Halloween Forever

It’s Halloween and you find yourself looking for something to play that is thematically fitting. You throw on Halloween Forever and start guiding Pumpkin man through the 8-bit adventure unfolding in front of him. You are only a short way into the 2D experience before you are overwhelmed with 80s gaming nostalgia but its 2018,…

Timespinner

The 2018 calendar has been filled with many 2D Metroidvania game releases. In order to stand out, Timespinner borrows heavily from the exceptional classic Castlevania: Symphony of the Night and mixes things up with having time travel, time manipulation and storytelling being the central elements of the experience.  The 16-bit styled pixel art is beautiful,…

Rainbow Skies

Rainbow Skies combines an RPG overworld, turn based strategy combat, fourth wall breaking dialogue and monster taming into this indie style game which seems to have all the elements for a retro yet unique take on the genre. The game itself is well executed, combat is fluid and you can pick or avoid battles as…

Xenon Valkyrie+

Xenon Valkyrie + is a retro style roguelike from developer Diabolical Mind that has come out at a time where there is more than a generous helping of titles proudly embracing their classic gaming origins. The question then becomes, is this game one that stands out from it competition and ultimately deserves your hours of…

The Lost Child

One of the great problems that power scaling RPGs face is they tend to have a slow start. You’ve no interesting abilities, the story is so vague there’s nothing to follow, level design is overly simple and it seems like the entire first level is set to tutorial difficulty. I won’t mince words; my first…

Color Guardians

There is something to be said about the simplicity of a game and how engaging such a simple mechanic can be to a player. Think about all the mobile games that receive such high praise for being about a simple tap of the screen. Take this mentality and add some decent aesthetics, the “well, I’ll…

The Binding of Isaac

The Binding of Isaac is a tough game to categorize and probably one of the strangest I’ve ever played. Brought to us from the same twisted minds that made Super Meat Boy this genre-bending game can be described as a “2D rogue-like dungeon crawler bullet-hell twin stick SHMUP” (what a mouthful). The story begins with…

My Name is Mayo

You’ll notice that this isn’t much of a review and that’s because, truth be told, My Name is Mayo isn’t much of a video game. In fact, I am going to refrain from using that label for the rest of this article. The objective in this poorly done time sink is to control a dismembered…