Let’s Talk About ‘Last Stop’ – A Narrative-Heavy Sci-fi Adventure From the Developers of ‘Virginia’

https://youtu.be/7FUw-g65OUg One of my favorite games from 2016 is Variable State's small town mystery Virginia. Without speaking a single word, Virginia oozed character and intrigue while leaving plenty up to the player to decipher. It's so, so good. Needless to say, I was pretty pumped to play the British developer's newest adventure Last Stop, especially … Continue reading Let’s Talk About ‘Last Stop’ – A Narrative-Heavy Sci-fi Adventure From the Developers of ‘Virginia’

Let’s Talk About ‘Ikenfell’ – An Unapologetically Queer Turn-Based RPG About Witches and the Damage of Secrets

https://youtu.be/QDY2M1uxJWQ There's no shortage of RPGs to choose from nowadays, but none of them are as diverse and unapologetically queer as Happy Ray Games' Ikenfell. While modern gaming is slowly becoming more inclusive by adding a gay character here and there and changing their social media banners during Pride Month, Ikenfell puts its entire cast … Continue reading Let’s Talk About ‘Ikenfell’ – An Unapologetically Queer Turn-Based RPG About Witches and the Damage of Secrets

Let’s Talk About ‘Carto’ – A Map-Making Puzzle Game About Making Friends and Finding Family

https://youtu.be/MrLp01aY5UQ I've been steadily making my way through some of the shorter indie games on Xbox Game Pass, with the latest being a charming little puzzle adventure called Carto. Here, the titular heroine is separated from her grandmother after their airship encounters trouble during a lightning storm. Both happen to be cartographers, which obviously plays … Continue reading Let’s Talk About ‘Carto’ – A Map-Making Puzzle Game About Making Friends and Finding Family

Let’s Talk About ‘Dark Devotion’ – A Competent 2D Roguelite That Lives and Dies by its Gameplay Loop

https://youtu.be/hNDMENrmvH8 Dark Souls-inspired indie games are a dime a dozen nowadays so it really takes something special for them to stand out. The one I'm playing currently is Hibernian Workshop's Dark Devotion, which I just picked up on PlayStation during their recent sale for about $8 and I'm having a blast with, despite being shit … Continue reading Let’s Talk About ‘Dark Devotion’ – A Competent 2D Roguelite That Lives and Dies by its Gameplay Loop

[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)

[WEEKEND GAMING] New Hats, Retro Shooters, Two Strange Lives, and Shadowdancing!

I was too busy last weekend to get a wrap-up post put together, but today I'm up early, I've had coffee, and it's time to make the fucking donuts. Happy Friday, everyone. For starters, I've been shopping for a new hat to replace my current Overwatch one for a while now and landed on this. … Continue reading [WEEKEND GAMING] New Hats, Retro Shooters, Two Strange Lives, and Shadowdancing!

[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