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…

Black Legend

A grim, largely mundane city is overcome by the plague and a group of condemned are sent in as a last attempt to save it. The concept for Black Legend carves out a historical fiction niche often not explored, and does a fantastic job setting up the premise and its atmosphere; unfortunately it does little…

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…