CGRundertow UPBOT GOES UP for Xbox 360 Video Game Review

Adjective Noun Verb Adjective. Overused meme is overused. Let’s get over that and focus on the important part: what makes a good puzzle game. As anyone at Nintendo can tell you, all you really need is a very basic idea, executed perfectly. Upbot Goes Up has a very simple premise: You have blocks, they move when you press a button, you need to get them to certain places. Kinda like Boxxle, but on the 360 instead of a Game Boy.

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LGR – Chip’s Challenge – PC Game Review

[typing] Chances are if you owned or used a Windows computer in the mid-’90s, this right here looks might familiar. It’s Chip’s Challenge, the game with the little guy that says “bummer” when you mess up. [male voice] “Bummer.” But Chip’s Challenge had its start years before the Windows Entertainment Pack was even a thing. In fact, it started out as a game for the Atari Lynx handheld game console. Developed by Chuck Sommerville for Epyx and published by Atari

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CGR Undertow – PICBOX review for Xbox 360

Okay. So I may have cleared every puzzle in Mario’s Picross one night in a buffalo-wing-induced frenzy. Capsaicin, man. Does weird things to you. So now I’m left without block-filling puzzle fun, and I’m kinda jonesing. So when I saw that there was a Picross game on the XBLA indie channel… I kinda wondered if that was a really good idea, since part of the appeal of Picross is that it’s generally an awesome travelling game. Optimal for killing a

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Why Don’t Mystery Games Need Mechanics?

There is nothing I love more than a good mystery story, whether it’s classic novels like The maltese falcon, more modern televised sleuthing shows like Twin Peaks and even mystery movies like the brilliant clue or Knives out. Unfortunately, I can’t say the same for mystery-focused videogames… which have been a little bit hit and miss. In L.A. Noire, the crimes don’t require any sort of thought on the player’s part to solve because Cole’s magical ability to tell whether

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CGRundertow MAGIC: THE GATHERING 2013: RETURN TO RAVNICA EXPANSION for Xbox 360 Video Game Review

Man. This review almost collapsed already under the weight of its own title. Besides, I don’t know of anyone who uses that whole “Duels of the Planeswalkers” nomenclature anyway. Especially since planeswalkers aren’t really a part of this game. But no matter! There’s marketing to be done, after all, to remind you that the Return to Ravnica set is totally a thing that’s happening and that you should go buy some of those cards. And that marketing takes the form

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LGR – Prezzie Hunt – PC Game Review

[deep sigh] – Hey! – Auughh! Do you have to do this every year? Uh, ya know what time o’ year it is? – Know what time o’ year it is?! – Lemme guess. It’s December. – Yeah! – Mmm, yes. – Say it! – No, no, no… – Fine it’s time for Christmas Lazy Game Reviews! – Mmm, Christmas… Hope you’re happy. [electronic version of “Silent Night” plays] [fizz, sip] Aahhh! [typing] Quite often with Christmas games, the goal

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