Thomas Was Alone Reviews

Based on 2 critics – Overal Score: 80 / 100

 

GameInfo: Thomas Was Alone is a minimalist game about friendship and jumping.

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BeefJack Thomas Was Alone is both smart spatial puzzler and character piece with a cast of compelling neurotics. The result is a kind of isolated genius. Read Full Review 85/100
Gamespot Short and sweet without any filler, Thomas Was Alone is a worthwhile experience that rises above its basic mechanics to prove heartfelt and engaging in unexpected ways. Read Full Review 75/100

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SpellForce 2 Faith in Destiny Reviews

Based on 3 critics – Overal Score: 56 / 100

GameInfo: What will lie beyond the gates of reality? SpellForce 2: Faith In Destiny finally brings all the different storylines from the previous SpellForce titles together. Combines Role Playing & Strategy Genre in a uniquely successful way New Multiplayer modes and maps guarantee a richer SpellForce experience both online and offline (MMO-like features while preserving all the richness of the SpellForce universe). 

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Electronic Theatre Originally designed as the second expansion pack for the popular Spellforce 2, Spellforce 2: Faith in Destiny is actually a standalone product which requires no prior knowledge of the series to play. At least in the respect of functionality, that is, as having Electronic Theatre Imagealready invested in Spellforce 2 will surely give you an edge in Spellforce 2: Faith in Destiny’s tactical action. That being said, previous experience of any hack-n’-slash adventure will surely give you the upper hand. Read Full Review 62/100
Invision Game Community SpellForce 2: Faith in Destiny is the standalone expansion to 2006’s Spellforce 2: Shadow Wars, by German developers Phenomic. It’s the second expansion to this particular entry in the series and a clear attempt to push as far forward with the RTS/RPG genre hybrid as they can, but is it a jack of all trades and a master of none? Read Full Review 60/100
GamingIllustrated Nordic Games’ new release, SpellForce 2: Faith in Destiny is an action-adventure RPG, available exclusively on PC and has a unique mesh of gameplay elements that really make it something interesting to play through. Ignoring the fact that it is built off of a game that is, by now, six years old, Nordic Games utilizes what they have available in an extremely effective manner. Read Full Review 48/100

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Developer: DreamCatcher Interactive
Publisher: Nordic Games
Series SpellForce
Release date: June 19, 2012
Genre: Real-time strategy

Adventures of Shuggy Reviews

Based on 4 critics – Overal Score: 77 / 100

 

GameInfo: Shuggy has just inherited a castle full of goblins, ghouls, zombies, and robots. Help him clear out over 100 rooms to make his new home liveable again! Every room in the castle is different, letting Shuggy fly, float, swing, spin, change size, time travel and more as he explores the Dungeon, Boiler Room, Clocktower, Gallery, and Graveyard.

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New Gamer Nation Shuggy just inherited a castle. Great news, yeah? Obviously you haven’t played enough video games, because everyone knows that no self respecting video game character inherits a castle that isn’t haunted, and Shuggy’s pad is no exception. Luckily for us, this means we get a fun twitch platformer with a ton of variety and creativity to the mechanics. After somewhat disappointing sales on XBLA, Adventures of Shuggy has made the jump to PC, in both Steam and DRM-Free Humble Store flavours. It’s a pity this game hasn’t received more attention so far, because it really is a creative take on the platforming genre. Consisting of over a hundred short levels, each with unique mechanics and layouts, there’s a lot to like about the game. A few minor issues hold some of the game design back, but clever tricks help to alleviate some of the problems. Read Full Review 85/100
GameZone The Adventures of Shuggy is a memorable puzzle platforming experience, and one that can appeal to any gamers looking for a solid title to sink a few hours into. Read Full Review 85/100
StickSkills To excel as an independently developed puzzle platform game isn’t exactly a simple task these days. Though high quality, visually appealing downloadable titles were once rare to see, 2D experiences that combine both deep riddle solving and tight controls now make their way to PSN, XBLA and Steam quite regularly. It takes a unique hook to sit high above the crowd and be noticed, and while Smudged Cat Games’ The Adventures of Shuggy succeeds in almost every attempted department, no single element within the formula is distinctive enough to make it a true hit. There are hours of fun to be had with Shuggy, but the adventure never ventures far enough beyond the realm of comfort to become memorable. Read Full Review 70/100
GAMINGtruth Overall, The Adventures of Shuggy is well-intentioned. The cartoony art style is charming, and many puzzles are well designed. But several mechanics are borrowed from games that simply do it better. I see no reason to choose this completely middle-of-the-road experience over one of those other fantastic choices. Read Full Review 70/100

