Author: Max Fagandini

I've been working as a musician for over a decade with a love of video games simmering quietly on the side. I'm excited to finally be able to write about them for you lovely folks! You can also find me on Twitter and Twitch.

Out of Line Review: A Beautiful Puzzler with Storybook Charm (PC)

Out of Line Review: A Beautiful Puzzler with Storybook Charm (PC)

In puzzle-platformer Out of Line, young San is on the run from corrupted abominations, with nothing but a golden spear to his name. Will you be able to help him escape and meet some other friendly faces along the way, or will the blight cla...

7.7 Good

Luciform Review: Red Light, Green Light (Switch)

Red – no, wait, blue! Prepare to watch Luci meet their end time and again in Luciform, a teeth-grittingly difficult precision platformer in the vein of Super Meat Boy and Celeste. The Red-Eyed Gorilla has imprisoned your friends – can you h...

8.3 Great
Let’s Build a Zoo Impressions: Ligers and Snabbits and Capybostriches, Oh My!

Let’s Build a Zoo Impressions: Ligers and Snabbits and Capybostriches, Oh My!

If you’ve ever felt that the world needed more weird animals, Let’s Build a Zoo may be the game for you. It’s still in development, but a recent beta build of the game gives players a solid idea of where it’s headed, gene-splicing hybrid be...

Flowing Lights Review: Bend and Shoot (Switch)

Flowing Lights Review: Bend and Shoot (Switch)

Part bullet hell, part puzzler, Flowing Lights sees your little spaceship taking on an army of alien nasties. But a brute-force approach isn’t always the way forward in this intriguing hybrid game: use the planet’s own gravity to bend your ...

7 Good
5 Time-Loop Games to Keep You Busy Until Deathloop

5 Time-Loop Games to Keep You Busy Until Deathloop

With Arkane's time-bending shooter Deathloop delayed another few months, here are five of the best games about time loops to keep you busy until September. Fans might be looking for more games about weird time stuff to keep them occupied, b...

Out of Line Preview: A Clear Line of Sight (PC)

Out of Line Preview: A Clear Line of Sight (PC)

Use your magical spear and puzzle your way to freedom in Out of Line, the newest title from developers Nerd Monkeys. San’s home is being attacked by alien monstrosities, and you must help him escape and come to terms with the world around h...

Orbital Bullet Review: 360 No Scope

Orbital Bullet Preview: 360 No Scope

Try not to spin out of control in SmokeStab’s 360-degree action roguelike. Traverse circular levels and take out hordes of aliens in this fast-paced shooter-platformer, but make sure to watch your back – and your front – for enemies and pro...

Wildfire Swap Review: Only You Can Prevent Forest Fires

Wildfire Swap Review: Only You Can Prevent Forest Fires

As wildfires continue to prove a threat across the globe, one developer has decided to try and encapsulate the scale and power of this phenomenon in a charming tile-swapping puzzler. Try and stop the spread of forest fires in Wildfire Swap!...

9 Amazing
Adios Review: So Long, and Thanks for All the Meat (PC)

Adios Review: So Long, and Thanks for All the Meat (PC)

Step into the shoes of a pig farmer who’s grown weary of disposing of bodies for the mob in this sombre and moving tale of choice, regret and trying to do the right thing. This is a story that doesn’t pull its punches, so prepare to feel so...

9 Amazing
Breathedge Review: A Missed Clucking Opportunity

Breathedge Review: A Missed Clucking Opportunity

An explosion rocks your cabin, and all of a sudden you’re alone in the vastness of space. Well, apart from a mystifyingly immortal chicken and a helpful if patronising AI. Can you survive for long enough to unravel a conspiracy of galactic ...

5.7 Average
Room to Grow Review: A Prickly Puzzler

Room to Grow Review: A Prickly Puzzler

Help your little cactus buddy grow his way back home to the desert in Room to Grow, an elegant and creative puzzle game. Think outside the box to move yourself around each level as you try to snake your way through over 100 deceptively diff...

