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JRPG Review

Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door (2024) – Review

The future of the red plumber’s foray into the role-playing game genre felt uncertain for several years following the shift of the Paper Mario series towards an action-adventure focus, the fizzling of Mario & Luigi RPG developer AlphaDream, and any rumored Super Mario RPG sequel being in perpetual limbo. However, in 2023, Nintendo announced a […]

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Aoi Tori – Review

Aoi Tori (Blue Bird) is an erotic visual novel developed by Purple Software and published in English by NekoNyan. Though I’m not a veteran of Purple Soft’s prior works, the name caught my attention, and the premise seemed to suggest it had the potential to be intriguing. Let’s see if this bird can sing, and […]

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Touhou Mystia’s Izakaya – Review

Touhou Project occupies an unusual niche in indie gaming.  Unlike most franchises, its creator (ZUN/Team Shanghai Alice) is comparatively looser with allowing/licensing games using its world and characters. As a result, the catalog of Touhou games is as massive as it is diverse. Although the original series is predominantly known for bullet hell games about […]

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Berserk Boy – Review

Berserk Boy is an indie 2D action-platformer influenced by many classic sidescrollers of the 16 and 32-bit eras. As a sucker for games with dynamic movement and sense of speed, the early trailers for this game caught my eye and piqued my interest. With the game out now on PC and Switch, I figured it’d […]

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JRPG Review

The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IV – Review

Continuing right where the previous game left off, The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IV aims to draw the ambitious, lengthy Trails of Cold Steel story to a close. While the Trails series found its niche in the JRPG landscape with its long and interconnected story arcs, Cold Steel is by far the biggest yet. […]

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Action Platformer Review

TEVI – Review

Tevi is a 2023 2D action-platformer developed by GemaYue, Ein Lee, and developer/publisher studio CreSpirit. The game is a follow-up, and spiritual successor, to their hit 2016 title Rabi-Ribi. Like its predecessor, Tevi is a Metroidvania game with a cutesy visual presentation and an emphasis on combat. Its signature flair is the presence of bullet […]