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The Grinch: Christmas Adventures Review

Licensed games tend to fall in one of two camps. There are those that are deeply respectful of their source material, and there are those that take wilful liberties. What makes The Grinch: Christmas Adventures so unusual is that it seems to be, well, both. On one hand, we have levels that are introduced with the actual Dr Seuss text.

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NASCAR Arcade Rush Review

When was the last time you played a good NASCAR game? Has there truly ever been one? We’ve been racking our brains and have only managed to drag up memories of Daytona USA in the arcades of the 1990s. But aside from that? No, we don’t think there has ever been a properly good NASCAR game.  Which is strange really,

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Heavy Duty Challenge Review

If there is a driving game up for review, you’d best believe I’ll be putting my hand up to try it out and then scribble some words. Except The Crew Motorfest, as I still haven’t gotten over the disappointment of the first game.  Anyway, what this rambling opening is leading onto is the arrival on Xbox of a new off

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Agatha Christie – Hercule Poirot: The London Case Review

The legacy of Agatha Christie’s finest creations, Poirot, has lived on for over a century thanks to the success of various books, films and the long-running TV series. In the realm of video games however, the most recent Agatha Christie – Hercule Poirot: The First Cases fell short on delivering a quality detective adventure. The developers, Blazing Griffin, have returned

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The Red Exile – Survival Horror Review

Running around a maze while being chased by a huge monster or fiend is as old as time. In Greek myth, there was the story of the minotaur and the labyrinth of Crete. The hero Theseus travelled through the maze with a ball of thread to help from being lost, while always being hunted by the furious minotaur. Countless games

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Envasion Review

We’re trying not to be distracted by the truly terrible title, but ugh, just look at it. Sure, it makes it more Google-friendly than ‘Invasion’, but at what cost. At. What. Cost. A review focused on an abysmal game title wouldn’t be much cop, so luckily there are other things to complain about with Envasion. Because this tanks vs. spaceships

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One Button Games 5-in-1 Review

You can’t do a lot with one button. Turn on a light switch, yes. Make some toast, debatably. Use an elevator? Probably not. One button doesn’t give you a lot of wiggle room. You might be able to get some functionality out of holding it, rather than just pressing it, but one button is most definitely a limitation.  Now imagine

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Quantum: Recharged Review

All of a sudden, we’re nine games into the Atari Recharged series, with Quantum: Recharged being the latest addition to this Atari resurgence. After the highs of such recharges like Caverns of Mars, Gravitar and Yars, is Quantum going to continue that trend?  Unlike some of the other space-age games in the Recharged series, Quantum: Recharged does things a bit

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Common’Hood Review

Common’Hood immediately caught my attention as a cozy yet immersive building simulator with a poignant story about a community of people who fell through the cracks of society. I was excited to create my own little world and fill it with all the different personalities I could meet during my adventures. Unfortunately, my journey to take the Common’s residents from

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Crown of the Empire 2: Around the World Review

We have no issue with publishers who put out a game every other week, as long as those games consistently feel finished and polished. If the releases arrive buggy and broken, then – clearly – the rapid rate of release is a problem. There’s a faulty factory line and someone should press the ‘stop’ button to work out what’s wrong. 

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Speed or Death Review

Not much of a choice is it: Speed or Death? We’ll opt for Speed. But there’s a third option, which is ‘get lost’. We have no idea where the hell we’re going in Speed or Death, and the developers could have done with drawing us a map.  If you had told us that Speed or Death would most remind us

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TORINTO Review

There’s clearly a SEGA Megadrive fan working on TORINTO. Each level is introduced with a ‘Green Hill Zone’ style title card, and the bosses arrive every few levels like Doc Robotnik. There’s a Golden Axe ‘Go!’ message every time you clear a screen, and the gameplay is somewhere between Rolling Thunder and Altered Beast. TORINTO is a bit of a

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Herodes Review

If you’re going to pick a movie to steal from, you could do a lot worse than Innerspace. Yep, this isn’t your traditional shoot ’em up foray into space: this is a run through the human body. You’re Dennis Quaid, flying through the body of Martin Short, clearing out toxins with a machine gun.  Well, not quite, but close enough

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Mangavania Review

Mangavania is an action platformer that takes place across 20 levels, set to a monochrome palette and 8-bit soundtrack. The game description states that the Mangavania is the story of Yuhiko, who is fighting through the underworld to find a cure for his brother. After playing through the game, I still had to look up the exact plot. The only

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Death, Soul & Robots Review

Death, Soul & Robots came with a decent dollop of nostalgia. The cat main character, the slightly wonky pixel art that never quite comes together, and the level layouts all reminded us of Bubsy the Bobcat, and cursing our SEGA Megadrive as we died over and over again. They’re not necessarily our fondest memories, but there’s definitely some Bubsy in

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Death or Treat Review

It’s not much of a choice is it? Death or Treat? We’ll go for ‘Treat’. Death or Treat, in this instance, is an action-platformer roguelike, vaguely in the way of Dead Cells. You fight your way through procedurally generated levels and hordes of enemies, bump up against the odd boss, and hope that you can progress a little further than

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Light of Life Review

I wasn’t aware that there are people who dislike being ‘backward-facing’ on a train. It had never occurred to me that this could be a problem: that facing away from the direction of movement can feel unnatural, and even trigger nausea. It’s common apparently, and I’ve quickly started noticing that backward-facing seats were more likely to be empty. Hooray for

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Bumballon Review

Did you know that there have been thirty recorded deaths of human cannonballs? These are people who have willingly clambered into a cannon and fired themselves into the air for the amusement of other people. Apparently, it’s not the cannon that kills the majority of human cannonballs: it’s the landing. That’s not us being facetious: genuinely, faulty safety nets are

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Demon Hunter: Chronicles from Beyond Review 

Demon Hunter is one of Artifex Mundi’s long-running hidden object adventure series’, with a total of five instalments now ported across from the PC. Rather bizarrely though, they’ve been released out of order on Xbox; the fifth, and most recent, offering is actually the inaugural title that first saw light of day way back in 2014, Demon Hunter: Chronicles from

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ACL Pro Cornhole Review

I childishly snigger whenever I see a clip of some pro cornhole action on my social medias; this is a sport named after a slang term for an anus after all. And with terminology such as floppy bag, woody, dirt bag, hanger, slider and back door, it is an innuendo enthusiasts dream sport. But the truth is, the popularity of

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DARKLAND 3 Review

I’d half-worried that the 79p games had dried up. I’d gotten used to scanning the Xbox Store to see whether one of them had suddenly and inexplicably appeared further down the New Games list on the Xbox Store. Whenever I spotted them, I knew that an hour of my evening was about to be spent on some dubious gameplay and

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