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Farley Santos

Brasília, Brazil
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Favorite Games:
  • Hollow Knight
  • Hades
  • Slay the Spire

186 games reviewed
77.8 average score
80 median score
58.1% of games recommended
7 / 10.0 - Gunbrella
Sep 13, 2023

Gunbrella arouses curiosity with its unique concept of a weapon that combines a shotgun and umbrella. The versatility of this hybrid equipment is explored in visceral and challenging combat, and there are also sections of exploration that require intelligent use of the umbrella. It is an experience that has good moments, especially in combat and ambiance, but that fails to maintain a consistent level throughout its duration. The adventure is worth it, but it is important to be willing to overlook the problems.

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Aug 23, 2023

Shotgun King: The Final Checkmate turns chess upside down with its offbeat idea of putting a gun in the hand of a king. Aiming and shooting adds dynamism to matches, and cards with abilities for both armies create unpredictable situations. Even with skill elements, the title maintains the tactical aspect of chess, with coordinated moves by enemy pieces. Despite being creative, the game has numerous problems, such as a steep learning curve, difficulty spikes and randomness so pronounced as to disrupt the tactical elements. There was also a lack of variety, as the runs quickly get repetitive. At least there are several additional modes and difficulties to explore. Simultaneously creative and problematic, Shotgun King: The Final Checkmate is a compelling experience.

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Overall, Double Dragon Gaiden: Rise of the Dragons has creativity sparks in its fun and fast moments, but it's necessary to be willing to face its blunders.

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7 / 10.0 - Bleak Sword DX
Jun 8, 2023

Bleak Sword XD is a tense and unusual journey of action. The focus is on complicated combats through compact arenas full of dangers and enemies in which any mistake is fatal. The clashes are intense and difficult, requiring precision and observation to survive, and the fun is precisely in mastering all the nuances to overcome adversity. The intention is clear in offering a campaign of heightened difficulty, but some choices leave things frustrating, such as lack of visual clarity, unbalanced challenge and limited variety of situations. At the very least, there's plenty of content to explore and the striking setting has its charm. Those who like to overcome tribulations will enjoy the brutal world of Bleak Sword XD, just be prepared to face its rough edges and frustrations as well.

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7 / 10.0 - City of Beats
May 5, 2023

City of Beats uses musical elements to create a different shooting and action adventure. Dodging and shooting to the rhythm of the soundtrack makes battles immersive, and the high challenge and frantic tempo make the experience electrifying. Other than that, the world oozes style with its electronic music and neon colors. However, the small variety of situations and timid use of rhythmic mechanics prevent the game from standing out. All in all, City of Beats is a passable but unmemorable roguelike.

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7 / 10.0 - Magical Drop VI
May 3, 2023

Magical Drop VI uses its fast pacing and dynamism to offer a pleasant puzzle. Collecting and throwing spheres is intuitive and the combos and frantic rhythm make the matches exciting. Beyond its colorful and charismatic atmosphere, the game has various modes and online matches, which may entertain for a long time. Even so, it lacked polishment in some areas, such as the difficulty balancing and the online matches' resources. All in all, lovers of fast, competitive puzzles will appreciate Magical Drop VI.

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Apr 21, 2023

Arcana of Paradise —The Tower— bets on dynamism to offer a roguelike deckbuilding like no other. Real-time combats are frantic and interesting, requiring strategy and dexterity to win. Furthermore, the numerous situations scattered throughout the adventure have curious puzzle elements, forcing us to think carefully in order to advance. The mechanics are inventive, but the content is reduced: enemies and events are repeated frequently, and the strategic possibilities are limited. Because of this, runs become repetitive quickly, compromising the mid-term experience. Despite the problems, the mysteries of Arcana of Paradise are worth exploring, even if briefly.

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Mar 15, 2023

Dead Cells: Return to Castlevania is a remarkable crossover packed with quality. Content from the Vampire Hunter series is creatively introduced into the Dead Cells universe, with new stages and gear that further enrich the experience. The numerous references are the highlight of the expansion, but it lacked a bit of identity, as the stages and bosses are not so different from what is already offered in the main campaign. Either way, this DLC is essential for both Dead Cells and Castlevania fans.

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7 / 10.0 - Rytmos
Feb 28, 2023

Rytmos is an engaging and curious musical experience. The puzzles, which require manipulating lines to create paths passing through speakers, are interesting and full of creative elements. The setting, which explores unusual musical genres, enchants with the use of vibrant colors, a soundtrack with several layers and historical explanations about each sound style. The problem is that everything is too simple, leaving the feeling that the game could go further in its proposal. Overall, it's great to delve into Rytmos' brief and elaborate musical universe.

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7 / 10.0 - LONE RUIN
Jan 11, 2023

Lone Ruin is a competent and interesting action roguelike, but it ends up losing some of its shine with its limitations. The highlight is in the frantic combat in which we have to escape from dangers while casting different spells — part of the fun is discovering effective combinations of powers. However, the reduced amount and scarce variety of content make the runs somewhat repetitive. In the end, Lone Ruin is intense and very brief fun.

