Numantia

Numantia is a turn-based strategy game from Reco Technology that mixes strategic depth with a strong narrative to create a genuinely pleasing indie experience. Simple and readable three dimensional strategy segments are split up by beautiful, bold story-board cinematics drawn in a style reminiscent of a child’s story book. The music is suitably epic and…

Riskers

Riskers is an interesting mix of classic Grand Theft Auto driving and Hotline Miami-esque action from developer ShotX Studio and publisher Meridian4. A good looking game with a strong soundtrack and somewhat dodgy gameplay, Riskers reaches for the heights of its inspirations but falls short in execution. The graphics look like a straight upgrade from…

Orange Moon

Orange Moon is a 2D action side-scroller from developer Betelgeuse Zero and published by Meridian4. It uses a simple graphic style that relies on high contrast black and orange imagery and animations that would look more at home in early 2000s flash game. The music and sound are there to try and give the game…

Vive Le Roi

Vive Le Roi is an indie stealth puzzle game developed by Sylvain Seccia and published by Meridian4. A phone game with a PC release, Vive Le Roi relies on art style more than graphical power to get across the game’s simple but solid mechanics. The sound does its job but the music is repetitive and…

Redeemer

Redeemer is a top-down punch-and-shoot from Sobaka Studio and Gambitious Digital Entertainment. With rudimentary stealth options, a variety of weapons, and fast paced combat, Redeemer feels much like Hotline Miami without the one-shot kills. There’s a lot to like here but also a few hang-ups that could be addressed in future patches. The game follows…

Karma. Incarnation 1

Karma. Incarnation 1 is a game I want to enjoy. It has beautiful, high-contrast art, a mesmerizing and original soundtrack, and an interesting take on non-verbal storytelling. I just don’t think it’s a very good game. Coming from Auralab and Otherkind Games, Karma feels like an experiment that will delight some but bore others. The…

Geneshift

Geneshift represents 8 years of work by Nik Nak Studios’ founder and lead designer Ben Johnson. It is a top-down shooter in the vein of the original Grand Theft Auto games but with an added layer of depth in the form of active and passive skills, character progression, and a simple but solid stealth system.…

Top 5 Video Game Composers

Games have evolved greatly in the last few decades. Starting as single screen hunts for a high score, they now span from adventures through fantastic lands to even the remote corners of galaxies millions of light years away. Enough cannot be said about the contribution of sound design and music in turning games into experiences…