A City Sleeps

A City Sleeps, the twin stick shooter from Rock Band creator Harmonix, is exactly what it reports to be, you guide Poe through 3 brightly coloured levels, each containing 3 stages including a boss fight. A City Sleeps’ music is clearly it’s defining feature. Although an amazing original score does not make a fun game, it starts off strong with the way music is introduced into each level.

Driving gameplay, both you and your enemies firing add to the beat as well as the placeable turrets, making More >

Falling Skies: The Game

Generally, video game spinoffs of TV shows are not very good. Falling Skies is no exception. Falling Skies: The Game is a turn-based tactical shooter where you command members of the 2nd Mass in their fight against Espheni aliens across a grid-based map. In between missions, you also manage resources, train your soldiers and upgrade their weapons.

If this sounds familiar, it’s because this game is essentially a watered-down clone of XCOM: Enemy Unknown, with cheaper-looking graphics and shoddy More >

Shelter

Shelter is part parable about the cruelty of nature, and part parenting sim. You play a mother badger guiding her cubs across a vast wilderness fraught with danger. You cannot control the cubs, but they waddle alongside you, and it is up to you protect them from dangers such as wildfires, starvation, raging rivers and other predators.

While nature can be beautiful, it can also be merciless. You grow attached to the cubs (all of which are distinct), and the gut-wrenching loss that a parent feels More >

TRI: Of Friendship and Madness

In the world of first-person puzzle games, it is often very difficult not to mention THAT first-person puzzle game (or it’s sequel) as a basis of comparison. TRI: Of Friendship and Madness, however, is one of the few games of the sub-genre to negate the need for petty comparisons to a seven year old game with evil computers and cubes.

Boasting a rather minimalist, abstract aesthetic, TRI succeeds in creating an almost calming atmosphere. Much of the architecture appears oriental in inspiration; More >

LittleBigPlanet

In a world where so many games are dark, nasty, and profane, sometimes it’s nice to enjoy something brighter for a change. If you’re getting sick of grim and mean-spirited games, a cute little platformer like LittleBigPlanet may just be the cure.

What will hit players at once is the cuddly aesthetic of the game, having a distinct ‘homemade’ feel; levels are made to look as if they were constructed with craft materials like felt and wool, creating a very pleasant environment. Don’t confuse the More >

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

It’s a bit early to call it in October, but Shadow of Mordor just might be the game of the year. Set between The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, you play Talion, a ranger killed by the Black Hand of Sauron in a botched attempt to summon an elf wraith. The wraith instead becomes bound to Talion, who, as a result, cannot die. With his new powers, Talion travels across a gorgeously-depicted Mordor in search of revenge.

Although the initial plot seems clichéd, Shadow of Mordor honors Tolkien’s More >

Flockers

What’s the least life-threatening way to get a sheep from point A to point B? Flockers is a 2D puzzle-platformer in the grand tradition of Lemmings — sheep spawn at one end of a map, and players must shepherd as many as possible to an exit portal, avoiding graphically lethal traps on the way. The concept is fun, but Flockers is mediocre as a puzzle game and unsatisfying as a ‘dark humor’ sandbox.

One disappointment of Flockers is the linear nature of levels— for most obstacles, there is one and More >

Over 9000 Zombies! (Early Access)

Note: This game is in Early Access. This review may be revised to reflect changes to game content.

There are over 9000 zombies at your doorstep, what do you do? Grab your super charged plasma cannon and start unloading all that military grade experimental ammunition you stockpiled in your isolationist cabin in the woods. Who needs friends or family, pfft certainly not you!

Over 9000 Zombies! presents the player with a top down view of their lone cabin in the woods as hordes of zombies More >

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