Stephen LaGioia


63 games reviewed
69.2 average score
70 median score
25.4% of games recommended
Scores 4.3 higher than average

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Stephen LaGioia
71 / 100 - SpellKeeper
May 12, 2019

SpellKeeper feels a bit like the fidget spinner equivalent of a puzzler. It's an almost calming experience to distract your mind with, and while it verges on overly-simplistic at times, it still somehow manages to feel satisfying and rewarding.

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Stephen LaGioia
Apr 15, 2019

Operencia: The Stolen Sun proves ambitious for an indie project, and one that offers a wealth of satisfying content for the asking price. Its methodical, sluggish nature may not be for everyone, but those who accept it as a rough-around-the-edges retro dungeon crawler, should get a kick out of it.

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Stephen LaGioia
Apr 9, 2019

Yoshi’s Crafted World is a pleasant, enduring experience that platforming fans on the Switch shouldn’t miss.

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6 / 10 - Warparty
Mar 31, 2019

That’s not to say Warparty isn’t a competent, even downright blast to play more often than not, but it won’t soon be overtaking the leaders of the genre.

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Stephen LaGioia
Mar 21, 2019

Bears many of the hallmarks of the classic Bomberman, but while it boasts tons of content and an exciting BR mode, it still feels like a poor imitation.

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65 / 100 - Hazardous Space
Mar 13, 2019

Sci-Fi tropes aside, Hazardous Space runs with a unique blend of gameplay elements, which work to a degree, but feels shallow or unrealized in certain areas. Should provide short bursts of entertaining RPG gameplay, at least for the roguelike enthusiasts.

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7 / 10 - Space War Arena
Mar 8, 2019

Space War Arena quietly makes a name for itself on a platform which isn’t home to many similar experiences.

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7 / 10 - APE OUT
Mar 1, 2019

A fun little action gore-fest

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Stephen LaGioia
Feb 19, 2019

Ravva And The Cyclops Curse is yet another reminder that an old formula can still be both fun and interesting, if the execution is up to snuff and a few bits of innovation are sprinkled in. Those who enjoy a bite-sized platforming experience should find much to like about this little indie.

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83 / 100 - My Memory of Us
Feb 13, 2019

Considering its length, My Memory Of Us is a tad overpriced, but the game itself proves a charming magnificent puzzler that tugs at both your brain and your heart strings.

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Stephen LaGioia
58 / 100 - Forever Forest
Jan 31, 2019

It's apparent that Forever Forest is a port of a mobile game. With randomly generated biomes, there's plenty of gameplay for those who seek it, but much of it proves too mundane, shallow, and repetitive.

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Stephen LaGioia
Dec 23, 2018

The best multiplayer game on Switch, and the richest, strongest entry in the Smash series, at least in terms of sheer content. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate should prove to be a near endlessly entertaining go-to for friends who want a fun, enduring party game.

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68 / 100 - Damsel
Dec 4, 2018

Damsel manages to be a competent action platformer that speedrun enthusiasts and leaderboard junkies should get a kick out of, but it achieves little beyond this. The constant dashing around while shooting vampires proves fun in short bursts, but doesn't have a ton of longevity.

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75 / 100 - Super Mario Party
Nov 7, 2018

Super Mario Party manages to return to the roots of the series while sprinkling in some new features and a wealth of diverse content that all but guarantees there will be something for everyone to enjoy. Minigames are usually simple and easy to grasp, while still being enduring.

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Stephen LaGioia
72 / 100 - Joggernauts
Oct 16, 2018

Joggernauts is a charming party-platformer that will invoke feelings of both joyful laughter and rage. The game forces your brain to think in an obscure new way, as you scramble to juggle color coordination, pitfall hopping, and team communication.

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Stephen LaGioia
Oct 8, 2018

Those who like their shooters action-packed and intense, especially those who appreciate that late 80s retro gaming flavor, will certainly get a kick out of this one.

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67 / 100 - The King’s Bird
Sep 15, 2018

There are a few issues holding The King's Bird back from being a true standout hit, but those who like their platformers to be a bit avant-garde, should be able to appreciate this virtual ride, along with speed run enthusiasts.

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Stephen LaGioia
59 / 100 - We Happy Few
Aug 29, 2018

We Happy Few contains moments of enjoyment and artistic brilliance, but they are short lived, and - like a Joy withdrawal - the eventual comedown of the clunky, burdensome reality of the gameplay seeps in. A classic case of style over substance.

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8 / 10 - Overcooked 2
Aug 14, 2018

While your levels of enjoyment playing solo are likely to be tepid, those looking for co-op multiplayer gaming excellence should look no further than this charming, addictive sequel.

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Stephen LaGioia
63 / 100 - Next Up Hero
Aug 5, 2018

Next Up Hero feels a bit more like an online app or a means of promoting Mixer rather than a fully realized game. If you happen to have the Xbox Game Pass, this might be worth giving a try, just don't expect much substance or variety.

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