Pumpkin Jack

Independent game developer Nicolas Meyssonnier wanted to recreate the nostalgia of PlayStation 2 platformers when he quit his job in 2019 to finish work on Pumpkin Jack. Originally released October 23, 2020 I feel that he was entirely successful at bringing back gameplay rarely felt in modern releases. The game takes place in the Boredom…

In Rays of the Light

Developer ‘Sometimes You’ brings us a gem of a remake with In Rays of the Light. This first-person exploration puzzle game sets up the player with a beautiful, albeit small, world where they investigate a potentially self-imposed catastrophe that begs the questions “what have we done and why have we done it?” It is highly…

Warsaw

Released in September of 2020, Warsaw takes gamers back in time to Europe during the Second World War. In particular, the folks at Pixelated Milk position you at the heart of the resistance in Poland in the year 1944. Warsaw, which is the capital city of Poland is war-torn and surrounded by Nazi forces. The…

Graveyard Keeper

To be honest, when I first saw Graveyard Keeper announced, my reaction was one with a shrug and a dismissive tone. I had most recently played Stardew Valley and I believed that Graveyard Keeper was just trying to ride the successful pixel art train at the moment. I let it fall into my backlog of…

Dex: Enhanced Edition

On the heels of Cyberpunk 2077, the recent release of Blade Runner – The Final Cut on Netflix, and the ongoing speculations about a possible season 3 of Altered Carbon, comes a neo-noir, cyberpunk, 2D action-RPG called Dex for the Nintendo Switch. Published by QubicGames and developed by Dreadlocks, Dex was originally released on the…

Skater XL

Skater XL is one of the many new contenders aiming to revitalize the skating genre to its former glory. Is it able to pull off the victory or does it fail harder than my bails in the video footage? Skater XL is a simulation skateboarding game focused on the more realistic aspects of the hobby…

Fury Unleashed

Fury Unleashed is a game that combines a lot of elements I love but leaves me a bit wanting. It’s gameplay reminds me of arcade classics like Metal Slug, it’s art style brings back memories of the best flash games of the Newgrounds days, and it’s music ties the whole package up nicely, but the…

Sparklite

Sparklite is a top-down, action adventure title by Red Blue Games. Straight away, it is easy to notice the inspirations from the 16-bit era of gaming. The classic, SNES style graphics are packed with charm, detail, and whimsy. Sparklite begins with the protagonist, Ada, losing control of her airship and crashing into the land of…