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Skaramazuzu review

Skaramazuzu’s strange, gray world and creepily adorable characters look and sound fantastic, but it’s hard to stay interested when it gives players so little of interest to think about or actually do... Read more

Skaramazuzu review

Submachine: Legacy review

Submachine: Legacy combines and brings all the episodes of Mateusz Skutnik’s classic Flash series into the 2020s with updated graphics and puzzles, trusting players to overcome its difficult-but-fair challenges and showing the world just how richly deserved its cult following is... Read more

Submachine: Legacy review

Flake: The Legend of Snowblind review

Flake: The Legend of Snowblind is a captivating cartoon adventure in a fun, intricately crafted setting, though its considerable charms are complicated by the fact that it feels more like a substantial first chapter than a full game in its own right... Read more

Flake: The Legend of Snowblind review

Slay the Princess review

Slay the Princess review

While Slay the Princess comes in a deceptively simple package, it contains what feels like a whole universe of horror, humor and humanity; it takes the visual novel format and pushes it as far as it will go, with a story that changes and adapts to every decision you make without ever forsaking its central themes of identity, eternity, and the nature of life and death... Read more

Windy Meadow: A Roadwarden Tale review

Windy Meadow: A Roadwarden Tale review

Windy Meadow uses the visual novel format to tell a moving, thoughtful story about growth, decisions and community in a gorgeously realized setting. While not a modern classic on the scale of the original Roadwarden, those who go in with the proper expectations will find it a solid, rewarding narrative adventure... Read more

Roadwarden review

Roadwarden review

Roadwarden is a highly compelling, vividly realized text-based expedition into a dynamic fantasy setting, with a deep and layered story that allows players to experience as much or as little as they choose while deciding what kind of role they want to play in its deceptively vast world... Read more

Stasis: Bone Totem review

Stasis: Bone Totem review

Though cracks are visible in its impressive facade by the time the credits roll, Stasis: Bone Totem is a wildly ambitious follow-up that builds effectively on the macabre promise of its predecessors... Read more

Creepy Tale 3: Ingrid Penance review

Creepy Tale 3: Ingrid Penance review

While a few questionable design choices and derivative character art keep it from achieving true greatness, Creepy Tale 3: Ingrid Penance is nonetheless a solidly eerie, atmospheric and challenging adventure... Read more

Pentiment review

Pentiment review

Pentiment is a captivating Renaissance adventure that challenges players to unravel both a murder mystery and the many enigmas of history... Read more

NORCO review

NORCO review

Simultaneously a work of baroque horror, a science-fictional condemnation of industrial capitalism, and a heartbroken elegy for a real-world place, NORCO is a captivating adventure game experience like no other... Read more

Perfect Tides review

Perfect Tides review

Perfect Tides is a beautifully-realized game about growing up and finding one’s place in the world; alternately hilarious and heartbreaking, it treats its subjects with honesty and respect, and it never forgets what "adventure" really means... Read more