Conclusion: Portraying the casual indifference from nature to it residents is a neat idea, but Shelter can't come up with enough ways to cleverly explore that relationship. The message is clear pretty early on and a change in scenery and context isn't enough to make it any more interesting.
Shelter doesn't reach the high level of profundity it aims for, but this journey through the wilds makes a few poignant points all the same.
3 September 2013
Summary: It is said that the greatest despair that a parent can face is the death of a child. Shelter seeks to mimic parental love and the grief of loss by making you the caretaker of five youngsters who need to be nourished and protected as you lead them through the wilderness we call life.
Pros: Creates an emotional connection between you and your offspring, Unique art style makes for a coherent world, Explores the indifference of nature in interesting ways
Summary: A badger simulation. PC games! Shelter , in which you are tasked with raising young badger cubs in the cruel confines of nature, is out now. While clearly I can’t better Lucy’s world exclusive review from last week, I can only hope to add my own thoughts. Here’s wot I think:
Conclusion: I have no children of my own, in fact I’ve never even babysat a child, but after playing Shelter I have the thought in my head that parenthood is tough. The babies you watch out for are so delicate and needy that you want to, well; baby them as much as possible.
Summary: Tom Freeman of tackles a controversial subject via game review. In a week that the UK government begins a badger cull in England based on anecdotal evidence, and amid fierce criticism from conservationists and scientists alike, you could be forgiven for mistaking the release of an indie badger-sim...
Vampire Legends: The True Story of Kisolova Review
5 April 2013
Excerpt: The best games not only entertain, but teach us something. Actually, since the word “teach” conjures images of stuffy classrooms and boring lectures, perhaps it’s better to say, “the best games are the ones that pique our interest in the real world.
Pros: A fresh narrative based on an unfamiliar vampire legend. Really nice musical score. Interesting video interviews in the Extras section.
Excerpt: I’ve played a lot of football manager games in my life, despite the confusion of friends, I can’t help but love these simulators. The problem with reviewing management games like these (apart from the time it takes to play them and get a full understanding of them) is that each of them has something...
Conclusion: Sadly, most of the game revolves around you dashing from cover to cover. At times you are hiding behind rocks as you attempt to cross a rushing river. Other times you are fleeing a forest fire. It’s a shame that such a cute little game doesn’t have just a few more things going on.
Excerpt: There are two key components to any review of Sports Interactive’s annual update to the juggernaut that is the Football Manager franchise. The first is to complain that each new title is a guarantee of a lessening of familial and social interactions for an extended period of time while you dive into...