Review: Best Friend Forever is a Bastion of Queer, Dog-Friendly Joy

Review: Best Friend Forever is a Bastion of Queer, Dog-Friendly Joy

My first encounter with Starcolt’s Best Friend Forever was in a dog bed. Their PAX West booth was decked out with a comfy, cozy array of brightly colored pillows and dog accessories, as well as (if I remember right) a jarful of pink Starbursts. The vibe was right for this combination dog management and dating sim, and I’m delighted to say that, on final release, that vibe is still present throughout. (more…)

Review: Replica Says a Lot But It Says Nothing Unique

Review: Replica Says a Lot But It Says Nothing Unique

Homeland Security is requesting that you investigate the phone of a suspect who has allegedly conspired to work against the government. By perusing through the owner’s personal records, messaging history, and social media accounts, you must collect enough information so that authorities can properly implicate them in a recent terrorist attack—but should you? The choices you make and your willingness to comply will either make you out to be a loyal patriot who the authorities can trust or another dangerous traitor that must be put behind bars.
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Review: Necrobarista is a Cool Concept with a Lukewarm Execution

Review: Necrobarista is a Cool Concept with a Lukewarm Execution

As someone with both a deep love for the misunderstood art of necromancy and a couple unfortunate years of barista experience, Necrobarista was a title I couldn’t ignore. The description from the game’s Steam page promised everything I could want: “In a back-alley cafe, the dead are granted one last night to mingle with the living. Necrobarista follows a dynamic and diverse cast of characters as they navigate Melbourne’s hipstery coffee culture, the questionable ethics of necromancy, and the process of letting go.” Awesome, I’m here for it, let’s go. (more…)

Review: Crime Opera: The Butterfly Effect Doesn’t Get Away with Anything

Review: Crime Opera: The Butterfly Effect Doesn’t Get Away with Anything

I don’t like visual novels. They’re usually not fun or entertaining for me. They don’t have enough choices for my liking, and I often find that they’re poorly written, or riddled with grammatical and spelling errors, often due to the fact that their platform allows them to sidestep the traditional editorial process of a longform narrative. Consequently, I am not generally the person to review them here. I do, however, love a good bit of gossip, so when I heard that the game Crime Opera: The Butterfly Effect had been rejected by Valve for their Steam platform, well… I had to at least look, right? (more…)

Review: Create a New World and Do it Over (and Over) Again in Mythic Ocean

Review: Create a New World and Do it Over (and Over) Again in Mythic Ocean

After an apocalyptic vision of the universe ending, you awake and find yourself swimming in an ocean with no memory of who you are. You meet a cryptic eel named Elil and are taught that this is all going according to plan: every time the world ends, everything resets into this place and must start again. Elil prods you into meeting the other aquatic creatures of this ocean, suggesting that they are actually gods and that one of them will have dominion over the new world. The catch is that none of them are aware of that. With your own role and fate in question, you must befriend and indirectly influence this underwater pantheon to shape the creation of the next universe.
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