Druidstone: The Secret of the Menhir Forest Review

Played on Windows
Disclosure (Review copy) at the end of the review.

Druidstone is the first game from the Ctrl Alt Ninja, the new company formed from Almost Human. While the company’s name change, they say it’s mostly the same group of developers, but the result is a very interesting game. Almost Human was the company that produced the Legends of Grimrock series, an interesting call back to Might and Magic style RPGs. This time around Ctrl Alt Ninja looks back to D&D inspired strategy RPGs, does it hit the mark a second time?

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Wargroove Review

Played on Windows.
Also Available on Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.
Announced for PlayStation 4.
Disclosure below (Review copy)

We are once again talking about a strategy game, and I’m a fan of strategy games. I love turn-based combat and a more tactical game. I’ve played these game for quite a while, whether they be RPGs like the old Might and Magic series, or Ultima, the XCOM Series, Into the Breach, or Nintendo’s versions, known in America as Advance Wars, as well as Fire Emblem to an extent. A new franchise in this genre has arrived, and its name is Wargroove. How does it compare to the other strategy games that have come before it?

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Into The Breach Review

Played on Windows
Planned versions for macOS and Linux with no release date available currently.
Disclosure (review copy) at the end of the review

Into the Breach was released in February, and got a lot of publicity, but the one thing I noticed is the title of the game appeared to be “Into the Breach from the makers of FTL”. It seemed every news source used that title, and apparently, now I have. Subset Games has made that connection a major feature of the advertising of the game even showing it on the steam header image and such.

However no mention in the game here.

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Hellblade Senua’s Sacrifice Review

Played on Windows
Also Available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4
Disclosure (review copy) at the end.

I heard a lot about Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice and its treatment of mental illness. Now everyone talks about this with Hellblade and I feel mental illness is an important topic. I both advocate for destigmatizing it, and treatment of it, but I also really get nervous when pop culture talks about it because the fact is people treat the topic of Mental Illness as a story element and not a deeper topic. So when I approached Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice I was nervous.

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Chessaria: The Tactical Adventure Review

Played on Windows
Also Available on macOS
Disclaim at the end (Review copy, requested by me)

On Steam I was browsing and saw someone had a game called Chessaria on a wishlist or had just purchased it. I took a look because I’m a fan of chess. Maybe not the biggest fan but I’ve played over 100 games on lichess.org (my profile page) and more elsewhere, so I know what I’m doing. Chessaria brought back memories of when I first got into computer chess and promised tactical puzzles with Chessaria: The Tactical Adventure. Alright, it had my attention.

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