Review: Tappingo 2 (3DS eShop)

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Tappingo 2 isn’t very deep. There aren’t any unlockables, no stats to raise or levels to gain. It’s just a simple puzzle game that gets more difficult, bit by bit, as you progress. And it’s unnaturally fun.

Developer: Goodbye Galaxy Games
Publisher: Goodbye Galaxy Games
Review Platform: 3DS eShop
Also Available on: N/A
Price: $2.99
NA Release Date: 04/09/14
Genre: Puzzle
Players: 1
PEGI: 3

Your objective in Tappingo 2, exactly like its predecessor, is to fill in various pixel art with your stylus. Imagine Picross, except that when you drag your stylus, your line doesn’t stop until it hits something. At a basic level, that may seem… boring. But for some reason, Tappingo 2 has its own way of keeping you playing. Maybe it’s the minimal amount of time you can spend playing. Maybe it’s catering to the “completionist” lifestyle. In any case, finishing puzzles just feels good, and that’s the best thing Tappingo 2 has going for itself.

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Review: Cubemen 2 (Wii U eShop)

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Cubemen 2 is a fast-paced, action-packed 3D real-time strategy game. Originally released on PC, it later made its way onto Mac and iOS devices. Now, it’s only the second ever cross-platform title to grace the Wii U, and developer 3 Sprockets’ first effort on the eShop. Players can also access all of the user-generated content which has built up since the game’s debut over a year ago in this definitive version.

Developer: 3 Sprockets
Publisher: Nnooo
Review Platform: Wii U eShop
Also Available on: Steam, iOS
Price: £6.99, $7.99 €7.99
EU/NA Release Date: 04/09/14
Genre: Real-time strategy
Players: 6 players online
File-Size: 253.7MB
PEGI: 7

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Review: Soon Shine (Wii U eShop)

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Dahku Creations is back on the Wii U again after their most recent release Chubbins, and it seems that they’re improving their eShop influence pretty rapidly. Soon Shine may only be their second game on the eShop, but the improvements between releases are significant and exciting.

Developer: Dahku Creations
Publisher: Dahku Creations
Review Platform:
 Wii U eShop
Also Available on: N/A
Price: $1.99
NA Release Date: 14/08/14
EU Release Date: TBC
Genre: Puzzle
Players: 1

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Review: Super Toy Cars (Wii U eShop)

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Super Toy Cars is an interesting little title. Instead of racing in full size cars, the developer, Eclipse Games, decided to take racing to the tabletop. In Super Toy Cars, you’ll race your little toy car around desktops and driveways, collect items to stop your opponents, and race in career and quick races, with local matches replacing the PC version’s online multiplayer.

Developer: Eclipse Games
Publisher: Eclipse Games
Review Platform: Wii U eShop
Also Available on: PC & Mac
EU/NA Release Date: 24/07/14
Genre: Racing
Players: 1-4 locally
Price: £6.99, $7.99, €7.99
File Size: 997.8MB
PEGI: 3

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Review: Armillo (Wii U eShop)

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Before its release, Armillo had been in development for over three years. While it was originally intended to launch on Xbox Live, it was announced in January 2013 that Fuzzy Wuzzy Games had cancelled the game for Microsoft’s system, and had begun porting it over to the Unity game engine – which would soon be supported by the Wii U. After many delays and tweaks to the game’s formula, Armillo has finally surfaced as the eShop’s first title to run on the Unity game engine. And it looks like the wait was worth it.

Developer: Fuzzy Wuzzy Games
Publisher: Fuzzy Wuzzy Games
Review Platform: Wii U eShop
Also Available on: N/A
EU/NA Release Date: 03/07/14
Genre: Platformer
Players: 1
Price: £5.50 | £4.00 until 24/07/14
File Size: 1,345MB
PEGI: 7

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Review: Inazuma Eleven GO: Light / Shadow (Nintendo 3DS)

inazuma-eleven-go-light-shadowHaving made its début on Nintendo DS in 2011, the Inazuma Eleven series has become something of a surprise hit in Europe – spawning two sequels and even a Wii spin-off. Over in North America, the DS games have been long forgotten by Nintendo’s localisation team, as Level-5’s started from the ground up with a 3DS remake of the original title for that region.

Developer: Level-5
Publisher: Nintendo
Review Platform: Nintendo 3DS
Also Available on: 3DS eShop
EU Release Date: 13/06/14
NA Release Date: TBC
Genre: Sport Simulation / RPG
Players: 1-4 (local)
Price: £34.99
File-Size: 23, 524 blocks

PEGI: 12

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Review: Chubbins (Wii U eShop)

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Chubbins is a simple game. Originally released on iOS devices, the developer, Dahku Creations, touts the game as “…a smoothly simple precision platformer that aims to deliver a hardcore challenge that old-school gamers will appreciate.” You play as a chunky rabbit, constantly bouncing around on blocks, evading fez wearing birds and badgers with bowler hats, dodging spike balls, and occasionally defying gravity. The journey to the Nintendo eShop, however, has not been a kind one. To call Chubbins shovelware doesn’t quite do it justice, as there were some moments where there was a good time to be had learning how to move through a level, but the abysmal presentation of all aspects of the game bogged down the experience considerably.

Developer: Dahku Creations
Publisher: Dahku Creations
Review Platform: Wii U eShop
Also Available on: iOS
Price: $5.99
NA Release Date: 05/06/14
EU Release Date: TBC
Genre: Platformer
Players: 1

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Review: Moon Chronicles Episode 1: One Small Step (3DS eShop)

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Moon Chronicles is an updated version of Renegade Kid’s Moon, which originally released in 2009 on the Nintendo DS. With upgraded controls, graphics, and enemy AI, it promises to bring new life into the original Moon. Episodes are being released throughout the year as add-on content, with Season 2 expected in 2015.

Developer: Renegade Kid
Publisher: Renegade Kid
Review Platform: 3DS eShop
Also Available on: Nintendo DS (Moon)
Price: $8.99
NA Release Date: 15/05/14
EU Release Date: TBC
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Review: Abyss (Wii U Download)

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Developer: EnjoyUp Games
Publisher: EnjoyUp
Review Platform: Wii U eShop
Also Available on: DSiWare
Price: £1.79
EU Release Date: 08/05/14
NA Release Date: 01/05/14
Genre: Action Platformer
Players: 1-2
File-Size: 100mb
PEGI: 3+

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You are Nep2no, and you are a biomechanical robot in the year 3024. The entire human race is endangered by its lack of self-sufficiency, and you are the only means available to retrieve a newly-found yet highly-important energy source, Gaia, from deep within the Earth’s abyss. Continue reading

Review: PICROSS e3 (3DS Download)

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Developer: Jupiter | Publisher: Jupiter | Review Platform: Nintendo 3DS (eShop) | Also Available on: N/A | EU Release Date: 14/11/13 | NA Release Date: 03/10/13 | Genre: Puzzle | Players: 1 | Price: £4.49 | File Size: 160 blocks | PEGI: 3

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Picross E3 is the third downloadable 3DS entry in the long-running puzzle series, and much like its predecessor, it adds little in the way of variety. There’s another new colour scheme and a hard-as-nails Mega Picross mode for series veterans, but at its roots, this is little more than another £4.50 content update for the previous two games. Continue reading