Average User Score: 8.6Aug 5, 2013Dust is a rather nice retro-ish platformer with modern sensibilities. It's a side scrolling rpg-light metrovania game with rather charming graphics, simple but with surprising depth fighting system and a light hearted enough story (probably due to the cutesy design, rather than the story itself).
It can get a little tedious towards the end due to repetition and quite a bit of backtracking, and with hard difficulty it can grind on your nerves a bit, but on the whole, for a game of this length (around 15 hours long) and this polished state to be done by mostly one person, it is quite the achievement.
If you like this type of games, this should be definitely one for your list. Do not expect the new dawn of gaming revolution, but it's pleasant enough to earn a place in your fond memories once you have finished it.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.5Aug 1, 2013The new Tomb Raider (reboot) is good, and that is quite a surprise. If you get this game not predetermined that it is something that you think it is, rather than accept its choices, then you will have fun.
As almost everyone else has said, this is more of an action 3d platformer game than a puzzle Tomb Raider game. There are a number of optional tombs to raid, which are essentially small puzzle rooms, but the rest of the game is linear and story driven, but it allows you to travel back and forth to areas to do further exploring.
It's mechanics are mostly good, save for the rather many QTE sections which, despite their flaws, make the game more cinematic. I like the fighting and the jumping is well done (unless you want the old masochistic jumping which I was never a fan of) if a bit controlled.
The graphics are amazing, one of the better looking games of this year and it runs surprisingly well on a decent rig. Lasts about 12 or so hours, more if you decide to explore every nook and cranny. All in all, I had fun with this, probably the only TR game I had fun with since TR2 and the isometric Guardian Of Light.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.7Aug 1, 2013Having become a tad enamored with intelligent indie games in the last couple of years, it is still quite amazing when I come across one as well made, thoughtful and intelligent as The Swapper.
The Swapper's premise is simple. You are a person that found themselves in a seemingly abandoned space station or space ship. Armed only with a cloning gun, a device that allows you to create (and swap to) up to four copies of yourself, you traverse rooms in search of orbs that open doors.
During the increasingly difficult puzzles, you start encountering different colored light sources in the rooms, each of which has a different affect to your gun's beam. Blue will let you swap but not create a clone in it's light. Red will let you create a clone but blocks your swapping beam. And so on.
There is a thin story in the background that carries you forward, but the juice of the game are the puzzles. And the majority of them are a delight to solve. It does get a bit too difficult towards the end, but the game lasts about five or so hours, which is a perfect length for it.
Great graphics, atmospheric piano music and intelligent gameplay. The Swapper is an excellent puzzler that deserves a place in your games collection.… Expand