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Jonathan Bolding

33 games reviewed
79.2 average score
80 median score
63.6% of games recommended

Jonathan Bolding's Reviews

Jon Bolding is a critic, writer, and streamer with a background in literary criticism and theory. This only sometimes enters his work on games. He sidelines in tabletop game reviews, including a specialization in roleplaying games. He currently edits, writes, and streams full time for The Escapist.
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A functional, basic board game port isn't enough to truly shine off the tabletop.

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85 / 100 - Per Aspera
Dec 4, 2020

Hard science, harder simulation, and narrative innovation make Per Aspera a real gem.

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4 / 10.0 - Empire of Sin
Dec 1, 2020

Empire of Sin's criminal management sim and turn-based tactical combat combo sounds brilliant on paper, but it completely fails to live up to its aspirations due to major imbalances and bugs.

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90 / 100 - Wingspan
Nov 28, 2020

The flock of dizzying strategic possibilities and the brilliant plumage it's dressed in make this digital board game a must-play.

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Age of Empires 3: Definitive Edition preserves for posterity the core of this weirdest 00s RTS experiments while making some much-needed changes. Love it or hate it, the definitive edition is Age of Empires 3 amplified.

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8 / 10.0 - Iron Harvest
Sep 1, 2020

If the RTS is dead, then Iron Harvest is some pretty slick necromancy. A classic single-player campaign with a strong story complements the absolute satisfaction of big, stompy mechs.

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75 / 100 - Shadow Empire
Jul 8, 2020

Ambitious in the extreme, Shadow Empire is a unique sci-fi wargame that's a little lost in its own details.

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75 / 100 - Panzer Corps 2
Mar 14, 2020

For better or worse, this is a classic hex wargame with updated graphics.

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Dec 10, 2019

MechWarrior 5 is a showcase of nostalgic, joyful mech combat.

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77 / 100 - Phoenix Point
Dec 3, 2019

In terms of core design, turn-based tactics games don't get much better than Phoenix Point.

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