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Bridge Constructor (Xbox One)

Bridge Constructor (Xbox One)

A bridge too far

There's a bit of a lack of truly perplexing puzzle and strategy games on Xbox One and that's just one of the reasons we were excited to give Clockstone's Bridge Constructor a spin. Crossing the chasm from mobile devices and PC, the game comes complete with the SlopeMania expansion and given the decent reviews the whole package...

No Time To Explain (Xbox One)

No Time To Explain (Xbox One)

Not worth the time

Originally released in 2011 as a browser game on Newgrounds, No Time To Explain on Xbox One doesn't really add a whole lot of "new" aside from a smoother visual presentation and soundtrack. The cold hard truth though is that No Time To Explain wasn't a great game back then, and all of the problems associated with it are still...

Mega Man Legacy Collection (Xbox One)

Mega Man Legacy Collection (Xbox One)

Cheap Man

When Capcom first announced that they'd be bringing a collection of Mega Man games to modern consoles, everyone was a little bit light-headed at the prospect of the sheer number of titles that the package would contain. Given that the core series debuted with the original Mega Man on the NES in 1987 and saw its last release in 2010 with...

Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons (Xbox One)

Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons (Xbox One)

Seeing double

Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons is a journey. One that explores mature themes of family and loss while retaining it's ability to be utterly endearing. If you are one of the many people who experienced and thoroughly adored the story when it was released on Xbox 360 in 2013, you may well understand how excited we were to be able to play...

Adventures of Pip (Xbox One)

Adventures of Pip (Xbox One)

Hip to be square

Another day, another retro-styled platformer hits the Xbox One via the ID@Xbox program. That's not necessarily a bad thing when the idea behind the game is as compelling as the one that features in Adventures of Pip, though. The evil Queen DeRezzia has kidnapped the Pixel Kingdom's princess and is hell bent on destroying the entire...

Super Mega Baseball: Extra Innings (Xbox One)

Super Mega Baseball: Extra Innings (Xbox One)

LittleBigLeague

It feels like ages since an Xbox console has received a great baseball game. The MLB 2K series was mediocre for years before retiring its number, and the mobile-quality R.B.I. Baseball games aren't exactly doing anything to impress on home consoles that are capable of much more. If you think back to The Bigs 2 on Xbox 360 and EA's...

ZOMBI (Xbox One)

ZOMBI (Xbox One)

Scratching the glitch

When it was confirmed a while ago that the sequel to 2012's Wii U exclusive ZombiU had been canned, most thought that the series was a goner. That would be a shame, given that the survival-horror title brought with it more innovation than people give it credit for. It wasn't just a straight-up gorefest that required you to scan...

Beatbuddy: Tale of the Guardians (Xbox One)

Beatbuddy: Tale of the Guardians (Xbox One)

Get down

In a period of time where pretty much any relatively average indie game ports are practically falling from the skies and on into the Xbox Store, it's nice to see that some of the more ingenious titles of the last few years haven't been neglected. Beatbuddy: Tale of the Guardians is very much one of those ingenious romps, blending puzzles...

Q.U.B.E: Director’s Cut (Xbox One)

Q.U.B.E: Director’s Cut (Xbox One)

Much more than your average puzzler

On the surface, Q.U.B.E - or Quick Understanding of Block Extrusion, if you want to get technical - is a physics-based 3D puzzler. The player, with the aid of a rather nifty pair of high-tech gloves, manipulates a variety of coloured blocks in order to solve puzzles and escape from the mysterious, sterile white...

Rare Replay (Xbox One)

Rare Replay (Xbox One)

From Rare with love

To celebrate its 30th year as a developer, Rare has crammed 30 of its games into a single package for just $30. Not only does that make for a brilliantly-coordinated promotion, it also makes for a value almost unheard of for a new release. Instead of breaking down each individual game in this collection, which would push us well...

Beyond Eyes (Xbox One)

Beyond Eyes (Xbox One)

A case of perspective

Here at Pure Xbox we pretty much always write articles from the third person perspective. It allows us to present a more professional tone, we feel. From time to time, the Editor (hey there!) will pen an Editor's Opinion piece from his own point of view but other than that, the third person perspective is the order of the day...

Squid Hero for Kinect (Xbox One)

Squid Hero for Kinect (Xbox One)

Less than ink-redible

While developers seem to be moving ever farther away from Kinect in general, one developer seems to be most definitely leaning toward it, creating Kinect-specific digital experiences to keep fans of the device amused. That developer is Virtual Air Guitar Company - the team behind Boom Ball for Kinect – and they're back again...

Tachyon Project (Xbox One)

Tachyon Project (Xbox One)

Quickfire

Another month, another neon-infused twin-stick shooter for Xbox One. It can get tiresome with the same old gameplay being trotted out time and again with just a minor twist here or there to differentiate the current title from the others, but to write Tachyon Project off due to the sins of the games that have come before it would be wrong...

Tembo the Badass Elephant (Xbox One)

Tembo the Badass Elephant (Xbox One)

Here comes the boom

Tembo the Badass Elephant is a 2.5D side-scrolling action game with a hand-drawn comic book art style that somewhat resembles Regular Show and other Cartoon Network cartoons. When the evil Phantom Commander and his loyal army take over Shell City, the military calls on the aid of Tembo the elephant, drawing him out of retirement...

Spectra (Xbox One)

Spectra (Xbox One)

Rinse and repeat and repeat and repeat.

When it comes to retro racers on Xbox One, there's something of a shortage. Sure, there are a few arcade racers kicking about, but nothing that could really be described as harking back to days of old. Spectra: 8-bit Racing promised to fill that gap, providing a chiptune-powered and neon-cloaked experience...

F1 2015 (Xbox One)

F1 2015 (Xbox One)

Burnt out

Finally, it's time for a little Formula One action in the current generation. If you put aside the cameo appearances of F1-style cars in other titles, we've yet to get our F1 fix on Xbox One. That was due to Codemasters deciding that they were going to release F1 2014 for last-gen machines back in September, whilst creating a "new...

Sparkle Unleashed (Xbox One)

Sparkle Unleashed (Xbox One)

The sincerest form of flattery

Back in the very early days of the Xbox 360, one of the first titles to help shape the idea of what Microsoft's then-innovative Xbox Live Arcade service could be was PopCap's Zuma. The game was a rightfully popular puzzler which tasked players with firing coloured marbles into a rapidly-advancing line of similar...

LEGO Jurassic World (Xbox One)

LEGO Jurassic World (Xbox One)

Not that clever

In what is now becoming a well-oiled new release machine, Traveller's Tales recently unleashed their latest installment in the LEGO series - LEGO: Jurassic World; which spans all four movies and adds a couple of new mechanics to the tried and tested formula in an effort to bring this beloved franchise to life in brick form.

Payday 2: Crimewave Edition (Xbox One)

Payday 2: Crimewave Edition (Xbox One)

A Complete Bust

Last year, several notable releases found themselves under scrutiny for releasing in a broken state. Sadly, this trend has continued into 2015 as yet another broken game is available for purchase. This time around it is publisher 505 Games who have put a horrendous version of Overkill Software's popular cooperative shooter Payday 2...