Queer Pirate Plane Review

Genre | Interactive Fiction
Developer | merritt kopas
Platforms | Browser (PC, Linux, OSX)
Website | http://mkopas.net/files/queerpirateplane.html

Queer Pirate Plane is an interactive fiction Twine game in which the player takes control of a woman who boards the eponymous plane and experiences an adventure along with their friends on the plane. The player is presented with descriptions of what is occurring and clicks on text options to choose what to do in various situations.

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Journal Review

Genre | Adventure, Interactive Fiction
Developer | Locked Door Puzzle
Platforms | PC, Linux, OSX
Website | http://journal.lockeddoorpuzzle.com

Journal is a side scrolling adventure game in which the player takes control of a young girl who one day realizes that all the pages in her eponymous journal have gone blank. The player moves the girl through various locations in the game world, engages in conversations, and progresses the plot until the end of the game. Vignettes occupy interstices.

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Far Cry 3 Review

Genre | First Person Shooter
Developer | Ubisoft Montreal
Platforms | PC, XBOX 360, PlayStation 3
Website | far-cry.ubi.com

Far Cry 3 is a first person shooter in which the player takes control of Jason Brody, a bro who is on vacation with his brother and his friends. Brody and his friends visit the Rook Islands and are captured by pirates. The player then escapes and attempts to rescue Brody’s friends by killing pirates and assisting the native inhabitants of the island in their fight against the pirates. The player can also hunt, punch, and skin animals, craft various pieces of equipment, pick plants, climb up to the top of radio towers, use zip lines, torture someone, fly through the air with a wingsuit, execute two enemies simultaneously with a melee kill, find and read letters written by Japanese soldiers, and swim.

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Far Cry 2 Review

Genre | First Person Shooter
Developer | Ubisoft Montreal
Platforms | PC, XBOX 360, PlayStation 3
Website | http://farcry2.com

Far Cry 2 is a first person shooter in which the player takes control of a mercenary in Africa who is attempting to hunt down an arms dealer known as the Jackal. The player takes missions from two warring factions in an attempt to gain information about the Jackal and engages in a series of gunfights. The player can also move freely around the world and find side missions. The player has buddies, which are AI characters that can save the player from death and offer the player additional missions.

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qrth-phyl Review

Genre | Puzzle
Developer | hermitgames
Platforms | PC, XBOX 360
Website | http://hermitgames.com/qrthphyl.php

qrth-phyl is a puzzle video game in which the player controls an elongated snake-like avatar that grows each time it collects glowing dots. The player must collect a number of glowing dots on each level without hitting obstacles or their own tail. After having collected enough dots, the player progresses to the next level. Levels alternate between levels that take place on flat planes and the outsides of cuboids and levels that take place in three dimensional space inside cuboids.

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Cube & Star: An Arbitrary Love Review

Genre | Art, Puzzle, Adventure, Exploration
Developer | Doppler Interactive
Platforms | PC, Linux, OSX
Website | http://www.cube-and-star.com/

Cube & Star: An Arbitrary Love is a game where the player controls a cube that rolls around a world. The player can bump into trees, creatures, and other objects to trigger various interactions. The player can collect items dropped by trees to turn their cube a certain color, which then allows them to spread this color by moving around. Later the player is able to alter the world by generating buildings and other objects. The player can meet the eponymous cube and and the eponymous star.

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Threes Review

Genre | Puzzle
Developer | Asher Vollmer, Greg Wohlwend, Jimmy Hinson
Platforms | iOS
Website | http://asherv.com/threes/

Threes is a puzzle game where the player attempts to combine tiles on a four by four grid by sliding tiles with the same number in to each other. As the player swipes up, down, left, or right, all tiles that can move in that direction move in that direction. Each time the player swipes, a tile comes on to the side of the grid opposite the direction of movement. The game ends when the grid is filled.

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BioShock Infinite Review

Genre | Shooter
Developer | Irrational Games
Platforms | PC, XBOX 360, Playstation 3, OSX
Website | http://www.bioshockinfinite.com/

Editor’s Note: This objective review contains a spoiler for an event that occurs a few hours in to BioShock Infinite. To read our spoiler-free objective review of BioShock Infinite, click here.

BioShock Infinite is a first person shooter set in 1912 in which the player controls Booker DeWitt, a man who is attempting to repay the debt the has accumulated by visiting a flying city called Columbia and retrieving a woman who is there. In order to accomplish his objective, Booker must fight his way through police officers and others, like people who can turn into crows and back into people indefinitely until Booker kills them.

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I’m Fine Chapter 1 Review

Genre | Interactive Fiction
Developer | Rokashi
Platforms | PC, OSX
Website | http://rokashi.itch.io/im-fine

I’m Fine Chapter 1 is an interactive fiction game in which the player plays as a person by choosing various actions and reading the results of these actions. The text in the game narrates the person’s actions to the player with a mix of first and second person narration. The person the game is about is depressed and is not eponymously fine.

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Probably Archery Review

Genre | QWOP-em-up, First Person Shooter, Simulation
Developer | South East Games
Platforms | PC, Linux, OSX
Website | http://probablyarchery.com/

Probably Archery is a game in which the player controls the shoulders, elbows, and wrists of each arm in order to eponymously probably engage in the eponymous archery. The player can manipulate the arms and hands in order to aim the bow and fire arrows at targets that vary based on the game mode. Probably Archery includes Oculus Rift support, Razer Hydra support, and an additional multiplayer game, Zombie Soccer.

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