9 Amazing
Littlewood review: Home Is Where the Heart Is (Switch)

Littlewood Review: Home Is Where the Heart Is (Switch)

The nefarious Dark Wizard is defeated, the day is saved, and you, the legendary Hero of Solemn, wake up the next day. Now what? Well, how about rebuilding a world ravaged by your ancient foe, one house at a time? Have you ever wondered what...

8.5 Great
Skul: The Hero Slayer Review: A Little Skelly With a Lot of Backbone

Skul: The Hero Slayer Review: A Little Skelly With a Lot of Backbone

The humans are coming, the humans are coming! Join Skul, a diminutive skeleton in the Demon King’s army, and help drive off the armies of humans laying waste to your land. Don’t lose your head - or at least keep a spare handy just in case. ...

8.7 Great
Jet Kave Adventure Review

Jet Kave Adventure Review: Cavemen and Dinosaurs and Aliens, Oh My! (PC)

Strap in for jetpacking platforming hijinks in Jet Kave Adventure. With nothing but his wits and his trusty club – well, and a super-powered jetpack – can you help Kave save his tribe from a mysterious alien and an impending volcanic erupti...

6.8 Fair
New Pokémon Snap Release Date Announced

New Pokémon Snap Release Date Announced

Nintendo has announced a release date for New Pokémon Snap, the upcoming successor to the N64 classic. After more than 20 years, fans can soon venture into the Lental region and photograph their favourite Pokémon to their hearts' content. N...

5 Thought-Provoking Gaming YouTube Channels That Are Worth Your Time

5 Thought-Provoking Gaming YouTube Channels That Are Worth Your Time

YouTube is full of gaming videos, but what about the channels that dig a little deeper and show us how things work behind the scenes? Here are a few creators who aim to pull back the curtain and show us what makes our favourite games tick. ...

Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition Review: A Beautiful Game With a Ton of Heart (Switch)

Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition Review: A Beautiful Game With a Ton of Heart (Switch)

The charm of a beautifully-rendered forest world and its adorable denizens belies a challenging Metroidvania experience in Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition, an updated re-release of the 2015 indie hit. Will you be able to restor...

9.7 Amazing
New Hollow Knight: Silksong Details Revealed in Edge Magazine Exclusive

New Hollow Knight: Silksong Details Revealed in Edge Magazine Exclusive

Details of Team Cherry's upcoming sequel to indie darling Hollow Knight have been thin on the ground, but a new exclusive feature in Edge Magazine fills in some of the gaps. No release date has been confirmed yet, but the creators shared so...

Haven Review: A Little Slice of Paradise (PC)

Haven Review: A Little Slice of Paradise (PC)

Traverse a fragmented alien world as a lovestruck couple and hunt down answers to the mysteries surrounding you in Haven, new from the developers of FURI. As you explore the planet and follow this mature and honest portrayal of their romant...

9.2 Amazing
DeLight: The Journey Home review: War Never Changes (PC)

DeLight: The Journey Home Review: War Never Changes (PC)

A blind girl, a faithful dog and a harrowing journey across a country ravaged by war: the new episodic narrative game from DreamTree Games looks to pose some tough questions and lay bare some harsh realities about a land wracked with violen...

7 Good
Nintendo Switch System Update 11.0.0 Brings Easier Screenshot Sharing, Other Improvements

Nintendo Switch System Update 11.0.0 Brings Easier Screenshot Sharing, Other Improvements

The Nintendo Switch received a system update recently, bringing with it the ability to easily save screenshots to your devices, automatic cloud save data downloads and other improvements. Read on for the full list of goodies available on ve...

Ponpu Preview: All Hail the Duck God (PC)

Ponpu Preview: All Hail the Duck God (PC)

The dreaded Duck God has slated the universe for destruction, and all that stands in his way is you, his once-faithful herald who has suffered an amnesia-induced volte-face: Ponpu. But should you give a duck about Purple Tree Studio’s new g...

