A PLAGUE TALE: INNOCENCE – Olivier Deriviere


A Plague Tale: Innocence is a  2019 action-adventure stealth game set in 14th century France. The player takes on the role of Amicia, a teenage daughter of a nobleman who must look after her sick brother, Hugo, as they wander their Black Death-ravaged country in search of a cure for Hugo. Most of the game…

SPACE 2048 – Arthur Roolfs


Original Review by Alan Rogers Since its creation in the first quarter of 2014, the original version of the video game 2048 has spawned numerous variations. The objective of the game is to create a tile with the number 2048. The gameplay takes place on a grid (usually a 4×4 grid) and the player has…

COLONIES: NEOCIV – Milosz Jeziorski


Original Review by Alan Rogers Colonies: Neociv is a video game released by developers Twist-Ed Games for Xbox 360 in 2011. The game takes place in an idyllic colony, Neociv, where the peaceful existence is under threat. We follow Nessa, our buxom heroine, as she moves through a series of point-and-click puzzle games collecting information…

ALONE – Rob Allison


Original Review by Alan Rogers Music written for “traditional” video games has come a long way in recent years, with many titles having elaborate orchestral scores. Another exciting aspect of game scoring is the quality of synth-based soundtracks written for games for small, hand-held devices such as smartphones and tablets. Rob Allison’s synth score for…

A Composer’s Guide To Game Music – Winifred Phillips


Original Book Review by Alan Rogers Music for video games has developed over the last 20 years or so as the technology behind the video games themselves has become more complex. Today, many video games contain orchestral scores and have much in common with film scores of the films coming out of Hollywood and beyond.…

SPATE – Mike Raznick


Original Review by Alan Rogers Spate is a platformer game from Ayyo Games set in a surreal “steampunk” world. Visual artist Eric Provan, creator of Spate, has come up with a game that focuses on creating great visuals, mood and atmosphere to support the story. And a major contributor to making the game as arresting…

DIVISION CELL – The Audio Grill


Original Review by Alan Rogers Division Cell is a minimalist puzzle game for iOS and Android platforms from new Finnish game studio Hyperspace Yard. The basic idea of the game is to transform asymmetric polygons into symmetrical shapes. In order to do this, the player must tap designated shape borders causing the shapes to change,…

ACE PILOT: INFINITY DRIFTER – Brian Sadler


Original Review by Alan Rogers Ace Pilot: Infinity Drifter is a forthcoming online Flash-based video game that, from the images I have seen and the information I have read, appears to harken back to the days of Saturday morning serials such as Flash Gordon. We have a hero, a villain, a universe in peril and…

DE BLOB – John Guscott


Original Review by Alan Rogers For a number of years now the quality of music composed for video games franchises such as Halo, Call of Duty and Medal of Honor (and many others) has been improving steadily year-on-year until we have come to the point where full-sized orchestras are being used to record meaty scores…