(Guardian (UK) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Chibi-Robo! Let's Go, Photo! 3DS:
Set in the future and starring Chibi-Robo, a cigarette lighter-sized robot who loves to help, your job is to assist the curator of a museum by going back in time and taking photographs to fit a series of templates. Naturally, Chibi is in fact jumping back to our time, the camera on your 3DS acting as his lens, letting you frame nearby objects to match the silhouette of each template, a task which starts with readily identifiable everyday bric-a-brac and soon gets much more obscure. Earning new templates means collecting happy points by doing favours for some deeply eccentric characters, your jobs ranging from hoovering and picking up litter, to finding ingredients in a cluttered fridge. It's in these moments that the game loses some of its zing. The photo-taking augmented-reality moments shine, but the rest feels like padding.
Nintendo, pounds 11.69 (download)
Sniper Elite III, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4 & PC
The standard-issue grizzled antihero of Sniper Elite III isn't a sniper so much as a one-man Nazi-assassinating special forces team, in this no-frills second world war jaunt. Its penny-pinching sensibilities extend to wobbly controls, rough-and-ready graphics, and enemies who forget about their dead comrades once you've moved a certain distance away, as you singlehandedly change the course of the allies' campaign in north Africa. Stealth is the only viable approach here so you'll have to get used to using ambient noise to mask shots and learn to enjoy running away when guards get suspicious. Shots that connect with the soft parts of enemies treat you to a kill-cam that follows the bullet from the muzzle of your gun to an X-ray view of their exploding brains.