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Genre: Indie, Platformer
Developer: Smudged Cat Games
Publisher: Smudged Cat Games
Release Date: 13 Jun 2012

Battlefield 3: Close Quarters Reviews

Based on 3 critics – Overal Score: 88 / 100

GameInfo: Battlefield 3: Close Quarters is a themed expansion pack bringing the team play of Battlefield 3 to tight indoor environments. The frantic close quarters infantry combat is amplified by unprecedented high definition destruction, new ways to play, more weapons and added persistence.

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4News Battlefield 3 has arrived in October 2011 bringing in the views of a first-person shooter type of conflict even more intense and spectacular than the spin-off Bad Company 2, and over time, in a series of corrective patch, beginning to undermine the throne Call of Duty. To achieve a breakthrough and bring the title to a higher level, DICE has introduced June 4, 2012 Premium, the service similar to a Season Pass, and Close Quarters, the first of a new series of additional content after the Return to Karkand already landed on concole and PC.

The announcement, anticipated by various rumors and information disclosed in advance, took place during the conference from the stage of the Electronic Arts E3 2012 where the Swedish team has announced details of the premium service. Read Full Review

94/100
Stevivor The Battlefield series has always been about large maps, crazy moments, and battles across huge and open environments that leave you filled with adrenaline and pumped to delve right back into the next round.

Based on that, “Close Quarters,” the first of Battlefield 3‘s Premium DLC packs is quite odd; seeing as it rips out everything that makes Battlefield what it is, and throws it into a whole new environment. Read Full Review

90/100
PCGamesN It’s an odd piece of DLC for the Battlefield games; one that rips out everything that sets Battlefield apart from other first-person shooters – the huge maps, the vehicles, the vast draw distances, and instead concentrates on mid-to-short range combat, using the full gamut of Battlefield’s armory.

It is, essentially, a riff on Call of Duty. Except, ya know. Better. Read Full Review

80/100

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Resonance Reviews

Based on 5 critics – Overal Score: 80 / 100

 

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When a brilliant particle physicist dies unexpectedly, the race is on to secure his terrible new technology before it falls into the wrong hands. The lives of four playable characters become entangled as they fight against the clock to find the dead scientist’s secret vault.

The suspicions they harbor, the memories they guard, the connections they share – all will converge as these four ordinary people work together to prevent a potentially cataclysmic disaster.

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Videogamepeople Resonance is a must have if you are in the adventure games, also if you’re not. This being for the immersive and non-predictive story it offers. The game-play is great but the biggest high five is for the story and that is where you see the commitment of the persons involved to create this game. Read Full Review 95/100
BeefJack Quasi-futuristic point-and-click thriller Resonance tangles with some big topics. But how well does it pair all the scientific mumbo-jumbo with cerebral puzzle solving? Read Full Review 87/100
The Digital Fix Those that follow the torrid torrents of fashion all come to realise that popular styles can rise out of the darkest unfathomable corners and then just as quickly fall back to the depths from whence they came, only to raise their heads again decades later. Gaming trends are no exception to this eternal rule. The Adventure genre once proudly stood as the pinnacle of video gaming, back in the late eighties to early nineties, due almost entirely to the fantastic team at LucasArts at the time. Yet soon the style lost favour among those who pull the strings in the industry and, like the dwindling eighties synth pop bands, it disappeared under waves of generic clones and the rise of gung-ho gaming. Read Full Review 80/100
theBitFix Is Point and Click a dying genre? That’s what Resonance is trying to answer. Does it Resonate with us or simply go out with a whimper? Read Full Review 70/100
Strategy Informer Wadjet Eye Games came to my attention last year with the astonishing Blackwell Deception, a basic-looking but very modern adventure involving a girl who can see the dead and the ghost of a ‘30s private detective. With likeable, interesting characters, clever yet believable puzzles and a superb story, it was the best adventure game I’d played for years. Resonance is another adventure by Wadjet Eye in the same style (and the same inability to accept higher resolutions), but it’s been co-developed with a team called xii Games. Will the joint development cause the game to suffer? Woo, mystery! Read Full Review 70/100

