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GAMES IN RE­VIEW

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AM­PLI­TUDE [PG]

PS4 / $TBC / OUT NOW

Be­fore Gui­tar Hero and Rock Band there was Am­pli­tude, the rhythm-based mu­sic game that turned your hum­ble game con­troller into an in­stru­ment. While the sound­track to this crowd­funded re­make lacks the big-name artists from the orig­i­nal re­lease, the game­play re­mains ad­dic­tive; with 30 tracks to tap along to, tran­cein­duc­ing vi­su­als, and a dif­fi­culty curve that will test even the most dex­ter­ous of dig­its. An ab­sorb­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for mu­sic lovers.

TUROK: DI­NOSAUR HUNTER RE­MAS­TERED

PC / N/A / $19.99 / OUT NOW

First re­leased on the Nin­tendo 64 in 1997, this di­nosaur-rid­dled first-per­son shooter has been re­built with an en­tirely new game en­gine. De­spite this, the graph­ics re­main blocky and the mu­sic bland. While the weapons arse­nal is quite imag­i­na­tive, this re­make is oth­er­wise old school in its de­sign; with frus­trat­ing boss bat­tles and an ar­chaic save sys­tem.

CUT THE ROPE: MAGIC

IOS, AN­DROID / $1.49 / OUT NOW

The lat­est in­stal­ment in the physics-based puz­zle se­ries is its most cre­ative re­lease yet. Once again the aim of the game is to swipe through a se­ries of ropes in or­der to de­liver candy to pro­tag­o­nist Om Nom, only this time he has the abil­ity to morph into dif­fer­ent kinds of an­i­mals each with unique abil­i­ties. Con­se­quently, the puz­zles are far more di­verse and the game­play con­sis­tently feels fresh.

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