James Luff


372 games reviewed
58.9% of games recommended
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Liked - KONGEER
Jun 22, 28

Kongeer is not going to set the gaming world ablaze with its general appearance. Although, for less than a modern cup of coffee to go this did provide me with some entertaining high score chasing fun for a few hours. Add a friend to the mix and you have a decent game to play locally for a game night. It’s still not a match for the big arcade hitters, but if you want to support the developer certainly give it a look. If Kongeer was actually released as an arcade cabinet I would totally put a few coins into this while I waited for my clothes to finish washing at the laundromat. If you share arcade memories like that then maybe you’ll create some new ones with Kongeer.

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Feb 21, 2020

How to even begin with Dark Tower? This title is a a puzzle, top down dungeon crawler RPG – I think. Apparently this type of game exists in a very niche genre according to the internet. But despite the confusion it may cause I’m going to do my best to review this rather unique indie title. Strap on your best cloak because its time to head into a dark dungeon.

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Liked - Wenjia
Mar 26, 2020

Wenjia is a game I would describe as a Sunday afternoon game. It’s a short experience that’s casual and relaxing. Ideal to enjoy while chilling on the sofa or equivalent comfy chair with a nice drink. So take it easy and lets see what Wenjia has to offer. I also noticed this is the second game where you play as a cat I have reviewed for this site but don’t worry, no cat puns this time.

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Mar 26, 2020

Initially I was warmed by the retro inspired pixel graphics and music. Dandara dares to be different and it just works. Crazy difficulty spikes made the later areas of the game quite frustrating. Regardless, I can’t deny I still had a lot of fun and the game made me look up some history which is good in my books. As I returned to replay the game I thought about the real Dandara and her struggle to fight against an incredibly difficult cause for the time. While the fight against slavery doesn’t compare to the the struggle of finishing a video game. I spent around two hours fighting the final boss before I succeeded. The lesson I guess I picked up from this is never give up no matter what. You can make it through.

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Apr 5, 2020

Card Game Bundle Vol. 1 was a wonderful surprise for me. If you’re new to card based video games this is an excellent bundle to get you started. Frost is very brutal and sad whereas Monster Slayers is brutal but hilarious. You get quite the nice contrast of styles. I love how both titles are very pick up and play and are incredibly re-playable. They are also ideal to play between other games or if you just need something to return to for a quick fix. I never thought in my writing days I would give a top score to a game titled Card Game Bundle Vol.1 but here we are.

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TRDS is a fun game to mess around with but that fun for me didn’t last long. I can see this title being a lot of fun with families that just want to mess around in a large open world and create their own amusement with the tools provided. I think if you’re a dedicated gamer who likes the idea of tough controls, hard to control vehicles and delivering packages, this might be for you as well.

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Liked-a-lot - Cat Quest II
Apr 14, 2020

Are you a cat lover, or a dog lover? Well we might just have the purrfect game for you. This game is no dog’s dinner, in fact its quite ameowzing. Not ruff around the edges at all. Ok now that I’ve got all those puns out the way (not sure I believe that one, I’m sure they’ll be some paw) it’s time to talk about the game. The first Cat Quest is an action RPG where you play a cat across a large open map to complete multiple side quests, sort out the big bad, and save the day of course. Cat Quest II does all that but also adds a dog, and most importantly lets you play co op

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Apr 16, 2020

Save Your Nuts has its heart in the right place. While all the ingredients are here for a fun multiplayer game it just feels like it needs more polish. The game doesn’t quite feel like the simple pick up and play experience it should be. Maybe with some future patches Save Your Nuts could rise above these niggles. In its current stage it’s a fun messy party game, suitable for all the family.

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Liked-a-lot - La-Mulana 2
Apr 21, 2020

With La – Mulana 2 its simple: if you liked the first game buy this one. La – Mulana 2 will challenge you in many ways across an adventure which will take you easily over 30 hours. You will laugh, and probably cry (on boss fights). You’ll get lost, but that feeling when everything just falls into place and you manage to progress just a little further is a great feeling. The developers clearly put a lot of effort into crafting La – Mulana 2. I say take on the challenge if you dare.

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Apr 24, 2020

Galaxy Warfighter is a simple, to the point shmup. If you’re new to the genre this is a cheap way to test the water. More advanced shmup fans may find this just a little too simple. The later quarter of a game also starts to become quite the grind. By that I mean I had to repeat levels over and over until I had sufficient upgrades to progress. But if you want another coffee game, something to dive into for a few games now and then, Galaxy Warfighter will scratch that itch. Despite levels and bosses becoming repetitive I couldn’t help but be compelled to press on with this game until I fully conquered it. At least to give my pilot Hex the happy ending he deserved.

