Super Pixel Racers

Super Pixel Racers is a graphically 16-bit racer played from a top down perspective. Developed by 21c Ducks and published by H2 Interactive, it was launched on PS4 and XB1 October 31, 2018. What initially looks like a modern re-implementation of R.C. Pro-Am, Super Pixel Racers builds on the old formula by introducing new depth…

Alwa’s Awakening

Alwa’s Awakening is an 8-bit throwback game which has many metroidvania inspirations. Developed by Elden Pixels, a small team of four assembled in 2016, this is their first project. This review is based on the Nintendo Switch version. The game opens with a brief explanation of how the beautiful world of Alwa was enslaved by…

Speed Brawl

I absolutely love a good 2D beat-em-up. Throw in a dash of speed and some RPG elements and you would think you would have one hell of a combination. It’s much like adding pickles to a tuna sandwich or canned tomatoes to Kraft dinner. Oh, you don’t do that? Well, I guess not everything works…

V-Rally 4

I absolutely loved Rallisport Challenge on the original Xbox. The 4-player split screen mayhem felt great for an arcade-style racer that you could just grab and play without needing much knowledge in terms of how the cars worked or what you needed to do before each race. I miss those days. They are basically gone…

Timespinner

The 2018 calendar has been filled with many 2D Metroidvania game releases. In order to stand out, Timespinner borrows heavily from the exceptional classic Castlevania: Symphony of the Night and mixes things up with having time travel, time manipulation and storytelling being the central elements of the experience.  The 16-bit styled pixel art is beautiful,…

Planet Alpha

Planet Alpha offers an experience that reminds me of great games from the past while mixing in new ideas and current graphics. It is a 2D puzzle adventurer similar to modern examples including Never Alone, Limbo and Inside; or classics like Another World.  If you are unfamiliar with this style of game, play consists of…

Death’s Gambit

As the game’s title first appeared onscreen and the music started to play, Death’s Gambit immediately had my attention. After waiting so very long to play what I knew to be another “Souls” styled game, I was happy to see this game was ready to show me what it was doing differently right away. The…

Phantom Doctrine

Phantom Doctrine is a stealth-heavy turn based tactical game from CreativeForge Games and published by Good Shepherd Entertainment. It oozes the style and atmosphere of 80’s espionage and delivers a tight, tactical gameplay loop that feels just as good as a bigger budget game like X-Com 2. The graphics are great, the music and sound…