John Hiner


10 games reviewed
82.2 average score
83 median score
70.0% of games recommended
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9.5 / 10.0 - Hyper Light Drifter
Apr 6, 2016

Hyper Light Drifter is an exceptional game. With a beautifully mature pixel art aesthetic, seamless sound design, highly refined, often punishing gameplay, and a unique world full of secrets, it's a fine example of what can be achieved by an indie studio - or any studio, period. The oblique presentation and certain aspects of the gameplay might well drive some gamers away, however.

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Feb 24, 2016

The Flame in the Flood's relentlessly real time gameplay combined with an almost exclusive focus on crafting, survival and preparedness makes it a refreshing and unique take on the roguelike. Combined with a low-ploy visual style that's easy on the eyes when it's not downright beautiful, vivid sound design and a mild acoustic soundtrack, this one's got a lot going for it. Be prepared to start over a lot, though.

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8.4 / 10.0 - The Witness
Feb 1, 2016

This is an intricate, beautiful, masterfully crafted game that surprises and delights on several fronts. Unfortunately, it also becomes incredibly and relentlessly punishing in a way that could put many off.

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7.8 / 10.0 - Punch Club
Jan 15, 2016

Stylistically, Punch Club is a delightful tribute to '80s pop-culture and underdog sports dramas. At its best it's as exciting as watching a real sporting event and rises, believe it or not, to the level of interactive poetry about the struggles and temptations of everyday life. At its worst, it's a slog and a chore with little to keep you going but abstract icons indicating progress amid frustrating setbacks.

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7.6 / 10.0 - Broforce
Oct 18, 2015

Worth sharing with your bros.

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Oct 18, 2015

John is unsettled by existential questions

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Sep 24, 2015

I'll just S+ one more before bed...

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8.3 / 10.0 - Mad Max
Sep 9, 2015

Time in this wasteland isn't time wasted.

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8.3 / 10.0 - Volume
Aug 18, 2015

Story and gameplay with depth, as well as volume.

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7.3 / 10.0 - Traverser
Jul 7, 2015

Good fun, while it lasts

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