Tag: Action/Adventure

Live A Live – Switch Review
Switch Reviews

Live A Live – Switch Review

Live A Live comes to the Nintendo Switch a thing of intrigue—a game that has waited 28 years for a western release, and one that has websites and reviewers singling out this remaster as a standard-bearer in games preservation done well. The hype is strong and expectations are high, particularly for a game that due to its age could potentially not hold up to modern sensibilities. From a distance, the game’s background appears mysterious. Searches for reasons why this 1994 SNES release never travelled outside of Japan give conflicting reports. Maybe low sales are the culprit—Square Enix shifted only 270,000 copies originally. Square’s other games that year did much better in comparison, at least in Japan. It’s possible that Live A Live’s unique structure—seven narratives, each designed...
Wonder Boy Collection – PS4 Review
PlayStation Reviews

Wonder Boy Collection – PS4 Review

When we think of iconic Sega characters, it's easy to ignore all the ones overshadowed by Sonic the Hedgehog. We may also think of Alex Kidd, Kiryu from Yakuza, or Ryu Hazuki from Shenmue, but rarely do with ever think of Wonder Boy. That's a sad fact because the series has seven main games. That doesn't include the three recent remakes. Six of these games were released on various systems between 1986 and 1994. The last released in 2018, Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom. So, what do we have in the Wonder Boy Collection? Wonder Boy Collection - A Wonderful Journey Back To The Past The Wonder Boy Collection has been carefully curated to include four of the best arcade and Mega Drive ports from the olden days. These are; Wonder Boy (Arcade - 1986), Wonder Boy in Monster Land (Arcade - 198...
The Tarnishing of Juxtia – PC Game Review
PC Reviews

The Tarnishing of Juxtia – PC Game Review

The Tarnishing of Juxtia is an incredible game and you should absolutely play it. There. Now if you only read the first sentence of this review, you know that you've learned everything you need to. However, if you want to hear more about Actual Nerds' fantastic tribute to 2D dark fantasy and souls-like games, then I invite you to listen to my ravings. Think You Can Stop The Tarnishing of Juxtia? Then Good Luck Hero! As you can clearly tell, I love this game. So, if my ecstatic rambling drives you to play it too, then I would love to hear about your experiences as well. In fact, I want to hear about your toughest fight so far. Is there an enemy that ripped you to pieces? Tell me all about it! Gameplay One of the most incredible aspects of The Tarnishing of Juxtia is the story that is wo...
Capcom Arcade 2nd Stadium – Xbox One Review
Xbox Reviews

Capcom Arcade 2nd Stadium – Xbox One Review

Developed and published by Capcom. Capcom Arcade 2nd Stadium is another compilation of some of the classic Capcom games from the 80s and 90s. It was released for Xbox One, Playstation 4, Nintendo Switch and PC on the 21st of July 2022. Capcom Arcade 2nd Stadium - The Hits Just Keep Coming Capcom has done it again and released another compilation of some classic games. But this time it doesn't just solely rely on fighting games! There is a pretty good mixture from the giant developers and with being a huge retro gaming fan, It was certain that I was going to give 2nd Stadium a thorough playthrough.So if you enjoy this review then why not check out my previous one here? Gameplay If you grew up playing video games in the 80s and 90s then the Capcom Arcade 2nd Stadium Collection is def...
Terraformers – PC Early Access Review
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Terraformers – PC Early Access Review

When it comes to transforming planets to make them habitable I always assumed that Elon Musk would be leading the way. I would be wrong, as Asteroid Lab brings us Terraformers, a game that allows you to do just that. Was Bowie Right? Time to pack up my dried space rations (not recommended) and don my space suit for a trip to the red planet and see if I can make it green. Gameplay Terraformers start like so many other civilisation development games, you have a base of operations to get started. First of all, you chose some starting resources and a leader. All leaders have different bonuses, so choose carefully to make your strategy a success. So, what's to do to complete successful terraforming? Well, you need to gather resources, expand your population, explore regions of the planet an...
Spidersaurs – Xbox One Review
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Spidersaurs – Xbox One Review

