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Review: Rules

07 Aug 2014 0
  • iOS

It's a good thing there's a phone on the unicorn--if a unicorn were on the phone, I wouldn't know what to say.
I have an extremely strong bias toward following rules. When Eric Westervelt punched me in the stomach at my locker after school one seventh-grade...

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Review: Blood Bowl

06 Aug 2014 0
  • Android
  • iOS

"Touchdown" sounds a bit like a sexual euphemism, which explains the sporran. Also, the New York Jets.
It is widely agreed that the 1980s were a very strange decade. Neon legwarmers, obviously, but also Games Workshop and its hobby games casting a shadow greater than any...

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Review: Storm Casters

05 Aug 2014 0
  • iOS

Bone Cruncher never wanted to be a dungeon boss. He dreamt of getting out of Skull Keep, maybe opening up a little bed and breakfast. But his unfortunate name limited his career options, and a skeleton has gotta pay the bills somehow.
Storm Casters has no...

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Someday this will all be yours, he threatened.
A lot of the strategy games we love are cleverly disguised abacuses. You're playing as the immortal ruler of a great empire in Civilization, but at base you're shuffling pebbles between rows turn after turn -- a lot...

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Review: 80 Days

31 Jul 2014 0
  • iOS

I am of two minds about 80 Days, and trying to find a compromise between those different points of view has been about as easy as actually circumnavigating the globe. Here is a game that I can recognize and appreciate as probably the best example of interactive fiction ever produced,...

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Review: Bicolor

25 Jul 2014 0
  • iOS

That 4, crucially, lets you draw in white. Bicolor is basically just a puzzle version of white crayon apologetics.
There was a period during which I hated Bicolor. It's a simple puzzle game, involving drawing and erasing lines on a grid.

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Fernando hears the guns.
The current vogue for turn-based high-seas naval combat games (see Pacific Fleet, Atlantic Fleet, and Naval Tactics) is a curious phenomenon that I suspect is a symptom of our collective unease with drone warfare, but I'll save that for the day when...

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Review: Mister Beam

16 Jul 2014 0
  • iOS

Puzzles provide a merciful break from pretty much everything else.
Mister Beam advises the player that this is a game “[b]est played in the dark". There might be a couple of reasons behind that counsel.

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Review: Haste

15 Jul 2014 0
  • iOS

W, T…where's an F when you need one? Seriously, how often are games iPhone-only these days?
Haste is about as unoriginal as games get without being mere clones of other games. It involves connecting adjacent letters in a matrix into words, much like Boggle, but with...

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"Yeah, take that Monique! And you too Future Device Which I Assume Can Hear and Understand Me!"
The Blackwell games are jazzy slices of paranormal New York biography, punctuated with the beats of a '50s P.I. procedural.

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