Update: 10/22/2022

New Hidden Object Game Reviews for Sister's Secrecy and Mysteries of the Past.

Update: 10/15/2022

New Game Review for Rush'n Attack.

Update: 10/6/2022

New Hidden Object Game Review for Questerium.

Update: 10/2/2022

New Hidden Object Game Reviews for Farmington Tales and The Flying Dutchman.

Update: 9/25/2022

In the Hidden Object Game Reviews section, I have added a new review for Samantha Swift and the Hidden Roses of Athena.

Update: 6/11/2022

In the Hidden Object Game Reviews section, I have added a new review for Kingdom of Aurelia: Mystery of the Poisoned Dagger.

To the main Game Reviews section, I added:

My old review of Evil Zone, with some very minor edits.

Update: 6/8/2022

In the Hidden Object Game Reviews section, I have added a new review for Tiny Tales: Heart of the Forest.

To the main Game Reviews section, I added:

My old review of D. I slightly rewrote this review in areas where I wasn't happy with the original wording. I have no desire to play D ever again, but I'll admit that if I were to review it today, I'd probably approach it a little differently. I think the review is missing a bit of context from the time period. (FMV and "mature" games were touted as the "wave of the future", but D wouldn't have torn me away from my sprite-based adventures even if I had played it then.) One of the biggest points of contention I've received over that review are from players who told me they were scared by it, though I said in my review the game wasn't scary at all. Well, it probably would've been more accurate to say that it didn't scare me at all, but I was an adult when I played it. People who were scared by it invariably tell me "when they were a kid". This is an odd scenario for me because I reviewed the 3DO version, which was a failed console, but I suppose children may have come across some version of it one way or another when it was first released. So, if you did, and you were scared by it, and you have nostalgia for that reason, that's fine. My review, however, will probably more accurately describe how any adult approaching it for the first time now is going to react to it. Maybe they won't find it as unintentionally funny as I did because maybe I just have a weird sense of humor, but other than that...

My old review of Dynowarz. I fixed the opening paragraph of this to be friendlier to people who never actually read Nintendo Power magazine, as I didn't realize how oddly specific my references were there. I also included a link to a site that actually shows the artwork of the robot dinosaur that I was talking about. I think I had plans to put that picture in the review, but at the time had no way to scan such a large poster and never got around to it.

Update: 6/3/2022

In the Hidden Object Game Reviews section, I have added new reviews for Mystery Case Files: Escape From Ravenhearst, Mystery Case Files: The Black Veil, and The Wizard's Pen.

To the main Game Reviews section, I added:

My old review of Lemmings & Oh No! More Lemmings, and heck, it's a good thing I did because the developer and publisher info was wrong (apparently copied a review template and forgot to change it). Anyway, because it's two games in one, I remember it being very long and having a complicated saving system, so there is little chance I would ever play it again, and the review is on par with my current standards.

My old review of Puss N Boots: Pero's Great Adventure, another longtime fan favorite. I fixed some spelling and developer errors in that one.

My old review of Shadowgate (NES) - Fitting, since this game is one of the forefathers of the hidden object genre.

The Flintstones: The Rescue of Dino & Hoppy - Another game I liked, but have no desire to play again.

Update: 4/30/2022

So, I said in my last update I had adjusted my review scores to reflect a 5-point scale and apparently forgot to actually upload them. That's been done.

Also, a new review of Uninvited.

For what it's worth, I made some slight adjustments to the older reviews that are featured on the new page. Mostly just reworded a few things where I wasn't happy with the old wording and fixed the intro template to look more like the current template, especially since some of the developer info on those old reviews was outdated (it wasn't always easy to know exactly who made a game before the internet became mainstream).

Update: 4/2/2022

A few changes to the reviews section....

1. I've added a new section for Hidden Object Game reviews, accessible from the menu to the left. I wrote almost 40 reviews in my absence. Because HOGs are short and easy to review, I didn't want them cluttering my main review page, so I made a new section for them.

2. The Lost Civilization review was moved to the Hidden Object Game section, since it's a HOG.

3. I wrote a new review for Wild Arms.

4. Awhile back I said I would likely add older reviews to the new review section, based on whether or not they meet my current standards for quality. I have begun this process. Reviews that were added include:

E.T., Kid Niki, Virtual Hydlide - These are all older reviews that have been noted as fan favorites throughout the years. The odd quality of these titles made for some funny writing, I guess.

Out of This World - This was one of the last full reviews I wrote before I gave them up for capsules, so the quality wasn't an issue.

Older reviews use old site templates. I probably won't be updating these, just so long as I'm okay with the actual writing. All older reviews are still available on the archive page, I just want to feature some on my new page that I feel are good enough to not need a rewrite, are not in category format, still accurately reflect my opinions, and are for games I don't really plan to play again anytime soon (if ever).

Finally, for the past year I experimented with a 4-star rating system with no half points, to simplify things. But I found this to be too limiting. So I have reverted back to using a 5-star scale with half points (technically a disguised 10-point scale), and all the current reviews' scores were adjusted where necessary.

Update: 6/26/2021

New review of Advanced Dungeons & Dragons: Pool of Radiance (NES).



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