Author: John Vanderhoef

Downwell (PS4) Review

Falling Down Has Never Been Harder

Downwell

HIGH Nailing a long combo and glorying in well-earned gems.

LOW Getting overwhelmed with enemies and dying incredibly quickly.

WTF Why are we going down this well anyway? The park bench was lovely.


For every player tired of climbing a dark tower or scaling an impossible peak, Downwell provides an easier alternative: jump down a hole and let gravity do the rest. Downwell combines retro aesthetics, procedural level design, and the contemporary fad of roguelike games to create a enjoyably tight (and punishing!) game that demands precision and skill.

Runbow Review

Bring Eight Friends

Runbow Review Screenshot

HIGH Being in a room with eight friends, taking the lead in a race, stopping before reaching the trophy to taunt and still managing to win.

LOW The online community is pretty small.

WTF Picking up the power-up that switches places with another player while in the lead and ending up dying instead.

Ironclad Tactics Review

A Little Rusty

Ironclad Tactics

HIGH Camping an armored chassis on the enemy's side of the board, decimating it.

LOW Almost always needing to play missions twice.

WTF The aesthetics and humor feel like this game was built by the Penny Arcade guys. It wasn't.