All reviews by Sam Quirke

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order review – a new hope

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order felt like a bit of a gamble for both Respawn and EA, an attempt to put out a single-player Star Wars game without courting controversy and tarnishing the brand. Somehow they managed it.

Posted 8 months ago 18

Disney Classic Games: Aladdin and The Lion King Review

Our reviewer has fond memories of The Lion King on the Mega Drive, but that nostalgia can't save this new bundled collection. Lacklustre packaging only serves to highlight the games' low points.

Posted 9 months ago 24

Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville Review

Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville neatly captures the overall direction of the series as a whole; a little new growth, a little decay, and plenty of soil still left to fertilize.

Posted 9 months ago 35

Man of Medan Review: Shipped Too Soon

Man of Medan is a game we want to love – for all of its B-movie nonsense, there’s a “so bad it’s good” vibe that would be entertaining for playing in couch co-op. Sadly, it doesn't even meet those minimal standards.

Posted 10 months ago 22

Shadowgate Review

This latest remaster reaches all the way back to the eighties for its source material, but perhaps there is some value in returning to the classics? Shadowgate doesn't innovate, but in a way it's still refreshing to play.

Posted 1 year ago

Dangerous Driving Review

Calls for a new Burnout game have become part of the gaming meme-scape as much as Half Life 3 or another Skate. Sometimes we need to be careful what we wish for though. This clone is more Burnt-out than Burnout.

Posted 1 year ago

Cities: Skylines – Parklife Review

Cities: Skylines: Parklife helps accentuate the beautiful intricacies of the base game, but does it add enough to the game to be worth the cost? Read our official site review to find out.

Posted 1 year ago

Super Lucky's Tale: Gilly Island DLC Review

Super Lucky's Tale is headed into the Game Pass, and Playful have seen fit to celebrate this by releasing a piece of surprise DLC. It's short, and it doesn't do anything new, but it's a charming little extra for the game's fans.

Posted 2 years ago

de Blob 2 Review

A vibrant and creative 3D platformer that makes for a perfect title for playing along with the kids -- but with a backwards compatible 360 version already available, does the Xbox One version do enough to justify the purchase?

Posted 2 years ago

Fe Review

Fe is the latest game in the EA Originals brand, which saw some success with stringy puzzler Unravel. This 3D platformer wears its influences proudly, but lacks its own confidence and character.

Posted 2 years ago

Celeste Review

On the surface, Celeste is just another pixel-art indie game with a steep difficulty curve, but give it a chance and you'll find an engrossing challenge, a beautiful little story and a rewarding journey to the summit.

Posted 2 years ago

The Sims 4 Review

A significant amount of us have loved The Sims over the years. For many it was a formative experience, a gateway into the hobby we all love. Sadly, The Sims 4 on console is a sore reminder that nostalgia can only take you so far.

Posted 2 years ago

Super Lucky's Tale Review

Little Lucky is on a platforming adventure and some would say Xbox is in need of a family-friendly hero to rival certain plumbers and bandicoots. This simple tale helps to fill the niche but stumbles over a few foxholes.

Posted 2 years ago

Morphite Review

Today we embark on a space adventure that seeks to capture the feeling of a true final frontier in the randomly-generated stars. But can Morphite shine bright enough to capture our attention?

Posted 2 years ago

Thimbleweed Park Review

Thimbleweed Park is a love letter to classic LucasArts adventure games and their fans, courtesy of some of the original creators. Beyond that, it's a bizarre mystery full of eccentric characters.

Posted 3 years ago

Death Squared Review

Death Squared is the latest game to try and capitalise on Portal's fame with a tricky puzzler set in a shady corporation full of robot testing. Behind the stereotypes is a decent brainteaser with satisfying couch co-op.

Posted 3 years ago

Sublevel Zero Redux Review

If you remember Descent on the PlayStation fondly, you might want to take a look at this one. Sigtrap Games are here to revive the mostly dormant "six degrees of freedom" subgenre by mixing in some rogue-like elements.

Posted 3 years ago

2Dark Review

2Dark is the brainchild of Frédérick Raynal, creator of Alone in the Dark and considered one of the founding fathers of survival horror. Stealth infitration and voxel graphics add a twist to the usual genre stereotypes.

Posted 3 years ago

Ghost Blade HD Review

Ghost Blade HD is unashamedly a throwback to arcade classics. It's short, migraine-inducing chaos that remains absurdly addictive despite us having moved on in the last thirty years, but now you can compare scores online.

Posted 3 years ago

Spheroids Review

Spheroids is the latest iteration in a long history of games riffing on the bubble-popping arcade classic, Pang. Eclipse Games attempts to add some variety with platforming and goofy humour, but has the bubble finally burst?

Posted 3 years ago

TowerFall Ascension Review

The latest in the never-ending torrent of retro inspired indie games, this is a frenetic couch multiplayer game in which archers can either duel it out or team up to defeat hordes of monsters. Can it stand out from the crowd?

Posted 3 years ago

METRICO+ Review

METRICO+ is an odd concept: A puzzle platformer in a world of pastel infographics and fluctuating bar charts. Like any good presentation, it aims to dazzle us in the statistics... but does it actually add up to much?

Posted 3 years ago

Crypt of the Serpent King Review

Crypt of the Serpent King is a port of an Xbox 360 Indie title, a simple dungeon crawler full of stereotypical high fantasy enemies. If you've seen screenshots, you know it looks terrible but does it play any better?

Posted 3 years ago

Steep Review

Steep was a surprise announcement at Ubisoft's E3 conference this year, seeing the publisher take the ailing snow sports genre off piste to new, open-world horizons. A bold move for sure, but has it paid off?

Posted 4 years ago

Tennis in the Face Review

10tons is bringing yet another destructive puzzler to home consoles after enjoying success on smart phones. If you've played Baseball Riot then you'll be on familiar ground, but does Tennis in the Face offer anything special?

Posted 4 years ago

Furi Review

Picture that one boss through which you desperately parried and dodged, only to be wiped out by an insane attack that defied your reflexes. Furi takes that heart-hammering frustration and makes a whole game out of it.

Posted 4 years ago