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Ironcast (Xbox One)

Ironcast (Xbox One)

Take That, Jeremy, You Bounder!

Ironcast is an odd beast. After a successful Kickstarter campaign by its developers Dreadbit, the game was released on PC back in May 2015. The conversion to console is now here, and we can see what all the fuss has been about. At its heart, Ironcast is a simple colour-matching puzzle game, but the strategy and...

Tiny Troopers: Joint Ops (Xbox One)

Tiny Troopers: Joint Ops (Xbox One)

Cannon Plodder

Tiny Troopers: Joint Ops is the result of two mobile games being combined into one Xbox One release and although it's good fun, it doesn't make enough of a departure from the casual style gameplay that one would expect on a phone to allow it to make any real impact in the console space. The story takes place across two sets of...

Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 (Xbox One)

Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 (Xbox One)

Dangerzone!

With the gaming landscape rife with shooters, be they sci-fi based or super realistic, it can be a little daunting for those who fancy a little more whimsy on their battlefield. When Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare hit the scene two years ago, it wasn't even clear if there was a market for something as colourful and ridiculous as a...

Action Henk (Xbox One)

Action Henk (Xbox One)

Henk, not Hank

Action Henk is a massive star that can do anything he turns his hand to. Well, you'd believe that to be the case if you took a look around the room in which he lives. He was kickflipping in Action Henk's Pro Skater 2, replaced Bruce Willis in Die Henk, and seemingly was a part of every other franchise that folks of a certain age will...

The Flame in the Flood (Xbox One)

The Flame in the Flood (Xbox One)

The girl Scout's guide to survival

The Great Outdoors isn't just the name of a classic movie starring the late John Candy and Dan Aykroyd. Believe it or not, it's an actual place that exists beyond our TV screens and our many other technological distractions. Beyond the prefab homes and fast-food joints cluttering our field of view lies a...

Pixel Piracy (Xbox One)

Pixel Piracy (Xbox One)

Booty or Bilge?

Fancy captaining a crew of villainous pirates and sailing the seven seas on a quest for booty? Feel like storming other ships and plundering their supplies or commandeering their vessel? How about taking the remains of their ships to custom build your very own scourge of the seas? If the answer to any of these questions is "Yes" then...

Agatha Christie - The ABC Murders (Xbox One)

Agatha Christie - The ABC Murders (Xbox One)

The clues are there...

If you know your crime novels, you are probably familiar with super detective Hercule Poirot – one of British crime queen Agatha Christie's main protagonists and best-known private eyes. During her lifetime, Christie published no less than 66 novels starring the dapper Belgian. Despite Christie repeatedly claiming that she...

Rocket League (Xbox One)

Rocket League (Xbox One)

Blast off

When it comes to surprise success stories, there are none more surprising in recent memory than Psyonix's Rocket League. 2008's downloadable PlayStation 3 title Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle Cars which, while decent fun, was generally forgotten about or passed over by most, was hardly the most likely title to spawn a game that...

Bike Mayhem 2 (Xbox One)

Bike Mayhem 2 (Xbox One)

Bike Meh-em

Less open minded gamers will groan at the sight of mobile ports, but they absolutely have a place on consoles. Games such as Pumped BMX+ have shown that the best mobile games can shine on Xbox One, as long as they're brought over with care. Sadly, not every developer ports their games with the care that Curve Digital does, and that leads...

D/Generation HD (Xbox One)

D/Generation HD (Xbox One)

Jetpack couriers need a trade union...

D/Generation HD is a reworking of a fondly remembered action/adventure/puzzle game that was first released back in 1991, on PC, Amiga and ST. According to developers West Coast Software Ltd, the game has been recreated from the original source code and still contains all the original features, but has had a...

Dying Light: The Following (Xbox One)

Dying Light: The Following (Xbox One)

Parks and Recreation and Zombies

Dying Light: The Following is a strange proposition that's available in a whole bunch of ways. It's an expansion pack that also alters the main game in a few areas, which can be purchased standalone if you own the original Dying Light without the season pass, will be delivered free if you DO own the season pass, and...

Factotum 90 (Xbox One)

Factotum 90 (Xbox One)

In space, it takes two to tandem

From Portal to Q.U.B.E, when physics-based puzzle games are done well, they stay in your memory and earn a valued spot in your games collection. TACs Games Factotum 90 is a likely contender to this club, taking a unique premise and making you feel like a genius while keeping the gameplay simple and engaging. Set...

Albedo: Eyes From Outer Space (Xbox One)

Albedo: Eyes From Outer Space (Xbox One)

Not out of this world

Playing Albedo: Eyes From Outer Space feels much like going on a road-trip where your GPS dies on you in the middle of no man's land. You have the general idea of where you are going, but you don't know quite how to get there. The game begins with John T. Longy, night-watchman at a secret research facility called JUPITER. All...

Electronic Super Joy (Xbox One)

Electronic Super Joy (Xbox One)

Hold on to your butts!

Labelling a game as being aimed at hardcore players always brings with it implications of exclusion or inaccessibility. Suffice to say then, that Electronic Super Joy is very challenging and may cause bouts of swearing, controller throwing rage and irrational outbursts in both skilled players and novice platforming...

This War of Mine: The Little Ones (Xbox One)

This War of Mine: The Little Ones (Xbox One)

War is hell

Inspired by the 1992 – 1996 Seige of Sarajevo during the Bosnian War, This War of Mine is a bleak and desolate game. The entire thing is rendered pretty much entirely in a monochrome pencil drawing style, with only the minimum level of highlighting in place to show off things that you can select. It sounds bland, but that's far from...

Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: Russia (Xbox One)

Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: Russia (Xbox One)

A Hard Day's Nyet

When Ubisoft debuted their alternative take on the Assassin's Creed world with Assassin's Creed Chronicles: China back in 2015, announcing that it was the first of a three-part trilogy, there was hope in our hearts. Hope that starting from the promising base that the first title provided, the development team would listen to...

LEGO Marvel's Avengers (Xbox One)

LEGO Marvel's Avengers (Xbox One)

Assemble Avengers!

Traveller's Tales have been ambitious with this, the latest in the chain of LEGO games which stretch back into the mists of time. Promising as it does to include content from Avengers Assemble, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America: The First Avenger, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Iron Man 3 and Thor:The Dark World,...

The Living Dungeon (Xbox One)

The Living Dungeon (Xbox One)

Pretty Dicey

There was genuine excitement when The Living Dungeon dropped into our review queue. Fans of tabletop games will agree that this genre is currently not well served on the Xbox One and even the Xbox 360's back catalogue is a little lacking, offering only a few that really break the mould alongside a whole host of more mainstream titles...

Amazing Princess Sarah (Xbox One)

Amazing Princess Sarah (Xbox One)

Busting out all over

That Amazing Princess Sarah is quite entertaining, is proof positive that you can't judge a book by its cover. The key art featuring the painfully-proportioned Sarah gazing out of the screen suggests that the game will be nothing but a teenage boy's fantasy presented in videogame form. In fact, some will pass over it altogether...

Fortified (Xbox One)

Fortified (Xbox One)

Mars Attacks!

Console platforms have always suffered from a lacklustre showing in both strategy and tower defence-style games, with these genres usually sticking to PCs where the inputs allow a little more flexibility than that offered by a gamepad. When implemented well, these types of titles can be a real pleasure on consoles however, and this...