Final Fantasy VII Remake demo shows evolution and polish – mostly

This isn't a game you can casually blow through because you know all the nuances. It will challenge and surprise you, in narrative and combat

Final Fantasy VII Remake demo shows evolution and polish – mostlyFinal Fantasy VII fans have long clamoured for a remake. But why? Final Fantasy VII was a near-perfect gem of a game, for its time. It also occupied a unique cultural place among gamers. It felt like it was – and should be – untouchable. But as years went by and gaming advanced, I couldn’t…

Fast and mesmerizing or slow and memorized

Sayonara Wild Hearts is the best Apple Arcade game I’ve played so far. And Tales of Memo isn’t bad either

Fast and mesmerizing or slow and memorizedI’m back! The fourth edition of my Apple Arcade reviews! No time to waste.  This time we’re taking a look at Tendays Studio’s take on memory games with Tales of Memo, as well as the incredible, beautiful Sayonara Wild Hearts. You can see the first article here, the second one here and the third one…

Hot-stepping and hacking through game levels

Hot-stepping and hacking through game levelsReady for more Apple Arcade? You’re already reading so I’ll take that as a yes. This time I’ll look at somber action-combat game Bleak Sword, as well as taking part in some schoolyard parkour with Hot Lava. As always, these aren’t intended to be full reviews but rather a general feel for how each game…

Skating, brawling and hitting a dead end in Apple Arcade

Reviews of Skate City, HyperBrawl Tournament and Dead End Job

Skating, brawling and hitting a dead end in Apple ArcadeWelcome back to my ongoing examination of all available Apple Arcade games! I'm still going strong but it's only week two, so who knows what affect this process will eventually have on my overall well-being. As a reminder, these are not intended as fully thought out reviews, but rather a quick description of each game,…

Putting Apple Arcade through its paces

Things That Go Bump is a bland, repetitive experience with poor control. Inmost is a genuinely scary game that takes on some heavy themes

Putting Apple Arcade through its pacesI’m undertaking possibly the longest, most time-consuming and ultimately the least fruitful venture of my adult life. I’ll be playing, at least in some small part, every Apple Arcade game released. Then I’ll tell you if each game deserves to be played. Apple Arcade was released in mid-September 2019 and since then I’ve been dipping…

Finally, NCAA must compensate its athletes

And it will have ramifications for Canadian student athletes and the hockey leagues that compete with U.S. colleges for talent

Finally, NCAA must compensate its athletesWhat were the burghers who run California doing instead of upgrading their power grid? Let me see. Banning fur? Check. Undocumented aliens on state boards and commissions? Check. Allowing college sports stars to get paid for the use of their likeness? Check. Really? After all this time, they’re going to let the top performers in…

Children of Morta full of fun, despite sloppy narrative

Video game review: In this roguelike game, you take on the role of not one hero but an entire family

Children of Morta full of fun, despite sloppy narrativeChildren of Morta Developer: Dead Mage PC, PlayStation 4, Switch, Xbox One The gameplay in Children of Morta really shines. It's fast, fun, satisfying and continually fresh. Unfortunately, that exposes the shaky story and weak world-building of this new game. In Children of Morta, you take on the role of not one hero but an entire family, the…

What sports, e-sports and entertainment fans are looking for

Trevor Doerksen of ePlay Digital is opening doors around the world for interactive gaming

What sports, e-sports and entertainment fans are looking forTrevor Doerksen is CEO of ePlay Digital. What is ePlay Digital and what does it do? Doerksen: ePlay is one of Calgary’s growing number of game publishers. We have created a celebrity-filled, Pokemon Go style game platform for sports, e-sports, and entertainment. We will soon launch the first location-based title from the augmented reality mobile…

Arcade-like fun can help you save money on groceries

Loblaws introduces retro online game that allows you to accumulate PC Optimum points

Arcade-like fun can help you save money on groceriesYou won’t find this game in any app store. But there is a payoff for playing. You earn 500 PC Optimum free points every day for simply practising your hauling skills while playing No Frills’ Hauler: Aisles of Glory. It’s the latest clever marketing campaign from grocery giant Loblaws, which owns the No Frills stores…

What are the best iPad Apps for adults?

Whatever your choice, you can be certain that if you have thought about it, there is an app that covers that need

What are the best iPad Apps for adults?No matter what the arguments are, the iPad is still the best of them all, and especially if you happen to have the new, 9.7-inch version that was released this April, in fact, there were several apps built specifically for that device, and we do love our apps! There have been lists upon lists of…

Virtual-reality gaming in perfect bite-sized portions

At places like Breakout VR, you can discover the kinds of games on the market and get a brief taste of the current state of VR without spending a bundle

Virtual-reality gaming in perfect bite-sized portionsVirtual-reality gaming has always vaguely piqued my curiosity but the technology hasn’t yet demanded my attention. Having your own virtual reality (VR) system is pricey, and there’s a visual and physical disconnect between you and anyone else in the room. I love playing games with other people, sharing the experience. Playing online with others is…

Eat, drink, play Cook, Serve, Delicious! 2!!, be merry

This game takes the player deep into the world of running a restaurant, with tasty challenges throughout

Cook, Serve, Delicious! 2!! Publisher/developer: Vertigo Gaming Want to experience the thrill and exhaustion of working in the restaurant industry by playing a challenging game that requires intense, constant focus? Cook, Serve, Delicious! 2!! is the answer. Its light-hearted presentation and rewarding, satisfying gameplay softens the edge of a really tough but wonderful game. You…

Breaking technology’s pernicious grip on our children

The formative years with our children only come once. When we make them the highest priorities in our lives, we give them the message that they’re worthwhile

Breaking technology’s pernicious grip on our childrenTechnology is everywhere. But is it all good for us and – particularly – is it good for our children? The last 50 years have seen tremendous technological advancement. The 1960s television comedy Get Smart featured a mobile phone that the main character wore in his shoe. We laughed because it seemed impossible. Today, 95…

Skull and Bones the best pirate game ever?

Ubisoft’s latest game a swashbuckling masterpiece

Our long-standing love affair with the pirate life is nothing new, but it does beg the question: why do we continue to be so drawn to this particular theme? To hazard a guess, we’d say that men and women throughout the ages have always harboured a passion for adventure, thrill-seeking and exploration, and pirates are…

Old Man’s Journey a tale of hope and redemption

This short video game is high on quality, humanity and sentimentality. And it's perfect for playing in bits on a mobile device, perhaps while you're on transit

Review: Old Man’s Journey Developer: Broken Rules Supported by: Indie Fund, Vienna Business Agency Platform: Windows, Mac, ios, Android Rating: none (recommend for ages 4+ on App store) Price: Cdn$8.79 on Steam Old Man’s Journey is a relaxing, lightly puzzle-based game about a man who sets off on a hopeful adventure to find redemption. It…