As virtual reality continues to grow as a new medium, many are trying to do some really interesting games and experiences that could only be developed for VR. Astro Bot Rescue Mission isn’t inventing new genre’s, it is taking an old, classic video game genre and bringing into the VR world -- but to amazing effect.Read More
Christianity in Japan and its history isn't something I've seen much in movies, but definitely something I haven't seen done before in games. However, that's the main theme of CAVYHOUSE's visual novel, The Midnight Sanctuary.Read More
Stone, a koala, awakes with no recollection of his night prior, his keys are in the sink and his head hurts, but most importantly he has woken to a mysterious call telling him his life will never be the same -- his chookie and partner, Alex has been kidnapped.Read More
The first Life Is Strange which starred Max Caulfield was about mental health and growing your identity as a teenager (among other things), the sequel, however, is a politically charged story about America that puts you in the shoes of Sean Diaz that hits hard with its themes even in the premiere episode.Read More
Knees weak, arms are heavy, a punch -- I threw a flurry, exhausted. I’ve been playing Creed: Rise To Glory.Read More
Forza Horizon 4 is a stunningly beautiful tour through the UK with a roster of cars that all control and sound unique with superb detail. The season’s system will keep Horizon 4 feels constantly new and exciting, like a living world that is now populated with real players. This is the racing game to pick up in 2018 and one of the best games of the year.Read More
Some things in life we don’t have control over, like time for example and as much as you may wish you could manipulate things and go back to relive moments of your childhood days spent with your best friend, you can't. In The Gardens Between, however, you’re given the ability to relieve memories of VHS players, late night gaming sessions on CRT TVs and adventures around town. You’re also given control of time, if only for a moment.Read More
Megaquarium is a tycoon game that sets you the task of running a successful aquarium with nearly 100 aqua life forms to fill your attraction with, however, while the game succeeds with the fishy stuff, it fails to feel like running a true aquarium.Read More
I feel like a terrible person. In Ben Esposito's Donut County I destroyed people's homes, crushed the livelihood of residents, burnt down trees and sucked up everything in my path. I feel terrible, but I think that's the point.Read More
2066: Read Only Memories from developer Midboss is a cyberpunk narrative-adventure that originally released on computer platforms in 2015; was updated and ported to consoles in 2017, and now the pixel-art, point and click adventure makes its way to the Nintendo Switch with the 'INTEGRAL' tagline and some bonus features.Read More
2353, Earth: aliens dubbed ‘Shatters’ have invaded. These huge golem size creatures are made up of several different body parts that somehow float together; they don’t destroy humanity or choose to rule over the human race though, instead choosing to steal all Earth’s water and leave, returning to their own planet, Primus Vita.Read More
Two seasons, two spin-offs and six years later and it’s time for Telltale to finally wrap up their time with Robert Kirkman’s Walking Dead world (until they decide not too) and also give us an ending to Clementine's story who players grew attached to years ago as a little girl facing the trial and tribulations of growing up fast in the face of the world's end.Read More
In a combination of table-top gaming, Dungeons and Dragons inspired fantasy role-play, deck-building and third-person hack and slash combat, Australian developer Defiant Games hopes to give you an experience like none other with Hand of Fate 2Read More
In Pokémon Quest your character travels to Tumblecube Island to-- look, I have no idea. Whatever thin story exists in Quest is solely to have you put together a team of Pokémon and clear out the level.Read More
When you're alone in the Australian bush there is a sense and sound that is uniquely Australian. Whether that's the smell of eucalyptus, the cries of cockatiels or kookaburras or the distant ruffles of Australian unique wildlife. It's special, and Paperbark embodies those elements into a short interactive story.Read More
Solo (not related to Star Wars) is 50% psychological journey and 50% box puzzler. If answering questions about your love life truthly sounds like a terrible idea, Solo might not be for you, however, there is a competent puzzle game here as well.Read More
Sony’s handheld doesn’t get many games made exclusively for it anymore. However, a small team from Germany, Behind the Stone, have put together an exclusive 2D side-scroller for the under-loved handheldRead More
If you’ve ever wondered what being stranded on an island might be like, this VR game is for you, buddy. Using the advice of a new friend, Carl the Crab, you’ve gotta find a way to keep yourself from starving and survive as long as possible.
Island Time was on the back foot with me from the offset - it was the first time I put on my VR helmet since playing Moss (a game I adore). However, after a couple of hiccoughs up front and a little experimentation, I’ve grown pretty fond of the (relatively simple) survival game. So much so that I went back again and again.
As Island Time begins you find yourself stranded you on a small island and gives very little context for what to do or how - where my first issue came - to do anything. I presumptively loaded the game with my DualShock 4 in hand and expected to get stuck in to the game, but soon learnt two Move controllers are required (one for each hand - FYI). It would have been nice to have been told so somewhere other than that PlayStation Store listing.
Once we were up and running, a Move controller in each hand, I took my place on the couch - my usual VR spot, and second mistake. The game is undeniably best played standing. You’re welcome. Where most games I've previously played announced it was best played standing, this information was sorely missed anywhere. The tracking is good - not great - although I suspect limited by the PSVR hardware, as opposed to the execution of the game.
Those issues aside, Island Time is a fantastic concept that has been executed well by the Flight School Studio team. Hunger is what kills you on the island, and your goal is to stave it off and hence survive as long as possible. Insofar as I can tell, there is no “winning” - only getting better. And better I did get. Each death felt as though it was my own mistake, and taught me something I could do better next time, as opposed to any imbalance or unfairness in the game. Carl the Crab is a fun and endearing castaway mate who provides light comic relief and is well acted by Kinda Funny's Greg Miller, though in later playthroughs his repeated lines gets a little repetitive.
As of my most recent session, I’m desperately trying to figure out how to acquire the phone I’ve seen in promo shots and trailers, in case that will be of any help on my island plight… (escape is proving hard.)
Island Time was great fun (eventually) and I would certainly recommend it, though I can’t help but think it would be a little more enjoyable given the prompt to stand at the start and a little more accuracy in it’s tracking. I want you to play it, and on a system with better tracking if possible, like the HTC Vive. Regardless, I do suspect I will be back attempting to survive the treacherous VR island with my crab companion very soon.
Too much dismay from others, I have stated several times that the 2D Zelda games are my favourites. Reverie, from small New Zealand-based studio Rainbite, have developed a Vita title that fills that 2D Zelda itch for me.Read More
FoxNext and Imaginati Studio have released their first VR experience based on the rebooted Planet of the Apes franchise, and it’s -- well, as far as movie tie-in games go it’s good, as a game, it’s okay. Be warned though, this one does require a decent amount of space (it says 2x2 metres) and will require both Move controllers.Read More