Scarlet Hood and the Wicked Wood is a story-driven adventure game featuring a narrative time-loop, puzzles to solve, and multiple endings to unlock based on your choices. It was developed by Devespresso Games and published by Headup and WhisperGames. The game sees Scarlet waking up in a strange land after getting tossed by a tornado and it is here that she ends up becoming responsible for the safety of a hapless Munchkin troupe
Step into the shoes of a mech mechanic and fix giant robots in this science fiction-themed simulation title by PolySlash. Mech Mechanic Simulator features a variety of gigantic iron machines to deconstruct and repair as well as an entire workshop to upgrade and customize. The game might seem daunting at first, but it is actually very accessible and while there’s some grind involved it is also quite relaxing. It doesn’t stray too far from the confines of the genre, but it is certainly one of the more unique titles in terms of what you get to work on.
Gameplay: A little daunting at first, but accessible and relaxing once you get into the swing of things.
Graphics: Great mech designs and tons of components to work on.
Sound: Decent enough, but the game is best enjoyed with your own playlist or favorite podcast in the background
Children of Morta is not only a very good game that scored a well-deserved 9.3/10 in our REVIEW, but it has also received a couple of great updates since its release. These include some unique ones, like the recently released Family Fireside Fables, which is a pack of six charming tales read by the game’s narrator, Ed Kelly. The latest, and biggest, update is now available on PC, Nintendo Switch, Playstation3, and Xbox One. It is titled Family Trials and adds a combat-focused game mode that all users can now play for free
With all the great 2D indie platformer titles on the market, it’s hard to believe that the genre almost died out with the advent of 3D graphics on consoles. It has also been great to see how different developers have been putting their own spin on the genre. For example, Lone Fungus is a “Mushroom Metroidvania” that is currently in need of backing over on Kickstarter. According to the developer, Basti, Lone Fungus was inspired by new and old classics like Hollow Knight, Super Metroid, Super Castlevania IV, and Megaman X, which was enough to get our attention
Paradise Lost by PolyAmorous and All in! Games is a story-driven, first-person perspective, post-apocalyptic survival adventure. Players step into the role of Szymon, a 12-year-old who discovers a massive Nazi bunker in the barren, nuclear wasteland of Poland. Szymon is all alone after his mother passed away, but he is determined to find an unknown man from a photograph his mother cherished
Mundaun by Hidden Fields and MWM Interactive is a lovingly hand-penciled horror tale set in a dark, secluded valley of the alps. In this first look video, we help the protagonist to explore a few locations after he returns to Mundaun for the first time since childhood. Not long after arriving in Mundaun, it becomes very clear that something sinister is going on
Fallen Tear: The Ascension is a hand-crafted 2D open-world Metroidvania title developed by Winter Crew and Published by CMD Studios. While the game is not ready for release yet a brand new Demo was just released on Steam for players to try out. In this first look video, we put the protagonist, Hira, through his paces while encountering a few of the unique characters who can assist him during his mission
The Fabled Woods is a visually impressive narrative short story set in a very picturesque environment. The game is all about marveling at your surroundings and soaking up the atmosphere, but the story could have been more immersive. With the right hardware, the game looks incredible, but it is a pity that the overall story doesn’t quite reach the same heights. If you are a fan of the genre it is worth a play, but aside from the visuals, there’s nothing here that really pushes the envelope for these types of games.
Gameplay: The story starts strong and mysterious, but feels somewhat rushed towards the end.
Graphics: With the right hardware the game looks downright incredible.
Sound: An atmospheric soundtrack and decent voice acting
Platformers are one of the most enduring genres out there and there is always room for one more if it is done well. Last Soul, an upcoming 2D pixel-art platformer by Wulum is already shaping up to be something special. While the planned release date is set for Spring 2022, there is a free prologue available on Steam featuring two levels. The first level serves as a tutorial where players are introduced to some of the skills available to the robotic protagonist, Bop. After that, players are thrown into a tense boss fight where they get to put these skills to the test
The Fabled Woods is a narrative adventure by CyberPunch Studios and Headup that is set in an expanse of beautiful woodland. Players get to explore their picturesque surroundings in first person while uncovering clues about the story along the way. There are three intertwining narratives for players to uncover and the game can be played at your own pace. Check out our first look video below for a quick preview of what to expect in The Fabled Woods