The Last Express: Review

The Last Express is the most immersive game I have ever played. Jordan Mechner’s ambitious adventure game takes place on the famous Oriental Express right before the beginning of World War 1. You play Robert Cath, an American on the run from both the British and French police for an incident in Ireland. He jumps […]

Thoughts and Prayers on Gun Control

Thoughts and Prayers is the latest game from the GOP Arcade. In the game, you have to click Prayers and Thoughts to try to help the United States deal with mass shootings. These shootings are represented by points on the map that pop up with the number of civilians killed and where the shootings took […]

Shelter: The Circle of Life Mommy Simulator

Many years ago, for Earth Day, my middle school decided it would be a great idea to have the school all gather around the flagpole outside and hold hands while singing Elton John’s “The Circle of Life” from the Lion King. We did this at nine o’ clock on a cold morning, confused about what […]

Valiant Hearts: War Makes Men Mad

Valiant Hearts is not a war game, but a game about war. It is a puzzle/adventure game with a tragicomic aesthetic encased an emotional fictional narrative based in fact and historical events. It teaches us about the lives of the soldiers and people in World War 1 without being heavy handed or pretentious. It also succeeds in being […]

else Heart.break(): A Review

My dad is a programmer and when I was six, I went up to him and said “Daddy, teach me how to program!”. “Sure,” he said, and left the room. He came back momentarily and gave me the Turbo Pascal 3.0 manual. “Here you go, this will teach you.” I guess it’s a miracle at […]