Everyone might have played turn-based strategy games like XCOM or Disgaea 5. Visuals are different bu,t yes the concept is still the same. Player has to control certain characters and have them do certain actions each turn. Insidia is a similar game developed and published by Bad Seed, and the game is currently available as Beta on Steam.
There has been a growing, promising catalog of indie titles ported to the Nintendo Switch, and Semispheres by Canadian studio Vivid Helix is one classy example of the recent spate of quirky puzzlers that have taken advantage of the console’s uniquely hybrid capabilities.
Developer Too Kind Studio has taken an interesting twist on the standard platformer formula in Pankapu. Part graphic novel, part action scroller, the game tells a narrative within a narrative. The real life story of Djaha’rell contains horrors that pollute into his dreams. His world has been shifted into a nightmarish slant, and he only sees heroes in his dreams. Pankapu is a miniature warrior who slays the dark matter that rules Djaha’rell’s existence.
Beat the Game is not a typical video game. Worm Animation’s first foray into the gaming industry showcases fresh ideas, as it blends music-making with open world adventure. By incorporating features from these two genres, Beat the Game succeeds in being memorable and unique. While it is a rather short game that players can beat quickly, Beat the Game is worth playing for the innovative gaming experience it provides.
Tokyo Dark by developer Cherrymochi and publisher Square Enix Collective is a detective mystery game with a focus on horror and a great storyline to accompany it. It captures the old point-and-click genre and combines it very well with anime-style visuals.
While I said that I enjoyed puzzle games in my Fliptate review, I have never found the more known puzzle games such as Bejeweled, Candy Crush, or even Angry Birds to be very compelling. I enjoy the game design and understand how they can become so addicting, but I think the fundamental reason why I can’t get into the game is the points and level completion system. Top Gear: Road Trip is one of these games, and while I myself can’t get super invested in this kind of game, I think it holds that same level of polish and fun that any popular puzzle game would.
Jumping into Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap by DotEmu will feel familiar. It doesn’t take long to know that the bones of this game are the same as the platform action-adventure games it was based on, specifically Wonder Boy III: The Dragon’s Trap from 1989. This new Wonder Boy (or Wonder Girl if you prefer – one way the game has updated to the 21st century) makes no attempt to hide its roots. The foundation is built on the simplistic left-right-up-down-attack-duck model of platform games from the 80s and 90s, but it manages to give this old gaming style a boost of new blood and energy.
The Escapists 2 is the sequel to 2015’s The Escapists, a top-down prison simulation developed by Mouldy Toof and Team17, an independent British developer that was created in 1990. Team17’s most popular games are from the Worms series. The Escapists 2 was released on August 22nd, 2017 for PS4, Xbox One, PC, with a Nintendo Switch release later in 2017.
Hyper Universe is a 2-D MOBA by CWAVESOFT and Nexon America. I do not usually play MOBAs—mainly because I’m bad at them, to the point where I’m accused of purposely ‘feeding’ points to the enemy side because of how much I’m being killed—but I will still try to give this game a fair review.
This game has given me a full appreciation for chefs, short order cooks, and everyone else in the restaurant business. Cook, Serve, Delicious! 2!! by Vertigo Gaming, Inc., allows you to virtually experience the rush and adrenaline of preparing food at a restaurant, and let me tell you, it is much harder than it seems. You have to juggle a constant stack of food orders, impatient customers, and maintenance facility issues, and the fast pace, high pressure, and intense fun that results is both enjoyable and rewarding. Combine that with sleek, bright graphics, and you have a game worth playing.