John Walker


219 games reviewed
20.0% of games recommended

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Unscored - Tametsi
Feb 20, 2019

I’m 32 puzzles in, and that’s taken me a good long while. That there are 68 more of these to go, plus another 60 that have been released since the game’s initial release, makes me a very happy little man.

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Unscored - Rainswept
Feb 15, 2019

Ultimately, Rainswept has a good story to tell. A sad story, one of grief, loss, murder and small-town cruelty.

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Unscored - Crackdown 3
Feb 14, 2019

It reeks of development hell, as demoralising to play as I imagine it was to make. Yes, clearing a map of its icons can be readily distracting, and it fulfils this role at least.

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Unscored - Globesweeper
Feb 13, 2019

For less than a couple of quid, this is well worth it. Randomly generated puzzles, so you won’t run out, plenty of options, and that bonkers triangle mode for a real head-scratcher.

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Unscored - Eastshade
Feb 11, 2019

A slow, gentle, personal RPG, with neat little stories, characters I remember, and a real sense of having spent time in a special place.

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Unscored - Art Sqool
Feb 6, 2019

Gosh I was all ready to love going to Art Sqool. But either I or it have failed. Nowhere near as odd or quirky as its trailers suggested it could be, and offering no surprises, its fun is over in the first few minutes. Bums.

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Jan 23, 2019

I love the presentation, I love the conceit, but ultimately this is just a cleverly disguised badly designed point-and-click adventure.

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Unscored - Pikuniku
Jan 21, 2019

What a really pleasant time this is. It’s family-friendly, without being a kids’ game.

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Unscored - The First Tree
Jan 19, 2019

I’d love to have played a game that tried to explore that rocky landscape, with some nuance, some introspection, and most of all, with some humility. This is not that game.

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I love the ideas behind The Pepper Prince. A little queer love story, written in verse, presented in faux-ASCII. Sounds gorgeous. But on the evidence of the first episode, the verse is poor, the story meagre, and the puzzles absent. Which makes it hard to recommend. And yet, had I not winced and winced at the writing, I’d have enjoyed the aimless process of clicking through it all.

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Unscored - Sagebrush
Dec 21, 2018

I’m really impressed by Sagebrush. It could have been tacky, it definitely could have been gross, but it’s neither. It’s sensitive, well constructed, and harrowing just where I think it should be.

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Unscored - DUSK
Dec 18, 2018

Honestly, this is purist FPS as good as it gets, just a constantly stunning game. Don’t miss this.

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Dec 6, 2018

This remains the magical, bizarre, joyful and utterly peculiar game that earned its place in gaming history. It also remains very short (about four hours at a slow pace?), but also extremely replayable, with so many targets to meet. And it’s very funny, in a super-dark way.

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Unscored - Just Cause 4
Dec 4, 2018

Although that said, even if the bugs and AI were fixed, it would still leave behind a version of Just Cause that barely changes anything you actually do since the third edition, yet has made every aspect of doing it so astronomically more annoying. What went wrong? How did such an established and entertaining series end up in such a quagmire? Gosh I’d love to know.

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Unscored - The Room Three
Nov 16, 2018

Clicking buttons is obviously an innate pleasure for all humans, and The Room Three understands this on such a wonderful level, as your interactions reap such visually and aurally gratifying rewards.

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Oct 24, 2018

It’s fair to say On A Roll does a good job of capturing the cartoon. It’s bland, repetitive, churned-out rubbish seemingly based on the mantra, “Oh who cares, it’s for three year olds.” I’ll tell you who cares: THE PARENTS.

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Oct 18, 2018

Honestly, I find writing about these games increasingly exhausting, and playing them just as fun as ever.

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Unscored - GNOG
Jul 17, 2018

It's just simply a wonderful creation that you absolutely should buy and play. It's brief – the nine levels will perhaps take you a couple of hours – but a splendid couple of hours they are. Daft, fun, exuberant and very pretty, it captures a sense of joy like little else.

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Unscored - The Free Ones
Jul 10, 2018

It's often a lot of fun to grapple and leap about in, but it's always too quickly spoiled by something else.

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Unscored - Wreckfest
Jul 6, 2018

Wreckfest is a splendid antidote to the po-faced severity of the current crop of Need For Speeds, Crews, and so on.

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