Gemma Young

I'm a part-time gamer and a full-time writer of science-y things. On the few odd occasions that I'm able to wrestle the Xbox controller away from the avid gamers in my family, I enjoy spending time playing puzzle and adventure games.

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10 of the best new Xbox and Game Pass releases for April 2024

What are the 10 finest games set to release on Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One and through Game Pass in April 2024?

Harold Halibut – the stop-motion underwater Game Pass adventure you will want to play

It’s safe to say that Harold Halibut caught our attention and imagination with its unique style, setting and story.

Relax and just build with Match Village

Start a tranquil journey of creativity and strategy with Match Village, a minimalist puzzle and strategy game that invites players to build vibrant villages on colourful islands. 

Racing Revival: Top Racer Collection Drives onto Xbox and more

The adrenaline-packed thrill of 16-bit racing from the 90s is making a return in Top Racer Collection. 

Farm Together Review

I’ve lost more hours than I care to think about playing simulation games. The Sims, Hay Day, Viva Pinata - I’ve played them all and tend to get a bit addicted. So, it was with some trepidation that I agreed to check out Farm Together on Xbox One, a new farming simulation. How many hours would I lose tied to the screen this time round?

Just Dance 2019 Review

Another year, another Just Dance game and 2019 offers up a very familiar formula. At first glance the only new features of this game compared to the 2018 version are new songs - but are things different once you dig down?

Life is Strange 2 Episode 1 Review

Life can be strange, and it’s made even stranger if you happen to have a supernatural power.

Just Dance 2018 Review

Believe it or not 2018 is nearly upon us (and some may say that 2017 can’t go quick enough), so an early Christmas present from the Ubisoft team in the form of Just Dance 2018 might be just the ticket to get us in party season mode and put a little more cheer into our lives. But, does it offer anything that previous Just Dance games haven’t?

Just Sing Review

I’m something of a connoisseur of singing and dancing games, having played and reviewed a fair few. The boys on the TXH team just don’t seem so keen on these types of games, or they just don’t want to admit it. I must confess to enjoying dancing more than singing games, for the simple fact that my singing is even worse than my dancing. But did playing Just Sing make me change my mind?

Just Dance 2016 Review

Just Dance 2016 is the latest offering from the famous franchise that has been churning out dance party games since 2009. But is Just Dance 2016 offering anything that is new, or could you quite happily get by with a previous version?

NOW That’s What I Call Sing! Review

I’m pretty sure that many music fans in the UK will have owned at least one of the NOW That’s What I Call Music volumes over the last few decades. Singing into your hairbrush along to the latest pop hits was a teenage ritual for many. Now, this iconic brand has released its own version of a karaoke singing game. So put down the hairbrush, pick up a microphone and let’s get singing.

Back to the Future – The Game: 30th Anniversary Edition Review

Back to the Future day has been and gone with little fuss. One new addition to my life however was that I got to play Back to the Future: The Game - 30th Anniversary Edition. Did this make up in the slightest of the lack of a food rehydrator in my life?

Broken Sword 5: The Serpent’s Curse Review

As a fan of point and click adventures, the Broken Sword franchise has provided me with many hours of puzzling entertainment over the years. So, it was with excitement that I anticipated the opportunity to play the fifth and latest installment from Revolution software: The Serpent’s Curse. The game has all the features you would expect from a Broken Sword title; mystery and intrigue with a spattering of religious subtext and a well-developed sense of humour. Plus, a bit of romance from the ‘will they, won’t they?’ storyline of the two main protagonists.

Pneuma: Breath of Life Review

From the start, this first person puzzler is different to the rest. You are there at the narrator’s birth into a strange world and, like him, you have no idea what is going on. Through his monologue, you learn what he thinks about his world, how he might fit into it and what possibilities it could open up; is he an all-powerful and knowing God?

Threes Review

Threes is a puzzle game that is easy to pick up but not so easy to put down; this single player number matching puzzle game is surprisingly addictive. Is it worth an Xbox One outing?

Just Dance 2015 Review

Ubisoft’s dance centric titles have always passed me by but with the latest version out now on Xbox One and having been a fan of it’s direct opponent, I thought it was high time I tried out another dance game.

Dance Central Spotlight Review

The new title from Harmonix, Dance Central Spotlight is the latest in the Dance Central series but, unlike previous titles, it's download only. Is it worth the cheap price?

Xbox Fitness Review – Should you cancel the gym membership?

You may well have gained a few unwanted pounds for Christmas and are considering ways to losing them. Should you opt for a gym membership or put the Xbox to good use by following the workouts on Xbox Fitness?

The Raven – Legacy of a Master Thief Review

Available for download from the Xbox Live Arcade, The Raven - Legacy of a Master Thief is a single player, point-and-click adventure game which puts you in the role of a Swiss policeman out to unravel the mystery surrounding the theft of a priceless jewel.

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Looking Back to 2012 and the super sexy combos of Devil May Cry HD Collection

For those of you who have been living under a rock or deep in the jungle for the last ten years, the Devil May Cry games feature a protagonist called Dante. And this is Dante when he was just effortlessly cool...

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Announced back in the early months of 2023, Goons: Legends & Mayhem has got something about it. Mostly a bit of Mario Strikers and a bit of Windjammers! Them's good things though, yeah?

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