Not content with releasing one of the most entertaining side scrolling beat ‘em ups that we have played this year, Secret Base have been hard at work on a new update. Releasing just in time for Halloween, the update adds a new survival mode to the game, complete with its own leaderboards. This mode can be played with up to four players and will feature separate leaderboards depending on the number of players
Devil’s Dare isn’t afraid to challenge you and mock you for your pitiful skills, but it is also very rewarding and surprisingly addictive. The pixel art visuals are very stylish, although a little on the monochrome side, and packs a lot of charm. The lack of online co-op is obviously a bummer, but understandable for a game like this. To get the most out of Devil’s Dare you are going to have to actually play it enough to become good at it, which is something that can’t be said for many games these days.
Graphics: Charming and detailed pixel art visuals, but not a lot of color.
Sound: The music sounds like something straight out of the Arcade era.
Gameplay. Unforgiving, but very rewarding and addictive
When a developer lists X-Com, Jagged Alliance, Fallout, Baldur’s Gate, and Civilization as the influences for their game it’s hard not to sit up and take notice. These are all games that are permanent fixtures on any decent “greatest games of all time” list, so the developers certainly have their work cut out for them. Called Graywalkers: Purgatory, this 3rd person RPG uses strategic and turn-based tactical elements to immerse players in a supernatural post-apocalyptic world
It might be advertised as an eight game bundle, but with the Haegemonia double pack and three games in one offered by Fate: The Traitor Soul, the final count is actually eleven. Once again the diversity is certainly not lacking and the fact that almost all of the games have never appeared in a bundle before is a huge plus
For some challenging puzzle based gameplay with a spooky twist look no further than Poltergeist: A Pixelated Horror. The game features charming visuals, an appropriately spooky soundtrack and plenty of puzzles that will have you racking your brain for the solution. The pixelated visuals are not exactly cutting edge, but the addictive gameplay makes the game hard to put down. Overall, it is quite an impressive offering from a very small studio and is definitely worth checking out.
Gameplay: Use your puzzle solving skills and supernatural powers to scare some pesky people out of your haunted house.
Graphics: Features an interesting blend of 2D sprites and 3D objects, all with a pixel art twist.
Gameplay: Spooky tunes and plenty of screams
Ask fans of the genre to name some of their favorite classic point & click adventure titles from the nineties and you can be sure that the name Gabriel Knight will crop up. Thanks to the dark and mature nature of the game it is perhaps not as well-known as the family friendly Lucasarts titles, but offered an experience that was memorable to say the least. From the voodoo steeped setting of New Orleans to the cast of memorable characters and enthralling storyline, Gabriel Knight was, no make that IS, a bona fide classic.
Gameplay: A great version of a classic game.
Graphics: Not perfect, especially the animations, but very good overall.
Sound: The new voices take a while to get used to, but the soundtrack is superlative
Fans of the first person shooter games will have a lot to like about this action packed bundle. It features ten titles that serves as a good example of how diverse the genre can be and also packs quite a few games that have never been bundled before. With a saving of 96% off the normal retail price for these titles this is a great way to build up an instant first person shooter collection for your Steam library
Fans of the visual novel genre should be familiar with ef – the first tale and ef – the latter tale by minori. These two titles are already available in digital format from MangaGamer, but they have something special up their sleeve this winter with the recently announced Limited Edition of ef – the fairy tale of the two
As far as visual novels go, Ef: The First Tale is one of the best that I have played to date. There isn’t much in the way of choices but the story is engrossing and kept me hooked until the end. Ef is also one of the longer titles I have played in the genre but remains polished and charming throughout. For a feel-good story with likeable characters and some great dialogue you can do far worse than Ef.
Gameplay: A visual novel with very little choices but a touching story.
Graphics: Beautiful artwork and plenty of scenes.
Sound: Original Japanese voice acting and an amazing soundtrack