PSN Vita Reviews

Metrico (PlayStation Network - Vita)

Metrico (PlayStation Network - Vita)

Graph-ical grunt

Metrico is the first effort by fledgling Dutch studio Digital Dreams, but you wouldn't guess that by looking at it. Featuring incredibly striking art design, and seemingly solid gameplay, it looks like the work of a much more mature developer. But is this algebraic adventure a balanced equation, or is it using the wrong formulas?...

Table Top Racing (PlayStation Network - Vita)

Table Top Racing (PlayStation Network - Vita)

Micro machines

There’s something enjoyable about viewing the world through the lens of tiny eyes. Codemasters’ legendary Mega Drive adaptation of Galoob’s popular Micro Machines toys cottoned onto this, allowing you to race around workbench surfaces and cereal encrusted breakfast bars. Table Top Racing, a PlayStation Vita port of Playrise...

Magical Beat (PlayStation Network - Vita)

Magical Beat (PlayStation Network - Vita)

Rhythm stick

The goal of Magical Beat is simple to learn, but incredibly difficult to master. It’s a bit of a mix between Lumines and Tetris, where you have to drop blocks known as beatons to the beat of the music. There’s a Beat Sync Gauge which provides a metronome and information on the current tempo of the track, but it’s much easier to...

DayD Tower Rush (PlayStation Network - Vita)

DayD Tower Rush (PlayStation Network - Vita)

Dino-bore

You can’t swing a cat these days without hitting several tower defence games, and as a result it’s become increasingly difficult for new arrivals in the genre to stand out from the crowd. DayD Tower Rush is one such title, which, after trying its luck on iOS last year, has decided to peddle its mix of dinosaurs, time travel, and...

Atelier Rorona Plus: The Alchemist of Arland (PlayStation Network - Vita)

Atelier Rorona Plus: The Alchemist of Arland (PlayStation Network - Vita)

Mix it up

Shop keepers are an important part of almost every RPG, but they very rarely get the attention that they deserve. They focus a bunch of effort into putting together a nice collection of weapons and potions, and do they even get a spot in the final cutscene? Were they even asked? In Atelier Rorona Plus: The Alchemist of Arland, you’re...

Broken Sword 5: The Serpent's Curse - Episode 2 (PlayStation Network - Vita)

Broken Sword 5: The Serpent's Curse - Episode 2 (PlayStation Network - Vita)

Be kind, rewind

Broken Sword 5: The Serpent’s Curse has been made possible due to the generosity of franchise fans courtesy of a successful Kickstarter campaign. The only catch with this funding drive was that the game would be split into two episodes, with the intention to get the package into the hands of backers as quickly as possible. This...

ZRun (PlayStation Network - Vita)

ZRun (PlayStation Network - Vita)

The running dead

The endless runner and the zombie are seemingly at opposite ends of the video game spectrum. The former is reserved almost exclusively for smartphone-fuelled exercises in mediocrity, while the latter is usually deployed only in the hardest of hardcore horror games. With ZRun, Beatshapers has attempted to reconcile these two warring...

Lemmings Touch (PlayStation Network - Vita)

Lemmings Touch (PlayStation Network - Vita)

You got the touch

Lemmings is a lot like Tetris: no system is complete without an iteration of the iconic puzzle property. Ever since acquiring the rights to the franchise alongside legendary publisher Psygnosis, Sony has made it its mission to chaperone the series onto several of its systems, culminating in an EyeToy compatible edition and a...

No Heroes Allowed: No Puzzles Either! (PlayStation Network - Vita)

No Heroes Allowed: No Puzzles Either! (PlayStation Network - Vita)

Not badman

The world of free-to-play gaming may be fraught with peril, but that doesn’t mean that there’s absolutely no fun to be had. Retro inspired puzzler No Heroes Allowed: No Puzzles Either! represents yet another foray into this potentially deadly minefield by Sony. But is its classic gameplay enough to elevate it above the competition, or...

Starlight Inception (PlayStation Network - Vita)

Starlight Inception (PlayStation Network - Vita)

Failure to launch

The space combat genre seems to be making something of a comeback lately, with releases like Strike Suit Zero: Director’s Cut lighting up the dark corners of space. As such, it’s only right that the PlayStation Vita should get its own spaceship game, and Starlight Inception by Escape Hatch Entertainment is a Kickstarter project...

Dead Nation (PlayStation Network - Vita)

Dead Nation (PlayStation Network - Vita)

The portable dead

Dead Nation was announced for the PlayStation Vita at E3 last year, and then was promptly forgotten about. A port for the PlayStation 4 came and went, offering the ultimate version of the zombie-filled twin stick shooter for fans who wanted better graphics and all of the DLC. Finally, almost as an afterthought, Housemarque’s...

Destiny of Spirits (PlayStation Network - Vita)

Destiny of Spirits (PlayStation Network - Vita)

God complex

The free-to-play sector is packed to the brim with straightforward match three puzzle titles, but Sony’s first foray into the microtransaction laden market is anything but accessible. While popular products such as Candy Crush Saga and Temple Run 2 rely on easy to communicate gameplay systems, it’ll take you at least a couple of...

Gunslugs (PlayStation Network - Vita)

Gunslugs (PlayStation Network - Vita)

Bang, bang, bang for your buck

Gunslugs offers the promptest path to a dose of explosive Rambo-esque action on the PlayStation Store. When you first boot up this 2D side-scrolling shooter, you’ll be greeted to an electrifying arcade song and the image of an 8-bit inspired military agent decked out in a facemask. A dead ringer for famous cartoon...

Dustforce (PlayStation Network - Vita)

Dustforce (PlayStation Network - Vita)

Deep clean

Have you ever wondered why there’s not a game about dusting? Ponder no more, because developer Hitbox – with the aid of publisher Capcom – has released Dustforce, a platformer built around the idea of everyone’s least favourite household chore. While the premise isn’t full-on Freddie Mercury in that one Queen video, this slick...

TxK (PlayStation Network - Vita)

TxK (PlayStation Network - Vita)

Trippin’ balls tremendously

You could look at TxK and pass it off as a simple indie game that harks back to the arcade shooter days of old. However, dismissing it as such would not account for the history and significance behind it. Jeff Minter, the game’s creator, has been in the industry since 1982, and is arguably best known for his 1994...

Surge Deluxe (PlayStation Network - Vita)

Surge Deluxe (PlayStation Network - Vita)

Index addiction

There’s something deadly about the combination of addictive gameplay and online leaderboards. It’s something that we sampled in Rock Band, where grown men would blast out Hannah Montana songs in the hopes of nailing those few extra notes. Surge Deluxe is equally moreish, without ever serving as a gateway to twerking. As such, if...

Broken Sword 5: The Serpent's Curse - Episode 1 (PlayStation Network - Vita)

Broken Sword 5: The Serpent's Curse - Episode 1 (PlayStation Network - Vita)

Not broken, just bent

Kickstarter has been the proud parent to many creations over the past few years, the latest of which is the fifth instalment in the legendary point-and-click adventure franchise, Broken Sword. Split into two parts for some bewildering reason – with the second episode due out in the first quarter of this year – Broken Sword...

Mahjong World Contest (PlayStation Network - Vita)

Mahjong World Contest (PlayStation Network - Vita)

Top tiles

Mahjong World Contest is a mahjong solitaire variant with two twists: there’s a three star rating based on objectives, and clearing the board isn’t necessarily your overall goal. These tweaks augment a degree of tactical thinking to a rule set that arguably lacks the original Chinese game’s strategy – and it’s better for it,...