Celeste Was a Rewarding Journey Through My Own Mental Health Struggles

Matt Makes Games' 2D platformer Celeste stars Madeline, a girl who arrives at Celeste Mountain and plans to climb all the way to the summit. The only thing getting in the way isn't the harsh weather or required stamina, but herself. Madeline doesn't just want to climb Celeste; she needs to. She uses the experience … Continue reading Celeste Was a Rewarding Journey Through My Own Mental Health Struggles

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[BITE-SIZED REVIEW] Slain: Back from Hell

Slain: Back from Hell Developer(s): Andrew Gilmour, Stage Clear Studios Publisher: Digerati Distribution Reviewed on: Nintendo Switch Release Date: December 7th, 2017 Price: $19.99 Bite-sized Reviews differ from our more traditional, full-length reviews in that they’re restricted to smaller titles and, as the name implies, trims the fat in favor of getting straight to the point. … Continue reading [BITE-SIZED REVIEW] Slain: Back from Hell

[REVIEW] Azure Striker Gunvolt: Striker Pack (Nintendo Switch)

Azure Striker Gunvolt: Striker Pack Developer: Inti Creates (self-published) Available on: Nintendo Switch (reviewed), 3DS (released in 2016) Price: $39.99 USD While Capcom is clearly uninterested in furthering the Mega Man franchise beyond console cycle re-releases and fighting game cameos, Inti Creates broke away from them in 1996 and have been steadily carving their niche … Continue reading [REVIEW] Azure Striker Gunvolt: Striker Pack (Nintendo Switch)

[REVIEW] A Rose in the Twilight

A Rose in the Twilight Developer: Nippon Ichi Software Publisher: NIS America Available on: Vita (reviewed), PC Price: $19.99 A Rose in the Twilight is a dejected and atmospheric fairy tale surrounding the unlikely pairing of a cursed girl and her stone giant companion, as they attempt to flee the castle in which she's held captive. Its … Continue reading [REVIEW] A Rose in the Twilight

Cave Story+ Gets Physical, Physical. Oh, and a Launch Date.

The fine folks at Nicalis are bringing the definitive edition of indie darling Cave Story to the Nintendo Switch on June 20th in both physical and digital formats. In a PR e-mail received earlier today, the official price is set at $29.99 for either version. So what makes this release "definitive?" Similar to The Binding … Continue reading Cave Story+ Gets Physical, Physical. Oh, and a Launch Date.

[REVIEW] Snake Pass

Snake Pass Developer: Sumo Digital Publisher: Sumo Digital Available on: Nintendo Switch (reviewed), PS4, Xbox One, PC Price: $19.99 USD The folks at Sumo Digital have taken a novel approach to the beloved mascot platformer of the N64 era, in by which they've gone and removed jumping altogether. In Snake Pass, players control Noodle the … Continue reading [REVIEW] Snake Pass

A Platformer Without Jumping? Snake Pass Looks Awesome!

Set to release tomorrow for PS4, Xbox One, PC, and Nintendo Switch, Sumo Digital's Snake Pass explores the concept of navigating a world typically built for a platformer, but without the ability to jump. Instead, players control a colorful snake named Noodle, who slithers and wraps themselves around blocks and branches using a rather unique … Continue reading A Platformer Without Jumping? Snake Pass Looks Awesome!

VVVVVV Was the Perfect Travel Distraction and a Great PS Plus Freebie on Vita

Whenever I travel, I like to bring along my Vita to pass time during bouts of insomnia. I'm a terrible sleeper, so it's not uncommon to be wide awake at odd hours while every normal human is sound asleep. I recently found myself in this exact situation while out of town for the holidays, but thankfully found solace … Continue reading VVVVVV Was the Perfect Travel Distraction and a Great PS Plus Freebie on Vita

REVIEW: Downwell

Downwell Developed by: Moppin, with porting assistance from Red Phantom Games (Minutes). Published by: Devolver Digital Available on: PS4 (cross-buy with Vita), PS Vita (reviewed, cross-buy with PS4), PC, iOS, Android Price: $4.99 In a nutshell: It's like those dreams where you're falling, except you have shooty boots and die at the end. Ojiro Fumoto's … Continue reading REVIEW: Downwell

Re:Review: No Time to Explain

*Re:Review brings to light a review written during my tenure at the now-defunct website, What’s Your Tag?, in order to avoid losing it to the abyss of the internet. It generally appears as it did back then (along with the video review, if available), with only minor formatting or grammatical changes. Although the review was … Continue reading Re:Review: No Time to Explain