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Trevor Gould

New England
Trev

Favorite Games:
  • Super Mario series

354 games reviewed
64.5 average score
70 median score
44.9% of games recommended

Trevor Gould's Reviews

Review Coordinator & Senior Editor at Pure Media. Especially enjoys building working relationships with smaller and independent developers and studios. PNM is your independent magazine for all things Nintendo.

Hidden Through Time 2: Myths & Magic is fun, but some significant issues (at least on Switch) make it fall slightly short of its predecessor. It might be better to grab this one on sale or when DLC arrives (hopefully with a performance patch). Creative types might not want to wait that long.

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Jan 16, 2024

While the number of games in this collection pales next to many other Switch compilations, shmup fans up for a challenge probably won't want to sleep on this one. Irem Collection Volume 1 offers some entertaining fun that will put your skills to the test. How about some love for Irem's In The Hunt next?

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Jan 11, 2024

I've genuinely attempted to click with Berzerk: Recharged (and the Recharged series overall). But, after many weeks, it's clear I never will. This game doesn't deliver what it promises, which is a "revival of an arcade classic."

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Dec 29, 2023

The Jackbox Party Pack 10 lacks the broad appeal of other party games, with too many of its games dependent on specific types of players. While it will probably find an audience during holiday vacations, kids on winter break, and so forth, fans who didn't grab this release at launch might consider waiting for the right sale. Meanwhile, new players should check out one of the earlier entries.

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9.5 / 10.0 - Super Mario RPG
Dec 8, 2023

Fans of the original are sure to enjoy this excellent, faithful update with quality additions and improvements. Yet, I'm even more excited for those who've never played this one. Beyond the notable balance and pacing successes, this game excels with characters, locales, and plot developments. With little to complain about and much to celebrate, Super Mario RPG is a delight, one of the most enjoyable games I've played on the Switch. Not to be missed.

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8.5 / 10.0 - WarioWare: Move It!
Nov 30, 2023

While WarioWare Gold on 3DS remains my favorite for solo play, when it comes to multiplayer parties, it's hard to overlook Move It! It'll keep you returning to it as you discover all the microgames, experiment with every mode, and shoot for hi-scores. Expect lots of smiles and laughter with the time-proven format. Fans will want this entry in their libraries to enjoy the hysterical hijinks.

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6 / 10.0 - Colored Effects
Nov 23, 2023

The initial fun may soon give way to want; want of less linear design, more balanced difficulty, and (ironically enough) more color, to name just a few things. Colored Effects is fair enough for its budget price. But I'm curious what the developer can do with future releases that'll hopefully be more fun and polished.

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6.5 / 10.0 - Alphadia I & II
Nov 20, 2023

While the Alphadia series is among the best of the KEMCO-published games I've played, there's little doubt they are showing their age. And the minor updates in this package don't do enough to elevate this beyond your wishlist for a future sale.

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Crowns and Pawns is a high-quality game that impresses in many ways by embracing the best of classic point-and-click design. There is even replay value, as different decisions lead to different puzzles-something noteworthy, indeed. Interesting reading and easter eggs to other genre classics are the icing on the memorable cake. Don't let some user interface issues detract, as this is an adventure worth seeing through to the end.

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Oct 13, 2023

Despite a few bugs and oversights, The Making of Karateka has become one of my favorite releases in 2023 and should be considered unmissable. Playing this interactive documentary, packed with history and fun remastered works, can't help but make one wonder what Digital Eclipse plans next. How about a deep dive into Mechner's later work, The Last Express?

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6 / 10.0 - Xtreme Sports
Oct 11, 2023

Whatever the season, Xtreme Sports can offer a bit of fun in the virtual sun. But, you'll likely play for just a few minutes here and there, spread out over time. The small number of events leads to a repetition, making it struggle to maintain interest. The extras in this Switch port barely register, too.

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6 / 10.0 - Pinball FX
Sep 25, 2023

The ball is still in play in Pinball FX, and we hope it doesn't wind up in the drain early. While fun, it's a clear step back from FX3 visually on the Switch, and in terms of content. New players should still have a blast, but for existing fans, Zen Studios has let us down.

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5 / 10.0 - Onigo Hunter
Aug 8, 2023

It's a shame that the unique elements of Onigo Hunter (monster acquisition, map trimming) have only a marginal impact. You're left with a generic RPG, the kind that many uninformed associate with the publisher. This game could be comfort food to grab on sale, but there are superior offerings from this publisher.

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Jul 12, 2023

Atlus gave DS series fans more of what they enjoyed with this entry. Now, thanks to SEGA's publishing, additional players can experience what all the fuss was about. It's unnecessary for me to extend this review any further with nostalgic gushing or flirts with spoilers. To conclude, while newcomers might prefer starting with the first game to determine if its repetition becomes addictive, existing fans might find Etrian Odyssey III HD is the installment they want.

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7.5 / 10.0 - Garden Simulator
Jul 6, 2023

A lower learning curve gives Garden Simulator accessibility the genre isn't known for. The lack of touchscreen support is a negative worth noting, but the overall title (quirks and all) evens out as something worth digging a little deeper into.

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Jun 16, 2023

While I can't say I'll reach for this over its predecessors, Puzzle Bobble Everybubble! Is a good (replayable) entry more often than not, and recommended. Younger players and families who can enjoy local co-op should have this higher on their wishlist than solo players who might wait for a sale (or update with more online options). The new Puzzle Bobble vs. Space Invaders is a sizable draw!

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May 23, 2023

Farming Simulator 23 is a well-executed title for what it is, and it even offers touch screen support for handheld players. However, it's the type of game that's best appreciated when you're in the right mood. If and when that moment strikes, it can serve as a good, if somewhat repetitive way to unwind.

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9 / 10.0 - LUNARK
May 8, 2023

Even with an inconveniently designed save system, Lunark is a game I'll look back fondly on for reaching the highest of highs. It's easily one of my favorite titles in recent years, one I'll undoubtedly revisit. A must-play for cinematic platformer fans, Lunark's full of surprises, bound to leave lasting positive impressions with players. If this is indie studio Canari Games' first release, I can't wait to see what they come up with next.

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Apr 24, 2023

My gaming acumen recognizes Rakuen: Deluxe Edition as a high-quality release that checks most of the right boxes. At the same time, this is a title I simply never want to play again and am anxious to forget. Its heavy-handed final act is unpleasantly predictable, making a game that felt fresh feel paradoxically clichéd. People grieve differently, and many will meld with this finished product. But I'm left saying it's a good game that's not for me: too bitter without enough sweetness to offset it.

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6.5 / 10.0 - Papertris
Apr 4, 2023

Papertris is solid for its budget price. While I would've liked more options (and a consistent challenge), it's a game built off classics. Local and online leaderboards help, too.

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