Zombie Derby

Zombie Derby

Zombie Derby is short, dated and a little grindy, but the basic gameplay can still be entertaining as long as you are not expecting too much. Plowing through zombies with different vehicles while earning the cash for upgrades is fun, but it’s a pity that the game only has eight levels. There’s nothing groundbreaking or original about Zombie Derby, but it’s dirt cheap and put a smile on our face, so it cant’ be all bad.

Gameplay: Short and repetitive, but also rather fun.

Graphics: Rather dated.

Sound: Not much in the way of music or sound effects

Pyrite Heart

Pyrite Heart

Pyrite Heart is an Otome visual novel that looks great, but the story is very short and lacking in depth. The heroine is also a spoiled rich princess, which might not be that appealing for players who are not fans of tsundere characters. It’s not a bad game, but there are far better titles in the genre.

Gameplay: Short and the story is not that interesting.

Graphics: The artwork is very good.

Sound: No voice acting, but the music is decent

Wheels of Aurelia

Wheels of Aurelia

Wheels of Aurelia is a narrative road trip game that takes players along the winding roads of Italy during the seventies. The focus is on the conversations you have with the people you run into on the road and the choices you make can lead to one of sixteen different endings. Each playthrough only lasts about fifteen minutes, but the stories are quite enough and things can go very differently depending on your choices. The game is a little rough around the edges and won’t appeal to everyone, but it’s certainly not without charm.

Gameplay: Very simple, but with plenty of replay value.

Graphics: Not exactly dazzling, but quite stylish.

Sound: No speech, unfortunately, but the soundtrack is good

Creature Romances: Kokonoe Kokoro

Creature Romances: Kokonoe Kokoro

Creature Romances: Kokonoe Kokoro is a typical slice of life visual novel, with one exception, the love interest is a grotesque humanoid grasshopper. Unfortunately, the game simply ignores this fact, so the story progresses just like a typical, bland high school romance. The game can also be completed in less than an hour and features one choice that leads to one good or two bad endings. Overall, this game can be skipped as it has very little to offer.

Gameplay: Short, simple, and extremely bland despite the monstrous characters.

Graphics: The CGs are rather disturbing, but that’s probably the point.

Sound: The music is unremarkable, but the game does feature full Japanese voice acting

The Gardens Between

The Gardens Between

The Gardens Between is a relaxing and charming puzzle game based around friendship and memories. It features time manipulation for puzzle solving but never becomes too complicated or convoluted. The visuals are detailed and beautiful while the audio complements the dreamlike atmosphere nicely. While it’s not a very lengthy or particularly challenging game, it still makes for an enjoyable experience.

Gameplay: The puzzles are clever, but never too taxing.

Graphics: Very detailed and beautifully animated.

Sound: The soundtrack is very soothing

REKT! High Octane Stunts On Its Way To Steam

REKT! High Octane Stunts On Its Way To Steam

After conquering the hearts of over 160 000 players on the Nintendo Switch, REKT! High Octane Stunts is now on its way to Steam as well. For those not familiar with the game, it’s an action-packed driving game that draws inspiration from classics such as Rush and the Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater series. It challenges players to master challenging tricks, such as backflips, drifts, and spins to become an ultimate stunter. All of this is wrapped up in beautiful retro neon graphics

The Room Three

The Room Three

The Room Three builds upon everything that made the previous two games so successful and adds some interesting ideas of its own. It’s a lot more ambitious than the past games with larger environments and more exploration. The visuals and audio are top-notch while the puzzles are extremely satisfying to solve. It’s still a rather short experience, but the inclusion of alternate endings that require some effort to uncover adds some longevity.

Gameplay: If you are a puzzle fan, then you’ll love this game.

Graphics: The visuals are beautifully detailed.

Sound: Sparse music, but great sound effects

Intake

Intake

Intake is a great retro-style arcade shooter that challenges players to blast luminescent pills using the correct colored shots. It’s a deceptively simple title but can become very addictive after a few rounds. The inclusion of power-ups and special challenge levels every few rounds also keeps the game unpredictable. It’s a pity that the soundtrack only features five tunes, but the gameplay is solid, and chasing high scores is a real adrenaline rush.

Gameplay: Straightforward to play, but very challenging and quite addictive.

Graphics: Relatively simple, but very stylish.

Sound: The soundtrack is great, but there are only five tunes

Steamworld Dig 2

Steamworld Dig 2

SteamWorld Dig 2 takes everything that made the original such an addictively entertaining game and polishes them up even more. Digging around for treasure to sell in town to upgrade your gear is a lot of fun, but there’s also plenty of puzzle platforming to do. Throw in some great visuals and a funky soundtrack, and you have a game that definitely should not be missed.

Gameplay: Starts very simple, but becomes very addictive very quickly.

Graphics: Detailed visuals and great character designs.

Sound: Features a varied soundtrack and nice sound effects

Forgotten Trace: Thanatos in Nostalgia

Forgotten Trace: Thanatos in Nostalgia

Forgotten Trace: Thanatos in Nostalgia is a visual novel with an interesting premise, but some parts feel padded out unnecessarily. It is also the first part of what was supposed to be a three-part series, but there is no sign of the other two parts yet. This makes it hard to recommend the game as there is no guarantee the story will ever be completed. It’s a pity as Forgotten Trace does have some nice elements and the art style is good, despite the low resolution.

Gameplay: The story is interesting, but ends on a cliffhanger and can be a slog to read at times.

Graphics: The resolution is fixed at 1024×768, but the art style is decent.

Sound: Japanese voice acting and decent background music