Aspire: Ina’s Tale First Look Video

Aspire: Ina’s Tale First Look Video

Aspire: Ina’s Tale by Wondernaut Studio and Untold Tales is a game about traversing marvelous scenery, meeting enigmatic characters, solving intuitive puzzles, and conquering platforming sequences. The protagonist, Ina, was trapped and placed in perpetual slumber inside the Tower until one day when she is suddenly and unknowingly woken up. Now, Ina must explore the Tower’s inner chambers in search of a way out while also trying to find the reason for her imprisonment. Check out the video below to see the opening moments of this beautiful 2D platformer

Where’s Samantha? First Look Video

Where’s Samantha? First Look Video

Help George find his lost love, Samantha, in this cute puzzle platformer by Respect Studios and ROKiT Games Limited. Where’s Samantha? sees a small swatch of fabric set off to rescue his true love, who is whisked away by a mysteriously powerful gust of wind. This first look video features the game’s opening levels and highlights some of the physics-based puzzles that players will encounter while traversing the 2D world

The Wizard and The Slug

The Wizard and The Slug

The Wizard and The Slug is a whimsical 2D platformer with an enormously entertaining story and characters. The humor is by far the highlight of this game, but it does contain some challenging platform action as well. The inclusion of all kinds of strange encounters, goofy mini-games and laugh out loud jokes doesn’t hurt it either. Even players who are not very good at platform games will be able to experience this one due to the inclusion of an “assist” menu, so don’t miss out.

Gameplay: Decent platforming action, but it’s the small touches that make the game stand out.

Graphics: Very basic, but also very charming.

Sound: The music and sound effects are decent and very fitting

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

Portal 2

Portal 2

Portal 2 proves that sequels doesn’t have to be lazy cash-ins on the original game’s success. Everything in this game has been expanded and made better in some way and playing it is a blast. The humor and dialogue are spot on and the puzzles while not too complicated for veteran players still provide a few head scratching moments.

Gameplay: More story, more puzzles, more of everything.

Graphics: More detail and variety than the original game.

Sound: Outstanding voice acting all round

The Crow’s Eye

The Crow’s Eye

The Crow’s Eye might not be a jump-scare laden horror title like it first appears to be, but instead offers a compelling and interesting puzzle experience. The story is a more involved than it seems and if you stick with it you’ll also find that there is more to the university than what you might think. There is no doubt that the puzzles sometimes feel a little out of place for the setting and time period of the game, but solving them is a very rewarding experience. Ultimately this game won’t give horror junkies the frights they crave, but if you enjoy a good story and love solving puzzles then you’ve come to the right place.

Gameplay: Light on the scares, but heavy on the puzzle solving and platforming.

Graphics: Nothing cutting edge, but sets the mood nicely.

Sound: Decent voice acting and a great soundtrack

Pinobee: Wings of Adventure

Pinobee: Wings of Adventure

Pinobee is a unique take on the platform genre but it is definitely a love it or hate it type of game. If you take your time and explore each level or play to see all the endings you will get value for your money, but if you are just going to race through the game you will be looking at the credits in about an hour’s time.

Gameplay: Very easy if you plan on just playing without exploring.

Graphics: Colorful and detailed.

Sound: Whimsical but ultimately a bit grating

Fez

Fez

Despite all the hype and delays, Fez managed to live up to expectations. The gameplay appears charmingly simple at first, but once you start analysing the cryptic puzzles there is no turning back. The beauty is that casual players can have fun simply exploring while the hardcore can delve deeper and uncover all the secrets.

Gameplay: An excellent blend of platforming, exploration and puzzle solving.

Graphics: Packed with detail and animation despite the retro aesthetics.

Sound: A perfect match for the gameplay and visuals

Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles

Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles

Having to unlock the best game in the compilation (imo) sucks but for the rest this is a great compilation and really a slice of history as well. Castlevania fans should be in seventh heaven with this title and all platform fans should pray for more releases of this quality.

Gameplay: Tough as nails but well worth persevering as the rewards are good.

Graphics: The remake is looking good and SOTN is still awesome.

Sound: Good music is synonymous with Castlevania games

Temple Run

Temple Run

Running away from demonic monkeys while dodging all kinds of obstacles is surprisingly a lot more fun than it sounds. While the gameplay is relatively simple the game is addictive enough that you will be coming back for more. Best of all is the fact that it is free and the only purchases that requires real cash is coins which can be earned in the game so there is no need to take out your wallet unless you want to save some time.

Gameplay: A very simple idea but very addictive.

Graphics: Could do with a bit more variation.

Sound: The usual drumming sounds interspersed with some simian shouts