We were pleasantly surprised by Professor Lupo and his Horrible Pets, the recent frantic puzzle-adventure by BeautiFun Games. The game impressed us with well-designed puzzles, great creature designs and a wealth of content. To discover a little more about the game, we had a chat with Lucia Czemerinski Foos who was kind enough to answer our questions
Professor Lupo and his Horrible Pets is set to launch on both Steam and the Nintendo Switch on July 11th, 2019. Players are handed control of the Professor’s personal intern, who have to deal with a space station full of adorable looking, but extremely deadly monsters. The setting for the adventure is the Aurora Space Station, which is in a state of chaos after a series of catastrophes caused the monsters to escape confinement
Professor Lupo and his Horrible Pets is a fast paced puzzle game with a great story and interesting enemies to outsmart. Playing as a intern trying to escape a doomed space station that is overrun by deadly alien pets is a lot of fun and the strong narrative elements makes it even better. The game also features a surprising amount of content and can keep players busy for a long time. Some more variety for the environments would have been nice, but the great monster designs make up for this and their varied behaviors keeps things fresh. Overall, this is one of our favorite puzzle games of the year and a must-have for any fan of the genre.
Gameplay: Five chapters with a 100 challenging, but entertaining, levels to conquer.
Graphics: The hand-drawn visuals look great and the monster designs are really neat.
Sound: Features a great soundtrack, decent sound effects and even full voice acting
My Friend Pedro is a violent platform shooter with an emphasis on stylish action. Taking down enemies in slow motion is a lot of fun and the game has no shortage of props like frying pans, skateboards, glass panes, zip-lines and more to make it look even more impressive. The last half of the game skews perhaps a bit too much towards puzzles and platforming instead of stylish mayhem, but apart from this the game is a blast to play.
Gameplay: Violent, over the top and lots of fun.
Graphics: A few wonky animations and generic backgrounds, but overall good.
Sound: Decent sound effects and a great soundtrack
Muse Dash might be a mobile port, but it is also one of the most adorable looking and addictive rhythm action games on PC. The art style is extremely polished and it also features an incredible soundtrack. The controls are basic enough to draw in newcomers to the genre, but playing some of the faster songs on higher difficulty settings can also provide veterans with a challenge. You also get an incredible amount of content for a very reasonable price, so don’t miss out on this game.
Gameplay: Simple to play, but incredibly addictive once you become hooked.
Graphics: The art style is colorful and adorable.
Sound: The soundtrack is catchy and features a diverse range of great tracks
Atlantis: Pearls of the Deep doesn’t have much of a story, but it does have plenty of levels to complete for fans of match-3 games. The fact that the spheres drop from the top of the screen is a refreshing change of pace for the genre and the physics-based elements also add an element of unpredictability. Overall, though, it is a very chill game that is perfect for players who just want to sit back and relax.
Gameplay: Very laid back and quite addictive.
Graphics: Polished, but rather basic.
Sound: A little limited, but quite soothing
When Our Journey Ends follows the adventure of Mariko, a high school student who ends up stranded at an unfamiliar train station on her way home one day. She quickly discovers that it is not an ordinary place and learns about the spirits that dwell there. This visual novel features a unique graphical style, with lovely animated backgrounds, but it is rather short and the main story is not as fleshed out as much as we would have liked. It does feature a number of side stories that take place after the main story, but even with these the game is over way too soon.
Gameplay: Short and lacking in meaningful choices.
Graphics: Interesting character spirits and beautiful animated backgrounds.
Sound: English voice acting for all the characters and a very decent soundtrack
Play as Max Brawley and take on the evil Empire from the cockpit of your Gatling Gear in this top down shooter by Vanguard Games. It features vibrant visuals, tons of explosions and plenty of action. Since the game pretty much only consists of shooting everything in sight, it can become a little repetitive, but blowing things up remains satisfying and with three difficulty levels, you can challenge yourself no matter what your skill level is. It’s not the most memorable or impressive title in the genre, but it is very solid and very enjoyable.
Gameplay: Blowing up everything in sight stays a blast right throughout.
Graphics: The levels are varied and packed with detail.
Sound: So-so music, but the sound effects are really good
Whether you already played The Fowl Fleet or fondly remember Nelly Cootalot from the freeware version, you definitely don’t want to miss out on this HD revival of Spoonbeaks Ahoy! It’s a charming point & click adventure with a wonderful protagonist and a cast of interesting characters. The humor is still great and while the game is very short, it is also very cheap and all revenue goes to a good cause, so there is no reason to miss out if you are a fan of the genre.
Gameplay: Short, but amusing and entertaining.
Graphics: The HD upgrade looks good, but the visuals are still very simple.
Sound: The soundtrack is decent and the voice acting much better than what we expected
Darkarta: A Broken Heart’s Quest is the story of a mother who has to brave the Netheworld and rescue her daughter from an age old curse. It is definitely an intriguing story and the game also features tons of hidden object scenes as well as mini-games to keep players hooked. Thanks to the beautiful art style and atmospheric music, it is easy to get sucked into the gameworld, and a lot of effort clearly went into polishing the game to perfection. Darkarta has already won numerous awards and after completing it, it is obvious that all of them were deserved. If you are a fan of the genre, then this is a title that should not be missed.
Gameplay: A lengthy adventure with plenty of puzzles and mini-games to enjoy
Graphics: The art style is beautiful and the game is filled with scenic locations.
Sound: Decent voice acting and a the soundtrack isn’t bad either