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

The Shapeshifting Detective

The Shapeshifting Detective

Solving a murder mystery should be easy when you have the ability to shapeshift into any person you meet, but all is not as it seems in the quiet town of August. Step into the shapeshifting shoes of Sam and figure out whodunit in this latest FMV release by D’Avekki Studios. A girl has been murdered under mysterious circumstances and the clock is ticking as you put your unusual skills to the test. The Shapeshifting Detective is a solid title that will appeal to everyone who enjoys an unusual murder mystery and the story also provides plenty of replay value, so don’t miss out.

Gameplay: As this is an FMV game the interaction with the gameworld is obviously limited, but interrogating people is a blast and the shapeshifting mechanic makes for a novel experience.

Graphics: Not as much FMV footage as Doctor Dekker, but everything looks great in high definition.

Sound: The audio is superb and definitely contributes a lot to the atmosphere of the game

Lucy Got Problems

Lucy Got Problems

Gameplay: It is a visual novel, so gameplay is rather limited, but the story and characters are great.

Graphics: Great character designs and the art is really good.

Sound: The soundtrack is great, but the game lacks voice acting.

The market is flooded by adult visual novels that places style over substance. Lucy Got Problems avoids this trend by delivering a game that not only looks great, but which also has a laugh out loud story that is worth your time. If you can appreciate a story that isn’t afraid to indulge in fanservice and humor, then Lucy Got Problems deserves a spot in your library. It is still a very ecchi title, even in its “censored” format, but if you are a fan of the genre, then you will definitely have a blast

Prototype

Prototype

Prototype is one of those games where you can have hours of fun just messing around with the gameworld. Add in a bunch of gruesome and over the top moves and you have yourself quite an adventure. It is not without its flaws, but overall it is a very enjoyable game.

Gameplay: Lots of fun to be had.

Graphics: Quite gruesome.

Sound: Good voice acting and sound effects

Trace Memory

Trace Memory

Trace Memory is a interesting take on the very scarce point & click genre which actually fits the DS very well. Ashley’s tale of reuniting with her long lost father might not be the most gripping one but there is enough here to keep players hooked. If you have been playing these type of games for a long time however most of the puzzles will not pose much of a challenge and the game is very short overall. Newcomers should brace themselves for some head scratching however.

Gameplay: Traditional point & click gameplay mixed in with some DS centric twists.

Graphics: Basic but functional

Sound: Somber tunes and sparse sound effects

Morph Girl

Morph Girl

Morph Girl combines nineties style FMV and Japanese horror in an interesting visual novel. The game deals with a woman who is mourning the death of her wife, so the story might be a bit too somber for anyone looking for a lighthearted visual novel. It is also rather short and the acting could have been better, but even with all its flaws Morph Girl still offers a unique and compelling experience.

Gameplay: Passive for the most part, but there are some choices to be made.

Graphics: Morph Girl makes use of FMV to convey its storyline.

Sound: No voice acting and a haunting soundtrack keeps things interesting