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28 Nov 2023

REVIEW: Pretty Girls Escape PLUS on PC (Steam)

Familiar readers of our site are likely aware of my track record with reviews from the "Pretty Girls" franchise, and today, I'm excited to delve into the 21st installment – Pretty Girls Escape PLUS. As is the tradition with these releases, the formula remains simple: take a classic game, give it a modern twist, introduce new gameplay elements, and sprinkle in some Japanese anime-style charm. It's a straightforward recipe that consistently delivers enjoyable experiences. Given my past positive reviews of Pretty Girls titles, the question remains: can Pretty Girls Escape PLUS uphold this trend? Read on to discover the answer.

Pretty Girls Escape PLUS serves as an enhanced edition of its predecessor, boasting new characters, stages, and revamped dressing room features.

The game itself, Pretty Girls Escape, falls into the escape block puzzle genre. Players navigate character blocks through challenges, aiming to clear stages by eliminating connected blocks of the same color. The strategic movement of blocks left and right guides the character blocks to the exit. Each stage introduces various obstacles, adding complexity to the puzzle-solving process. The goal? Achieve a high score by erasing as many blocks as possible with minimal moves.

Game Modes:

Stage Mode: Featuring 9 characters with 6 stages each, this mode progressively increases in difficulty. Completing stage-specific missions earns points, which can be exchanged for new costumes.

Challenge Mode: A highly demanding mode with 20 stages, each escalating in difficulty. The ultimate challenge is to conquer all levels.

The game boasts a diverse cast of 9 characters, each with unique traits. The dressing room allows players to freely change costumes, take snapshots, and utilize diorama mode to create and save scenes with multiple characters.


Akiko: Calm and composed, she's the reliable older sister type with a touch of femininity.
Aoi: Reserved and modest, she excels at singing but struggles with dancing and improvisation.
Erisa: A beautiful and talented idol skilled in both singing and dancing.
Megumi: Motherly and kind-hearted, she balances kindness with firmness.
Risa: A bright and vivacious track and field coach well-liked by athletes.
Ami: Track and field team ace, a perfectionist dedicated to her sport.
Sakura: The beautiful manager of the track and field club who admires her coach.
Seira: Strong, serious, and responsible, she plays the role of everyone's big sister.
Ayari: Quiet and cool with a hardworking nature and a hint of tsundere.
Notably, the game maintains a "Bishoujo characters" aesthetic, ensuring no nudity or explicit content, aligning with the Japanese Manga and Anime style.

However, the game's challenge evolves beyond mere block manipulation. Tilt options, obstacle introduction (bombs, unmovable blocks), and the need to strategically move key blocks to unlock exits add layers of complexity. Each character's set of levels increases in difficulty, ensuring a progressively challenging experience. The challenge mode, with 20 stages of increasing difficulty, further enriches the gameplay experience.

The Good:
Zoo Corporation, true to form, elevates a simple game concept, enhancing visuals, and adding depth to what could be considered a straightforward game. It's a rare feat for a franchise to consistently deliver quality across diverse game types. As a puzzle enthusiast, I appreciated the initial ease of play, which later transformed into a tactical challenge with the introduction of "gimmick blocks." Time seems to fly by as you engage with the game.

The Bad:
Struggling to pinpoint any notable flaws, Pretty Girls Escape PLUS effectively executes its role as a block-falling puzzle game.

Zoo Corporation continues its success streak with yet another flawlessly executed puzzle game. Priced competitively at around £5, with a launch discount, Pretty Girls Escape PLUS is a "no-brainer" for puzzle enthusiasts. I award Pretty Girls Escape PLUS a commendable 9 out of 10.

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24 Nov 2023

REVIEW: Barton Lynch Pro Surfing on PC (Steam)

Review by Jon Donnis
Barton Lynch Pro Surfing, developed by a dedicated indie team in Western Australia, is a breath of fresh air for surfing game enthusiasts who have been longing for a realistic simulation experience. However, this niche title might not be everyone's cup of tea.

The game earns praise for its stunning locations, diverse game modes, and a meticulous approach to simulating the art of surfing. The attention to detail in physics and the inclusion of legendary surfers contribute to the authenticity of the experience.

On the downside, the game feels a bit unpolished, with controls that might be challenging for newcomers. The absence of an arcade mode is a curious decision, limiting the appeal to a specific audience, mainly surfers or dedicated fans of the sport. The plethora of menus and options can be overwhelming, making it less accessible for casual players looking for a quick pick-up-and-play experience.

Graphics, touted as cutting-edge, fall short of the expected standard for a next-generation game, which might disappoint those expecting a visual feast. The absence of an arcade mode compounded by the use of surfing jargon might alienate newcomers.

A notable feature is the extensive customization options, allowing players to tailor their characters and equipment to their liking. The inclusion of real-world surf brands adds a layer of authenticity to the game.

