Euclidean I knew I shouldn’t have eaten that gas station sushi…

The Book of Unwritten Tales 2

Nordic Games
Reviewed on: PS4
Also on: PC, Xbox One
Street: 09.17

It’s been a long time since I’ve played a point-and-click adventure—a decade or more, to be exact. Naturally, I was overjoyed to get my hands on The Book of Unwritten Tales 2. Its art style is immediately reminiscent of Escape From Monkey Island, and it works so well in a fantasy setting. My favorite thing about this game is how many pop-culture references Nordic Games has stuffed inside of it. There’s everything from Game of Thrones, Monsters Inc., Skyrim, Portal and Final Fantasy VII, to name a few. I’m not too keen on the controls, however. They’re not very responsive when moving about any set piece or moving to interact with an object, but being able to move from one character to the next with the right stick was welcome. No point-and-click adventure is complete without its puzzles, and this game is no exception. Every puzzle required careful attention to dialogue and heavy use of my intuition in order to complete them, resulting in trumpets loudly signaling my accomplishment. The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 was a great re-acquaintance with the point-and-click genre, and at the bargain price of $20, it’s hard not to make the investment. –Trey Sanders


Euclidean

Alpha Wave
Entertainment / AAD Productions
Reviewed on: PC (exclusive)
Street: 09.25

Don’t get me wrong—I love the fact that Euclidean is a VR-enabled exploration of Lovecraftian insanity-horror. It looks beautiful, the narration is batshit crazy, and it excels at impressing a feeling of claustrophobic dread upon the player. As a piece of immersive digital art, Euclidean’s merits are as vast and expansive as the Thousand Young of Shub-Niggurath. As a game, however, there are a few missteps that make it difficult to fully enjoy. Gameplay begins with the stark warning that everything will kill you, and it consists of sinking into a psychedelic ocean. It’s unnerving as hell—there’s nowhere to go but down, and the vague warning intensifies the plummet with a sense of paranoia. Even though players can avoid them by drifting in different directions, it doesn’t take long to get killed by the bizarre, geometrical creatures that lurk in the shadows. These moments are what trips the game up. It’s supposed to be a jarring experience to have an abyss creature kill you, but it comes across as more of an irritation. Masochistic gamers will enjoy the challenge, and it’s a plus if they’re Lovecraft fans. –Alex Springer


Overruled!

Dlala Studios
Reviewed on: PS4
Also on: PC, Xbox One
Street: 09.15

Overruled! is a multi-player brawler that is best enjoyed with a group of friends. It also has a single player mode that is basically a bunch of mini-games, but it’s really not any fun. The multi-player battle mode is absolutely frantic and fast-paced—the rules in this game are constantly changing, so there’s never one person who is always winning. The idea of the game is really simple. All you need to do is collect the most points, but the rules change every 30 seconds, so you never know how you are going to get the points. You can play locally or online with complete strangers. I had a difficult time getting online due to their servers being packed, so hopefully they will have that sorted out soon. You can buy the game on Steam for $12.99, on the Playstation store for $14.99 or on the Xbox One store for $14.99. Steam also sells Overruled! in a four-pack for $38.99, so you can play with your friends. Overruled! is really only enjoyable in multi-player mode with friends, but the single-player campaign is pretty dull and repetitive. If you have a couple friends who are looking for a new game, I’d recommend Overruled!. –Nicole Stephenson

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