Mech Mechanic Simulator

Mech Mechanic Simulator

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

Genesis Noir

Genesis Noir

Tying together a love triangle between a jazz singer, saxophone player, and watch peddler with the big bang sounds like something that shouldn’t work and yet Genesis Noir pulls it off. From the noir visual style and beautiful jazz soundtrack to the surreal locations and dreamlike feel of the game, there is a lot to praise about Genesis Noir. However, it is also not a game that will appeal to everyone, especially those who prefer traditional titles over more experimental ones like this. It is certainly a wild ride, though, and open-minded players will have a blast soaking up the psychedelic atmosphere of this game.

Gameplay: Simple, but fun.

Graphics: Beautiful and unique.

Sound: The jazz soundtrack is a perfect match for the game

The Fabled Woods

The Fabled Woods

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

9-nine-:Episode 4

9-nine-:Episode 4

9-Nine-: Episode 4 returns players once more to the college town of Shiromitsugawa where Kakeru Niimi and his gang of artifact users battle a threat from a different dimension. This episode upholds the same high standards as the rest of the series and the story really is an emotional rollercoaster. It’s not the best place to get started with the series, but fans of the previous episodes won’t want to miss out on this one.

Gameplay: Very engrossing and packed with humor, action, and drama.

Graphics: The character sprites and CGs are still some of the best in the genre.

Sound: Great voice acting and a solid soundtrack

Sizeable

Sizeable

Sizeable is a charming and relaxing puzzle title where players must shrink and grow objects to uncover hidden pillars. Each level in the game is a small, low poly diorama with all kinds of diverse themes. Although the game is not very challenging and can be completed in one session, it is very entertaining to play. In fact, half the fun is simply discovering the unique ways in which you can manipulate the environments by changing the sizes of objects. As it is Sizeable is a great game and comes highly recommended to all puzzle fans in search of something relaxing, but not necessarily difficult.

Gameplay: Very simple to pick up and play, but stopping is much harder.

Graphics: Each level in the game is a beautiful low poly diorama.

Sound: Very relaxing and soothing

Demon’s Crystals

Demon’s Crystals

Take control of one of four Urican demons and blast away enemies in this twin-stick shooter. Unfortunately, the colorful visuals and non-stop action cannot hide how shallow the gameplay is and how repetitive everything becomes after only a few rounds. The inclusion of local co-op and multiplayer modes adds some fun to the game, but there are much better options available for this genre.

Gameplay: Action-packed, but very repetitive and grindy.

Graphics: Colorful, but sometimes too chaotic for its own good.

Sound: Very average

Your Smile Beyond Twilight:黄昏下的月台上

Your Smile Beyond Twilight:黄昏下的月台上

The protagonist of Your Smile Beyond Twilight, Yunshan, returns to his small hometown for the first time in six years. A lot has happened in the meantime, but Yunshan still has some unresolved issues from his past that he has to deal with. However, upon arrival with his girlfriend Jingxuan in tow, Yunshan encounters a mysterious maiden who only he can see. This short kinetic novel can be completed in very little time, but the story is good enough to leave a lasting impact.

Gameplay: Short, but well written and engrossing.

Graphics: Only a few sprites and backgrounds, but they are all beautiful.

Sounds: Chinese voice acting and a beautiful soundtrack

Death’s Hangover

Death’s Hangover

Help Death to take back the souls stolen by Bastard Dracula in this Breakout style game by Retro Army Limited. It features plenty of different levels, useful power-ups, and some big bosses. The game is easy to pick up and play, but finding all of the souls can be a challenge. The eighteen different endings, two-player mode, and level editor boost the replay value, though, and overall the game is a decent choice for fans of the genre.

Gameplay: Challenging and entertaining.

Graphics: The pixel art visuals look great.

Sound: Decent sound effects and music

Forward to the Sky

Forward to the Sky

Help a sword-wielding princess take on the skeletal enemies and traps of the sky tower in this third-person title by Animu Game. The visuals and audio are decent, but the game is just way too short and simple. It can be completed in less than two hours and most of it will be spent solving some basic puzzles along with the occasional bit of combat. With a bit more polish and a few more levels Forward to the Sky could have been great, but as it is there are much better options available.

Gameplay: The controls could definitely have been tighter and the overall experience is very short.

Graphics: Bright and colorful, but not much in terms of variety.

Sound: Passable background music and voice acting

Alien Scumbags

Alien Scumbags

Alien Scumbags is an action-packed platform shooter filled with action, blood, gore, and pop culture easter eggs. It’s short enough to complete in one session, but the low asking price coupled with the high replay value makes it a no-brainer for fans of the genre.

Gameplay: Lots of monsters to shoot and secrets to find.

Graphics: A nice throwback to the era of pixel art platformers.

Sound: Great music, sound effects, and voice acting