By Evan Bergstra - March 16th, 2015


I’ve never been much of an athlete. I don’t mind a bit of regular fitness at home or cycling around town to keep myself healthy, but more structured sports and recreation never sucked me in because I had neither the drive nor the competitive mindset to commit an adequate level of focus or discipline. The idea of hitting or throwing a ball over and over and over with the intent of minor incremental skill gain didn’t appeal to me the way something like drawing did – or gaming. As a youngster I had no objections against flying the same mission, grinding the same dungeon or running the same map over and over and over with the intent of a higher score or a better time. You could argue that between gaming and sports I made the poorer choice, and you’d be right, but I can’t change the past and here we are. This is all somewhat of an unnecessary preamble to introduce this notion: if you find difficult and repetitive gaming nothing but infuriating then you might want to pass on Moon Spider’s Harold; but if you can relate to my childhood attitude then you will probably find Harold an engaging and satisfying title.

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By Jorge Figueiredo - February 28th, 2015


When I read about Evan’s recent foray into the wilds of Toronto to participate in the Evolve ‎event, I was pretty stoked to get my hands on Turtle Rock Studios’ hunt-or-be-hunted game, Evolve. Besides being a tightly-designed (and fun) game, this title managed to do something that most multi-player shooters fail to do: get me to look forward to playing the game with other people.

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Grow Home

By Jorge Figueiredo - February 15th, 2015


‎Grow Home, developed by Ubisoft Reflections, is a neat little PC title with a basic story – but with an excellent hook. This third-person adventure game will have you controlling a robot who has been assigned the daunting task of growing a massive plant in the hopes of saving the planet. It’s not a long game, and it is definitely a very different title from Ubisoft’s normal fare – but it is entertaining and charming, and the open world is fun to explore.

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Fashionably Late Reviews
Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers
20th Anniversary Edition

By Jorge Figueiredo - February 9th, 2015


I never played the original Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers, so to be able to review the 20th Anniversary Edition (Phoenix Online Studios, Pinkerton Road Studio) was like opening up a time capsule. It is quite clear that this title was created for the fans, since the story and characters are somewhat dated – but with updated puzzles and improvements in the aesthetics, this point-and-click game is enjoyable, if one has an open mind (and some patience).

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Space Hulk: Ascension

By Rituro - January 18th, 2015


Space Hulk: Ascension is attempt number two by Danish developer Full Control to translate the Space Hulk board game to the digital world. The first one, which I reviewed back in October of 2013 for Toronto Thumbs, can be summarized thusly: slow, inflexible, and did not take advantage of its medium. Fast forward a year later and we have Space Hulk: Ascension, a sorta-sequel that does what the first one didn’t – take the source material less literally.

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Darkness Within: In Pursuit of Loath Nolder

By Dana Russo - January 17th, 2015


Zoetrope Interactive’s point-and-click PC title Darkness Within: In Pursuit of Loath Nolder sounds promising enough, what with the H.P. Lovecraft mythos surrounding the plot and the ominous nightmare sequence we’re quickly introduced to. You play the role of a detective named Howard Loeid in the fictional town of Wellsmoth (which is supposed to remind us of Innsmouth, I’m assuming) who has recently woken up from a terrifying nightmare and can’t seem to make heads or tails of it. Worse yet, he thinks he’s only slept for a mere few hours when really he’s been asleep for days. Intriguing to be sure – but sadly, it doesn’t stay that way for long.

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Fist of Jesus: The Bloody Gospel of Judas

By Jorge Figueiredo - January 5th, 2015


Now, I’m going to start this off with something of a disclaimer: if you are easily offended by religious humour, or are a devout Christian (who is easily offended by religious humour) you might not want to read this review at all; in fact, you might not even want to know that this game exists! For the rest of you, though, know that Mutant Games’ Fist of Jesus for the PC is a 2D beat-’em-up action game in which the humour is so tongue-in-cheek that you’ll be able to lick the outside of your face while your mouth is closed. First impressions are that the game is fun – but playing for a little while longer reveals a few bugs, as well as a repetitive concept. Still, if you are a fan of mindless combat…

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