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One Small Fire At A Time Review

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One Small Fire At A Time is the non-Japanese visual novel developed by Kidalang, and published by Culture Select, about a teenaged girl deemed to be mad and placed in a madhouse. The reason for this condition? The inability to use magic in a world where everyone is able to do so. Her life is taken for a turn when a mysterious group of people arrive at the mansion that she is recovering in, and a strange plot involving illegal pharmaceuticals takes the reign. The story begins with our protagonist, Janis, and a short meeting between her, Ena (the nurse of the madhouse), and another girl, Candela. This short intro sets the mood for the entirety of the story, which … Continue reading

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Hyper Bounce Blast Review

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Flump Studios, creators of Horizon Shift, have recently released their latest arcade shooter, Hyper Bounce Blast. The objective in Hyper Bounce Blast is a simple one, players must defeat waves of enemies while dodging and bouncing around an enclosed arena in order to advance through the levels of the game. Gamers might remember that Horizon Shift had a similar ruleset, but where these two games differ is in their gameplay mechanics. Does Hyper Bounce Blase rival, or even eclipse, Horizon Shift? Perhaps. Much like Horizon Shift, Hyper Bounce Blast does not feature a notable story mode, but is instead completely based on gameplay. The gameplay itself is based around moving within a designated playing field and shooting enemy geometry in … Continue reading

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Overwatch Review

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Overwatch is the latest game from Blizzard. The premise is a rather simple one, you have two teams of six-players that must battle it out to complete objectives in order to defeat the opposing side. Where Overwatch has its intricacies is in its mechanical build up, interesting character design and engaging map layouts, which helps to create an incredibly fun experience. Be sure to check out our hands-on impressions here, or read on for the full review. The storyline in Overwatch is really touched on too much in the game, with it being relegated primarily to online videos and comic-strips. However, there is a tonne of attention to detail in the games levels, particularly in the starting zones that allow … Continue reading

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Ozmafia!! Review

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What would happen if you took a bunch of fairytale story characters and mixed them together in an Otome styled visual novel? You would end up with a story about a girl trapped in a mysterious town where territory is divided up to mafias representing the most iconic stories of our time. This is the premise of Ozmafia!!. Warring pretty boys, cat-girls, and an abundance of forced drama are what make Ozmafia!! an enjoyable read. The game starts with you, the female protagonist, awakening with no memories in a strange town and being about to be eaten by an evil wolf-like man. However, the player character soon takes flight and runs into a small group of dashing looking gentlemen that … Continue reading

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WOLFLAME Review

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Isometric rail-shooters, or as Nyu-Media has described them:¬†Glorious 2D Vertical Shooting, have been a staple in gaming since probably gaming was a thing. The developers over at Astro Port have made same rather fun games over the years, and WOLFLAME continues their tradition rather well. WOLFLAME is published by Nyu-Media and is available on Steam. WOLFLAME has a rather simple story, much like with Astro Ports other games, where the player pilots an experimental aircraft called the Siebold. The Siebold is tasked with defending the players world of Sig Fildonia from an oncoming swarm of alien baddies. I’m not actually sure where the story of the game comes into play, as you’re pretty much thrust straight into the game with … Continue reading

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Tokyo ESP Review

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Coming up with something to say about Tokyo ESP to accurately convey what this series is has been tough. It’s not that it’s a bad series, or a forgettable one, it’s just that it is really hard to talk about. And so, in trying to define what Tokyo ESP is, I’ve come to the conclusion that the series can only really be described as one way. Tokyo ESP is pretty much X-Men, if it was written to include a bunch of different anime tropes. Also, if it was starring an anime girl, Wolverine became Magneto and Professor X was the bad guy. Tokyo ESP starts off in a really dramatic way that slowly builds your interest from completely disinterested to … Continue reading

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Tokyo Babel Review

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Tokyo Babel is a rather interesting Visual Novel developed by Propeller and published by MangaGamer. The story follows an artificial human named Tendou Setsuna and a small team consisting of an Angel, a Demon and a regular Human as they traverse Tokyo Babel in an attempt to reach Heaven and come face-to-face with God. The story borrows a lot from Biblical stories, as well as some themes invented by Dante in the famous Inferno stories, and then throwing a layer of Japanese complexity and a whole lot of anime-esque storytelling to the mix. The end result is a game that is fun from beginning to end, while still maintaining a sense of mystery and even sometimes, horror. The story begins … Continue reading

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