The career mode adds depth, challenging players to climb the world rankings while managing various aspects like money, equipment, health, and performance. The game offers a variety of modes, including Tour Modes, Free Surf, and Trick Challenges, ensuring hours of engaging gameplay.

The ability to customize weather conditions in real-time adds an interesting dimension, enhancing the replayability of each location. The soundtrack, featuring Smoking Martha, Kilns, Oly Sherman, Wing Defence, Mesmeriser, and Bad Pony, complements the surfing vibe and fluid mechanics of the game.

While Barton Lynch Pro Surfing may not be the perfect wave for everyone, it successfully caters to its target niche audience of surfing enthusiasts. The game's high price tag might deter some potential players, and the lack of a more user-friendly approach could limit its broader appeal. Despite its flaws, this title manages to carve its niche in the world of sports simulation games.

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21 Nov 2023

REVIEW: DreamWorks All-Star Kart Racing on Xbox

Review by Jon Donnis
DreamWorks All-Star Kart Racing bursts onto the Xbox scene, offering a delightful blend of familiar characters, whimsical tracks, and karting enjoyment. Taking inspiration from the classic Mario Kart series, the game doesn't revolutionize the karting genre but provides a satisfying journey with its share of quirks.

At the heart of the game is an ensemble cast of DreamWorks characters, featuring the likes of Shrek, Po, Tigress, and Boss Baby. Each character adds a unique flavor to the chaotic karting experience.

The array of karts, numbering 20 in total, invites players to personalize their rides with a plethora of parts and accessories. This customization feature adds depth to the gameplay, allowing players to showcase their style on the track.

The tracks, inspired by iconic DreamWorks movie landscapes such as Shrek's Swamp and New York City Zoo, showcase thoughtful design and visual appeal. The game successfully transports players to these fantastical worlds, creating an immersive racing experience.

Innovative game mechanics, including magic paths and super jumps, inject a fresh element into the traditional kart racing formula. Uncovering hidden shortcuts through magical switches adds a strategic layer to the gameplay.

The multiplayer mode, whether online or local split-screen, stands out as a strong feature. It provides hours of entertainment for players of all ages, fostering a sense of camaraderie in the colorful DreamWorks universe.

On the downside, the initial tutorial disrupts the game's flow, hampering players with on-screen instructions. The inability to skip this segment may frustrate those eager to dive into the action.

Computer-controlled opponents exhibit lackluster AI, failing to consistently provide a challenging solo play experience. Improved opponent intelligence would enhance the overall enjoyment of the game.

While the game features an impressive roster of characters, the use of sound-alike voice actors instead of the original stars may disappoint fans. Authentic voice acting could have added another layer of charm to the game.

Despite being a major studio release in 2023, the graphics fall short of the high standards set by other contemporary titles. A more polished visual presentation could have elevated the overall gaming experience.

The gameplay, while enjoyable, lacks the breakneck speed that some players may expect from a kart racing title. A boost in overall speed could heighten the thrill of the races.

In conclusion, DreamWorks All-Star Kart Racing delivers an entertaining karting experience with its vibrant characters and imaginative tracks. Although it faces challenges with the tutorial, AI, voice acting, graphics, and pacing, the game's strengths ultimately overshadow its weaknesses. It stands as a solid choice for DreamWorks animation enthusiasts seeking a lighthearted kart racing adventure. With a score of 7 out of 10, it falls just short of karting greatness but remains a commendable addition to the genre.

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17 Nov 2023

REVIEW: Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl 2 on Xbox - (2023 Video Game)

Review by Jon Donnis
Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl 2 delivers a solid gaming experience and successfully builds upon its predecessor, offering a visually appealing and entertaining crossover fighting game for fans of Nickelodeon franchises.

One of the standout features of the game is its great graphics, bringing to life a diverse roster of recognizable characters from various Nickelodeon shows. This makes it an excellent choice for young kids, providing a fun and engaging experience. The control scheme is a notable improvement, maintaining familiarity while introducing innovative changes. The separation of charge attacks from light attacks enhances combo execution and adds variety to each character's moveset.

However, the game does have its drawbacks. The boss fights, while challenging, lack significant innovation compared to the previous installment. The repetitive nature of button-mashing during boss battles can become monotonous and less engaging over time. Additionally, the platforming sections of the campaign are subpar, detracting from the overall gaming experience.

The plot adds an interesting dimension to the game, with SpongeBob and Patrick embarking on a journey to save the multiverse from Vlad Plasmius's mind control. The introduction of Clockwork and the Timeless Stardial provides a unique narrative backdrop, offering players a reason to engage with the single-player roguelike campaign.

In terms of gameplay, the revisions to characters' movesets, the introduction of new mechanics like aerial dodging and dodge rolling, and the addition of the "Slime Meter" contribute positively to the overall experience. The new roguelike campaign adds depth, and the incorporation of a currency system for power-ups and upgrades enhances replayability.

