Joseph Allen


30 games reviewed
67.5 average score
70 median score
40.0% of games recommended
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4.5 / 10.0 - Dolmen
May 19, 2022

Dolmen is yet another Soulslike that proves this formula is almost impossible to get right. It's a flat, boring experience with none of the spark and vigor it needs to transcend its many technical flaws.

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Feb 10, 2022

Kingdom of the Dead has solid combat and good level design, but it's let down by an absence of challenge and some severe performance issues.

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5.5 / 10.0 - Solar Ash
Dec 9, 2021

Solar Ash has a strong core gameplay loop, but its weak story and heavy repetition make it tough to recommend.

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Nov 15, 2021

Sherlock Holmes Chapter One has weak combat and an empty open world, but its excellent detective gameplay and powerfully emotional story easily put paid to these issues.

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4.5 / 10.0 - FORECLOSED
Aug 12, 2021

A beautiful comic book aesthetic can't save Foreclosed from its mindlessly repetitive combat, poor story and characters, and overly linear levels.

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Jun 18, 2021

Ender Lilies: Quietus of the Knights starts out promisingly, with a massive map, compelling exploration, and solid combat. Unfortunately, it collapses into frustrating, overly difficult repetition by the end.

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Apr 21, 2021

Shadow Man Remastered infuriates as often as it delights, but it's a solid experience, and Nightdive has done an excellent job preserving it.

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8 / 10.0 - Paradise Lost
Mar 24, 2021

Paradise Lost may bring nothing new on the gameplay front, but its excellent atmosphere and heartbreaking story make it essential for fans of the narrative adventure genre.

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7 / 10.0 - Dogworld
Mar 18, 2021

At its core, Dogworld is a satisfying, cathartic shooter. It's let down by difficulty issues, wonky core design, and some lethal bugs.

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Mar 11, 2021

Pascal's Wager has a truly terrible story, but its exploration, combat, and enemy design set it apart.

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Shattered - Tale of the Forgotten King is brimming with potential. Unfortunately, it's too buggy, boring, and repetitive to realize that potential.

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Jan 19, 2021

Skul: The Hero Slayer is a delight. Despite some bullet sponge-y enemies, the varied combat and surprisingly engaging story make each run a joy.

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7.5 / 10.0 - Shady Part of Me
Dec 10, 2020

Shady Part of Me has a frustrating story and a terrible title, but it's a great little puzzle platformer with a very neat central mechanic.

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Dec 8, 2020

El Hijo is a joy to play. Despite the occasional wobble, it's a rewarding and remarkably serene stealth tale with plenty of heart.

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7.5 / 10.0 - Horace
Oct 21, 2020

When Horace is good, it's a touching, thrilling experience. When it's bad, it's overly frustrating and too reliant on the dreaded pop culture references.

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6.5 / 10.0 - Cyber Hook
Sep 24, 2020

Cyber Hook has an insanely satisfying core gameplay loop. Unfortunately, it doesn't have much else to offer.

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Sep 14, 2020

BPM: Bullets Per Minute has nothing new to offer but its rhythm-based combat. Luckily, that combat is immensely satisfying, even when the surrounding structure can feel a touch empty.

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Aug 31, 2020

Jenny LeClue - Detectivu won't trouble even detective novices, but its sweet-natured world and strong writing see it through.

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6 / 10.0 - Mortal Shell
Aug 17, 2020

Mortal Shell boasts responsive combat and gorgeous visuals, but it's let down by rote level design, poor storytelling, and a general unfinished feel.

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5 / 10.0 - Bite the Bullet
Aug 13, 2020

Bite the Bullet is an aesthetically unappealing mess of ideas. Its shooting has some nutritional value, but it's bogged down by terrible presentation and lackluster execution.

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