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…

Virtual-reality gaming in perfect bite-sized portions

At places like Breakout VR, you can discover the kinds of games on the market and get a brief taste of the current state of VR without spending a bundle

Virtual-reality gaming in perfect bite-sized portionsVirtual-reality gaming has always vaguely piqued my curiosity but the technology hasn’t yet demanded my attention. Having your own virtual reality (VR) system is pricey, and there’s a visual and physical disconnect between you and anyone else in the room. I love playing games with other people, sharing the experience. Playing online with others is…

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…

Vegas, baby … a guide to poolside parties and clubs

You can go to Vegas to gamble, see expensive shows or to shop like crazy. Or you can go to party on the cheap, like we did

Vegas, baby … a guide to poolside parties and clubsLas Vegas in the summer isn’t a bad gamble, despite the heat - and even if you don't gamble. My girlfriend, a friend and I recently spent four summer days in Vegas. The first thing you notice is the wall of dry oppressive heat. “Stepping outside is like checking the turkey in the oven,” someone…

Old Man’s Journey a tale of hope and redemption

This short video game is high on quality, humanity and sentimentality. And it's perfect for playing in bits on a mobile device, perhaps while you're on transit

Review: Old Man’s Journey Developer: Broken Rules Supported by: Indie Fund, Vienna Business Agency Platform: Windows, Mac, ios, Android Rating: none (recommend for ages 4+ on App store) Price: Cdn$8.79 on Steam Old Man’s Journey is a relaxing, lightly puzzle-based game about a man who sets off on a hopeful adventure to find redemption. It…

What’s new and exciting in the gaming world

A periodic roundup of game-related subjects to keep you abreast of developments and trends (and a few other things that amuse and intrigue me)

What’s new and exciting in the gaming worldSaddle up – it’s roundup time. I’ll be doing a periodic roundup of game-related subjects to keep you abreast of developments and trends (and I’ll throw in a few other things that amuse and intrigue me). This week, we’ll look at games I’m enjoying, big games I haven’t had a chance to play but are…

Video game Beat Cop soon wears out its welcome

This throwback pixel art game honours 1980s cop shows, but it tends to tedium – with some unsettling racist and homophobic elements thrown in

Video game Beat Cop soon wears out its welcomeReview: Beat Cop Developer: Pixel Crow Publisher: 11 bit Studios Platform: PC, Mac, Linux Price: $16.99 (Steam) Rating: none currently, lots of mature content Beat Cop is a balancing act. Ultimately, the scales of justice tip the wrong way. You play as (now stay with me) a beat cop. You’re a recently-demoted detective, framed for…

There’s nothing empty about Hollow Knight

Perfectly blends challenge with reward, a rich world full of exploration, evocative music, intriguing characters and story, and plenty of combat

Hollow Knight Review Developer: Team Cherry Platform: PC, Nintendo Switch Rating: Pending Price: $16.99 CDN (on Steam) When I plan to review a game, I try not to take in a lot of media on it beforehand. I don’t want to build expectations that may influence my opinion. Occasionally that clean slate leads to a…