Charlie Kelly


121 games reviewed
75.3 average score
80 median score
75.2% of games recommended
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Meh - Dollhouse
Jun 2, 2019

...With some fixes the game’s aspirations may yet shine through and make this at least a decent campy exploration in the horror genre some time in the future. For now at least, players can only help but wonder what could’ve been.

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Liked - Overland
Sep 25, 2019

Finji has done well in introducing a wide variety of choices in strategy games, and of course some cute cuddly companions.

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Aug 11, 2019

...a celebration of 80's horror nostalgia and has enough intriguing elements to make it worthwhile.

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Sep 3, 2019

There's so much love poured into this game. It's a game well worth exploring if you're looking for something that just celebrates games' iconography over the years.

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Liked-a-lot - BoxBoy! + BoxGirl!
Apr 25, 2019

It's crazy how a simple concept such as a box making extensions of itself can be manifested into an artfully unique package.

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Liked-a-lot - Truberbrook
Apr 15, 2019

A special game that may in nature not be loved by all but between its cast, humor and excellent setting, developer BTF have truly made something special here.

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Loved - The Touryst
Nov 29, 2019

The Touryst is a secret indie gem that I really hope will gradually make some waves.

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Mar 14, 2021

Lust From Beyond is a terrible game with weak ideas so juvenile they’re laughable and exhausting.

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Supermassive fans deserve better. The horror genre as a whole deserves better. No recommendation can be provided for this dark plunge.

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Nov 13, 2022

Horse Tales: Emerald Valley Ranch is a sad tale for the much-needed resurgence of equestrian-focused video games. Littered with poor design choices and endless amounts of bugs, every attempt to seep some joy out of the game was hindered. This comes as a shame. The bones of a good game are in there from the exploration of an interconnected world to a good start in both horse gameplay and town management and restoration. Boiling down to more than just a game released too early, Horse Tales also is a game too ambitious for its own good and not what was expected or needed. Take this one out to the pasture, they're done.

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Dec 6, 2023

Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora is a big misstep and feels like Ubisoft's biggest missed opportunity in a while. Not even the fantastical and majestic sights of Pandora and some engaging hunts can cure the buggy, unoptimised product presented to the world. Offering a dull story while it trips and stumbles on delicate themes, it too is simply a confused formula of everything you've seen before from other titles, almost all of it ill-fitting. Two adaptations under their belt and it seems Ubisoft just can't get that voyage of Pandora right.

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NARUTO X BORUTO Ultimate Ninja STORM CONNECTIONS is quite the disappointment. Presenting as a step back for the series in many ways, there are simply better adaptations to spend your time with. The game comes with a middling story combined with a lack of spectacle that serves as a mediocre attempt at celebrating the IP. Whilst some fun can be had with the stacked roster and it's easy to jump into, you'll often be reminded that there are greener pastures elsewhere.

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Jul 26, 2023

Disney Illusion Island may be striving to be a flashy and exciting 2D Metroidvania experience, but its depth remains one-dimensional. It starts at a snail's pace with its drip-feeding of basic and essential abilities and from there it never really picks up. This is unfortunately thanks to floaty platforming that will disinterest most along with the most uninspired Metroidvania-level design I've seen in some time. Though there are classic and picturesque Disney flourishes aplenty, it's not enough to make the game an enjoyable experience to investigate every nook and cranny for secrets. Be warned, this is an island voyage not all that worth taking.

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5 / 10.0 - Sunday Gold
Sep 12, 2022

A silky, suave graphic novel art-style and engaging Cyberpunk world can't save Sunday Gold. With every strength on offer comes some weird design choices or bugs that will ruin your fun at every turn. This game is an experimental risk, blending both the point-and-click genre with turn-based combat, peppering in RPG progression. That mixture shows promise at the start but ultimately ends up being an average net loss. A gamble that's not worth taking. Don't place your bets on this one. Go all in elsewhere.

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5 / 10 - Button City
Aug 10, 2021

Even though Button City is the feel-good game I absolutely needed right now, it’s not at the level of polish it should be. I love the atmosphere and the magic captured in the game’s writing and setting, but performance issues and weak minigames hold the title back. Despite some cute and cozy moments experienced in saving a closing arcade, a lot more refining is needed to make this wholesome adventure all the more worth it.

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Jun 28, 2021

Mario Golf: Super Rush is one of the few games Nintendo puts out that every now and then is a bit of a miss. While trying its best by adding new modes, it doesn’t have the charm, polish and even satisfaction that have come from previous superb titles in the Mario sports series. What it needed to succeed was more doubling down on those beloved Mario characters, more time in the oven and plenty of ways to sink your time. Despite some moments of promise, it failed to match on almost all those fronts.

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Feb 10, 2021

Unlike the original, Little Nightmares 2 isn’t a game I can envision reaching cult success. It’s sad to see, too. Already the predecessor was quite noble, flaws aside, it just needed some upholstering. Instead, the follow up just adds more frustration and more jank over a longer time period. There’s absolutely striking imagery and wonders worth seeing in Little Nightmares 2. They’re just quite hard to recommend amongst all of the challenges the game presents.

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5 / 10 - Waking
Jun 22, 2020

...one of the slowest and painful games to play this year.

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Mar 18, 2024

Alone in the Dark has fumbled once again, with this reimagining circling the drain to a pit of mediocrity. Though the game itself and the environments can be beautiful, it doesn't take advantage of its star-studded cast nor does it tell a story that is remotely sensical or engaging. Always offering just the bare minimum of staples for the survival horror genre and nothing more, it's sad to see the grand daddy of the genre be a shell of its former self. Maybe Alone in the Dark should remain exactly like its namesake.

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5.5 / 10.0 - Hellboy Web of Wyrd
Oct 23, 2023

Hellboy Web of Wyrd isn't the worst video game adapted from comics I've played, but it certainly could've been better. Lance Reddick delivers a wonderful performance in what is one of his final roles. Similarly, the Hellboy universe is as tantalising in its grim dark fantasy as ever before. It too has some fun brawler combat with upgrades that will make or break your run. This should be a roguelike foray made in harmony with one of the punchiest and most unique adaptation spins we've ever seen. Instead, Web of Wyrd is never in pursuit of anything all that meaningful. Narrative threads aren't all that engaging. The Mike Mignola art-style charm only lingers, ruined by the repetitive level design and jaunts through the same narrow hallways and combat scenarios. Never invigorating itself, Web of Wyrd is another in a long line of IPs adapted into video games that is, at most, a damn shame.

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