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Cultist Simulator – The Verdict

Cultist Simulator – The Verdict

What is Cultist Simulator I hear you cry! Why, it’s what is says on the tin, a simulator of cults. And no, it isn’t like Street Cleaning Simulator, this is a narrative card game, filled with delightful roguelike elements and lovely aesthetic that keeps drawing me back in.

Smoke and Sacrifice – The Verdict

Smoke and Sacrifice – The Verdict

Sometimes, I wonder how other people go about the practicalities of playing games; especially something like Smoke and Sacrifice, an open-world narrative-driven RPG with survival elements and an evolving eco-system. How do you go about keeping track of the way different items, creatures, and environments all work together? Do you keep a notepad by your side as you play to note these things down? Answers on a postcard please.

Frostpunk – The Verdict

Frostpunk – The Verdict

Those cold-hearted bastards. They were 36 hours away from the Great Storm ending, and they cast me out. I’d led them for nearly forty days and nights, kept them warm, kept them fed, given them religion…and how do they repay me? By throwing me to the mercy of the unforgiving Storm. Bastards.

Death Road to Canada – The Verdict

Death Road to Canada – The Verdict

Death Road to Canada, a randomly generated road-trip action RPG, has been roaming the hallways of Steam and mobile for a while. But now, it has hit the consoles. Here, Dan Lipscombe takes a look at the Switch release of this gruesome gem.

Vesta – The Verdict

Vesta – The Verdict

Vesta is a pile of ideas combined to create a reasonably interesting puzzle game with odd slices of action. When I say it’s a pile of ideas, it’s more to highlight the visual styles. All of the cut-scenes are produced with a odd cartoon flair that doesn’t translate over to the gameplay, which is more of a bright handful of polygons –  a 3D representation of a cartoon. They don’t gel particularly well and I think the game would have…

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Rise of Industry Rises to Early Access

Rise of Industry Rises to Early Access

Rise of Industry has risen from humble beginnings on itch.io, and has now expanding its distribution network to include Steam via Early Access. What is Rise of Industry I hear you ask? Well, it is a tycoon game challenging you to build your industrial empire by gathering resources, turning them into products, and distributing them to the towns and cities that want your goods. Easy!

Nightmare Boy – The Verdict

Nightmare Boy – The Verdict

The problem with Nightmare Boy is the scope of what the developer is trying to do and the fact that the ideas they have seem too plentiful for what they produced. This is a game that struggles to communicate its identity; does it want to be a Metroidvania style platformer? Does it want to be a challenging 2D scroller, like Salt & Sanctuary? Or does it want to be a charming, albeit more grown up, version of the games we…

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The Big(ish) List of 2018 Indies

The Big(ish) List of 2018 Indies

Every once in a while, one of us here at Reticule Towers takes the decision to take a look at some games coming out in the year ahead. Sometimes we might talk about, AAA, others indie. This time, I’ve picked a few indies that are on the horizon. Hit the break to read more…

Theme Hospital Returns in Two Point Hospital

Theme Hospital Returns in Two Point Hospital

As a young PC gamer, I was a big fan of Bullfrog’s Theme games, though I only owned one myself. I would while away hours on end playing Theme Park, and when my neighbour got Theme Hospital, we would spend our weekends and summer holiday’s laughing at the various illnesses and diseases in the game. They were two great games, though I was always sad that I didn’t own my own copy of Theme Hopsital. Soon, the wait will be no longer as Two Point Hospital…

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Human Fall Flat – The Verdict

Human Fall Flat – The Verdict

“I hate this tiny drunken baby-man” was pretty much the only sentence I uttered while playing this game – my flatmate in hysterics as she watched me play. It’s an infuriating, physics based title that gives the player control of a human avatar who seems to have been hitting the bottle a little too hard. The idea is to take your little guy from the start of the game to the end, by only controlling his jumping and using the…

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Tokyo 42 – Solving a Problem

Tokyo 42 – Solving a Problem

When I reviewed Tokyo 42 earlier this year, I talked about the skill required to control the isometric(ish) camera across its eight angles. I didn’t think there were any problems with the camera, I accepted it as part of the game, but did highlight that “Controlling the camera during the action is as much a skill as the running, gunning and jumping.” The devs at SMAC Games have seen similar feedback elsewhere, and have made some subtle, but important, changes to the game.

Figment – Switch, Music and More

Figment – Switch, Music and More

Every once in a while you receive a press release about a game, and wonder why you haven’t read much it? Figment is one of those. It might be that it released when I was getting ready for EGX, but the good news is there is a demo available on Steam and developers Bedtime Digital Games are hard at work on console versions, including a Switch version. Given the opportunity to put a few questions to Creative Director of Figment, Jonas Byrresen.

Mantis Burn Racing Rocks on Switch

Mantis Burn Racing Rocks on Switch

Ahh Mantis Burn Racing, a little gem that I thoroughly enjoyed last year when it was first released. It features some great top-down racing, and while I loved it, part of me always felt the mini vehicles, while looking gorgeous, were a bit lost when playing on a big screen. Now it’s been released on the Switch, and it is better than ever.

Shadowhand Coming Soon – New Trailer!

Shadowhand Coming Soon – New Trailer!

It was two years ago that I first laid sight on Shadowhand from Grey Alien games. It was at EGX, and I said at the time that it was a card game I could get behind, with a combination of RPG elements and solitaire style action. To celebrate the confirmation of the 7th December release date, a new trailer has been released. Hooray!

Wulverblade – Easy Mode Incoming

Wulverblade – Easy Mode Incoming

I’ve been checking out Wulverblade as part of my desire to get stuck into some of the gems that are coming out on the Switch. I will be bringing you all my Verdict of this side-scrolling beat-em-up…just once I’ve managed to get past the second level. The game is a bit tough, but the good news is that developers Fully Illustrated are working on an easy mode!