Author: Jeff Ortloff

Jupiter Hell Review

Hell Is Other People (And Demons, I Suppose)

HIGH Sending an army of hacked drones and combat robots to do my bidding.

LOW Getting too cocky and being blown to smithereens because of it.

WTF This base sounded like a nightmare before all Hell broke loose…


Metal Unit Review

Saving The World For All The Right Reasons?


HIGH Great action, intense boss fights, and amazing assist modes for inexperienced players.

LOW An unsatisfying ending. It’s not a memorable experience.

WTF What’s with all the cheesecake?


This Is Not A Review: The Captain Is Dead

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:  The Captain is Dead developed and published by Thunderbox Entertainment.



Project Wingman Review

Flying, Fighting, And Firing Missiles

HIGH Exhilarating combat. Fantastic sense of speed.

LOW No. Checkpoints. During. Missions.

WTF This is a post-apocalyptic future with our current level of technology???


El Hijo: A Wild West Tale

Sneaking Its Way into My Heart

HIGH Gorgeous vistas. Great storytelling without words.

LOW Repetitive backtracking. Finicky movement.

WTF Why do priests and bandits hate windup toys so much?


Pendragon Review

Wandering Warriors Of Woe

HIGH Unsurpassed storytelling. Fantastic takes on classic characters.          

LOW Some fiendishly difficult battles. Clues are difficult to discern.

WTF Arthur abandoned Excalibur??!?!?