006 and in 2010 it was to be a first person shooter named ‘XCOM.’ 2K Games set their demo stall out: a 1950s/60s setting where agents do battle with an alien masquerading as a housewife. Then all he [ … ]

Last Updated ( 06 August 2014 )

Review: Q*bert Rebooted (PC / Mac)


It’s never easy to reboot something like Q*Bert, or by extension any beloved arcade classic. This is because a tightrope has to be walked by the developers – as the formula of the original title can be tinkered with so little that it makes the endeavour utterly pointless, or the game is made so different to its inspiration that a new IP would of pr [ … ]

Last Updated ( 24 July 2014 )
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