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Hello, and thank you for visiting my page.  I am a lifelong gamer and have been playing video games since I was a child.  I own every major Nintendo system from the NES to the Switch.  The purpose of this page is to share my opinions on video games, and I write my reviews with the hope of helping you make informed decisions on video games.  I focus on newer games, but I also delve into older games every now and then.  Please feel free to read, share what you think in the comments, and enjoy! And check out my YouTube channel for video reviews, let’s plays, discussions, and more!

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World to the West (Switch) Review

Go West, Young Travelers

World to the West is a follow up to Rain Games’ first game Teslagrad, and is even set in the same universe. These two games couldn’t be further apart, though. While Teslagrad was a Metroidvania-inspired puzzle platformer, World to the West is a top-down adventure game reminiscent of titles like The Legend of Zelda and Secret of Mana. Its unique draw lies in its four playable characters, all of whom explore the world in diverse ways.

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Teslagrad (Switch) Review

Polarized Platforming

Teslagrad opens on a rainy night with a young boy running through the rooftops of a European town. Following a fluidly animated playable chase sequence, our protagonist reaches a massive tower harboring the history of his country and the powers of magnetism. Developer Rain Games’ title has all the inner workings of what makes a great indie platformer – a somewhat non-linear Metroidvania structure, environmental puzzles that build off a core mechanic, and a plot that you must unfurl on your own. For the most part, the elements effectively work together, but some physics issues mar the experience.

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Pic-a-Pix Deluxe (Switch) Review

Picross…in Color!

Puzzle fans may be familiar with Picross, a type of brainteaser in which you use numerical clues to complete a picture crossword. These paint by numbers puzzles have been adapted to video game format and popularized thanks to Nintendo’s long-running Picross series. Lightwood Games’ Pic-a-Pix Deluxe takes the formula and implements one big element: color. This single change adds another dimension to each picture crossword.

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SteamWorld Heist: Ultimate Edition (Switch) Review

See You Space Cowbot

Developer Image & Form launched the original SteamWorld Heist on the Nintendo 3DS in 2015, introducing gamers to a unique brand of sidescrolling strategy. With the “Ultimate Edition” on Nintendo Switch, the company hopes to reignite that spark for anyone that missed it. And it does so with good timing, hot off the heels of its successful SteamWorld Dig 2 release. Although Heist is set in the same universe, the games couldn’t be further apart in gameplay and plot. So you don’t necessarily need to play one to understand the other.

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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – The Champions’ Ballad DLC (Switch) Review

We Are the Champions

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has been one of the most successful games in the series. Eiji Aonuma and the development team created a vast, open world that resonated with many players. Through their reinventing of the classic franchise, the Breath of the Wild received the honor of Game of the Year at the 2017 Game Awards. But the event had a bigger surprise in store for Zelda fans: Nintendo revealed that the second DLC pack, The Champions’ Ballad, would be downloadable immediately that very same night.

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