Category Archives: 8.5

Brooklyn Trash King Review

Genre | Adventure, Interactive Fiction
Developer | Ben Esposito, Sarah Johnson
Platforms | Browser (PC, Linux, OSX)
Website | Brooklyn Trash King Website

Brooklyn Trash King is an interactive fiction adventure game in which the player takes control of a person living in the Clinton Hill neighborhood of Brooklyn, who is running a Kickstarter that is not succeeding. The player’s Internet is disrupted by raccoons, which causes them to visit Raccoon Island and converse with the eponymous Brooklyn Trash King in an attempt to restore the Internet.

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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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reProgram Review

Genre | Interactive Fiction
Developer | Soha El-Sabaawi
Platforms | Browser (PC, Linux, OSX)
Website | http://philome.la/pixiemania/reprogram/play

reProgram is an interactive fiction Twine game in which the player controls the feelings and actions of a woman in a building that has an elevator. The player clicks on links to advance through the game and to cycle through words so as to alter the content of sentences, which then determine what happens in subsequent screens. The story involves meditation, insecurity, and masochism.

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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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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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The King of Fighters XIII Review

Genre | Fighting
Developer | SNK Playmore
Platforms | PC, PlayStation 3, XBOX 360
Website | http://gamebk.snkplaymore.jp/game/steam/kofxiii/

The King of Fighters XIII is a fighting game where players build a team of three characters, control one at a time, and direct the actions of each character in an attempt to defeat their opponent before their opponent defeats them.

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XCOM: Enemy Unknown Review

Genre | Turn Based Strategy
Developer | Firaxis Games
Platforms | PC, PlayStation 3, XBOX 360, OSX, iOS
Website | http://www.xcom.com/

XCOM: Enemy Unknown is a turn-based strategy game in which the player commands the eponymous XCOM. XCOM receives money from the world’s governments each month. The player uses this money to launch satellites, repel an alien invasion, manufacture weapons, dig holes in the ground, and undertake other actions in an attempt to keep the world’s governments from cutting off the funding.

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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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Atom Zombie Smasher Review

Genre | Strategy
Developer | Blendo Games
Platforms | PC, Linux, OSX
Website | http://blendogames.com/atomzombiesmasher/

Atom Zombie Smasher is a strategy game in which the player attempts to evacuate the citizens of Nuevos Aires from zombie-infested areas and push back the invading zombie hordes. The player must send in helicopters to airlift civilians while using artillery, soldiers, snipers, and other hired mercenaries to hold back the zombies. Between missions, slide show vignettes narrate the history of Nuevos Aires and the zombie war.

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Analogue: A Hate Story Review

Genre | Interactive Fiction
Developer | Christine Love
Platforms | PC, Linux, OSX
Website | http://ahatestory.com/

In Analogue: A Hate Story, the player investigates a derelict Korean space ship that disappeared more than six hundred years earlier in order to recover the ship’s logs and sell them to the Saeju Colony Historical Society. The player must interact with the ship’s computer and its two artificial intelligences in order to discover what happened and recover the logs. Due to the ship’s damage, the player’s actions are limited to presenting documents they’ve discovered to the AIs and responding to questions. Depending on the player’s answers and the documents they present, the player can progress the plot in various directions.

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