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Aven Colony review

Much of the allure of the city simulation genre stems from the mastery of an array of municipal variables.  While you might sink a township into the ground across the first few playthroughs, gradually you’ll ...

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Children of Zodiarcs review

Even the most devoted strategy-role-playing game devotee will admit that there’s not a whole lot of variation across the genre. Instead, distinction is most often made in the subtle divergences from formula, whether it’s the ...

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Graze Counter review

Decades of shoot-‘em-up games have imparted a crucial message to players: the enemy projectile should be avoided at all costs. But that enduring adage get challenged in Graze Counter, Hyogo-based Henteko Doujin’s absorbing sophomore PC ...

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Kingdoms and Castles review

1989’s SimCity was an irrefutable work of genius. Although a game built around the idea of urban development might have sounded tedious in description, designating industrial, commercial, and residential areas was as approachable as it ...

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Tangledeep (PC) preview

Across the last decade, gamers have been inundated with Rogue-likes. Some like Shiren the Wanderer, Touhou Genso Wanderer and Cladun Returns: This is Sengoku are exceptional entries, each offering their own adept and distinctive take ...

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Iron Crypticle review

As titles like Robotron: 2084, Smash TV, and the sum of the Geometry Wars series have demonstrated, the twin-stick shooter can be a wholly immersive experience. Eluding hordes of encroaching enemies, while simultaneously snatching bonuses ...

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Symphonic Rain review

Popularized by works like Key’s Kanon and Air, as well as Circus’ Da Capo, nakige (meaning a “crying game”) is a common sub-genre in the visual novel medium. But despite the melodramatic moniker, there are ...

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HYPERCHARGE: Unboxed preview

Last year’s release of New Retro Arcade: Neon permitted players to organize their own virtual arcades, setting up emulation across rows of simulated cabinets. The problem was setting up these environments could be challenging- goading ...

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Valkyrie Drive: Bhikkhuni review

Russians say three things can be watched endlessly: water running, a fire burning, and a starry night. Over the years, Japan has contributed their own indispensable addition: watching nubile young women engage in playful pugilism. ...

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