Александр Бабулин


41 games reviewed
83.3 average score
85 median score
77.5% of games recommended
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Unscored - Pathologic 2
Jun 2, 2019

Sometimes mockingly difficult, sometimes archaic, full of charm (both negative and positive), extremely atmospheric and very deep, Pathologic 2 can be included in the compulsory program on acquaintance with games as art objects. It is the only one. Now in two faces.

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6 / 10.0 - Rain World
Apr 1, 2017

Incredibly difficult but nicely drawn, atmospheric and surprisingly deep platformer about long and rough journey of one small slugcat. Rain World don't really have enough mercy, the game doesn't forgive the slightest weakness or inattention, and it's rules can remain misunderstood for a very long time. To go through it, you need an iron will, perseverance and aspiration. If you've got what it takes, it could be a lot of fun.

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Jun 13, 2021

The Magnificent Trufflepigs is a kind of game as a psychotherapy session in which we, with the help of a metal detector and the characters, try to find what's wrong with us.

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7 / 10.0 - Black The Fall
Jul 14, 2017

Black The Fall experienced a heart transplant, but survived. Deprived of gothic charm, game became history of liberation struggle against the totalitarian regime. No hidden meanings and vague allegories: this is a walk through dystopia, which aimed at reminding the player about Romanian way through the 20th century (according to the developers). The project, deeply reminiscent of INSIDE, unexpectedly gets to the promise of 1979 Revolution: Black Friday — to a certain extent, and in a grotesque manner. And from a slightly awkward, but not so bad clone turns... well, not in a beautiful swan with a strong personality, but in the project with its own voice.

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Apr 14, 2017

Blackwood Crossing is a simple but touching story about important things that games still rarely tell about. This little adventure is all about loss and its adoption. There's charming music and characters, but the most important thing in such stories is quality of writing. And here Blackwood Crossing, unfortunately, does not shine. Game talks with a complicated, and at the same time overly simple language. For any fan of deep and arty games it can still become a pleasant gift, but it can also leave a feeling of slight dissatisfaction.

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7.5 / 10.0 - Know By Heart...
Feb 26, 2022

A sentimental and deceptively simple game that tries to talk to us about fixation on the past and the ability to let go – sometimes against our will.

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7.5 / 10.0 - Maquette
Mar 14, 2021

Indie-folk, bright colors, bittersweet love-story, nice recursive puzzles: this "500 Days of Summer" of gaming really could succeed, but imperfect level design and gap between form and content interferes.

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7.5 / 10.0 - If Found...
Jun 6, 2020

A hot topic, spectacular drawing, unusual surroundings… Good try, but If Found... lacks interactivity and fails to dive deep into the chosen topic.

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Nov 18, 2018

Despite its superficiality, 11-11: Memories Retold manages to display the poison that is war, and evokes the feeling of bitterness from the unlearned lessons of history. The game is so humane that you will forgive her many things.

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7.5 / 10.0 - The Gardens Between
Oct 5, 2018

The Gardens Between is a great way to spend autumn evening, when the bare branches unfriendly huddle outside the window, and the soul is filled with melancholy. It's time to get into the boat of memories and float in the past.

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8 / 10.0 - A Memoir Blue
Apr 2, 2022

A short and personal story, wrapped in the form of an interactive poem - touching, graceful and emotional.

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8 / 10.0 - Unpacking
Jan 30, 2022

Environmental storytelling in its extreme form.

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Oct 31, 2021

Short, but sincere, warm and cozy adventure, beautiful in its imperfection.

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8 / 10.0 - 12 Minutes
Sep 18, 2021

Definitely one of the most interesting, intriguing, fresh detective games in recent years, but I can't shake the feeling that all the possibilities of a well-thought-out formula are not being used.

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Jul 19, 2020

A conflict-free and constructive game, where everything works for a sense of harmony with the world.

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Apr 26, 2020

In fact, we have full-length Monty Python`s sketch — in an interactive way and in modern style.

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8 / 10.0 - Half-Life: Alyx
Apr 4, 2020

Simply the best VR-game for now. But nothing more than that.

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8 / 10.0 - Far From Noise
Nov 25, 2017

Far From Noise is a haiku of the video games' world. Minimal amount of expressive means is compensated by the most careful elaboration of each of them. Every

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May 20, 2017

A short and charming adventure. A lifetime journey through regrets. Two points of view on the same story, and each of them has every right to exist. One of the most beautiful games of the year is paradoxical. On the one hand, it is notably lacking in detail and depth — at least give us the names of the characters. On the other hand, it is a perfectly coherent statement, all details of which perfectly complement each other.

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8 / 10.0 - Tacoma
Aug 11, 2017

Tacoma is a game of hope. Fullbright showed that they are able not only to look into the past with nostalgia, but also instill optimism in our future. Well, this is a rarity in our time, what with all the disturbing news and bad premonitions. Here, space is also a premonition, but a rather bright one.

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