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6.5

Good

Jurassic World 2: Fallen Kingdom

I’ve always loved the Jurassic franchise. It’s got dinosaurs, it’s got laughs, it’s got stupid decisions, it’s got Jeff Goldblum and it’s got just enough suspense and dino-surprises to thrill, but not keep you up at night. It’s fun. What more could you possibly want...

9

Flippin' great

Supertype! Not Just a Game for Nanas

  The name Supertype might make you think that this is for people who like Scrabble and crosswords. I have nothing against these people (being one myself) but I would be very sad if someone overlooked Supertype as a game only your Nana would play. Sure, the game’s aesthetics has a bunch of backdr...

3

Waste of time

Mary Shelley

Mary Shelley is a biographical period piece about author of Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus, arguably the first true science fiction story. Daughter of a novelist/polictical philosopher and writer/feminist, Mary Shelley (Elle Fanning) was born into a fascinating world of political rebellion whose li...

9

Flippin' great

Oxenfree: Supernatural teen drama with some guilty pleasures

Being a teenager is hard. Especially if you’re Alex. Let’s see…your dad’s just married somebody else’s mum. You’ve just met new stepbrother Jonas which is great because your only other brother just died. But now you have to drag him along to some weird party on a deserted island. Oh yeah. And then the...

7.5

I'm smiling

Ocean’s 8

Ocean’s 8, directed by Gary Ross, is a the fourth film in the modern Ocean’s heist film franchise, and the first with an all-female cast of criminals. Inspired by her late brother Danny, Debbie Ocean (Sandra Bullock) assembles a team of multi-talented women to pull off a jewellery heist at the N...

10

Experience this

Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms

Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms is a beautiful telling of the bond between mother and child, set in a fantasy medieval world, where legends such as dragons still exist but are dying out. The plot revolves around Maquia, a young Iorph (a clan that becomes immortal in their mid-teens) and Ariel, a mor...

8

Great

Reigns: Her Majesty

It seems the world is a flurry of royal news. Royal babies, royal weddings…and I’m glad to say the virtual world is following suit. What’s it like to be royal? We find out in Reigns: Her Majesty. The game follows up from the original Reigns but now has you as the Queen. It’s also got...

10

Experience this

Gravity Falls

Nostalgia is a lie. It’s a rose-coloured lens through which we view the past, lingering in the erroneous notion that times long gone were better. However, I do believe childhood summers may just be the exception. Twins Mabel and Dipper Pines are sent up from California to the town of Gravity Falls in Oregon...

7

I'm smiling

Mountain

Mountain finds itself between a few genres. Not quite a nature documentary. Not quite an extreme sports reel. Perhaps best described as a feature-length, lightly narrated, high-concept music video. This may not sound terribly inviting, but with music performed by the Australian Chamber Orchestra, and narrat...

8.5

Great

Detroit: Become Human

“Remember, you decide the fate of your characters. All of them can die. So… be careful.” The affirming words of Chloe, the android who greets you on the menu screen, sum up Detroit: Become Human pretty well. This is a game where your quick thinking and composure in tense situations is tested. This is not a ...

6

Good

Solo: A Star Wars Story

The choice to do a Han Solo origin film is one that has sat uneasily with me since the announcement. Origin stories can easily become overused in media when a fictional universe is expanding and the corporations who own it want to make as much money as possible. If you are going to do an origin film it need...

10

Experience this

Reflections on “This War of Mine”

I think I’ve got it this time. Of course, I’ve thought this at the start of every game. But this time, there are signs that my new strategy’s working. My crew’s in good health, we’ve got a respectable food stash, and no one’s sick or injured. Not only that but we’re...

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