Review: Darkest Dungeon

The game we’re looking at today takes another perspective on the fantasy adventuring crew, how facing ferocious monsters and horrible abominations can take its toll on both body and mind. From Red Hook Studios, we have Darkest Dungeon, let’s go! After receiving a letter from an ancestor, explaining how he royally screwed up your family estate by digging through the basement and unleashing eldritch abominations, you return to your family estate to manage and guide adventurers who wish to delve into the depths of your hillside manor. To beat back the terrors wrought by the wicked nasty stuff your ancestor…

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Review: Shantae: Half-Genie Hero

We have a review this week on an action-platformer that uses the greatest skill known to mankind: the power of dance! Brought to you by WayForward as the fourth installment of the series, we have Shantae: Half-Genie Hero! Let’s go! In this game, you play as Shantae, the titular half-genie protector of Scuttle Town, a seaside village that knows pirate attacks all too well by this point. Defeat enemies using your whip-like hair and magic spells you bought at the local store. Travel across a multitude of areas to gather the pieces to your Uncle’s defense apparatus for the town.…

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Review: Slime Rancher

This week’s review is an indie title that breaks the mold: an adventure game about making a living off of an alien planet’s adorable goo-based life. From Monomi Park, we have Slime Rancher, let’s go! Slime Rancher is a first-person adventure game where you take control of Beatrix LeBeau, an aspiring rancher come to the Far, Far Range in search of fortune and a new life, with the help of the 7zee Corporation. With your Vacpack in hand, travel the lands in search of slimes, food, and the beautiful views that abound in this strange new land. Feed slimes with…

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Review: Okami

Alright, this week we have something new: not an indie title! A remaster from way back in 2006 from the folks at the now-defunct Clover Studios, a studio that I still fondly remember, we have Okami! Let’s go! Okami is a game about being a dog and feeding other animals. That’s all you need to know. If you want to know more, I suppose I could elaborate. Okami is a game where you play as Amaterasu, goddess of the sun and mother to all, restored (?) from a wolf from a statue of Shiranui, the wolf protector of Kamiki Village.…

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Update: Bashteroids!

Hey guys! Guess what? Bashteroids has an update! Beyond some minor fixes (when pickups spawn, sprite color changes), there are two new major changes! Starting at level 15, a new asteroid can appear for destruction, the phase-teroid. The phase-teroid is an asteroid composed of rocky materials along with an unheard-of element, which causes it to shift in and out of this reality, only identifiable by the dark spot it leaves behind. Along with this new asteroid, there is a new enemy. Another in the line-up for the space bees, it is the split shot bee! This orange insectoid can fire…

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Review: Crypt of the Necrodancer

It’s been a bit since my last review, but I’m back to write some more. This week’s review is another indie title that incorporates rogue-like elements into a top-down dungeon crawler (big shock), but with a twist: you must move to the beat or face defeat. From Brace Yourself Games, it’s Crypt of the Necrodancer, let’s go!   This game is, as mentioned, a rogue-like dungeon crawling game, much like Rogue, but Necrodancer incorporates elements from rhythm games, such that everything must be done in time to the music. Play as Cadence, a young girl looking for answers in an…

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Review: Paper Sorcerer

Back to something a little more obscure, this week’s review is a turn-based strategy role playing game from Ultra Runaway Games with the visual style of a newspaper: black, white, and red all over! It’s Paper Sorcerer, let’s go!   The story starts off in proper story-book style: Once long ago there was a sorcerer and apprentice that terrorized the land with minions. The king of the land, not liking that sort of thing, entrusted his royal mage and knights with a powerful artifact, the Librum Claustrum, to defeat the sorcerer. They set out, traveled through treacherous terrain, battled their…

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Review: Shovel Knight

For this time around, we’ve got another indie title that has hit it big. A 2D retro-styled action platforming game based around swinging a shovel, from Yacht Club Games, it’s Shovel Knight. Let’s go!   Our story starts with a tale of heroics, how the great Shovel Knight and Shield Knight roamed the land together, reveling in its spoils with their oversized and appropriate shovel and shield respectively. However, fate conspired against them, as their adventures ended at the Tower of Fate, a cursed amulet sealing Shield Knight inside. Alone and dejected, Shovel Knight swore off adventuring for life away…

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Review: Cuphead

A little late to the party, but here nonetheless, this week’s review is on the run-and-gun cartoon shooter from Studio MDHR by the name of Cuphead. Let’s go!   Cuphead, as previously mentioned, is a run-and-gun shooter, meaning that both running and gunning are important, believe it or not. Don’t be fooled by Cuphead’s lovable cartoon art style, or the wonderful soundtrack, or the fact that two anthropomorphic cups gambled their souls to the devil, this game is hard. Fun, but hard. There have been many comparisons of difficult games in recent times to games of the Dark Souls series,…

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