Flywrench (PS4)

Flywrench (PS4)

“Football, it’s a funny old game” declared moustachioed pundit Jimmy Greaves upon his deathbed (please check – ed). In some ways he was right but objectively he was completely and utterly mistaken. Of the fourteen football matches I have viewed during the course of my existence, I have not once felt moved by the rabelaisian wit of the offside rule and have shed tears of amusement not once during post-match interviews with ‘Giggsy’.

Super Dungeon Bros (PS4)

Super Dungeon Bros (PS4)

From the invisible space mill of gaming ideas, wherein dwells the most unusual conceptual mashups of all time such as the Russ Abbott Hidden Object Simulator and the Erotic Driving Licence Application MMO comes the Dungeon Brawler! This genre has been sicked up via two distinct digital orifices. From the selective risk-taking of the Dungeon Crawler (Rogue, Wazhack, Legend of Grimrock) and the near-mindless Hack n Slasher (Barbarian, Tiger Road, Dynasty Warriors). If you’ve never had the pleasure, Dungeon Brawling games generally feature labyrinthine play areas (sometimes procedurally generated) with…

Manual Samuel (PS4, Xbox One)

Manual Samuel (PS4, Xbox One)

The degree to which you’re going to enjoy Manual Samuel could likely be predicted with some success by first gauging how highly you rate the 80s gross-out comedy Weekend At Bernie’s. Generously, I’d describe WaB as an ‘acquired taste’ telling as it does, the heart-warming tale of two slackers who get invited to their boss’s holiday retreat for the titular weekend. When the old boy shrugs off his mortal coil, the two…er…heroes, maintain the illusion that he’s still among the living and partying hard.

Hue (PS4)

Hue (PS4)

Until the age of fifteen I lived with my parents in the Socialist Republic of Arstotzka; a country which ceased to exist following the collapse of the Soviet Union. I mention this as relevant because, when the great 2D platformer crash happened in the 1990s, Arstotzka bore the brunt moreso than any other European country.

Inversus (PS4)

Inversus (PS4)

Is there room in this post-Brexit world for an abstract indie shooter which is all action and no character development? Do black blocks matter? In a world which has rejected the binary definitions of everything, are three colours enough? More to the point, whatever will Fathers 4 Justice make of it all? Read on to find out the answers to none of these questions.