OVIVO Review (GameSpew)

597700_20170519203239_1.pngDeveloper: IzHard
Publisher: IzHard
Played on: PC
Release Date: May 12, 2017
Time Played (Steam): 111 minutes
Played with: Keyboard
Paid: $0 (Key provided for review)

From its opening moments, OVIVO gave me a sense of déjà vu.

After getting briefly stuck, I learned that pressing the space bar caused my character to flip to the other side of the floor, turning what was once empty space into a new plane to slide along. Immediately, a slew of “yin-yang platformer” flash games came to mind, and I was worried that OVIVO would end up feeling like a generic clone of a tired (though still enjoyable) concept. Thankfully, it revealed itself to be a pleasant, bite-sized game that uses clever mechanics and clean visuals to create a thoroughly compelling experience.

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Immortal Redneck Review (GameSpew)

w1iOULb.pngDeveloper: Crema
Publisher: Crema
Played on: PC
Release Date: April 25, 2017
Time Played (Steam): 10.8 hours
Played with: Mouse & Keyboard
Paid: $0 (Key provided for review)

Move over, Indiana Jones. You too, Lara Croft. There’s a new tomb raider in town, and they’ve got one hell of a mouth on them.

That mouth certainly gets put to good use in Immortal Redneck, an Egyptian themed, rogue-lite first-person shooter. The titular redneck spouts countless quips as he traverses one of three pyramids, spewing everything from random expletives to Back to the Future references. Ordinarily, this would seem out of place, considering the myriad of mystical monsters in his way that would have most folks running in terror. Then again, most folks probably aren’t equipped with enough firepower to make Michael Bay shed a tear.

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So Many Me Review

260530_20170124204728_1Developer: Extend Studio
Publisher: ORiGO GAMES
Played on: PC
Release Date: July 17, 2014
Time Played (Steam): 8.5 hours
Played With: Steam Controller
Paid: $8.49

Appearances can be deceiving, and this is certainly the case with So Many Me.  Despite its cartoonish appearance and cast of cute and cuddly characters, what lies beneath the surface is a truly difficult, occasionally maddening puzzle-platformer.  As an adorable green jelly blob named Filo, you suddenly find yourself in a world requiring saving; you know how these things go.  Luckily, he quickly comes across a small green egg that hatches into a duplicate of him.  Discovering that the clone mimics his every move, Filo sets out on his journey, discovering new clones (the “Me”), interesting powers, and an assortment of enemies along the way. Continue reading

Alice: Madness Returns Review

splashDeveloper: Spicy Horse Games
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Played on: PC
Release Date: June 14, 2011
Time Played (Steam): 17.4 hours
Played With: Steam Controller
Paid: $6.50

Alice: Madness Returns is a game that attempts to convey the realities of a descent into madness to the player, and in that regard, it is an unequivocal success.  Unfortunately, that’s because it is one of the most maddening games that I’ve played recently.  It’s a game that feels like it had so much effort poured into certain aspects, while others were left to waste away in irrelevance.  And unfortunately, most of the latter were the elements that would make it a compelling and enjoyable game. Continue reading

The Architect Review

375420_20170110203638_1Developer: Spooky Star
Publisher: Spooky Star
Played on: PC
Release Date: June 4, 2015
Time Played (Steam): 2.4 hours
Played With: Mouse & Keyboard
Paid: $0 (Key provided by promoter)

Where does one start with a game like The Architect?  In all honesty, sitting down to write this review is just giving me traumatic flashbacks to the displeasure that was this game.  I wish I had something witty or insightful to say about it, but nothing’s really coming to mind.  The music’s okay…I guess?  At least, it would be, if there was more than a handful of compositions available.  What I’m trying to say is that this could get messy.  The unfortunate thing is that this is my first time doing an “official” review, where I was actually provided a key by someone promoting the game.  If this is a sign of things to come…oh boy. Continue reading

The Games I Wish I Had Played in 2016

Well, it’s officially 2017 around the world.  The start of a new year.  Which means that everyone’s looking back on the last year and going, “Well that was a bit toss, wasn’t it?”  That is, except for the people who are taking the opportunity to look back at their fond memories from the year past, namely when it comes to video games.  There were countless fantastic games that got released last year, so many of which I desperately wanted to try out.  Unfortunately, as a university student, there are two things that I severely lack in: money and time.  As a result, it is incredibly common that I have to watch as new releases are hyped, released, and enjoyed by the masses, while waiting patiently for the day that they inevitably go on sale and I actually have the time to sit down with them.  Some of these games have been sitting in my library for months, awaiting their eventual installation.  Others are on my wishlist, hoping to one day be added to my ever-growing backlog.  Whatever the case, these are (in no particular order) the games that I wish I had gotten to in 2016.  You can also consider this to be a “To play in 2017” list, if that’s your thing.  Either way, you’ve probably all already played all of these and think I’m a pleb for not looking at them yet.

Okay.  😦 Continue reading

A Story About My Uncle Review

278360_20161209203347_1Developer: Gone North Games
Publisher: Coffee Stain Studios
Played on: PC
Release Date: May 28, 2014
Time Played (Steam): 3.5 hours
Paid: $2.79

Bedtime stories are whimsical, short adventures that can transport us (generally children, but hey, I don’t judge) to all sorts of magical places.  It’s fitting, then, that A Story About My Uncle takes place within a bedtime story being told to a young girl by her father.  It interleaves its simplistic story with some thoroughly enjoyable gameplay, and presents a pleasant tale of a young boy seeking out his missing uncle. Continue reading