Video games: Marble mayhem and a Star Trek mashup

Marble It Up: Mayhem! rolls to a jarring halt. Star Trek Legends offers plenty of action and opportunity

Video games: Marble mayhem and a Star Trek mashupMarble It Up: Mayhem! Developer: The Marble Collective Publisher: Alvios, Inc., Marble It Up, LLC You’re a marble. Maybe you were rolled upon by a radioactive marble. Maybe you’re from a world of sentient marbles. Or maybe you’re just a very rich human, disguised as a marble to save us all from a boring, flat…

Toxic masculinity or a beautiful release of frustration?

The new movie Nobody represents a fantasy people approaching middle-aged might have

Toxic masculinity or a beautiful release of frustration?“There’s a long-dormant piece of me that so very badly wants out.” That one line from the trailer for Nobody perfectly sums it up. I haven’t yet seen the movie, so let’s call this a trailer review. Or maybe an exploration. As a man in his 30s, I’m approaching an (admittedly unwarranted) midlife crisis. Is…

Final Fantasy VII Remake hits all the right notes

This is a deep dive and evolution of everything in the original FFVII: combat, story, world, characters and magic

Final Fantasy VII Remake hits all the right notesFinal Fantasy VII Remake Developer/Publisher: Square-Enix Platform: PlayStation 4 It was a beautiful moment when Final Fantasy VII Remake ceased to be a remake and became a game of its own. It hit me as the game took me to my first visit to the slums of Sector 7. I looked around thinking this was…

Final Fantasy VII Remake demo shows evolution and polish – mostly

This isn't a game you can casually blow through because you know all the nuances. It will challenge and surprise you, in narrative and combat

Final Fantasy VII Remake demo shows evolution and polish – mostlyFinal Fantasy VII fans have long clamoured for a remake. But why? Final Fantasy VII was a near-perfect gem of a game, for its time. It also occupied a unique cultural place among gamers. It felt like it was – and should be – untouchable. But as years went by and gaming advanced, I couldn’t…

Fast and mesmerizing or slow and memorized

Sayonara Wild Hearts is the best Apple Arcade game I’ve played so far. And Tales of Memo isn’t bad either

Fast and mesmerizing or slow and memorizedI’m back! The fourth edition of my Apple Arcade reviews! No time to waste.  This time we’re taking a look at Tendays Studio’s take on memory games with Tales of Memo, as well as the incredible, beautiful Sayonara Wild Hearts. You can see the first article here, the second one here and the third one…

Hot-stepping and hacking through game levels

Hot-stepping and hacking through game levelsReady for more Apple Arcade? You’re already reading so I’ll take that as a yes. This time I’ll look at somber action-combat game Bleak Sword, as well as taking part in some schoolyard parkour with Hot Lava. As always, these aren’t intended to be full reviews but rather a general feel for how each game…

Skating, brawling and hitting a dead end in Apple Arcade

Reviews of Skate City, HyperBrawl Tournament and Dead End Job

Skating, brawling and hitting a dead end in Apple ArcadeWelcome back to my ongoing examination of all available Apple Arcade games! I'm still going strong but it's only week two, so who knows what affect this process will eventually have on my overall well-being. As a reminder, these are not intended as fully thought out reviews, but rather a quick description of each game,…

Putting Apple Arcade through its paces

Things That Go Bump is a bland, repetitive experience with poor control. Inmost is a genuinely scary game that takes on some heavy themes

Putting Apple Arcade through its pacesI’m undertaking possibly the longest, most time-consuming and ultimately the least fruitful venture of my adult life. I’ll be playing, at least in some small part, every Apple Arcade game released. Then I’ll tell you if each game deserves to be played. Apple Arcade was released in mid-September 2019 and since then I’ve been dipping…

Children of Morta full of fun, despite sloppy narrative

Video game review: In this roguelike game, you take on the role of not one hero but an entire family

Children of Morta full of fun, despite sloppy narrativeChildren of Morta Developer: Dead Mage PC, PlayStation 4, Switch, Xbox One The gameplay in Children of Morta really shines. It's fast, fun, satisfying and continually fresh. Unfortunately, that exposes the shaky story and weak world-building of this new game. In Children of Morta, you take on the role of not one hero but an entire family, the…

Eat, drink, play Cook, Serve, Delicious! 2!!, be merry

This game takes the player deep into the world of running a restaurant, with tasty challenges throughout

Cook, Serve, Delicious! 2!! Publisher/developer: Vertigo Gaming Want to experience the thrill and exhaustion of working in the restaurant industry by playing a challenging game that requires intense, constant focus? Cook, Serve, Delicious! 2!! is the answer. Its light-hearted presentation and rewarding, satisfying gameplay softens the edge of a really tough but wonderful game. You…