Omega Labyrinth Life Review
Omega Labyrinth Life attempts to combine genres quite daringly, as it mixes a rougelike dungeon crawler with a story-heavy JRPG, folding in a light life simulation. The game doesn’t do enough to make each fit together well enough, though. The inclusion of each hampered the others, creating a title that felt disjointed and confused.
Hob: Definitive Edition
It’s hard to categorize HOB: Definitive Edition. The game reminds me of Zelda, but lacks the scale of story and quests, and epic bosses. It also reminds me of Hyper Light Drifter, but lacks the explosive combat. Really, HOB is its own sort of animal. It seeks to emulate, but not copy other great games.
The Mystery of Woolley Mountain Review
The Mystery of Woolley Mountain offers a traditional fantasy mystery premise with old-school point-and-click gameplay. However, it falls into the same traps that have plagued the genre for years. The game’s internal logic is hard to follow, the puzzles incorporate too much trial-and-error, and the plot is contrived and inconsistent.
Broken Sword 5: The Serpent's Curse Review
Broken Sword 5: The Serpent’s Curse doesn’t revolutionize adventure games, nor will it particularly appeal to players who aren’t used to slower point-and-click gameplay. However, it succeeds in following the developer’s vision for the series: a modern update in the style of the original.
Smoke and Sacrifice Review
Playing as Sachi, the game starts off quick yet powerful, introducing us to a world that is initially small, confined and knowingly vague. It allows you to quickly empathize with Sachi’s view of the world. You feel for her as she arrives home to her son, Lio, and carries him tearfully to the nearby temple.
The Way Remastered Review
Initially released on the PC back in 2016, the developers Puzzling Dream set out to create an old-school action adventure game. Immediately, the art design of The Way Remastered stands out. Lo-fi graphics and blocked, undefined pixel figures make up the bulk of the visual experience but they stand among detailed and richly crafted backdrops that create a unique and distinct setting. It’s a mix of aesthetics that could only be properly crafted in modern times, and sets a strong tone from the start.
Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles (Switch) Review
Mix a relaxing game like Animal Crossing with the open world of The Legend of Zelda. Pepper in light elements of Harvest Moon and Minecraft, and you have the recipe for Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles. Yonder’s beautiful landscapes entice you to explore the world around you. Unlike other adventure games, there is no combat whatsoever. Moreover, there is no sense of urgency, so you are free to do as you wish in one of the most laid-back games I’ve played on the Nintendo Switch.
Indie games have helped to revive the story-based adventure genre, whether through combat-free “walking simulators” like Dear Esther, puzzling open worlds as in The Witness, or evocative movielike experiences such as Journey. RiME takes pages from each of these games, telling a cinematic tale of a young boy who travels around a small island and solves environmental puzzles.