Review: Gyromancer


“The Bejeweled-meets-D&D smash Puzzle Quest proved serious RPGs and sparkly gem matching puzzle gameplay could tie the knot and keep from strangling one another. Gyromancer treads similar territory but adds in a few new twists… literally.”

Check out the full review here at GamesRadar.

Review: MagnaCarta 2


“For all of its beauty and complexity, MagnaCarta 2 borrows so heavily from many overused RPG elements and clichés that the truly intriguing and fresh aspects of this grand journey don’t shine nearly as brightly as they should. A fulfilling combat system and slick visuals certainly make the experience more enjoyable, though they’re not enough to tip the scale.”

Check out the full review here at Cheat Code Central.

Review: Risen


“Luck is not by your side in Risen. As a penniless stowaway on a ship that’s about to get trounced by a giant, menacing spirit beast, things aren’t looking so hot. Miraculously, you wash up on the stormy shores of a nearby island with your life still intact. However, the volcanic isle of Faranga is home to scores of ravenous beasts desperate for any opportunity to pick the flesh clean from your bones. Making matters worse, ancient, artifact-filled temples have inexplicably risen out of the earth, spilling forth even nastier creatures across the countryside. To top it all off, you arrive in the midst of a brutal power struggle between several rival human factions. Yes, luck is not by your side, so you’ll have to make your own.”

Check out the full review here at Cheat Code Central.

Review: Wizard of Oz: Beyond the Yellow Brick Road

“The timeless tale of a windswept Kansas girl and her pooch being transported away from tornado alley and dumped into a strange, magical world has been interpreted and re-tooled in some unexpected ways. Developer Media Vision’s latest new twist on the story, which sees the protagonist and her motley crew of cohorts donning weapons and armor and charging into battle, is easily one of my favorite takes on the lass’ adventures in the land of Oz. Dorothy and pals are packing heat, and her little dog too.”

Check out the full review here at IGN’s Green Pixels.

iPhone Review: Wolfenstein RPG

“Even before Doom titillated PC gamers with droves of satanic space demons and the advent of graphic chainsaw dismemberment, the small band of renegade developers that created it seemed hell-bent on making waves in the gaming world. The original Wolfenstein 3D was highly controversial for its time and paved the way for much gaming depravity yet to come.Wolfenstein RPG is a much appreciated nod to the formative days of the first-person shooter genre.”

Check out the full review here at The Escapist.

Review: Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story

“Mario and his green suited bro have been on some wild and wooly adventures over the years, but their latest goofy quest full of mishaps and mayhem leads them directly into the mouth of the beast. Bowser’s mouth, that is. But he’s not the real anti-hero to be worrying about here. Spend a little time in this shenanigan-filled world and you’re bound to be delighted, once you stop laughing.”

Check out the full review here at IGN’s Green Pixels.

Review: Zubo

Zubo definitely possesses a certain “what the hell” factor. It’s a game that’s been marketed to kids, but it’s not based on any pre-existing gaming franchise or movie tie-in schlock. It looks cutesy, but it’s actually one of the more creatively designed and visually impressive games on the system in some time. It smashes together rhythm game elements and a turn-based RPG battle system – two things traditionally reserved for titles geared toward more hardcore audiences – with cushy adventure exploration in a way that’s mostly clever and humorous. At the same time, you’ll find fluff mini-games, a monster-battling collection element and tiresome fetch quests scattered about. Zubo clearly suffers from a bit of an identify crisis, yet this quirky mish-mash of styles and ideas surprisingly works in its favor.

Check out the full review here at The Escapist.

Review: Bookworm Adventures Volume 2

“The simple written word can hold a surprising amount of power, but who would have thought stringing together chains of letters could harness enough mojo to best a mighty serpent beast or an undead kung-fu warrior? Casual gaming powerhouse PopCap Games brilliantly melded wordsmithery and light-hearted RPG combat in 2007’s Bookworkm Adventures. With another round of literary combat freshly queued up, the second volume is every bit as quirky and obsession-forming as the original.”

Check out the full review here at Gamezebo.

Half-Minute Hero – Hands-On Preview

yusha_1 “Any RPG fan will tell you it can take between from 30 to 60 hours of hardcore level-grinding, adventuring, and monster battling to beat an average game. If that seems way too long, you’ll greatly appreciate Half-Minute Hero’s warp-speed take on the classic RPG. It boils down the typical trappings of the genre into their primordial elements and douses the whole thing with rocket fuel. You’ve got 30 seconds to save the world – try not to freak out.”

Check out the full story here.