Sacrifices to the Goddess of Chaos – The Sargosian Abyss review

Sacrifices to the Goddess of Chaos – The Sargosian Abyss review

The Sargosian Abyss is well-named. It seems to pull you into some dark depths, right from the introduction. It has stricken me with its incredible, almost tangible atmosphere. I’ve always preferred ASCII in roguelikes, thinking that no graphics can evoke that arcane ambience of glowing letters on a black screen. This game has proven me wrong. Its strange colors, its melancholy music, its vivid and haunting writing; these things conjure that eerie other-wordly mood of shadowy dungeons and forgotten altars, as only a few works of art can. A true roguelike aesthetics.

Star Dynasties – Review

Star Dynasties – Review

Picture the scene: It’s tense at the royal court as the heir, a rebellious hellraiser barely eighteen, is brought before his father, the duke. A member of the court reads out the list of allegations against the young noble, who’s expected to take charge of the ailing kingdom one day. The duke sits and listens in pained silence before ordering the punishment: a sentence of manual labor.

The Power of Eight – Octopath Traveler Review

The Power of Eight – Octopath Traveler Review

What if I told you that there are exactly eight reasons to play Octopath Traveler – would you believe me? It seems only fitting for a game where everything revolves around the number eight. Eight stories, eight characters, eight chapters by four… Okay, that one doesn’t work, but the fact remains that Octopath is obsessed with the number – so this review too will be obsessed with it.

Triangle Strategy – Review

Triangle Strategy – Review

Triangle Strategy, produced by Tomoya Asano (Octopath Traveler and Bravely Default) and published by Square Enix/Nintendo, is a traditional strategy role-playing game (SRPG) with a unique setting. Political tensions escalate between the three mighty nations, under the lingering shadow of a recently-ended war. The argument is over who gets to control the vital natural resources.

The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IV Review

The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IV Review

The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IV is the fourth part of the Trails of Cold Steel and the fourteenth of The Legend of Heroes. The Cold Steel games themselves are part of the Trails subgenre of The Legend of Heroes games. I know it all sounds really confusing. So – we have The Legend of Heroes main series. Within it, there are multiple subseries. Within these subseries, however, there are even more subseries. Cold Steel is one of those. It’s like Inception: a series, within a series, within a series RPG style.

Mechajammer Review

Mechajammer Review

Most people will tell you writing reviews isn’t hard work at all; that it’s a cushy job. Just play the game, write down what you think and there you go, done. Sometimes, though, things aren’t as simple. Sometimes one really has to sit back and try – try hard – to be as objective as possible towards a game, despite its issues. That’s the case with the latest release from the husband-and-wife studio Whalenought, modeled after their previous and quite interesting CRPG throwback Serpent in the Staglands. So, what’s the problem with Mechajammer?

Spelldrifter – Review

Spelldrifter – Review

Spelldrifter is the first self-published title from Free-Range Games. After creating a VR meditation app, the folks at Free Range decided to go in the opposite direction and give the world a head-banging sword-and-sorcery adventure. Spelldrifter seems to have flown under a lot of players’ radar since its release in February, which is a shame because this game rules.

The Shining Subterranean Kingdom – The Wratch’s Den Review

The Shining Subterranean Kingdom – The Wratch’s Den Review

Deep underground, the last embers of a once-great empire still smolder with wrath. Orcs dig into the ancient walls of the caves, ensuring a steady supply of subterranean gold. Wolves patrol the carved corridors looking for intruders into the sunless dominion. Strange lights and sounds haunt the stone passages leading to the alchemist’s laboratory. The kingdom might have fallen. Yet The Wratch is still alive.