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Ben Thompson


119 games reviewed
66.4% of games recommended
Recommended - Potion Permit
Sep 16, 2022

This alchemical adventure may lack the polish and depth of some of its contemporaries, but it is an enjoyable life simulation RPG nonetheless.

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No Recommendation / Blank - Fairy Elements
Sep 7, 2022

Fairy Elements manages to breathe life into the age-old KEMCO/EXE Create JRPG formula, but at the cost of some perplexing design decisions.

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No Recommendation / Blank - Light Fairytale - Episode 2
Aug 24, 2022

The Light Fairytale series may been steeped in passion for the JRPGs of old, but its short, barebones execution and episodic nature are cause for concern.

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No Recommendation / Blank - Ground Divers!
Aug 22, 2022

The deeper you dig into this mining adventure, the more you uncover the unfortunate truth of its simplistic design.

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No Recommendation / Blank - Celestian Tales
Aug 11, 2022

The beautiful, hand-painted world of Celestian Tales is full of political intrigue, moral conundrums, and unfortunately, some notable issues.

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Recommended - Infinite Adventures
Aug 3, 2022

While the validity of this labyrinth’s "infinite" realms is questionable, the deep character customization and handcrafted dungeons are anything but.

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Jul 25, 2022

This love letter to Kunio-kun fans combines the best of classic beat’em-up action and RPG progression with all the charming trappings the series is known for.

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Record of Lodoss War: Deedlit in Wonder Labyrinth may not be the absolute best Metroidvania on the Nintendo Switch, but it is certainly among the best.

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Jun 13, 2022

Undernauts may lack the brutal difficulty of other DRPGs, but the culmination of QoL features, compelling narrative, and unique setting make it shine nonetheless.

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No Recommendation / Blank - Sword of Elpisia
May 31, 2022

Sword of Elpisia is by no means a bad experience, but its greatest flaw is offering little that is superior compared to its more favorable KEMCO peers.

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No Recommendation / Blank - Mary Skelter 2
May 9, 2022

Although Mary Skelter 2 initially appears superior to its predecessor, a myriad of issues ultimately stop it from achieving the same magic as the original.

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Recommended - Ambition Record
May 2, 2022

If you’re not deterred by its unsightly graphics and obvious budget constraints, Ambition Record is a bite-sized adventure worth your time.

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Apr 25, 2022

Despite a few oddities, Mary Skelter: Nightmares is easily one of the better DRPGs on the Nintendo Switch, and it’s only half of the Mary Skelter 2 package.

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Recommended - Legend of Ixtona
Apr 18, 2022

While not the de facto budget-friendly tactical RPG, Legend of Ixtona does enough to be worth your consideration.

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No Recommendation / Blank - Rune Factory 5
Mar 22, 2022

There are some sizable issues and oddities present in Rune Factory 5 that make it difficult to appreciate all the genuinely good things it has to offer.

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Atelier Sophie has never been better.

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No Recommendation / Blank - Demon Gaze EXTRA
Feb 21, 2022

Rather than building upon the foundation of its predecessor, Demon Gaze Extra takes a few steps back in terms of logical design of many of its systems.

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Feb 9, 2022

Like Ara Fell: Enhanced Edition was in 2020, Rise of the Third Power will undoubtedly be one of the best budget-friendly Switch RPGs of 2022.

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Jan 10, 2022

If you are a fan of beat’em ups and welcome a splash of Metroidvania and RPG mechanics thrown in, then The Legend of Tianding should be on your radar.

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Atelier Shallie may not be the pinnacle of the Dusk subseries, but it helped pave the way for the modern Atelier experience many know and love today.

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