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Splice Reviews

Based on 1 critics – Overal Score: 80 / 100

GameInfo: Splice is an experimental and artistic puzzler. Immerse yourself in its microbial world and start splicing! Every level (“strand”) consists of a number of cells that you will need to rearrange into a target structure in several moves (“splices”). Exploration and experimentation are key in determining how the curious little cells react to each other. Predict the sequence of splices you’ll have to make in order to successfully arrange each strand. Re-sequence, mutate, and splice your way through this unique puzzle experience, and you’ll exercise your ability to visualize sequential series of shapes over time. Solve your way to the final strands and you’ll be left with a heady sense of mental accomplishment!

Splice is the fourth title out of Cipher Prime Studios, and was the Best Puzzle Game winner of the 2011 Intel Level Up contest.

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Z-Giochi Splice is the fourth title out of Cipher Prime Studios, and was the Best Puzzle Game winner of the 2011 Intel Level Up contest. 80/100

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Genre: Indie, Casual
Developer: Cipher Prime Studios
Publisher: Cipher Prime Studios
Release Date: 13 Jun 2012

Krater Reviews

Based on 2 critics – Overal Score: 76 / 100

GameInfo: Krater is a squad based roleplaying game set in a colorful post-apocalyptic world. It combines the combat mechanics of action-rpgs with the top-down view of the classic old-school RPG and RTS games. The game brings you far into the future of a post-apocalyptic Sweden. Once home to IKEA, Vikings and Minecraft, today its primitive inhabitants scavenge the broken overgrown world for technological artifacts. At the rim of an impact site known as the Krater, three factions vie for control over the wound opening up into the world below. Consisting of an endless series of caves and tunnels filled with old world treasures and perils, the Underside stretches into the depths of the fallen Swedish civilization. You arrive at the Krater with your team of freelancers to take part in the goldrush where people come back rich or don’t come back at all.

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Hit-Reset In conclusion, while a little rough around the edges and not without it’s flaws, there is much to enjoy in Krater. Coming so hot on the heels of Diablo III, a highly polished dungeon crawling experience, it does pale significantly, but allowances must be made for the fact it is an indie title with a vastly different budget. With a high level of developer support and an upcoming multiplayer mode, hopefully Krater will go on to be a sleeper hit, not just of the summer, but perhaps the year. Read Full Review 80/100
BagOfGames Krater is a top-down Action RPG in the same vein as the Diablo, Torchlight and Dungeon Siege series.

Krater takes place in a post-apocalyptic Sweden, surrounding a mysterious and massive chasm in the ground that adventurers have flocked to in order to make it rich excavating the technology and relics of the “Old World” found within. Read Full Review

72/100

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Genre: Action, Adventure, Strategy, RPG, Indie
Developer: Fatshark
Publisher: Fatshark
Release Date: 12 Jun 2012

Iron Front Liberation 1944 Reviews

Based on 5 critics – Overal Score: 54 / 100

 

GameInfo: Poland, the summer of 1944: the Red Army is preparing to deal the killing blow to the Wehrmacht – and you are right in the middle of it. As a German
or Soviet front line soldier, it will be your skills and tactical finesse that will determine if you reach the military objectives.
Command your own troops, man authentic weaponry and take to the sky in deadly warplanes. Raging across huge battlefields on an unprecedented level of simulation, the heat of combat awaits you in the single player and multiplayer modes. This is where war shows its true face.

