Alice Bell


99 games reviewed
72.4 average score
70 median score
44.3% of games recommended

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Jul 25, 2019

The main thing preventing me from enjoying A Place For The Unwilling is that currently there are dozens of little things that don’t work quite the way they’re supposed to, and while they don’t exactly stop you from playing the game, they’re still bloody annoying.

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Unscored - Night Call
Jul 17, 2019

So, it’s a game with two key strands that feel forced together when they don’t really work in tandem. I like both ingredients in theory, but they don’t coalesce successfully, like how a vinaigrette salad dressing will separate into oil and vinegar until you shake it up again.

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Unscored - Sea of Solitude
Jul 5, 2019

At the heart of Sea Of Solitude is the idea that all emotions can have a positive or negative form — love can be twisted to be something unhealthy or saddening, for example, just as being alone can be quiet solitude or debilitating loneliness.

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Unscored - The Sinking City
Jun 25, 2019

Goodness, I was very interested in The Sinking City. I really wanted to love it. But I’m afraid rain may have stopped play this time.

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Unscored - Draugen
May 31, 2019

Draugen does a lot of tropes very well, but it does others in a tired way that garners side eye from me.

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May 13, 2019

I’ve been very positive about A Plague Tale so far, and it is indeed a good game.

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Unscored - Close to the Sun
May 2, 2019

I wish my adventure on the Helios hadn’t ended so abruptly and I feel a wee bit short changed, but I’d still be really pleased if they announced an add-on

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Unscored - Heaven's Vault
Apr 16, 2019

The thing is, the problems are there. I don’t know if I can recommend this to someone who isn’t a word nerd. But at the same time, what Inkle have achieved in Heaven’s Vault is tremendous. I don’t know what to compare it to, because there isn’t anything.

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Unscored - Truberbrook
Mar 15, 2019

Trüberbrook isn’t bad, but it feels like a wedding cake with a couple of tiers missing. Beautiful icing, great craftsmanship on show, but somehow not all there.

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Unscored - The Occupation
Mar 7, 2019

The best bit of The Occupation is creeping around and scrabbling through paperwork, and that bit is bloody brilliant.

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Unscored - APE OUT
Feb 28, 2019

If nothing else, this is a game where you, a gorilla, can punch a man so hard that he crumbles into his constituent parts, and then pick up his arse and hoof it at one of his mates. I don’t know what else to tell you.

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Unscored - Anthem
Feb 25, 2019

I want to want to spend more time with it, because there are bits of it I really enjoy. But it needs more than the world map to change a bit, or have seasons, or better social interaction. It needs changes to how it actually works, which is a lot to ask. But the biggest fight I’ve had with Anthem so far is against Anthem.

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Unscored - BELOW
Jan 3, 2019

When you reach a milestone you get a moment of pure, unadulterated glory, but it’s fleeting, like craving a cigarette and quickly realising that nicotine is a chemical lie and cigarettes are shit. Progress feels so gradual as to be nonexistent, and can be instantly wiped out — but not in a calculated way like the difficulty of Dark Souls. In a sort of hopeless way. Each warrior is a tiny Sisyphus.

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Unscored - GRIS
Dec 13, 2018

I’m sort of cross with it! But also want to play it again! Because it might be the most stunning game I have ever seen! Argh!

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Unscored - Bad North
Nov 20, 2018

All Bad North needs, really, is a little bit more consistency within the random, because currently it’s an experience that I want to go back to, yet am frustrated by.

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Unscored - Call of Cthulhu
Oct 29, 2018

The final, pivotal choice in the game wasn’t that difficult for me, because I’d run out of all reasons to care.

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Unscored - Starman
Jul 3, 2018

Starman isn't big or brash, but sometimes you just need to sit quietly for a couple of hours and focus on something nice.

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Alice Bell
7 / 10 - Vampyr
Jun 4, 2018

Vampyr serves delicious ladles of angst and drama with a hearty slice of excellent, morally grey choice system that will genuinely surprise you, all wrapped up in a wonderfully gloomy London. It's just a shame the combat turns a bit sour.

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Alice Bell
May 22, 2018

Quarantine Circular, while lacking the same focus as Subsurface Circular, is another engaging untangling of science fiction concepts with interesting characters, and it leaves you waiting for the next instalment.

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Alice Bell
May 17, 2018

State of Decay 2 has some fun additions that can keep things interesting. Just not quite interesting enough (especially when contending with a clutch of performance issues).

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