Category: Reviews

‘Even the Ocean’ Offers a Message of Hope When We Need It Most

[Author’s Note: I was generously given a key to the game by the developers.] Three years in the making, Even the Ocean is the artistic successor of Anodyne, and the result of talented developers Joni Kittaka and Sean Han-Tani-Chen-Hogan. The protagonist, Aliph, is a young power…

You Should Probably Skip ‘Watch Dogs’ Before Playing ‘Watch Dogs 2’

Watch Dogs 2 (or WATCH_DOGS 2, as it’s stylized) is coming out on November 15, so if you’re among those preparing for the launch with its selfie reveal app, you might be wondering if it’s necessary to play the first game to get the…

Blanket Fort Chats: Boosting the Games We Love

“Blanket Fort Chats” is a semi-regular column featuring women and nonbinary game makers talking about the craft of making games. As “Blanket Fort Chats” nears its one-year anniversary, we’re doing a bit of a retrospective. In past Q&As, we’ve asked folks which games they…

Queer Identity & Diversity: The Winners of Rainbow Jam ’16

Rainbow Jam ’16 was a game jam held between August 20, 2016 and September 5, 2016 and run by Steven Taarland. The jam was designed to promote the ideals of the development group, which are to celebrate and promote diversity in games and the game…

Underneath the Mask: ‘Kissed By the Baddest Bidder’ Review

Not long ago, I was unofficially diagnosed with an immunological disorder that, at heightened times, keeps me stuck in bed. I went to play one of my many mobile games and found I had run out of memory (WHAAAAT?! NONSENSE!) and had to delete…

I Loved Nexus Game Fair, But I’m Probably Never Returning

I attended Nexus Game Fair for the second time this past Memorial Day weekend. It took place at the Regency Hyatt in downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin, a more central location than previous years. After a fairly negative time last year, it was a difficult decision to…