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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: Chicken Police – Paint it RED! (Nintendo Switch)
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3 days ago

Review: Chicken Police – Paint it RED! (Nintendo Switch)

There’s a solid mystery to be solved in Chicken Police – Paint it RED, and it’s backed up by over eight hours of fully-voiced dialogue. Combine that with the game’s unique visual presentation, and you’ve got a caper that’s certainly worth considering.
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Review: Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin (Nintendo Switch)
8.5
2 weeks ago

Review: Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin (Nintendo Switch)

Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin taught me some things. I learned about historical farming methods. I learned why people tend to sing while we work. Most importantly, however, I learned that some games are worth the wait, and that they still have the ability to surprise.
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Review: Re:Turn – One Way Trip (Nintendo Switch)
7
2 weeks ago

Review: Re:Turn – One Way Trip (Nintendo Switch)

If you learn nothing else from me, at least understand that you should never launch into the next phase of life with a camping trip amongst friends. As we see in Re:Turn – One Way Trip, you’re bound to end up with ghost trains, missing friends, deadly demons, and pixel graphics.
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Review: Pikmin 3 Deluxe (Nintendo Switch)
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3 weeks ago

Review: Pikmin 3 Deluxe (Nintendo Switch)

If you didn’t play Pikmin 3 on the Wii U, it’s a must-play here. Pikmin 3 Deluxe is as cute, clever and challenging as any game available for the Switch. If you have already played it, however, there’s only one real reason to double-dip. Thankfully, it’s a pretty solid reason.
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Review: Horace (Nintendo Switch)
9.5
3 weeks ago

Review: Horace (Nintendo Switch)

Perfectly blending its humorous, touching story with challenging but accessible gameplay, Horace is easily one of the best puzzle/platformers available for the Nintendo Switch. You can certainly read this review, but heading straight to the eShop and buying it now will save you some time.
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Trick or treat with Clea this Halloween
4 weeks ago

Trick or treat with Clea this Halloween

Halloween may be a bit of a wash this year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still have some scary fun. And a good way to do that will be with the release of Clea, a skill-based survival horror game that arrives on Nintendo Switch October 30th.
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Review: Kirby Fighters 2 (Nintendo Switch)
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4 weeks ago

Review: Kirby Fighters 2 (Nintendo Switch)

At first glance, Kirby Fighters 2 appears rather unnecessary. I can’t imagine gamers have been in the middle of a Smash Bros. bout and thought, “You know what would make this better? Removing everyone except Kirby.” But do you know what? It works.
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Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin bullet-point preview
1 month ago

Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin bullet-point preview

By  •  Previews

Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin is a side-scrolling action game that’s complemented by a robust crafting/cooking/farming sim. I’ve been able to spend some time playing it ahead of its November 10th release, and here are my early impressions.
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Review: Alwa’s Legacy (Nintendo Switch)
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1 month ago

Review: Alwa’s Legacy (Nintendo Switch)

There’s nothing immediately special about Alwa’s Legacy. As a throwback Metroidvania, it works. The graphics are good. The story’s okay. The action is fun. Everything’s fine. The longer you play the game, however, the more you realize it’s special.
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Review: Ellipsis (Nintendo Switch)
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2 months ago

Review: Ellipsis (Nintendo Switch)

Vector graphics don’t lend themselves to all types of gameplay; arcade action is pretty much your only option. That makes these visuals a perfect fit for Ellipsis, but are they (and some puzzle elements) enough to keep this throwback interesting?
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Review: Unrailed! (Nintendo Switch)
8.5
2 months ago

Review: Unrailed! (Nintendo Switch)

Unrailed! lets you become a virtual John Henry. It’s a multiplayer arcade game about laying track in the wild west, building a rail line a few blocks at a time. It’s also about the futility (and fun) of trying to do so.
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Review: WWE 2K Battlegrounds (Nintendo Switch)
5.5
2 months ago

Review: WWE 2K Battlegrounds (Nintendo Switch)

If ever a wrestling game accurately reflected the current state of the WWE, it’s WWE 2K Battlegrounds. So much talent, so much waste. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if WWE creative got their hands in this game, forcing 2K to make some dubious decisions.
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Review: Paradise Killer (Nintendo Switch)
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2 months ago

Review: Paradise Killer (Nintendo Switch)

Paradise Killer is one of the oddest games I’ve ever played. It’s as if Phoenix Wright was thrust into a Shin Megami Tensei game and forced to solve a demonic crime. Unfortunately, the overall bizarreness can’t keep things interesting during the game’s slower moments.
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Review: We Are Doomed (Nintendo Switch)
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2 months ago

Review: We Are Doomed (Nintendo Switch)

In the twin-stick shooter We Are Doomed, your enemies are shapes, not aliens or robots or alien-robots. The backgrounds are trippy, not gritty. The music is almost new-age, not hyper-kinetic. If we truly are doomed, it’s a pretty relaxing way to go.
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Into the ring with WWE 2K Battlegrounds
2 months ago

Into the ring with WWE 2K Battlegrounds

WWE 2K Battlegrounds looks to find a balance between its arcade and sports sim roots, albeit with decidedly arcade leanings. The game will certainly provide over-the-top action—giving you access to weapons such as alligators and electricity—but it’s based on a system that gives players plenty of options to learn and master myriad moves.
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Official competitions announced for Tennis World Tour 2
3 months ago

Official competitions announced for Tennis World Tour 2

Tennis World Tour 2—a realistic sports sim that features the biggest tennis starts competing in world-famous competitions—is scheduled to open for Nintendo Switch on October 15th. And as we approach the release date, we’re learning a bit more about what tennis fans can expect expect from the game.
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The Oriental Pirate DLC announced for The Banner of the Maid
3 months ago

The Oriental Pirate DLC announced for The Banner of the Maid

Available for purchase on September 15th, The Oriental Pirate will introduce a new character named Mu Zhiyun. She serves under Ching Shih—a real-life prostitute turned dreaded pirate leader turned business woman—and arrives in Europe with a secret agenda (as one would expect).
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Review: Peaky Blinders: Mastermind (Nintendo Switch)
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3 months ago

Review: Peaky Blinders: Mastermind (Nintendo Switch)

Full disclosure, I’ve never seen a single episode of Peaky Blinders. But that’s precisely why I took this review. Can an adventure/puzzle game work when it’s based on a TV show I’ve never seen?
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