The Purring Quest

The Purring Quest

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

The Order of the Thorne – The King’s Challenge

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

Guilty Gear

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!!!!!

Arcana Heart 3 LOVE MAX!!!!!

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

Guilty Gear X

Guilty Gear X

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

Guilty Gear X Advance Edition

Guilty Gear X Advance Edition

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

Rayman Origins

Rayman Origins

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

Guacamelee! Gold Edition

Guacamelee! Gold Edition

I was immediately drawn in by the charming visuals, but it was the gameplay that really hooked me. Combat remains entertaining without becoming tedious and the platform sections manage to mix in some brain teasers along with the precision jumping. It is very encouraging to see gems like this emerge from an already crowded genre, so don’t hesitate to snag this game.

Gameplay: This game is a joy to play.

Graphics: Crisp, detailed and very stylish visuals.

Sound: Packed with earworms!

Arcana Heart

Arcana Heart

A 2D fighter with an all female cast places Arcana Heart in a somewhat niche genre but don’t let that deter you. Beneath the cute visuals lies a good fighting game that should appeal to anime and fighting fans. The mixing and matching of Arcana and characters also set the game apart.

Gameplay: Nothing groundbreaking, but still fun.

Graphics: An interesting cast of characters.

Sound: Better than I expected

Swing Swing Submarine & Focus Home Interactive Teams Up for Seasons After Fall

Swing Swing Submarine & Focus Home Interactive Teams Up for Seasons After Fall

With games such as Blocks That Matter and Tetrobot And Co. already under their belt, indie developer Swing Swing Submarine recently announced that they are teaming up with Focus Home Interactive for their latest title. The game, which is called Seasons After Fall, is set for release on PC and consoles 2016