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,…

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…

The Friends of Ringo Isikawa

The Friends of Ringo Ishikawa, developed and published by Yeo, is an interesting mix of story telling, RPG, and classic beat-em-up mechanics. It has well drawn pixel graphics that bring to mind Streets of Rage and Double Dragon, a chilled out soundtrack, and depth you would not expect from a game of its type. The…

Shio

Back in January of 2018 (yes, not too long ago) there was a little indie platformer called Celeste. It took many by surprise and quickly became a lot of people’s indie game of the year. The art style, music, gameplay, replay value and even story were brought together so beautifully that it was hard not…

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…

Orange Moon

Orange Moon is a 2D action side-scroller from developer Betelgeuse Zero and published by Meridian4. It uses a simple graphic style that relies on high contrast black and orange imagery and animations that would look more at home in early 2000s flash game. The music and sound are there to try and give the game…

Citadale – The Legends Trilogy

Castlevania is a series with some hits and misses that is none the less a household name. While today entries can be found across many platforms, it planted its roots on a Nintendo console. As the decades passed, there came many imitators with Citadale – The Legends Trilogy now hoping to achieve success with a…