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Thirty Minutes of Chroma Squad Gameplay For Your Eyeballs

Unless you’re able to be in more than one place at a time, chances are you missed some stuff at PAX East. Hell, I know I missed a ton of stuff, and one of them was regretfully the sentai inspired Chroma Squad, from Behold Studios. Luckily, Behold was nice enough to post the entire 30-minute demo on their YouTube channel. Chroma Squad is a homage to Japanese sentai television shows — e.g., Power Rangers. In the game players will be creating their own sentai television [...]

Whoa! Twinfinite is Giving Away FIVE Copies of Mechanic Escape!

Okay, okay, I’M SORRY OKAY. It’s been a bit since I’ve had a giveaway lined up for you all. PAX was quite the busy experience. But I’m back, and I’ve decided to once again throw my inventory out there for you all to loot. This week, I’m giving away not one, not two, but FIVE copies of Mechanic Escape. Take it as me being sorry for my lack of giving you free things. This of course, on top of our giveaway [...]


Life Goes On Gets a Launch Trailer, Proves Life Really Goes On

Life Goes On released today on Steam and to celebrate, we got a nice little launch trailer showcasing the many deaths. When I first heard that Life Goes On featured a lot of dying, I thought it was due to difficulty, a la Super  Meat Boy. However, I see now that the deaths are caused by the necessity of it all. You need to die in some levels in order to use that corpse to get through an obstacle. Genius. You [...]

Actual Sunlight – An Honest Look at a Dishonest Mind

I jumped into this one planning to do a review of Will O’Neill’s Actual Sunlight. However, almost immediately after starting it up, I realized that it wasn’t going to be a typical experience. As I played through the story, mostly as an observer simply seeing the pageant take place in front of me, it became more and more apparent that a simple review wouldn’t come of this. I can’t, in good faith, take my feelings or observations about Actual Sunlight and distill [...]

Steam’s Most Popular Games Revealed

Do you have a ridiculous backlog of unplayed games in your Steam catalogue? Of course you do. So do I, and apparently do does pretty much every one of the 65 million account holders of PC gaming’s premier service. According to an article by Ars Technica, 37 percent of all purchased games on Steam have never been booted up once, no doubt a byproduct of impulse buying during their sales. The article also lists the most popular titles on the [...]

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, [...]

PAX East — Edge of Space Hands-on Impressions

Edge of Space is an indie terraforming game developed by Handyman Studios. Without a doubt, the game can, will, and has attracted similarities to Terraria, but holds enough of its own to make it interesting and worth your time. What is immediately apparent about Edge of Space is just how much there is to do. The game revolves around terraforming and exploration. As you might imagine, you have an entire world in front of you to explore, one that Handyman [...]

PAX East – High Strangeness Hands-On Impressions

High Strangeness, from Barnyard Intelligence, is doubly and aptly retro. Its been inspired by the RPGs, and adventure games from the 8-bit and 16-bit generation, and the game wholly reflects the pros and cons of those generations. High Strangeness has a really neat trick that turns the perspective from 8-bit to 16-bit at the players will. Barnyard uses the transition from 8-bit to 16-bit to create a very interesting puzzle, adventure RPG mash-up that is well worth a look at. The transition has combat and [...]

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