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Point and Click Puzzle Review

Nine Noir Lives – Review | If Cats Could Solve Crimes

Point-and-click puzzlers. A genre synonymous with early PC gaming. Brain-bending puzzles wrapped within strong narratives, carried by a gripping cast of characters. Nine Noir Lives makes an attempt in earnest to tick all of these boxes, though with an added difference – cats! Developed by Slivernode Games, Nine Noir Lives offers a “point-and-lick” puzzle adventure, in a gritty city […]

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Adventure Puzzle Review

Hazel Sky – Review | Hazy > Hazel

Developed by Coffee Addict Studio and published by Neon Doctrine (formerly Another Indie), Hazel Sky is a story-rich puzzle adventure game where Shane Casey would undergo the Trials in hope of becoming a full-fledged engineer of Gideon. This indie 3D game was released for PC (Windows), Xbox One, Playstation 4, and Nintendo Switch in July 2022. It […]

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Indie Puzzle Review Strategy

Mini Motorways – Review | Road Puzzles On The Go

Starting from the Apple Arcade in September 2019, Mini Motorways has since traveled across platforms to PC (Windows, macOS) in July 2021 and later made its way to Nintendo Switch in May 2022. Hop onto the transportation planner’s seat in this indie strategy simulation game by Dinosaur Polo Club and command various road networks around the globe! […]

Puzzle Review

Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 – Review

It wasn’t that long ago when Puyo Puyo was a mostly unknown franchise outside of Japan. Barring some fringe releases here and there, Sega seemed mostly content with allowing it to stay that way. That all changed with the release of Puyo Puyo Tetris in 2017, which was a roaring success worldwide. Since then, the […]

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Hoa – Review | Paint Me a Puzzle-Platformer

Hoa, a hand-drawn puzzle-platformer from Scrollkat Studio, has some of the prettiest hand-drawn animation I’ve seen in gaming. While the visuals and soundtrack are compelling, Hoa’s gameplay and narrative are light on substance. If you’re the type who can enjoy relaxing for a few hours as you’re transported to a beautiful world, Hoa might be […]

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Puzzle Review

Shovel Knight Pocket Dungeon – Review

It’s hard to overstate just how impactful Shovel Knight has been as a series. Not only did the wonderful people over at Yacht Club Games create one of the best 2D platformers of all time, but they went above and beyond and provided free DLC for years after release. Huge reworks of the core formula […]

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Adventure Puzzle Review

Beyond a Steel Sky – Review

Revolution Software are known for their visionary approach to the puzzle adventure genre and with Beyond a Steel Sky (a spiritual successor to 1994’s Beneath a Steel Sky), they have coated a classic formula in a new sheen of paint. Having spent a great deal of my formative gaming years bending my head around the multilayered puzzles of […]

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Indie Review Visual Novel

Arcadia Fallen – Review | Heroes of Anemone Valley

Set in a fantasy world where alchemists, spirits, and mages exist, Arcadia Fallen is an Original English Language Visual Novel (OELVN) by Galdra Studios. It brings players on an 8 to 11-hour adventure where they will be tackling malicious demons, moral decisions, and logic puzzles.  Arcadia Fallen was successfully funded through its Kickstarter campaign in 2020 and this […]