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Supertype

How does a p fall? How much does an r weigh? And how does the dot over an i sound?

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 backdrops that look like vintage wallpaper. But floral patterns aside, Supertype is, at its very h...

Oxenfree

Supernatural teen drama with some guilty pleasures.

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 there’s the supernatural. Welcome to the world of Oxenfree. If you’re one of those fully grown ...

Reigns: Her Majesty

What’s it like to be royal? We find out in Reigns: Her Majesty.

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 a feminist slant to it, although I thought it was more of the humorous  kind rather than th...

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 armed and while there have been raid attempts on our apartment, none of them have been succ...

Love Trains? How about some Mini Metro…

Somewhat sad confession: subway maps make me excited. That little piece of paper with candy-coloured lines blooming like veins represents travel and adventure for me. So it’s probably no surprise that Mini Metro has become one of my go-to tablet games. Mini Metro was developed by the even more endearingly-named Dinosaur Polo Club. These Kiwi devs have made a puzzle strategy game that involve...

Ready Player One

If you like playing “spot the pop culture reference”, then don’t look any further. Ready Player One is a veritable homecoming for any geeky child of the 80s to feel they’re back in style. But to go backward in time, we must first go forward. The movie kicks off in the year 2045 where reality is in shambles. Our hero Wade Watts lives in “The Stacks”, a high-rise ...

Edifier G4 Gaming Headset: a little bit sexy

Okay, I admit that branding can be a point of pride for many gamers. But while I’d like to think of myself as a SteelSeries gal, I’m really just an indiscriminate gadget freak.  So it was with some guilt and excitement that I put my trusty Arctis 7 aside and donned Edifier’s G4 headset for a gaming session. I could go into detailed specs and scrutinise every facet, but that would...

The Pillars of the Earth: Book One

Man, life was hard in the middle ages. Especially when you have to give birth. In the snow. And your husband has no clue what to do. This is pretty much how useless I was playing as Tom Builder in the prologue of The Pillars of the Earth. Watching my wife bleed all over the ground, I finally had enough wits to hang a blanket off her knees and hope for the best. Fortunately, the game didn’t m...

Hitman GO

Agent 47 returns in this reimagining of Square Enix’s Hitman. In this turn-based puzzler, you control Agent 47 as he do-si-dos around security, dogs, armed men and civilians to reach his mark. If you’ve played any of the other Hitman games, the new take on this may startle you at first. The world has been put into the context of a board game. All the characters have been turned into pl...

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