Eversion

Eversion

Eversion is a very niche platform game that is definitely not going to be to everyone’s liking but fortunately there is a free version available that should give you an indication if this is a game for you or not. Just be sure to play more than just one level as things get progressively more interesting…

Gameplay: Pure platforming with a unique twist.

Graphics: Call it retro or call it dated but it has a style and charm of its own.

Sound: Plays a big part in the games atmosphere and is nicely done

Cannon Brawl

Cannon Brawl

Cannon Brawl is an extremely addictive title that manages to blend together several genres without making any compromises. The action is fast paced, but strategic thinking is rewarded and the balance is also very good. While the Adventure mode isn’t very long, the AI battles and multiplayer modes will keep you coming back for more. If you are looking for an entertaining title to play against friends, either online or local, Cannon Brawl should be high on your wishlist.

Gameplay: Fast paced, challenging and very addictive.

Graphics: Colorful and polished, but the visuals can be a bit cluttered at times.

Sound: A decent soundtrack and good sound effects

Fading Hearts

Fading Hearts

Fading Hearts was a pleasant surprise, more so when I discovered that it is not by a Japanese company. A nice combination of visual novel, dating sim and role playing that has plenty of things to discover. Definitely a title that you will want to complete more than once.

Gameplay: Much more to see and do than typical visual novels.
Graphics: Nice characters and backgrounds, pity about the monsters.
Sound: Very nice

Go! Go! Nippon! My First Trip To Japan

Go! Go! Nippon! My First Trip To Japan

While this game isn’t aimed at the typical visual novel fan, it serves as a nice introduction to the genre as well as the culture. The link to Google street view photos of the locations you visit is an inspired touch and you can pick up some interesting tips and facts about Japan.

Gameplay: A short but enjoyable tour of Japan.
Graphics: Nice apart from the recycled visuals.
Sound: No voices and recycled music

Wasteland Angel

Wasteland Angel

Top down shooters such as Wasteland Angel offers a nice quick burst of arcade action but tend to suffer from being repetitive. The idea behind this game is nice enough but the small arenas that force you to stick close to the towns that you have to protect all feel too similar The lack of enemy variety doesn’t do this game any favours either.

Gameplay: Mindless fun but soon becomes repetitive.
Graphics: The overhead visuals are not too bad but it doesn’t hold up so well in first person.
Sound: The voice acting is decent enough but the rest is nothing special

Will Rock

Will Rock

Even if you were a big fan of the Serious Sam games Will Rock just tries too hard to imitate the master. It’s still very playable but soon becomes tedious. Play it if you like your shooter games brainless.

Gameplay: Very average compared to what’s available.
Graphics: Nice in places but not really up to scratch.
Sound: Average

Xpand Rally

Xpand Rally

Awesome graphics if you have the hardware to run it and some challenging gameplay makes this one a winner if you are a rally fan. While Colin McRae still beats it when it comes to pure entertainment but if you are a rally purist then get this.

Gameplay: Good but not for the easily bored.
Graphics: Great looking cars and tracks.
Sound: Average

The Yawhg

The Yawhg

I was surprised at how short a single playthrough of The Yawgh is but with more than 50 endings you’ll definitely want to complete it more than once. The randomly generated story has a surprising amount of depth and the gorgeous artwork by Emily Carol is a definite plus. The Yawgh is best enjoyed with a group of other players so if you are a solo player the experience is just not the same.

Gameplay: Short and simple but with tons of replay value.
Graphics: Emily Carrol provides her signature artwork for the game.
Sound: A moody soundtrack that adds to the ominous vibe of the game

Zuma’s Revenge

Zuma’s Revenge

If you enjoyed the original game then you will love this sequel. It doesn’t change the addictive formula in any drastic way but it does offer a polished and compelling experience. Expect to sink more hours into this one than you may think.

Gameplay: Every bit as addictive and engrossing as the original.
Graphics: While not spectacular the visuals are very polished.
Sound: Similar to the original

Zen Bound 2

Zen Bound 2

Zen Bound 2 is a puzzle experience unlike any other I’ve had on computer so far. The graphics are gorgeous and the whole mood of the game fits the theme perfectly. While it might not look like much from the outside once you are hooked and aiming for that elusive 100% completion you’ll realize just how deep this game goes.

Gameplay: A calming breath of fresh air in a crowded market.
Graphics: So real you can almost touch it.
Sound: Soothing