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Here, you can find three of my latest reviews. This page will be updated as soon as I write a new review. If you want to check out my previous reviews, you can do so by clicking "All reviews" on the top of this game or by following the link at the very bottom of this page.

Race.a.bit

Game title: Race.a.bit
Tags: Racing, Casual
Date of game's release: March 10, 2016



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Race.a.bit is a very simple indie racing game that is fun at moments, but isn't so good overall.


What is happening in the game:

You are in control of a racing car and you have to complete the available tracks as fast as possible. There are boosts, there are jumps, there are teleporters, and that's just about it.

Pros:

  • Music | The soundtrack is not that bad in my opinion. It improves the experience a lot, but it doesn't save the game. There are multiple tracks that follow each other when you play the game. You can also skip the song if you don't like it.
  • Levels | There are quite a few official levels and they are not so bad. There are also a few achievements related to beating the official levels with a good enough time.
  • Level Editor | Race.a.bit also features a level editor, which allows you to create your own racing tracks. The tool is quite powerful and you can do a lot with it. After you complete the track, you can also choose to publish it for other players to use. Your best score at the time of publishing is also set as the gold medal score.
  • Achievements | This game has a lot of achievements. Some can be quite hard to achieve, some of them even cause problems which I will describe in the Cons section. If you are an achievement hunter, most the achievement are doable with some effort.
  • Leaderboards | Every track has its own leaderboards, which allows you to compare yourself to the other players. There are plenty of players listed for official tracks, while the leaderboards for most user-created levels are close to empty, if not completely empty.

Cons:

  • Repetitiveness | After playing on 10 tracks, I started to feel a little bit bored. As I try to play the game as much as possible before writing a review, I played on much more tracks, leaving me even more bored. The levels are mostly the same, just the turns are a bit different. After you figure the game out, it's all the same. Apart from getting the achievements, there's really not much fun involved. Sadly.
  • Controls | Controls were really not suitable for a racing game. At times, the controls are waaay to sensitive and it may be very hard to drive the way you want to. Some corners are very hard to do and even the official ghost sometimes struggles on some tracks.
  • Official Ghost Imbalance | On the first few official tracks, the gold time ghost is incredibly easy to beat. It drives very slowly around all corners and it feels like it's not even being serious, as much as a bot could even be serious. Then, at one of the tracks, the ghost starts to driving very very good. It knows all the shortcuts, it never makes mistakes, all of the turns are driven perfectly ... and so on. And then every one in so many levels, the ghost is on the "newbie" difficulty again. I don't know what to think about this.
  • Achievement Hunting and Community Levels | One of the achievements requires you to post 20 of your own levels. Can you imagine what this means? This means that the list of community-made tracks is flooded with the shortest possible levels that take a second or two to complete. Every time you look at the newest levels, there is one person who flooded the whole page with such levels. There should be some restrictions when creating levels, such as the length of the track etc., because in the current state, it's not very easy to find a good new level and it's certainly not pleasant to search among those generic levels.
  • Loading Times | For some reason, this game needs a long time to load all the menus. The leaderboards usually take a few seconds to load, same goes for user created tracks. There were a few times where I even needed to wait about 20 seconds to be able to return to the main menu.
  • Cheap Looking Menus | I can't say I'm exactly happy with how the menus look. They could certainly be improved to fit modern standards of good designing.

The final verdict:

'm not gonna lie, I did have some fun with this game. However, there were a lot of things which prevented me to enjoy further. The controls in this game are not exactly something to be proud of and that certainly doesn't help this game's repetitiveness. Community level browsers are flooded with generic tracks made by achievement hunters. The official tracks are not that bad, but your gameplay experience may be at degraded at times because of imbalanced prerecorded ghosts you are racing against. This is one of those games which I would love to rate "meh" if I could, but this is, unfortunately, not possible. I'm sad that I have to do this as mostly I only review games that I genuinely like, but right now, this will have to be the first game to which I am going to give a "Not Recommended" review. I will keep an eye on this game in hopes it will get better, but I doubt it ever will.

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Game title: Kelvin and the Infamous Machine
Tags: Adventure, Point & Click, Comedy
Date of game's release: July 21, 2016



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Kelvin and the Infamous Machine is an adventure point-and-click game featuring a great story, fun dialogues and time travel.


What is happening in the game:

You play as Kelvin, a research assistant helping Dr. Lupin, who went nuts. Now, you have to stop him from changing the history by preventing some of the greatest minds from creating their most known works. You will help Ludwig van Beethoven, Isaac Newton and Leonardo da Vinci while having a lot of fun, too.

Pros:

