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I don't think I played the game that this page is for. There's a lot of neat RPG mechanics, and the story and atmosphere have their moments, even if they can be slow or cringeworthy at times. It could be a lot better, but it could be a lot worse. Word for the wise, turn off the dialog volume and read it with your friends. Fun times abound.

Perfect game to turm your brain off to. The combat is surprisingly tight and engaging.

Neat to think about conceptually; a character imagining themselves as a visual novel character in a visual novel as a grounding mechanism is cool in a "Haruhi" sort of way. Sadly nothing about the game is exceptional, and it is far too short to leave any sort of emotional impact as I played it.

Additionally, it should not have Steam achievements. No game based primarily around a narrative should have achievements. Having any kind of completion marks in a game like this makes the narrative choices after you beat the game less fuelled by curiosity and moreso by that urge to easily 100% the game. If classics like Undertale and OFF can call into question the player's agency and choices in-game so effectively without achievements, anything should and could try to follow.

Riding off the end of Tatarigoroshi I was excited to play as Shion in the upcoming game, and was a bit confused looking at the list of chapters and seeing Himatsubushi up next. I was a bit sad to not be able to play as Shion but Himatsubushi was an interesting aside to the main Higurashi story that manages to reveal yet another layer of deeper workings behind the events of each game. As other reviewers pointed out the horror of the series is in viewing the shifting psychological states of the cast and the briefness and lack of viscera pretty much makes the events of the story very surface-level in comparison to prior entries in the series. As Rena points out in the after-party this is the final game in the first half of the series - referred to as the "Question Arcs", and with a large amount of the intrigue of the plot being due to the malleable subtext, there is a large risk in paying things off in too concrete a way as an "Answer Arc" may imply. But, I am very excited for Meakashi and have faith that everything will turn out alright.

Quality online game. Controls great and the progression/upgrades are enjoyable to explore.

There is nothing novel anyone can say on Minecraft at this point. Its reputation as one of the best and most revolutionary games has been solidified; it has truly transcended its creator and become one of the all-time classics of gaming. I suppose the one thing I haven't seen said explicitly about Minecraft is how easily it acquiesces to different levels of complexity of play. Whether you're doing the simple stuff like placing flowers and building rectangular houses or constructing automatic farms that yield thousands of items a minute, the game always feels rewarding and enjoyable.

I feel like writing at any kind of length on each Higurashi chapters will get more difficult as time goes on, but I'll try; Tatarigoroshi takes what's to love about both games - the slowly coalescing paranoia of Onikafushi and the familial/historical drama of Watanagashi and fuses them in a way that still manages to remain novel and poignant.

One thing I've noticed as I've gone through the first 3 chapters is the trajectory away from a complete reliance on the supernatural. Oyashiro and curses still exist in the game, no doubt, but the most arresting and horrifying moments gain that distinction by being entirely real things, terrible unspeakables that happen every day in the walls of homes like ours. Without going in-depth, Tatarigoroshi uses the low fantasy world of Higurashi to explore these themes in an intelligent and heart-wrenching manner.

One gripe I had with this chapter is the pacing is probably the worst of any Higurashi chapter thus far; when it's good it's GOOD, but the slice-of-life segments feel a lot less substantial than previous chapters and the transitions between various aspects of the story can sometimes just come off as purely coincidental, rushed or odd.

The mix of breakout and dodgeball is a neat concept but the non-battle levels just feel odd and the controls are clunky. A Touhou title in nothing but name.

Well-made narrative game about someone going through the pandemic. Feels a lot more hopeful than anything else I've seen about it - it truly evokes the hope and camaraderie that everyone seemed to brim with at the start of the lockdowns which is nice to see as the pandemic (seemingly, hopefully) now draws to a close.

What am I supposed to say about Dr. Mario? I'm getting to that point in the "backlogging" process where I'm getting to the classic era games (late 80s early 90s type fare) where the games are often so basic conceptually - mostly out of necessity - that there usually isn't even a point in reviewing them. But, here I am. I dedicated myself to a 1:1 rating to review format and here we are.

Gameplay-wise, Dr. Mario is fun if a bit obtuse. Maybe it's just because I was a really stupid kid when I first played this, but I just could not figure out the mechanics of the game. But once you do, it's a pretty by-the-numbers tile matching game and is fun on the principle of that alone.

Whose idea was a "Dr. Mario" anyways? I''m really curious to get my hands on a time machine and go to the meeting where "Dr. Mario" was first propositioned as a concept. Nintendo wasn't shy about starting new IPs around this time, so it's weird that they'd tack Mario onto this game. Probably the most egregious Mario cameo to date at the time was when he was the referee in Punch-Out but there were original characters in that as well.

Looking around the origins of Dr. Mario, I found a prototype of the game called "Virus", instead of the viruses under a magnifying glass there was a picture of a dog you're trying to cure of the viruses, alongside a few other cosmetic changes. But lo and behold, Mario was still the doctor! What was the point of having Mario in it with no other notable characters and not calling it a Mario game? Was Mario a placeholder? Was this a Doki-Doki Panic situation where Dr. Mario was hurriedly adapted from some other virus-curing pill-throwing tile-matching doctor game? The world may never know...

The mechanics are fun enough and the soundtrack is great - perhaps barring the options music depending on who you are - but the level designs usually just lend themselves to repetition and trial-and-error.

It's a decent game? It's obviously a bit clunky being an isometric 3D Sonic game on the Genesis but it manages to be fun besides that. Honestly it's biggest flaws are that it's a sonic game in not a lot besides name, it does what it does well.

Pictionary mixed with Telephone is the perfect formula for hilarious chaos to ensue amidst friends.