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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Celebrate Halloween with a free Pumpkaboo for Pokémon X and Y

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As we all wait impatiently for Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, Nintendo’s distributing a Pumpkaboo – via XY’s Mystery Gift – for the duration of October.

In keeping with the Halloween theme, it’ll know the moves Trick-or-Treat and Scary Face, and arrive holding the Rocky Helmet item. Continue reading

Nintendo announces Transparent Red and Blue 2DS systems and Pokémon bundles

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After almost a year since its launch, Nintendo of Europe has announced two brand-new colours for the 2DS console. On 7th November, the Transparent Red and Transparent Blue 2DS models will be available as standalone systems. These will later become available as bundles following Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire‘s release on 28th November. Continue reading

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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Image & Form announces SteamWorld Heist for a Spring 2015 release

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Indie game studio Image & Form has just announced the third game in its SteamWorld series – sub-titled Heist. Having tackled the tower defence genre on DSiWare, and more recently explored the depths of vertical platforming in the critically acclaimed SteamWorld Dig, SteamWorld Heist is a turn-based strategy game based in space. Continue reading

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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