Latest Articles

Papers, Please Review

The term “Eastern Bloc” has picked up various connotations in the past century. It immediately conjures thoughts of various former Communist countries that were once under the sway of the Soviet Union. Countries that are cold and damp, with massive concrete apartment blocks and various statues of Lenin dotted about the place. Places where the Secret Police watch your every move and where, if you dare to speak out, you are spirited away to “re-education camps” or worse. Thankfully, since the collapse of the USSR in 1991 the Eastern Bloc has been liberated and these countries have mostly emerged from the shackles of their repressive regimes. The idea of the Eastern Bloc, however, lives on in the popular consciousness and it is an enigmatic idea of political intrigue, international border disputes and underhand espionage. Papers, Please aims to capture just a fraction of this atmosphere...
No comments Read more

Beatbuddy: Tale of the Guardians Review

Rhythm is but an everyday part of life in Beatbuddy: Tale of the Guardians. Plants and wildlife perpetually create music while the citizenry speak through vaguely melodic gibberish, some even moving in in time with the beat. Beatbuddy is hardly a full-on rhythm game – more exploration with occasional action phases – but it permeates everything around you, creating an electric, inventive mix between play and tempo. Music sustains the land of Symphonia. Three ethereal beings – Melody, Harmony, and Beat – known as “buddies,” both provide and govern over it, ensuring balance is maintained. A monarch by the name of Prince Maestro, however, wants to harness their power for his own dastardly machinations. Beat and company are awoken in the process, each setting out to put a stop to him and reestablish order. A simple tale, but an enjoyable one. It sticks to the...
No comments Read more

Ibb & Obb Review

Depending on how you play Ibb & Obb, it will either be a delightful game of jolly cooperation or an exercise in multitasking hell. Despite its inviting looks, Ibb & Obb is a deceitfully challenging game. It’s cooperative-based platforming requires coordination on a grand scale, as well as extreme dexterity should you play solo. Guiding the two protagonists through their treacherous world is a tall order, but an immensely rewarding one should you prevail. Ibb & Obb follows, well… Ibb and Obb, a couple of cute, rounded creatures on a quest to remove the strange, spikey black monsters infesting the land. Or so I assume – the game doesn’t have an actual, defined narrative. It simply drops you into the game with nary a hint of context or background. You’re left to piece the situation together yourself, the game seeing no need to justify mechanics...
No comments Read more