Wheels of Aurelia

Wheels of Aurelia

Wheels of Aurelia is a narrative road trip game that takes players along the winding roads of Italy during the seventies. The focus is on the conversations you have with the people you run into on the road and the choices you make can lead to one of sixteen different endings. Each playthrough only lasts about fifteen minutes, but the stories are quite enough and things can go very differently depending on your choices. The game is a little rough around the edges and won’t appeal to everyone, but it’s certainly not without charm.

Gameplay: Very simple, but with plenty of replay value.

Graphics: Not exactly dazzling, but quite stylish.

Sound: No speech, unfortunately, but the soundtrack is good

The Gardens Between

The Gardens Between

The Gardens Between is a relaxing and charming puzzle game based around friendship and memories. It features time manipulation for puzzle solving but never becomes too complicated or convoluted. The visuals are detailed and beautiful while the audio complements the dreamlike atmosphere nicely. While it’s not a very lengthy or particularly challenging game, it still makes for an enjoyable experience.

Gameplay: The puzzles are clever, but never too taxing.

Graphics: Very detailed and beautifully animated.

Sound: The soundtrack is very soothing

Koropokkur in Love ~A Little Fairy’s Tale~

Koropokkur in Love ~A Little Fairy’s Tale~

Koropokkur in Love ~A Little Fairy’s Tale~ is a serviceable kinetic novel featuring a fairy with dreams of becoming human, but the story is just a little too generic for our liking. The game has its moments, but there is nothing here that hasn’t already been done much better before. It is enjoyable enough while it lasts, but unlikely to be something players will give much thought after completing it.

Gameplay: The story is cute but short and generic.

Graphics: Fans of Hinoue Itaru will love the art style, but others might find it dated.

Sound: No voice acting, but the music is decent enough

Bright Paw

Bright Paw

Bright Paw is a great puzzle adventure starring an adorable feline protagonist. The card-based movement mechanics make for interesting puzzles especially when special abilities are thrown into the mix. While not the most difficult puzzle game available, it’s very enjoyable and has a very polished look and feel.

Gameplay: Not very difficult, but quite fun.

Graphics: Lots of imaginative levels.

Sound: The soundtrack is beautiful and the standard of the voice acting very high

I Walk Among Zombies Vol. 1

I Walk Among Zombies Vol. 1

I Walk Among Zombies Vol. 1 is a zombie-themed visual novel with a bit of a twist. Instead of having to fight for his survival against the undead, the protagonist discovers that through some twist of fate they are completely ignoring him. This allows him to indulge in immoral activities, not just with his zombie neighbor, but also another survivor he finds. Overall, the game has a decent story and plenty of uncensored sex scenes, but it is also rather short and ends in a cliffhanger.

Gameplay: The story is engrossing, but the frequent non-consensual sex scenes can feel a bit overdone.

Graphics: Great looking CGs as well as backgrounds.

Sound: The voice acting and soundtrack is decent, but not spectacular

Horizon Zero Dawn™ Complete Edition

Horizon Zero Dawn™ Complete Edition

Horizon Zero Dawn started as a Playstation 4 exclusive a few years back but makes the transition to PC in this complete edition, which includes The Frozen Wilds expansion. Apart from the technical issues affecting some players, it is a beautiful looking game with a stunning open world to explore. The combat against the many different robotic foes remains thrilling throughout and the game is also not lacking in terms of things to do and places to visit. It can become a little repetitive at times and some of the design elements are a little dated, but overall we had fun from start to finish with this game.

Gameplay: The game world is huge, but it’s fun to explore and more than enough to keep players busy.

Graphics: With the right hardware this game looks downright amazing at times.

Sound: Decent voice acting and a great soundtrack

The Room Three

The Room Three

The Room Three builds upon everything that made the previous two games so successful and adds some interesting ideas of its own. It’s a lot more ambitious than the past games with larger environments and more exploration. The visuals and audio are top-notch while the puzzles are extremely satisfying to solve. It’s still a rather short experience, but the inclusion of alternate endings that require some effort to uncover adds some longevity.

Gameplay: If you are a puzzle fan, then you’ll love this game.

Graphics: The visuals are beautifully detailed.

Sound: Sparse music, but great sound effects

Steamworld Dig 2

Steamworld Dig 2

SteamWorld Dig 2 takes everything that made the original such an addictively entertaining game and polishes them up even more. Digging around for treasure to sell in town to upgrade your gear is a lot of fun, but there’s also plenty of puzzle platforming to do. Throw in some great visuals and a funky soundtrack, and you have a game that definitely should not be missed.

Gameplay: Starts very simple, but becomes very addictive very quickly.

Graphics: Detailed visuals and great character designs.

Sound: Features a varied soundtrack and nice sound effects

Tomb Raider: Anniversary

Tomb Raider: Anniversary

Tomb Raider: Anniversary is a homage to the original game that does far more than simply slapping on some high-resolution textures. Instead, it makes use of the Legend engine to ensure that the game looks and plays much smoother than ever before. Most levels retain the spirit of the originals but have been redesigned to accommodate Lara’s new move set and grappling hook. Unfortunately, the game does have some technical issues and the controls, as well as the camera, doesn’t always cooperate, which makes it an occasionally frustrating experience.

Gameplay: Stays true to the original game, but gives everything a modern makeover.

Graphics: Makes use of the Legend engine to give the original game a visual revamp.

Sound: Decent music, sound effects, and voice acting

Forgotten Trace: Thanatos in Nostalgia

Forgotten Trace: Thanatos in Nostalgia

Forgotten Trace: Thanatos in Nostalgia is a visual novel with an interesting premise, but some parts feel padded out unnecessarily. It is also the first part of what was supposed to be a three-part series, but there is no sign of the other two parts yet. This makes it hard to recommend the game as there is no guarantee the story will ever be completed. It’s a pity as Forgotten Trace does have some nice elements and the art style is good, despite the low resolution.

Gameplay: The story is interesting, but ends on a cliffhanger and can be a slog to read at times.

Graphics: The resolution is fixed at 1024×768, but the art style is decent.

Sound: Japanese voice acting and decent background music