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Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective Review

A Hard Night's Work

Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective Screenshot

HIGH WELCOME!

LOW Repeatedly failing part of chapter 16 because an object I needed was just slightly out of view.

WTF Why does everyone in this game like chicken so much?

999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors, but I digress...

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It seems like most of the people who wrote reviews of 999 thought very highly of it. I'm not sure why that was; I found the game to be a fairly tedious exercise in the repetition of insufficiently interesting puzzles. 999 creates this problem for itself because of its structure. The enforced replays that are central to 999's design and fiction ask for more from the puzzles and dialogue than they are able to contribute as art or entertainment.

ilomilo Review

Love as a Puzzle

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HIGH My first few "Aha!" moments were fantastic.

LOW A cute music track is cute until you hear it looped 37 times.

WTF The narrator calls out the silliness of Gears of War at one point; priceless.

Raskulls Review

Digging for Skulls

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HIGH Having a whole mountain stop just short of crushing me because of a well-timed shot.

LOW The computer swooping in and stealing a win at the last moment, over and over again.

WTF The repeated cameos made by the developer—figuratively, anyhow.

999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors Review

Second Verse, Worse Than the First

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HIGH The game's climax, which does a magnificent job of tying its plot and its relationship arc together.

LOW Completing the game for the third time and realizing I'd have to do the first puzzle again again.

WTF Lady, we are about to die of hypothermia. I do not need to hear about ice-9.

Bejeweled 3 Review

All Matchy-Matchy

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HIGH Scoring a dozen chained matches with one move brings forth big, silly, grins.

LOW The anxiety and dread elicited by the Ice Storm Mode are deadly.

WTF I have no idea how anyone could match six gems at once without the use of Lady Luck's hands.

Ivy the Kiwi? Second Opinion

Run Kiwi Run

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HIGH When you get going in a level.

LOW Fighting through the massive difficulty spike in the last third of the game.

WTF Why isn't the lovely storybook art part of the levels?

Plants vs. Zombies Review

More Sunlight!

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HIGH Assembling an impenetrable double row of zombie-shredding Gatling Peas.

LOW Seeing a Balloon Zombie overhead and realizing I lack a countermeasure.

WTF Where did that final boss come from?

Plants vs. Zombies

Game Description: Get ready to soil your plants… with multiplayer action! A mob of fun-loving zombies is about to invade your home. Defend yourself with an arsenal of home-guardin’ plants to mulchify zombies before they reach your front door. Enjoy all the fun-dead action of the original hit game, plus lively new features. Get twice the zombie-zapping action with 2-player Versus and Co-op modes. Upgrade and decorate your house in the interactive leaderboard, and check out your friends’ houses, too. Plants vs. Zombies for XBLA is loaded with seven game modes, new rabble-rousing features, and unlimited replayable action… so the fun never dies!

Ivy the Kiwi? Review

Not Quite Cracking

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HIGH An extremely cute main character.

LOW The controls and central mechanic never come together.

WTF The colors make it difficult to see except under optimal conditions.

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