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Samantha Lienhard


Favorite Games:
  • Tales of Symphonia
  • Ace Attorney
  • Silent Hill 4

32 games reviewed
79.1 average score
80 median score
59.4% of games recommended
Scores 10.3 higher than average

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Samantha Lienhard's Reviews

I'm a horror and fantasy author as well as a freelance writer. I love a wide variety of video game genres, especially RPGs.
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Samantha Lienhard
Jun 8, 2019

While holding true to the same basic gameplay formula, Layers of Fear 2 takes great steps toward distinguishing itself from the first game. Unfortunately, while this pays off in some respects, Layers of Fear 2 struggles to be as cohesive as a psychological horror game should be.

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3.5 / 5.0 - Observation
May 31, 2019

Observation’s tedious gameplay and intriguing story kept me asking myself if it would have been better as a film than a game.

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Samantha Lienhard
Mar 19, 2019

You won’t find the same epic scale of storytelling here as in its predecessor, but Fate/Extella Link excels with superb battles and sets down the groundwork for what could be an even better sequel.

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Samantha Lienhard

While its gameplay isn’t its strongest point, Liar Princess and the Blind Prince is a short yet sweet story-driven puzzle-platformer perfect for anyone who wants a fairytale about forbidden love.

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Samantha Lienhard
Dec 18, 2018

Despite some flaws NAIRI: Tower of Shirin is an adorable game with solid point-and-click adventure mechanics and the potential for a great story, although the abrupt cliffhanger ending prevents it from being completely satisfying.

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Samantha Lienhard
4 / 5 - GRIS
Dec 13, 2018

Gris is a relaxing, artistic experience that emphasizes its atmosphere over its gameplay. While it only lasts a few hours, fans of surreal worlds and symbolic storytelling should find it to be an enjoyable journey.

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With its gruesome puzzles and serious subject matter, The Missing: J.J. Macfield and the Island of Memories isn’t for everyone, but behind the darkness lies a hopeful story and clever puzzle design.

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Samantha Lienhard
Oct 9, 2018

While the Nazi occupation of Poland is a grim area of history to cover in a cute puzzle game, My Memory of Us respects the past and delivers a somber-yet-hopeful tale of friendship.

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3.5 / 5.0 - The Gardens Between
Sep 19, 2018

Although short, The Gardens Between is a relaxing puzzle game with unique ideas and a nostalgic, bittersweet snapshot of childhood friendship.

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4.5 / 5.0 - Lamplight City
Sep 12, 2018

If you enjoy mysteries and detective stories, it’s hard to go wrong with Lamplight City. While the puzzles might not be as challenging as in other games in the genre, the narrative takes center stage and provides a memorable experience.

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Samantha Lienhard
Sep 26, 2017

If Capcom decided to continue this spin-off series, it will be welcome news.

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4 / 5.0 - Tokyo Dark
Sep 19, 2017

At times, Tokyo Dark feels like it would have been better as a pure visual novel, but despite some repetition, its storytelling comes through to make it an intriguing—and sometimes disturbing—experience.

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4.5 / 5.0 - The Last Birdling
Sep 6, 2017

The Last Birdling is neither a long story nor a happy one, but it is a moving visual novel that deals with dark themes alongside questions of friendship and love.

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Samantha Lienhard
Aug 11, 2017

While Fate/Extella suffers from repetition and does little to ease new players into the universe, its fast-paced action and exciting story are ultimately worth it.

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Samantha Lienhard
Jul 29, 2017

Fallen Legion: Sins of an Empire and Fallen Legion: Flames of Rebellion try to tell a grand story, but their flaws hold them back despite an entertaining and unusual battle system.

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Samantha Lienhard
Jul 24, 2017

The Lion’s Song is short, but its characters, connections, and choices make it worthwhile for anyone intrigued by the idea of a story that follows multiple characters in their search for inspiration.

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4.5 / 5.0 - Little Nightmares
May 1, 2017

Little Nightmares might leave you with more questions than answers, but the strange, macabre journey should keep you wanting more.

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Samantha Lienhard
Mar 3, 2017

Its four episodes build up such an intriguing, unsettling atmosphere, the experience is well worth it for fans of horror stories.

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Samantha Lienhard
Feb 9, 2017

Alone With You doesn’t delve as deeply into its existential themes as you might expect, and its romance elements are light, but it still provides an enjoyable experience and an interesting story about the only survivor of a sci-fi disaster.

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4.5 / 5.0 - Owlboy
Nov 29, 2016

Owlboy fantastic, fun game filled with clever battles, collectibles, and plenty of secrets. While its ending is lackluster, the journey there is well worth it nevertheless.

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