Jonathan Town


9 games reviewed
51.1 average score
60 median score
11.1% of games recommended
Scores 12.8 higher than average

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Jonathan Town
7 / 10 - Ziggurat
Jul 25, 2016

Ziggurat for Wii U is pretty much a bare-bones conversion of the original game with no extra features or clever use of the GamePad (although off-tv play is supported). It's possible to run through all five floors in little over an hour, but you'll want to keep playing to unlock all the extra characters and access the different perks as it's a whole bunch of fun to do so - especially as no two floors are ever the same. Ziggurat is pure, unabashed pick-up-and-play fun and it's also fairly unique an experience in the Wii U library. It's recommended then - just take note of the slight technical issues which drag our overall score down a touch.

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Jonathan Town

For a Mike the Knight fan this could provide some entertainment; that said prospective purchasers should note the short length of the game, the rather paltry nine mini-games and the simplicity of the overall package when considering a purchase. It is these reasons that have informed the average score at the bottom of the page. Note that for the purpose of this review we couldn't find a young test subject to play the game with, so please do let us know in the comments if you have any feedback from a child's perspective. For now, we'll be sticking to something more grown-up - where did we put that copy of Animal Crossing?

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Jonathan Town
2 / 10 - Chasing Dead
Apr 25, 2016

If Chasing Dead was a more polished product with all its issues ironed out, you might find a decent sci-fi zombie romp underneath all the mess. Perhaps the developer will go back and patch out all the issues one day, but as it stands Chasing Dead is best left on the shelves of the Nintendo eShop. Not recommended.

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6 / 10 - Grumpy Reaper
Apr 10, 2016

In conclusion, The Grumpy Reaper isn't going to win any awards for originality; there's a distinct 'Rare'-esq feel to the cartoony graphical presentation and the fuzzy nostalgia feeling that comes with the basic gameplay is initially quite endearing - the simplicity feels refreshing. Most players won't find it too difficult to breeze through all forty stages, which means it's not going to be a lasting experience, especially as there's no multiplayer or scoreboards for additional replayability. That said, if you're in the market for a quick pick-up-and-play game there's fun to be had, although (as is the case with most of these slightly throwaway titles), don't expect the fun to last for too long.

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Jonathan Town
6 / 10 - Inside My Radio
Mar 16, 2016

In conclusion, Inside My Radio is a fairly novel, robust rhythmic platformer that's fun for a few hours; you'll soon be moving on to other things. Worth picking up for a Sunday afternoon blast if you fancy something a tiny bit different.

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Jonathan Town
Jan 16, 2016

There is a never-ending supply of drudgery to keep you flying in straight lines forever; in fact, there's very little to recommend here - as a simulator it fails by not being sim-enough in both physics execution and pilot involvement, but equally it's not arcade-y or fun either. With very little to actually do and way too much repetition we'd advise you to look elsewhere. To end on a positive note, the loading screen is quite nice.

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3 / 10 - Baila Latino
Jul 16, 2015

You're probably getting a feeling we weren't especially impressed with Baila Latino, and you'd be correct. The horribly thought out UI, hard to follow dance instructions and uninspired gameplay modes unfortunately ruin the cheery atmosphere delivered by the upbeat soundtrack and surprisingly nice graphical presentation. Baila Latino also arrives about six years too late to the party. If you really love Latin music, it's possibly you might learn a few new ways to shake your booty, but for others this isn't really worth the effort. Breaking out the original Just Dance disc for a spot of MC Hammer and Spice Girls reminded us that there's really no need to go Latino. To wrongly quote Mr. Hammer, 'Don't touch this'.

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6 / 10 - FullBlast
Jun 9, 2015

At the end of the day, there's not much especially wrong with Fullblast. It plays fine, looks quite nice and even with its minor flaws it's a pretty fun little game. If you haven't experienced much of this genre before you'll probably find it quite refreshing and great fun. Veterans may get an all too familiar feeling of déjà vu and it's definitely not up to the standards set by the true classics, however it's a good enough distraction for a few hours. Let's be clear; there aren't enough of these types of game as it is on modern home consoles, so it's a welcome addition to the Wii U library and it's not going to break the wallet either due to the (current) reasonable price point.

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8 / 10 - OlliOlli
Mar 7, 2015

Aside from the minor disappointment of lacking added features, the core game has translated across intact; thankfully it's as good as it ever was. Obsessive high score perfectionists will love the one-more-try gameplay together with the 'twitch' skills needed to top the scoreboards. For everyone else, career mode contains more than enough content to get stuck into, just be aware it can get difficult fast. OlliOlli is an addictive, unique and fun game that's a worthy addition to anyone's library, whichever format you own.

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