Author: Brandon Bales

Swarm Review

Lost in a Crowd

Swarm Screenshot

HIGH Making a tower of shoulder-standin' buddies is as cute as a kitten sandwich.

LOW Dealing with the scoring system saps a lot of joy from the game.

WTF The "Mama" character is pretty amazing.  Why can't more mothers be enormous, gelatinous blobs who spew bipedal underlings?

ilomilo Review

Love as a Puzzle

ilomilo Screenshot

HIGH My first few "Aha!" moments were fantastic.

LOW A cute music track is cute until you hear it looped 37 times.

WTF The narrator calls out the silliness of Gears of War at one point; priceless.

3D Dot Game Heroes Second Opinion

Pull Out of Console, Blow onto Connectors

3D Dot Game Heroes Screenshot

HIGH My face lit up at the prospect of appointing the Saving of The World to a walking taco.

LOW Replaying four hours of progress after a freeze really hurt.  (Save your game!)

WTF Just because an old game once had an invisible warp point doesn't mean a game released this decade needs an invisible warp point!

Bejeweled 3 Review

All Matchy-Matchy

Bejeweled 3 Screenshot

HIGH Scoring a dozen chained matches with one move brings forth big, silly, grins.

LOW The anxiety and dread elicited by the Ice Storm Mode are deadly.

WTF I have no idea how anyone could match six gems at once without the use of Lady Luck's hands.

To EyeFinity… and beyond!

ATI EyeFinity Screenshot

While we all wait for the promised marvel of 3D gaming to go mainstream and infiltrate our eyespace, the fine, fine folks of AMD have cooked up something to tide us over. It's the EyeFinity system for your PC (obviously), and it's shaped up to be a pretty robust marvel. On a recent trip to Austin, Texas, I was invited to the AMD campus to check out some of their new technology and products, and I was impressed with their dedication to this new system.

Picross 3D Second Opinion

Block like a Man

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HIGH You gotta love the "click" that happens when dozens of minutes of frustration give way to a natural, logical conclusion.

LOW Please play me a different song on this next puzzle!

WTF My insurance provider doesn’t see Picross-related carpal tunnel syndrome as a viable reason for treatment.