Nicole's Top 10 Games of the Year

I broke down and wrote a list. 2017 was an incredible year of games. I enjoyed pretty much everything I played, so it was difficult as all hell to sit down and think about what are my favorite experiences of the year. Eventually, I had to ask a better question, what are the games that I think about a lot? What are the games that gave me benchmark experiences that I find myself measuring other games against? I had to go through more than two rounds of honing this list down, so there are a lot of great games that didn't make it. So here's my best list for games that came out in 2017 excluding re-releases and remakes.

Verdant Skies review (PC) - Social Sim with a side of Farming

In Verdant Skies you take on the role of a genderless protagonist who is recruited to create a space colony on the faraway planet Viridis Primus, as their resident farmer. Developer, Howling Moon Software takes the familiar formula of the farm sim but rather than focus on the farming, puts far more of a focus on the social sim side of things. Between good writing and some interesting farming mechanics, Verdant Skies is a joy to play but it’s, without a doubt, built for a narrow niche.

Golf Story Does Some Pretty Cool Things with Text

Golf Story manipulates text and text bubbles in ways that end up communicating emotion with a specificity that most games cannot boast. In Golf Story, text isn’t treated as though it is a static thing.  When characters are excited a text box could appear the size of the screen with only one word on it, or when they are unsure, the text box tilts slightly after appearing on the screen. In video games it’s actually not that common to see bold and italic font but, Golf Story makes tasteful usage of...

Review: Magikarp Jump

Raising the Mola Molas of the Pokémon world, Magikarp. The Pokemon Company has partnered with with Select Button Inc to create a very fun game based around an incredibly similar concept to Survive! Mola mola! In Magikarp jump you take on the role of a nameless trainer who was brought into "Jumpy Town" where everyone raises Magikarp and they put their companions against each other to see which one can jump the highest. Your goal is to beat 8 leagues, and become the league champion. You do this by

I'm not Totally Sure if Yonder is Fun But I Feel Like I Like it

Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles is an objectively beautiful game. That makes sense though, with games like Fable, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, and Stardew Valley all influencing Yonder's visuals. So it's not surprising that Yonder has garnered so much attention during its development, from its impressive trailers. With Yonder, Prideful Sloth games endeavored to create something which took things from each of those, amazing, aforementioned games and create something great...

Five Games Worth Playing: If You're Interested in Queer Themes

Gone Home begins when you arrive at your family home June 7th, 1995 after a year abroad but, curiously, no one is home. Your mission is to find where everyone is and what happened in your absence. Gone Home is an incredibly short, pacifist game where gameplay consists of moving around the family home finding clues and eventually unraveling the mystery of what occurred there. Rather than relying on combat or puzzles, Gone Home invites your participation  in the form of exploration...