Review: Transistor

Platform: PC, PS4 Developer: Supergiant Website: Australian classification: Unrated Plenty of games have kludged together the tactical depth of turn-based battles with the high-stakes immediacy of real-time fighting, letting you freeze combat to issue commands then watch things play out, maybe taking control of simple actions or just looking on till you need to […]

Review: Vertical Drop Heroes HD

Platform: PC Developer: Nerdook Website: Australian classification: Unrated Vertical Drop Heroes HD is a fancied-up remake of a browser game you can play online at Kongregate (hence the HD), which is about adventurers exploring dungeons by jumping ever downwards from platform to platform (hence the vertical drop). It’s not so much a dungeon crawler as […]

Review: Sir, You Are Being Hunted

Platform: PC Developer: Big Robot Website: Australian rating: Unrated The robots in Sir, You Are Being Hunted are more English than tea and racism. They wear tweed coats and top hats, smoke pipes, stalk about on the moors shooting pheasants, talk endlessly about the weather in their whirr-buzz-click robot voices – they’re like characters […]

Review: Yoshi’s New Island

Platform: 3DS Developer: Azrest Website: Australian classification: G It’s not hard to immediately dismiss Yoshi’s New Island as a thoughtless kid’s game. The chalk-inspired art style looks like the wall of a nursery, the soundtrack sounds like a toddler’s nightly lullaby and the introductory cut-scene starts out by telling you babies come from storks. […]

Review: Goat Simulator

Platform: PC Developer: Coffee Stain Website: Australian classification: Unrated There are people who play open-world games to wreck them: to knock people over, smash stuff, and blow up everything that can be blown up. Some go further than wrecking stuff that’s put there for you to wreck and aim for the edges of the map […]

South Park: the Stick of Truth Review

Platform: PC, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 Developer: Obsidian Entertainment Website: Australian classification: R18+ First and Foremost, South Park: the Stick of Truth is the perfect fan service. Right down to the walls of bodily fluids and shattered cue-balls you’ll find jammed inside Mr. Slave’s anus, it’s true to the show – disgusting, vulgar and […]

Review: Adventure Time Presents Card Wars

Platform: Android, iOS Developer: Kung Fu Factory Website: Australian classification: Unrated ‘Card Wars’ was originally an episode of the Adventure Time cartoon parodying collectable card games like Magic: The Gathering. In that episode Jake the Dog perfectly summed up Magic: “It’s a fantasy card game that’s super-complicated and awesome but, well, it’s kind of […]

Review: Out There

Platform: Android, iOS Developer: Mi-Clos Studio Website: Australian classification: Unrated A game like FTL: Faster Than Light gives you basically the full Captain Kirk Star Trek fantasy. Your own spaceship, your own crew to boss around, and an endless supply of enemy craft to hail over the intercom and bargain with or blow out […]

Review: Shadowrun Returns – Dragonfall

Platform: PC, Mac, iPad, Android (tablet) Developer: Harebrained Schemes Website: Australian classification: Unrated Between missions my crew of data thieves and mercenaries stay in a hideout in Berlin’s Kreuzbasar. As well as hackers and killers, one of them’s a shaman – Shadowrun mixes magic with its near-future technology – and he used to front […]

Review: Thief

Platform: PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One Developer: Eidos Montreal Website: Australian classification: MA15+ In a good stealth game a level ends in one of two ways: either you’re sneaking out, job complete, and nobody knows you were even there, or you’re piss-bolting for the exit while the alarm rings, chased by every […]