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Reviews

Review: Alan Wake’s American Nightmare

Review: Alan Wake's American Nightmare
★★☆☆☆

The problem with Alan Wake's American Nightmare isn't so much that it's buried deeply up its own arse, it's more that it doesn’t know whose arse it actually wants to occupy. Its tone is all over the shop. Is it a Twilight Zone episode riff? Is it a Tarantino? Should we be taking it seriously and, if not, why isn't it funny or knowing?

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Review: Puzzle Prism

Review: Puzzle Prism
★★★☆☆

If you’ve decided that you’re never going to play Tetris again because it simply isn’t phallic enough, Puzzle Prism has your back. Ponos’ latest has the same basic line-clearing mechanic as Pajitnov’s masterpiece, but the game’s fully embraced 3D environments and plays out on a rotating 2x2 tower.

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Review: Dariusburst SP

Review: Dariusburst SP
★★★★★

Taito's latest horizontal shoot 'em up in raises the bar for the aquatic-themed space shooting games on iOS, offering an arcade-quality experience with unrivaled depth and breath on the platform.

Hookshot Inc's Simon Parkin engages the robo-cod and comes out smiling.

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Review: ZiGGURAT

Review: ZiGGURAT
★★★★★

It starts above cloud cover on the summit of a tired mountain.

It ends there too, of course - in every crowd-control games you play to postpone the ending - but the beginning is always more important than the ending.

That's where the hope lies.

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Review: Super Stardust Delta

Review: Super Stardust Delta
★★★★

Housemarque offers up an effortless Vita delight with a downloadable sequel to a PSN classic. Super Stardust Delta offers dual thumbstick controls, intriguing uses for front and rear touchscreens, and the best wave design the series has seen to date.

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Tie-in Tuesday: Call of Duty Black Ops – Zombies

Tie-in Tuesday: Call of Duty Black Ops - Zombies
As Hookshot Inc's Mister Mainstream it was only a matter of time (eight days) before I tagged an article with the fabled letters C, O and D. It occupies most of my time when the wife's in bed and/or not speaking to me, so why not inflict the love on our newfound Hookshot audience? Why not, indeed.

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Review: Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3

Review: Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3
★★★★

Wario’s one of the patron saints of Hookshot Inc. WarioWare may have come out on a cartridge and cost significantly more than $15 in the shops, but its toast-catching, shark-jumping, dog-touching agenda paved the way for thousands of iOS and Android oddities.

Now, thanks to the Virtual Console, we can write about him legitimately.

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Review: Warp

Review: Warp
★★★★

Trapdoor, the makers of this fine stealth puzzler, clearly love Valve. It comes through in the game’s beautiful, minimalist visual design; it is there in the sterile lab setting, and it transmits via the carefully crafted physics tasks. This love also radiates from the game’s irreverent sense of humour.

Warp is funny and clever and involving. It touches at gameplay tropes that Valve has always embraced.

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Review: Beat Sneak Bandit

Review: Beat Sneak Bandit
★★★★★

Beat Sneak Bandit sees developer Simogo performing some rather dangerous gene-splicing experiments involving stealth gaming and rhythm action mechanics.

Luckily, though, it looks like the designers know what they’re doing.

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Review: Happy Action Theater

Review: Happy Action Theater
It’s time to move the coffee table. It’s time to shove the sofa as tight as it can go to the wall. Because, that’s right, the curtain is about to rise on Tim Schafer’s Happy Action Theatre.

Release the inner child in 3, 2, 1…

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Review: Radballs

Review: Radballs

With its too-cool-for-school New York design aesthetic and a searing electro soundtrack from Commodore 64 producer Neil Voss, you might expect Glow Interactive's first iOS game to be a case of style over substance.

But Hookshot Inc.'s Simon Parkin discovers its fashionable front clothes a smart, durable puzzle game that mixes Lumines with DJ Hero to mesmerising effect.

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Review: Dear Esther (PC)

Review: Dear Esther (PC)
At first Dear Esther feels like you’re a child grudgingly dragged out on a country walk with an elderly relative who’s started to lose their marbles.

You amble over sinister shorelines, through gullies and into glistening caves while being told circling half-stories about people you don’t know, and who are probably dead.

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