Tag: Indie Games

Bucket Detective Review

Oh, Was That The line Back There? Did I Cross It?

HIGH Laughing one moment, shocked the next, and wrapping it all up with a little bow of terror.

LOW “Puzzle game” and “Guess-randomly-because-I-don’t-even-know game” are the same here.

WTF Unexplained naked guys with masks of the Dark Lord?


Interview With Spotlightor On… Candleman

Candleman was released on the Xbox One earlier this year on February 1st, and quickly garnered attention as a moody, curious work that added a bit of platforming into what might otherwise have been a small-scale walking simulator. Our own Corey Motley reviewed the game quite favorably here, and after finishing it myself, was quite struck by the themes revealed over the course of the adventure — specifically, the shocking ending.

I reached out to the developers behind the game, Spotlightor, and wanted to know more. Here’s what they said.


Io Review

No Moss Gathered

HIGH Flying across the entire map while zoomed-in tight and hitting the bullseye.

LOW Any time I’m asked to ride a gear over lava.

WTF The maze of doom.


This Is Not A Review: Punch Club – Dark Fist

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: Punch Club: Dark Fist for 3DS, developed by Lazy Bear Games and published by tinyBuild.


This Is Not A Review: Aurion, Legacy Of The Kori-Odan

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: Aurion: Legacy of the Kori-Odan, developed by Kiro’o Games and published by Plug In Digital. Tested on Steam.


Vidar Preview

Vidar is a particularly bleak RPG/Puzzler that puts players in the role of a mysterious stranger who arrives at a village a month into an ongoing tragedy. As if the harsh winter weren’t bad enough, a terrifying beast has been awakened in the caves beneath the town, and one of the villagers is taken each night. It’s up to the player to get to know the townspeople, attempt to solve their problems, and hopefully find the origin of the town’s curse in the catacombs deep below.


Stereo Aereo review

This Stereo Does Not Rock

HIGH The music’s pretty good.

LOW The visuals make it tough to tell what’s going on.

WTF Did the game just cut off midway through, or is it me?


Beholder Review

Das Leben der Anderen

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HIGH Getting out of someone’s apartment just in the nick of time.

LOW Hearing the loudspeaker spewing propaganda for, like, a straight hour.

WTF That English translation.