Fans eager to find out what Nerdook Productions have been up to since the release of Vertical Drop Heroes HD last year should mark September 24th on their calendars. This is the date that Reverse Crawl will be hitting both Steam and the Humble Store. It is a game that turns the tables by giving you the opportunity to be the dungeon instead of the heroes
Fate Tectonics challenges you to assemble a thriving world, one tile at a time, but with a whole pantheon of angry fates breathing down your neck. Fail to appease them all and you might see all your hard work undone, but if you manage the juggling act your world will thrive. With its charming pixel art visuals and epic 16-bit soundtrack, Fate Tectonics is a game not to be missed. It is accessible enough to start playing in minutes, but making progress requires some real strategic thinking.
Graphics: The pixel art visuals look great and are friendly towards players with color blindness.
Sound: The dynamic 16-bit soundtrack is a great match for the visual style of the game.
Gameplay: Easy to pick up and play, but very addictive and tricky to master, Fate Tectonics can keep you hooked for ages
Vikings are normally associated with fighting, pillaging and sailing, but Valhalla Hills from Funatics Software drops these Germanic Norse seafarers in a city building setting instead. In place of raiding and trading, the Vikings are trying to get into Valhalla after Odin decided to close the gates. The Norse god was clearly in a bit of a bad mood as he also exiled his son Leko for being more interested in building than the family business of battles and booze. This is good news for the Vikings though, as with the help of Leko they might attain enough honor to get to Valhalla
Although you don’t have direct control over your battleship, blasting enemy ships and aircraft is still an addictive experience. There are multiple battleships and support ships to unlock as well as upgrades, which along with the ratings for each level gives the game plenty of replay value. There is a bit of grinding involved to purchase the best equipment, but the game remains fun throughout and if the developers support the game like they promise to do it is only going to get better.
Gameplay: An action packed experience despite the simple controls.
Graphics: Detailed ship and aircraft designs, but fairly bland backgrounds.
Sound: Decent voice acting and a very fitting soundtrack
Long Live The Queen makes for a nice change of pace and is one of those titles that you will probably end up playing way longer than expected. It has a lot of replay value and once you are hooked you will want to see everything that it has to offer. Don’t let the cute visuals fool you into thinking this title is aimed purely at the female demographic.
Gameplay: A unique blend of styles that make for a engrossing and addictive experience.
Graphics: I love the visual style, but found myself wishing for some animations.
Sound: Some soothing piano tunes
If you are new to the genre Horizon can look pretty complicated at first glance. This is one of those titles where playing the tutorial and checking out the manual is not optional, but essential if you want to get the most out of the game. It doesn’t quite reach the heights of genre classics, but there is a lot to like and it remains addictive throughout.
Gameplay: Appears daunting at first, but becomes more intuitive with extended play.
Graphics: There are some nice visual elements mixed in with all the stats and charts.
Sound: Atmospheric enough to suit the theme of the game
Arcadecraft is a nice take on the management genre, but there is a certain amount of tedium involved. Watching your arcade thrive and grow is very satisfying, but most of your time is consumed by emptying the cash from machines and tossing out troublemakers instead of making in-depth management decisions. Hopefully future updates will add some more locations and customization options.
Gameplay: Running an arcade is fun, but your space to work with is very limited.
Graphics: Plenty of different machines and ways to customize the look of your arcade.
Sound: Manages to capture the chaotic atmosphere of an arcade
What better way to celebrate the Fourth of July than with a free iOS title. Art Castle Ltd. kindly decided to release the iOS version of their game, Trouble With Robots, free on this special day. Although the first chapter can already be played free of charge, players will also be able to grab the second and third chapter at no extra cost for the duration of the promotion
What better way to kick off a new month than with a brand new update for Nightbanes. Titled “Hell On Earth” the free update increases the content in this card game even further. Thanks to toxic vapors from the Abandoned Industrial Complex region, portals to a brand new region, called the Infernal Planes have opened. Alithia the Warlock Queen and her demons plan to use these portals to invade our world, so players must put an end to this in Quest mode
Adorable cats and addictive physics based puzzle adventuring is a winning combination and ensures that Fort Meow will keep players hooked to the end. Building pillow forts out of all kinds of odds and ends is a blast and the physics based gameplay keeps things interesting. It is a little short for our liking, but fun from start to finish.
Gameplay: Very addictive and features enough items to keep the fort building interesting.
Graphics: The adorable children’s book style visuals look great.
Sound: Some very catchy tunes to accompany the wacky action