Square Enix Reveals Neo: The World Is Not Enough, Releasing 2021 for PS4 and Switch

Square Enix Reveals NEO: The World Ends With You, Releasing 2021 for PS4 and Switch

Square Enix has released a trailer for a sequel to their 2007 hit The World Ends With You. Neo: The World Ends With You is set to take us back to their colourful portrayal of Tokyo's Shibuya district, and will arrive in summer 2021. In keep...

Raji: An Ancient Epic Review: Journey Across a Beautiful Land (PC)

Raji: An Ancient Epic Review: Journey Across a Beautiful Land (PC)

Hot on the trail of the demons who kidnapped her little brother, brave Raji finds herself drawn into an adventure where the fate of the world hangs in the balance. Can you help her and her divine patrons thwart the plans of the evil Mahabal...

8.6 Great
TENS! Review: The Dice Are Cast

TENS! Review: The Dice Are Cast (Switch)

Get ready to match dice like never before in TENS!, the new puzzler from Kwalee. Travel to far-flung terrains and meet a roster of wild and wacky characters in your quest to prove yourself the ultimate master of dice! Which is a big deal. H...

9 Amazing
Sony Rebrands Oxford Circus Signs With PS5 Buttons, Renames Other London Tube Stations

Sony Rebrands Oxford Circus Signs With PS5 Buttons, Renames Other London Tube Stations

Sony has replaced the signs for Oxford Circus with their iconic PS5 button shapes in a canny marketing stunt, alongside rebranding a handful of other stations to PlayStation-related names. Take in the spectacle in London for the next 24 hou...

Super Mario 3D All-Stars Updates to 1.1.0, Adds GameCube Controller Support

Super Mario 3D All-Stars has updated to v1.1.0, and fans of the GameCube controller and inverted controls can rejoice. The game now supports the GameCube Controller Adaptor and offers the option to invert camera controls in all games. Ninte...

ScourgeBringer review: Face The Ordeal (PC)

ScourgeBringer Review: Face The Ordeal (PC)

Take the future of Earth into your own hands and venture into the ScourgeBringer, a mysterious floating tower full of fast-paced hack-and-slash action and enigmatic secrets. The fate of the world hangs in the balance, and not even death wil...

9 Amazing
Crown Trick review: Adorable Nightmares

Crown Trick Review: Adorable Nightmares (Switch)

Turn-based combat and adorable deadly monsters abound in Crown Trick, the new roguelike from Next Studios and Team17. Can you defeat the evil Duke Vlad and save the Realm of Nightmares? And what’s the deal with that fancy-looking crown? Cro...

8.7 Great
5 Common Horror Game Locations and Why They're Scary

5 Common Horror Game Locations and Why They’re Scary

Like a string of terrifying first dates, horror games will keep bringing you back to the same locations. We can all attest to the scare power of these places, but why do they spook us so reliably? Read on to get an idea – and don’t worry. I...

MindSeize review: Treading Familiar Ground

MindSeize Review: Treading Familiar Ground (Switch)

Villainous robots have made off with your daughter’s mind in MindSeize, a planet-hopping action-platformer in the vein of retro Metroidvania games. Is it a worthy successor to the classics, or does it prioritise style over substance? Let’s ...

6.7 Fair

Hades and the Dance of Death in Roguelikes

The inevitable cycle of death and rebirth in roguelikes is a tough sell for many players, but Hades masterfully dodges this classic problem. Between delightful characterisation of NPCs, the gradual reveal of plot details and a meaningful se...

5 Zelda Games That Should Come to Switch

As we raise our glasses to 35 years of Super Mario, we’ve got to wonder: what does Nintendo have in store for another of its most popular franchises? The Legend of Zelda has its own 35th anniversary coming up next year, so let's take a look...