TL;DR VERSION: More Shinobi and Contra than Castlevania, this decently priced run-and-gun shooter suffers from repetition and some uninspired boss designs while still offering a mostly fun retro-inspired arcade experience. What is Wallachia: Reign of Dracula? A 2D run-and-gun arcade shooter draped in Romanian folklore. The official Nintendo page describes the game as being inspired … Continue reading [SWITCH REVIEW] Wallachia: Reign of Dracula (2020)
TL;DR VERSION: With its stunning storybook visuals, wonderful puzzle designs, adventurous themes, and an extraordinary, wordless narrative, this three-hour point-and-click proved to be one of 2020's best games and *might* be my personal Game of the Year. What is Luna: The Shadow Dust? A hand-drawn 2D point-and-click adventure game firmly rooted in puzzle solving, but … Continue reading [SWITCH REVIEW] Luna: The Shadow Dust (2020)
What an insanely beautiful looking adventure game that's completely drowned out by obtuse puzzles and an equally confusing story. What is Memoranda? A visually stunning point-and-click adventure game from the folks at Bit Byterz and Carbon Fire Studios, which follows the 25-year-old insomniac Mrs. Mizuki on her quest to remember her first name. Since separating … Continue reading [SWITCH REVIEW] Memoranda
This is One giant game of "what the fuck?" played 10 seconds at a time. What is Shutshimi: Seriously Swole? A silly-ass retro-flavored side-scrolling shoot-em-up where you control a buff fish equipped with various weapons and power-ups, but with a serious case of whiplash. The game is played in 10-second intervals, alternating between arcade shmupping … Continue reading [VITA BACKLOG] Shutshimi: Seriously Swole
The overall lack of quality-of-life features hinder an otherwise gripping Japanese horror tale in one of 2020's finer adventure games on ps4. What is Tokyo Dark: Remembrance? Initially released in 2017 on PC as simply Tokyo Dark, this enhanced port is a point-and-click Japanese horror game that finds Detective Ito Ayami (pictured above) in search … Continue reading [PS4 BACKLOG] Tokyo Dark: Remembrance
Puzzle games aren't always my jam, but every now and then I need a good brain tickle to get my mind off of things. Being election season, I'm sure you can see why I craved that sort of distraction now more than ever. Enter the simple and clean world of Golf Peaks. Initially a mobile … Continue reading [SWITCH BACKLOG] Golf Peaks
Arc of Alchemist is a JRPG published by Idea Factory -- the folks behind some of my favorite niche games in the genre, like Death end re;Quest and Fairy Fencer F: Advent Dark Force -- that's unfortunately more interesting on paper than in practice. Like many Idea Factory RPGs before it, the opening hours are … Continue reading [PS4 BACKLOG] Arc of Alchemist
It's no secret that I love watching speedruns and do my best to keep up with both annual charity events run by Games Done Quick. Streamer and speedrunner Waifu is quickly becoming one of my favorites, not only because he typically runs Resident Evil games (sometimes with hilarious results, like his Wii motion control attempt … Continue reading This Left 4 Dead 2 Speedrun is Fucking INSANE!
Been a while, yeah? As it turns out, my mental health wasn't as strong as I thought it was, and I just needed some time away from... well, everything. Anhedonia struck me pretty good so blogging and gaming just didn't seem fun anymore, and when you're already in a rut with writer's block and imposter … Continue reading “Kept you waiting, huh?”
I started the week off by diving into a brand new JRPG, being Sega's soft reboot of Sakura Wars on PS4. I'm familiar with the series, having imported one of the games on the Saturn and Dreamcast, though purely for collection purposes. I played a friend's copy of the Wii game for a few hours … Continue reading [WEEKEND GAMING] Steampunk JRPGs, Dangerous Jewelry, and Chatting With Friendos!