Author: Brian Theisen

Shoot 1UP DX Review

Still Great Years Later

HIGH Obtaining 30 ships and then the ghost for twice the firepower!

LOW That ghost always runs out right before a boss battle.

WTF Well hello there, floating half-of-a-lady-robot boss…


Halloween Forever Review

A Sweet Treat

HIGH A well-themed 8-bit platformer that’s heavy on the charm.

LOW Not much guidance on the purpose of in-game collectibles.

WTF Was that boss’s chainsaw supposed to keep going after his death…?


Cyber Shadow Review

Great, Beyond A Shadow Of Doubt

HIGH Great graphics, great controls, fantastic bosses.

LOW A few platforming sections require a little too much precision.

WTF Wait, how long have I been able to swing my sword upward!?


Tanuki Justice Review

Retro Inspired Frustration

HIGH Great-looking levels and bosses.

LOW Having to replay entire levels after dying at the boss.

WTF Unreasonably large hitboxes during a late-stage boss.


Carto Review

Mapping Out A Good Time

HIGH The map manipulation mechanism.

LOW A couple of puzzles with extremely vague hints.

WTF How did those huskies survive so long!?


This Is Not A Review: Later Daters (Part Two)

Welcome to This Is Not A Review. In these articles we discuss general impressions, ideas and thoughts on any given game, but as the title implies, it’s not a review. Instead, it’s an exercise in offering a quick recommendation (or dismissal) after spending enough time to grasp the ideas and gameplay of a thing without necessarily playing it from A to Z.

The subject of this installment: Later Daters Part Two available on Nintendo Switch and PC, developed and published by Bloom Digital.