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Life is Strange Game Review

Life is Strange is a Choice and Consequence game by Don’t Nod Entertainment. The game auto-saves at checkpoints but if you want to revise decisions your character has the ability to rewind time to select different options and change the outcome. It’s almost as if you had the ability to reload in ‘real life,’ except you have to endure the really slow rewind-time animation every single time. At least you get to skip dialogue after you’ve heard it once but not before, so replaying Life is Strange is a repetitive experience as the cut-scenes are incredibly long. In fact probably more of the game is cut-scenes than actual game-play.

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Always Sometimes Monsters Game Review

Always Sometimes Monsters by Vagabond Dog is a choice and consequence RPG. It’s built in RPG Maker so has an old School, JRPG look to it and is very light-weight with simple controls.

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The Character creation is interesting. You don’t realise you are creating your character (although I guess I’ve kind of clued you in, huh?) but are instead asked to recruit a writer. So I picked the guy who (from the dialogue) seemed like to best. The Writer is then asked to introduce their Significant Other so the Player picks them. I once again chose based off the dialogue, therefore ending up with this Emo-looking Dude as my main character and a sharp-looking Black guy as their SO. I named them Adam and Wayne. In theory I could have gone back and had another go (often I will pick a character that looks like me) but I liked the random element of generating characters this way so I stuck with my gay interracial couple. And I did get the impression that my choice of characters had a subtle consequence on how my character was treated. The developers didn’t just seem to pay lip-service to diversity but that it actually mattered that we were LGBT, and that my characters partner was a POC.

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Dreamfall: Chapters Game Review

Dreamfall: Chapters is an episodic game adventure game by Red Thread Games. It is very story-driven with a choice-and-consequence system, and these two things are certainly it’s main selling points because they are its best features.

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I enjoyed Dreamfall: Chapters mainly for the story but the game was inconsistently built which made it a bit of a pig in places. Some areas were polished whilst others were not. So if this review seems a little bit bi-polar (excuse the use of the term) it’s because that is what the game is: at times wonderful and at times terrible depending on what section you are in.

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The Book of Unwritten Tales Game Review

The Book of Unwritten Tales is a Point and Click adventure game, not an RPG. To quote the trailer: “Story! Puzzles! Humour! … It’s not about muscles, it’s about brains. Players use their heads. They have to unravel mysteries and solve riddles; it’s an enthralling adventure… you can’t even die.” It’s wonderful to find a game that understands the genre so much.

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The Book of Unwritten Tales will give a nostalgic glow to old-schoolers and is a great introduction to adventure games. It is reminiscent of classics like Monkey Island & Simon the Sorcerer except with modern graphics and less obscure puzzles. It is suitable for children and whilst some of the puzzles may be a little obvious there are definitely head-scratchers as well. The thing that makes the puzzles ‘easier’ than others in the genre I could mention is that they are more straight-forward and logical, rather than ridiculous and obtuse, which is not bad thing. Out of the three listed: Story, Puzzles and Humour the latter two are definitely the strongest elements of the game, the first the weakest. But two out of three ain’t bad.

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The Stanley Parable Game Review

The Stanley Parable began life as a Half Life 2 Mod and has been developed into a game in it’s own right. You know how most games have a big story and a few Easter Eggs? Not so The Stanley Parable. The core ‘game’ is very short and the majority of it is finding Easter Eggs.

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Dead Island Game Review

Dead Island is a Zombie open world role-playing game that whose sunny holiday setting contrasts the usual dark, bleak settings we are used to in horror games. Indeed Banoi Island is quite beautiful and you might take a moment between Zombie killing to take in the fantastic views. The plot it simple: escape the island. Here of course the Island setting comes into its own as an open world as you can explore as much as you wish but there are limits, and you must achieve quest objectives to progress.

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Syberia 1 & 2 Video Game Review

Syberia is a point and click adventure game set in an imaginative alternative earth. It centres around a female protagonist, Kate Walker, a Lawyer who is trying to acquire a toy Factory from eccentric inverter Hans Voralburg. But when she arrive in Valadilene he is nowhere to be found and she has to pursue him. I have a love/hate relationship with this game. Some of it is exceptionally well done and other parts are done very badly.

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Patchwork Board Game Review

patchwork-board-gamePatchwork is a 2-Player tile-laying Board Game. It consists of a game track with counters, two 9-by-9 grids (one for each player) and different shaped tiles or ‘patches’ that players must place within their grid to create their ‘patchwork.’ There’s a small jigsaw element in that players can only place tiles that will fit, and there is a bonus for being the first to create a perfectly filled 7-by-7 square. There are also Buttons which are the currency and each player starts with five; these are used to buy patches. Each patch costs buttons and ‘time’ – how far forward the player must advance on the game track. The game ends when both players are at the end of the track. Some patches have buttons attached which makes them very valuable because they pay out that amount of buttons each time the player passes a button symbol on the game track – and whoever has the most buttons wins!

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Faery – Legends of Avalon Game Review

Faery – Legends of Avalon is a charming RPG which reminds us that Fantasy comes in all shapes and sizes. I love faerie mythology, and have stacks of books about them (mostly by Brian Froud) therefore I was delighted to find a game where I could finally fly on delicate wings, trailing pixie dust. Originally released for Xbox live it ports seamlessly to PC.

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Faery – Legends of Avalon is suitable for children and offers the choice of following an almost entirely non-violent path which I personally thought was the more interesting one. It’s very simple and a good introduction for somebody new to RPGs who want to get a feel for them without getting overwhelmed by complexity.

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Montague’s Mount Game Review

An impressive effort by solo-creator Matt Clifton, funded by Indie-Go-Go, Montague’s Mount was described to me as a cross between Dear Ester and Myst. Since I like both these games and, in particular, would have liked some puzzles in the former I was excited about playing this game. I can see where the comparisons come from however if Dear Ester and Monague’s Mount were Twins, Montague’s Mount would be Danny DeVito.

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