Juliana Paiva Zapparoli


56 games reviewed
72.1 average score
80 median score
50.0% of games recommended
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Apr 26, 2022

I've never been much of a fan of science fiction, let alone real-time strategy games, but 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim impresses in every possible and imaginable way. The complex plot, fragmented into 13 parts, is extremely competent, even if it can sometimes seem repetitive. The complex yet didactic combat, combined with the incredible audiovisual presentation and the excellent performance on Switch, makes this title from Vanillaware one of the best in the hybrid console library.

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9 / 10.0 - DISTRAINT 2
Aug 1, 2020

Distraint 2 is a simple and efficient adventure game with beautiful graphics and exquisite soundtrack. I venture to say that the title goes even further: it is a journey that teaches us about the importance of overcoming pain and looking for hope in the most difficult moments. Despite being a short title (approximately two hours), it is an observation on having faith, understanding our fears, insecurity and remorse, in addition to analyzing the role of greed and ambition in our life.

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Aug 18, 2020

With impeccable gameplay, 23 characters, various game modes, great local multiplayer, several improvements over the original console and a virtually infinite replayability factor, King of Fighters R-2 is highly recommended for fighting fans and a must-have game for enthusiasts of The King of Fighters franchise, not only for its historical value, but for the hours and hours of fun that the port provides.

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9 / 10.0 - Gnosia
Mar 17, 2021

Overcoming obstacles to reach the truth is the main motto of Gnosia, which can be translated into the Latin expression “through the difficulties for the stars”. With quick matches that can be completed in 20 minutes or less, you can feel the tension of playing a multiplayer in single player mode. With a sci-fi ambience that abuses the theory of the multiverse, this indie is, above all, an intriguing continuous experience, sometimes a little repetitive, that promises to arrest the player from beginning to end. In addition to stimulating logical capacity, the title presents another point of view on parallel universes that can even put our own existence in check. Are loops a metaphor for life?

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9 / 10.0 - Overboard!
Jun 13, 2021

Although it doesn't follow the same line as How to Get Away with Murder, Overboard! has a plot with several endings that vary according to the actions chosen during the campaign. With balanced humor and suspense, immersive soundtrack and unique artistic style, this adventure game challenges the player's logical thinking in every run. Will Veronica be able to get her late husband's money to live in freedom in New York?

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9 / 10.0 - LoveChoice
Sep 27, 2021

Love is a feeling that demands concession from everyone involved, the maxim of give and take. Loving someone means that sometimes it is necessary to let the loved one go. It also means trust and respect, recognizing your and others' limits. These are exactly the sensations, the nuances of this complex feeling, which LoveChoice manages to convey in an interactive visual novel composed of three believable stories and delivered with a beautiful and immersive audiovisual presentation. Because love is sweet and bitter at the same time.

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Nov 1, 2021

Corpse Party (2021) brings to the current generation the acclaimed horror game that is still a reference in the genre. Although some extra settings could have been added in order to make the player more comfortable during the game, such as a mini map and more language options, the well-constructed atmosphere and the tension transmitted without any difficulty make Corpse Party be revisited yet another time, both by those who already know the franchise and by those who have never had contact with it.

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Feb 14, 2022

Variable Barricade is a visual novel with a unique gameplay system, fragmenting its plot in a big board. Except for the common route, each route presents unique events, prioritizing Hibari's relationship with each of her suitors, where it proves that judging a book by the cover is a tremendous error. With excellent gameplay and replay value; fluid and interesting narrative; captivating characters; and an impeccable audiovisual presentation, romcom lovers should not miss the bizarre situations between the Tojo family heir and her suitors.

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Jul 8, 2022

Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes manages to transport all the good points of Three Houses to the musou world, especially the setting. Despite having the genre's inconveniences, it breaks with the traditionalism present in the first Fire Emblem Warriors and delivers a competent and satisfying result, maintaining all the tension present in the 16th Fire Emblem and pleasing both those who have never played Three Houses and the fans who they can't let go of it.

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9 / 10.0 - Persona 5 Royal
Nov 7, 2022

For those who appreciate a well-constructed story, even with occasional plot holes here and there, Persona 5 Royal is a great option in terms of dynamism and hours and hours of gameplay, with charismatic characters and a great soundtrack to pack the the shenanigans of the Phantom Thieves. Seeing a game run satisfactorily on Switch, at any time of day and without detracting from the action moments, is a huge triumph, especially when we're talking about one of the best JRPGs of all time.

