[SWITCH REVIEW] Wallachia: Reign of Dracula (2020)

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)

[SWITCH REVIEW] Luna: The Shadow Dust (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)

[SWITCH REVIEW] Memoranda

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

[VITA BACKLOG] Shutshimi: Seriously Swole

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

[PS4 BACKLOG] Tokyo Dark: Remembrance

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

[REVIEW] Scan Whales and Get Educated in ‘Beyond Blue’

I'd like to preface by saying that this review comes by way of my partner, who always wanted to be a marine biologist. When I told them that I was about to play a game where you explore the ocean, they jumped at the chance to play it themself instead and then give me their … Continue reading [REVIEW] Scan Whales and Get Educated in ‘Beyond Blue’

[REVIEW] Have a Good Cry and Solve a Good Puzzle in Evan’s Remains

Although 2D platformers aren't exactly known for their emotional storytelling, there have been some notable additions over the years like Celeste and Inside that offered more than simply running and jumping. The short, sweet, and emotional Evan's Remains definitely falls into that category as well. You play as Dysis, a girl hired by a company … Continue reading [REVIEW] Have a Good Cry and Solve a Good Puzzle in Evan’s Remains

[REVIEW] Twin-stick Shooting in an RPG Roguelite? Demon’s Tier+ Kinda Rules.

The twin-stick control scheme is usually relegated to chaotic shmups, but the folks at COWCAT Games have merged the tried-and-true mechanics into a pixelated RPG in Demon's Tier+. They were kind enough to grant me access to the Xbox version, which I played for a few hours today and wanted to share my thoughts here … Continue reading [REVIEW] Twin-stick Shooting in an RPG Roguelite? Demon’s Tier+ Kinda Rules.

[REVIEW] Daymare: 1998 is a Passable, Passionate Can of Diet Resident Evil Cola

Invader Studios is a small development team from Italy that began working on a fanmade remake of Resident Evil 2 until Capcom got in touch and let them know they themselves were already working on an official release. Not wanting their hard work to go by the wayside, they turned their project into their very … Continue reading [REVIEW] Daymare: 1998 is a Passable, Passionate Can of Diet Resident Evil Cola

[REVIEW] The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III (PS4)

There aren't many series in the realm of role-playing games that feature titles with continuous narratives. Final Fantasy, Persona, Dragon Quest... most, if not ALL of the new releases from these major players typically arrive as stand-alone experiences. Therein lies the rarity of The Legend of Heroes universe -- which contains three unique series under … Continue reading [REVIEW] The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III (PS4)