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Cognition Episode 2: The Wise Monkey Review

When last we stepped into the shoes of supernatural FBI agent Erica Reed, in Cognition Episode 1: The Hangman, things were bad. Really bad. Her ability to sense, or perhaps even see things that no one else could was causing her headaches, and with friends and colleagues alike becoming targets of a ruthless killer, she needed to remain focused now more than ever. Try as she might though, in the end, things did not go her way... and in Cognition Episode 2: The Wise Monkey, a whole slew of brand new trouble is brewing. Oh boy.
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The Journey Down: Chapter Two Review

Last we heard from Bwana and Kito, The Journey Down's two protagonists, they were tracking down some ancient place with some ancient book, aided by a mysterious woman - you know how these things go. Unsurprisingly, this second chapter - of three - picks up pretty much where the first ended, you-know-what having hit the proverbial fan, our uncanny trio in trouble. No challenge is too great for the mighty Bwana however, and it isn't long before... well, more trouble comes their way. Trouble which seems to follow these guys wherever they go. Trouble with the law, trouble with pirates, trouble with - wait, I'm spoiling. Suffice to say, there was trouble… and of the best kind, too!
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Crimzon Clover: World Ignition Review

What's better than numerous enemies filling the screen with bullets in a SHMUP? When you return the favor! And that's just one of many reasons as to why Crimzon Clover WORLD IGNITION is such a great game. Fill your 'break' meter and at the press of a button, you're able to ensure the untimely demise of just about everything coming at ya. Not enough? Well, with enough skill, you can actually double the ridiculousness, triggering DOUBLE BREAK(!) mode, at which point I'd wager nothing will be alive for long. Save for those pesky bosses, of course. Shoot to kill!
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Jelly Juggle Review

It's a well-known fact that Pong has been around since the beginning of time. Some would even say that it was there when the universe was created, but honestly, that's a bit of a stretch. Just a bit. Right. Anyway, my whole reason for bringing up Pong - since it's hardly an indie game (I know, shocking!) is that… Ian MacLarty's Jelly Juggle kinda resembles it. At least the ball and paddle aspect, as well as having the player somehow keep any and all balls - or jelly in this case - on-screen. Oh, and the paddle has been replaced with a fish. A surprisingly sturdy and slightly malfunctioning one at that, refusing to do anything but swim counter-clockwise. Stupid fish.
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Slayaway Camp Review: One, Two, Killer Slid Past You…

If you've ever wondered what it would be like to step into the shoes of an absolute psychopath and kill numerous innocent civilians (and a cop or two for good measure), it's a good thing Slayaway Camp exists. If, on the other hand, you don't enjoy ultra-violent experiences... this one might not be for you. Still reading? Good, because in my opinion, this slide puzzler turned gory murder simulator is pretty damn awesome - even if it clearly isn't for the faint of heart.
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Sorcery! Part 3 Review

It's time to continue your quest for the fabled Crown of Kings, in this third part of the Sorcery! Quadrilogy. Time to traverse dangerous landscapes in search of seven deadly serpents. Spells will be cast, weapons flailed about wildly, something something tough decisions and swift death. Yours, unless caution is exercised, at which point evil will have won. So do try to avoid dying, eh?
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Brushwood Buddies Review

In Brushwood Buddies, you're almost always either crafting or destroying, in order to create something else. Craft a tree and you'll get either an apple or a stick, while doing the same to a rock yields either flint or grindstone. So far so simple, right? Yeah, but… you ain't seen nothing yet. Soon you'll be crafting and destroying stuff back and forth, again and again, to make fishing rods, campfires and even different animals!
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Super Flippin’ Phones Review

Little known secret: I absolutely hate when people wander the mall, staring at their phones, giggling to themselves, not caring about anything but social media updates or cat videos. It's ridiculous. Fortunately, the recent release of Super Flippin' Phones has enabled me to vent my frustration, flippin' phones out of people's hands to warn them about... well, whatever, because video game. It's quite entertaining too - until you get caught by a mall cop. Those jerks.
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Sorcery! Part 2 Review: Trapped In the City of Kharé

Having trekked through the Shamutanti Hills, it is now time to face the city of Kharé in Sorcery! Part 2. An easy enough task, if not for the fact that it's inhabited by scum, low-lifes and troublemakers, and... something about the north gate being locked by magical means. Because there's apparently no catching a break for the series' protagonist. A hunt for clues it is then! Clues with which to open that accursed gate so that I may proceed into the lands beyond Kharé - or die trying.
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Sorcery! Part 1 Review: Exploring The Shamutanti Hills

With naught but a blade in one hand and a book of cryptic spells in the other, a great quest awaits; one which has you traversing the Shamutanti Hills, in search for the lost Crown of Kings! It won't be easy and many difficult choices await, in this first part of Steve Jackson's Sorcery! quadrology. But he who dares, wins... right? Or maybe you'll perish in a snake pit, never to be heard from again. Grand adventures are rarely for the faint of heart, and this one's no exception.
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Pixel Galaxy Review

