Author: Mitch Z

Inkbound Preview

This past weekend the developers behind 2020’s Monster Train, Shiny Shoe, opened up access to a pre-alpha build of their upcoming title Inkbound. So, I hopped into the game with three friends to test the waters and see what Shiny Shoe is cooking up.


Victoria 3 Review

HIGH Using careful planning and strategy to rise through the ranks.

LOW AI behavior and performance can be all over the place.

WTF The insane amount of alt-history that occurs, even without my meddling.


Firegirl: Hack ‘N Splash Rescue Review

It’s Getting Hot In Here

HIGH An appealing art style with neat background and lighting design.

LOW The randomly-generated levels hold back the quality of the platforming.

WTF How am I getting thousands of ‘fans?’ Am I streaming these dangerous rescue operations? Who’s filming this!?


Cris Tales Review

Like DuckTales, But With Cris

HIGH An ambitious story and battle system that combine many ideas cohesively.

LOW The lack of quality-of-life features.

WTF The last third of the story.


Astria Ascending Review

The Power Of Fruit

HIGH A lengthy, high quality Japanese-inspired RPG with plenty of modern amenities.

LOW A few frustrating enemy encounters and a sometimes-confused story.

WTF Why does everyone hate the little fish people so much?


Stellaris: Nemesis Review

I Became My Own Worst Enemy

HIGH Surviving long enough to witness a galactic empire rise to glory… or infamy.

LOW Having my empire absorbed repeatedly by mid-game. 

WTF The xenophobic AI humans hated me while I was playing as human.


Maneater (Switch) Review

A Brave Commentary On Pica

HIGH Jumping twenty feet in the air, landing on a group of beachgoers, and chucking one like a football.

LOW The combat can sometimes be difficult to follow underwater.

WTF Sharks can double-jump?