• 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…

  • Easter Isle in Sizeable

    Sizeable review

    Resize the moon to change the tides. Grow or shrink the sun to change the seasons. Sizeable is a fun puzzle game filled with adorably themed dioramas where clues are revealed by resizing and placing items. There is also a super cute turtle hidden in each level for you to discover. Gameplay Sizeable is not a challenging game. There is minimal UI, and everything you need in each level is available to you in a compact world. Using only the mouse, you will need to pick up, resize and place items. That’s it! Though, some times it can be tricky to determine where the items go. Especially if you’re like…

  • Hanging out with Elias in Signs of the Sojourner

    Signs of the Sojourner

    Are you feeling that desire to travel? 2020 left most of us desperate to see the world again, and Signs of the Sojourner might go part of the way of filling that need. After your mothers death you, and your friend Elias, decide to take over her shop and join the caravan she travelled with to keep it stocked. Along the way, you’ll learn more about her world and the secrets that went along with it. Signs of the Sojourner is a deck builder, but it focuses on building conversation and relationships rather than building defences. As in life, not all discussions will go the way you want, and sometimes…

  • Our survivors exploring this unknown planet

    Voyage review

    When you think of a voyage, do you think of excitement, adventure and the unknown? Well, 2 out of 3 isn’t so bad. In Voyage, play as two survivors of a terrible shipwreck lost on an alien planet and trying to work out how to get home. Help them find their way as you trek through this beautiful, unknown planet where, fortunately, nothing wants to harm them. With no dialogue (even in menus), Voyage relies on character gestures and the environment to tell the story. This is mostly done well, though I was confused on some occasions, and the story does leave some interpretation up to the player. It’s always…

  • The Girl's fish island in Tohu

    Tohu review

    In Tohu, a mysterious stranger has come to our fish planet and is causing chaos. They’re destroying everything sacred, so it’s up to The Girl, and her alter ego Cubus to save their home from this menace. Fortunately, for us, all of this occurs in a beautiful, bizarre world filled with quirky characters and excellent music. Gameplay Tohu is a point and click game. They regularly make me a bit scared, but Tohu is excellent for us novice point and click players. That may mean the more experienced at the genre may find it too easy. If you do get stuck, though, there is a great hint system which makes…

  • Tina and SAM-53 rest in Encodya

    Encodya review

    Set in 2062, Encodya introduces us to Tina and Sam, a homeless child and her nanny robot, SAM-53. All children are assigned a nanny bot at birth with the year as their model. SAM must protect Tina at all costs. This is lucky for Tina, as Neo Berlin’s world is rough and not a good place for a child alone. The game opens to Tina and SAM needing to find some basic supplies like food and shelter, but then they discover that SAM has a hidden piece of code and some people are eager to get their hands on it. Together, along with the helpful (and not so helpful) people…

  • Symphonia - Philemon playing his violin

    Symphonia review

    Released in June of 2020, Symphonia looked like the perfect game for me. Beautiful art, fantastic soundtrack and it’s a 2D platformer. It has all the requirements of a perfect game for me, but for some reason, I never took the time to pick it up and give it a go. That’s changed now; I finally decided it was time and, wow, what a game! I’m amazed that it is a student project because it is so polished. In Symphonia, play as violinist Philemon who is on a quest to bring music back to the world. Run, jump and fling yourself around to activate the machine once more. Symphonia is…

  • Alba looking out to sea

    Alba: A Wildlife Adventure review

    Alba has fond memories of spending time with her grandparents on Pinar del Mar. Naturally, she is excited to see them for the holidays, but when she gets to the island, it isn’t as she remembered. Pinar del Mar is run down, full of litter and a big company wants to demolish the nature reserve and build a mega hotel. Along with her good friend Ines, Alba is determined to save the nature reserve and restore the island to its former glory. She will also have fun running around taking photos of all the lovely wildlife Pinar del Mar has to offer. As she restores more of the island, perhaps…

  • Large airborne kingdom

    Airborne Kingdom review

    In times gone by, the airborne kingdom travelled to all the ground kingdoms bringing knowledge, culture and tradition. The airborne kingdom united all the kingdoms, and everyone lived in harmony, until one day it disappeared without a trace. Years went by, and slowly the kingdoms separated, and small settlements were nearly wiped out. Then one day the blueprints to the airborne kingdom were discovered in the tapestry with a prophecy to return to the skies! Airborne Kingdom is a gorgeous city builder where all the building happens in the air. The kingdom glides its way through the lands in hopes of reuniting the world once more. Gather resources, increase reputation…

  • Orwell's Animal Farm - Napoleon triumphs

    Orwell’s Animal Farm review

    All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others. Orwell’s Animal Farm is a simulation game based on the popular book with added branching storylines. The animals at Manor Farm have had enough of their treatment by the cruel farmer Mr Jones, and it’s time for a rebellion! Once the farmer and his wife have fled, it’s up to the animals to work out how they’ll run the farm. They start with the 7 rules of Animalism and are optimistic about their futures. Gameplay Orwell’s Animal Farm is a ‘choose your own adventure’ style game with options presented after each scene. Each choice will lead you closer…