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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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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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News: CrossCode

Out Today on PS4, Switch and Xbox One – Available digitally – Physical version Pre-Orders: ININ Games Acclaimed PC action RPG CrossCode arrives on consoles today amid a flurry of phenomenal review scores. God is a Geek rated it 10/10 – and Metro have (perhaps prematurely) proclaimed CrossCode the RPG of the Year in their review. It’s a phenomenal achievement […]

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Board Game Review: 8-Bit Box: Double Rumble

Iello’s 8-Bit Box is an absolutely fantastic concept. Styled as a classic console, it comes bundled with three games that each use their own custom components as well as shared bits and pieces from the core box, such as player controllers, dice and cubes. Each of the separate titles is packaged like a SNES game, with many video game-esque design […]

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Review: Fidel Dungeon Rescue

Available on Steam, itch.io – also Mac and iOS Though I’ve covered big budget blockbuster titles here a number of times, I find smaller, more inventive and unusual indie titles to be far more interesting to cover. Fidel Dungeon Rescue is a game that deserves an awful lot more recognition than it currently has. A cute little roguelike in which […]

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Review: Pixelquest Arcade Kit (Switch)

Nintendo’s Labo was an absolute breath of fresh air; another way that the erstwhile games company set themselves completely apart from the competition – with them completely ignoring the technological arms race that companies such as Sony and Microsoft are constantly involved in, they’re free to push out into arguably far more exciting and unusual areas. This has led to […]

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Kickstarter Spotlight: RalphGame

Kickstarter Link here Currently seeking backers on Kickstarter, action RPG RalphGame is looking very promising indeed. Despite old school pixel art visuals, the gameplay is very modern in its design, with an open ended nature that allows you to play however you decide to. I found it very intriguing that no non-story based battles are obligatory, meaning that most battles […]

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Pecaminosa – Crowdfunding Campaign Launch

Though I’ve shone a spotlight on Pecaminosa a few times before, the game’s Indiegogo campaign is live as of today – so it’s a great opportunity to spread the word of this wonderful looking game once more. Billed as a ‘Pixel Noir’ game, Pecaminosa is a game that has definitely had my attention for a long time now. Dripping in […]

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Review: Super Tennis

Available: Now (US)/ TBC (EU) – Price: $5.99/£TBC You’d be forgiven for confusing this Super Tennis with the SNES game that has the exact same title. To add to the confusion, the SNES game is even available on the Switch via Nintendo’s retro game library (itself a bonus for subscribers to the Nintendo online service). The only thing this Super […]

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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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First Impressions: Bloody Trains

A phrase I can be heard muttering to myself quite often on the commute home from work, Bloody Trains is another game from indie developer and purveyor of very odd experiences, Marginal Act. I’ve looked at two of their games before – baffling tea delivery simulator TUTUTUTU Tea Party and Vasilis. The former seems to share quite a lot of […]

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Preview: Pecaminosa

Pecaminosa – Due: End of 2020 – By: Cereal Games Though currently around a little way out from release (which is mooted for the end of 2020), Pecaminosa is an indie game that shows incredible promise. A ‘pixel noir’ game, Pecaminosa is an action-RPG title with a great visual style and superb character design. The story, which sees drunken ex-cop […]