Ghoulboy

Developed by a small team of three at Serkan Bakar games, GhoulBoy is a retro-inspired action hack and slash game. It is so diligently attuned to the era it emulates that it sometimes brings both the classic charm and imperfections painstakingly into present day. This review is based on the PS4 version which released March…

Reverie: Sweet As Edition

At first glance, Reverie: Sweet As Edition has the distinct look of Super Nintendo classics from days past. Aesthetically, it looks like Startropics and The Legend of Zelda had an indie lovechild and named Earthbound the godparent. It was developed by the small team at Rainbite, a group of only three core developers. The “Sweet…

Evoland: Legendary Edition

Evoland 1 and 2 have finally found their way to consoles through the release of Evoland: Legendary Edition. Those unfamiliar with the series should know that it is mostly an RPG that seems to carry a controlled identity crisis meant to deliver an adventure through a history lesson and a nostalgia trip all at the…

Alwa’s Awakening

Alwa’s Awakening is an 8-bit throwback game which has many metroidvania inspirations. Developed by Elden Pixels, a small team of four assembled in 2016, this is their first project. This review is based on the Nintendo Switch version. The game opens with a brief explanation of how the beautiful world of Alwa was enslaved by…

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,…

Planet Alpha

Planet Alpha offers an experience that reminds me of great games from the past while mixing in new ideas and current graphics. It is a 2D puzzle adventurer similar to modern examples including Never Alone, Limbo and Inside; or classics like Another World.  If you are unfamiliar with this style of game, play consists of…

Death’s Gambit

As the game’s title first appeared onscreen and the music started to play, Death’s Gambit immediately had my attention. After waiting so very long to play what I knew to be another “Souls” styled game, I was happy to see this game was ready to show me what it was doing differently right away. The…

Dead Cells

It wasn’t that long ago that zombie games were all the rage. You couldn’t fire up a video game system without tripping over the undead menace. Now, it seems like the industry has latched onto the freight train that is rogue-likes. So how do you stand out from the crowd when you are one of…