UnMetal

UnMetal by Fran Games is, at first glance, a Metal Gear parody. Released in 1987 on the Nintendo Entertainment System, Metal Gear was a pioneer of stealth/action gameplay. The series is celebrated to this day, and is one of my personal favourites. The basic premise involves starting off with no equipment, focusing on stealth to…

Xuan-Yuan Sword VII

It’s here, Xuan-Yuan Sword VII at long last, and thankfully you don’t need to have played the first six to know what’s going on. At its most basic, this is a fairly generic action RPG with linear storytelling and something adjacent to skill based combat. While Sword has plenty of mediocrity about it, it still…

Gleylancer

The original release of Gleylancer from 1992 only ever saw the light of day in Japan on the Sega Genesis. Then in 2008 a small portion of the state side gaming community had a chance to take it for a spin thanks to the Wii Virtual Console version. Fast forward to today and the 16-bit…

Crown Trick

Charming aesthetic and vibrantly cute monsters meet turn based roguelike with fairly punishing losses in Crown Trick. As with any game of its ilk, this is not for the easily frustrated, but there are many elements that combine to create an enjoyable experience. It’s quite easy to see and hear the surface value of Crown…

Metaloid: Origin

If someone played Retro Revolutions previous game Metagal, they will be happy to hear that with the sequel they have made improvements across the board. Unfortunately, improving every single facet of the game only brings Metaloid: Origins to the status of an alright video game. The first thing the player is met with when starting…

Biomutant

Announced in August of 2017, Biomutant was originally set to release by the end of the following year. Due to a small team size of 20 core developers and perhaps a little too much ambition, the game finally released May 25thof 2021. Boasting an open world with kung-fu combat and choices that affect your alignment,…

Smelter

Every once in a while I am surprised by how effectively a game onboards a player and seamlessly integrates introducing story and gameplay. Starting up with an anime intro and a great theme song, Smelter quickly ingratiates itself before you even start your adventure. Brought to us by Dangen Entertainment is a fresh look at…

Narita Boy

Narita Boy is the first release from independent developer Studio Koba. Originally funded via Kickstarter in April 2017, it is a game with both retro inspirations and values. However, in overall look and feel, Narita Boy is anything but old-fashioned. Contained within this 4-6 hour experience is a unique, thought-provoking action-adventure title filled to the…

Black Legend

A grim, largely mundane city is overcome by the plague and a group of condemned are sent in as a last attempt to save it. The concept for Black Legend carves out a historical fiction niche often not explored, and does a fantastic job setting up the premise and its atmosphere; unfortunately it does little…