The expanded arcade and training modes, new mini-games, and boss rush mode contribute to the game's variety, offering players additional ways to enjoy the Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl 2 experience. The inclusion of cross-platform play in online multiplayer is a welcome feature, promoting a more inclusive and connected gaming community.

With 25 playable characters from 17 Nickelodeon franchises and the promise of additional post-launch downloadable content, Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl 2 provides a diverse and evolving roster for players to explore.

In conclusion, while Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl 2 has its shortcomings, it successfully builds upon the strengths of its predecessor, offering an enjoyable gaming experience for Nickelodeon fans. With its improved control scheme, engaging narrative, and a variety of gameplay modes, it earns a solid score of 7 out of 10.

Out on all formats digitally, and the physical release is on November 24th, just in time for Christmas.
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REVIEW: Alex Jones NWO Wars - Android

Review by Jon Donnis
"Alex Jones NWO Wars" is a retro-styled satirical side scrolling 2D video game that takes players on a bizarre and absurd journey through a world filled with conspiracies and outlandish characters. Despite not being a follower of Alex Jones' work, I found myself strangely captivated by the game's over-the-top references and satirical take on current events.

The game's premise revolves around saving the world from the evil globalists' plot to turn everyone into bug-eating pod-dwelling libtards. The narrative is laced with humor and ridiculousness, making it clear that the developers have embraced a tongue-in-cheek approach to the subject matter. The inclusion of Alex Jones as a playable character adds an extra layer of absurdity, allowing players to experience the world through the eyes of the Ιnfοwαrs leader.

The gameplay is fast-paced and adrenaline-inducing, with players facing off against a variety of enemies, including Big Tech Cucks and other anti-American communist bosses. The missions are diverse and entertaining, keeping the player engaged throughout the adventure. The game's commitment to its satirical theme is evident in every aspect, from the dialogue to the mission objectives.

One of the standout features is the game's commitment to addressing serious issues in a light-hearted manner. The emphasis on saving babies from NWO reptiles and stopping the plot to turn frogs gay adds a layer of absurdity that sets this game apart from more conventional titles. The humour is bold, and while it may not be suitable for everyone, it succeeds in creating a unique and entertaining gaming experience. Plus you know it will trigger all of the right people.

The retro-styled graphics and sound contribute to the overall nostalgic vibe of the game. It's evident that SVGS, the free-speech-inspired game development studio behind "Alex Jones NWO Wars," has put effort into creating a visually appealing and immersive experience. The game's commitment to privacy and refusal to deplatform legal content also aligns with its satirical theme, addressing concerns related to cancel culture in a playful manner.

In conclusion, "Alex Jones NWO Wars" is a wild ride of satirical insanity that successfully combines retro gaming aesthetics with over-the-top humor. While its content may not be suitable for everyone, those who appreciate satire and are willing to embrace the absurdity will find an entertaining and engaging experience. SVGS has managed to create a game that stands out in the gaming landscape, delivering a unique perspective on serious worldly issues in a lighthearted and enjoyable way.

Get this game before it gets banned, because you know it will.

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13 Nov 2023

REVIEW: VISCO Collection on Xbox

Review by Jon Donnis
The VISCO Collection is a delightful time capsule, preserving the essence of classic arcade gaming in a revitalized bundle of seven games. Each title holds its own unique charm, appealing to a wide spectrum of gaming preferences.

Andro Dunos: Blast through space in a side-scrolling shoot 'em up adventure, facing off against swarms of alien foes and enormous bosses. With fast-paced action and impressive visuals, it's a classic that will test your skills and reflexes.
Bang Bead: Get ready for intense one-on-one battles in this addictive arcade-style fighting game. Choose your favorite character and engage in epic showdowns, mastering various moves and combos to claim victory.
Captain Tomaday: Take control of the titular hero, Captain Tomaday, in a quirky and challenging shooter. Transform into different forms to navigate bizarre levels and defeat eccentric enemies in this unique and fun-filled adventure.
FlipShot: Challenge your friends or AI opponents to a thrilling game of futuristic pinball. With a variety of tables and physics-defying action, FlipShot offers a fresh twist on the classic pinball experience.
Ganryu: Assume the role of either Musashi or Suzume on a journey to defeat a resurrected Kojirō and his legion of evil ninjas and monsters terrorizing Kyoto.
Goal! Goal! Goal!: Experience the excitement of soccer in this fast-paced, arcade-style sports game. Choose your team and compete in exhilarating matches, scoring goals and making epic plays to win the championship.
Neo DriftOut: Get behind the wheel of high-speed rally cars and drift your way to victory in this thrilling racing game. Navigate challenging courses, master the art of drifting, and compete against other skilled drivers to prove your supremacy on the track.

