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The Starship Damrey Review

Understated in Outer Space

The Starship Damrey Screenshot

HIGH A spooky sci-fi tone and clever use of robots.

LOW Overlooking a crucial key and getting stuuuuuuck.

WTF That's what the oil was for? Really?

Black Rock Shooter: The Game Review

Packing Heat from the Last Generation

Black Rock Shooter: The Game Screenshot

HIGH Mastering combat and getting through bosses untouched.

LOW The forest area kills the pace and drags on for way too long.

WTF What the heck is neblading?!?

Corpse Party: Book of Shadows Review

You'll Wish This Was Just a Book

Corpse Party: Book of Shadows Screenshot

HIGH It's got some of the better writing out there.

LOW Replaying the same, long sequences after each bad ending.

WTF Only girls get extended torture scenes.

State of Play with Brandon Bales: Tommy Refenes of Team Meat

Here's our interview with Tommy Refenes of Team Meat!

In this interview, we discuss everything Super Meat Boy, Tommy's appearance in (the excellent) Indie Game: The Movie, his new game, Mew-Genics, and the act of tessellating someone's face.

Please enjoy this honest, insightful chat with a great developer.

Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward Review

Meow to Tail a Story

Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward Screenshot

HIGH Witty dialogue and great voice acting make the characters more personable.

LOW Getting stuck because I couldn't see the one object I needed to interact with.

WTF How every character seems to possess advanced knowledge of quantum physics.

Sounds Great: A peek at the audio-only Agents

Agents is a game by Recursive Frog (Patino) created for last month's Ludum Dare online game jam. The game is very simple on the surface, in that it's an audio-only adventure where players control two nefarious field agents solely via "voice calls" on their mobile phone. The task is to get them in to a guarded complex, then out, while helping them work together to stay alive.

Uncharted: Fight for Fortune Review

Banking Relics like a Boss!

Uncharted: Fight for Fortune Screenshot

HIGH Finally figuring out all the rules after a few hours of play.

LOW Overlooking a combo bonus and going from a win to a loss in one turn.

WTF The final boss in the Golden Abyss campaign.

State of Play with Brandon Bales: Greg Rice of Double Fine

Here's the full interview with Greg Rice, producer at the great indie studio, Double Fine Productions! If you're not already aware, Double Fine is the home of gaming legends Tim Schafer and Ron Gilbert. Their past console successes include Psychonauts and Brutal Legend. Their more recent games include the downloadable wonders Costume Quest, Iron Brigade, Happy Action Theater, and Stacking!

....Oh yeah, and they raised millions on Kickstarter in mere days to fund their upcoming adventure game; and don't you know that Greg had a huge part in this!?

Thanks for watching, and enjoy!

State of Play with Brandon Bales: Edmund McMillen (Full Interview)

Get ready for an awesome two hours with Edmund McMillen, creator (and co-creator) of some amazing titles over the years, including the recent hits Super Meat Boy and The Binding of Isaac.

In this open, honest interview, McMillen dishes about his role in Indie Game: The Movie, his influences, his thoughts on business, the origins of his games, and much, much more.

Our thanks to him for sitting down with us. Enjoy!

TouchTalk, Volume Four

Grabbity Screenshot

Welcome back to a semi-regular feature here at GameCritics.com: TouchTalk. While this series was inspired by one of my old features, the Bargain Basement, I've got an all-new focus for an all-new phase in gaming. Instead of highlighting discounted gems in the used section of a retail shop, I'll be reviewing downloadable mobile games and apps that you might want to check out… and maybe some that you'll want to avoid.

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