DuckTales: Remastered

DuckTales: Remastered

Wayforward definitely handled this remastered version with the respect that it deserves. The updated visuals look fantastic and the audio sounds great. It was also very nostalgic to hear the original voice actor for Scrooge reprising his role after all these years. If you loved the original you will have a blast with this one, but newcomers might wonder what all the fuss is about.

Gameplay: Very true to the original.

Graphics: The new character sprites are awesome, but I would have liked 2D backgrounds as well.

Sound: Nice renditions of the classic tunes

Castle of Illusion

Castle of Illusion

Castle Of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse is a polished and great looking update of a 16 bit classic but it is not without issues. The controls feel a bit too floaty and the whole experience can be over in one sitting. The updated visuals look fantastic however and fans of the mouse will appreciate the attention to detail that has gone into this game.

Gameplay: Captures the spirit of the original bit is a bit on the easy side.

Graphics: The highlight of the game.

Sound: The ability to switch between the original and remastered soundtrack is great

Skyhill (Mandragora)

Skyhill (Mandragora)

We’ve been keeping a close eye on Skyhill, the roguelike survival horror title from Mandragora, so naturally we couldn’t refuse the opportunity to try out a playable version of this title. The game opens with the protagonist, Perry Jason, booking into the VIP suite of the Skyhill hotel while on a business trip. From the 100th floor of the hotel Perry witnesses the biological attack on the city that turns everyone else into slavering monsters. Driven from his room by hunger, Perry only has one way to go, down

Quern – Undying Thoughts by Zadbox Entertainment

Quern – Undying Thoughts by Zadbox Entertainment

The point & click adventure genre has seen a resurgence in recent years thanks to indie developers, but we haven’t seen many classic Myst-style puzzle adventures. This is about to change thanks to Zadbox Entertainment and their first major title, Quern – Undying Thoughts. Influenced by the works of Jules Verne and inspired by the visual style of the Myst series, Quern is a first person puzzle adventure where players get to explore a mysterious island

Knee Deep

Knee Deep

One suicide, three investigators and a whole town of shady characters to question. That about sums up Knee Deep, but the focus on conversations, intriguing story and unique visual presentation definitely make it worth a second look. It is more of a visual novel than a typical point & click adventure, but will definitely hook anyone who loves a good story and memorable characters.

Gameplay: The focus of the game is on the story and not puzzle solving, so expect plenty of conversations.

Graphics: Character models look a little stiff, but overall the visual style works well.

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

Kyn (Tangrin Entertainment)

Kyn (Tangrin Entertainment)

As if the Vikings were not fearsome enough, Kyn places them in a world where they can do magic as well. Coming soon courtesy of Tangrin Entertainment, the game is a mixture of action role playing, strategy and party based combat. Thanks to a preview build we were able to get some hands-on time with the game to see what it has to offer

Fort Meow

Fort Meow

Adorable cats and addictive physics based puzzle adventuring is a winning combination and ensures that Fort Meow will keep players hooked to the end. Building pillow forts out of all kinds of odds and ends is a blast and the physics based gameplay keeps things interesting. It is a little short for our liking, but fun from start to finish.

Gameplay: Very addictive and features enough items to keep the fort building interesting.

Graphics: The adorable children’s book style visuals look great.

Sound: Some very catchy tunes to accompany the wacky action

Whispering Willows

Whispering Willows

Whispering Willows is not a game that is going to keep you on the edge of your seat from excitement, but the slower pace and interesting story make for an engrossing experience. Unraveling the mysteries of Willows Mansion and communicating with the lost souls that dwell there is a unique experience and one that kept me hooked from start to finish. If you demand quick reflexes or mind bending puzzles to be entertained the game will probably feel boring to you, but if you can appreciate a slower paced, engrossing experience this is a great title to add to your collection.

Gameplay: Slow paced, but very engrossing.

Graphics: Beautiful artwork for the characters and backgrounds.

Sound: The soundtrack is very atmospheric and the sound effects excellent

SteamWorld Dig

SteamWorld Dig

SteamWorld Dig makes the transition from 3DS to PC flawlessly and loses none of its addictive charm along the way. Carving out your own mining tunnels while avoiding or killing the enemies is loads of fun and there is always one more upgrade or power to tempt you back.

Gameplay: Polished, entertaining and incredibly addictive.

Graphics: High definition 2D.

Sound: Some western flavored tunes and spot on sound effects

Rain Blood Chronicles: Mirage

Rain Blood Chronicles: Mirage

2D arcade style action games like Rain Blood Chronicles: Mirage is still a bit of a niche genre on PC, but don’t let that deter you from this title. There is enough fast paced combat to satisfy any action junkie and the stylish visuals are a treat for the eyes. It is clear that a lot of effort went into the design and presentation of this game and it is a title that I can wholeheartedly recommend.

Gameplay: Frenetic combat that is very satisfying to master and two unique characters to swap between.

Graphics: Excellent backgrounds and outstanding character designs.

Sound: Some authentic and atmospheric tunes