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7 / 10.0 - Solar Ash
Dec 20, 2022

Solar Ash is a 3D adventure that bets on its quick and stylish action to offer a fast-paced journey. Skating fast and solving navigation puzzles through its exotic sceneries is fascinating, especially due to the enticing creativity of its areas. Besides that, the battles against huge monsters are notable for being visually impressive. The concepts are solid and the universe is beautiful, but the execution leave [much] to be desired. The constant presence of trial and error, the erratic camera, repetitive progression and other issues hamper the experience as a whole. Overall, Solar Ash is a reasonable adventure but far from being unforgettable.

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7 / 10.0 - Isle of Arrows
Sep 15, 2022

Isle of Arrows is an interesting and unpredictable tower defense. The game works with the traditional formula of the genre and adds interesting concepts, such as fortress building and random elements to offer an acceptable experience. Matches can be complicated but the real fun is mounting good defenses with what can be found along the way — a challenge that demands planning, improvisation and luck. However, the title ends up abusing a little in its [overreliance on] random elements, creating frustrating situations that seem to lack strategy. Besides that, some mechanics are way too restrictive, hindering the tactical planning. Nonetheless, many of its issues can be fixed with balancing and patches. In the end, Isle of Arrows is a great tower defense, as long as the player is ready to deal with unpredictability.

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7 / 10.0 - Dome Keeper
Sep 30, 2022

Dome Keeper mixes mining, base defense and resource management into a simple and creative experience. The game alternates between calm moments mining resources and frantic combats to create interesting situations in which the challenge is to manage time and items. However, the game is very shallow in content, which makes the runs very similar to each other. Some options, like different upgrades and planets, try to diversify things, but they aren't enough to end the feeling of repetition. In the end, Dome Keeper is great, if only for a short time.

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Jul 28, 2022

Koumajou Remilia: Scarlet Symphony transforms the Touhou universe in a very competent platforming adventure. The focus here is action in simple stages filled with enemies. The best part is the boss battles, as they fill the screen with projectiles in their complex attack patterns. Naturally, the difficulty is high, but there are options for various kinds of players. Originally released in 2009, the game comes to the west with new additions, such as a remastered visual and extras. However, some aspects are still inconvenient, such as the stages having unappealing maps and precision issues with the controls. Overall, Koumajou Remilia: Scarlet Symphony is a fast and classic experience recommended for people who want a good challenge.

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Demon Slayer - Kimetsu no Yaiba - The Hinokami Chronicles manages to transform the stylish anime action into a good fighting game. In addition to the stunning visuals, the game has accessible systems capable of pleasing different audiences. Besides that, the story mode captivates by offering great recreations of important plot facts, even though the exploration snippets are a little boring. Like other anime adaptations, The Hinokami Chronicles suffers from superficial mechanics and limited diversity content - possibly a sequel will improve these aspects. In the end, Demon Slayer - Kimetsu no Yaiba - The Hinokami Chronicles is recommended for those looking for an uncompromising fighting title and for fans of the anime and manga.

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7 / 10.0 - Souldiers
May 30, 2022

Souldiers uses established concepts and a retro atmosphere to create an enjoyable and challenging adventure. Its greatest highlight is the balance between platforming, exploration, puzzles and combat, which are spread across a vast world. There's a lot of content to explore and three very distinct classes. Besides that, the atmosphere captivates with the gorgeous pixel art visuals and the stunning art direction. However, the game suffers from some problems that hinder the experience. The main ideas and mechanics lack identity, the pacing is erratic and punctuated by tiresome and huge dungeons, the world presents unfair and irritating dangers, and the difficulty is unbalanced. In the end, Souldiers is competent. Despite its flaws, there is a good game here, it just takes a lot of patience and a little insistence to enjoy it.

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May 10, 2022

Eiyuden Chronicle: Rising is a beautiful and enjoyable action RPG, but it doesn't dare too much. Combat, whose main concept is to instantly switch between heroes, is fast and agile. Besides that, the world captivates with impeccable visuals, charismatic characters and plenty to explore. Note that the focus is on exploring established concepts of the genre in a simplified way, making the adventure very accessible. However, this approach becomes the game's biggest problem with low challenge, repetitive missions and underused mechanics, which hinders the experience. In the end, Eiyuden Chronicle: Rising is satisfying and ideal for the undemanding players.

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7 / 10.0 - Anuchard
Apr 29, 2022

Anuchard is a curious action RPG inspired by the classics. The game relies on uncomplicated combat and intuitive puzzles to create an agile and accessible adventure. Furthermore, the world captivates with its colorful atmosphere and picturesque characters. However, the general simplicity gets in the way: mechanics and concepts develop little during the journey, making the experience stagnant. In the end, Anuchard has some charm, but it fails to exploit its full potential.

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Feb 3, 2022

Please, Touch the Artwork is like visiting an interactive art gallery. The three minigames are simple but captivating thanks to their charming audiovisual elements. The puzzles, especially those in The Style, gain complexity layers little by little, making them very interesting. However, some puzzles are complicated enough to be frustrating, going against its general relaxing nature. In the end, the game offers a unique short experience, even though it isn't particularly memorable.

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7 / 10.0 - Nuclear Blaze
Nov 24, 2021

Nuclear Blaze offers an interesting firefighting adventure. The various stages, whose challenges creatively mix action, puzzle and a bit of platforming, are immersive. In addition, the game has a well-crafted environment with a visual in pixel art and good lighting effects. However, the difficulty is not always fair and the content is very limited. In the end, Nuclear Blaze is intense and brief game.

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