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GND-Tech As the name indicates, it is set during WWII on the Eastern front. Both German and Soviet campaigns are playable, and the game takes you across Poland and Ukraine. Four maps are included which is quite a lot for a game of this size. Two of them are huge, easily on the same scale as the 164 km^2 “Takistan” Map found in ArmA 2: Operation Arrowhead. To give you a better perspective, 164 km^2 is over 4x the size of Skyrim which is about 38 km2. Read Full Review 79/100
Solidus Gaming Iron Front: Liberation 1944 places you in the middle of the intense fighting on the Eastern Front in 1944, as either a Soviet soldier of a member of the Nazi warmachine. Iron Front is by no means your average brain dead run and gun shooter, it is an in depth military simulation featuring infantry combat, tank rushes and even dogfights. The game has been developed by the relatively unknown German company by the name of “X1 Software”, and published by Deep Silver. Is the experience worth the cost of admission? Read Full Review 65/100
Gamereactor UK You realize how interesting the tactical aspect of this game is, how it shouldn’t be confused as an action title: every movement, every shot must be carefully evaluated. Read Full Review 50/100
Saving Content Excerpt: “Much like the engine’s forebearer – this game crashes A LOT. It either crashes to desktop or develops and unknown error. I had to install the game twice to get it running somewhat stable. That isn’t to speak to the game’s quality so much, as ArmA II was well known for it’s crashes. So here the problem carries on. This can be a huge turn-off to a gamer who has plunked down $30 to play a game, not troubleshoot it.

Though, there’s also more good than bad news, the realistic approach that ArmA takes plus the authentic World War II weapons and vehicles finds a sweet spot in this game. With the graphics maxed out, you can see beautiful recreations of locations, vehicles, and weapons in stunning detail that no “mod” could provide. The only drawback in the realism or authenticity is the abilities your character provides. You might think you are just a foot soldier out to kill the German or Russian armies, you are actually a one-man army capable of driving any vehicle, shooting any weapon, and flying any plane. Now, capability and actual skill get quite far apart as I found myself crashing planes so often that I’m pretty sure I collapsed either side of the economy in an hour. Read Full Review

40/100
Gamedot All of this adds up to create a game whose enjoyments are reserved exclusively for people who know exactly what they’re buying… Read Full Review 40/100

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Dead Hungry Diner Reviews

Based on 1 critics – Overal Score: 65 / 100

 

GameInfo: Dead Hungry Diner is all about big combos, spells, monsters fighting monsters and finding your flow within the monstrous mayhem! Help Gabe and Gabby, patrons of “The Dead Hungry Diner”, as they feed the creatures of the night buckets and buckets of juicy Brain Berry goop! (Well… that’s the easy part!

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BeefJack I won’t beat around the bush: Black Market Games’ Dead Hungry Diner is essentially a Diner Dash clone. But this doesn’t mean the game isn’t enjoyable. In fact, it’s actually fun and addictive as these kinds of games tend to be – and even has a few tricks up its sleeve. It’s a frantic – but organized – scramble to feed monsters, survive the night and progress through the story. Read Full Review 65/100

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Genre: Indie, Casual
Developer: Black Market Games
Publisher: Black Market Games
Release Date: 16 May 2012

Bang Bang Racing Reviews

Based on 1 critics – Overal Score: 70 / 100

 

GameInfo: Bang Bang Racing is a distinct arcade game focusing not only on the speed but also on the technical driving skills. The very intuitive control system and the exciting tracks provide endless fun for everyone in the family.
Bang Bang Racing delivers fast-paced racing around every corner and down every straight. Drive high-speed, pumped-up racing cars through cones, tires and exploding barrels! Be one step ahead of your competitors, finding shortcuts, repairing your car in the pit lane, and dominating your opponents from the top-down view.

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XXLGaming An arcade racer designed for mobile platforms comes to XBLA and PSN. We have had a chance to down with the game from Digital Reality and give it a good run. Its a fun racer but it does have a few hindering problems. The biggest is the lack of online multiplayer. Read Full Review 70/100

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Genre: Racing
Developer: Digital Reality Software & Playbox
Publisher: Kalypso Media Digital
Release Date: 8 Jun 2012