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Farming Simulator

Review: Farming Simulator – The Title Says It All

Hey, you. Yeah, you. Do ya like makin’ money off growin’ crops? Does the sound of a tractor engine remind ya of home?  Do ya have a profile on farmersonly.com but don’t own a farm? Are you a country boy or gal stuck in the big city? Do you wish you could simulate farming life whenever wherever? Have I got a game for you.

There are no cutting corners in Farming Simulator; it’s a simulation through and through. You won’t find neighbors to befriend or mysterious caves to explore. Just your land, crops, tractor, and you. You better like almost every aspect of modern-day farming; otherwise, you’ll be dragging your feet in the mud. At the same time, that’s what makes Farming Simulator brilliant.

Joe Dever's Lone Wolf

Review: Joe Dever’s Lone Wolf – Choose Your Own Adventure

Joe Dever’s Lone Wolf is based on Joe Dever’s classic choose-your-own-adventure series that started back in 1984. Since then there’ve been 29 entries in his series.

How does this book series translate into a video game adaptation? Through smartphones of course! Joe Dever’s Lone Wolf is a smartphone game that was ported to the Nintendo Switch with essentially all the same kinds of phone gestures. So, how do these phone controls translate to the switch? Let’s find out!

Yooka Laylee

Review: Yooka-Laylee – Neo-Rarism at its Most Mediocre

Last year saw a return to 3D platforming in video games. Games like A Hat in Time and Super Mario Odyssey. But, there’s one game that I’m forgetting; one game that deserved at least some attention. Oh yeah, Yooka-Laylee.

Many consider Yooka-Laylee to be a Kickstarter failure, a poor excuse for a modern era Banjo-Kazooie game. But, does it deserve the hate, or could there be a gem underneath all the negativity? Let’s find out.

Review: League of Evil – The Switch’s Mario Maker

Out of the many Nindies on the Nintendo Switch, few can pull off the feeling of not being an indie game; however, League of Evil is one of those rare Nindies that does just that.

While we hope a Super Mario Maker port or remaster comes to the Switch in the near future, we needed a game to hold us over until then. Thankfully, I can say League of Evil scratches that itch. League of Evil takes an interesting, 8-bit twist on the whole ‘create-and-play’ genre of video games. The end result may be a little lacking compared to other games in the genre, but it is still is a fun ride.

World to the West

Review: World to the West – How the West Was Won

World to the West is a sequel to one of Rain Games’s other games called Teslagrad, which released on the Switch late last year. While Teslagrad was a 2D magnet based platformer, World to the West is more akin to a 2D Zelda adventure.

Because World to the West is incredibly similar to a 2D Zelda title, it’s really hard not to draw comparisons between the two. However, allow me to shed some light on what is unique about our little journey to the West.

Wii Play Thursday – NiGHTS: Journey of Dreams

Ah, NiGHTS into Dreams the closest thing the Sega Saturn had to a killer app. And what a killer app it was! Released in July 1996 in Japan, it topped Saturn sales charts across the world with its colorful graphics, showing that, with skillful programming, the Saturn could compete with or even beat the Playstation’s visuals. The soundtrack was beautiful, unique gameplay seen nowhere else at the time, and a super-smooth new controller made it a marvel to play – or so I’ve heard. I’ve never actually played the original game, yet. I didn’t really get into the Sega Saturn until about a month ago when I bought one cheap on eBay. Then it was a Pal Saturn, headaches ensued, and I ended up buying a Japanese Model One Saturn, which was completed with the help of a con.

But anyway, NiGHTS was a hit, topping charts across the world and even landing on several “best games of all time” lists from people like IGN and CVG. With success, of course, came MERCHANDISING, WHERE THE REAL MONEY FROM THE GAME IS MADE! Actually, NiGHTS had a fairly strong marketing push. In Japan, we got storybooks, soundtracks, and even a line of plushies released to UFO Catcher machines. The U.S got a comic book from Archie Comics (famous for their Sonic the Hedgehog Comics), an LCD game from Tiger Electronics, and other miscellaneous trinkets. In December 1996, a Christmas-themed demo of the game called Christmas NiGHTS was released, coming free with things such as Sega Saturn bundles or with magazines.

Dimension Drive Title

Review: Dimension Drive – Refreshing and Original Arcade Fun

Author’s Note: As of when I’ve started writing this there is a day one patch out.  I will have to play the latest patch and update this post if any of my criticisms are changed.

Dimension Drive released today and is a game I’ve been looking forward to for several weeks now.  I first found out about the game on Twitter, and I was enraptured by the innovative dual-screen arcade shooter.  In the interest of full disclosure: I received a review copy of this game for free so if that concerns you take what I have to say with a grain of salt, but with that out of the way, sit back, get comfortable, and let me tell you about how awesome Dimension Drive is.

1-2 Switch

Review: 1-2 Switch – Why Didn’t this Come with the Switch?

Oh, the joys of Black Friday! The marvelous time of year where people kill each other to get a few dollars off a desired guilty pleasures. What was my guilty pleasure you ask? Well, I thought I’d pick up 1-2 Switch for cheap since I had a $20 gift card at Bestbuy and they were selling it half off.

In short, worst guilty pleasure ever. But why? Let’s find out.

Chess Ultra Announced

Review: Chess Ultra – Let’s hear a Chess Ultra!

I’ve played chess since I was little and have continued to play for years. I remember my dad teaching me how to play the game. He gave me a book written by a grandmaster of chess on how to play. It had a lot of great things inside, and I really loved learning and playing.

Now, there’s a way to play chess on your Switch! There are lots of interesting designs and pleasing aesthetics to make the game super chill and enjoyable. There are a few issues with the game, but we’ll talk about that in the Chess Ultra review!