Chris Barraclough


17 games reviewed
80.9 average score
80 median score
64.7% of games recommended
Scores 8.8 higher than average

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Chris Barraclough
Nov 22, 2015

If you're after a little taste of what The Last Crown: Blackenrock has in store, then Midnight Horror is well worth the tiny asking price. It may be short but it's solid entertainment, with enough of a sinister vibe to pull in new horror-loving fans.

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Chris Barraclough
9 / 10.0 - Technobabylon
May 30, 2015

Wadjet Eye has put out yet another classic sci-fi adventure game, packed with entertaining characters, thoughtful and original puzzles and plenty of nostalgic goodness. If you're the least bit interested in point n' click or sci-fi, Technobabylon is well worth a punt - and don't forget to check out earlier titles such as Gemini Rue and Primordia if they passed you by before.

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Chris Barraclough

With three episodes still to go, Tales from the Borderlands has plenty of time to inject extra thrills into the story and hopefully introduce some more compelling gameplay elements. All the same, I'm looking forward to getting stuck into episode three, thanks to the compelling characters and hilarious dialogue.

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Chris Barraclough

We highly recommend Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers 20th Anniversary Edition to anyone with the slightest interest in point n' click adventures. Even if you just enjoy a dark supernatural storyline, there's enough here to keep you entertained.

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8 / 10.0 - A Golden Wake
Oct 9, 2014

The subject matter of A Golden Wake won't match everyone's tastes, while the lower difficulty will also no doubt disappoint some adventure game enthusiasts, but A Golden Wake kept us entertained from start to finish thanks to some interesting characters, smart scripting and buckets of old school charm.

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Chris Barraclough
Oct 4, 2014

That said, we thoroughly enjoyed our time with Sherlock Holmes Crimes and Punishments, which is our favourite game starring the drug-addled sleuth so far. From the crisp and detailed graphics to the huge variety in gameplay, this is a solid puzzling adventure that will please anyone after a good yarn.

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Chris Barraclough

Sadly there's a kind of crushing inevitability about this second season's climax and we'd be surprised if no one predicts the dramatic finale. We personally thought the pay-off was solidly presented, delivering a tense and emotional sledgehammer to the gut, but we're intrigued to see how the third season pans out given those difficult choices, which lead to one of four different endings (five technically, but two are basically the same).

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Chris Barraclough
Aug 23, 2014

We really wanted to like Gods Will Be Watching. The concept is brilliant, the scenarios are tense and the story is thought-provoking. But the combination of the random trial-and-error gameplay and the horrible bugs made us want to slit our wrists long before the conclusion.

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Chris Barraclough

[T]his is another nail-biting instalment that kept us hooked for its 90-minute play time (we completed it in one go, as with the other episodes in Walking Dead Season Two). We found our allegiances changing throughout, which kept us constantly on our toes, and the cliffhanger ending promises a bloody climax come part five.

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7.5 / 10.0 - Whispering Willows
Jul 7, 2014

If we had to nit-pick, we'd grumble at the occasional bit of backtracking and the lethargic motions of the main character, but Whispering Willows had enough atmosphere and entertainment value to keep us intrigued.

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Chris Barraclough

[E]pisode three is a strong one and definitely delivers on gore and tension. Here's hoping the last two episodes continue to deliver.

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Chris Barraclough
May 11, 2014

Fans of the Blackwell series or Wadjet Eye Games will need no prodding to pick up a copy of Blackwell Epiphany, but noobs should definitely take a look at the whole Wadjet back-catalogue. We'd especially recommend picking up the first four Blackwell games before playing Epiphany (you can grab a bundle for mere pounds on the likes of GOG.com), although it's not essential - the game is still perfectly playable as a stand-alone adventure, even if some bits don't make a whole heap of sense.

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Chris Barraclough
Apr 15, 2014

After far too long a hiatus, Jane Jensen is back with a brand new paranormal adventure. Moebius: Empire Rising has its fair share of problems, but as adventure fans we're willing to overlook the rough edges and enjoy Malachi Rector's exploits for what they are. Here's hoping we're not waiting so long for the next one...

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Chris Barraclough

The Walking Dead: Episode Two rushes into a tense and nicely orchestrated climax, and although your interaction is limited to a couple of moral decisions, it's still a nail-biting finale. If you didn't like the cliffhanger finish to the first episode, you'll like the second episode's conclusion even less. And after that mighty wait, we feel a little shortchanged with the not-quite-one-and-a-half-hours of playtime. Let's just hope that Episode 3: In Harm's Way comes along a little quicker, and the story can hold up to this promising beginning.

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8.5 / 10.0 - Broken Age: Act 1
Feb 4, 2014

Broken Age Act One is short and far too easy, and the worst part is, after smacking us with a 'bloody hell, didn't see that one coming' ending, we now have to wait for Act Two to stroll along before we can finally finish the game. If you hate cliffhangers you may even wish to wait until the second half is available. However, the fact that we still massively enjoyed our time with Act One, and can't wait to pick up the story's finale, proves that Mr Schafer has once again produced a stunning little gem.

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7.5 / 10.0 - Stick it to the Man!
Dec 30, 2013

Stick It To The Man may be relatively short, a little repetitive and also generously simple, but it's also a unique and twisted take on a genre that's been around for decades. With its gorgeous 2D presentation and tongue-in-cheek humour, we'd happily recommend to any platformer fans who embrace everything oddball.

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Chris Barraclough

So basically it's business as normal, and we couldn't be more pleased that Walking Dead season two is shaping up to be another hit. Fans of mature adventures should lap it up, and we can't wait to continue Clementine's journey in episode two.

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