As the protagonist of The Old City: Leviathan kept addressing his claustrophobic surroundings as if it was a living entity I was convinced that he was mad. Not that I could blame him really. Described as a “sewer dwelling isolationist” who is making his way through the bleak environments of a decaying city, it is hard not to feel sorry for the nameless protagonist. You might view the world through his eyes and direct his movement, but you are certainly not playing “as” him. I was intrigued by his musings, but certain that he was mad, until the city answered
I did not know what to expect when I entered the world of Master Reboot and the game delighted in surprising me around every turn. The way that the gameplay shifts depending on what memories you are reliving makes for a memorable experience and the creepy atmosphere will keep you on the edge of your seat. If you want to experience a game that is quite unlike anything else, do yourself a favor and check out Master Reboot.
Gameplay: Each memory offers new surprises and ways to play.
Graphics: The art style is very unique and features some breathtaking environments.
Sound: The audio compliments the atmosphere of the game nicely
Team Indie features an all-star lineup of characters taken from some of the best indie titles of recent years. You’ll also have to put these characters to good use as while the game is a platformer at heart it also features a heavy puzzle element. The game doesn’t quite live up to its full potential though and unfortunately there are some annoyances that drag it down. However, if you enjoy the genre and like the characters it should keep you busy for quite a while.
Gameplay: With its large cast of characters and challenging levels it will take you a while to see and do everything.
Graphics: Nice character designs, but the backgrounds are a bit bland and the animation could have been better.
Sound: None of the tunes, except for the one during boss battles, are exactly memorable
Anyone that has spent their childhood pumping quarters into an arcade machine during the 80’s and early 90’s will be happy to hear about Zotrix. This game is based on the shooters from that era and features the usual one space pilot versus an entire alien armada formula that was so popular at the time. The roots of the game might be retro, but this doesn’t mean that it feels like it is stuck in the past
BlazeRush offers a combination of polished visuals, responsive controls and all out action which make it a hard title to put down once you are hooked. With tons of cars to choose from, some great weapon power-ups and well-designed tracks this is a game that can keep you playing for a long time. The single player campaign is great for learning the ropes, but ideally this is a game that you’ll want to play with your friends, either local or online. Hopefully more players will discover this game and increase the amount of opponents available online.
Gameplay: The game is incredibly addictive in both single and multi-player, which is something that doesn’t happen very often.
Graphics: The visuals are detailed, polished and very vibrant which makes the game a pleasure to look at.
Sound: Nice tunes and good sound effects, but no voice acting
The Supernatural Bundle is being promoted as ten Steam games, but in reality it is actually 13 titles. As this is a themed bundle the titles all leans towards the gruesome or horror side of the spectrum which is definitely not a bad thing for fans of the genre. Despite a couple of repeats there are still plenty of titles in this bundle that have never been bundled before making it a good deal for the asking price
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