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Sherlock Holmes: Crimes & Punishments Review

Cocaine Wishes and Cadaver Dreams


Sherlock Holmes

HIGH Navigating the deduction space of Sherlock's mind

LOW Awful, unresponsive lockpicking controls

WTF Doing bumps of "sap powder" in the clubhouse of a zen garden

Preview: Tulpa


 

The first thing I thought of when I saw Tulpa was that it's Limbo as imagined by Tim Burton. It's an easy comparison to make thanks to side-scrolling, puzzle-based play crossed with surreal imagery -- it conjured Coraline in my head more than a few times.

Mind: Path to Thalamus Review

Keep the Picture, Lose the Thousand Words


Path to Thalamus

HIGH The title sequence on the cliffside beach.

LOW The "final battle" against a ranting psychological entity.

WTF What exactly is the colossus doing when both its feet are lifted?

Defense Grid 2 Review

Perfection as a Dirty Word

Defense Grid 2

HIGH What a minute—is that Alan Tudyk?

LOW In multiple-path levels the game doesn't bother to mention where enemies are coming from next.

WTF You took away the enemies that missile launchers kill—so why are they still in the game?

Shadowgate Review

The Castle of Death

Shadowgate

HIGH Figuring out the process of getting across the wooden bridge.

LOW The rather anticlimactic conclusion.

WTF Why is Jair so confident he'll never need any of these keys again?

Wayward Manor Review

A Broken Home

Wayward Manor

HIGH: Neil Gaiman's few moments of dry, sardonic narration.

LOW: Watching yet another trap tool wasted because of a delayed response.

WTF: What unholy mutation produced a race of bug-eyed, cephalothoracic humans?

Tesla Effect Review

Does the Coat Still Fit?

Tesla Effect

HIGH Steve Valentine's performance.

LOW Trying to figure out where the game wanted me to click. This is 2014, isn't it?

WTF Of course I have to use the giant mech to battle the wasps. Why not?

Valiant Hearts: The Great War Review

Honors The Fallen

Valiant Hearts Review Screenshot

HIGH Bringing down a German zeppelin on the roof of a bombed-out cathedral.

LOW An anticlimactic escape from a P.O.W. camp.

WTF Emile's fate.

Metrico Review

An infographic built on the wrong information

Metrico Review Screenshot

HIGH A hyper art-house vibe and existential tone.

LOW World six killed every bit of good feeling I had for this game.

WTF Was it a requirement to use every possible input on the Vita?

The Swapper Review

Lights off

Swapper Review Screenshot

HIGH A non-violent, thought-provoking title is always welcome.

LOW The puzzles feel noticeably disconnected from the world.

WTF is up with all of these frigging red and blue lights?

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