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My Time at Sandrock – Xbox X Review
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My Time at Sandrock – Xbox X Review

Ever feel the need to get away from it all? Well it seems that Pathea have the solution with a great opportunity as a builder in Sandrock.  Join a community in need of a little support to survive and help them out. My Time at Sandrock will hopefully allow me to put my generous self to work selflessly helping the locals. Have I really got what it takes to build the things that they need? Time to dig out my hammer, screwdriver and see what happens. My Time at Sandrock - Rocking out or letting the Sandman in? The wild west with a bit of a difference, not sure whether to dig out my stetson and six shooter and have a duel at sundown, or maybe I need to fix my toolbox and become a slave to the system. Either way, I hope to have a lot of fun revitalising Sandrock into a thriving community. Fing...
Truck Driver: The American Dream – Xbox Review
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Truck Driver: The American Dream – Xbox Review

When Americans dream they dream big. What could be better than the freedom of driving down highway number 19 in an 18 wheeler? Pulling your air-horn every time you see a fellow trucker and chatting to all manner of folks that are hitchhiking. What a life, full of excitement and adventure. Fortunately for those not able to do it for real, Kyodai and Soedesco have teamed up to make Truck Driver: The American Dream a reality. Truck Driver: The American Dream - or the Gamer's Nightmare? Gameplay Truck Driver: The American Dream threw me in at the deep end. I was instantly driving in the worst storm ever with thunder and lightning all around. Explosions in close proximity were very distracting. Fortunately in all this, I was given the basic controls so that I didn't veer straight off the r...
Tenebris Pictura – Xbox Review
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Tenebris Pictura – Xbox Review

The world is a weird and wonderful place, and Pentadimensional has taken a slice of the weird and wonderful and captured in Tenebris Pictura. What do I really know about the paranormal, the fifth dimension or out of body experiences? Well not a lot, well I say that there was this one time when me and this girl were..... I think I'll leave that there. So time to strap on my big boy pants and enter the world where all is not as it seems. I'm sure that the padded cell can wait for me a little longer. Tenebris Pictura - What even does it mean? Google Translate Anyone? The look of Tenebris Pictura has definitely got my excitement levels up. It has a certain Lovecraftian feel to it that I really like. Hopefully, the gameplay will live up to my expectations. I have just drawn a huge pentagram a...
Sephonie – Xbox Review
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Sephonie – Xbox Review

  Sephonie is a 3D Puzzle-Platformer that was released on the PC on 12th April 2022. Developed, and originally published, by Melos Han-Tani and Marina Kittaka, the two-person team behind Analgesic Productions. It has recently been ported/published by Ratalaika Games and released on consoles on July 21st 2023. Created by the developers of the Anodyne series, Sephonie is a self-described “Tony-Hawk-esque” 3D platformer. Puzzle elements combine to make a relaxed, if short, experience. The game leaves an impact on players who are willing to invest time into getting the most out of it. Sephonie - A free-running match-three made in heaven Analgesic Productions has a history of well-polished fun games with a quirky edge to them. The first Anodyne game was an honorable mention at the ...
Defend The Rook – Xbox Series X Review
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Defend The Rook – Xbox Series X Review

Chess. A traditional game as old as time (well 9th century Russia). Some traditions are made to last, King, Queen, Bishop, Knight, Rook and Pawn. But wait! What if the rule book was thrown out of the window and suddenly the rook was the most important character? So what if the others were now a Rogue, a Fighter and a Sorceress? What if the enemy were goblins, orcs, wolves, or giant mushrooms? Is this even chess any more? Well, One Up Plus has stomped all over tradition to make this happen in the form of Defend the Rook. Time to pack a bag full of tactics, skill, logic and mortar and see where this adventure takes me. Defend the Rook - It's a Castle, not a Bird! Can the few outwit, outgun and outplay the many? Time to bring it on and see what I am up against. My hopes are quite high as I ...
Alterity Experience – Xbox Series X Review
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Alterity Experience – Xbox Series X Review

