Author: Dakota Gordon

A Nintendo fanatic since young, which began with Donkey Kong Country. Eventually grew into a person fascinated with the art of critique and perspectives. Harbors a deep adoration for pixel-art, 2D side-scrollers, and sci-fi. Bonafide hipster, and reads history textbooks "for fun."

Timespinner Review

Go back, go forward, and even stop time in this narrative-heavy Metroidvania title many years in the making. Lunais is next in line to be her clan's Time Guardian, an honor of the highest caliber with worldly significance. During a ceremony...

7 Good

Grimm & Tonic Preview

You are not your job. You are not the contents of your wallet. If not, what are you? After getting the pink slip, you are visited by Death, who is willing to keep you around as a subordinate for his sparkly urban watering hole, DEAD-END. Fi...

Super Mario Party Review (Switch)

Mario Party is back, sporting a little old and a little new along with a fresh coat of HD paint. Bringing back the core of what made the game so popular years ago, it's a mix of what players have always wanted back and things that spice up ...

6.5 Fair

ZeroRanger Review

The simple pleasures of shooting and dodging, cast in a blanket of orange and green. What does it take to become ZeroRanger? Orange may not rhyme with anything, but it won't stop aliens from trying anyway. Do what must be done and surrender...

8 Great

Unknown Fate Review

A warped reality that rings eerily familiar. A man with no memory suddenly appears. The Guardians of the world await with his trials. Collect the pieces of discarded memory to rebuild the somber tale of a darkening subconscious. Find a way ...

6 Fair

Graveyard Keeper Review

You get hit by a car, wake up talking with some cloaked figure in a shadowy realm, and become the honorary graveyard keeper of an alternate reality. How could your situation be any worse? The only way home is through some convoluted process...

7.5 Good

Rising Dusk Review

A little girl travels through the world around her and happens to come across a bunch of demons based on Japanese folklore. If that isn't a great set-up for a classic-styled game, I'm not sure what is! Listen to some lo-fi beats as you jump...

8 Great

Camp W Review

The Human Realm is about to get a little magical. A young witch stumbles upon a portal to a summer camp far outside the boundaries of their home, much to their excitement. Taking advantage of the opportunity, the young witch does whatever t...

5.5 Average

Mechanism Review

The world is empty, ravaged by a festering black disease called phlegm. The lone surviving inhabitant, a robot with no name, wakes up to a bleak reality: nothing else has survived. The source of the phlegm pollutes the world further with ev...

4 Poor

The Spiral Scouts Review

Don't you hate when you're transported to a mystical realm to unlock the guardian spirits of chaos, order, life, and death? So does our protagonist, Remae, who's transported to a mystical realm to unlock the guardian spirits of chaos, order...

7.5 Good

Whip! Whip! Review

Whip baddies into shape while scarfing down gourmet sweets! Cruise through one-hundred levels, collecting treats and power-ups along the way. A rival character seeks to stand in your way on the journey for the ultimate sweet recipe. Whip yo...

5 Average

Nintendo E3 Conference Review

The expectations for Nintendo every year are seemingly spacebound. With their now-typical last in order appearance after every other game company, was it more the best saved for last, or hope for what's to come? Let's discuss! The Nintendo ...

Towards the Pantheon Review

The world is inhabited by humans, cats, cyborgs, and ghosts. Their goals are peacefully intertwined upon the end of a great war, but when a group called The Sworn Light gains power by pitting the species against each other, their presence b...

5.5 Average

Märchen Forest: Mylne and the Forest Gift Review

MyIne is a cheerful little girl with a mysterious past. As her grandfather begins teaching her the ways of alchemy, her life takes a serious turn upon the eve of her graduation. What's in store for her? Märchen Forest: a story in two parts—...

6 Fair

Deadfall Tropics Review

Miss the old days when video games were brutally difficult and brought out your potential gaming skills? Deadfall Tropics is your new favorite blast from the past. Enjoy serene sunsets as you run away from an old guy in a helicopter shootin...

6 Fair

The Thin Silence Review

A terrible thing has occurred. A man with a tragic past, exemplified by his own looming regret, wanders the world past the calamity. The weight of his actions (or lack of) brings him into an unending realm of darkness. This is a story of st...

6.5 Fair

Chuusotsu! 1st Graduation: Time After Time Review

Strange things are happening to three seemingly-normal girls when they agree to room together for a mysterious cause. Little do they know, what they share on the inside will become a factor on how they behave on the outside. Will they take ...

7 Good

Studio Teases Development of Cancelled Glover Sequel

Your favorite interactive glove may have a sequel to his name soon! Via tweet, the developers with the rights to Glover teased at being hard at work on a sequel title. Not much else is known at this point, but it gives hope to those craving...

