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Preview: Crowalt: Traces of the Lost Colony

Due for release in the 2nd quarter of 2021, Crowalt: Traces of the Lost Colony is a point and click adventure that taps into the classic spirit of LucasArts titles from the 80s and 90s. It has all of the elements you’d expect: charming pixel art, wonderful animation, a humourous script and pirates. Lots of pirates. The story sees young […]

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Review: Battletoads (2020)

The original Battletoads – which was released on Nintendo’s 8-bit console the NES back in 1991 – is infamously challenging, with a number of levels that are so tough that they can feel incredibly unfair at times – it’s a game that’s often fondly remembered until you try it again, at which point you realise how frustratingly difficult it is […]

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Review: Mini Island Challenge Bundle

Available on: Switch and PC – Version Played: Switch – Price: $9.99/£8.99 – Published by: Forever Entertainment The trend for challenging games in deviously cute clothing continues with Mini Island Challenge Bundle, a collection of short challenges available as individual islands on PC, but as a collection on Switch. At first glance, Mini Island Challenge Bundle seems to be a […]

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Preview: Ninja Chowdown

Following a successful Kickstarter campaign in 2019 – in which the game reached 191% of its funding goal – Ninja Chowdown will soon be releasing on iOS. The adventures of chubby ninja Donatsu, Ninja Chowdown sees The Traveling Rollnin’s leader, Sushi Sam, stealing the Doughnut of Ultimate Knowledge from Donatsu’s Dough-jo. Chonky badass Donatsu is the only ninja with the […]

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First Impressions: The Coma 2: Vicious Sisters

Having recently taken a look at The Coma 2: Vicious Sisters ahead of its Xbox One release, I’ve now had a chance to play it and I’m pleased to report that it’s an excellently creepy experience. I was perhaps expecting the game to be more along the lines of a visual novel with little interaction beyond the odd occasional dialogue […]

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Kickstarter: Fallen City Brawl

With games such as Streets of Rage 4 bringing the classic, arcade style scrolling beat ’em up back into our living rooms – not to mention countless other examples in recent years, such as Double Dragon Neon and reissues such as the incredible Capcom Beat ‘Em Up Bundle – it seems that the love and nostalgia for the genre is […]

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First Impressions: Neon Abyss

Though the number of indie games that have roguelite elements or structures seems to be increasing exponentially, there are certain elements that make these elements really appealing, both from the designer’s and player’s perspective. Chief among these is the procedural generation, which usually helps to keep things feeling suitably fresh, exciting and surprising when done right. The level of challenge […]

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Review: Sisters Royale

Available Now on: PS4, Switch, Xbox One – Version Played: Xbox One Though Sisters Royale released earlier this year on PS4 and Switch, the Xbox One version has only just gone on sale – and it’s the port for Microsoft’s console that I’ve been able to play. If you went into Sisters Royale completely blind, it’d probably be a huge […]

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Kickstarter: Neko Ghost, Jump!

I’ve always had a soft spot for cutesy 2D platformers, having grown up playing them in the 80s and 90s – and, mostly thanks to indie developers, they seem to be just as popular as ever today. The 3D platformer has been undergoing a bit of a resurgence recently too, with games such as Yooka-Laylee, not to mention the remastered […]

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Review: Masky

Available Now on: Android, iOS, Linux, Mac, Switch, Windows – Version Played: Switch – Price: $4.99/£4.49 – Published by: Forever Entertainment There’s an incredible variety of indie games available on the Switch – and the fact that they can be played either on the TV or in portable mode means that there’s room for all kinds of titles, big or […]

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Review: Pikuniku

Version Played: Xbox One I fell in love with Pikuniku as soon as I saw the wonderfully colourful, stylised visuals and bouncy animation. Thankfully, there’s a lot more to Pikuniku than meets the eye. Awaking in a cave and emerging to find yourself in a place where your little red character is feared as ‘The Beast’, Pikuniku sees you escaping […]

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Review: Rage Among The Stars

Available Now on Steam (£2.89) There’s a certain breed of infuriatingly tough 2D platformer that, done right, can be incredibly addictive. Games such as Super Meat Boy, for example; super fast, incredibly hardcore experiences that – despite difficulty levels that can induce serious anger – are still incredibly addictive, almost endlessly leading to just one more go. They’re certainly built […]

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Review: Roll’d

Out: Now – Price: £1.79/$1.99 – Nintendo Switch A strange but oddly compelling little game, Roll’d dumps you into proceedings without telling you anything at all – your little character running along a pathway for…reasons. It takes a few seconds – and a few failures – to truly grasp what’s going on. You don’t control the character at all; in […]

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Review: Down to Hell

Version Played: Switch – Out Now – Price £8.99/$9.99 – Published by: Ultimate Games SA I always think that developers make their lives so much harder for themselves when creating […]