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Author: Jack Tolzmann

Fire Emblem the Sacred Stones

Part of the long running Smash Bros. fans confusion causing franchise, Fire Emblem the Sacred Stones is a tactical RPG for the good old game boy advanced. Despite its somewhat generic animesque art style, it is an excellent strategy game with a decent plot, a good cast of characters, and addictive battles that will make you go “just one more turn” ten times in a row. But, it’s not without its issues. The plot though decently crafted with some nice political intrigue and splitting story paths is basically your standard tale of an evil empire trying to summon a...

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Retro Review: Shining Force

Shining Force is a tactical RPG developed by Sega released for the Sega Genesis in 1992. In it you control your nameable hero and a party of up to 12 characters into a series of turn based battles. You move across a variety of different environments battling the evil forces of Runefast which are led by the evil Kane and Darksol who wish to resurrect the Dark Dragon and take over the world! While hardly an original or even very complex plot when compared to your Chrono Triggers and Final Fantasies, the game more than makes up for it...

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The Swapper Review

There are few games that have made me think as much as The Swapper. Both for its ingenious puzzles and philosophical quandaries regarding concepts like memory, existence, the individual, and the truly alien. Wait don’t run away! If you can’t stand philosophy (I don’t have much use for it myself) than don’t worry. You can ignore all that plot and focus on the brilliant puzzles; beautiful and distinctive Claymation based art style, and the truly unique game mechanic. That game mechanic is the titular swapper, which allows you to create up to four clones of yourself that you can...

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Retro Review: Puss n’ Boots: Pero’s Great Adventure

Puss in Boots Pero’s Great Adventure is a short obscure little NES game. Based on popular Japanese film series The Wonderful World of Puss in Boots by Toei Animation, the game is a simple sidescroller that takes you around the world from the Old West, to London and along the way you shoot, bomb, and boomerang your way past everything from robotic frogs, some sort of winged wolf creature in a bath tub thing, and even a UFO. Gameplay wise there’s nothing complicated about it, you move from one side of the screen to the other hoping your unusually...

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Town of Salem

I can think of few other games that are as exhilarating, fascinating, infuriating, and a whole host of other “ings” as Town of Salem. If you’ve ever played the popular card game Mafia, it’s basically that but online. If you haven’t, than a brief explanation is in order. Your average game of Town of Salem involves 15 players who are in turn split into 3 groups. These are the Townies, Mafia, and filthy Neutrals. The Townies want to kill the Mafia; the Mafia wants to kill the Townies, while the Neutrals might want to kill everyone, themselves, or even...

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