Platformer

Selma and the Wisp Review

Selma and the Wisp has an interesting premise, having you control a character who, in turn, leads another character. Unfortunately, the indirect playstyle leads to frustration in hazardous areas as you are forced to escort a girl and hope she doesn’t die by accident.

Selma and the Wisp Review

Overwhelm Review

Overwhelm takes the action platformer genre to extremes. Despite its borderline unfair camera, players willing to accept the challenge have quite a tense journey ahead of them.

Overwhelm Review

Yoshi’s Crafted World Review

A creative arts-and-crafts artstyle synergizes with innovative mechanics to produce the game’s impressive interactive diorama courses. There’s a little something for everyone, from a mellow mode for casual gamers as well as completionist challenges for the hardcore.

Yoshi’s Crafted World Review

OlliOlli: Switch Stance Review

After five years, a wealth of console ports, and a 2015 sequel, OlliOlli is back, and it's bringing its zany, high-octane action to the Nintendo Switch in the form of OlliOlli: Switch Stance. Aside from its wonderfully punny title, Switch Stance – published by Gambitious – bundles both OlliOlli and OlliOlli2: Welcome to Olliwood into one convenient, consumer-friendly package.

OlliOlli: Switch Stance Review

Odallus: The Dark Call Review

Odallus may look like an NES game, but it plays and handles progression like contemporary titles, respecting the player’s time and offering numerous secrets in an exploration-based 2D world. I went into Odallus: The Dark Call looking for Castlevania and left with an engaging experience that pays tribute to both classic 8-bit titles and modern Metroidvania games.

Odallus: The Dark Call Review

The Eternal Castle Review

Indie games come in all forms. Some try new and innovative ideas, some refine established formulas, and some call back to the past. The Eternal Castle is a bit different; it calls back to a past that actually never was. It’s a remaster of a game that only exists in the imaginations of its developers.

The Eternal Castle Review

Rain World Review

For its beautiful presentation and for all of the ponderous ruminations about life that it might invoke within the player, it’s a crying shame that Rain World just doesn't feel very fun to play. While there is nothing wrong with sluggishness and weight as intentional designs, the options given to the player feel totally at odds with the sheer relentlessness and urgency of the systems at work.

Rain World Review

Guacamelee 2 (Switch) Review

In a saturated market of non-linear Metroidvania games, Drinkbox Studios’ Guacamelee stood out for its emphasis on Luchador wrestling brawls and platforming challenges, all with a colorful Mexican flair. Years later, the developers revisit the formula with Guacamelee 2, a solid - albeit iterative - sequel. Oh, and you can play as a chicken.

Guacamelee 2 (Switch) Review

Marble It Up Review

The premise is quite simple — roll a marble from start to finish as quickly as possible. There’s little innovation to be found in the ‘marble rolling’ genre, and the game doesn’t look to change the formula in any way. It’s a clear homage to marble games of the past, and even the developers behind Marble It Up know it.

Marble It Up Review

ASTRO BOT: Rescue Mission Review

Cute robots, great music, and fantastic throwback gameplay brought out my inner child who laughed, and laughed, and laughed as the Bots dance, the bosses stumble, and Captain Astro emotes. Gamers of any age group will find something to love about Rescue Mission.

ASTRO BOT: Rescue Mission Review

Freedom Planet Review

Freedom Planet began life as a Sonic the Hedgehog fangame, and it’s not hard to believe given the core concept: a fast-paced 2D sidescroller starring animals. Looking past the surface, there’s more to this pixelated platformer than meets the eye, and it manages to hearken back to Sega’s classic series while sporting its own identity.

Freedom Planet Review

Inside (Switch) Review

Inside, a critically acclaimed masterpiece, has finally made it to the ever-growing list of indie games on Nintendo’s latest console. I was one of the unfortunate folks who had never played this game by Playdead when it was first released in 2016. Naturally, I knew nothing about the game and went into it with huge expectations, yet the game not only exceeded my expectations but also left an everlasting impression.

Inside (Switch) Review

Legend of Kay Anniversary (Switch) Review

After playing through Legend of Kay, I really have mixed feelings. I got used to its outdated features that were popping up from time to time, and really enjoyed the overall story and especially its delivery in a comic book fashion.

Legend of Kay Anniversary (Switch) Review

Eliosi's Hunt Review

Eliosi’s Hunt is only $5. At such a cheap price, it’s worth picking up if you’re a hardcore fan of top-down shooters, you’re into speedrunning, or you just want a difficult game to play. But between mediocre shooting, mediocre platforming, and occasionally frustrating level design, there are certainly better options out there.

Eliosi's Hunt Review

Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy Review

And yet, whether you find yourself zooming down a desert highway, running from a gigantic bear, or just bouncing over a bridge of crates, you can't help but smile and know that, at the end of the day, Crash is still a whole lot of fun.

Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy Review

Skylar and Plux: Adventure on Clover Island Review

The game may be guilty of relying on that sense too much, forcing you to look the other way at everything that it is missing or does wrong.  Gamers who require more robust gameplay mechanics or more collectibles may find themselves underwhelmed by Skylar and Plux.  They should still be able to appreciate the effort though, if not the result.

Skylar and Plux: Adventure on Clover Island Review