The range of genres covered is impressive, shoot 'em ups, fighting, shooters, sports simulations, and racing, ensures there's something for everyone. Andro Dunos stands out for its space shoot 'em up adventure, a true test of reflexes and skill. Meanwhile, Goal! Goal! Goal! resonates deeply with nostalgic sentiments, transporting players back to the days of arcade coin-drop matches.

What's particularly noteworthy is the way these games evoke nostalgia, tapping into the memories of anyone who frequented arcades in their younger days. Even if you didn't play these exact titles, the collection brings that familiar arcade ambiance right to your screen.

In summary, the VISCO Collection offers a diverse selection of classic arcade games, making it a recommended choice for anyone seeking a dose of nostalgia or a varied gaming experience. Whether reliving the past or discovering these gems for the first time, it's a journey worth taking.

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8 Nov 2023

REVIEW: schleich® DINOSAURS: Mission Dino Camp on Nintendo Switch

Review by Jon Donnis
DINOSAURS: Mission Dino Camp is a fun, educational and engaging game that is perfect for young dinosaur fans. The game is set in a beautiful tropical forest that is home to a variety of dinosaurs, including velociraptors, brontosaurus, and T-Rexes. Players take on the role of Jack, a dinosaur research scientist who must explore the forest and rescue the dinosaurs from an erupting volcano amongst other things.

This is very much a jobs based game, your character will be given missions, like collecting herbs, or photographing a Dino, and then bring those to other workers, so a lot of going back and forth.

One of the best things about DINOSAURS: Mission Dino Camp is the graphics. The game looks great and the dinosaurs are very well-rendered. The forest is also very detailed and immersive.

The gameplay is simple and easy to learn, even for young children. Players must explore the forest, find the dinosaurs, and then use a tranquilizer gun to stun them and transport them back to base camp. Once the dinosaurs are back at base camp, players must care for them by feeding them, giving them water, and healing any injuries.

The game is also very educational. Players will learn about the different types of dinosaurs that lived on Earth millions of years ago. They will also learn about the importance of conservation and protecting the environment.

My only complaint about the game is that towards the end, it can feel repetitive, and this is definitely a game for younger gamers, older gamers mind find it a bit limited.

Overall, DINOSAURS: Mission Dino Camp is a great game for young dinosaur fans. It is fun, educational, and has great graphics. I give the game a 7 out of 10.

3 Nov 2023

REVIEW: Dreamworks Trolls Remix Rescue on Nintendo Switch

Review by Jon Donnis
Trolls Remix Rescue is a delightful, family-friendly game for the Nintendo Switch that takes players on a musical adventure through the Troll Kingdom. Playing as beloved characters like Poppy, Branch, and Guy Diamond, you'll embark on a mission to save the kingdom from the melodic mastermind Chaz, who has cast a spell on the trolls with his smooth Jazz saxophone, turning them catatonic and causing them to grow mustaches. The game's quirky premise is sure to entertain and make kids laugh.

One of the standout features of the game is the impressive level of customization for your troll character. You can choose from a variety of hairstyles, facial features, outfits, and even select a feminine or masculine voice, allowing for loads of combination possibilities, since this is a game directed at kids, I am sure this element of customisation will be greatly enjoyed by the younger gamer. As you progress, you'll unlock additional clothing options and classic characters to play as, adding to the game's replay-ability.

The gameplay offers a mix of 3D platforming, combat, and rhythm-based mini-games, providing a well-rounded gaming experience. While the platforming aspect is fairly basic, there's room for improvement with additional skills like hair-whipping, swinging, and creating unique objects with troll magic. The inclusion of rhythm-based mini-games and boss fights set to the Trolls soundtrack adds an enjoyable variety to the game.

The game map is sprawling and divided into four regions, each featuring three different levels with unique themes and challenges. This ambition in level design keeps the gameplay engaging and prevents it from becoming monotonous. However, the level design could benefit from clearer navigation paths in some areas, as players might face challenges in finding their way forward, leading to frustration and backtracking.

One significant downside to "DreamWorks Trolls Remix Rescue" is the camera, which can be a major obstacle. It frequently zooms in too close to the character, obstructing your view of the surroundings. This issue can make precision platforming and navigating obstacles difficult, especially during 2D boss fights, which become unnecessarily challenging due to the problematic camera angles.

Despite its camera issues, "DreamWorks Trolls Remix Rescue" offers a solid family-friendly gaming experience. With fun character customization, a variety of gameplay elements, and the incorporation of the Trolls movie soundtrack, it has the potential to entertain players of all ages. The addition of local multiplayer for up to four players makes it a great choice for family gaming sessions. Overall, "DreamWorks Trolls Remix Rescue" is a charming game, scoring a 7 out of 10, but it could achieve even higher ratings with some camera and navigation improvements.

Out Now on Nintendo Switch