Review: Pokemon Masters is a Gotcha Game

Review: Pokemon Masters is a Gotcha Game

Gacha games, games focused on acquiring collections of characters through random pulls, have become synonymous with the mobile market. Much like the toy collections from vending machines they are named for, gacha games draw in huge amounts of money for relatively low cost as people try to collect them all or look for their favorites. (more…)

Fighting With Food: A Food Fantasy Review

Fighting With Food: A Food Fantasy Review

There is always something pleasing about watching cooking, even if it means not committing to the actual act of cooking itself. From the intense flamboyance of the Iron Chef franchise to the wholesomeness of The Great British Bake Off, there is something entertaining—and even relaxing—about seeing food made within unconventional situations, taking food beyond the basics of sustaining ourselves. (more…)

Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp Review

Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp Review

Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp

Nintendo
iOS, Android
November 21, 2017

I first encountered the Animal Crossing series through Animal Crossing: Wild World (2005) for the Nintendo DS. Growing up, we were poor and I never had a Gamecube, so I missed that first iteration of the game, but I’ve made sure to pick up the main Animal Crossing games since then, including New Leaf (2012). I would always play those games for days and days, hours at a time, catching fish, selling beetles, trying to pay off Capitalist Overlord Tom Nook, before setting them aside for months, and return to find my poor town drowned in weeds. (Note: New Leaf is much better about not letting weeds overrun the place, and I am grateful.)
Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, Nintendo, 2017
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Review: Shuyan Saga Teaches Mindfulness

Shuyan Saga

Lofty Sky Entertainment
PC, Mac, iOS, Android
December 6, 2017

An iOS copy of Shuyan Saga was provided in exchange for an honest review.

Shuyan Saga is a fun kung fu game that looks to reflect and share the traditional values of Taiji through an understanding of the balance of combat and timing. After a PC release in 2017, the game has recently come to mobile platforms such as iOS and Android, with gameplay that works well for touch screen devices. (more…)