Author: Jeff Ortloff

Fort Triumph Review

A (Goblin) Smashing Good Time!

HIGH Extremely customizable difficulty, solid AI and tactics.

LOW Limited number of unit types, occasional wonky camera.

WTF Did the humans build a town in a cave?


Cloudpunk Review

This Baby Corners Like She’s On Rails!

HIGH Intricate plot, fascinating characters, great vehicle control.

LOW Timed missions.

WTF What is the screening procedure for hiring police in Nivalis?


This Is Not A Review: Ciel Fledge

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: Ciel Fledge: A Daughter Raising Simulator, available on Nintendo Switch and PC, developed by Studio Namaapaa and published by PQube Limited.


Paranoia: Happiness Is Mandatory Review

Failure To Be Fun Is Treason

HIGH Absolutely nails the atmosphere of fear and ignorance from the tabletop game.

LOW Frustrating combat scenarios. Progression is inconsistent.

WTF When did it stop being treasonous to ignore the orders of a higher clearance citizen?


Axis Football 2019 Review

Omaha, Omaha, Set HUT!

HIGH Juking a corner out of his cleats on the way to a 37-yard TD.

LOW Watching my human-controlled DT jump offsides for the 9th time because of a
glitch.

WTF Why are my blockers rushing downfield to catch a punt?