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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.
Latest Posts | By Matthew Smail
Warhammer Quest review: bare ios-entials
2 weeks ago

Warhammer Quest review: bare ios-entials

Where Games Workshop games are concerned, I just can't help myself but be suckered in by the promise of deep, strategic gameplay set in a world of near limitless lore. …
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Uncanny Valley review: Cycle of repetition
2 weeks ago

Uncanny Valley review: Cycle of repetition

Uncanny Valley delivers a really interesting proposition: a relatively short survival adventure game that features more potential endings than most games, and wants you to see them all to get …
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Knee Deep review: All the World's a Stage
2 months ago

Knee Deep review: All the World's a Stage

Many games claim to feature unique concepts, but few of them truly deliver. More often than not, a unique combat system ends up being a mash-up of influential styles from other …
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Subterrain review: Afterlife on Mars
2 months ago

Subterrain review: Afterlife on Mars

Whenever I speak to someone who doubts the credibility and validity of indie games as a rich source of unique and exciting content, I often hear the argument that such …
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Siegecraft Commander review: War of attrition
2 months ago

Siegecraft Commander review: War of attrition

The basic idea of Siegecraft Commander is sound enough; take elements of tower defense, real-time strategy and physics based combat and throw them together across a couple of lengthy solo …
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Nevermind review: Traumatic
2 months 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 months 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 months 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
3 months 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 months 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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