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  1. Your Toy

    What if toys had souls? It’s a deep question, that can have some troubling consequences if it is true. Think back to all those army men you melted, Barbie’s you beheaded, and those other toys you abused. The new game Your Toy by Viva Games explores what can happen when your once loved toy becomes abused and tossed away. You wake up in a locked bathroom stall with nothing but your cellphone. You receive a mysterious message that makes you realize that someone is after you. Your first priority is to get your bearings, collect what you can, and figure out how to escape from the stall. Your powers of observation and problem solving will be put to the test – time and again. The game is comprised of several areas, each with multiple puzzles to solve, and dangers to avoid. All of the answers can be found around you, but with something stalking you – will you be able to concentrate? The puzzles are randomly generated – which means each playthrough will be a bit different. The main puzzles remain the same, but the solutions change – so you will still have to search out the answers every time. This will make speed runs a bit difficult. This game is a psychological thriller to the core. From the thunder and lightning outside to the creepy interiors. Even though you have a cellphone, it only receives incoming calls and messages. And the incoming calls are far from reassuring. The visual style of the graphics plays right into the horror genre. Lights flicker, there is a grainy texture to some of the scenes, and random artifacts fly across the screen – making you wonder what you just saw. Sound design is important in any game, but it seems to stand out more in the horror genre. Bad effects can snap you out of the moment quicker than anything. The music and sound in Your Toy is the exact opposite. You are drawn into the nightmare and held hostage until you beat the game or decide to stop playing. Your Toy is available as a limited time exclusive on Xbox One. You can add it to your collection for $14.99. It will be available on other platforms, but no firm date has been set. ** I must say that I hand write all of my reviews first, then type them up the next day or when the embargo is lifted. I wrote this review then got sick, so it has sat for a few days. In the interim, I replayed the game to collect the last few achievements that I needed. In 3 of my 4 runs (that many are not normally needed) I encountered a glitch in one of the final areas. One of the items required to complete a puzzle failed to spawn. After a quick look on the internet – this was not an isolated issue. A glitch like this really effects game play and the overall rating. ** 6/10
  2. Abyss : The Wraiths of Eden

    Artifex Mundi has opened up its catalogue and has released another one of their point and click games to consoles. Abyss : The Wraiths of Eden is a standalone adventure that is a nice intro to the genre if you have never played this type of game. You play as a woman looking for her husband, Robert, who disappeared scuba diving during a bad storm. You decide to go looking for him, and discover an underwater city named Eden. The city appears to be deserted, but was once a model of Utopian society. Among the rubble there are signs that Robert has been there, but he is now being held by the Legates – an almost spectral figure that seems to enforce the rules in Eden. It’s up to you to solve the mysteries of Eden, find Robert, and rescue anyone that might still be alive in the underwater city. This is done by searching the station, solving puzzles, and playing mini games. The further you get into the station, the more will be revealed about the History of Eden, the people that lived there, and the creatures patrolling the streets. Game play is similar to most of the other games from the developer. It is a standard point and click adventure. There are hidden object games in which you will have to find important inventory objects that you will have to use throughout the game. If you are not up to finding hidden objects, you can switch over to a domino game in which you will have to cover at least 1 of the 4 squares of the Eden logo for each of the objects. There are also mini games for you to conquer. These range from fairly easy to difficult. With enough manipulation, even the more difficult puzzles will work themselves out. Graphics in the game are as exceptional as ever. The artists excel at fine detail, especially in the hidden object scenes. The soundtrack is good and adds to the creepy vibe of the title. There are a few issues with the basic sound effects though. One that really stands out is when you use a hand drill but the sound is for a power drill. But this is a minor thing. Abyss : The Wraiths of Eden is out now on XB1, PS4 and Steam. It is a good addition to the collection – as it has a bit of everything in it. Action, suspense, comedy, horror and drama. This is also a good way to introduce casual gamers to console gaming. 8/10
  3. Mages of Mystralia

    Indie games run the gambit of genres and quality. They also vary between short forays and long adventures that will rival any AAA title out there. Borealys Games has recently released Mages of Mystralia, and it fits firmly in the adventure genre and is a very detailed, and fairly expansive title. You play the part of Zia, a young woman who one day discovers that she is a mage. This realization comes to her when she accidentally burns down her house. Since nobody really understands magic, you are instantly banished from your village to fend for yourself. It isn’t long before you meet another mage who introduces himself as your new mentor in the ways of magic. Thus, begins your journey into the world of magic and uncovering the mysteries of what is happening in the world around you. The heart of this adventure game is the magic spell system. You start out the game with 4 basic spells, but you will find runes that you can use to manipulate them to act in new ways. There is a simple flame spell which can be used to light fires, but add a move rune and it will become a projectile weapon. Next you can add a right rune so that your projectile hooks to the right after you release it, to attack enemies around corners. Then you slap on a duplicate rune, and you can now fire 3 fireballs at once. Finally, you can add a link rune so that once your fireball hits its target, it will trigger another spell, such as an explosion. You can set up each of these spells for different situations, but can only have 1 of each type active at a time. As you play through the adventure you will unlock new areas with the new spell iterations that you learn. These areas will hold and more powerful enemies for you to overcome. There will also be puzzles for you to try and solve. Many of these puzzles will unlock new wands for you to use, or a stash of beads that can be traded to permanently increase your health or mana. Like many adventures, the more powerful you become, the more items you can discover lurking in the corners of the map. Mages of Mystralia boasts a 2/3 top down view that excels in its depiction of evil. The area bosses tend to tower over Zia, showing just how much of an uphill fight she has on her hands. As you travel the land each location exudes its own character. Darkened crypts, sunny farm land, busy towns, and abandoned mines are all beautifully rendered. Each spell also takes on a life of its own, especially as you evolve them. The soundtrack of the game fits well with the scope of the adventure. Boss battles seemed even more intense as the music builds in the background. Mages of Mystralia is an adventure game that will keep you engaged from the very start. The game evokes memories of Legend of Zelda, but the magic system propels it to the next level. Grab it now on XB1, PS4, or Steam. The price tag is $19.99 which is more than reasonable when you look at the length and content of the game.
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