Simon Parkin


130 games reviewed
79.9 average score
80 median score
62.7% of games recommended
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Nov 6, 2021

You play a girl on the cusp of adulthood, trying out different vocations, in this exquisitely rendered 'open world' journey

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Oct 2, 2021

You play a young guitarist exploring your prog-rock ambitions to the full in this richly enjoyable psychedelic journey

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This expansion of last year's hit offers a wider range of missions and side quests to its samurai warfare

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Jul 31, 2021

As a single-celled animal, your options are limited – and yet this gem of a game is a masterclass in minimalism.

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Jul 3, 2021

A compelling mission to locate and photograph a series of images in a Māori-influenced world under occupation

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Jun 5, 2021

There's sublime fun in jet-cleaning a town, and a dodgeball-themed knockout contest has one eye on the Olympics

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May 1, 2021

Part town-planning exercise, part board game, this thoughtful debut gives plenty of scope for strategy and idealism

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Apr 3, 2021

The big bang meets the whodunnit in this dazzlingly inventive point-and-click adventure spanning time and space

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Mar 6, 2021

This simple girl-meets-boy story plays out in a series of abstract dioramas, each one bigger than the next

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Dec 5, 2020

You're a DJ splicing the drums, bass, melody and vocals of your favourite tracks in dizzy new ways in this latest from the makers of Guitar Hero

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Oct 3, 2020

There’s nothing so gauche or straightforward as a Miss Marple denouement reveal, where you discover whether or not your conclusions were correct. In Paradise Killer the truth is more complicated and, counterintuitively, all the more satisfying for it.

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This extraordinary game tests you to the limit – even as it insists that it absolutely does not exist

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Aug 15, 2020

While the game’s style is like a Homeric epic seen through the panel of a comic book, the soundtrack of melancholic twanging guitar complicates the theme to something new and unexpected, a kind of undead western. It’s slickly compelling stuff, if repetitive after a few hours and, invariably, punitive.

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Aug 7, 2020

Unleash your inner warrior and wreak havoc in this deck-building game's series of exhilarating face-offs, now available for Apple devices

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Aug 1, 2020

Inspired by a 1950s sci-fi horror movie, Carrion turns you into a malign marauding blob, swallowing scientists whole

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Jul 25, 2020

Glitches aside, this sequel to Beneath a Steel Sky is another absorbing journey into Union City

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Jul 18, 2020

Mystery and melancholy combine in this affecting exploration game in which you navigate through a life unravelling

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Jul 11, 2020

Fire is your friend as you leap through this exhilarating game rescuing prisoners tied to stakes

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This captivating game, which immerses players in 1930s Berlin, is an essential reminder of how fascism takes root and grows

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No Recommendation / Blank - Lost Sphear
Feb 2, 2018

Lost Sphear is a more ambitious JRPG than its predecessor, yet it risks abandoning its purpose to return to the genre's simpler days.

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