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About Kirk Hiner

Raised on Intellivision and Star Frontiers, I've been a gamer since I was old enough to say, "There's nothing on TV." There's still nothing on TV so I'm still playing games, and I likely will be until I'm able to retire to Wuhu Island.
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Review: Super Dungeon Tactics (Nintendo Switch)
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3 weeks ago

Review: Super Dungeon Tactics (Nintendo Switch)

Underbite Games has brought the dice mechanic back to role-playing in a very unique way with Super Dungeon Tactics, now available for Nintendo Switch. Is it enough to make this a turn-based adventure worth taking? Yes, but not just because of the dice.
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Review: Labyrinth of Refrain: Coven of Dusk (Nintendo Switch)
7.5
4 weeks ago

Review: Labyrinth of Refrain: Coven of Dusk (Nintendo Switch)

If ever there was a game that clearly indicates developers are moving from the Nintendo 3DS to the Nintendo Switch, it’s Labyrinth of Refrain: Coven of Dusk. Should Switch owners be celebrating this? Let’s find out.
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Review: Freedom Planet (Nintendo Switch)
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1 month ago

Review: Freedom Planet (Nintendo Switch)

How you feel about Freedom Planet on Nintendo Switch will largely be determined by what you loved and hated about the Genesis-era Sonic the Hedgehog games.
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Review: Okami HD (Nintendo Switch)
8.5
2 months ago

Review: Okami HD (Nintendo Switch)

Okami HD is a wonderful, exciting adventure that’s beautifully presented. Although the paintbrush mechanic can still be frustrating, the Nintendo Switch offers its best implementation of any platform.
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Interview: Pure Nintendo explores Super Dungeon Tactics with Underbite Games
2 months ago

Interview: Pure Nintendo explores Super Dungeon Tactics with Underbite Games

By  •  Interviews

This September, Nintendo Switch owners will be able to explore the unique battle system of Super Dungeon Tactics, a turn-based RPG from Underbite Games. To prepare for the release, we fired off some questions to the developers at Underbite to learn what we can expect from the Switch version.
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Review: Not a Hero (Nintendo Switch)
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2 months ago

Review: Not a Hero (Nintendo Switch)

Not a Hero: Super Snazzy Edition is a vulgar, violent game, but the pixelated and colorful presentation—coupled with its sharp sense of humor—help to keep the tone light. I was pleasantly surprised by the snappy, addictive gameplay when I first dug into it, but could that be maintained across 21 levels? Let’s discuss.
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Review: Another World (Nintendo Switch)
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3 months ago

Review: Another World (Nintendo Switch)

Contrary to popular thought, a video game isn’t “classic” just because it’s old. Even games that were groundbreaking in their day can feel stagnant 10, 20 or 30 years later. Is that the case with Another World, now available for Nintendo Switch? That’s what we’re here to find out.
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Review: Awkward (Nintendo Switch)
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3 months ago

Review: Awkward (Nintendo Switch)

I enjoy when video gaming systems try to be party games. But I also enjoy when video games are finished, by which I mean the developers completed the creative process. That didn’t happen with Awkward, so let’s find out what went wrong.
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Review: Lanota (Nintendo Switch)
7.5
3 months ago

Review: Lanota (Nintendo Switch)

Lanota is a solid rhythm game for Nintendo Switch that’s both visually and aurally attractive. But considering its mobile roots, is the Switch a viable platform for its intricate tap/swipe gameplay?
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Review: Dragon Lapis (Nintendo 3DS)
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4 months ago

Review: Dragon Lapis (Nintendo 3DS)

By  •  Reviews, 3DS

You may know the Kemco name through their slew of mobile games designed to bring the classic Nintendo JRPG feel to the iPhone and Android devices. With Dragon Lapis for the 3DS, you can now get that the retro experience directly on a Nintendo device. But does this work on a system that can give you so much more?
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Review: Jumping Joe & Friends (Nintendo Switch)
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4 months ago

Review: Jumping Joe & Friends (Nintendo Switch)

With a name like Jumping Joe, you know he’s going to have friends. Jumping Joe’s gotta be a good guy, right? But does he have a good game? That depends on how you feel about mobile gaming on a console.
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Review: Fallen Legion: Rise to Glory (Nintendo Switch)
6.5
4 months ago

Review: Fallen Legion: Rise to Glory (Nintendo Switch)

There’s a lot to like about Fallen Legion: Rise to Glory—an action-RPG now available for the Nintendo Switch—but it’s not easy to get there.
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Review: Jotun: Valhalla Edition (Nintendo Switch)
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5 months ago

Review: Jotun: Valhalla Edition (Nintendo Switch)

Jotun is a visually striking game, but is the scenery enough to carry you through this entire mythical Nordic adventure? That depends upon whether you’re more about the journey or the destination.
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Review: Max: The Curse of Brotherhood (Nintendo Switch)
7
5 months ago

Review: Max: The Curse of Brotherhood (Nintendo Switch)

If you missed this clever and colorful puzzle/platformer upon its digital release in December of last year, it’s worth a look now that a physical edition has been released to stores.
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Review: 12 Orbits (Nintendo Switch)
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6 months ago

Review: 12 Orbits (Nintendo Switch)

The Nintendo Switch is a great system if you’ve got a few friends over and want to play some video games. But what if you have, say, 11 friends over? …
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Review: Layers of Fear: Legacy (Nintendo Switch)
8.5
6 months ago

Review: Layers of Fear: Legacy (Nintendo Switch)

This is not the first time I’ve wandered the haunted hallways of Layers of Fear: Legacy. I originally played this first-person horror game when it was released for Mac in …
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Review: Kona (Nintendo Switch)
7
6 months ago

Review: Kona (Nintendo Switch)

Kona is a game that’s best played alone. I know that counters Nintendo’s focus on playing with as many friends as you have Joycons, but playing alone makes this “walking …
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Review: Castle of Heart (Nintendo Switch)
7.5
7 months ago

Review: Castle of Heart (Nintendo Switch)

Editor Update [June 8, 2018]: Castle of Heart received a major update after this review which addressed several of our concerns. As such, we have changed our original score and …
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