Vítor M. Costa


14 games reviewed
74.6 average score
78 median score
50.0% of games recommended
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Willy Morgan and the Curse of Bone Town succeeds in bringing nostalgia and a great, humorous tribute to point-and-click adventure gamers from the golden age of PC adventure gaming, and does so with an elegant and accessible level design, and in dialogue with a contemporary urban setting. On the other hand, due to its brevity, lack of design originality, ingenuity in puzzles and even its narrative simplicity, it is far from being a modern work with greater personality in the point-and-click genre.

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Aug 11, 2021

Despite non-trivial performance issues that significantly detract from the experience, a simple game design in virtually all respects, and few innovations, Ys IX: Monstrum Nox still has the virtue of its predecessor in having a solid, accessible battle system, diverse and relatively balanced action-RPG, yet with some enhancements, plus a reasonably well-written story, well-designed characters and, above all, considerable refinement in vertical level design and exploration in and out of dungeons.

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Jul 27, 2021

Despite some gameplay issues and lack of innovation compared to the title that preceded it , NEO: The World Ends with You it has fun and accessible battles, an excellent and diverse soundtrack, a plot full of character, an inviting ambiance for character development and, above all, a very coherent overall design around some of Shibuya's popular culture. As such, it's an easy recommendation for anyone who liked its predecessor or who enjoys more dynamic action JRPGs.

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In short, due to its design coherence, importance in mechanics, high artistic personality and conceptual depth, Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne HD Remaster is, of course, a must-have game for experienced dungeon crawlers or fans of the Shin Megami Tensei series who haven't played it yet. Due to its high difficulty and strenuous pace, both for combat and exploration, the title is not recommended for first-timers in the series, much less for those who have not played any RPG of the type.

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6.5 / 10.0 - Rabisco+
Jun 12, 2021

Rabisco+ is cute and soundly pleasing, but its gameplay is too simple and uncreative in executing the various mechanics it implements. It's a title that could do much better learning from games like The Witness that, from very simple mechanics, greatly refines and progressively improves one gameplay concept until another is implemented.

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Save me Mr Tako is a title without great pretensions in the platform genre, but it manages to have a good soundtrack and to be very consistent in its gameplay and narrative. It is faithful to its influences, rescuing a nostalgic tone from that era and adding its own personality. However, a level design that is somewhat repetitive and subutilized game features are its main problems. Despite these caveats, Save me Mr Tako: Definitive Edition is an easy recommendation for platform game lovers who appreciate the aesthetics and gameplay of titles from the 8-bit era genre, especially the Game Boy.

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7.5 / 10.0 - Pac-Man 99
May 16, 2021

Pac-Man 99 is recommended for anyone who wants to be a little distracted and have fun in sparse moments of the day, but not for those who are fans of maze games who are interested in training for hours and improving their skills in online competitions, since, as stated, matches depend a lot on luck, although the improvement of skills also contributes to the performance in matches and the training is not in vain.

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9 / 10.0 - The Longing
May 7, 2021

The Longing can be interesting, elegant, creative, deep and coherent, that is enough for us to consider it a great game.

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9 / 10.0 - Fez
Apr 27, 2021

Fez has a unique and visionary aesthetic, after all it is not trivial to unite the concept of Ueda with a visual style of the 8-bit era and that can be, at the same time, charismatic and profound; as well as mysterious and humorous. Fez's problems are few, probably the most serious of them being the fact that it is not very challenging: it is very easy to inductively solve the puzzles, and the real challenge is to find the hidden anti-cubes, but they are optional.

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7.5 / 10.0 - Smelter
Apr 22, 2021

Smelter is easily recommended for those who like action games and 2D platform, but with the knowledge that you will have to live with independent moments of RTS and top-down shooter; which, in addition to being limited and uninteresting, may not appeal to you and can be an exhausting obstacle in the middle of your journey with Eve to rescue Adam.

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