Author: Andrew King

Pode Review

Catch A Rising Star

HIGH Strong, iterative puzzle design.

LOW The pulled-back perspective frequently leads to missed jumps.

WTF The Rock can teleport by swallowing the Star.


Interview With… Long Hat House

According to their website, Joao Brant and Lucas Mattos—the pair of programmers at the center of Brazilian dev team Long Hat House— “make games that you would maybe make your granny play someday.”

They say that Brant wrote that slogan while grasping for something random — something that would suggest that anything could come from this then-unknown indie team — and then promptly forgot about it while caught up in creating their debut mobile shooter Magenta Arcade. But, there’s some truth to it.


Inside (Switch) Review

Portable Nightmares

HIGH One of this gen’s best indies, now on the go.

LOW Nothing new here for returning players.

WTF The ending is still one of the wildest moments in all of gaming.


The Challenging (But Not Frustrating) Bosses Of Celeste

A heavy, wrought iron gate slams shut behind as you enter an empty, circular arena. Control is wrested from you as an unskippable cutscene introduces an unspeakable, screen-filling horror. Its name slowly scrolls out along the bottom of your TV, a chyron forecasting your death. You’ve done this enough times to know that the only way out is through.


Typoman: Revised Review

Scrabble In Limbo

HIGH The ESCAPE puzzle.

LOW Often difficult to parse whether I was trying the wrong solution, or unsuccessfully attempting the right one.

WTF The MacGuffin is the title character’s left arm.


Dandara Review

Historical (Science) Fiction

HIGH Dandara’s world is a joy to explore.

LOW The final battle is disappointingly anticlimactic.

WTF I still don’t fully understand what Salt is.