Sidequest was provided with a copy of Bury Me, My Love for Android in exchange for a fair and honest review.
“Bury me, my love” is an Arabic phrase, used as a farewell to loved ones. It expresses a familiar sentiment: don’t die before me, I couldn’t live without you. Bury Me, My Love is also the title of a mobile game exploring the experience of one refugee’s perilous journey out of Syria. In it, you play Majd, messaging your wife, Nour, as she attempts to make her way to Germany, seeking refuge from the bombs and bullets of her homeland. Bury Me, My Love is a compelling game that explores important and emotional themes but not without replicating western patriarchal and paternalistic beliefs.
To open Monument Valley 2 is to enter a pastel world of strange, wonderful landscapes, where everything is M. C. Escher and physics aren’t real. There’s nothing quite like the satisfying mental click when you finally crack its nonsense puzzles by sliding a set of stairs into an unlikely place or rotating a wheel just so to let your little avatar navigate to a new area. It’s immensely satisfying and frightfully clever, as some solutions had me gasping out loud just to see that they worked.
Melissa Brinks is Sidequest’s editor in chief, co-creator of the Fake Geek Girls podcast, author of The Compendium of Magical Beasts, and an aspiring beekeeper. She once won an argument on the internet, and tweets at @MelissaBrinks.
Fire Emblem is a franchise that sets the standard for strategy role playing games. A world filled with characters fighting for their ideals in a conflict that generally ends with a big dragon. Fire Emblem is one of my favorite franchises ever and, while I did not love the most recent entries (the multiple versions of fates) change in direction, I still adore the series. So when Fire Emblem on mobile was announced they had my attention. Naturally I’ve dived deep into this game, clearing every normal story mission, most hard, and half the lunatic missions. That said there is another, Phantom of the Kill (PotK), a mobile game in the vain of Fire Emblem I also played during this stretch of Fire Emblem time. How does a game inspired by Fire Emblem for consoles compare to the “real deal” made for mobile? Let’s find out shall we? (more…)