Category Archives: Art

Gorogoa Review

Genre | Puzzle, Art
Developer | Jason Roberts
Platforms | PC, OSX
Website | gorogoa.com/

Gorogoa is a puzzle game designed and illustrated by Jason Roberts, where the player arranges tiles on a grid to progress through the story. The player is trying to help a boy with a bowl collect fruity offerings to put into his bowl for a big, colorful god. The game does not make clear what “Gorogoa” is eponymous for.

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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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Luxuria Superbia Review

Genre | Art
Developer | Tale of Tales
Platforms | PC, Linux, OSX, Android, iOS, Ouya
Website | http://luxuria-superbia.com/

Luxuria Superbia is a game in which the player moves through and touches the insides of a three dimensional tunnel shaped like  a flower. Once the player has scored enough points, they can finish the flower by filling it entirely with color, or continue to touch the flower to earn more points and reach a higher rank. The game can be played with other players if the player has an additional controller or is playing on a touch device.

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Slave of God Review

Genre | Art Adventure
Developer | Increpare Games
Platforms | PC, OSX
Website | http://www.increpare.com/2012/12/slave-of-god/

Slave of God is a first person adventure game in which the player explores a night club and interacts with the people in the club and with other things in the club, like drinks acquired from the bartender. The player can accomplish various tasks which subsequently cause the game to end.

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The Stanley Parable Demo Review

Genre | Demo, First Person Adventure/Interactive Fiction, and Art
Developer | Galactic Cafe
Platforms | PC, OSX
Website | http://www.stanleyparable.com/

Editor’s Note: This is a review of the video game “The Stanley Parable Demo.” This is not a review of the demo for The Stanley Parable. To read a review of the demo for The Stanley Parable, click here.

The Stanley Parable Demo is a demo for the eponymous game The Stanley Parable. In The Stanley Parable Demo, the player learns what kind of game The Stanley Parable  so that the player can judge whether The Stanley Parable is a game that they wish to purchase and play.

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Dear Esther Review

Genre | First Person Adventure, Art
Developer | The Chinese Room
Platforms | PC, Linux, OSX
Website | http://dear-esther.com/

In Dear Esther, the player explores an island in the Hebrides while listening to narration detailing letters written to the eponymous Esther about various topics. Various locations on the island trigger various items of narration, and certain aspects of the island are randomized. Which items of narration are triggered is also randomized to a degree.

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Bubsy 3d: Bubsy visits the James Turrell Retrospective Review

Genre | Platformer, Art
Developer | Arcade Kids
Platforms | PC, OSX

Bubsy 3d: Bubsy visits the James Turrell Retrospective is a third person platformer game in which the player controls Bubsy, an anthropomorphic cat, in his journey to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, which contains a James Turrell Retrospective exhibit. Throughout the game the player collects orbs and hearts and reads dialog spoken by Bubsy and other characters.

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Papers, Please Review

Genre | Adventure, Art
Developer | Lucas Pope
Platforms | PC, OSX

In Papers, Please the player plays as a documents inspector at a border checkpoint in a fictional Eastern European country named Arstotzka. The player must earn a wage each day to provide heat, food, shelter, and medicine for their family. The player is paid based on how many documents they inspect each day. Making a mistake while inspecting a document leads to a reduction in the player’s wage. The storyline branches depending on the player’s choices about who to let through, whether to accept bribes, and other actions that the player can take.

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Proteus Review

Genre | Adventure, Art
Developer |  Ed Key and David Kanaga
Platforms | PC, Linux, OSX, PS3, Vita

In Proteus the player explores an island. The island is uniquely generated each time the player plays the game. The player is able to interact with things on the island, including its flora and fauna, by walking near these things. During the player’s playthrough, the island can change.

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