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Mini Motorways – The Mini Verdict

Mini Motorways – The Mini Verdict

Mini Motorways made its debut on Steam at the end of July, and will be coming to the Nintendo Switch next year, but it still feels absolutely like a mobile game at heart. Perhaps, though, I should correct myself there. It feels like a touch game at heart. This isn’t some in-app purchase driven knock-off, but a very smartly thought-out city builder that begs to be picked up and played, one which will undoubtedly find a very welcome home on the Switch.

Coming to Mini Motorways on the PC without having played it, or its predecessor Mini Metro, I was immediately struck by how clean and fresh it looked. I’m a sucker for good-looking art, and with Mini Motorways, where everything is fairly minimalistic, there is more than enough character to draw me in. I love the way the cities expand as the days and weeks tick by, but in such a subtle fashion that you don’t realise that you’ve progressed from managing the road network of a village at the start, to now trying to tame the sprawl of a megalopolis. A sprawl that is all your own doing.

An end of game image of Beijing in Mini Motorways
The end of game reviews of your city are what I live for.

Once a few in-game weeks have passed and your starting route between two houses and one work place has grown exponentially, it’s wonderful to take a moment to pause, delete your original road networks and create things afresh to best take account of how your city has evolved. A city that has evolved to grow around your roads, with houses sprouting in the most awkward of spots but able to be ignored. Meanwhile the new business that sets up on the other side of a river when you have run out of bridges to plop down will be what finally brings a game to an end.

It might not be your traditional city builder, and yes it might work best on a touch device, but Mini Motorways is a gem, and comes highly recommended.

Embrace your Inner Sky Brown – The Ramp Out Now

Embrace your Inner Sky Brown – The Ramp Out Now

Unless you’ve been sleeping under a rock, you’ll know it’s Olympics time, and Team GB have Sky Brown competing in the park discipline. Today you can (nearly) emulate Sky with The Ramp, an indie skateboarding title from Paul Schnepf.

Unlike Sky’s adventures in Tokyo, The Ramp features vert skateboarding across a handful of locations, and that’s pretty much it. On the Steam page, Paul describes The Ramp as offering you 15 minutes of flow for “the price of a medium sized cinnamon pistachio latte”.

The Ramp is out right now on Steam, and I’ll be putting down the price of a fancy coffee for 15 minutes of flow.

Monster Hunter Stories 2 – Preview

Monster Hunter Stories 2 – Preview

I’ve tried a couple of Monster Hunter titles, including the mega-hit World which opened the game to a whole new audience. However, I’ve never really clicked with the titles in the past, finding them lacking direction and boasting an overwhelming number of combat mechanics.

Now, having played the Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin trial on the Switch over the past few days, I’ve potentially found my style of Monster Hunter game.

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The Early Days of Battlefield

The Early Days of Battlefield

Following the announcement of Battlefield 2042, DICE teased a new mode which will be a love letter to fans. While we’ll have to wait to see what that turns out to be, but in the meantime I’m sure that there are plenty out there who want to play some of the older games in the series. Help is at hand, especially for playing Battlefield 2 and 2142 online, though 1942 and Vietnam are more complex.

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The Corruption Within – The Verdict

The Corruption Within – The Verdict

The Corruption Within is a first person point & click mystery adventure game by both Cosmic Void and Dave Seaman, developers of Void Breach and the Captain Disaster series.

During a camping holiday with your family, your wife and two young children vanish into the darkness without a trace. With no help on offer you head towards the only source of civilization for miles around – a mysterious old mansion nestled at the edge of an equally mysterious lake.

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ReIterate() – Exceedingly British Spike-Jumping

ReIterate() – Exceedingly British Spike-Jumping

The word ‘Reiterate’ is defined as being the act of repeating a task or action until hitting a set of spikes for the thousandth time causes you to scream and throw something.

ReIterate() on the other hand is a fast-paced 2D platformer by Zayne Black of Black Country Games. Citing his influences as Kuso and N++, it’s a game with simple graphics but a focus on precision and fluidity, two things I’m not particularly good at. Controlling a tiny little man in his endless quest to go to the right, you must overcome a series of deadly obstacles in order to reach the end of the level.

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Going Medieval Impresses, Sells Loads

Going Medieval Impresses, Sells Loads

Going Medieval, a colony builder set during the 14th Century, has had a phenomenal first week in Early Access, selling 175,000 copies. It’s a charming little game which I sunk a few hours into over the weekend, and came away with all of my ‘Sims and SimCity in the dark ages’ fantasies fulfilled. Well, this is a bit more hardcore than those two behemoths. and selling so many copies in the first week is a massive achievement. Hit the break for my hands on impressions.

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Clearing The Backlog – Control

Clearing The Backlog – Control

It’s been a few weeks since I completed the main storyline of Control, and perhaps coincidentally the same amount of time has passed since I paused my X-Files re-watch. After completing the main story I decided to pause before making a decision on whether to embark upon the DLC. Reflecting on my time with Control, I think I will make an effort to work my way through the DLC.

Would I contemplate sinking my teeth into the DLC if it wasn’t for the Assist Mode that came with a large update to the game back in August 2020? I think not.

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Resident Evil (2002) – A Retrospective

Resident Evil (2002) – A Retrospective

As Resident Evil Village fast approaches, Ross is going to be revisiting some of his favourite titles from a series that has undergone many permutations since 1996—from survival horror to white-knuckle third-person action—reinventing itself whenever the formula became too staid, to varying levels of success. But when it works, it really works.

Let’s dive.

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The Darkside Detective: A Fumble in the Dark – The Verdict

The Darkside Detective: A Fumble in the Dark – The Verdict

The introduction of Detective Francis McQueen and his sidekick, Officer Patrick Dooley, in 2017’s comedy horror point-and-click, The Darkside Detective, was an unexpected delight. The strange and kooky world of Twin Lakes didn’t take the ‘horror’ bit all that seriously; it was much happier indulging obscure film references and finding innuendo everywhere.

And we were all the better for it.

The sequel, A Fumble in the Dark, is much the same, only bigger and carried off with a confidence born of its developers knowing they’ve crafted a winning duo, milking it for all it’s worth – albeit a little too much at times.

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