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Data Jammers: Fast Forward Review

Days of Futures Past

Data Jammers: Fast Forward Screenshot

HIGH The sleek, retro-futurist presentation and simple controls are immediately appealing.

LOW Ineffective UI cues and the lack of hit recovery can sink the player in seconds flat.

WTF The game may not have an ESRB rating, but the random level content may inspire some rage that qualifies as "mature."

Trine 2 Review

So if I Put this Box There and then Hang Off that Thing...

Trine 2 Screenshot

HIGH Switching between the wizard and the thief just in time to use the grappling hook and escape an area.

LOW Loading a save and spawning right in front of a giant spider.

WTF Solving a certain puzzle in a way I know I probably wasn't supposed to.

Happy Hills Review

Help Hills, Break Blocks

Happy Hills Screenshot

HIGH The accidental perfect shot.

LOW Obnoxious freemium advertising.

WTF The unnatural sense of joy embedded in the landscape.

Bag It! Review

Paper or Plastic?

Bag It! Screenshot  Bag It! Screenshot

HIGH Egg-cellent puzzle mode.

LOW Difficulty is a little uneven.

WTF Gamifying a minimum-wage job.

Voodoo Chronicles: The First Sign Review

Clicking for Clues!

Voodoo Chronicles: The First Sign Screenshot

HIGH Kraken fight!

LOW Figuring out which vase the game wants me to click on.

WTF What exactly, is a Liana? And what does it look like?

Jurassic Park: The Game Review

A New Attraction has Opened!

Jurassic Park: The Game Screenshot

HIGH Raptor knife fight!

LOW Tapping-induced blisters.

WTF Now is not the time for a conversation about your troubled relationship!

Escape Goat Review

Four Legs Good, Eight Legs Better

Escape Goat Screenshot

HIGH Getting that "Aha!" moment after stalling out on a tough puzzle.

LOW Not getting that "Aha!" moment on Final Path #8.

WTF Where's the canoe I was promised?!?

Video Game Collector Deals: Tetris Link

Tetris Link

As a video game collector who's constantly on the lookout for the best deals, sometimes I'll come across some cool video game related novelties and paraphernalia. On a recent trip to Kohl's, I found a board game based on Tetris, Tetris Link that I couldn't pass up.

Professor Layton and the Last Specter Review

Lost in the Mist

Professor Layton and the Last Specter Screenshot Professor Layton and the Last Specter Screenshot

HIGH That moment when a puzzle that seemed to have no answer suddenly crystallized in my mind.

LOW Every single moment of the subplot with Chief Jakes is terrible.

WTF That's Goosey!

A tale of two chesses

Chessboard Image

If we intend to interpret videogames entirely in terms of rules and mechanics then obviously we ought to model our study off the long tradition of analog games.

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