Lost Grimoires: Stolen Kingdom (Xbox One)

Lost Grimoires: Stolen Kingdom (Xbox One)

You play Scarlett Everitt, an apprentice alchemist who has just finished 5 years at university and is returning home only to find that things have changed considerably in her absence. Keen to start working under the local master alchemist, you instead suffer an encounter with a mysterious stranger which triggers flashbacks to memories of your missing parents, and this is where the game starts. If it all sounds a little familiar, well that’s because it very much is.

Little Nightmares (Xbox One)

Little Nightmares (Xbox One)

You stand a child adorned in a yellow rain coat, the only piece of colour amongst a wash of browns and greys in a dimly lit room littered with cloth, cages and a suspicious man with clumsily long arms and a face wrapped in bandages. He’s known as The Janitor, and up until now other than the odd suspicious shadow or rodent he is the first resident of The Maw that you have encountered. He stands, facing away from you hurriedly gift wrapping dolls in cloth before impaling each parcel upon…

Skylar & Plux: Adventure on Clover Island (Xbox One)

Skylar & Plux: Adventure on Clover Island (Xbox One)

3D platformers have recently undergone somewhat of a revival since their peak in the late 90s. Skylar & Plux: Adventure on Clover Island is another game to slot into that category and quote, is a “Passionate homage to the 3D platformers of our youth”. The game has been jointly developed by Right Nice, a recently founded studio based in Stockholm who have been responsible for the PC port, and Grip Digital, a studio of experienced industry hands based in Prague responsible for the Xbox One and PS4 ports.

Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap (Xbox One)

Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap (Xbox One)

For some of you older gamers, the name Wonder Boy might well sound somewhat familiar. You’ll need to cast you mind back quite some way however, all the way back to the 8 bit era of the late 1980s. Wonder Boy: The Dragons Trap is a remake of Wonder Boy 3 which was originally released on the Sega Master System back 1989. Developer Lizardcube initially announced the remake back in June 2016 and just under a year later the final product is now ready for a glance through those rose tinted glasses.

Blackwood Crossing (Xbox One)

Blackwood Crossing (Xbox One)

Video games as an entertainment medium have a unique ability to put a person at the centre of an experience in a way that no other medium can. All manner of subject matters and topics can be explored in unique and engaging fashions that simply won’t have the same impact if they were delivered any other way. There is an art to it though, and achieving it requires an intricate understanding of how to let a player discover and experience a story rather than just tell it, and this certainly seems…

Marvel Heroes: Omega (PlayStation 4, Early Look)

Marvel Heroes: Omega (PlayStation 4, Early Look)

I expect that most people are at least familiar with the Marvel universe and the vast amount of characters, stories, history, etc, that it has built up over the years. Marvel Heroes Omega sees one of the largest gathering of material from that vast back catalogue come together in a single video game which allows you to play as your favourite comic book hero and party up with your friends for some good old fashion good vs evil action.

Styx: Shards of Darkness (Xbox One)

Styx: Shards of Darkness (Xbox One)

Styx: Shards of Darkness is the second, or third depending on how you look at it, game in the series created by the French studio Cyanide which was formed from a group of ex Ubisoft employees. Firstly, let me put it straight out there; I’ve not played the previous game in the series Styx: Master of Shadows, nor have I played Of Orcs and Men. Hence, I’m very much fresh to this universe and all the lore that has been built up by the previous games in the series. But I…

Warhammer Quest (Xbox One)

Warhammer Quest (Xbox One)

For those of you that listen to the Podcast, you might be aware that I’m a bit of a board game fan. As such, I was looking forward to giving Warhammer Quest a whirl to see how well the game would transfer from one medium to another. For those new to the game, Warhammer Quest is a game that sees you manage a party of 4 heroes as they quest through various dungeons in search of loot.

Stardew Valley (Xbox One)

Stardew Valley (Xbox One)

“An existential crisis is a moment at which an individual questions the very foundations of their life: whether this life has any meaning, purpose, or value.” It’s a question that almost all of us will ask ourselves at some point in our lives, and as such it’s a subject that most players will be able to relate to and an interesting topic to explore in all forms of entertainment. Stardew Valley’s story is about existential crisis, and exploring the outcomes of facing one. Its basis is simple, tired of a mediocre life…