Tunic is a beautiful, rare gem of a game

At its core, Tunic is an adventure game. Combat plays a role, but the meat of the game lies in its mysteries

Warning: this article contains some thematic and story spoilers for Tunic. Though such spoilers are kept to a minimum, your expectations and the discoveries you make while playing are a big part of what makes Tunic special. You may want to enter the experience with as little knowledge as possible. Tunic is an old-school adventure…

How a U of A grad is reshaping video game culture from within

Writer Shelby Carleton is changing the narrative for women in the gaming industry

How a U of A grad is reshaping video game culture from withinAs a teenager growing up in Fort McMurray, Shelby Carleton played Call of Duty so hard she literally wore out the disk. Some 15 years later, Carleton is a narrative designer for the video game, one of the most popular in the world. She helped shape some of the characters in the series’ latest release, Call of…

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…

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…

Game helps people overcome fear of spiders

U of A grad student designs augmented reality game that lets users see and touch virtual spiders that get more realistic as they level up

Game helps people overcome fear of spidersA University of Alberta fine arts student has designed an augmented reality (AR) gaming platform to help arachnophobes overcome their fear of spiders. “The idea is, if I'm sitting here with an AR headset on, I can see a spider right in front of me,” said Anna Chakravorty, who submitted the project for her master’s…

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…
1 2 3