Garrison: Archangel Preview

Visualize Custom Robo without the story and with a heavier emphasis on personalization! Introducing Garrison: Archangel! Build your robo-boxer and enter the arena to take on other robo-boxers—no gloves required. Whether swords, guns, shield...

Hellmut: The Badass from Hell Review

Do you like killing demons with attitude? Do you like transforming into multiple demons yourself to better slaughter said demons? Do you like crude humor? Hellmut: The Badass from Hell has all of that and nothing more. Really, that's kind o...

7 Good

0°N 0°W Review

Leave your reality. Leave your sorrows. Brace for a journey outside the confines of our rationality. Explore worlds through different hues, different vantages. Travel upon the plains of darkness or the ends of space. All you have to do is s...

5 Average

Nightwolf: Survive the Megadome Preview

Relive the days of Twisted Metal! Hop into your combat vehicle and slaughter the competition—no empathy required. With dozens of weapons at one's disposal and arenas coated with vibrant neon, it's a blast from the unflinching past determine...

Wulverblade Review

Fight and scream your way through this emblazoned product of passion—alone or with a friend—as waves of enemies come for your head! Combine the most enticing parts of old-school arcade games with the cinematic capabilities of current-year t...

7.5 Good

Mortal Manor Review

Missing out on the classics of the NES era? Mortal Manor may be the time portal you require! Ruthless in its difficulty, yet polished in its mechanics, fight your way through hoards of fantastic creatures as you explore the ruins of a decre...

8.5 Great

For the King Preview

For the king, the journey, and the glory! Choose your class and set forth on a quest to rid the world of complete destruction via swarming chaos! Whether solo or online co-op, the fun evolves the farther one reaches. Be wary, however: the g...

SeaBed Review

Nothing is quite what it seems for two young lovers, Takako and Sachiko. Bound together by familiarity, they find themselves separated from each other through some unknown cause, bringing to life different representations of reality. What m...

6 Fair

Reef Shot Review

The earth is far more water than land. The depths of the ocean floor are as potentially hazardous as the outer reaches of space. Stumbling upon unknown relics while partaking in deep-sea photography, Scott plunges further into isolating wat...

5.5 Average

Take the Cake Review

Furballs love cake. So when it's stolen by a malicious machine, it's up to you to take control of the furball and Take the Cake! Grow and shrink the volume of your fur to traverse puzzled terrain and big baddies. Play with physics and alter...

4.5 Poor

Card Quest Review

Choose your class, complete your training, and quest for honor and glory! Battle your way through three distinct areas against goblins, mutants, werewolves, and many more fantastic beasts. The catch? Not 21, but the battle system is card-ba...

8 Great

All Walls Must Fall Preview

In the year 2089, life is a grim and colorless world where the Cold War never ended. Coerce and shoot your way through baddies to complete various missions, all in the hopes of preventing a nuclear fallout in All Walls Must Fall. If that do...

Rosenkreuzstilette Freudenstachel Review

Think Mega Man with anime girls—Rosenkreuzstilette Freudenstachel! A pronounced homage to the video game classic, jump, shoot, and slide your way into fierce battles and through dangerous stages! Old meets new in this updated rendition of a...

7.5 Good

Misao: Definitive Edition Review

Missing for three months, Misao was a not-so-popular girl who was the constant target of bullying and roughhousing. Now, her soul has placed a curse on her entire school; deadly revenge to those who brought her misfortune! Will you be able ...

6 Fair

Glo Review

A square is placed in a dark void. Where is this? Why am I here? Guided only by a dim shine and floating text in the background, something lingers close by, watching. Will you escape, or go insane trying? Try it and find out with Glo. Intro...

7 Good

Orange Moon Review

Alone with only the sound of a voice to keep you guided. Orange Moon is a cruel and cold place filled with creatures aiming to ensure you never escape. Take the path that's given to you and reach the edge of the abyss—and to what the abyss ...

5 Average

Doki Doki Literature Club Review

Love, life, and beautiful girls. What's not to like about surrounding oneself with the tranquility of friendship and good harmony? Talk your way into the hearts of any girl of your choosing, and you might just get a treat worth working for ...

9.9 Amazing

A Robot Named Fight Review

A battle between machine and flesh! Take control of a robot named Fight and blast through an army of fleshy abominations, led by the mystical Megabeast. Upgrade your arsenal, scour for goodies, and try not to die in this ruthless, randomize...

7 Good

Metroid: Samus Returns Review (3DS)

Samus returns, for the first time in 2D in over a decade! Fight your way through a massive Metroid threat as Samus seeks to rid the galaxy of its latest, greatest threat! Through modern innovation and an eye for past success, Samus Returns ...

8 Great

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