The Best Games of 2014 (According to ME)

Here’s my favourite games of 2014 so far. I usually find that about half of the great games in any year I only discover later, so this is the half that I have found so far :). Sherlock Holmes: Crimes And Punishments. By far my…

They Breathe

A sinister trip to a mossy underwater underworld as what looks like a little green frog, who needs air supply from the bubbles while swimming to avoid these nasty mollusc-like creatures. There are other frogs swimming too – I treated them as enemies but actually…

Thalamus Hunter

Mind: Path to Thalamus (PC, 2014). I can barely think of a worse title for a rather terrific game. They spell their own title wrong on their site!¬†Here’s the blurb on the game from the website, so I don’t have to describe it :). “Wrapped…

Anything But Elementary

I really loved my experience with the new Sherlock Holmes game, Crimes and Punishments. Despite much of the actual gameplay being quite shallow, and a lot of the stories quite linear in plot, I think it’s one of the deepest, most adult adventure games I’ve…

Notes On Modern Warfare

I’m really enjoying Brendan Keogh’s video series on the single player campaigns from the Modern Warfare games – he’s christened his playthrough a ‘critical let’s play’ and I like the idea, or just the notion of approaching such a thing with a focus on more…

Peeing In The Park – Dogforce Seasons

I just don’t know how to really present it with knowing authority for a recommendation, but I find it fun to be a dog for a while and scare birds and piss on fire hydrants and catch frisbees and shake water over men on park…

Board Control – Kingdoms

I had the pleasure of trying Kingdoms¬†out with its creators at EGX in London. It completely blew me away and I can’t wait to own it. It is one of those games that tries to take existing tropes and pare them down to something as…

Lovers In A Dangerous Spacetime Seems Good!

Lovers In A Dangerous Spacetime has a very pretentious name, for what is actually a very joyous and seemingly simple premise. You’re a navigatable circular space machine, that you manouvre and control to rescue trapped beings within a 2D array of planets and asteroids. The…

Flapping at Life

To finish a mini-trilogy of hybrid game designs, this is Flapping Bird, which I suppose is more of a parody or a homage to the ubiquitous Flappy Bird. But rather than just copy the game into some sort of tweaked graphical style, the game more…

Matchstick Memories

Matchstick Memories is another enthralling hybrid of different game concepts. A succession of grid-based puzzle concepts is linked with the gentle adventuring reminiscent of early text adventures, but with a more airy, contemplative feel. For a game with text and a few symbols, it manages…