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Loved - Bad North
Apr 28, 2020

Bad North is a fantastic pick up and play strategy game (a genre I’m usually terrible with). With difficulties to suit most gamers. Simple controls and tons of replay value. This is a game I’ve returned to again and again. I can’t guarantee playing this game will prepare you for an actual Viking invasion. But I can assure you there is plenty to love whether you want a quick gaming session or a long night in defending from invaders. Once your done with that you may also want to play a bit of Bad North.

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Liked-a-lot - Duck Souls+
Apr 30, 2020

Duck Souls ended up being a delightful surprise for me. I was smiling the whole way through the game and was a little sad the game ended so soon. I was even drawn to replay the game on hard mode. Something I rarely do with platformers of this calibre. The balance seemed just right. A fun cheap platformer that is well worth the price of entry.

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Liked - Thunder Paw
May 2, 2020

Overall, Thunder Paw is a safe coffee game. It just doesn’t really take any particular risks to make it stand out. Suitable for a quick gaming session and priced accordingly. Everything Thunder Paw does is just fine. The developers have a great art style, soundtrack and general idea here. But it just needs something extra to make it stand out from the enormous crowd.

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Disliked - War and Romance
May 3, 2020

The game is due to release on Switch later this year. I think some tweaks like comfortable text and a cheaper price point may make this more appealing to the most dedicated visual novel fans. If you want to try a taste of the game you can download a part of it for free on the IOS store and see if its for you. For me, I was left feeling disappointed.

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Liked-a-lot - TaniNani
May 4, 2020

There is something kinda special about a game whose goal is to help two lost souls meet. I saw Tani and Nani like my mind wandering away from my body. Sometimes my mind wanders off and I make myself incredibly sad and it can take a great amount of effort to find your way back. The route is not easy. You have to think. Maybe fail, many times. But you can make it and come back to your body. Then a metaphorical heart hovers over your head reminding you of the importance of loving yourself. Oh yeah, also, this game is pretty good too.

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May 5, 2020

Random Heroes is a fun retro looking game at a cheap price. I consider this a good coffee game. By that I mean it’s a game you can shut your brain off and play through a few levels at your own pace. Ideal for a quick coffee break, a wait at the bus stop, or if you just don’t fancy an in depth game. Unfortunately, it’s simplicity is also its downfall. Just a bit more depth to the game’s mechanics and some overall polish would make this stand out much more. It’s a cheap title which I had fun with. I was left wishing for just a bit more though.

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May 8, 2020

MOB is unique, the type of game I’m pleased to have the pleasure of experiencing. It’s different and I was drawn in by all the weirdness. The platforming had me frustrated and angry at various points though especially in the last half of the game. But I insisted on pushing through to see the conclusion for curiosity. Had the gameplay been polished off I would see this as an easy recommendation. However, in its current state I would just be a little cautious.

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May 10, 2020

You know when I first saw the picture for Fury Unleashed I kinda expected this to be yet another junk food gaming rogue-lite. Some thing that I’m totally on board with. But after playing it several times and having weird nightmares about Aztec skeletons, this has easily jumped to one of my favourites in the genre. I loved the surprise heart to the story, as someone that often questions their own written work and creativity I found something to connect to; though I’ll probably never reach the heights of fame in my creative work. It’s good that video games like Fury Unleashed can remind you that moments of uncertainly are normal. And right now in this moment you are enough. Also Fury Unleashed is just brilliant.

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Disliked - STONE
May 10, 2020

I really scanned to find some redeeming qualities in Stone. But every time I tried to give it the benefit of the doubt the game pushed back. No challenge, bland graphics, audio issues, and incredibly short on content. While I admire the developer for chasing their passion project, I feel Stone needs a lot more polish in just about everything to make it a worthwhile purchase. It did remind me how awesome Night of the Living Dead is though, and that’s good.

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Liked - Slayin 2
May 11, 2020

Slayin 2 is a very good conversion from mobile to Switch. The graphics are excellent and I appreciated the extra effort the developers put into expanding the game. If you loved the game on mobile I would highly recommend upgrading to this version. This game feels designed for the arcade crowd looking for a good challenge and are willing to replay levels over and over again. Unfortunately, this design doesn’t suit everyone, particularly in co op. I thought this would be a fun game to prop on a coffee table, throw a joy con at my co op partner and we could have some good casual gaming. However, the difficulty spikes and grindy game play put my partner off. A darn shame. Nevertheless I personally enjoyed the experience alone, even if I did struggle to get into the flow of the game play now and then.

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