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About Matthew Smail

Matt has been around Videogames since the ZX Spectrum way back in the 1980's. He enjoys a very broad range of games including everything from epic RPG's through to cute platformers and the odd really dumb FPS romp. Matt is in his early thirties and has been writing for XBLA Fans for over three years now.
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Nevermind review: Traumatic
1 day ago

Nevermind review: Traumatic

Walking simulators have come a long way since the likes of Dear Esther and Gone Home popularized the genre, but I never imagined that they would set out to reach …
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Pit People Preview: Bear Essentials
2 weeks ago

Pit People Preview: Bear Essentials

When it comes to describing Pit People, I'm really struggling. The individual gameplay elements stack up logically, and clearly draw inspiration from the best in class, so that bit is …
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Her Majesty's SPIFFING review: HMS Brexit
2 weeks ago

Her Majesty's SPIFFING review: HMS Brexit

Of the hour and fifteen minutes that Her Majesty's SPIFFING lasts, I probably enjoyed about an hour. I spent the first five minutes coming to terms with the least Welsh …
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Enigmatis 2: The Mists of Ravenwood review: Point and click, click, click
2 weeks ago

Enigmatis 2: The Mists of Ravenwood review: Point and click, click, click

Enigmatis 2 is not the kind of point and click adventure game that I'm used to. This is not a game filled with frustrating, obtuse item puzzles like the Monkey Island games, …
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Wick review: Glimpse the afterlife
3 weeks ago

Wick review: Glimpse the afterlife

Wick is a game that takes the concept of the campfire ghost story and makes a game out of it. It pitches the player as a lone teenager who is …
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Gas Guzzlers Extreme review: Pedal to the metal
3 weeks ago

Gas Guzzlers Extreme review: Pedal to the metal

It seems to me that there hasn't been a decent combat racing sim for ages and then all of a sudden, two of them come along at once. Earlier this …
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Stardew Valley review: Good harvest
3 weeks ago

Stardew Valley review: Good harvest

When I first heard about Stardew Valley, I was reasonably certain that it would be an utterly hateful imitation of its obvious inspiration: the Harvest Moon series. Thankfully (as is …
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Silence – The Whispered World 2 Review: Skin deep beauty
4 weeks ago

Silence – The Whispered World 2 Review: Skin deep beauty

Silence – The Whispered World 2 (henceforth just Silence) came to my attention relatively late in development. Despite my great love of point and click adventures, I haven't had chance to …
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The Dwarves review: Small comfort
2 months ago

The Dwarves review: Small comfort

The Dwarves opens with a tutorial battle set in the distant past. Through a sequence of battles and cut scenes, this opening manages within the first five minutes to summarise …
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Cartoon Network: Battle Crashers review: Hot garbage
2 months ago

Cartoon Network: Battle Crashers review: Hot garbage

The Cartoon Network has some fantastic intellectual property. I wish I were writing about how Cartoon Network: Battle Crashers brings them all together in a fun and original way, but …
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