Amanda Bower

Freelance Writer

Freelance Work

15 Years Later Silent Hill 3 Is Still as Disturbing as Ever

I remember clutching the PlayStation 2 controller in my hand, sitting anxiously in front of my boxy television. I was probably too young to immerse myself into the eerie and grotesque atmosphere of Silent Hill, but I didn’t care. Trapped within a world of mutated creatures, deranged characters without eyebrows, and a dark twisted secret, Silent Hill 3 illustrates disturbing images that are still fresh in my mind fifteen years later.

Square Enix's 15th Anniversary - The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Back in good ol’ April of 2003, a relationship developed between two companies: Square and Enix. Though rivals, they noticed something appealing in one another. Enix strictly published video games while Square focused on developing them with a team of programmers, graphic designers, and professional story writers. Since 2000, the idea of a merger had been discussed, but it took some time for the companies to commit to each other (for good reason, of course.)

Light Fall Review

Enchanted is easily the first word that comes to mind when I think about delving into the exquisite world of Light Fall. Frustration, however, follows suit for the sake of its ruthless gameplay. A challenge is stimulating, but only if you can continue to at least somewhat enjoy the ride. Struggling to conquer the same relentless obstacle over and over again grows tiring. On the contrary, though, crossing the finish line in spite of all the chaos has never tasted so sweet.

The Long Reach Review - A World of Pure Hallucination

Indie games are like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get. Some are downright terrible (on purpose, even) while others outdo your expectations (uh, Undertale anyone?). The Long Reach slides on the quality scale and questions your critical thinking skills. Glaringly obvious grammatical errors and gaps in the timeline are a headscratcher, but it’s the perplexing mind games that question your sanity again and again.

The Adventure Pals Review - A Happy-Go-Lucky Escapade

The Adventure Pals embarks with an optimistic boy accompanied by a giraffe and a whimsical pet rock. ‘Twas Wilton’s birthday when out of the blue, his Papa was abducted by Mr. B – a madman who transforms the elderly into…hot dogs. With the assistance of Sparkles the giraffe, Mr. Rock, and some peculiar friendships acquired along the way, putting an end Mr. B’s evil schemes and saving the world from an abomination have never been so delightful.

Orch Star Review - A Confusing Attempt to Conquer Space

Presented as a real time strategy experience, Orch Star is enveloped in complexity. Though Orch Star Studios produced their game for HTC Vive and the Oculus Rift, I had the opportunity to adventure the planets on good ole’ Windows. Set within an immense space universe are orchs, elves, and humans battling to conquer the galaxy. The polished planetary system complemented by a peaceful space soundtrack received a nod of approval, but the gameplay has some quirks.

Super Army of Tentacles 3: The Search for Army of Tentacles 2 Review - Need I say Anything Else?

Relatable humor and one-of-a-kind characters are very notable aspects of Super Army of Tentacles 3: The Search for Army of Tentacles 2. Oh, and its considerably long title, of course. The adventure RPG exhibits a substantial amount of dialogue strung together to not only convey a story, but to also triumph in confrontations. Physical violence doesn’t exist in Super Army of Tentacles 3, but spewing an abundance of wit at an enemy throws them into quite the tizzy.
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