Joshua Robin


12 games reviewed
67.1 average score
68 median score
33.3% of games recommended
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6.5 / 10.0 - Rise of the Slime
Jun 28, 2021

Rise of the Slime isn't a bad game or a great one. It's fine. Ultimately, nothing here feels special. Switching gameplay modes from deck-building combat to the pseudo-platforming sections really feels close to being groundbreaking, and I would love to see that explored more in a future game from Bunkovsky Games. Taken for what it is, Rise of the Slime is just okay.

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9.5 / 10.0 - Knockout City
May 29, 2021

I'm floored by how much I enjoy Knockout City. Despite the first trailer for the game being a bad way to sell the concept of the game, I always thought it looked good. I never would have guessed that Knockout City would be excellent. I haven't had this much fun with my Switch or any other game console this year. Velan Studios has made an outstanding experience in Knockout City.

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9 / 10.0 - The Longing
Apr 29, 2021

No other game is going to make moving a rock across a room take three minutes and dozens of button presses. I just don't know if I think that wanting to play a different video game while waiting for another video game to play itself is good. Should an entertainment product be constantly engaging? I don't really know. However, I do know that I wouldn't change a single thing about The Longing.

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4 / 10.0 - Apex Legends
Mar 12, 2021

If you do only have a Switch, download it to see what all the hype is about. The game is free, and maybe the performance issues aren't a big deal to other people. Whatever you do, make sure to turn cross play off.

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Mar 1, 2021

Anodyne 2 is a game that the farther away I'm from playing it, the more I'll think about it fondly. In a year I'll only remember the amazing atmosphere and setup that led to the scary chase sequence and forget how difficult to control that section of the game was. Right now, I'm living with all the great things and the frustrations simultaneously.

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The new characters and mechanics of the DLCs are available upon starting the game. Overall, the game also runs like a dream. The kind of care to give Switch players an experience as good as other versions is really nice to see. I do have problems with the gameplay, like it being obtuse at first or the overall length of a run being way too long, but in the end, I enjoyed my time with Cultist Simulator.

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6.5 / 10.0 - Empire of Sin
Jan 22, 2021

This is a game built around the idea that emergent gameplay is fun, and it is. That's why the technical problems are such a bummer. Empire of Sin is a good game, but the Nintendo Switch is the worst place to play it.

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3.5 / 10.0 - Unto the End
Jan 9, 2021

I understand why someone would enjoy Unto The End. I'm sure that some players out there like being kicked in the teeth with their hands tied behind their back. That, personally, sounds like a bad time, much like Unto The End wasn't a good time. If I wanted to play a game that didn't function as described, I would at least play a game that kind of wanted me to like it.

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6 / 10.0 - Wildfire
Dec 23, 2020

The frequent slow down significantly hurts my ability to recommend Wildfire on Switch. The back half of the game features a near constant lag that had me hoping for the experience to end. There is fun to be had still; I liked going back through early levels trying to puzzle out how to make it through while completing the optional challenges. However, the amount of joy I gained from those experiences doesn't negate the fact that Wildfire just runs poorly on Switch. If you're interested, it's probably better to play this on PC.

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I have a real feeling of regret knowing there is a lot of content here that I will never see. There are numerous aspects of Shiren the Wanderer that I couldn't find a way to jam into this review like how allies function, the over 100 optional sokoban puzzles, the Minesweeper-like dungeon, creating new items at the Tanuki lottery house, fusing items together for new effects, and much more. For anyone wanting to dive into a game with real depth, this is a great one.

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