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…

The Friends of Ringo Isikawa

The Friends of Ringo Ishikawa, developed and published by Yeo, is an interesting mix of story telling, RPG, and classic beat-em-up mechanics. It has well drawn pixel graphics that bring to mind Streets of Rage and Double Dragon, a chilled out soundtrack, and depth you would not expect from a game of its type. The…

MachiaVillain

Have you ever wanted to run your own haunted mansion? Ever wanted to lure unsuspecting victims with promises of vacations or prizes only to have your minions rip them to pieces and eat what’s left? If so, MachiaVillain may be the game for you. Developed by Wild Factor and published by Good Shepherd Entertainment, MachiaVillain…

SpellForce 3

Spellforce 3 is an RTS-RPG hybrid developed by Grimlore Games and published by THQ Nordic. I do not have any experience with the previous games of the series, so this review is coming from the perspective of a total newcomer to the series. I have played RTS-RPG hybrids, but none with quite the depth of…

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…