Paulo Roberto Montanaro


140 games reviewed
74.5 average score
75 median score
45.7% of games recommended
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30 / 100 - emoji Kart Racer
Jan 26, 2023

At its best, emoji Kart Racer is just a generic, repetitive, and tiresome more-of-the-same game. The lack of features or modes, uninspiring customization, simplified physics, unstable tracks, boring races, and especially the lack of creativity, however, make it even worse than any other game of its kind currently on the market.

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Jan 11, 2023

One Piece Odyssey offers some of the franchise's most iconic moments, without appealing to mindless nostalgia and moving the plot forward. With solid and traditional combat and exploration systems, it lacks in the narrative unnecessarily and in the limited level design, but the balance is still very positive, especially if you are a fan of the Straw Hat Pirates.

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Dec 22, 2022

Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth is one of the most important classic JRPGs in history, even if it is less well known than other titles in the genre, and this new version maintains all the best that the game represents. Even if one or another aspect seems dated, the whole remains beautiful, captivating, and charming, which guarantees it a top recommendation for old and new fans alike.

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80 / 100 - Cassiodora
Dec 16, 2022

Cassiodora manages to be both traditional and innovative; light and challenging; intense and relaxing. This results in a shmup that takes advantage of the medieval theme in a well-balanced and surprising way that can please fans of the genre and even attract new fans to it.

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80 / 100 - Ship Of Fools
Dec 8, 2022

Ship of Fools brings an unusual and very well balanced mix between traditional tower defense and the essence of a beautiful roguelite. Even though it carries with it the burden of a model that presupposes repetitiveness, it is fun, chaotic, beautiful and, as a whole, quite entertaining.

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Nov 30, 2022

Tad the Lost Explorer has a number of technical and conceptual limitations. But considering the universe in which it is inspired and the audience it targets, the game has merits in adopting a light tone and a silly humor like few titles nowadays and thus proving to be a fun experience to share with the family.

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90 / 100 - Signalis
Nov 23, 2022

Signalis is a pleasant surprise explicitly inspired by the best-known survivor horrors of the 1990s. The title adopts typical 32-bit mechanics and aesthetics to build a sci-fi horror that manages to establish an immersive and thought-provoking identity.

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Nov 22, 2022

Return to Monkey Island is remarkably balanced in bringing the new and the classic together for a cohesive, nostalgic and relevant work that celebrates the legacy of the franchise while elevating it to a new level in today's entertainment industry.

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Oct 30, 2022

Them's Fightin' Herds is an excellent fighting game that definitely deserves respect for its high audiovisual quality and solid gameplay, both online and offline. Not even the modest cast and uneven pace of the story mode detract from the fun and well-rounded experience of a game that exudes care and competence.

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Oct 27, 2022

Rivalia: Dungeon Raiders gathers ideas already established in the market, but does little with any of them. Without standing out in any aspect, it is functional, it does the basic, but it never goes beyond that, and that is little, very little.

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Oct 19, 2022

Batora: Lost Heaven does not set out to develop sophisticated mechanics or a highly explorable universe, but stands out for the simplicity with which it implements its progression and customization systems, focusing on the development of a linear action guided by a typical hero's journey narrative.

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Oct 15, 2022

Let's Build a Zoo excels at balancing the already traditional mechanics of management games with huge doses of charisma and fun. However, it is in the genetic manipulation system and in the challenge of caring for its illustrious guests where it proves most brilliant, not by bringing megalomaniacal ideals, but by making what is simple into something enchanting.

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Oct 12, 2022

Dakar Desert Rally is among the main games of the genre and offers a series of great possibilities to honor the legacy of the brand, that still lacks good representatives in the world of games. With beautiful visuals, spectacular world-building and a great level of customizable challenge, the game ends up suffering from inconsistent physics, overly stiff controls and some performance issues, but the balance is still quite positive.

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Oct 11, 2022

Alfred Hitchcock: Vertigo is a beautiful tribute to the style that immortalized one of the greatest filmmakers of all time, offering an interesting and unusual suspense plot in games. However, even full of good intentions, it fails by offering extremely simple mechanics, which end up hindering immersion instead of favoring it.

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90 / 100 - OneShot
Oct 1, 2022

OneShot: World Machine Edition offers all the best you can expect from a point-and-click adventure. There are creative and coherent puzzles with the gameplay system, and a captivating and, at times, surprising story. Added to all this is the curious way in which it plays with the game's own limits and even with a slip or another, it can become one of the favorite games of the genre for many people – myself included.

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70 / 100 - Hokko Life
Sep 27, 2022

Although it takes advantage of common mechanics and an almost protocol progression system, which can displease those looking for something different from what we've seen before, Hokko Life, without any shame in its references and inspirations, really stands out for its creation system and customization of items and mainly for the enchantment of its light and childish proposal.

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75 / 100 - Soulstice
Sep 23, 2022

Soulstice is a beautiful hack 'n slash that falls short in areas such as world building, pacing, level design, and art direction. However, it establishes a shared combat and exploration system between two characters in one that, by itself, makes it surprising and challenging.

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85 / 100 - Wayward Strand
Sep 16, 2022

Wayward Strand is one of the most sophisticated narrative-focused games of recent times and, in its simplicity, manages to be captivating and sensitive without appealing to any cheap sentimentality. It should not appeal to every type of player, but fans of the genre will find here an authentic experience, striking characters, and really meaningful choices.

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55 / 100 - Little Orpheus
Sep 13, 2022

Little Orpheus turns out to be an ordinary and mediocre product in every aspect of what it proposes, even if the bad timing of its release is disregarded. With simple mechanics and an uninspired level design, it's tedious, sometimes funny, but most of the time it's just really weak.

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JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: All-Star Battle R is a beautiful retelling of a great and little-known fighting game based on one of today's most beloved franchises. With beautiful graphics, satisfying mechanics and lots of content, the remaster lacks a limited, unstable and outdated online model, in addition to little (or no) narrative context for newcomers in this bizarre world.

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