Episode #1054 - This is Lost World Zero. It's a science fiction first-person shooter inspired by No Man's Sky. What makes this project even more ambitious is that it's being designed by a lone high school student. As you might imagine, this game has already had a rocky development cycle and there's a good chance it will never leave Steam Early Access. Let's crib this.
Episode #1054 - From the throwback visuals to the way the way the story plays out, there's a lot to like about 8Days. Sadly, it's marred by a frustrating single-player experience that doesn't feature enough health pickups and has some bad checkpointing. It doesn't do much you haven't seen countless times before, but fans of the genre will have a good time fighting through all 8Days.
Episode #1053 - By taking the best elements from games like Another World and Flashback, DreamBreak is an intriguing adventure game with fluid animation and plenty of colorful locations to explore. It's also a captivating mystery full of action and intrigue. Some will be turned off by the clunky gameplay and simple puzzles, but DreamBreak is a journey I won't soon forget.
Episode #1052 - Hey, thanks for watching our review. This is the end of another exciting week full of reviews. We started it off with a look at Exzeal, followed by Daydreamer: Awakened Edition and Adventure Lamp. I also spent a few minutes updating you on the progress of The Adventures of GamePro motion comic. I show off the first bit of animation and announce something very cool at the end. You won't want to miss that. So do me a favor and click the subscribe button and support what we're doing here. Until then.
Episode #1051 - Adventure Lamp is a fun and engaging 2D platformer that is marred by frustrating technical issues and derivative challenges. It's enjoyable and competently made, but there's nothing here you haven't seen countless times before.
Episode #1050 - Inspired by titles like Gunstar Heroes and Alien Soldier, Daydreamer: Awakened Edition is a solid action game with a promising premise. Sadly, it's marred by an off-putting art design and boring weapons. Those who stick with the game will discover an action-packed experience full of large boss battles and weird worlds.
Episode #1049 - While not very original, Exzeal is a fitting end to Shooting Love 20XX. It's a mostly enjoyable shoot-em-up that gets the fundamentals right, but fails to give players a reason to care. The backgrounds are boring, the enemies are familiar and the whole thing is over far too quickly. This is a solid shooter at a decent price, but you're better off playing Super Galaxy Squadron EX.
Episode #3 - This is SpiritSphere. It's a retro-inspired competitive sports game from developer Eendhoorn. It's hitting Steam Early Access later this month, but right now is a good time to start getting excited. I'm committed to figuring out what this game is all about. Let's crib this.
Episode #1046 - Although it's a little unforgiving at times and the best content is locked from the start, Chime Sharp is a worthy follow-up to an underrated puzzle game. I wish the developers would have done more to make the game more accessible to new players, but long-time fans will find a lot to like about this unexpected sequel.
Episode #2 - This is Dead Age. It's a turn-based zombie game from German developer Silent Dreams. I know you're probably sick of zombie games by now, but this isn't your typical Resident Evil or DeadRising clone. I've packed my green herb and extra shotgun shells, because I'm committed to figuring out what's going on in this Steam Early Access release. Let's crib this.
Episode #1048 - Although a bit short and easy, Type:Rider takes players on an exciting journey through the history of typography. It's a fun little 2D platformer with a wide variety of stages and some genuinely fascinating historical information. It has its share of flaws, but I have a hunch Type:Rider will stick with me for a long time to come.
Episode #1 - This is Rocket Ski Racing. It's a futuristic racing game where players speed through icy stages with a rocket strapped to their back. That doesn't sound especially safe, but I'm committed to figuring out what's going on in this Steam Early Access release. Let's crib sheet this.
Episode #1047 - While certainly enjoyable, Super Mutant Alien Assault comes up a bit short. The story mode won't take more than a couple hours, and replaying these stages over and over may or may not be something you're excited to do. It's a fast and fun throwback action game plagued by serious repetition and backgrounds that blur together.
Episode #1044 - Massive Cleavage vs. Zombies is a miserable experience with even worse gameplay. It takes an already simple genre and dumbs it down to the point of absurdity. You're better off playing literally any other side-scrolling beat-em-up. In a world where it's either play this again or be eaten by zombies, I'm pretty sure I would side with the zombies.
Episode #1045 - Degica returns with yet another classic shoot-em-up getting a first-time release outside of Japan. Trizeal Remix may be a solid action game with a cool transforming spaceship, but it doesn't offer much new to the genre. While it's a fun and entertaining shooter, I'm not sure it was worth the wait. At least it's cheap.
Episode #1043 - Dynamite Fishing: World Games has a goofy premise that is fun for a few stages, but it quickly gets old when the repetition kicks in. While explosives should have made this fishing game more exciting, they actually have the opposite results. It doesn't help that every level plays out the same way and it takes forever to unlock any of the good stuff.
Episode #1042 - I like the idea of merging grappling hooks and extreme sports, but Energy Hook goes about it in all the wrong ways. This type of game lives and dies based on the gameplay, and nothing about this game felt natural. Even after hours of honing my skills, most of my high scores ended up coming from dumb luck. The idea of swinging through the city like Spider-Man sounds like a dream come true, but the execution of this game is a real nightmare.
Episode #1040 - Replica is a small yet compelling adventure game with a clever conceit. It's an inexpensive journey with a bunch of paths to take and endings to uncover. Unfortunately, its smallness left me wanting a larger and more ambitious iteration. Replica is a fun adventure that will suck you in right from the moment you turn on Dickey's cell phone for the first time.
Episode #1041 - While I love the idea of island jumping and helping survivors, Lost Sea left me all wet. The gameplay is shallow and repetitive, something that is only made worse by the lengthy run time. It's also frustrating, thanks to how the computer-controlled characters act in and out of combat. It's not bad, but there aren't many compelling reasons to discover Lost Sea.
Episode #1039 - Inspired by Dark Souls, Pharaonic is a punishingly difficult adventure game set in ancient Egypt. While the setup is compelling and the developer gets most of the basics right, this game is plagued by awful technical issues and repetitive action. It's a compelling concept that is seriously let down by the crummy execution.