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,…

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…

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…

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…

Caveman Warriors

Does every modern era game have to be about zombies or Nazis? JanduSoft says no. Here, have some delightful caveman antics in a retro caveman platformer that may evoke nostalgia of all those classics that if you’re under 25 you’ve never heard of. So is this a shining gem or a prehistoric turd? A bit…