The Dishwasher: Vampire Smile

The Dishwasher: Vampire Smile

If you enjoy stylish visuals, fast-paced combat and over the top violence, then The Dishwasher: Vampire Smile will definitely put a grin on your face. It features two different characters, a nice carnage-filled campaign, as well as plenty of extra modes to keep you hacking and slashing. Despite its age (the game was originally released on Xbox 360 back in 2011), Vampire Smile still has what it takes to satisfy fans of the genre.

Gameplay: Fast, fluid and very, very violent.

Graphics: Very stylish, but the art style might not appeal to everyone.

Sound: The soundtrack and sound effects are a perfect match for the action

Seven Days

Seven Days

Seven Days is a visual novel that starts out like something straight out of a horror movie as the protagonist, Kanzaki Shuuichi, receives a cursed Blu-ray disc from a friend. However, thanks to the exorcism skills of his childhood friend, Shuuichi is saved from the evil spirit trying to possess him after watching the disc. This leads to the unexpected development of the female ghost gaining a physical human form and revealing that six other girls are trapped inside her. Shuuichi ends up with his hands full as he attempts to make the last days of these spirits as pleasant as possible, but along the way, it’s impossible for him not to grow attached them. Seven Days is a captivating and well written visual novel that will stay with you even after the credits roll.

Gameplay: The story is well written and there are enough choices for multiple playthroughs.

Graphics: Everything from the character sprites to the backgrounds look great.

Sound: Full Japanese voice acting for all the girls and the soundtrack is pretty neat too

Dead End Job

Dead End Job

Dead End Job is a twin-stick shooter where players take control of Hector Plasm, a ghost exterminator on a mission to save his mentor’s soul. To accomplish this Hector will need a lot of cash, but luckily there is no shortage of people willing to pay him to shoot ghosts with his plasma blaster before sucking up the pesky spirits in a vacuum pack. The procedurally generated levels in this game span several distinct districts and the game is a lot of fun. Dying means losing all your perks, which sucks and the co-op is a bit of a letdown due to the limitations of the secondary character, but overall Dead End Job has a lot to offer.

Gameplay: Shoot ghosts to stun them, then suck them up in a vacuum pack.

Graphics: Very colorful and there’s a wide range of different ghosts types to encounter.

Sound: The soundtrack fits the style of the game perfectly and there’s even a neat intro theme song

The Princess, the Stray Cat, and Matters of the Heart 2

The Princess, the Stray Cat, and Matters of the Heart 2

The Princess, the Stray Cat, and Matters of the Heart 2 sees the return of Nora Handa as well as the bevy of girls who ensure that there is never a dull moment in his life. Like the first game, it is a mixture of romance, comedy and even a few serious slice of life moments. Unfortunately, it is also censored like the first game, so all traces of adult content has been removed. Despite this, The Princess, the Stray Cat, and Matters of the Heart 2 is an entertaining visual novel with enough content to keep you busy for a long time.

Gameplay: A new cast of romanceable characters as well as the return of some old ones.

Graphics: The artwork looks great and the game features plenty of CGs.

Sound: Full Japanese voice acting once again and a mammoth soundtrack

Everreach: Project Eden

Everreach: Project Eden

Everreach: Project Eden is a sci-fi themed third-person shooter with some RPG elements thrown into the mix as well. It’s not a bad looking game but struggles with cumbersome controls, stiff animations, and combat that lacks excitement. The story is interesting once you get caught up in it but prepare for some frustration and lack of polish along the way.

Gameplay: Rather short and could have benefited from some more polish.

Graphics: The visuals look good, but the animations are rather stiff.

Sound: Nice soundtrack, but the sound effects are rather lacking

Pinball FX3 – Williams™ Pinball: Volume 5

Pinball FX3 – Williams™ Pinball: Volume 5

Pinball FX3 – Williams™ Pinball: Volume 5 offers faithful digital recreations of Tales of the Arabian Nights, Cirqus Voltaire, as well as No Good Gofers. In addition to playing these tables just like the original hardware, you can also experience them in remastered form with updated visuals, no animated characters as well as other features that bring them to life. No pinball fan will want to miss out on these three tables and combined they offer many hours of fun.

Gameplay: Great recreations of awesome pinball tables.

Graphics: The tables look great, especially when playing the remastered versions.

Sound: Very faithful to the original tables

Bee Simulator

Bee Simulator

Bee Simulator is clearly a title that is aimed at younger gamers, which means it’s not very challenging and can quickly become repetitive. Despite the open-world setting, which does look rather nice, there isn’t a lot of variety when it comes to the story or even the side missions. The robotic nature of the human characters also spoils the immersion, but players who love bees and just want to fly around exploring the vibrant gameworld will still have fun. Just don’t expect it to be a realistic simulator as the title suggests.

Gameplay: Flying around as a bee is a lot of fun, but the missions can quickly become repetitive.

Graphics: The game looks nice from a distance, but if you get too close you’ll notice how lifeless the human characters really are.

Sound: The soundtrack is decent, but the voice acting is not great

Euphoria

Euphoria

Euphoria is a dark and twisted visual novel with plenty of explicit and over the top sex scenes. However, while it may seem like a pure nukige title, it also has a storyline that draws you in right from the start while continually going in unexpected directions. It’s definitely not a title for the faint of heart or easily offended, but if you can appreciate a good story and put up with some rather unsavory elements, then it’s worth checking out.

Gameplay: Very twisted and filled with plenty of unsavory stuff, but the story is also dark and compelling.

Graphics: Plenty of uncensored CGs, but the backgrounds are rather limited and there are no animations.

Sound: A dark and moody soundtrack and full voice acting for all the female characters

Dusk Diver 酉閃町

Dusk Diver 酉閃町

Take control of an ordinary girl who gains extraordinary powers and the ability to step through rifts in reality to battle vicious “Chaos Beasts.” Dusk Diver features the vibrant real-world setting of Ximending as well as it’s shadowy fictional counterpart Youshanding for players to explore. It’s a “Musou” style beat ’em up, so expect plenty of punching and kicking, but there’s also some downtime between missions for exploring Ximending, eating food and performing side quests. Despite some flaws, Dusk Diver is a very compelling game and definitely something for fans of the genre.

Gameplay: Combat can become repetitive, but overall the game is fun to play.

Graphics: The vibrant anime art style and unique setting for the game are both great.

Sound: Decent music and full Japanese as well as Mandarin voice acting

Gun Gun Pixies

Gun Gun Pixies

Gun Gun Pixies is a fan-service heavy third-person shooter where players get to infiltrate an all-girl dorm with a pair of pint-size pixies from another planet. It is a very niche title and makes no apologies for the copious amounts of ecchi content, but the story is actually very decent and running around as a tiny pixie in a world filled with giant girls can be fun. Unfortunately, the game can be a little repetitive and some areas, such as the controls, could do with improvements. Ultimately, if you are a fan of the genre and enjoy the fan-service, then you might be able to overlook the flaws and have fun with his one.

Gameplay: Fun, but it can be more frustrating than challenging at times due to the controls.

Graphics: The visuals are decent and the girls look great, but the environments are very limited.

Sounds: Average music, but the voices and sound effects are good