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8.5 / 10.0 - Touhou Spell Bubble
Dec 13, 2020

Touhou Spell Bubble is an excellent rhythm puzzle that combines two franchises from different genres in a unique way, in addition to having a vast cast of artists and voice actors. Even though it is a niche game and more meaningful only to Touhou fans, the spin-off is full of fun and fantastic replayability that can be extended with the local multiplayer. With music and settings for all tastes, it is an unusual mix that works well - and, of course, it can serve as a gateway to the fantastic universe created by ZUN.

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Jun 25, 2021

With several qualities of life from current mobile games and facilitating mechanics, Disgaea 6: Defiance of Destiny retains the elements that made the franchise famous, but unfortunately suffers from serious performance issues arising from the graphics. Even with that big flaw, the title has everything to be one of the best games in the series so far, not because of its history (which was never Disgaea's strong point), but because it allows new players to feel comfortable in a strategy RPG famous for its absurd numbers and practically infinite grinding.

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Aug 10, 2021

Shadowverse: Champion's Battle is a TCG with very newbie friendly RPG elements. Unlike other franchises in the genre, Cygames hit the nail on the head by creating a game accessible to all types of players, whether or not they are familiar with Shadowverse and its rules. At the same time, the game manages to remain faithful to the PC and smartphone version, and has the attractiveness of the “anime style”, breaking the seriousness that TCGs usually have. The title also ends up being a good option for a younger target audience, thanks to the charisma of the characters and the special effects in each duel, but without leaving the more veterans and completionists aside.

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Feb 15, 2022

Valis: The Fantasm Soldier Collection is a compilation of games previous released on the PC Engine and is geared towards the franchise fans, who already know Yuuko's saga and wish to play it again in the current generation; however, those action platformers can also be enjoyed by retro game enthusiasts. Though there are discrepancies in the gameplay and graphic quality among the titles contained in the collection, the excellent soundtrack and narrative told through Japanese-voiced animated cutscenes is more than enough to showcase one of the most important franchises of the 80s/90s.

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Sep 1, 2022

Besides offering a story that's very rich in details about the nazi occupation in Denmark territory, Gerda: A Flame in Winter puts us in situations in which we have to leave logica aside and follow our intuition, making the immersion guaranteed. The game's visual presentation is adequate to its proposal and has a unique charm, and, while a little rare, the sound work, when it is used, manages to transport us to the World War II period. Unfortunately, while it has a dub in the key moments and good controls, the lack of a Portuguese interface may weaken the experience to someone who hasn't mastered one of the available languages.

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8 / 10.0 - Turmoil
Sep 13, 2020

Turmoil is very agile and fun, with mechanics that are simple and challenging at the same time. Contrasting steps that combine long-term planning and quick decision making, the title is recommended for players who prefer that dose of action during the strategy.

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Shantae: Risky's Revenge - Director's Cut is not just “another one” in the Switch library: it's a game with its own style, charisma and identity that arrives at the hybrid ten years after its original release and relives the magic of one of the best adventures of the half-genie without giving up the charm of the 16-bit era.

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Nov 10, 2020

The Language of Love lives up to Teilhard de Chardin's famous phrase. With a light and believable narrative that addresses diverse themes present in our daily lives and characters with whom it is possible to identify to a greater or lesser degree, the visual novel is a great option for those who just want an uncompromising and touching reading about the difficulties to create relationships, romantic or not, in adulthood - and, above all, about how they impact people's lives.

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8 / 10.0 - Wildfire
Dec 3, 2020

Wildfire is a very interesting stealth and platform puzzle title. The game requires agility, planning and cunning in the right dose, and its rich mechanics in the use of the elements encourages the player to be creative and try out new solutions, which adds a great factor of replayability. Yes, there are some problems, such as very small graphics and some FPS drops; however, considering also the fun local multiplayer and the wide accessibility options, it is a more than recommended experience.

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Dec 29, 2020

Despite not having the replayability factor, Touhou Luna Nights is a metroidvania that delivers frantic action from start to finish, without leaving aside the original game on which it was based. With a history of its own, there is no need to get to know Touhou in depth to take advantage of this mind-blowing spin-off that can please both experienced and novice players.

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