Alec Meer


160 games reviewed
80.0 average score
80 median score
40.0% of games recommended

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Unscored - Islanders
Apr 4, 2019

It’s all ever so tranquil on the surface, and never once made my cortisone levels spike, but there’s a fierce brain throbbing away beneath those sedate low-poly models.

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Unscored - It's Winter
Apr 2, 2019

It’s Winter is short and without much to ‘do’, which is clearly a problem for some folks who want to feel they’ve wrung the most value out of their spending money, but I wouldn’t want it more complex and I certainly wouldn’t want it longer: that would break the spell.

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Unscored - Tropico 6
Mar 29, 2019

There’s plenty of stuff I’d change, especially tonally and in terms of international relationships, but I played it happily until I couldn’t see straight.

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Unscored - Dawn of Man
Mar 5, 2019

Dawn Of Man’s great triumph is that, a dozen hours after I’d picked my first berry, forging my first iron sword felt like an immortal accomplishment.

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Unscored - Astroneer
Mar 1, 2019

Its jigsaw pieces, jolly and randomly-scattered as they might be, only assemble in a finite amount of ways.

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Gathering Storm is a chunky collection of small remixes that amount to a big difference.

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Guardian
Alec Meer
Jan 31, 2019

This imaginative and darkly humorous sci-fi survival game has you fearfully chart a vast, hostile universe

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Unscored - Slay The Spire
Jan 23, 2019

A drug I don’t want to quit. A miracle of design? Yeah, go on.

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Unscored - Bury me, my Love
Jan 15, 2019

Bury Me, My Love isn’t, first and foremost, a treaty about refugee-ism: it’s a compelling and effective game about deciding what the hell to do next.

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Alec Meer
- GRIS
Dec 21, 2018

Beneath a sumptuous, absurdly beautiful surface, dark beasts haunt a troubled girl's crumbling fantasy world

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Unscored - Kenshi
Dec 11, 2018

A game of everything, a game of nothing. Eternal, unknowable, remarkable, infuriating, Kenshi defies easy judgement. Kenshi is. I implore you to play it.

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Dec 4, 2018

I’m greedy. I want a bigger, beefier, more flexible Mutant Year Zero. But that’s because the small, linear but smart, powerful and atmospheric Mutant Year Zero I got grabbed hold of me so completely.

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Nov 28, 2018

Flashpoint is fine expansion in terms of re-engineering BattleTech for extended play

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Guardian
Alec Meer
Aug 20, 2018

Plunge into ingenious shifting labyrinths to battle lethal beasts, in the knowledge that every gory failure makes you stronger

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Unscored - Insane Robots
Jul 17, 2018

It's neat, and it's much more tense than any of these screenshots make it look. In another world, it would have carried itself less like a tie-in browser game for Cbeebies and attracted a more Spire-like audience. The price of insanity, perhaps.

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Jul 17, 2018

It's a hot mess.

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Guardian
Alec Meer
Jun 21, 2018

Look past the dull presentation for a deeply satisfying war game

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Unscored - Bus Simulator 18
Jun 19, 2018

As much as I enjoyed learning the rules and rhythms of bus driving – thanks in part to the warm words of Mira Tannhauser – once that was done, I just couldn't find waters deep enough to swim in for long. On the other hand, Bus Sim 18 mostly smoothly (there are some bugs and performance issues, with patches planned) simulates what it sets out to simulate, and I don't for one moment regret experiencing that.

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Unscored - Vampyr
Jun 4, 2018

I'm left frustrated that Vampyr falls short of truly combining a smart choose-your-own-adventure game with a meaty action one.

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It functions both as a broadly traditional but significantly less rigid MMO and as a 'lost' Elder Scrolls. There's much I wish it did better, but I can't fail to be drawn in by the sheer substance of it.

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