After the release of Contrast way back in 2013, things have been rather quiet from Compulsion Games. The developers have finally broken their silence though to announce their latest title, We Happy Few. Apparently they have been hard at work on the game since early 2014 and judging by the trailer it has been time well spent
The visual style is what drew me to Contrast but the clever puzzles and wonderful atmosphere is what kept me playing. Each new location was genuinely interesting to explore and the concept of switching between 3D and 2D planes mean you have to think out of the box sometimes. The latest patch fixed most of the launch issues and the result is an entertaining and memorable experience.
Gameplay: Switching between 3D and 2D to solve puzzles is a unique and interesting twist.
Graphics: The locations are larger than life and very memorable.
Sound: Great voice acting and a stellar soundtrack.
Oscura: Lost Light is a nice, solid platformer with eye-catching visuals and challenging gameplay. The level designs in particular are very good and the puzzles never become tedious. The abundance of checkpoints and unlimited lives at your disposal also cuts down on the frustration. Overall Oscura is a great game for fans of the genre, but doesn’t have anything unique to really draw players who would not normally try out platformers.
Gameplay: Entertaining and challenging without becoming frustrating or tedious.
Graphics: The silhouette visual style might not be a fresh as it used to be, but still looks good in Oscura.
Sound: The background music remains firmly in the background without really standing out
Previous attempts at turning game of Thrones into a traditional gaming experience has had mixed results, but this adventure from Telltale Games hits all the right marks. It’s got a cast of intriguing characters, gripping storyline and plenty of drama to keep you on the edge of your seat throughout its two hour runtime. Interaction is rather limited, but the overall experience is very true to the source material.
Gameplay: Basically a few quick time events and dialogue choices.
Graphics: The game uses a stylish painterly look for its characters and locations.
Sound: Great music and top notch voice acting especially from the television show actors reprising their roles
Tasty Blue features a very simple idea, but it is done quite well. The amount of difficulty settings makes it a game that can be enjoyed by player of all ages and skill levels. Although it can get repetitive after a while the humor and sheer amount of carnage that you can get up to definitely make it worth a second look. It is also a great game for playing a level or two when you don’t feel like firing up something a bit more demanding or involved.
Gameplay: Simple and repetitive, but quite addictive and entertaining.
Graphics: The 2D visuals are charming and colorful, but rather basic.
Sound: The tunes are nice at first, but there are too few of them and they start to become annoying
Follow Tyrna the Sword Daughter on a quest that might lead her to vengeance, treasure, glory, death or even love in this adaptation of the original gamebook. Although short, the 22 different endings add a lot of replay value and the game is worth it for the beautiful art style alone. It is a little heavy handed when it comes to romance and some of the story elements definitely shows their age, which is no surprise as the original gamebook was released way back in 1984. Despite its flaws the game is still quite enjoyable and well worth checking out.
Gameplay: The story is straightforward, but has plenty of branching routes and a whopping 22 different endings.
Graphics: The fantasy artwork might not be very animated, but it is quite beautiful.
Sound: Not many tunes, but the ones on offer are very good
Although it might be set during the last days of a dying planet, Eden* is more about the personal struggles of its interesting cast. The story is wonderfully engaging though and definitely doesn’t pull any punches. Coupled with the amazing artwork and wonderful soundtrack this is a must for fans of the genre. Minori has a great track record when it comes to visual novels and Eden* is definitely amongst their finest.
Gameplay: It is a kinetic novel, so there is no interaction or branching storyline, but the plot is engaging and heartfelt.
Graphics: The visuals are outstanding despite the age of the game and features plenty of cinematic style illustrations.
Sound: The Japanese voice actors do a great job and the soundtrack is incredible
It might be just as short as the lifespan of a real mayfly, but Ephemerid definitely lives up to its claims of being a musical adventure. The handcrafted visuals are charming and the soundtrack is something that you will want to listen to again and again. Don’t let its length and the fact that it was originally an iOS title deter you from experiencing this captivating title.
Gameplay: Not very challenging, but it will put a smile on your face and is very relaxing.
Graphics: Beautiful handcrafted visuals and plenty of unique scenes.
Sound: The soundtrack is filled with some exceptionally good tunes
The Forest of Doom is a welcome interpretation of a classic adventure gamebook and will definitely be a trip down memory lane for players familiar with the paperback. Newcomers can expect a lot of reading and some trial and error, but the memorable encounters and large number of locations in the forest make it worthwhile. Although the game can be completed relatively quickly it does boast plenty of replay value thanks to the achievements and gallery.
Gameplay: The rules are very straightforward and anyone can start reading and enjoying the adventure.
Graphics: The original illustrations still look great and the overall presentation of the game is very good.
Sound: Nice music, but a few more tunes to provide a bit more variety would have been nice
Hats off to Tikipod Ltd for managing to create a game that not only plays exactly like a ZX Spectrum title, but a very good one at that. If this game was released back in the heyday of the Spectrum it would have been rightfully regarded as a classic and even in today’s market it is still a lot of fun. Rock Boshers DX: Director’s Cut isn’t a game to show off your hardware, but if you are looking for fun and a challenge you can’t go wrong with this title.
Gameplay: Very challenging, but also very entertaining.
Graphics: Looks just like a high resolution and very polished ZX Spectrum title.
Sound: Catchy 8-bit tunes and authentic sound effects