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Storm Second Opinion Review

Partly Cloudy, with a Chance of Thunder

Storm Screenshot

HIGH Serene setting and a welcome thematic change. The more complex puzzles actually challenge players to think.

LOW Some levels present no challenge whatsoever. Mechanical precision using imprecise controls is necessary to execute some solutions.

WTF Getting struck by lightning makes a seed jump?

Storm Review

Putting Down Roots

Storm Screenshot

HIGH The soothing, low tension early stages.

LOW When the physics don't work as advertised, leading to multiple stage retries.

WTF There's no rewind feature to undo minor mistakes?

The four new StreetPass games for 3DS

StreetPass Image

I was chatting with the wife the other day about the Nintendo 3DS and it sort of struck me that its most prominent draw, the 3D, is a feature that goes TOTALLY UNUSED by my entire family, and most of the people I know. Instead, the thing that I find myself most occupied with (apart from the slew of fantastic games we’ve been getting lately) is the StreetPass feature.

Toki Tori 2 Review

Engage All the Learning

Toki Tori 2 Screenshot

HIGH Pulling off a complex series of environment manipulations without a hitch the first time.

LOW Knowing just enough of a puzzle solution's to solve it wrong. For hours.

WTF Some of the photographs have to be taken before the player is taught the photograph song.

Leisure Suit Larry: Reloaded Review

Return of the PixelHunter

Leisure Suit Larry: Reloaded Screenshot

HIGH I wonder how many Naugas had to die to make that door?

LOW How many times am I going to have to reload this slot machine?

WTF Did Larry just drug a woman for sex?!? How did I forget that was in there?

The Swapper Review

Alone in a Crowd

The Swapper Screenshot

HIGH Figuring out how to get the last orb in Planet Survey.

LOW Getting stuck on a puzzle for 15 minutes because I forgot it's possible to merge oppositely-oriented clones.

WTF Hitting a gravity pad too hard, dying, and then watching my corpse ping-pong back and forth until I reloaded.

La-Mulana Review

Puzzle Paradise

La-Mulana Screenshot

HIGH Finally snagging the chain whip.

LOW Forgetting to save.

WTF How is Lameza's laptop able to pick up Wi-Fi underground?

Dungeon Hearts Review

Frayed at the Edges

Dungeon Hearts Screenshot

HIGH Pulling off a screen-clearing, game-changing combo is especially awesome when lives are on the line.

LOW Matching three chargers into an attack gem…right before it hits the edge of the screen and disappears. (This happens a lot.)

WTF I have enough power to use the Fighter's super move on this dinosaur twice! WHY WON'T IT DIE?!

Extra Credits: Word Choice

Extra Credits adds to a previous discussion on exposition in games. GLaDOS fans will probably enjoy this episode... Professor Fitz Quadwrangle fans, not so much.

Antichamber Review

The Space is a Lie

Antichamber Screenshot

HIGH Figuring out "Breaking the Arc."

LOW Any time I needed to precisely control the pulling ability.

WTF What is going on with this purple block?

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