Crawlco Block Knockers

Crawlco Block Knockers

Crawlco Block Knockers is an addictive action/puzzle title that draws inspiration from a rather unusual source. The whole thing looks and plays like a sleazy nineties arcade game, but it’s so much more than just a flimsy excuse to ogle a couple of lewd images. Not only is the game challenging, but it totally nails the audio and visual style of the era while still offering enough options to customize everything to your liking. If you are a fan of the genre, then CBK is more than worth the asking price.

Gameplay: Challenging, addictive and great fun.

Graphics: The visuals perfectly capture the weird and sleazy arcade era of the nineties.

Sound: Decent sound effects and a great soundtrack by OSC

Saya no Uta ~ The Song of Saya (2019)

Saya no Uta ~ The Song of Saya (2019)

The new remastered version of Saya no Uta ~ The Song of Saya updates this classic visual novel without messing with the things that have made it so popular. It is still as disturbing as ever, although Steam players will have to spring for the adult patch to get the full experience. The original artwork looks great in high definition and the new engine means it’s no longer a hassle to try and run the game on modern hardware. It’s also good to see that the already great translation has been polished even more. If you can handle disturbing content, and enjoy the genre, then we cannot recommend Saya no Uta ~ The Song of Saya enough.

Gameplay: Not a lot of choices, but the story is so good that you won’t mind.

Graphics: Still very disturbing, especially when played uncensored.

Sound: The soundtrack is excellent and so is the voice acting

The Witch’s Love Diary

The Witch’s Love Diary

The Witch’s Love Diary is a unique visual novel that has plenty of stories to tell and a unique way of telling these stories. It offers quite a lengthy tale and the pace is somewhat on the slow side, but it is definitely worth the read. It also doesn’t skimp on routes for any of its characters, even the minor ones. Add to that beautiful visuals, along with a great soundtrack and you have yourself a visual novel that is worth investing some time in.

Gameplay: Not a lot of meaningful choices, but the story manages to remain captivating to the end.

Graphics: Beautiful character designs and detailed backgrounds.

Sound: Features a great soundtrack and top-notch voice acting

Morphies Law: Remorphed

Morphies Law: Remorphed

Morphies Law: Remorphed is a colorful and entertaining online shooter that brings some genuinely unique elements to the genre. The game originally suffered a rocky launch on the Nintendo Switch, but this Remorphed version addressed all of the issues while also adding plenty of new content. The fact that it features crossplay between Steam and Switch users is also quite neat. If you are tired of all the drab, serious online shooters, then give Morphies Law: Remorphed a shot and experience the fun of running around as an impossibly proportioned, colorful killing machine.

Graphics: Colorful visuals, unique levels and a wealth of customization options for your Morphie.

Sound: Pretty decent.

Gameplay: A very unique take on the genre that also manages to be a lot of fun to play

Blazing Chrome

Blazing Chrome

Blazing Chrome is a great run and gun shooter that draws inspiration from Contra Hard Corps and other 16-bit classics. It is an unforgiving game, but a lot of fun to play and the developers have done an incredible job with capturing the look, sounds and feel of the 16-bit era. While it only features six levels, they are all packed with enemies and bosses. You’ll also unlock some extra challenges and characters after completing the game to up the replay value. While it’s a pity that Blazing Chrome lacks online co-op, the local co-op is definitely a highlight.

Gameplay: The game is tough, but very fun.

Graphics: The 16-bit pixel art looks great.

Sound: Sounds like something right out of the 16-bit era

Streets of Rogue

Streets of Rogue

Streets of Rogue is a deceptively simple looking game, but scratch beneath the surface and you’ll find plenty of depth. It has a large selection of character classes, each with their own unique playing styles and a procedurally generated city in which to cause chaos. The amount of mission objectives is rather limited, but the ways in which you can go about accomplishing them is almost limitless. Overall, Streets of Rogue is an extremely addictive game with a ton of replay value.

Graphics: Simple, but not without charm.

Sound: The soundtrack is excellent and the sound effects really good too.

Gameplay: Extremely addictive and packed with things to do

PAYDAY™ The Heist: Wolfpack DLC

PAYDAY™ The Heist: Wolfpack DLC

The Wolfpack DLC adds two brand new heists to the game along with a brand new class, the technician. The new heists offer a lot of fun, but are also challenging enough to keep veterans on their toes. The new class also comes with their own new weapons and gadgets, including a grenade launcher and sentry gun, which is pretty impressive. All in all, there’s no reason not to grab this DLC if you are a fan of the game, although the developers have generously included the option to invite friends to the new heists if you own the DLC and they don’t.

Gameplay: Two brand new heists, a brand new class and some new weaponry.

Graphics: Still the same as the base game.

Sound: Not much has changed compared to the base game

PAYDAY™ The Heist

PAYDAY™ The Heist

Payday: The Heist is not a game for people who prefer playing on their own or don’t have the patience to put up with unfair odds. However, it does offer non-stop action, great level designs and plenty of variety as you go about your criminal activities. The game is obviously showing its age, but it still has plenty to offer if you have a few friends willing to enter a life of crime with you. Pulling off the heists against all odds is incredibly satisfying and the different skill trees along with the constant challenges keeps things fresh.

Gameplay: The game is not even remotely fair, but it is a lot of fun and quite addictive, provided you play with friends.

Graphics: The visuals definitely show their age, but still look good in places.

Sound: Decent audio, but you’ll mostly be listening to your team members over voice chat in any case

ABZÛ

ABZÛ

Abzu offers players the opportunity to descent into the heart of the ocean without having to worry about things like oxygen or predators. It is a tranquil experience with beautiful visuals that left us eager to see each new environment. Everything from the art to the soundtrack is superb, but the gameplay could be a bit too shallow for action fans. The entire experience is also over way too soon, but if you get hooked, you’ll love every second of it.

Gameplay: Abzu is mostly about swimming around and observing your surroundings.

Graphics: The art style for the game is beautiful and each scene is filled with color and life.

Sound: The soundtrack and sound effects are a perfect match for the tranquil setting and gameplay

The Princess, the Stray Cat, and Matters of the Heart

The Princess, the Stray Cat, and Matters of the Heart

The Princess, The Stray Cat, and Matters of the Heart is a charming and humorous visual novel that features a large cast of interesting characters. It opens with the protagonist, Nora Handa, encountering a girl claiming to be a princess of the netherworld and events just spiral further out of control from there. After his encounter with this newcomer, Nora has to decide whether he is falling in love with her or if his heart beats for one of the three other girls in his life. Of course, the fact that he has been cursed to change into a cat whenever he is kissed also complicates matters further. Overall, this is a great visual novel, but there are some gaping holes where all the adult content has been removed.

Gameplay: Completing all four of the routes in the game is a lengthy process, but very enjoyable.

Graphics: The artwork is really good, but it is a pity that all of the adult content had to be removed.

Sound: Full voice acting for the characters along with a huge and varied soundtrack