Review: The Cave (XBLA)

Though it’s a clever and enjoyable enough way to spend a few hours, The Cave is unlikely to impress anyone who knows how great Ron Gilbert’s games can really be. In 1987, the debut works of two great artists were released: Guns N’ Roses’ Appetite for Destruction and Ron Gilbert’s Maniac Mansion. Each was a…

What I’ve Been Playing

October has been a hell of a month. First of all, on October 20th I completed the Extra Life 24-hour gaming marathon, and (with the help of some very generous friends) raised $1,462 for Boston Children’s Hospital. Other exciting events included catching a debilitating stomach virus during which I literally lost a week down the…

Review: Mark of the Ninja

Mark of the Ninja not only perfects the stealth genre, it transcends it, such that even non-stealth-game fans are likely to enjoy its rewarding gameplay and captivating atmosphere. “Fun” and “rules” are two concepts frequently placed at odds with one another, and yet one of the basic truths of video games is that they are…

Review: Dust: An Elysian Tail

Whether you view it as a visually evocative action-adventure or as a testament to its creator’s talent and persistence, Dust: An Elysian Tail is a game worth experiencing. Whether video games are “art” is a question that has largely been settled, at least by anyone whose opinion I value. These days, someone arguing that “video…

What I’ve Been Playing

Summer is one of the toughest times in the childhood of a video gamer. Even back when I was in elementary school, I remember lamenting the cutting irony of the fact that summer vacation arrived (a) well after I had thoroughly exhausted all interest in whatever game I’d gotten for Christmas, (b) well before my…

PAX East 2012: Day Three

9:00 AM – Latest start yet. I think I must have been feeling pretty good last night, because when I got home I was self-assured enough to eat blue cheese dressing out of the jar with a fork. I do feel the tiniest bit guilty walking across Boston Common hung over and on my way…

Review: Bastion

This week I’ll be reviewing Bastion, an action RPG developed by rookie indie developer Supergiant Games and released for the Xbox LIVE Marketplace (XBLM) and PC. Bastion follows the adventures of an unnamed protagonist (referred to as “the Kid”) as he tries to piece together remnants of a shattered world. Design: 4/5 I’m really growing to…

Review: Stacking

Stacking is the latest adventure from the developers at Double Fine, makers of Psychonauts and Brütal Legend. Available as a XBLA and PSN downloadable title, Stacking is a puzzle adventure set in a quirky Industrial-Age world inhabited entirely by Russian nesting dolls. As Charlie Blackmore—a child laborer and apparently the smallest denizen of this bizarre…