Just like any 2D platform game with a shadow motif will probably be compared to Limbo for the foreseeable future, PONCHO is inevitable going to draw comparisons to Fez. From the title and vibrant pixel art visuals to the chiptune soundtrack and world shifting gameplay mechanics there are plenty of similarities. However, we spent some time playing this parallax platformer and it definitely has a unique identity of its own
While the game is entertaining and offers value for money, I’m still not sold on the third dimension. It just adds annoying problems and the drab color palette doesn’t help either. Still, there is plenty of content with four playable characters, although the game feels more like an upgrade than a sequel to the original Castlevania 64.
Gameplay: Lots of platform jumping & some minor puzzle solving.
Graphics: Not too bad but definately needed more color.
Sound: Again not too bad but certainly not the best in the series
Start weak and build up your character until they are an unstoppable force. That is usually how progression works in games. Some games strip you of all powers at the start and require you to slowly regain them again, but Nephil’s Fall dares to do things a little differently
Blade Kitten is a nice platform game in a style that’s just not available on computer anymore. The visuals are nice, the characters likeable and the gameplay bar a few annoyances here and there is solid. It is obviously not going to appeal to the usual PC crowd but if you can appreciate a platform game that won’t tax your skills too much and stars a pink haired cat girl heroine then there’s no excuse not to pick this up.
Gameplay: It’s a little low on challenges and feels like it’s over too soon but definitely fun while it lasts with some nice replay value.
Graphics: Colorful shell-shaded visuals set this one apart from the pack.
Sound: The voices are ok and the music not too bad either. The theme song is damn catchy though
Abe is back in a game that goes above and beyond the typical “high definition” upgrade other classic titles have received. The game stays true to Abe’s Oddysee, on which it is based, but enhances and improves on the original formula in virtually every area. The result is a game that not only looks great, but plays great as well. It is also a game that will appeal to fans of the original as well as new players.
Gameplay: Easier than the original, but still as unique and addictive.
Graphics: The new visuals look incredible and enhances the atmosphere of the game.
Sound: A new (but still fitting) voice for Abe and plenty of great tunes as well as sound effects
The Deer God challenges you to live life as a deer while atoning for the sins you committed as a human hunter. Don’t expect to spend your days peacefully grazing though, the game is a puzzle platformer at heart and you will have to fight hostile creatures while performing quests. The 3D pixel art visuals are a definite highlight and despite the combat the game has quite a relaxing atmosphere. It might fall short of living up to its full potential, but The Deer God is still well worth checking out.
Gameplay: Gallop and double jump through different environments while solving puzzles and performing fetch quests.
Graphics: The 3D pixel art visuals really make this game stand out from the crowd.
Sound: Nice sound effects and a very fitting 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
Isbarah is not a game to approach if you are looking for an easy challenge or rewards that you don’t have to work hard to earn. The game requires quick reflexes, plenty of practice and a lot of dedication to master. It is definitely rewarding though, and taking down bosses many times your own size while they are covering the screen in projectiles is quite a rush. It is not for the faint of heart, but if you are up for the challenge you simply must try out the game.
Gameplay: The blend of platforming and bullet hell works brilliantly.
Graphics: Beautiful 2D art with excellent character designs.
Audio: Adrenaline pumping tunes.
Aliens have invaded, but instead of the chiseled hero single handedly saving the day, Orphan cast you in the role of a young boy. As the title suggests, our young protagonist might just be the sole survivor of the whole invasion. However, with an army of machines hot in his heels, his chances are not looking very good
With games such as Blocks That Matter and Tetrobot And Co. already under their belt, indie developer Swing Swing Submarine recently announced that they are teaming up with Focus Home Interactive for their latest title. The game, which is called Seasons After Fall, is set for release on PC and consoles 2016