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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Gas Guzzlers Extreme review: Pedal to the metal
9 months 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
9 months 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
9 months 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
10 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
10 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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Clustertruck review: trucked up
10 months ago

Clustertruck review: trucked up

If I had to summarise what Clustertruck offers into a single sentence, or perhaps even into a whole paragraph, I really do think I would struggle. I would probably start …
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Ginger: Beyond the Crystal review: shattered dreams
11 months ago

Ginger: Beyond the Crystal review: shattered dreams

When I first saw screenshots of Ginger: Beyond the Crystal, I could hardly believe my eyes. I mean, look at it! This game is absolutely gorgeous, and it immediately had …
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Castles revew: three of a grind
11 months ago

Castles revew: three of a grind

If there is a more frustrating match three game than Castles in existence, then I haven't found it. Nor do I want to. The game starts out well enough with a …
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Necropolis review: Roguelike soul
11 months ago

Necropolis review: Roguelike soul

Just like the Dark Souls games, I tried very hard to hate Necropolis. What's the point of playing a game that feels like a punishment? The first time I played it, …
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The Bunker Review: Sheltered existence
11 months ago

The Bunker Review: Sheltered existence

The Bunker is a relic from a bygone era, and yet it seems to fit perfectly with what a lot of modern audiences want. Back in the mid nineties, home PC's …
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