Spellspire, developed by 10tons, is a carton like, fantasy RPG, word game. The player is a small wizard who seeks to reach the top of a 100 floor tower. To do so you must first spell your way through a various amount of monsters. The gameplay and plot itself is very simple, but you will have to pour a good amount of time and brain power into it to complete it.
Mirage: Arcane Warfare by Torn Banner Studios is a first-person combat game, where you battle opponents with several types of melee weapons, swords, maces, axes, etc. There are also special moves that one can use during battle and can possibly catch another by surprise. Each class has a certain set of moves and weapons, that determine their individual play style, but the main goal is to kill enemy players without taking losses. If you are a fan of Overwatch or For Honor, you’ll like this, because it takes the fun, fast paced fighting in Overwatch and the up-close combat style of For Honor and brings it together to create an action-packed game.
Saber Interactive provided me with a copy of their game, NBA Playgrounds, for the Nintendo Switch. I walked into this game not knowing what to expect. Being a Digital Download only title, I had not heard of it and sports games, aside from FIFA, are not my usual cup of tea, so I did not know what to expect. Nevertheless, I was pleasantly surprised to find a quirky basketball game that brings back my childhood memories of NBA Jam.
Reservoir Dogs: Bloody Days by independent video game publisher Big Star Games, in partnership with Lionsgate, is a top-down shooter game that aims to teach the player about the butterfly effect. For those of you who don’t know, the butterfly effect is the idea that if you go back in time and change one thing, it will result in a timeline that is remarkably different. When you start a level, you will have control of one of the characters until that character runs out of health and dies or you press the space bar. Then the level goes back in time and switches control to another character for the same amount of time (or until that character runs out of health).
Syberia 3, the latest installment in the Syberia franchise by French developer, Microïds, is an adventure puzzle game where the player interacts with the environment to solve puzzles and progress in the story. The player takes on the role of a former American lawyer, Kate Walker, as she seeks to help the local Youkol people reach the sacred breeding grounds for their giant ostriches, with which they have a symbiotic relationship. With 13 years between this game and its predecessor, Syberia 2, expectations were high for this revitalization of the franchise. Syberia 3 vastly under delivered.
From the opening cut scene, watching the bad guy Dr. Vendetta cackle over a menacing control panel, it’s evident that ZHEROS, by developer Rimlight Studios, is trying to do something classic. And it is classic, with a comic book feel turned 3D, the simplest of storylines, and a typical beat ‘em up style. ZHEROS isn’t trying to push any envelopes, and it certainly achieved its goal.
The game Skylar & Plux: Adventure on Clover Island by Publisher Grip Digital and developer Right Nice Games is, at its heart, a platformer. Its story is somewhat . . . lacking—although in due fairness most Mario games don’t have much of a plot beyond save the princess and Sonic fans tend to riot whenever SEGA tries to give one of the Sonic games a deep, convoluted story—though I will admit I occasionally enjoyed the banter between the characters Plux, CRT, and Bob. A disclaimer I would like to mention is that this game is short—as in I was able to complete the story and get over half of the collectibles within three hours short.
Death Squared is a puzzle solving game by SMG Studio in which the player guides two cubes at a time to reach two color coated endpoints. The puzzles get increasingly more elaborate and intense as you move forward. There aren’t any tutorials, but you will find that this game is as easy to play as picking up a controller. The challenge is being able to walk away before beating all 80 stages.
Warhammer 40k is back with some great RTS gameplay, taking us all the way back to its previous games, and some of the similar games that we loved so much, Warcraft, Age of Empire and so on.
There are potential spoilers in this review
Scéal: The Irish Folklore Adventure by developer Joint Custody, is a supernatural adventure game centered around Irish folklore and music, which places the player in a watercolor storybook world on a quest to help a lost soul find her memory. The world of the game is comprised of an art style you would find in a children’s book, but a much more haunting tale. The game is quite small and it only takes about an hour to finish the entire game.