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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: Crystal Ortha (Nintendo Switch)
7.5
5 months ago

Review: Crystal Ortha (Nintendo Switch)

Well, if one of your New Year’s resolutions was to spend more time playing retro RPGs, I’ve got good news. KEMCO has released Crystal Ortha for Nintendo Switch, and it’s one of the better games they sent our way in 2020.
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Pre-orders now open for Harvest Moon: One World Collector’s Edition
6 months ago

Pre-orders now open for Harvest Moon: One World Collector’s Edition

Pre-orders for the Harvest Moon: One World Collector’s Edition opened yesterday, and include a chicken plushie and a music diorama, both of which are appropriately adorable. The latter is one of the more unique bonuses we’ve seen in a collector’s edition.
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Review: What the Fork (Nintendo Switch)
7
6 months ago

Review: What the Fork (Nintendo Switch)

The Nintendo Switch has become a powerhouse of party games, offering players dozens of excellent options for local co-op and competitive play. Bit2Good’s action arcade game What the Fork is a recent example. Does it stack up against the competition?
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Review: Electro Ride: The Neon Racing (Nintendo Switch)
5
6 months ago

Review: Electro Ride: The Neon Racing (Nintendo Switch)

Electro Ride: The Neon Racing’s colorful design and pulsing soundtrack would be perfect for the type of arcade cabinet that surrounds you as you sit inside. On the Nintendo Switch, however, a lot of this style is lost, and we’re left with just another mediocre racing game.
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Review: Space Invaders Forever (Nintendo Switch)
7
6 months ago

Review: Space Invaders Forever (Nintendo Switch)

Space Invaders was never my cabinet of choice at full arcades, but I was happy to play it when there was nothing else (or at least nothing I was any good at). And this is why I appreciate Space Invaders Forever as much as I do. This particular collection, however, is not for everyone.
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Review: BIT.TRIP FLUX (Nintendo Switch)
8
6 months ago

Review: BIT.TRIP FLUX (Nintendo Switch)

BIT.TRIP FLUX was (is?) the final entry in the six game BIT.TRIP series, returning us to the start. Like BIT.TRIP BEAT, FLUX draws its inspiration from Pong, and It’s as engaging now as it was when it was originally released for Nintendo Wii in 2012.
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Review: BIT.TRIP CORE (Nintendo Switch)
7
6 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)
4
6 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)
5
6 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
6 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
7 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)
6
7 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)
7
7 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
7 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)
7
7 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)
9
8 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
8 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
8 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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