The Eternal Castle [REMASTERED]

The Eternal Castle [REMASTERED]

The Eternal Castle [Remastered] definitely looks the part of a game from an era where CGA visuals were the norm, but don’t be fooled into thinking that it is a dusty retro title. Instead, it is a fast paced and challenging adventure that makes use of the limited color palette in ways that real games from that era could only dream of. The animations are also top notch and so is the soundtrack, but the controls can be very challenging if you are not used to this type of game. Overall, it’s a great game if you remember early PC platformers with fondness, but modern players will also enjoy it if they can learn to appreciate the visual style.

Gameplay: Although short, the game is a lot of fun despite some occasionally frustrating bits.

Graphics: The art style looks very primitive in screenshots, but has to be seen in action to truly appreciate the detail and animations.

Sound: The synth soundtrack is incredible

Macrotis: A Mother’s Journey

Macrotis: A Mother’s Journey

Help Mother Bilby to navigate some treacherous underground passages in an attempt to find her lost children. Macrotis is a non-violent puzzle platformer with a couple of tricky platform sections, but overall the emphasis is firmly on the puzzles. Some might find the lack of hand holding from the game a little frustrating, but figuring out the puzzles, even if it takes a bit of trial and error, is very rewarding. Anthropomorphic animal platform heroes is not a new concept, but Macrotis does a good job with making Mother Bilby’s quest a memorable one.

Gameplay: A puzzle platformer that isn’t afraid to let you mess things up badly enough that you have to restart the puzzles.

Graphics: The 2.5D visuals are vibrant and detailed.

Sound: Full voices for the characters and some nice background tunes

Old Man’s Journey

Old Man’s Journey

Old Man’s Journey is a short casual game with beautiful visuals, emotional story that is told without a single word and very laid back soundtrack. It may be a little too simple for some people’s taste, but if you are looking for something that can be completed in one sitting and won’t tax you too much, then don’t overlook Old Man’s Journey.

Gameplay: The puzzles are very simple, but still enjoyable.

Graphics: Each scene in this game is a work of art.

Sound: No speech, but the soundtrack is great

Major Mayhem

Major Mayhem

Save your girlfriend and the world in this addictive arcade cover shooter by Rocket Jump. Yes, it is another mobile port, but one that has lost none of its charm and addictiveness in the transition from mobile to PC. The action is frantic, the visuals charming and the whole experience is just a lot of fun. Although the 45 levels on offer can be completed rather quickly, there are plenty of mission objectives and game modes to lure you back. Overall, Major Mayhem is not perfect, but it far exceeded our expectations and we think that it will pleasantly surprise players.

Gameplay: Very simple, but also very addictive.

Graphics: Colorful and cartoonish, but there are only three different environment types.

Sound: The sound effects could have used some more punch and the music isn’t exactly memorable

Open Sorcery

Open Sorcery

Open Sorcery is a gripping text adventure that opts for an intuitive keyword based interface over a cumbersome parser. The result is a game that is streamlined, very engrossing and so well written that you won’t want to stop reading until you see the end credits. It is not a very long game, but there are a number of different endings and lots of branching story paths to get to them, so the replay value is very high. It is not a game for people who hate reading or must have the best graphics in their games, but anyone with even a passing interest in magic or technology should find it thoroughly enjoyable.

Gameplay: Simple enough that anyone can play it, but so engrossing that you will want to complete it multiple times just to experience everything.

Graphics: Virtually non-existent, but it is a style that doesn’t hamper the experience in the least.

Sound: Maybe a bit too minimal, but it allows players to read the story without too much distractions

Knock-knock

Knock-knock

Knock-Knock is not a very conventional game, which is both a blessing and a curse. It is a title that can easily confuse and frustrate players as it is not very forthcoming with what exactly it expects from you. However, once you figure out the gameplay mechanics, you’ll find that it can be an engrossing and creepy experience. Wandering around a house in the dark while fixing lights and hiding from ghosts may not sound very original, but the way in which Knock-Knock does things certainly is. In the end, it is another one of those love it or hate it games, which makes it hard to recommend to everyone.

Gameplay: Frequently frustrating and quite repetitive, but also strangely compelling.

Graphics: The 2D art is very unique and looks great.

Sound: Not much in the way of music, but the sound effects are excellent

Incredipede

Incredipede

Incredipede is a very unique puzzle title that challenges you to complete levels by controlling the muscles of one of the most bizarre characters to ever feature in a game. In easy mode, you are provided with a unique design for your creature every level, but in hard mode, it is up to you to come up with your own working designs. Throw in a sandbox mode as well as level editor and you have a game that can keep you entertained for far longer than expected. This game also has some of the most unique and eye catching visual styles that we have seen in a while.

Gameplay: Quite challenging and frequently frustrating, but always fun.

Graphics: The art style is gorgeous, although the animations can be a little creepy.

Sound: Sparse, but very fitting

Always The Same Blue Sky…

Always The Same Blue Sky…

Always The Same Blue Sky is a visual novel about a student who transfers to yet another school, in yet another remote location, but this time things are a little different. This is thanks to the presence of Kira, a girl who lives on the island and attends the same school. Life is a little more interesting and mysterious after Kira offers to show the protagonist around the island in this short visual novel. The game has its flaws, but the price tag is low enough to make it a decent impulse buy.

Gameplay: Not a lot of choices and the game is quite short, but the story is interesting.

Graphics: The sprite artwork is good, but the backgrounds are a little uneven in quality.

Sound: No voice acting, but the soundtrack is quite good

Bird Assassin

Bird Assassin

Birds have killed your dad and it is up to you to seek vengeance! Bird Assassin is a blood soaked action game where you walk from left to right and try to eradicate every bird that crosses your path. It is action packed, but also a little repetitive and with only nine levels, it won’t take very long to complete. Still, it is being sold at a very wallet friendly price, so it is definitely worth it if all you want are a couple of minutes of mindless entertainment.

Gameplay: Plenty of action, but a little repetitive and also quite short.

Graphics: The birds and main character have a lot of detail, but the backgrounds are a little lacking.

Sound: The sound effects are decent enough and the lead character has a couple of funny quips

Leisure Suit Larry – Wet Dreams Don’t Dry

Leisure Suit Larry – Wet Dreams Don’t Dry

Creating a Leisure Suit Larry in this day and age sounded like a recipe for disaster, but somehow CrazyBunch managed to not just pull it off, but also did so in style. Wet Dreams Don’t Dry is an authentic Larry experience that is filled with corny puns, sexual innuendos, bad pick-up lines and more penis shaped objects than you can shake a stick at. The world in which Larry finds himself is a lot more progressive, but he is the same lovable loser that consistently manages to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. If you have fond memories of the original games, can handle some adult humor or love the point & click genre, then don’t miss out on Wet Dreams Don’t Dry.

Gameplay: Great puzzles and a rather lengthy adventure.

Graphics: Detailed and colorful, although the new art style may not be to everyones liking.

Sound: Good music and effects, but the highlight is Jan Rabson returning to voice Larry