Kierra Lanier


55 games reviewed
67.3% of games recommended
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Oct 18, 2021

Overall, Monster Crown has a good premise behind it. It has a solid base and if the developers decided to make another monster collector down the road, they have a good sense of what to include. The combat is fun and the breeding aspect can make it interesting to see what monsters you can end up creating, especially if you’re into min-maxing. In this aspect, I do believe that they have really touched on what made games like Pokemon popular: the excitement of catching them all and figuring out how to best build your team to be the strongest they can be. However, the bugs and some of the progression decisions made with Monster Crown make it a tedious experience at best and a downright frustrating one at worse. The storytelling leaves me feeling as though I was always missing some details. And the jumps in levels for boss monsters were frustrating to come across, perhaps more so because they could be cheesed by getting lucky with a pact. Overall, Monster Crown is an experience that may be better played on other systems that aren’t the Switch and for those who don’t mind the inconsistencies present.

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Oct 5, 2021

Whilst precision platforming is not quite my thing, I can appreciate when a game excels at what it’s set out to accomplish. While some stages felt a bit too tight, I never felt as though a level was impossible to clear. And given the small size of stages and ease of resetting when things aren’t going quite right, A Night at the Races is a great game to pick up and play a few stages when you want to scratch that itch. The story elements are interesting to watch unfold. Although I wouldn’t say worth getting the game solely for those moments if the platforming isn’t your thing. Overall, A Night at the Races is a solid game to dig into, especially if you love a challenge.

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The collection of mystery games available on the Switch is slowly rising as the years pass. It can be very hard to find a good mystery game. A good mystery needs to hook you in. Keeps you guessing while also encouraging you to press on, and satisfy you with its ending as everything is tied together. While there can still be a few lingering questions, the major ones had better be answered. And if you are going the route of incorporating gameplay, it needs to be interactive and engaging enough. With The First Cases, this is a mystery game done very well. The storytelling is tight, doesn’t overstay its welcome, and has a nice mix of twists while also keeping everything believable.

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Sep 11, 2021

I really enjoyed Boyfriend Dungeon. It actually felt like one of the more satisfying dating sims that I’ve had the chance to play thus far on the Switch. I’ve enjoyed all of the characters in their own way. I liked how each relationship developed, for better or for worse. My only complaints would have to be related to the rogue-lite portion of the game. While competent in its own right, it does feel simplistic in its execution, paired with the fact that the game feels abrupt in its ending portion while you’re having fun. But it is a somewhat unfulfilling experience if you’re coming in because of the combat. Nonetheless, I would still recommend this game for those who are looking for another dating sim to add to their arsenal and don’t mind a more simplistic combat system. The game is pretty polished and I didn’t run into any issues with how the game ran. Even during combat with a room full of enemies on the screen. I am very curious about how this game will be supported and what content they decide to add to this game.

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Overall, El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron is an interesting experience. It’s understandable why this game is considered a cult classic, with the interesting battle system and beautiful designs surrounding the game. The one downside of this game is some aspects of the gameplay. It’s easy to fall into a loop of frustration due to missed jumps and the wrong placement of the camera. If all enemies decide to charge you at the same time, it’s very easy to end up dying before you truly realize it. I do think that this is a game that will appeal to a small niche of people. But with that though, I would say to at least give this game a chance and check out more information about it. Because if nothing else, it is a memorable experience.

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Recommended - Necrobarista
Aug 31, 2021

Necrobarista joins the kinetic novel fray with a nice blend of quirky and serious story elements.

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Aug 25, 2021

While Fuga: Melodies of Steel’s linear gameplay may be a bit stifling, CyberConnect2’s new step in game development is one that shouldn’t be overlooked.

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Recommended - Astro Aqua Kitty
Aug 16, 2021

If you need a nice and simple shoot-em-up to fit in-between your larger releases, this space cat adventure may just be for you.

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Jul 19, 2021

Despite stumbling with performance in the transition to 3D, Disgaea 6 brings a lot to the table in its move to be more beginner friendly.

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No Recommendation / Blank - Death end re;Quest
Jul 14, 2021

Death end re;Quest spins an interesting tale, but unfortunately is tripped up by its own tedious gameplay mechanics.

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Recommended - Winds of Change
Jul 7, 2021

For those curious about this furry visual novel, Winds of Change is a tale about how not everything is black and white when it comes to life.

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Recommended - King of Seas
Jun 28, 2021

King of the Seas is a pirate-themed action RPG that lets you command the high seas with power…or sink to the darkest depths of the ocean.

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Recommended - LiEat
Jun 9, 2021

For those looking for a bite-size RPG experience with charming art and characters, LiEat is an enjoyable experience, despite the ease of gameplay.

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Recommended - Cozy Grove
May 26, 2021

After landing on the island of Cozy Grove, it is your job as a Spirit Scout to help its inhabitants with their many fetch quests.

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May 19, 2021

Travel to a mysterious world and learn the secrets behind its appearance, while also finding some love in the process within Angels With Scaly Wings.

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Recommended - Root Film
Apr 5, 2021

For fans of mystery point-and-click adventures, Root Film will capture your attention with its mysterious (yet fun) narrative.

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Recommended - Super Robot Wars V
Mar 26, 2021

As a love letter to mecha anime, tactical RPG Super Robot Wars V makes for a beautiful and fun (but perhaps too easy) experience.

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Recommended - Half Past Fate
Mar 12, 2021

Half Past Fate is a simple yet enjoyable experience about love, fate, and being in the right place at the right time.

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Recommended - Disjunction
Mar 10, 2021

In a time when Cyberpunk stories are all the rage, Disjunction does a decent job at sneaking past the competition and making a name for itself.

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Feb 19, 2021

Have you ever wanted to live in the Middle Ages where anything can happen, including death? Then The Choice of Life: Middle Ages may be right up your alley!

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