Author: Andrew King

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.


Night In The Woods (Switch) Review

The Cat’s Meow

HIGH Possibly the funniest, most poignant writing I’ve seen in a game — and I reviewed Dream Daddy!

LOW The minimal interactivity of the climactic third act.

WTF All of NitW’s characters are talking animals, but there are also regular, non-talking animals???


This Is Not A Review: Project Cars 2

I know. I know. Project CARS 2 came out in September of last year. What little dust Slightly Mad’s racing sim sequel kicked up has settled, and the rest of the game-playing world has moved on to bigger and better things. Monster Hunter World or Shadow of the Colossus, anyone? But Project CARS 2 has haunted me.


Andrew’s Top 10 of 2017

It’s a testament to the quality of 2017’s releases that despite the fact that I played more games this year than I ever have in one trip around the sun—at least 108 by my estimate—I’m writing this list with the nagging feeling that there are at least a dozen other titles that would have had a shot if only I had had time (and money) to play them.


Little Nightmares: The Hideaway Review

A Recurring Dream

HIGH The furnace room is a hub, and it was satisfying to repeatedly return to it.

LOW This time around, the “Inside-lite” label is earned.

WTF Interacting with the Nomes is the core mechanic — the AI should work better than it does.