Review

Flood of Light Review

Set in the lonely and abandoned metropolis of Hope City, Irisloft’s Flood of Light is a 2D-puzzle game all about uncovering the mysteries of where you came from, and where everyone else has gone. Accompanied by some friendly robots and a beautiful score, you set out to reduce the flood that has swallowed the city thus far, all the while piecing together the history of Hope City and its downfall.

Flood of Light Review

Shadow Bug Review

The way you move around each zone in Shadow Bug is where the game differentiates itself. Instead of jumping, you use homing attacks on enemies to leap around. Your little ninja bug will sail towards the targeted foe, slicing them into pieces with ease, and putting you in the position to get around. These attacks can go through walls and obstacles, with no chance of failure. This allows for unique level designs that utilize the feature perfectly.

Shadow Bug Review

Figment Review

Figment is not a point and click adventure game, but it certainly eschews a lot of the same sensibilities and gameplay concepts. You do not actually point and click, but the gameplay style is very reminiscent of old-school adventure-styled games like Sam and Max and Broken Age.

Figment Review

Oafmatch

There’s an interesting idea in Oafmatch but the execution is poor. While the game tries to live and die by its main attraction, an RPG overlay to a match-three game, it doesn’t do so in a meaningful or fun way. Oafmatch is a game that could only be enjoyed by absolute fanatics of the match-three genre who have exhausted every other outlet.

Oafmatch

Flywrench Review

But after a few too many deaths and dumb luck wins I felt put-off. There’s definitely a lot to like with Flywrench for fans of the insanely difficult, rapid-spawning games but for the more casual it will only offer a brief run through 170+ levels that will end in glorious victory, endless deaths, or sheer, dumb luck.

Flywrench Review

Hollow Knight Review

While the backtracking can be tedious and the exploration can be maddening, Hollow Knight is still worth a look to anyone looking for a great action platformer. Hollow Knight wears its inspirations on its sleeve and reminds the world that sometimes you don’t need to create completely new mechanics, sometimes you just need to make those old mechanics shine again.

Hollow Knight Review

Oceanhorn: Monster of the Uncharted Seas

Oceanhorn: Monster of the Uncharted Seas is a fun enough action adventure despite not having an original bone in its body.

Oceanhorn: Monster of the Uncharted Seas

Stories: The Path of Destinies

With a cheeky narrator that doesn’t know when to be quiet, different stories that are told in brief, bite-sized chunks, and a fun and fluid combat system, Stories: The Path of Destinies is worth checking out even if its clearly lacking the amount of polish other games of this nature have.

Stories: The Path of Destinies

Assault Android Cactus

Assault Android Cactus is a great dual-joystick shooter for those looking for a new one. It makes some smart changes to the well-known formula and takes the genre to places it’s never been. Trying to add a story and characters on top of that doesn’t pan out for the best and the action can get a bit too chaotic to feel like you really stand a chance but those don’t take away from the overall experience too much.

Assault Android Cactus

Gemini: Heroes Reborn

There is a lot to dislike about Gemini: Heroes Reborn. The game performs shoddily at times and it’s generic and predictable in both its look and plot. Where the game shines is in experimentation and dumb ragdoll mechanics that will make you laugh as soldiers bounce around levels. It’s certainly not for everyone, but for those willing to look past the bumps and bruises, there is a decently fun time to be had with Gemini: Heroes Reborn.

Gemini: Heroes Reborn

Foul Play

But then I’d have to fight endless enemies that took any enjoyment I was having away from me. The combat isn’t bad or broken, it’s just not very fun. It’s a shame that the combat can’t live up to the rest of the enjoyable world that surrounds Foul Play. I found myself looking for the bits of the game that didn’t involve actually playing it, and that’s never how a game should be.

Foul Play

Inside My Radio

Inside My Radio is a brief, interesting romp that never lives up to the potential it enters with. The first few levels will leave you feeling excited to see what’s next but there really isn’t much to see. The cards are on the table after level two and there aren’t any surprises to be had after that. For a game that looks and sounds so fresh and interesting, Inside My Radio was a disappointing experience that left me feeling unsatisfied and underwhelmed.

Inside My Radio