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…

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…