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29 games reviewed
78.9 average score
80 median score
82.8% of games recommended
Scores 3.7 higher than average

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Apr 23, 2019

SteamWorld Quest is a marvel in its own right, and a victory in a genre full of eternally popular bestsellers and beloved franchises.

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8.5 / 10.0 - Ghost Giant
Apr 10, 2019

The art style is immaculate and beautiful in nearly every way, giving testament to the creators’ vision of a world that is alive and breathing.

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8 / 10.0 - Falcon Age
Apr 9, 2019

Falcon Age’s narrative is touching and sincere. The concept of bonding with a pet or companion to accomplish your goals is not one that has been overdone, and will appeal to many players. Technical issues aside, Falcon Age is a welcome title that not only helped us see a different angle of modernization than we are used to seeing in the medium, but was also incredibly cute and enjoyable.

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Mar 27, 2019

Overall, while short, the compelling nature of She Remembered Caterpillars more than makes up for this shortcoming. It offers enough of a challenge to stump you into working to decipher the puzzles, while not punishing you for your attempts.

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Mar 18, 2019

Overall, even though The Division 2 has some less exciting points and enemies are essentially just re-skinned and buffed up as you progress, I’m having a ton of fun with it. It feels complete and like it was ready to be released.

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8.5 / 10.0 - APE OUT
Feb 28, 2019

Throwing an enemy against a wall will decimate them. And decimating an enemy has never felt so good as it does in Ape Out.

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7.5 / 10.0 - Donut County
Aug 27, 2018

We recommend Donut County to anyone looking for a short, yet enjoyable game to play for a few hours. Since the mechanics are easy to pick up and the themes of the game can be easily understood, we believe this is a great game for all ages and is even one to enjoy with kids on the weekend.

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7.5 / 10.0 - Strange Brigade
Aug 27, 2018

Overall, we'd suggest you give Strange Brigade a try, but make sure you know what you're looking at first to keep your expectations in check.

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7.5 / 10.0 - Flipping Death
Aug 7, 2018

Penny is a over-the-top goth wannabee that gets a little too zealous about Halloween and is fired from her funeral home job. She then goes to hang out with her boyfriend in a cemetery before falling through a crypt, bashing her body on a rock, and dies - thereby meeting Death himself. Badly in need of a vacation, Death mistakes Penny for his replacement and she becomes the harbinger of doom, helping dead folks get settled into their newfound lives.

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8 / 10.0 - Pixel Ripped 1989
Jul 30, 2018

We highly encourage anyone who is currently a VR user to pick up Pixel Ripped 1989 as soon as possible. It’s a solid experience and did something that few other virtual reality games have ever done to me – make me forget I’m in virtual reality. The gameplay is fun (even if a bit more difficult than you’d expect at times) and the concept is great. It’s a tad longer than most other VR games out there, and comes in at a very reasonable price.

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7.5 / 10.0 - Wizard of Legend
May 15, 2018

Overall, Wizard of Legend is a solid purchase and we recommend it heartily. It’s fun, fast, and challenging all while having a wonderful soundtrack and (even if not unique) fantastic art style sure to please anyone looking for a retro-inspired game with fantastically tight controls.

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7.5 / 10.0 - Masters of Anima
Apr 16, 2018

Masters of Anima scratches the itch you may have for a Pikmin-style real time strategy game over and over again. Its unique art style and engaging characters are exactly what you want, but the gameplay leaves a little to be desired. If you are a fan of Pikmin or RTS games in general, we would recommend you pick it up!

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6 / 10.0 - Extinction
Apr 10, 2018

While not a fundamentally flawed game, Extinction does not provide the player with enough of a mechanism to reasonably progress through the game in an enjoyable manner.

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8 / 10.0 - The Adventure Pals
Apr 3, 2018

The Adventure Pals is heavily influenced in both art style and humor by Adventure Time, and fans of the series will have no problem getting used to the slightly different aesthetic. Fortunately, it’s also a win for those who are not familiar with the series as its cute animations and repulsive dad jokes will leave you feeling solidly at home.

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7.5 / 10.0 - The Final Station
Mar 20, 2018

In The Final Station, you're never quite entirely sure what is going on, but it also doesn't matter because you'll enjoy the ride.

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8 / 10.0 - Flinthook
Mar 9, 2018

Flinthook is a roguelike platformer centered around a single object… a grappling hook.

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6 / 10.0 - Bravo Team
Mar 7, 2018

There's a difference between a good game and a fun game.

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The intricacies added to Rise and Fall bring out the best of Civ, especially to make it a much more thoughtful play through.

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9.5 / 10.0 - Super Meat Boy
Jan 12, 2018

In summary, it’s really hard and you’ll hate it but, like… you’ll hate it in a really good way.

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8.5 / 10.0 - SteamWorld Heist
Dec 28, 2017

SteamWorld Heist has very few flaws, especially if a turn based robot strategy game is what you’re looking for.

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