Let’s Talk About Devil Dice

There’s this little unit of maths that I used to have to teach when I was teaching in the higher year groups, long before they decided that kids needed to more more about algebra and how far a greased log would have to travel down a river before a swan would fall off the end…

Let’s NOT Talk About Pete Sampras Tennis ’96

In 1999, my mum and brother took me along with them to watch the tennis in Nottingham, back when the Nottingham tennis tournament was still a thing. It’s a well established fact in our family that I REALLY didn’t want to go. In fact, I was so against going that I grumbled for weeks knowing…

Let’s… Sorta… Talk About Power Instinct: Matrimelee

Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today, in the sight of God and in the face of this company to join together this word… and this word… in holy matrimony. Now, repeat after me: I, MATRIMONY… take thee MELEE… to be my lawfully wedded… word. NOW KIIIIIIIIISS. And get a room, you two. So Power…

Let’s Talk About Cool Spot

When designing a game centred around a mascot of some sort of brand… it’s not always wise to go for something insignificant. Clutching at straws to try and get your idea across is sometimes the fast way of confusing people or stopping people from getting on board the train. I mean, let’s be real here……

Let’s NEVER Talk About Fatal Fury: Wild Ambition

You know when you want something SO MUCH even when you KNOW it’s not right or good or is a waste of time and money? Well a few years ago, when I was on the hunt for flats, I spotted this GORGEOUS place that I absolutely wanted with every fibre of my being. The view…

Let’s… SORTA… Talk About Blades Of Vengeance

A small caution for everyone for this review: if you are in any way offended by the colours red and brown or combinations of red and brown, you will be offended and probably need to go and vent about it on Tumblr, where it will be mislaid amongst the porn, shirtless men, cats and fandom…

Let’s NOT Talk About Pocket Tennis Color

People, I like tennis and I like tennis games and in a weird way I like this game because it’s a perfectly perfunctory tennis game but good lord are you about to be bombarded with reasons as to why tennis DOES NOT WORK ON A VERY SMALL SCREEN. Oi yoi yoi… tennis on a handheld….

Let’s NOT Talk About El Viento

Como el nombre de este juego está en español, pensé que escribiría la introducción en español también. Por supuesto, usted probablemente tendrá que google traducir esto para averiguar lo que significa lo siento, pero no lo siento. And no. I didn’t take Spanish at secondary school. I’m a master at google translate though so blame that….

Let’s… Sorta… Talk About Dr Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine

There was obviously a meeting somewhere in the Sega offices that suggested Dr Robotnik should have his own game. The weird thing about characters like Dr Robotnik – and I refuse to call him Eggman for the sole reason that it’s 1993, it’s the UK, we called him Robotnik and you’ll have to live with…

Let’s… Sorta… Talk About Breakers Revenge

Guaranteed statement: you will never find a game that epitomises the word ‘solid’ as much as this one. Imagine this as the gaming equivalent of an oak table. You could probably place all manner of things on top of it, nearby it, surrounding it and it will not change the fact that it is as…

Let’s NOT Talk About Kula World

Game design 101: when designing a game, make sure that any and all physics make complete and utter sense. Unless your game is going for the opposite effect, then try to make sure that anything that happens actually happens because reality. Kula World skims this line and treads the ground in between making sense and…

Let’s… Sorta… Talk About Nanotek Warrior

Games are weird, no? I mean, sitting in front of the TV moving around a little box for hours on end and then getting barely any plaudits at the result of your skills… these days, past the thrill of watching the story unfold, conclude and resolve before your eyes is set in stone merely by…