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Jonathan Bolding


35 games reviewed
78.1 average score
80 median score
60.0% 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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8 / 10.0 - Loop Hero
Mar 17, 2021

Loop Hero's cleverly stripped-down RPG concept demands attention for as long as it takes you to work out the clear "best" way to guide each hero class, and its fantastically dark story setup stands out as one of the best in years.

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5 / 10.0 - Breathedge
Mar 2, 2021

Try not to suffocate… or die of boredom. Breathedge's concept of survival crafting in space may be good, but it just isn't fun.

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Feb 5, 2021

Field of Glory 2: Medieval is the closest to a tabletop miniatures experience you'll get on PC.

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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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