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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: BIT.TRIP CORE (Nintendo Switch)
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3 months ago

Review: BIT.TRIP CORE (Nintendo Switch)

BIT.TRIP CORE is completely comfortable with what it is. Although it was originally released for the Nintendo Wii in 2009, the game’s nucleus could’ve existed on the Atari 2600 if rhythm games had been a thing back then. So, how does it play on the Nintendo Switch in 2020?
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Review: Bus Driver Simulator (Nintendo Switch)
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3 months ago

Review: Bus Driver Simulator (Nintendo Switch)

I’m sure there’s a market out there for a bus driving sim. The world is a big place, after all, so it’s safe to assume there’s a market for everything. But if you’ve been eagerly refreshing the Nintendo eShop hoping to finally get the definitive game for city bus immersion, I’m afraid to say Bus Driver Simulator is not it.
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Review: Commandos 2 – HD Remaster (Nintendo Switch)
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3 months ago

Review: Commandos 2 – HD Remaster (Nintendo Switch)

Commandos 2 – HD Remaster comes with a degree of visual polish, and it boasts of updates to the controls, user interface, and tutorial. Sadly, these don’t do much to make this game playable without the aid of a keyboard and mouse.
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Review: Sam & Max Save the World (Nintendo Switch)
7
3 months ago

Review: Sam & Max Save the World (Nintendo Switch)

Sam & Max Save the World—originally released by Telltale Games back in 2006—has received a fresh coat of paint and a few other upgrades. Is it enough to make adventure gamers want to join the Freelance Police nearly 15 years later? Let’s find out.
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Review: Touhou Spell Bubble (Nintendo Switch)
7.5
3 months ago

Review: Touhou Spell Bubble (Nintendo Switch)

Touhou Spell Bubble is the latest Touhou Project spinoff. As it’s my first game from the project, I’m not familiar with its characters or lore. Thankfully, I didn’t have to be to enjoy this frantic, music-based bubble popper.
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Review: Galacide (Nintendo Switch)
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3 months ago

Review: Galacide (Nintendo Switch)

There are shmups, and there are bubble poppers, and ne’er the twain shall meet, right? Well, they have, thanks to Puny Human’s Galacide. Whether this mash-up works for you will depend largely upon what you love and hate about shoot ’em ups.
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Review: Chicken Police – Paint it RED! (Nintendo Switch)
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4 months 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
4 months 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)
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4 months 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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4 months 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
4 months 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 months 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 months 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
5 months 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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5 months 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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5 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
5 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
5 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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