Summer in Mara is one of the latest in the series of casual crafting and simulation games like Animal Crossing, Stardew Valley and Harvest Moon. It’s not a bad game, but doesn’t really do too much to break from the pack. Kind of like the real summer in 2020, its okay, but not nearly the best ever for most people.
Those of you who remember the excellent River Raid game for the Atari 2600 will really appreciate Bridge Strike for the Nintendo Switch and mobile platforms. It’s got the same classic arcade action, but with a lot more bang for your bridges.
The beautiful Lost Ember game is as much a living piece of art as it is a clever and haunting exploration title that has players taking over different animals to help traverse the map and learn the secrets of the game’s lost world. It may be the ultimate chill gaming experience.
Thief Simulator is, not surprisingly, a game that simulates small heist-like break-ins and other trials in the life of a professional thief. A conversion from virtual reality, it has an interesting concept but quite a few problems with gameplay and execution.
Sea Salt is a delightful arcade horror type game that features Lovecraftian mythos, terrified townspeople and merciless murder. And you play the bad guy, in the form of an elder god. This crazy game will capture your heart.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons is a perfect and relaxing game for our troubled times. It’s also one of those titles that makes it worth owning a Nintendo Switch just to play. It should be held up in the same way as Mario, Zelda and Super Smash Bros as a true classic that is accessible to everyone.
Our reviewer is a huge fan of tennis simulations, so he really wanted to love AO Tennis 2. And at times, he did. But this game’s potential glory is ultimately lost in a sea of questionable choices by the developer and outright buggy gameplay.
Zombie Army 4: Dead War is an amazing shooter that never takes itself too seriously, and in fact goes out of its way to achieve oddball greatness. Killing Nazi zombie hoards in the middle of World War II was never so satisfying. It’s a ton of fun by oneself, and a total star for multiplayer.
Almost no series has quite as strong a fanbase as Dragon Ball Z. And while there is a lot for longtime fans to love in the latest release, Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot, this is also a perfect jumping in spot for those who want to check it out for the first time.
The Knights and Bikes adventure game perfectly captures what it’s like to be a child with its whimsical blend of fantasy and reality overshadowing a more serious plot being dealt with by the adult characters in this masterpiece of a game.