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Mutant Mudds Super Challenge review

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What is the concept? 2012’s Mutant Mudds proved that not every game needs a weighty storyline or elegantly evolving play mechanics to maintain a player’s attention. As gaming’s early years demonstrated, a simple concept that’s ...

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Rodea the Sky Soldier review

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Games which linger in production purgatory often demonstrate dissonance, with lofty ambitions undermined by gameplay that doesn’t quite gel together. That contention is furthered by the release of Rodea the Sky Soldier for the Wii ...

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Legend of Kay Anniversary review

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Gaming in the 1990’s was dominated by character mascots, where protagonists like Sonic the Hedgehog, Crash Bandicoot, Earthworm Jim and Gex encouraged sales with a marketable combination of agility and bad-boy attitude. But when the ...

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Swords & Soldiers II review

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Typically, the industry employs an additive approach, with developers layering new gameplay mechanics onto pre-existing genres. But with the release of Sword & Soldiers II for the Nintendo Wii, Dutch developer Ronimo Games pares down ...

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Kirby and the Rainbow Curse review

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Much like the pink protagonist’s aptitude for shapeshifting, HAL Laboratory’s Kirby games have adapted a variety of forms. Beyond the platforming mechanics of Kirby’s Dream Land, Kirby’s Adventure, and Kirby: Super Star, the character has ...

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Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse review

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WayForward Technologies has often been the redeemer of the licensed game, offering impressive interpretations of film and television tie-ins, as demonstrated by Thor: God of Thunder, Aliens Infestation, and Batman: The Brave and the Bold ...

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Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker review

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Customarily, game design employs an additive approach, progressively inserting new mechanics into each new sequel. It’s a method that’s helped Nintendo build an empire, with each new iteration of Mario Kart, Kirby, or The Legend ...

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Skylanders: Trap Team review

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Many franchises feel the pangs of stagnancy by their fourth iteration. After a trio of titles that define, then gradually refine a series, the fourth game often exhibits a divisive tension between prudent evolution and ...

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