Games - 2016 (7 result(s))


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Color the Truth

Brian Rushton 2016
Genre: Adventure
Rating: 4/6
Licence: Freeware
System: Interpreter

Rosalita is being blackmailed, having embezzled some money from her own charity. Two days later, the aging radio station owner and show host is murdered in her own office. Her secretary saw the murderer: a very likely disguised man with a stubble. The investigation team already sweeped the place. Now it's up to the player to interview the four main suspects – the beneficiaries named in the victim's will, i.e. her sister (a flamboyant wannabe show star), her ex-husband (also her former colleague who went to the competition recently), her business partner and the secretary.

Darkiss! Wrath of the Vampire - Chapter 2: Journey to Hell

Marco Vallarino 2016
Genre: Adventure
Rating: 3/6
Licence: Freeware
System: Interpreter

I quite enjoyed the first part of this "saga" last year, so I was looking forward to this one. And then, the competition randomiser put it right at the bottom. Nevertheless, I made it! Anyway, there seems to be a jump in narrative compared to where the first one ended. There, vampire Martin Voigt had only just escaped his tomb. Now, he's already well on his way to fulfil his plans for world domination.

Dungeon Mercenary

hgames 2016
Genre: RPG
Rating: 3/6
Licence: Freeware
System: PC

In the area of Roguelikes, it is quite common that games remain in perpetual development, even after a "1.0" release. Keep in mind that the following review of Dungeon Mercenary (version 17-06-22) may not reflect the latest version available.


Hanon Ondricek 2016
Genre: Adventure
Rating: 3/6
Licence: Commercial
System: Interpreter

Hanon Ondricek has shown himself to be one of the best text adventure authors of recent years (we have full coverage of Transparent). So expectation are high for this one.

Fair follows last year's (The Baker of Shireton) approach: the player is thrown into an "open world" which can be, explored, used and abused to his liking. This is a special approach to storytelling insofar that it even enables the player to stay away from the classic role of protagonist and just let things unfold around him. There is a number of things going on and which strand of plot he follows is entirely up to the player. I.e. it's much more of an indirect way of storytelling compared to classic player-centric narratives.

Game of Worlds Tournament

Ade McT 2016
Genre: Puzzle
Rating: 2/6
Licence: Freeware
System: Interpreter

I've never been into trading card games, as I believe they are a total commercial rip-off. Buy to win. After playing this one, I see the strategic appeal, however. The player takes part as a wild card participant in an intergalactic tournament. Nobody would bet a dime on him. Round by round, he challenges opponents and with that, the status quo of the ruling society (or something…).

Retro Wars Episode IV¼

Amiga Wave 2016
Genre: Adventure
Rating: 1/6
Licence: Freeware
System: Amiga
Compared to when this site started, "retro" has become "mainstream cool" in the meantime. This confronts us with all sorts of attempts, sometimes genuinely coming from somebody's heart, sometimes out of cold-blooded calculation, to capitalize on this trend. When it is for money, clearly riding the commercial train, we should be extra cautious about it. Though even freely available works may fall into one trap or another. Retro Wars Episode IV¼, for instance, embodies pretty much exactly what I bitterly complained about when first wrote about the emerging retro trend five years ago.

Steam Sky

Bartek Jasicki 2016
Genre: Strategy, RPG
Rating: 3/6
Licence: Freeware
System: PC
Steampunk. What started as an original and not entirely unfascinating thought experiment has by now been reduced to stupid costumes primarily consisting of top hat plus welding goggles. It's hard to imagine why a new game would jump on that sad train in 2016. What is even more surprising, however, is that this game then actually doesn't use its self-proclaimed theme after all. Mysterious.

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