Cris Tales

Cris Tales, brought to us by Modus Games, promises an “indie love letter to classic JRPG” experiences. I learned about this game late in its development, but it had been scooping up accolades at various game tradeshows since 2019. Boasting beautiful hand drawn art, fantastical music, great voice work, and inventive time manipulation mechanics, Cris…

Within the Blade

Originally launched under the name “Pixel Shinobi: Nine Demons of Mamoru” as an early access Steam game in 2017, Ratalaika Games has ported and published “Within the Blade”  for console release on July 16, 2021. Boasting epic stealth, platforming, and RPG mechanics on their launch page, Within the Blade seemed to have all the components…

Metaloid: Origin

If someone played Retro Revolutions previous game Metagal, they will be happy to hear that with the sequel they have made improvements across the board. Unfortunately, improving every single facet of the game only brings Metaloid: Origins to the status of an alright video game. The first thing the player is met with when starting…

Empire of Angels IV

What is the purpose of Empire of Angels IV? As an overly average strategy game that accomplishes nothing and has no strategy, a fan service game that has no fan service, and an RPG where the story doesn’t match the tone; I’m still wondering that very question. In Empire of Angels IV, there is a…

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…

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…