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,…

Speed Brawl

I absolutely love a good 2D beat-em-up. Throw in a dash of speed and some RPG elements and you would think you would have one hell of a combination. It’s much like adding pickles to a tuna sandwich or canned tomatoes to Kraft dinner. Oh, you don’t do that? Well, I guess not everything works…

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,…

Immortal: Unchained

Is Dark Souls the new zombie genre that everyone has to cash in on? Starting to look like the case as the game style has now been replicated by indie, AAA and everything in between companies. So here’s Immortal: Unchained, a game by a triple A indie company where you play a zombie with a…

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…

Shadows: Awakening

We have all played that game before, the one where the focus of the developers was clearly on all of the bells and whistles, as well as the game play loop rather than the gameplay experience itself. These are the times where it is painfully obvious that it is all about the destination and not…

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…

Warhammer 40K: Inquisitor Martyr

What can be said about the Warhammer franchise video game offerings, both fantasy and 40k, that hasn’t been said before? Over the past few decades there has been more than a healthy amount of releases spanning multiple genres. Primarily the focus has been on strategy but we have also witnessed a generous offering of shooters,…