Super Pixel Racers

Super Pixel Racers is a graphically 16-bit racer played from a top down perspective. Developed by 21c Ducks and published by H2 Interactive, it was launched on PS4 and XB1 October 31, 2018. What initially looks like a modern re-implementation of R.C. Pro-Am, Super Pixel Racers builds on the old formula by introducing new depth…

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…

V-Rally 4

I absolutely loved Rallisport Challenge on the original Xbox. The 4-player split screen mayhem felt great for an arcade-style racer that you could just grab and play without needing much knowledge in terms of how the cars worked or what you needed to do before each race. I miss those days. They are basically gone…

Disgaea 1 Complete

Fifteen years later, and this game is still as enjoyable as the first time. If you’ve played it before, this is the Afternoon of Darkness port with upgraded graphics; which adds several additional demon types, multiple extra characters to recruit, and Etna mode which consists of a story from her perspective and is about a…

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,…