Reviews

Half-Minute Hero: The Second Coming Review – 30 Seconds to AARGH

As I’ve grown older, I’ve come to the realization that by and large, the JRPG is a genre that has passed me by. That’s not to say that I don’t enjoy them — on the contrary, some of my favorite and lasting memories are of spending dozens of hours playing through epic storylines and world-spanning adventures with a ragtag group of spiky-haired heroes and heroines. It’s not them, it’s me. Thankfully, developer Opus has carved out a niche for people [...]

Mechanic Escape Review – Is Your TV Running?

As much as I love games that feature deeply complex stories, there’s always a special place in my heart for more simple experiences. Sometimes, I just want a game that tosses out thought-provoking introductory sequences and jumps straight into quick, easily-understood action. Mechanic Escape definitely falls into the latter category. An easily grasped 2D platfomer/runner, Mechanic Escape is a fast-paced, somewhat frantic sprint through brightly animated levels filled with a multitude of hazards and interesting environmental quirks. A combination of reflexes, on-the-fly thinking, [...]

Broforce Review – Bro Guts, Bro Glory

There are a lot of times that my penchant for indie games means I’m dealing with a lot of complex things. Whether they’re intellectual, emotional, or simply downright conceptually bizarre, there’s a ton of things that really make it a complicated process that’s both taxing and rewarding. Sometimes, wading through these deep, layered stories and genre-busting experimental outings makes me sit back and think about a lot of things. I’ve reviewed games that made me stop to consider life, love, [...]

Carmageddon: Reincarnation Hands-On Preview – The Duke Nukem Forever of Racing Games

This game is in development and nothing should be considered “finished” yet. EVERYTHING is work in progress and subject to change. Changes will be influenced by your involvement in the game development; your bug reports, feedback, and suggestions. But remember! Expect bugs. Expect regular updates. Expect the unexpected. Expect the Spanish Inquisition. Please report bugs by using the form at the following link: carmageddon.com/Bugger. Get involved in forging the final feel of the game – visit the Forums and tell [...]

Spate Review – True Detective

It must have been some sort of coincidence that the week I played indie platformer Spate was the week I finished up watching HBO’s True Detective. It seemed given that both are noir detective stories with a good chunk of horror elements that I could reference one within the other as an easy way to grab your attention. And I need it now, because if there’s a game I’m asking you to check out, it’s Spate.

Fatal Theory Review – Fistful of Pixels

When playing Fatal Theory, the thought that crosses your mind is: “This seems like something I could have made.” But let me be perfectly clear, that is not an insult in any way or form. In fact, it is a high praise. There is an admiration for someone who has such a passion for games that they took a risk and made one on their own. Fatal Theory‘s narrative and aesthetics aren’t cutting-edge purposefully so. They exist to deliver the fun [...]

Mercenary Kings Review – Welcome to the Gun Show

Tribute Games made their mainstream debut with the smash hit, Scott Pilgrim vs The World, a retro styled beat-em-up sporting the visual prowess of pixel artist, Paul Robertson.  Now, almost five years later, the team is back with the crowdfunded Mercenary Kings, a game that’s one part shooter and one part Monster Hunter.  Is this game a straight shooter or is fit to be found at the bottom of the barrel?

Betrayer Review – Unsolved Mysteries of 1604

I’ve said before that I find multi-genre games tend to bear with them a slew of problems along the way. The biggest hurdle that these types of games have to overcome is mixing all the parts together into a strong, coherent whole that’s passably good at several different things, which seems to give developers a tougher time than honing in on one idea that they can work on refining and doing very well. Betrayer has elements of exploration, FPS, stealth, and [...]

Goat Simulator Review – This is the Way the World Ends

This is the way the world ends. This is the way the world ends. Not with a bang, but with a baaaa.  -Not T.S. Eliot When creating a game, developers must first ask themselves what kind of game they would make. Some go for the gritty, some for the cute, and others for the goat. The developers at Coffee Stain Studios have decided to go where few video game developers have gone before by intentionally creating a broken game for [...]

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