Kena: Bridge of Spirits

Rarely does a game get me to explore every nook and cranny like a scavenger trying to find that rare piece of treasure. Kena: Bridge of Spirits connected with me in a way not many games do and I found myself traversing every inch of land there was to find even if it meant getting…

Cris Tales

Cris Tales, brought to us by Modus Games, promises an “indie love letter to classic JRPG” experiences. I learned about this game late in its development, but it had been scooping up accolades at various game tradeshows since 2019. Boasting beautiful hand drawn art, fantastical music, great voice work, and inventive time manipulation mechanics, Cris…

Within the Blade

Originally launched under the name “Pixel Shinobi: Nine Demons of Mamoru” as an early access Steam game in 2017, Ratalaika Games has ported and published “Within the Blade”  for console release on July 16, 2021. Boasting epic stealth, platforming, and RPG mechanics on their launch page, Within the Blade seemed to have all the components…

Wonder Boy: Asha in Monster World

Wonder Boy: Asha in Monster World is a remake of Monster World IV that was first released in 1994 on the Mega drive. It was the sixth and final game of the classic Wonder Boy series. After recently playing 2018’s exceptional Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom, I was hoping fora new title in the…

Biomutant

Announced in August of 2017, Biomutant was originally set to release by the end of the following year. Due to a small team size of 20 core developers and perhaps a little too much ambition, the game finally released May 25thof 2021. Boasting an open world with kung-fu combat and choices that affect your alignment,…

Smelter

Every once in a while I am surprised by how effectively a game onboards a player and seamlessly integrates introducing story and gameplay. Starting up with an anime intro and a great theme song, Smelter quickly ingratiates itself before you even start your adventure. Brought to us by Dangen Entertainment is a fresh look at…

Narita Boy

Narita Boy is the first release from independent developer Studio Koba. Originally funded via Kickstarter in April 2017, it is a game with both retro inspirations and values. However, in overall look and feel, Narita Boy is anything but old-fashioned. Contained within this 4-6 hour experience is a unique, thought-provoking action-adventure title filled to the…

Silver Chains

Imagine waking up on a stormy night to discover that you crashed your car into a tree. Nothing looks familiar. You’re lost and desperate for help. You spot an ominous-looking mansion down the road, so you walk toward it. As you approach the front door, you notice someone in a semi-lit room on the top…