You can never let your guard down with gaming releases. You can be so wrapped up in what you’re playing at the moment that a game you have been looking forward to can sneak up out of nowhere. This can be a problem if you don’t have the time or money for the game, meaning you’re going have to make some compromises. To make sure you know some of the big releases coming this autumn, read on
After releasing Deadstone, one of the most enjoyable top down shooters of 2014, Timeslip Softworks is back with a Kickstarter for their latest title, Vigilantes. This time they have turned their attention to the turn-based strategy genre and have set their sights quite high. Vigilantes is influenced by genre classics from the 90s, such as Jagged Alliance, X-Com and Fallout, but breaks out of the mold with a unique theme and setting
If you are looking for a game that is easy to pick up and play, but challenging enough to keep you coming back for more then you’ll get a kick out of Lichtspeer. It only takes one level to learn everything you need to know to stay alive, but thanks to the overwhelming odds against you it never becomes boring. The difficulty ramps up very quickly, but because the game is so addictive you’ll be back after every rage quit.
Gameplay: Easy to pick up and play, but hard to master.
Graphics: The retro futuristic visual style is a nice match for the setting.
Sound: The soundtrack is great and you’ll encounter some hilarious speech samples too
Fans of Point & Click Adventure games will know that we reviewed the pirate themed Nelly Cootalot: The Fowl Fleet a while back, awarding it a well-deserved 8.3/10. It is a charming and humorous take on the genre, starring a feisty pirate heroine. What many players might not know is that The Fowl Fleet actually had a freeware prequel, titled Spoonbeaks Ahoy! While Spoonbeaks Ahoy! can still be enjoyed in its original low resolution format, the success of The Fowl Fleet has meant that fans can soon enjoy a remastered high definition version of the game
Spellweaver, the free-to-play digital card game from Dream Reactor received quite a big update last week, adding a bunch of long awaited features as well as improvements. The update, which went out on the 21st of September, added foil cards to the game along with new AI opponents. The update also addresses the tournament system to address concerns from players who found it a little underwhelming in the past
Longtime fans of indie developers, Winter Wolves, might remember a little game called “Queen of Thieves” that was announced way back in 2011. The good news is that the game is now finally available on desktop platforms, with a Steam and mobile release also around the corner. It is a dating sim/RPG hybrid, with an optional “visual novel” mode for those who are not fans of role playing elements
Enigmatis: The Ghosts of Maple Creek is definitely starting to show its age in terms of visuals, but the story still remains compelling. The game is also stuffed to the gills with challenging hidden object scenes, although the puzzle scenes are nothing to write home about. The game is still a great example of the genre though, and well worth checking out before moving on to more recent entries. Just be prepared to put up with some annoyances, such as a lack of fast travel option.
Gameplay: Plenty of challenging hidden object scenes although the puzzles are a little weak.
Graphics: Plenty of varied and well-drawn locations to explore.
Sound: The soundtrack and ambient effects are very atmospheric, but the voice acting could have been better