Kirk Hiner


130 games reviewed
70.4 average score
70 median score
63.8% of games recommended
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7.5 / 10.0 - Castle Kong
Feb 26, 2021

Castle Kong gives Donkey Kong a colorful visual refresh and an extreme challenge bump, but otherwise sticks closely to the formula that made it a legend. Fans of classic arcade games will enjoy it, and will be thankful they don't have to drop another quarter with each frustrated restart.

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8 / 10.0 - UnderMine
Feb 16, 2021

Undermine is a clever rogue-lite with plenty of pixel art charm. The gameplay and design elements come together to create a fun, addictive experience that'll appeal to action arcade gamers and RPG fans alike.

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Feb 4, 2021

Tadpole Treble Encore is a charming rhythm game that's easy to play through, but difficult to 100% complete. An included level editor extends its life span, but its whimsical gameplay and music may take care of that on their own.

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Although it occasionally gets bogged down under its own ambition, Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends and the Secret Fairy is consistently surprising and fun. It may lack the melodrama and heroics of most JRPGs, but it still offers a lengthy campaign full of compelling combat and exploration.

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7 / 10.0 - Iris.Fall
Jan 14, 2021

The puzzles in Iris.Fall can sometimes be momentum killers, and they will likely cause some players to leave the game unfinished despite its short duration. However, those who stick with it will be rewarded with an experience that never ceases to visually delight (and reward) the player.

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7.5 / 10.0 - Crystal Ortha
Jan 7, 2021

Crystal Ortha offers a breezy adventure that breaks from the norm just enough to please grizzled fans of JRPGs. It looks and feels right home on the Switch, but it's easier to enjoy in short, handheld gaming sessions as opposed to long hours in front of your TV.

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7 / 10.0 - What the Fork
Dec 30, 2020

You may not think a game based on forklift operation could be all that entertaining. With the right group of friends working either cooperatively or competitively, however, you'll get some fun out of What the Fork. Just be sure to avoid having to work alone.

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Dec 29, 2020

Electro Ride: The Neon Racing suffers from touchy controls and an overall lack of depth. It's not amongst the best racing options available for the Switch, but it does contain a couple of unique elements that may appeal to gamers looking for something a little different.

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Dec 26, 2020

Space Invaders Forever is a solid but overpriced collection that presents three unique spins on the classic Space Invaders formula. It's by no means complete, but whether you're looking for a quick party game or some solitary nostalgia, there's a variation or two here for you.

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7 / 10.0 - BIT.TRIP CORE
Dec 21, 2020

BIT.TRIP CORE is not for the easily frustrated. It's difficult, and the repetitive gameplay does not reward those who aren't immediately interested. That said, fans of challenging rhythm games may find themselves put into an early '80s-style arcade trance from which they won't want to escape.

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