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TimeCube Review

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By Nadia Oxford on January 6th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: IT'S ABOUT TIME
If you enjoy being challenged to the point of tears, TimeCube is worth your time.
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Docking Sequence Review

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By Campbell Bird on January 5th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: PREPARE TO DOCK
This throwback title challenges players to dock or be destroyed.
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Sneaky Sneaky Review

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By Campbell Bird on December 16th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: HIDDEN GEM
This stealth game combines real-time and turn-based action into a winning formula.
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Flyhunter Origins Review

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By Nadia Oxford on December 16th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: PRETTY BUT FLAWED
Flyhunter Origins is a gorgeous action game with some enjoyable concepts, but at times it's also a victim of its own prettiness.
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Bruce Lee: Enter the Game Review

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By Jordan Minor on December 2nd, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: FISTS OF FURY
Jeet Kune Do on the go.
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Creature Academy Review

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By Nadia Oxford on December 1st, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: COLLECTABLE CREATURES
Creature Academy is cute, but its gameplay might be too simplistic to appeal to RPG fans.
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VainGlory Review

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By Jade Walker on November 26th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: VAIN EVENT
VainGlory is a really fun and accessible MOBA, but suffers from some slightly sexist elements.
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Sunburn! Review

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By Campbell Bird on November 26th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar ::
Platform through the depths of space to make sure your entire crew dies together in this satisfying and intriguing puzzle platformer.
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Rooster Teeth vs. Zombiens Review

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By Jennifer Allen on November 17th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: TAP TO SURVIVE
Survive waves of zombies with the Rooster Teeth team, in this fun action game.
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Chain Breaker Review

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By Campbell Bird on November 14th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: BREAK FREE
Control a knight's fate by cutting chains, dropping weights, and defeating enemies in this novel twist on the runner genre.
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Haunt the House: Terrortown Review

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By Nadia Oxford on November 13th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: A SPOOKY GOOD TIME
Haunt the House: Terrortown is noticeably short, but it's still a clever title that looks great.
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Zombie Catchers Review

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By Nadia Oxford on November 12th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: TASTE THE ZOMBIE RAINBOW
Zombie Catchers is tons of fun to play, though free-to-play timers put a bit of a damper on the game's pacing.
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It Came From Canada: Creature Academy

Posted by Jordan Minor on November 7th, 2014

Creature Academy doesn’t have time for your slow-paced, grandparents’ RPGs. In the span of a few minutes, it has players slicing down monsters, toppling a boss, improving their party, and repeating the whole cycle all over again. But while role-playing this quickly may work during a bus ride, does it sacrifice depth in the process? Find out in this edition of It Came From Canada!

Structurally, Creature Academy is a fairly rote action-RPG. With their three-person party, players venture out into various environments, like meadows or volcanoes, looking for monsters to slay. They’ll encounter everything from Hackits, little burlap sack creatures that recall Dragon Quest’s iconic Slimes, to towering goblins and mushrooms that serve as the bosses of each area. Players can then customize their party between skirmishes by giving them better weapons and gear along with limited-use boosters like extra speed or strength. However, while party leaders will typically be heroic human characters, players can also recruit fallen foes to their squad like the trident-wielding, amphibious Fischenchips. Furthermore, players can evolve and combine captured monsters to create even more powerful allies. Beyond the main campaign, players can also test out their team in a wave-based survival mode.

But what stands out so much about Creature Academy is how it takes those standard tropes and plays them at what feels like double speed, after a painfully, and ironically, slow initial install. The game is divided into dozens of separate levels and, at least initially, players will just cruise through them crushing monsters in seconds. This isn’t to say that the game is mindless. It’s good to know when to use a ranged weapon vs. a sword or when to swap out a weak character because one death equals game over. But the game just moves so freaking fast that everything kind of becomes a blur, especially once screen-clearing special attacks and overpowered online helpers enter the fray. It’s not bad, just chaotic, and at least the graphics keep up.

Hyperactivity isn’t historically a hallmark of RPGs, but maybe that will give Creature Academy its own identity. Players can see if this whirlwind of level grinding and monster battling is right for them when the game fully launches soon.

Human Crasher Review

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By Campbell Bird on November 6th, 2014
Our rating: starstarhalfstarblankstarblankstar :: ABDUCT ALL HUMANS
Abduct Earthlings in this casual, but unfortunately grind-heavy, arcade game.
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Twisty Hollow Review

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By Nadia Oxford on November 3rd, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: DO THE TWIST
Twisty Hollow is an original puzzle game that's lots of twisty-turny fun.
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