Mário Carvalho


19 games reviewed
78.9 average score
75 median score
47.4% of games recommended
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6.5 / 10.0 - Fire Tonight
Aug 12, 2021

Fire Tonight brings an interesting proposal, playing with this “flame” predominant in young people's relationships is a subject that causes an identification with a good part of the public that lived or is living a similar moment. However, the idea ends up poorly executed due to the underdeveloped relationship between Maya and Devin. And the emotion that would be linked to the adventure of traveling through a city on fire after your love, is reduced to short stages without threats or potential challenges.

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6.5 / 10.0 - Blightbound
Aug 6, 2021

Blightbound manages to present an interesting proposal with charismatic characters and stylish visuals. Its gameplay is undoubtedly its strongest point. Venturing into graveyards, dungeons and mountains while slaughtering, or being slaughtered, by grotesque creatures is a captivating formula, especially when you have a high challenge and the possibility to enjoy it with other players. However, the release plagued by technical issues that are strong enough to compromise the initial experience and even discourage fans of the genre.

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Jun 27, 2021

Red Solstice 2: Survivors managed to positively surprise me. The limited vision and the constant mutant presence creates an atmosphere of tension that made me constantly alert. Moreover, unpredictable side missions help to keep the experience fresh and real-time combat eliminates all the luck factor in shootings.

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Record of Lodoss War: Deedlit in Wonder Labyrinth manages to deliver a fun 2D platform adventure experience. Its gameplay brings strong characteristics of established titles of the genre, but also adds its own identity, as in the case of elemental spirits. The unchallenging combat against common creatures is uninteresting and contrasts with the exciting duels against bosses. Its plot is uninviting for those unfamiliar with the Record of Lodoss universe. It does not compromise the experience, however, it limits the real potential that the campaign would have if previous events had been introduced. On the narrative side, witnessing Deedlit's shock at seeing his teammates after the passing of many years results in poignant and nostalgic moments, making the title a beautiful celebration of the franchise's 30th anniversary and an excellent choice for fans.

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Jun 18, 2021

ENDER LILIES: Quietus of the Knights brings together several elements that pique my interest in metroidvania games: vast map full of secret locations, well-developed characters, a striking plot and, to top it off, a neat visual and a pleasant soundtrack that, together, contribute to a formidable ambiance. Although the title does not add great originality to the style, it knows very well how to use the inspiration of established franchises without sounding like something cliché or excessive, making it easily one of the best recommendations for those looking for an experience worthy of the best games of the genre.

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7.5 / 10.0 - Wing of Darkness
Jun 6, 2021

Wing of Darkness manages to put together a script with consistent evolution and characters who develop a captivating relationship that result in impressive endings. Taking into account its graphic limitations, the gameplay reinforces the fun potential of air combat simulators, a type of game little explored in the current industry or underused in other genres. This makes it a fun option for fans and a good entry point for beginners due to the simplicity of the missions.

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Jun 1, 2021

Aluna: Sentinel of the Shards manages to bring a mostly positive experience, mainly due to the great narrative baggage inherited from comic books and the cultural richness of Mesoamerica during the colonization period. The feeling of a plot with the potential to present better results is notorious, due to the lack of side missions to expand and detail the universe presented here to the player. For an initial game that seeks to reach an audience that is not necessarily integrated with the comic book universe, it deserved a little more work in this regard. Still, in the end, the title is able to entertain, especially Diablo fans.

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May 19, 2021

Aerial_Knight’s Never Yield easily joins my list of indies that are worth trying out. The constant use of the soundtrack to give an immersive rhythm to the experience is something that is constantly explored in the games industry, however, there are few cases that manage to stand out like this. Its basic gameplay gives accessibility to different audiences while allowing for a considerable level of challenge. Its only counterpoints are the short campaign duration and the lack of a cooperative mode that could take advantage of the dynamic camera transition feature.

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7.5 / 10.0 - Outriders
Apr 16, 2021

Outriders tend to suffer at some points, as well as other cases of games that have mirrored established franchises. The game manages to be successful in taking references and using them to follow its own path. Its frantic gameplay, the protagonist's distinctive charisma, the absence of microtransactions and a robust and complete story, unlike other games that tend to divide the content, help to balance these points, making the experience promising and attractive for veterans and beginners who seek a friendly gateway to the genre.

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Apr 6, 2021

Nanotale – Typing Chronicles manages to transform the simple act of typing into something challenging and fun. The game has an impressive the number of words, which can undoubtedly help to increase our vocabulary. Rosalind's adventure sticks to the old recipe of the hero predestined to solve the world's problems, but it is carried out in a charming way. Taking into account the small bugs, those who enjoy adventure and RPG in real time will find in this title a gameplay with a reasonable plot, but which surprises by the gameplay totally out of the curve.

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