See all those pixels? They're out to kill you. Every last one of them. What a pain, eh? So... why not turn them over to your side? No really, and it's actually quite a simple task: make contact and they'll latch onto your ship, expanding your arsenal and in turn, your odds of survival in Pixel Galaxy. That is, save for a select few which are much too set in their ways. Careful around those.
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Defend The Highlands Review

It's time to once more hide behind flipped tables as you fire up the bagpipes, recruiting more and more Scottish warriors to your cause, each powered by... porridge. No really. Someone has to stop the English invasion of Scotland in Defend the Highlands after all, and unsurprisingly, that tasks has fallen upon you, assisted by the battle-hardened pub owner Alfredo (among other).
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6180 the moon Review

Since the dawn of time, eventually, the Moon is required to give way to the sun. That’s just the way it is, and that’s not about to change. Although in the case of 6180 the moon, the sun is gone! But… gone rogue, gone missing, or simply gone? Well, anyway, whatever the case, your job – as the Moon – is to find out what happened, and hopefully bring the sun back, restoring the natural order of things.
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Savant – Ascent Review

One orb. One messed up, malicious orb, is all it took. Savant was having a great ol' time until that darn orb came around and messed up his tower, almost literally turning the entire thing against him! Curses. Needless to say, this simply can not stand, so steady that aim, because it's time to blast some bad guys in Savant - Ascent, while unlocking... power-up... CDs? Wait, what?!
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BIT.TRIP Fate Review

CommanderVideo is back in action, ready to blast bad guys and save the day! That said, his actions are actually rather limited in this sixth BIT.TRIP installment. So much in fact, that all he can do here is glide along a pre-determined path and shoot. Nothing else. Doesn't stop him from looking cool while doing his job though, even if it takes some getting used to, sliding along like that in a twin-stick-ish bullet hell. So weird.
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Just Get Through Review

"Just Get Through", the game told me. Yeah. Okay. A (wall) jump here, some TNT there, and then it's on to the next level. Right? Nope. Floor spikes, gun turrets, sawblades - some of which even move - and other environmental hazards turn a simple task into a genuine challenge. A stylish, fast-paced and fun challenge... but a challenge nonetheless.
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80 Days Review: Around the World, Steampunk Style!

My name is Passepartout, the year is 1872, and while the following statement may seem a tad ridiculous, I have in fact just accompanied my master, Phileas Fogg, on his attempt to circumnavigate the globe within 80 days. The journey was full of daunting choices and experiences, each leading to an event of sorts to be dealt with. Some perilous, other profitable, while some... are best described as 'genuinely exciting'. What an adventure!
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Lumini Review

After venturing off to who knows where for thousands of years, the ancient race known as lumini returns to their home world… only to find time has turned it into a rather hostile, uninhabitable place. This simply can not stand, so they take it upon themselves to bring back what once was, determined to restore its former glory, or die trying!
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Goscurry Review: Fast, Faster… Funnest!

Left, right, right, left, jump, dodge… CRASH! That pretty describes my early attempts at playing Goscurry, as its seemingly endless roads are just full of surprises. Turning to stay on track as the path curves - hardly challenging. But throw in obstacles that require either jumping or side-stepping to avoid a rather explosive outcome of ship-meets-wall however, and the difficulty ramps up significantly. Also, your ship doesn't have any brakes installed. Groovy.
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Inferno 2 Review: Twin-Stick Shootin' Re-Evolved

At first, everything was simple and manageable, with barely any opposition. A few enemies here and there in need of some gunfire-to-the-face - hardly enough to make me break a sweat. But then, little by little, their numbers grew, along with what they were packing, to suddenly find myself surrounded by colorful explosions as shots went flying left and right. Or put differently, Inferno 2 is fun, fast, furious, and so very stylish! Groovy.
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Without Within Review: The Art of Calligraphy

While most artists have little in common, their goal doesn't really differ, in that they all want to be appreciated for their creation(s) on some level. Vinty, the protagonist in Without Within, is no different, and... well, she's having a hard time getting noticed. Doesn't help that her choice of craft is calligraphy either, as this is, quite frankly, a niche hobby.
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Kung Fury: Street Rage Review

Remember how Hitler utilized tanks, firearms, politics and so on to wage war back in the day? Well, imagine if instead, he was this super powerful, still genuinely evil, martial artist. Still with me? Good, because in Kung Fury: Street Rage, a rather simplistic brawler, you - Kung Fury - have been sent back in time to thwart his evil kung fu schemes. Time to kick some nazi ass, 1980s arcade style (wait, what?).
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The Journey Down: Chapter One Review

Bwana and Kito, owners of a gas station in Kingsport Bay, are down on their luck in The Journey Down: Chapter One. Power's been cut because they didn't pay the bill and no power means no customers, which means… no money (see where I'm going with this?). But all is not lost, as a long-lost journal might provide what they need to get out of this mess: a grand adventure, gas station be damned!
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99 Waves to Die Review: Back to the 80's…

It wasn't immediately obvious as my enemies would explode for the longest time, having barely entered my line of sight. In fact, this one-sided battle went on for quite some time, but then it dawned on me: I was up against impossible odds. One tiny ship, taking on a seemingly infinite supply of hostile… things. Needless to say, I was overwhelmed eventually, but rest assured, I went down fighting!
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