Category: Review

REVIEW: Portal

Now, I know this game has been out since, like… forever, and I know it has been discussed to death. But as you may have noticed, I prefer to rate good games, not necessarily new games. Having said that, Portal is the game that every aspiring game designer should play. It is a master piece in game design, from beginning… Read more →

REVIEW: Game Dev Story

I will always remember Game Dev Story as the first mobile game I was totally addicted to. It’s retro, it’s cute, and it’s super well designed. First of all, “You know a Kairosoft Game when you see one”. I know it may come across as repetitive, but you can’t have too much of a good thing. The studio is known for its… Read more →

REVIEW: Don’t Starve

In the current ocean of survival games, most inspired by the Minecraft phenomena, it’s hard to find something that truly stands out as an original product. I was skeptical myself with Don’t Starve. Few games have charmed me almost instantaneously. In the first few minutes of game play, I was already seeing myself hooked to this masterpiece for ages. What… Read more →

REVIEW: Loneliness

This is one of the joyful hidden gems. You can play it for free on Kongregate (which, by the way, if you don’t know about Kongreate – now you do). You cannot get simpler than this game. It reminds me of a 1944 film experiment, “Heider and Simmel”. The purpose of this film was to explore how human beings attach meaning. In the… Read more →

REVIEW: Europa Universalis

One of the key rules of any game designer is the KISS rule: Keep It Simple, Stupid. This does not apply to the Europa Universalis series. EU has no mercy on beginners. It’s tough. It doesn’t care that your flimsy human brain can’t cope with so many opaque mechanics going on at once. It’s up to you to invest the time and… Read more →

REVIEW: Gone Home

You may love it or hate it, but Gone Home is a testament to the enlightenment era that the game industry is going through at the moment. Every art has had to go through works that, although imperfect, have helped to make giant leaps in breaking the status quo. Gone Home is small, simple and flimsy at times, but it doesn’t… Read more →

REVIEW: Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons

You can tell a filmmaker was behind the production of this game. It brings really interesting ideas, but also disregards some of the basics of game design. It is a visually astonishing game with a compelling story, a beautiful world to explore and game mechanics with great potential. However. Each joystick on your game pad represents one of the brothers.… Read more →

REVIEW: Papers, Please

I have movies that define an era in my personal life. They radically change the way I see the industry. A side effect is that for the following couple of weeks after watching the movie, all others seem to suck. They just don’t compare. This wears off with time, but the benign scar still remains. Thankfully, I’ve had the luck… Read more →