Gintendo Namer Review: Elliot Quest (Wii U eShop)

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The folks at Gintendo Namer are at it again, with yet another fantastic review of an indie Wii U eShop release. This time, Simon “Zero” Jones takes on the role of Elliot Quest’s Elliot, adventuring through – and delivering his verdict on – Ansimuz Games’ retro throwback:

Elliot Quest keeps playing it old-school with an almost complete lack of signposting… Fortunately, the game is always fun, even in the midst of vastly frustrating sections of powerful enemies. It demands to be played.”

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Gintendo Namer Review: Nihilumbra (Wii U eShop)

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Two years in the making, BeautiFun’s Wii U port of its stylish puzzle-platformer arrived last week, following mobile, PC and PS Vita versions of the game. As Gintendo Namer‘s Luke Summerhayes points out in his review, the game holds up well with the addition of physical controls and high-definition graphics.

“Look at the screenshots and you can see the gorgeous hand drawn backgrounds and characters but there’s a lot more to it than that. The animation, the music, even the narration creates an incredible atmosphere all the way from the first time you press start until the final credits roll.”

Read the full Gintendo Namer review of Nihilumbra here.

Review: Codename S.T.E.A.M. (Nintendo 3DS) from YoshiUnity

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Intelligent Systems’ Codename S.T.E.A.M. makes its long-awaited arrival in Europe on Friday, having débuted in North America back in March.

While certain American sites have been less than forgiving, there’s no doubt that gamers in the States have been enjoying their hands-on time with Nintendo’s new IP. If you Europeans are still undecided on a purchase, perhaps YoshiUnity can provide some insight in his review at the following link:

Codename S.T.E.A.M. review | YoshiUnity, via tumblr

Codename: S.T.E.A.M. is a new IP that I never thought that [Nintendo] would attempt; let alone in the way that they pulled it off. A tactical RPG that not only has an art style that harkens to the days of golden age comics, but fully embraces the aesthetic in a multitude of ways through the cutscenes, writing, gameplay and tone just to name a few.”

Gintendo Namer Review: Affordable Space Adventures (Wii U eShop)

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Nicklas “Nifflas” Nygren and Knapnok Games have teamed up for an exclusive Wii U eShop title, combining the two developers’ trademark approaches to game design. Affordable Space Adventures is the end result, and Gintendo Namer‘s Simon “Zero” Ball delivers his verdict at the link below:

Affordable Space Adventures review | Gintendo Namer

“It’s a one-of-a-kind experience, which kind of automatically makes it worth the entry fee. All in all, we’re looking at something approaching a classic.”

First Impressions: New Nintendo 3DS XL

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There comes a time in almost every 3DS owner’s life where they push the 3D slider down, removing the glassless 3D image, and never adjust it back. The vast majority of games for the system don’t utilize the 3D in a meaningful way, and articles about the 3DS and its games are plagued with comments from users about the gimmicky nature of the system. The 3D has become useless enough that Nintendo even released an entirely new 3DS with the 3D component completely removed, cleverly titled the 2DS.

With 2015 came another revision for the Nintendo 3DS family, but with this system, it finally feels like Nintendo made the system they wanted to release in 2011. Continue reading

Review: Titan Attacks! (3DS eShop)

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If Titan Attacks! launched forty years earlier, this very review may well have been published on a site called Nintendo Titan. Almost every aspect of Puppy Games’ modern arcade-style shooter is built upon Atari’s Space Invaders – but a plethora of additions and modernisations keep Titan Attacks! relevant on 3DS, even though it wasn’t designed for Nintendo’s hardware.

Developer: Puppy Games
Publisher: Curve Studios
Review Platform: 3DS eShop
Also Available on: PC, PS3, PS4 & PS Vita
Price: £7.99 | €9.99
3DS Release Date: 26/02/15
Genre: Arcade shooter
File Size: 241 blocks

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Review: Rune Factory 4 (3DS eShop)

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Rune Factory 4 is an open ended RPG/simulator, the ‘open’ and ‘ended’ parts being a product of its Harvest Moon origins. You’ll spend in-game time crafting and cooking, farming and fishing, all while advancing a central plot from which its RPG elements lie.

Developer: Neverland
Publisher: XSEED Games
Review Platform: 3DS eShop
Also Available on: N/A
EU Release Date: 11/12/14
NA Release Date: 01/11/13
Players: 1
Price: £24.99

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Review: Watch_Dogs (Wii U)

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When I’m playing a game that involves stealth mechanics, I can usually measure my enjoyment of the title with two simple questions. The first is an obvious one: are the stealth mechanics implemented in a meaningful way, and not tacked on? It’s a good start if the answer is yes, but the most important aspect, for me, is how well the game handles itself if you play badly and get caught.

Developer: Ubisoft Montreal
Publisher: Ubisoft
Review Platform: Wii U
Also Available on: PlayStation 3/4, Xbox 360/One, PC
EU Release Date: 21/11/14
NA Release Date: 18/11/14
Players:
RRP: £49.99 | $59.99
PEGI: 18

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Review: Stealth Inc 2: A Game of Clones (Wii U eShop)

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When I first heard that Stealth Inc. 2 was a Wii U exclusive, I was puzzled. As somebody that thoroughly enjoyed its predecessor, I was excited to hear that a sequel was on the way – but why Wii U? Having now played this sequel, it becomes clear that Curve Studios still had a lot more ideas to play with – in terms of both gameplay, and with regards to how the Wii U’s GamePad controller could be used to expand on the original’s mechanics.

Developer: Curve Studios
Publisher: Curve Studios
Review Platform: Wii U eShop
Also Available on: N/A
Price: £12.99
Release Date (EU & NA): 30/10/14
Genre: Puzzle/platformer
Players: 1-2 (local co-op)
File Size: 304MB
PEGI: 12

While the core game remains largely unchanged, new elements have been built around what made the original Stealth Inc. so enjoyable, resulting in a much more complete – and challenging – experience. Continue reading

Review: Lone Survivor: The Director’s Cut (Wii U eShop)

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Does your favourite video game genre fall under one of the following categories: platformer, survival horror, or a good old point-and-click? If so, then you should enjoy Lone Survivor. I say ‘should’ because it takes a lot of cues from titles in these genres – but often not in the way you’d expect.

Developer: Jasper Byrne
Publisher: Curve Studios
Review Platform: Wii U eShop
Also Available on: PC, PS3, PS4, PS Vita
Price: £9.99 | €11.99
Wii U Release Date (EU & NA): 16/10/14
Genre: Survival horror
Players: 1
PEGI: 3
File-Size: 208MB

As a 2D side-scroller, there’s no platform-based action; as an adventure with a keen focus on your decisions, the choices you can make are often insignificant to how the game plays out. And as a survival horror game, it dishes out supplies whenever you need, while combat is slow and often clunky. Continue reading