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Q.U.B.E. Review

Quadrilaterals Unlock Barred Egresses

Q.U.B.E. Screenshot

HIGH Being stumped on a puzzle until that eureka/euphoria moment hits.

LOW Laser puzzles that show up out of nowhere, and just as swiftly vanish.

WTF Just what is the protagonist? Male? Female? Robot? Ghost-possessed gloves?

House of 1000 Doors: Family Secrets Review

The Mystery of the Disappearing Plot

House of 1000 Doors: Family Secrets Screenshot

HIGH My, that statue is uncannily accurate...

LOW Realizing I couldn't fully complete the game because I missed an object two hours ago.

WTF Why is the Statue of Liberty on "Badlow" island?

Catch the Princess Review

This Time, She's not in Another Castle

Catch the Princess Screenshot Catch the Princess Screenshot

HIGH Smooth, intuitive controls.

LOW It's a reskinned Cut the Rope.

WTF What is that thing catching the princess?

Quarrel Review

Them's Fightin' Words!

Quarrel Screenshot

HIGH Getting the anagram in a game-winning skirmish.

LOW European spellings and foreign words not in common usage.

WTF So "JUNE" isn't acceptable, but "JUN" is?

Professor Layton and the Last Specter Second Opinion

Another Cup of Tea, Professor... I'm Falling Asleep

Professor Layton and the Last Specter Screenshot

HIGH Seeing more puzzles integrated into the story events.

LOW Buying all the clues to a puzzle and still not knowing how to solve it.

WTF Straightforward equations shouldn't count as puzzles.

Saving Yello Review

Somewhere Between Sushi and Fish Sticks

Saving Yello Screenshot

HIGH Quality animations.

LOW Minor control issues.

WTF Children shouldn't have pets.

Layton's lame, Darksiders isn't, JC Brooks and a Japanese invasion!

Professor Layton and the Last Specter Screenshot

Wrapped up Professor Layton and the Last Specter (DS) a couple days ago. I'm just finishing my formal review as we speak, but the bottom line is that it was a pretty big disappointment.

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.

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