João Dias


31 games reviewed
58.7 average score
60 median score
9.7% of games recommended
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Bringing Langrisser out of Japan after 25 years is worthy of praise but unfortunately it's the only thing worth praising about Langrisser Re: Incarnation Tensei. Its gameplay mechanics force the player to follow a pre-set order to move the characters, rather than allowing for a more dynamic choice, its visual environment needs a near-complete overhaul and its chapters are simply not motivating to move forward.

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Jul 28, 2016

Unholy Heights' unusual background, coupled with its addictive dynamics and comical details, provides the basis for a game that will be difficult to let go of once the player is emerged into it.

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Oct 1, 2016

Ambition of the Slimes could have been a more fun, dynamic and overall compelling strategy RPG were it not for its flaws and ill-conceived organization, which will result in very frustrating and repetitive combats and long moments of plain annoyance at how the game puts the player in combat with a very unforgiving system and difficult interaction.

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Ninja Usagimaru: The Mysterious Karakuri Castle sets up high expectations with its rich audiovisual environment and apparent enormous amount of content to explore, but its extremely demanding difficulty curve and poorly executed controls will send many players in a path of frustration that will not leave them longing for the puzzles where the eponymous ninja rescues the villagers.

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As far as action RPGs go, Gurumin 3D: A Monstrous Adventure is simple and with an accessible plot. It takes a while to become involving but it does have a pretty decent lifespan, even if it can't help becoming repetitive at some moments, as well as frustrating from its camera and imprecise controls. Nevertheless, it still has its value and should not be overlooked by RPG fans.

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6 / 10 - Shift DX
Mar 17, 2017

Shift DX is a well-thought two-dimensional puzzle game that will have players scratching their heads around 180º rotations, gravity inversions and the best way to reach the exit door while avoiding death by spikes. This is a game that could benefit enormously from a multiplayer mode and a proper online component, as it feels a bit empty outside its fun and challenging main mode.

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World Heroes Perfect is what can be expected from a mid-90s Neo Geo fighting game: colourful, large characters, lots of insane moves, rich animations and plenty of action. While the game will seem out of place for those unfamiliar with its time, fans of 2D fighting games will find plenty to enjoy in the reedition of this classic.

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7 / 10 - Snake Pass
Apr 9, 2017

Thinking like a snake might not seem like the most natural thing to do to most humans but Snake Pass will get the players doing just that quick enough. Thanks to its gameplay mechanics that involve the inherent physics to a snake's body, this game stands on its own thanks to its unique approach to puzzle-solving, coupling it with rich audiovisual environments and very challenging levels.

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No adventure game is perfect and Oceanhorn: Monster of the Uncharted Seas focuses on what it does best: a fluid, accessible and eye-catching adventure, despite its sometimes frustrating character moves and a certain feeling of repetitiveness regarding the enemies and bosses. A game that doesn't ignore its inspirations and doesn't try to leapfrog them.

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Jul 17, 2017

Alchemic Dungeons brings crafting to a roguelike game and it works at keeping the player's attention thanks to its variety of possibilities. It doesn't, alas, stand out in the same way when it comes to its dungeons, which end up being the game's weakest link due to their excessive size and unbalanced difficulty curve.

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