• The Mayor on his journey

    Existensis review

    In Existensis, our protagonist (known only as The Mayor) is on a curious quest to learn the meaning of life and death. They want to build a monument to their life but are struggling for inspiration, so they are taking this journey of enlightenment. Explore vibrant towns in this search for knowledge while also meeting some interesting characters along the way. Can The Mayor find the answers he so desperately needs to build his legacy? Gameplay Existensis is like a “choose your own adventure” story, except to end the game, you need to choose all adventures. You will travel to an assortment of towns, seeking someone of knowledge to help…

  • Dinosaurs in Omno

    Omno review

    Take a magical journey through a lost civilisation in Omno. Run, dash and surf through an icy tundra, a sunburnt desert and a lush forest finding adorable creatures along the way. Omno is a beautiful, self-paced adventure that will no doubt delight fans of Journey. The story in Omno is sparse, being told only with relics hidden throughout the levels. They tell the story of someone who appears to have taken the same pilgrimage as us. As we continue on our pilgrimage, we can piece together their thoughts snippet by snippet. Was their experience the same as ours? What did they think about this beautiful forgotten world? Gameplay Omno is…

  • A clock spinning in Timelie

    Timelie review

    This is usually where I discuss the game’s story and what makes it exciting or interesting to play. Unfortunately, with Timelie, I can’t do that because I’m not quite sure what the story is. In Timelie, you play as a girl who has precognition and can see the future. Using this power, you can move backwards and forwards through time to avoid obstacles and enemies. Then you find a cat. That’s about all the story I was able to garner from my time with Timelie. However, I admit that I didn’t finish the game. After playing for two hours, I decided I couldn’t keep going. Gameplay Timelie is a puzzle…

  • Veronica snooping in Overboard!

    Overboard! review

    Overboard! opens to Veronica Villensey and her husband, Malcolm, on a ship, looking out over the ocean. She exclaims there are dolphins in the distance and her husband eagerly looks for them and then, splash! She pushes him overboard. So, now that all remains is to ask, can you get away with murder? It’s time to find out! Gameplay Overboard! is an interactive fiction game released by Inkle. I previously played Pendragon, and the narrative style is similar, though Pendragon has a higher risk of death as you play through the grid-style game. In Overboard!, the biggest threat is time. You have eight hours until the ship lands and with…

  • Cassie and Luna the fox spirit in Luna's Fishing Garden

    Luna’s Fishing Garden review

    Cassie is happily fishing when a storm approaches. The next thing she knows, she’s on an island being criticised by a spirit fox named Luna. Luna isn’t sure how a human ended up on her island, but she enlists Cassie to help repair and rejuvenate the islands to their former glory. Pick up bits of scrap from the storm and trade them in for some cash. Then, it’s time to build your perfect garden while meeting some lovely spirits along the way. Gameplay The gameplay in Luna’s Fishing Garden is relatively simple, and there are some good accessibility options built-in too. Row your boat up and down the islands completing…

  • Minute of Islands - Mo and Miri together

    Minute of Islands review

    Life as Mo knew it changed when the blight came. Deadly fungus spores taking over the islands where she lives and poisoning her friends and family. The four giants that roam the islands take on the enormous responsibility of keeping the islands safe, and they go deep underground to power the transmitters to keep the spores at bay. Theirs is a thankless, endless task, but what other choice do they have? Mo is scared of the surface, so she goes underground with them, and the giants deem her worthy of being the holder of the powerful Omni Switch. Mo’s life is filled with the comforting churning of the brother’s work…

  • Before We Leave island view

    Before We Leave review

    The Peeps have spent decades underground. It’s been so long that they forgot what it’s like to watch the sunset, hear the chirps of a bird and the rustle of leaves in the breeze. So they have decided it’s time to come back to the surface and build a civilisation once more. Before We Leave is a combat-free worldbuilder, but there are challenges with climate, technology and resources. Oh, and the space whales, of course! Start with an island, but strive for the stars and try to keep the environment in good shape. Gameplay Before We Leave is big, like giant big! Initially, it starts small. Your peeps are emerging…

  • The Grove and its inhabitants in The Wild at Heart

    The Wild at Heart review

    Take an adventure into a magical world with The Wild at Heart. Wake is running away from home with his best friend, Kirby. His Dad has never been the same since his Mum died, and he can’t deal with it anymore. So, he and Kirby are going to hide out in the woods behind his house. Unfortunately, he gets lost and ends up in a magical world of spritelings, wizards, and terrifying beings lurking in the dark. The Never were trapped by the Green Witch, but since she’s gone, they’ve been leaking back into the world and causing chaos. Fortunately, they can only appear at night, so be sure to…

  • Hundred Days winery

    Hundred Days – Winemaking Simulator review

    Ever dream of escaping life in a dead-end job and starting up your own winery? Hundred days allows us to travel to the gorgeous wine region of Alba, Italy, and get a crash course in winemaking. It turns out that winemaking is a cutthroat industry and our competitors aren’t happy that we’ve been given this land. Fortunately, we have some excellent mentors helping us, so we can (hopefully) make an excellent drop of wine and shake up the industry. Hundred Days is essentially the story of Yves Hohler, lead designer and co-founder of Broken Arms Games. As a child, his family moved to Italy to give winemaking a try. They…

  • Portrait of Ben's Mum

    Before Your Eyes review

    Blink, and you’ll miss it may be the old idiom, but blink, and you’ll regret it might be more accurate in Before Your Eyes. Before Your Eyes tells the story of Ben, but we’re learning about it once he’s died and passing on. The Ferryman has picked us up out of the murky depths of the ocean, and he’s there to help us pass on. He needs to know our story, though, but we don’t control our limbs anymore. Fortunately, we can still blink, and that’s all we need to delve back into our memories and show the ferryman how we lived. Gameplay I’ve seen Before Your Eyes described as…