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Fragmented Almanac review

Fragmented Almanac is an intriguing new addition to the Dreamcast’s small adventure library. It can feel like more of a tech demo than a fully realized game, but with two different gameplay types to experience, the end result is enjoyable enough for the brief time it lasts... Read more

Fragmented Almanac review

Saltsea Chronicles review

Even with a bit of open exploration, Saltsea Chronicles is essentially a visual novel – a character-driven story you read on screens of charmingly beautiful backgrounds. It’s a stress-free piece of interactive media that invites players to help write the unfolding tale, but those looking for deeper gameplay won’t find any swashbuckling, seafaring action in these calm seas... Read more

Saltsea Chronicles review

Tomb Raider I-III Remastered Starring Lara Croft review

It may largely be a greatest hits set for existing fans, but this is a comprehensive bundle whose new visuals and updated control schemes are nice options to introduce the original series to the uninitiated... Read more

Tomb Raider I-III Remastered Starring Lara Croft review

Demo unleashed for The Barker & Mustard Files

Demo unleashed for The Barker & Mustard Files

Noir-styled, point-and-click anthropomorphic animal mystery coming to Steam and itch.io... Read more

Desolatium review

Desolatium review

Desolatium is an unapologetically old-school node-based adventure in the vein of turn-of-the-millennium cult classics like Dracula. Its mix of wildly different art styles doesn’t work as well as it could, but those who don’t mind a bit of pixel hunting will likely enjoy its budget presentation, generally solid puzzle design and atmospheric story... Read more

Ashina: The Red Witch review

Ashina: The Red Witch review

Ashina: The Red Witch isn't an ambitious game, but as a short and simple retro-styled narrative adventure it is fun and functional enough for a mild recommendation to those who enjoy this style of anime fantasy... Read more

Playable demo cracks open Murder Cases

Playable demo cracks open Murder Cases

Full version of hand-sketched, black-and-white horror puzzler coming to PC on Steam... Read more

DE-EXIT: Eternal Matters review

DE-EXIT: Eternal Matters review

DE-EXIT is an ambitious and mostly well-crafted adventure, with great puzzle design, charming visuals, and an immersive cinematic flair. Not all of its ideas play out equally well, and a slow first half combined with minor technical issues make it a bit hard to break into, but those who stick with it until the end won’t regret the effort... Read more

Gamedec review

Gamedec review

It’s a shame there isn’t more opportunity to explore the world at large, but Gamedec is a rewarding and immersive role-playing adventure that offers a satisfying amount of player agency in the direction of this cyberpunk detective mystery... Read more

Wavetale review

Wavetale review

Wavetale’s forgiving platforming and trivial combat arguably make the game a bit too easy, but its thoughtful narrative and gorgeous world will keep you happily glued to the screen throughout the entirety of its brief duration... Read more

SILT review

SILT review

For such an eerie black-and-white world, SILT is a surprisingly paint-by-numbers affair. It’s perfectly playable, but there are few moments of wonder in this undersea adventure, making it a fair bit shallower than it looks... Read more

Eternal Threads review

Eternal Threads review

Eternal Threads is an empowering yet equally unsettling voyeuristic adventure. It can be overwhelming trying to keep track of all the loose threads of time you’re able to weave, but even at its most challenging moments, it’s never less than a deeply immersive, character-driven time travel mystery... Read more