  • Story | The story is very well-written, it's very interesting and easy to follow. It features a mad scientist who is about to erase some of the most important things in the history of the human kind, which could possibly destroy the whole timeline. I really like how the story uses real-life events and creations and wraps some science fiction around it. The famous people that are shown in this game are also quite similar to their real-life appearance and personalities.
  • Humour | I didn't know that this would be the case before playing the game, but I did laugh quite a few times over the course of the gameplay. Kelvin is honestly a very likeable character and his conversations with other characters can often be funny to read. There are also some Easter Eggs and references hidden in this game, which is also great if you manage to spot any.
  • Visuals | The game looks very good and very cute. Everything is hand-drawn and the artist did a very good job. Everything is very clear and colourful, charming and even kind of wallpaper-ready. Animations are not the best in the world, but they are still enjoyable.
  • Puzzles | Puzzles are very enjoyable, they are not very hard but they are also not very simple. They tend to get a bit more difficult as the game goes on. I like that you don't have a massive amount of items to combine (Deponia should learn something from this game) so this game is not just combining everything with everything in every possible way. Puzzles are usually quite clever and sometimes they made me chuckle a bit, too.
  • Achievements | There are a lot of achievements, some of which can be obtained by doing specific actions, often combined with an Easter Egg of some kind. Those achievements not only encourage you to pay more attention to the game itself, but even add some replayability value in case you missed any. There is also a guide on Steam in case you get stuck with any of the achievements.
  • Voice Acting | Voice acting in this game is, in my opinion, way above my expectations. Kelvin sounds like a really fun person and all the other characters match their looks, which is for some people very important.
  • Soundtrack | The soundtrack is another good thing about this game. There are 12 different tracks in this game and they are all a perfect match for this game. If you want to do so, you can also buy the soundtrack on Steam as a DLC together with an artbook for €5/$5.
  • OS Compatibility | You can play as Kelvin on Windows, SteamOS and MacOS. As I've heard, all versions work flawlessly.

Cons:

  • Length | Some people could say that a bit over 4 hours is not enough for an adventure game. Personally, I wasn't too bothered by this, but I know some people sometimes expect a lot more gameplay, so I just thought I would mention this.
  • No Steam Cloud Support | Sadly, your progress will be lost if you reinstall your operating system or if you try to continue your game on another computer. As of now, Kelvin and the Infamous Machine does not support cloud saving and it's really a shame that it doesn't.
  • Settings | You can't change many things in the settings. You can't really pick the desired resolution, also there are not any options for graphic quality. I didn't find it too annoying, but someone might just want to run it on a computer bad enough not to be able to play the game without lagging.

The final verdict:

Overall, the game is very very good. It's one of the most enjoyable point and click adventure games I've ever played and I'm certainly hoping for more games from the same studio. There wasn't a single problem during my gameplay and if you check reviews on the Steam page, you will see that everybody had the same experience. The game is good-looking, charming, entertaining, has good puzzles and great voice acting. There are places to laugh as well, which is very important to me. Although the game is a bit short, it's most definitely worth buying if you're a fan of P'n'C type of games. I can't do anything but recommend this game.

Out of the Park Baseball 17

Game title: Out of the Park Baseball 17
Tags: Sports, Strategy, Simulation
Date of game's release: March 22, 2016



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Out of the Park Baseball 17 is a sports strategy game where you can bring your very own baseball team to success. You can play both against bots or real people.


What is happening in the game:

You are a manager of a baseball team. You have to ensure that your team wins as much as possible by choosing the best prepared players and making the best moves in the game. If you know any other team management games or previous OOTP games, this one very similar to them, just with many improvements and added features.

Pros:

  • Clean Interface | I'm not a big baseball fan, but it was very clear what I had to do in the game. The menus look really nice and colourful, everything seems to be in order and the placement of all the options are really intuitive.
  • Ease of Use | As soon as I opened the game, it offered to help me with everything I might need to know in the game. Most things in the games are well explained, just in case you don't know everything about baseball. You can open one of the official tutorials at any time if something is not clear enough in the game. I got a lot of useful information in this game since I'm not living in a country where baseball is very popular.
  • Bug-Free Gameplay | I have not experienced a single bug in this game. I always encounter at least something, a typo, something a bit misplaced ... something. But not in this game. It's stunning since there is so much content included in this game.
  • Performance | This year's edition of Out of the Park Baseball finally has support for multi-core processors, which obviously means better performance on most computers. On my computer, the game was running without any performance drops at all times. Loading times were very short (sometimes, I wasn't able to read the text on the loading screens, which made me a bit sad, I confess) and there weren't many loading screens at all, so pretty much all the time dedicated to this game went to playing it, not waiting for it to load.
  • Multiplayer Support | I find it really impressive that you can also play this game with other players. I always thought that such games were meant to be more single player, but it seems like multiplayer support actually fits the genre perfectly. I mean, sports is about competing with others, isn't it? If someone doesn't believe that the game is not cheating and rigging the game, playing against real people is most certainly fair.
  • Supports Linux and MacOS | You can also play OOTP 17 on Linux and MacOS. I heard there are some issues with the Linux port, but it only occurs for some people.
  • Frequent Updates | Developers of this game often release updates that bring new content and fix bugs and glitches. It's good to see a developer paying attention to their game, even though they release a new major version every year anyway.

Cons:

  • Pricing | I know some people are willing to pay a lot for such games, but I still think that $40 is a bit too much for a game like this. I know that a lot of work went into it, but I just don't think that this price is justified. It's fun, it has a lot of content, but just not enough for the price. GTA V is often discounted to a price below $40 and it's well worth its money, which is something that I can't say for this game. Sadly.
  • Replayability | I'm going to say something that a lot of people won't agree with, but I'm going to say it anyway: the game is fun for some hours, but then it kind of lost its charm for me. I am not going to blame it on the game, it's probably just because I'm not so used to baseball. So if you are into this kind of games and you know for yourself that you like

The final verdict:

The game is good, but the high price can be an obstacle when considering purchasing. If you have played any OOTP games before, you should know that this game is just like the old ones, but improved in many ways. If that is something you are willing to pay for, go for it. If you haven't played any previous games, you should consider purchasing it when it gets discounted. It offers solid gameplay and it can be quite fun and challenging at moments. I know people who spent hundreds of hours into such game so if you're one of such people, this might be a game for you. Although the price is an issue, I'm going to recommend this game as every game gets discounted if you wait for a little. Also, OOTP is a well-made game and deserves to be supported.

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