Preview: Lords and Villeins Has You Oversee in Ways that Overwhelm

Preview: Lords and Villeins Has You Oversee in Ways that Overwhelm

Sidequest was provided with an early access copy of Lords and Villeins for the PC in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Different types of management simulation games can have steep learning curves because they all have widely different rules in how their respective systems work. Competitive grand strategy games like Crusader Kings and Stellaris explore completely different genres, while something as simple as the premise of a basic city-builder is taken into two different directions between something like the casual, easygoing SimCity and the more detail-intensive Anno 1800. (more…)

Review: The Excavation of Hob’s Barrow Hauntingly Blends Folk Horror with Point-and-Click Tradition

Review: The Excavation of Hob’s Barrow Hauntingly Blends Folk Horror with Point-and-Click Tradition

Horror games are not my genre. It’s hard for me to not feel an intense fear because games ask us to participate in them, and my participation usually involves involuntarily throwing my controller across the room at the first jump scare. There was a chance that The Excavation of Hob’s Barrow, a point and click adventure developed by Cloak and Dagger and published by Wadjet Eye Games, would be the same; I’d dabble in the folk horror aesthetics, but one ghoulish face popping onto the screen or one perfectly timed scare chord and I’d be in the market for a new laptop. Thankfully, The Excavation of Hob’s Barrow’s embracing of the folk horror slow burn, its reserved frightening imagery, and its involved but not overly complex puzzles kept me enraptured the whole way through. (more…)

Review: The Land of Screens Isn’t So Subtle

Review: The Land of Screens Isn’t So Subtle

Holland is rattled by a recent breakup. She struggles to resist the urge to constantly check her phone to see the fallout of it. Thankfully, she finds herself preoccupied with plans to go to an important networking event for her writing job. Along the way, she catches up with old friends while also blocking in some additional time for her family reunion. But the thoughts of what people are thinking about her online still weigh heavy on her mind. As she hits the road, Holland tries to rekindle old connections and new ones—all without the use of social media. (more…)

Two Perspectives on Remember August

Two Perspectives on Remember August

In Shing Yin Khor’s Remember August, players exchange letters with a former friend who’s become unmoored in time. The live game was played by mail (or email, or digital files) in February 2022, with Khor sending out letters through the USPS that players could respond to and send back to themselves with the assurance that August, the recipient, would find and read them in their journeys through time. Rather than leaving randomness up to dice rolls or other typical game mechanics, Remember August used the postal service. Letters could arrive out of order or not at all, changing the narrative and the player’s response to it. (more…)

Review: Freshly Frosted Is a Friendly, Funky Flare Game

Review: Freshly Frosted Is a Friendly, Funky Flare Game

I’ve written before about the importance of a good flare up game—that is, a game that’s enjoyable to play during a chronic illness or chronic pain flare. Even better than discovering a new flare game is discovering one that makes you screech with excitement when you first boot it up, and that’s exactly what happened when I played Freshly Frosted. (more…)

Review: Get Creative to Cheat Death in End of the Line

Review: Get Creative to Cheat Death in End of the Line

The Final Destination films are something of a guilty pleasure in my household. If you’re not familiar, the series follows teens and young adults who narrowly avoid death thanks to a premonition and are then stalked and systematically murdered through strange “coincidences” as Death tries to settle the score. Also, Tony Todd is there. (more…)