Katharine Castle


46 games reviewed
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Unscored - Deliver Us Mars
Feb 2, 2023

A thoughtful exploration of humanity's will to survive, Deliver Us Mars marries big, planet-sized problems with gripping, interpersonal drama - and pleasingly tactile platforming. The only disappointment is its rather rote puzzles.

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Unscored - Mahokenshi
Jan 24, 2023

Mahokenshi has some good moments of spontaneous creativity, but this Japanese mythology-themed deckbuilder is more gruelling than it is great.

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A straightforward remaster of the 2007 PSP original, Crisis Core is a perfectly fine action game that's received a handsome glow-up for 2022, but its story adds little to the wider FF7 plotline.

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Nov 30, 2022

It's a better superhero game than it is strategy game, but if you're a fan of the MCU, Marvel's Midnight Suns is absolutely essential. Not only is this an ambitious tactics RPG that captures the fast, frothy fun of its comic book source material, but it's also a brilliant marriage of Into The Breach's intellectual conundrums and the turn-stretching power fantasy of Gears Tactics. The best Marvel game by a country mile.

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Unscored - Flat Eye
Nov 14, 2022

A thoughtful, wry and vivid exploration of future tech and its impact on humanity, Flat Eye is a gripping narrative management hybrid game from the makers of Night Call.

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Nov 10, 2022

Not much of a glow-up from Tactics Ogre's PSP remake in 2010, but this is still an engrossing turn-based tactics RPG that will keep you battling for hours and hours and hours and hours...

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Unscored - Ghost Song
Nov 3, 2022

A moody Metroidvania with enough Hollow Knight DNA to tide you over until Silksong, but its stilted protagonist and occasional lack of direction prevents this from being one of the all-time greats.

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Oct 13, 2022

This handsome detective game isn't quite the second coming of Return Of The Obra Dinn, but it does come pretty damn close. An entertaining story told through a dozen murders, The Case Of The Golden Idol is a mystery well worth solving.

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Unscored - Dome Keeper
Sep 27, 2022

A simple, but powerful blend of meditative mining and wave-based tower defence, Dome Keeper keeps you coming back for more.

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Sep 22, 2022

Its stunning real-time battles with tactical pause are packed with drama and visual flourishes, but The DioField Chronicle's convoluted story and deeply questionable cast hold it back from true greatness.

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Unscored - Foretales
Sep 15, 2022

A brilliant tabletop card game with strong puzzles, great characters and big moral quandaries to ponder.

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Unscored - Sunday Gold
Sep 12, 2022

There's a good point and click adventure to be found here, but it's buried under a gruelling turn-based battle system that makes everything feel like too much of a slog.

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Unscored - Jack Move
Sep 8, 2022

Its story is the same old cyberpunk sci-fi you've heard before, but Jack Move's invigorating battle system, winsome characters and gorgeous animation make this Japanese-style RPG worth a look.

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Unscored - Railbound
Sep 6, 2022

Some of its later levels are a little abstract, but on the whole Railbound is a handsome puzzle game with a lot of neat ideas.

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Unscored - ORX
Aug 30, 2022

A gripping blend of roguelike deckbuilding and tower defence, ORX is a real-time strategy game that's all about the rush of the draw and playing the best hand you've got against a ticking clock.

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Unscored - Lost in Play
Aug 10, 2022

Some of its puzzles could be more kid-friendly, but Lost In Play is a charming point and click puzzler that really taps into the joy of childhood make-believe.

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Unscored - Stray
Jul 18, 2022

A remarkable tale about the best cat in video games finding their way home through a dense and rich post-apocalypse. A must-play for cat lovers, and it also breaks new ground for action adventure fans.

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Unscored - Witch Strandings
Jul 6, 2022

An intriguing and novel take on Hideo Kojima's Strand ideas, Witch Strandings is a bubbling cauldron of magic and menace about saving or suffocating a haunted forest and its woodland inhabitants.

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May 18, 2022

A 60-minute story bolstered by a moreish endless mode, Gibbon: Beyond The Trees rejoices in the physicality of its titular primates while telling an affecting, heartfelt story.

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May 10, 2022

A tedious action RPG with more filler than an arc of anime, Eiyuden Chronicle: Rising offers little to excite or challenge those awaiting its more exciting Suikoden successor companion, Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes.

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