Glass Heart Games, a studio based in Taiwan, has just announced Vigil: The Longest Night, which will be their debut release. The game promises to offer an intricate blend of 2D side-scrolling action as well as some neat horror elements
Zombo Buster Rising is a mindless 2D arcade game where you fend off waves of zombies that are storming your base. Killing zombies rewards you with cash that can be used for upgrades and you are eventually joined by two AI controlled partners. The game is very simple and instead of moving around, you only control the cross-hairs. There is some strategy involved when it comes to activating special abilities at the right time, but overall this is a game that can be completed quickly and easily. It usually sells for dirt cheap, though, so fans of the genre should definitely give it a shot.
Gameplay: Shoot zombies before they overrun your base while collecting coins to upgrade your weapon.
Graphics: 2D, very basic and featuring only one background, but at least there are plenty of zombie types.
Sound: Nothing memorable about the music or sound effects, but thankfully neither is annoying
The Wardrobe isn’t the easiest of point & click adventures, but it is very entertaining and clearly made by people who love the genre. As Skinny the skeleton, you must navigate a neighborhood filled with crazy characters in an effort to save your friend’s soul from eternal damnation. The game sports some some beautifully detailed visuals and every scene is filled with references and homages to pop culture. If you fondly remember titles such as Day of The Tentacle, Sam & Max, and Discworld, then The Wardrobe should not be missed.
Gameplay: Feels like a classic point & click adventure, complete with the high difficulty of the puzzles.
Graphics: Beautiful and detailed visuals that are hand illustrated and digitally colored.
Sounds: Nice tunes and decent voice acting
The Purring Quest has a few flaws, including a rather limited amount of levels, but it is hard not to be charmed by the delightful protagonist and moving story. The hand drawn visuals and animations definitely stand out, but the game is genuinely fun as well. It might not feature a lot of innovations in terms of gameplay or puzzles, but there is no doubt that it was a labor of love for the creators and something all cat fans will enjoy.
Gameplay: The controls are a little stiff, but this doesn’t detract too much from the fun.
Graphics: Beautiful hand drawn visuals and some stellar animations.
Sound: The orchestral soundtrack is quite epic
The Order of the Thorne – The King’s Challenge offers a witty, entertaining and family friendly point and click adventure experience. The retro style visuals take a while to get used to, especially on larger monitors, but definitely captures the charm of the classics of the genre. As far as point and click adventures goes this one is rather straightforward, but definitely a lot of fun and well worth adding to your collection.
Gameplay: The story and puzzles are relatively straightforward, but still very entertaining.
Graphics: Looks like it was lifted straight from a nineties Sierra title.
Sound: Great voice acting for all the characters and a nice orchestral soundtrack
Guilty Gear might not be able to win over the hardcore Street Fighter fans or the 3D Beat ‘Em Up aficionados but it is something different and unique. Fights are fast and can be won in the blink of an eye which might catch some players off guard. If you can put up with the punishing difficulty or have many friends to play against then this game is well worth digging up.
Gameplay: Fast and unforgiving. Not very noob friendly but veterans will enjoy the challenge.
Graphics: Proves that the PSone can handle good 2D visuals.
Sound: Depends on how much you like metal
Arcana Heart 3 LOVE MAX!!!!! has a lot to offer fans of the genre with its large roster of unique characters, interesting Arcanas and fast paced fighting. The character designs are great and it is only the pixalated sprites that let down the visuals somewhat. The fighting offers a lot of depth, but even novices can have fun by switching to Simple mode. For a great 2D fighter that is unlike anything else available on PC give Arcana Heart 3 LOVE MAX!!!!! a shot.
Gameplay: Fast, frantic and once you have mastered the moves, a lot of fun.
Graphics: Sprite are a little low-res and the 4:3 resolution makes things feel a bit cramped, but overall quite good.
Sound: Full Japanese voice acting and some nice albeit unremarkable background music
It is a pleasant surprise to see the Guilty Gear series appear on PC and with the right setup this game is a blast to play. Gameplay is solid although the last boss is one of the cheapest I’ve seen in a while. The lack of a story mode is also a downside but if you like your fighting games deep and don’t mind getting your ass kicked then this is the game for you. 2D fighting games doesn’t get much better than this on PC.
Gameplay: More accessible than the last game but also has a lot of depth if you stick with it.
Graphics: It would have been nice if the resolution could be increased but the game still looks good.
Sound: Good music but muddy sound effects
I must admit that I had more fun that I expected with this port of the game. The visuals and sound let it down but the gameplay remains solid. It is a lot easier than the other versions which is bad if you are experienced with the game and good if you have struggled to get anywhere with the other games. Nevertheless fighting games on the go don’t get much better than this on GBA.
Gameplay: This actually comes close to the bigger versions except for the vastly reduced difficulty.
Graphics: Tiny characters and bland backgrounds but at least everything is recognizable.
Sound: As bad as you would expect from the Gameboy Advance
If you don’t like to be challenged and prefer games that you can complete without breaking a sweat, then Rayman Origins is not for you. If you can still remember the days when platform games were a true test of your skills and reflexes then you can’t pass up this game. Origins is one of the best looking and entertaining entries that the genre has seen in recent years and well worth adding to your collection.
Gameplay: Starts off nice and easy, but the challenge soon ramps up.
Graphics: Some of the best 2D visuals seen in a platform game.
Sound: Brilliantly wacky and perfectly suits the look and feel of the game