2013 Gaming Archive #31: Sine Mora

Sine Mora

Not Your Father’s Bullet Hell

I honestly did not think I would be going back to Sine Mora ever again. Not because it was bad or not worthy of playing more; quite the opposite. In my initial review, I had some quite glowing things to say about the game! But I don’t feel that bullet hell shoot-’em-ups are my strong suit, and as I seem to remember, I thought I’d gotten as far as I could get in Sine Mora.

Sometimes, a fresh positive attitude and enough time passed to forget how difficult something was can do wonders. Continue reading


2013 Gaming Archive #30: A World of Keflings

A World of Keflings

If You Build It (and Give Away the Game For Free), They Will Come!

A World of Keflings is not the type of game I typically play. Resource gathering simulations aren’t really my cup of tea, no matter how silly the presentation. And despite the fact that my Xbox Live avatar was cast in the starring role, the graphics (and for that matter the god-awful beeping and humming that passed for dialog) would normally not have changed my opinion in any positive way whatsoever. Continue reading

2013 Gaming Archive #29: Midnight Mysteries: The Edgar Allan Poe Conspiracy

Edgar Allan Poe Conspiracy

I Bet You Were Expecting a ‘Nevermore’ Tagline…

Meh. A hidden object puzzler on the DS. Not a particularly great fit, given the smaller screen size of the system, though I can understand that the budget of these titles might lend itself better to handheld systems than home consoles. And, to be honest, a HOG is pretty much what I was hoping for when I went digging in the value bin at my game store. They’re not my favorite genre – I’ve reviewed quite a number of them when writing for BNBGaming and continue to be involved with them at AdventureGamers – but I don’t hate them. In fact, they can be charming and intriguing, if done right. But this day I was looking for a game for my girlfriend, who is more into seek-n-finds than I am. Ironically, I am the one who ultimately picked it up and played it, and it wasn’t quite the diamond-in-the-rough experience I was hoping it would be. Continue reading

2013 Gaming Archive #28: Phoenix Wright: Justice For All

Justice For All

The Proof is in the Puddin’

Even though I loved the original Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, a ravenous appetite for more legal litigation – combined with difficulties in obtaining the second and third installments in the trilogy – forced my hand and caused me to take an unscheduled detour to the fourth canonical game, and a new character in the series, Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney. While I nonetheless quite enjoyed my time with Apollo, Trucy, and the gang, some developments of the plot, taking place a full seven years after the last Phoenix Wright title, left me wondering what had happened in the intervening years? I was left with a knowledge gap – one I was all too eager to fill. So when the opportunity presented itself to pick up, by a stroke of luck, not one but both of the missing games for my collection, I didn’t need much convincing. And so I ended up with Justice For All and Trials and Tribulations – the first of which I’ve now officially made my way through. Continue reading

2013 Gaming Archive #27: Dust: An Elysian Tail


Dustier Than Ever

As the final game of Microsoft’s 2012 promotion, Summer of Arcade, Dust: An Elysian Tail found itself in good company. Motocross racer Trials Evolution and brain-bendy dimension-skewering platformer Fez were among the other standout arcade titles that year. These three games make something of a triumvirate that I myself, as well as family coming over to visit, love to go back to on a regular basis. A year and a half isn’t an immeasurable amount of time that’s went by, but many other games have come and gone in the intervening months, and still Dust slips on comfortably and refuses to be shaken off, like a favorite sweater on a cold day, or a dog humping after your leg…actually, just the sweater. Continue reading

2013 Gaming Archive #26: Clash of Heroes

Clash of Heroes

Rearrange Yo’ Face

Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes remains, in my humble opinion, the single best game that Microsoft has given away to their Xbox Live Gold members free of charge this year. The amount of fun to be had in this simple but well-executed and beautifully presented high fantasy Connect-3 puzzler is, simply put, addictive. Nothing against the other games in the Free Games for Gold promotion, but it wasn’t even a fair fight with Clash of Heroes in the mix. Continue reading