Developed and published by WayForward. Spidersaurs is a run and gun, shooter, platformer. It was released on Xbox One, Series S/X, Playstation 4, Playstation 5, PC and Nintendo Switch on the 19th of July 2022. Spidersaurs - As Hard As Dino Doody Originally an Apple Arcade Exclusive from back in 2019. Spidersaurs made their way onto PC and ported to every console. So it had to have been popular right? I mean a game where the enemies are spider/dinosaurs DNA mix mash. This was just too good of an offer to pass up. Throw in some run and gun and some platforming then you got a recipe for hours of fun. 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 Culture team is up to on our social media. Gameplay The wa...
TombStar PC Review
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TombStar PC Review

TombStar blazes a path onto Steam on July 20th. This new top-down, roguelite shooter brings a Space Western theme to PC. It has been in development by Andy Sum and Marcus Grambau, with publishing by No More Robots (Let's Build a Zoo, Yes, Your Grace). Andy Sum is the co-founder of Hipster Whale (Crossy Road). Marcus Grambau is the founder of Valorian Games (Ink or Swim). This appears to be their first collaborative project for a PC game release. Bullet Hell But Make it Western? TombStar The last time I wrote a piece for a bullet-hell, twin stick shooter type of game was for the Early Access Release of Uragun. I really enjoyed my time playing that game and interestingly enough I just learned that Uragun is going to be switching to a roguelite gameplay approach as well. If you recall from ...
Bright Memory: Infinite – PS5 Review
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Bright Memory: Infinite – PS5 Review

Bright Memory: Infinite is a sci-fi single-player FPS set in 2036 China where you investigate a singularity threatening the world. It was made by indie developer Zeng Xiancheng of FYQD Studio with their first major release and publisher Playism (DEEEER Simulator). Bright Memory was originally released in Steam early access in 2019 as an episodic game. After success on Steam, Xiancheng was inspired to re-release Bright Memory in full rather than in episodes. FYQD Studio has found success, both in Steam early access and being awarded the Unreal Dev Grant from Epic Games. I played the PS5 version of Bright Memory and it is also available now on Windows PC, Switch and Xbox series S&X. We wrote an article on the GameSpot Play For All 2021 gameplay trailer reveal which you read here. ...
Gibbon: Beyond The Trees Switch Review
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Gibbon: Beyond The Trees Switch Review

Developed by Broken Rules, Gibbon: Beyond The Trees is a hand-drawn adventure game featuring three adorable gibbons as they travel through lands unknown. I first played the start of this at WASD Live in London, and it was one of the stand-out titles for me there. I’m very happy to finally finish it and write a review. It is currently available on Apple Arcade, Steam, Nintendo Switch and itch. Gibbon: Beyond The Trees - Move over Tarzan! Beyond the aforementioned cute and fuzzy lesser apes, this is a game focusing on the ecological challenges that gibbons face in the wild. Witnessed from the perspective of Pink (no, not the singer), Beyond The Trees doesn't shy away from showing the destructive force that the human race sometimes is. It highlights issues such as deforestation, poaching an...
Winter Ember – Xbox Series X Review
Xbox Reviews

Winter Ember – Xbox Series X Review

As a fan of stealth adventures I was excited when Winter Ember dropped into TC Headquarters inbox. Developed by Sky Machine Studios and published by Blowfish Studios/Gamera Games, from watching the trailer I couldn't wait to get stuck in! Into the Shadows! Winter Ember takes its inspiration from games such as Thief and Dishonored, some big games to live up to! Did it meet them? Read on to find out and if you like this review check out my previous one here! Gameplay Winter Ember, as with most stealth titles is a tale of revenge where you take on the role of Arthur and skulk around in the shadows, looting unsuspecting people and their houses, hiding from enemies and quite frankly anyone else that you don't want to show your face to! The game starts with Arthur escorting ladies bac...