Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney review

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at 11:01pm March 18 2014
Publisher Capcom Developer Level-5 Format 3DS Release March 28

One wonders why such a meeting of minds has taken so long. Here, after all, is a union of two protagonists born and raised on handheld devices, sharing a common – and similarly gentlemanly – desire to seek the truth. Quite apart from that, Hershel Layton and Phoenix Wright are the archetypal mismatched pairing: a…

Weapon Shop De Omasse review

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at 04:15pm March 12 2014
Weapon Shop De Omasse review

The belated fourth release from Level-5’s Guild01 compendium posits the idea that the real heroes of role-playing games are not those who explore dungeons and slay monsters, but who carefully craft the weapons these adventurers wield. Weapon Shop De Omasse casts you as an enthusiastic blacksmith’s apprentice tasked with forging blades, spears and axes according…

Attack of the Friday Monsters! A Tokyo Tale review

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at 01:30pm July 23 2013
Attack Of The Friday Monsters

The final entry in Level-5’s Guild02 trio is a spellbinding visual novel that trades in bucolic drama and monster cards.

Bugs Vs Tanks review

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at 03:02pm July 3 2013
Bugs Vs Tanks

Inafune’s eShop B-movie is the weakest entry in the Guild series to date.

Layton Brothers: Mystery Room review

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at 04:27pm July 2 2013
Layton Brothers Mystery Room

Level-5 goes CSI in this murder mystery spin-off for iOS.

The Starship Damrey review

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at 03:16pm May 21 2013
The Starship Damrey

Level-5′s new 3DS release is a short, offbeat adventure game that’s a little too old-fashioned for its own good.

Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch review

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at 01:37pm January 18 2013

Ni No Kuni’s White Witch peers into her crystal ball and says, “So, this is the child who will save the world,” sneering at her pint-sized aggressor and his ill-matched ambition. The temptation is to sneer with her. Not at Oliver, the likeable 13-year-old called upon to save the fantasy world of Ni No Kuni in order to do the same for the life of his mother, but at the over-familiarity of the premise: the orphaned child at the precipice of puberty, who, in the words of the game’s attract sequence, will “save a world, but must first save himself”. For a story penned by Studio Ghibli, the animation house behind some of Japan’s most enduring and critically acclaimed cinematic fairytales, the hope was for more of a twist in the tale.

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