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Infinite Air with Mark McMorris Review

At the end of the day, Infinite Air with Mark McMorris is a sports simulation title. Those who should make the $50 purchase are those who are snowboarders, those who want to snowboard, and/or those interested in a life-like representation of snowboarding in a game. You know who you are, and here is the title you’ve been waiting for.

Demolish & Build Company 2017 Review

D&B Co. is an air sandwich.  It lives up to the PlayWay S.A. name in that it is anonymous, faceless. There is a stinging lack of purpose to it all, more so than what you would naturally expect going into a game about knocking down and putting-up walls. In striving to cut the fat out of the game, they removed most of the meat, too. Like the psychology experiment, you will find yourself pressing a button over and over again for momentary, meaningless entertainment. And like the experiment, it’s probably not in your best interest to feed your mind the mental equivalent of potato chips.

Ships 2017 Review

Ships 2017 is incomplete at best. I can see some work went into it, and I appreciate how hard it is even to make a crappy game, but it's still unacceptable to take folks' money under circumstances like this. If they fix the game so it's playable, I'll consider revising my review, but as it stands, this game is not playable, so I give it a two.

Crazy Machines 3 Review

The folks at Fakt Software have created a winner in the puzzle genre. With 80 machines to solve, the "invent" mode of infinite possibilities, and the inclusion of community creation, boredom will not find the player easily. Plus, the art and music create an ambiance that is flat out relaxing. So whether you’re an avid puzzle player, or someone who enjoys stretching the limits of creation, Crazy Machines 3 is sure to provide an enjoyable experience and leave you wanting more!

SHENZHEN I/O Early Access

SHENZHEN supplies a sense of perpetual discovery because there are so many ways to play and experiment with code: you’re never wrong, you’re just not right yet. The beauty of the game lies in the elegance of its difficulty. You have to find the pattern. And RTFM. All 41 pages of it.

Industry Manager: Future Technologies Review

Industry Manager - Future Technologies wasn’t developed for broad accessibility, it was developed to scratch the itch that simulation gamers have, an itch that is not scratched easily.

ParticleFleet: Emergence Review

A well polished, strategy/tower defense geared towards player-created content. With its huge array of tools available, and a robust player base, Particle Fleet: Emergence is a great pick up for anyone looking for a game to sink multiple hours into.

Children of a Dead Earth Review

While I’m hard pressed to say the $25.00 price tag is something it lives up to at the current level of graphical and audio polish, I can see the mechanical strength of the title making it worth the investment for a particular sort. At the very least, I would certainly count myself among them.

Office Freakout Review

Office Freakout is an excellent way to blow off steam at the end of the workday. It’s inconsistent themes and slow loading keep it from greatness, but all of those minor frustrations float away in the thrill of the smash.

Agenda Review

Agenda is polished, visually appealing, well presented, and the soundtrack has a lovely, understated James Bond feel to it. If you’re looking for a sophisticated game that allows you to gradually take over the world, this one would make for a worthy addition to your Steam library.

Intensive Exposure Review

The gameplay isn’t deep, the content isn’t even slightly politically-correct, and there aren’t enough levels. That said, Intensive Exposure is a stupidly-fun game that delivers exactly what it promises, with a few great surprise laughs along the way. Definitely worth it.

Project Highrise Review

I have loved my time in Project Highrise, designing skyscrapers and keeping my buildings running smoothly, and that says a lot from someone who isn’t proficient at turning a profit and keeping things working orderly! If you’re a fan of simulation and strategy, not to mention the ability to create custom content and upload it into the Steam Workshop, then I highly recommend this title as a fantastic addition to your time-management library.

DOGOS Review

DOGOS is a great idea, a great prospect, but the execution is not as well implemented nor improved as it could have been. Hopefully OPQAM’s next venture into the multi-directional shooter will prove more fruitful. 

Calm Down, Stalin Review

Calm Down, Stalin puts players in touch with history by allowing them to experience the sweaty-palmed, gut-wrenching stress of being a despotic ruler of a country on the brink of war. That you have the unfortunate handicap of only being able to control one clumsy, flailing arm at a time adds to the fun.

World of Fishing Review

Given that World of Fishing is Free to Play, check it out. It's a relaxing way to pass some time, on top of its RPG elements that let you become bigger, better, stronger.

Maraiyum: Rise of the Setting Sun Review

I want to recommend Maraiyum: Rise of the Setting Sun; I do. I was utterly charmed by the writing and the storytelling, but it is too repetitive, too frustrating, and too obtuse for me to tell you, go ahead and buy it.

Tribe Of Pok Review

It needs a lot more pizazz to be considered an attractive, interesting, smooth-running strategy title, otherwise it’s just another simulation that leaves players wanting a bigger, better picture. 

Zombie City Defense 2 Review

Zombie City Defense 2 does a lot of things but doesn’t quite know what it wants to be. It seems trapped between strategy and tower defense, and while a combination of the two sounds enticing, it just doesn’t have the dexterity to do both at the moment. It’s a fun concept when things make sense, but for now, it's still prone to bursts of enjoyment against waves of frustration.

Reigns Review

If Tinder and the Bantam Choose Your Own Adventure book franchise got together for one passionate night of game development, the child of that union would be Reigns. A resource manager with an RPG flair, Reigns puts you on the throne of a dysfunctional medieval kingdom.

Extreme Forklifting 2 Review

For two bucks, you can get a hot dog and a Slurpee at 7-11, or you could pick up Extreme Forklifting 2. Frankly, I think the dev has the talent to make the game actually extreme, and do some fun crazy stuff, but alas, I cannot give it a high score. Games shouldn’t get boring after five minutes.

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