No Refunds: “Tadpole Treble Encore”

Looking for a short, novel burst of gameplay? I’ll say that Tadpole Treble Encore “roes” to the occasion, with enjoyable compositions that prove the developer definitely doesn’t have a (sardine) tin ear. The one thing missing from many rhythm games is an original soundtrack: even games like Theatrhyhthm Final Fantasy or Kingdom Hearts: Melody ofContinue reading “No Refunds: “Tadpole Treble Encore””

No Refunds: “Greedfall”

Seen it before, done it before, irritated again. Honestly, the constraints of this “No Refunds” column isn’t ideal for discussing a lengthy RPG; the first two hours of most are often bogged down by all the expositive world-building and tutorials, and reading through a skill tree doesn’t properly convey how the game will actually playContinue reading “No Refunds: “Greedfall””

No Refunds: “Call of the Sea”

After exactly two hours and one minute, I was in need of a break on a particularly frustrating puzzle in Chapter 3, but this Myst-like first-person puzzler (with hints of Polynesia and Lovecraft) has me curious for more. I want to drown Norah Everhart, the adventurous protagonist of Call of the Sea. Over these nextContinue reading “No Refunds: “Call of the Sea””

No Refunds: “Monster Sanctuary”

Consensus: After exactly two hours and one minute, it was hard for me to stop playing this game, midway through the second dungeon, the Blue Caves. I’ll be coming back to this one for sure. Release Date: 12/8 Platform: PC* (*Available on XBOX Game Pass) Developer: Moi Rai Games Publisher: Team17 Digital I might beContinue reading “No Refunds: “Monster Sanctuary””

No Refunds: “Unto the End”

A clangy cross between the gameplay of Dark Souls and the visual aesthetic of Flashback, the Viking-like Unto the End is a brooding, deliberate game that I have absolutely no interest in. This isn’t a bad game, but it’s a sparse and derivative one, with no real way to distinguish itself or draw any butContinue reading “No Refunds: “Unto the End””