In a world where the truth is out there, Onitron Studios brings us Alterity Experience. This is a chance to experience what it will be like in the middle of an alien invasion. Time to find those crop circles and take this title for a spin. Best move the laptop to the basement and fashion myself a tinfoil hat. Alterity Experience - Purple Haze, or Purple Ama(i)ze? Gameplay I start my adventure in Alterity Experience in an office looking at computer screen and a purple corn on the cob. I must admit that it is a pretty strange beginning, but I get the feeling that nothing about my experience is going to be not strange. It turns out that the missus and the kids have gone to watch a film leaving me on my own to investigate the purple glow.  After a brief tutorial about how the buttons and ...
I, AI – Xbox One Review
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I, AI – Xbox One Review

Our new writer Savvas writes his first review for Thumb Culture! I, AI was initially released in July 2020 by Satur Entertainment. It is a single-player vertically scrolling shooter that has used the classic scrolling shooter formula and added modern graphics. Scrolling shooters are a genre I have always been fond of, playing 1942, Super Airwolf and Metal Slug as a kid got me hooked, and it’s a genre that I still gravitate to. Going into the recently launched I, AI on the Xbox platform, I was pretty excited and hoping for that experience, so here are my thoughts. I, AI - Ratatat-tat your way to freedom! In I,AI you play as a self-aware AI who was created in a lab to develop weapons. Realizing this, they are now trying to make an escape. They escape the lab and take over a spaceship...
Whiteday: A Labyrinth Named School – Series X Review
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Whiteday: A Labyrinth Named School – Series X Review

Developed and published by Sonnori. Whiteday: A Labyrinth Named School is a survival horror game that was initially released as a mobile game called The School: Whiteday back in 2015. It was released on Xbox One, Series S/X, Playstation 4/5, PC, and Nintendo Switch on the 8th of September 2022. Whiteday - A School Worth Skiving For Now if there's one thing that can scare the hell out of you. It would be Asian horror games. They are the master of creepy suspense horror with the likes of Ring 0 and The Grudge just to name a couple. Converting each element of classic horror movies into a video game is a gamer's worst nightmare. But is it really that scary? Gameplay The story of Whiteday tells us about the struggles of a new high school student. You control Lee Hui-min who sneaks into the ...
Dreamlight Valley – Xbox One Review
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Dreamlight Valley – Xbox One Review

Developed and published by Gameloft. Dreamlight Valley is a simulation/adventure game that was released on the Playstation 4/5, Xbox One, Series S/X, and PC on the 6th of September 2022. Move Over Animal Crossing Is there anything more satisfying in gaming than a well-executed simulation video game? Over the last few years, there has been a rise in the popularity when it comes to simulation. The likes of Stardew Valley, Story Of Seasons, and Power Wash Simulator. But to take the crown from Animal Crossing in family-friendly games is something that no one has managed to do. Now we have Dreamlight Valley capturing the hearts of gamers but is it really that good? If you enjoyed this review then why not check out my previous one here? You can also catch up with what the rest of the Thumb ...
Soul Hackers 2 – Series X Review
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Soul Hackers 2 – Series X Review

Developed by Atlus and published by Sega. Soul Hackers 2 is a JRPG and the sequel to the hit Soul Hackers that was released way back in 1997. Its sequel Soul Hackers 2 was released on Xbox One, Series X/S, Playstation 4/5, and PC on the 24th of August 2022. Soul Hackers 2 - A Time Hacker It's crazy to think that the original Soul Hackers was released back in 1997 for the Playstation. Has there ever been a more long-awaited sequel than this? Now being a huge JRPG fan having only played the original once over 20 years ago. It was a bit of a surprise when Soul Hackers 2 was released. But this was an opportunity too good to turn down. If you enjoyed this review then why not check out my latest one here? You can also catch up with what the rest of the Thumb Culture team is up to on our soc...